Friday, February 7, 2014

Opening Ceremonies

My son's obsession with all things USA related is going into overdrive today as the 2014 Winter Olympics get underway.  OK, we know the Games started yesterday, but that's what happens when NBC delays the events happening on the other side of the world.  

Thanks to Alex over at Chavez Ravining, my son now has a good chunk of doubles to mail off some TTM requests.

Thanks to Ebay, my son spent some of his Christmas money (and a little of mine) on some other Olympic cards.

Julia Mancuso won a gold medal in the 2006 Olympics and two silver medals in 2010.  With Lindsey Vonn out due to injury, Mancuso is the one to watch for a medal in Sochi.

Meryl Davis won a silver medal in the 2010 Olympics.  Her event is Ice Dancing and her partner is...

Charlie White.  White and Davis are favored to win gold in Sochi.

Nick Goepper has had some success at X Games events, but he's in the Slopestyle event which supposedly has a really tough course.  It already knocked out a leading skier with a broken collar bone.

Torin Yater-Wallace was added to the Olympic team in late January.  His event is a new one, half pipe skiing.  

David Wise is one of the favorites to win gold in the half pipe skiing event.  We somehow ended up with a bronze version, #50/75 and...

a silver version #35/50.  If he wins gold, well, we won't be looking for the gold version.

Elana Meyers pushed her way to a bronze medal in the 2010 Olympics in the bobsled.  This year she'll be driving her sled while someone pushes her.

Erika Brown made the U.S. team for the 3rd time.  Her two previous Olympics were in 1988 and 1998. Se place 5th in both of those events.  She is the best shot at a medal for the U.S. in curling.

Evan Strong is a Paralympian.  He's a strong favorite for the gold in his event, which won't take place until March.

Hannah Kearney won the gold medal for Moguls in the 2010 Olympics.   She'll be defending her gold and I'll be cheering for her.

The talented Hilary Knight closes us out.  She plays forward on the U.S. Women's Hockey team and was part of the silver medal winning team from 2010.  The U.S. team is favored only slightly behind the Canadian team for the gold this year.

If anyone has any Olympic relics or autos you didn't see here, let us know.

Go Team USA!


  1. I wish the athletes good luck, but for Russia's stance on many things and in light of their more recent stray animals policies and practices, I am hard pressed to want to watch any of the proceedings.

    1. I think everyone that thought the old Russia was dead is realizing that it's the same old oppressive country it's been all our lives.

  2. Oh Hilary Knight, meow. I know that his attention will turn to other things after the Olympics, but this stuff gets really cheap once the games are done. But that's also the best time to start TTMing the athletes. I figure I'll probably pick the base set up in a few months. I still think this is one of Topps best sets they put out.

  3. That's cool that your son collects cards. His Olympic PC is awesome. USA! USA! USA!

  4. Great cards! I'll keep an eye out for some relics/autos for you.