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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: 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!

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2 months ago

PC TUESDAY

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Shoutout @BenchMob for the idea here.

My first one is one of the all time greats for the Port Adelaide Football Club. A magician with the ball in his hands, he is quite simply one of the greats of the modern era.

CGA (Card Grading Australia) graded as Pristine+ Gold 10, so flawless in their eyes - this one will never leave my PC. I love minimalist aesthetic cards when they're done right, so this Blank Canvas is a beauty.

Link to one of his memorable performances against our cross town rivals here, watch the scoreboard when this package starts vs when it finishes. He dragged us back in this one that we eventually won - and I was there. One of my favourite ever games to be at.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtTkIGg6WXw

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