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PC TUESDAY: Josh Carr 2003 Select AFL Destiny Signature

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Some more Aussie Rules content coming at ya for your PC Tuesday - one of my favourite players in my teens and 20's, Port Adelaide's (& Fremantle's for a few years) Josh Carr. Picked this card up as part of my initial run of searching for players I loved when I got back in to the hobby! (Also featuring an unopened case of our special Premiership Beer from 2004 in the background - I had to get my mum to buy it for me since I was 16 at the time!)

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An incredibly talented midfielder often tasked with a 'tagging' role, he was an integral part of our 2004 Premiership - kicked the first goal of the game, as well as getting under the skin of the opponents the entire game. Indeed, he was well known as much for his "chirping" as he was his talent, many opponents saying he did not shut up for entire games.

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As a Port Adelaide fan, there is many reasons to be proud of his career - however one of his proudest achievements is in the intense 'Showdown' rivalry between Port Adelaide, and our bitter rivals the Adelaide Crows - he never lost. Incredibly, every Showdown he played in was a Port Adelaide win, having a 10-0 record in those games. His final game was a Showdown in 2010, in which he retired after a distinguished 209 game career.

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Also, part of Adelaide city folklore as an integral part of the infamous 'Ramsgate' incident - in which Port Adelaide & Adelaide players mingled at one of the pubs on our coastline, & a fight between the teams then began & spilled out onto the streets - apparently his chirping didn't remain confined to the field!

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He's had a very good career coaching since, currently an assistant coach at Port Adelaide & widely tipped to be the next senior coach.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2WEVTvqRsA

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PC TUESDAY: 2013 Innovation Kaboom! Derrick Rose

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In keeping with the Derrick Rose theme for PC Tuesday let’s take a look at the 2013 Innovation Kaboom!

2013 was the first year that Panini introduced the Kaboom! insert as a case hit out of the Innovation product release.  

The front cards featured the now iconic “star burst” foil background and a comic-like illustration of the player.  The back had a more simplistic design with the stand-alone illustration, team logo, and player name.  

The 2013 Kaboom set featured a total of 20 players with other big stars like Kobe, Steph, Lebron and more. 

The Kaboom! inserts were such a hit with collectors that they are still chase cards today.  There are now Kaboom cards for all of the major sports, and they have been placed into different products over the years.   Additionally, the original “comic style” artwork has been modified to be more photo realistic look over the years.  Finally, as with most of their cards, Panini started producing variations with Gold /10 and Green 1/1 available.

Of all the Panini era inserts the Kaboom! cards seem to be one that will stand the test of time. 

This card combines my love of DRose, great artwork, a refractor like finish, and it’s the first of its kind release.  This one is locked in the PC and is on display in my office every day!

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11 days ago

PC Tuesday: Travis Boak 2006 Draft Pick Signature

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Travis Boak. Port Adelaide legend.

Whilst the ultimate success has so far eluded him, his illustrious career has seen 3x All-Australian selection, a 6-year run as Port Adelaide captain, and just recently he played his 350th game, becoming the first player to reach that milestone for Port Adelaide in the AFL, & is one of just 24 players total to reach that milestone in the national competition.

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For Port fans, it has been his diligent dedication to his body & fitness that has become somewhat lore. He takes an off-season trip to work out in the US every year with specialists that work on both fitness and how to simply take care of your body & how it moves. He has over the past few years taken some of the next generation players under his wing on these trips & every time we have seen them break out for a huge season the next year. True leader.

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He also stayed loyal to us when the club was at its lowest ebb, struggling financially as another powerhouse club based near his hometown on the east coast tried to steal him away. But instead of going home, he stayed loyal & helped see us through the pain & into greener pastures. In the modern era, it was an incredible feat that lent himself to even more love from the Port Adelaide faithful.

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He debuted in June 2007, in what would be a 31 point win for Port Adelaide. In a very fun personal anecdote, I was at the game because we were celebrating our captain at the time playing his 200th game - I remember being excited that Boak would be debuting, but had no idea I'd be sitting here 17 years later still watching him run out for the club, & still playing at a high level - even if not quite the top level player he was 3-4 years ago. Just this last weekend gone he was one of our best 5 players afield in a close loss to one of the fellow title favourites in 2024.

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This card I picked up very early in my dive back into the hobby in 2020 - I have since picked up another, & do intend on getting them graded at some point. Forever PC stuff this!

11 days ago

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PC TUESDAY: 2012 & 2013 Stained Glass Derrick Rose

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Too big, too strong, too fast...too good! The youngest NBA MVP and the most explosive point guard ever. Born and raised in Chicago, DRose created amazing memories on the court, and has provided a major impact to foundations in the city off the court. One of my favorite players ever to wear a Bulls uniform, he might be the biggest "what if" story in NBA history. 

 

During 2012 & 2013 Panini had just acquired the NBA license and were producing cards that were beautiful and innovative.  These early years of Panini Basketball cards represented a time that Panini wanted to push the envelope and create high quality cards that were creative and captured the heart of the collector.

 

These two stained glass cards are great examples of this era. These cards came out of a product called Innovation.  This product provided a variety of designs and print techniques to create unique and beautiful set including memorabilia, autos, base, and acetate cards.

 

2012 Stained Glass cards were one "subset" that featured 100 players, and were inserted one per pack. These cards were printed on an embossed acetate and provided the appearance of classic art stained glass windows. There was a base "magenta" background (pictured in post) as well as a "purple" that was more rare.

 

In 2013 th 100 card set (75 veterans, 25 rookies) included more parallels and a different background pattern for the veterans and rookies. Parallels include the base green accent, Gold accent (pictured in post), and a teal accent SSP case promo. Collectors have estimated a little over 200 of each player were produced of which there are about 50 golds and only 20 teals.

 

Today the stained glass inserts live on, but are simply a printed design on the chromium stock.  While they are still highly desired by collectors, they pale in comparison to the original cards. In my opinion, the 2012 & 2013 stained glass cards are some of the most beautiful and innovative cards produced during the Panini era!

 

The combination of a beautiful card design and one of my all-time favorite Bulls, makes this a pair one that won't leave the PC.

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