’52 Mantle Makes Cameo Appearance In Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles

Rarely do I stray away from a core group of Christmas movies during the holiday season.  Movies such as ElfThe Santa Clause, and my personal favorite, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, are classics that I tend to stop on while browsing through the channels.  When I heard that Kurt Russell was going to play Santa in the Netflix exclusive film The Christmas Chronicles, I decided to give it a shot over the weekend.

Without giving away any spoilers, I have to say Kurt Russell makes one cool, straight talking Santa.  Fans even get some classic Kurt Russell car chasing/action movie scenes.  Lets not forget a fun Star Wars reference too.  Fans seem to enjoy it, as the movie received 20 million views within the first week.

My favorite scene in the entire movie is when the reindeer get lost.  Santa walks into a nearby restaurant, and attempts to barter with people in exchange for their car.  Given that its Santa, he knows the names of everyone, and what they’ve always wanted for Christmas.  One of the customers he tries to make a trade with is named Larry.  In exchange for Larry’s Porsche, Santa offers him a “Mint condition 1952 Mickey Mantle rookie card”.  Larry’s wife quickly tears the card up while saying “You’re not trading our Porsche for a baseball card.”

You can clearly tell that the card they used for this scene is a reprinted prop.  Its far from the real thing.  That’s not Mickey Mantle’s rookie card either.  Its his first Topps card, but his 1951 Bowman #253 is his actual rookie.  I have two theories as to why this choice was made.  One, I believe the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 card is much more recognizable to the general public.  You hear people refer to it as his rookie card all the time despite that not being true.  Or two, they just didn’t know any better.

I know that I sound like an internet troll pointing out these imperfections.  But I had to do it.  I find it incredibly fun to see sports cards randomly popup in films.  Its Kurt Russell as Santa.  Go watch The Christmas Chronicles.

FYI – Kurt Russell played minor league baseball until an injury ended his career in the 70’s.  He’s had some cards made for celebrity-themed products like AmericanaThreads, and Celebrity Cuts.  An autographed card of him in one of his minor league uniforms would be perfect for Heritage Minor League Baseball and/or Archives.

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’15 Topps UFC Chronicles Jumbo Fight Mat Relic Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to Shane.K on being the lucky winner of the Dan Henderson 2015 Topps UFC Chronicles Event-Used Jumbo Fight Mat Relic.  Once Shane.K sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

’15 Topps UFC Chronicles Jumbo Fight Mat Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Dan Henderson 2015 Topps UFC Chronicles Event-Used Jumbo Fight Mat Relic.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

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2015 Topps UFC Chronicles Box Break & Review

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You’ll need a forklift to pickup a box of this stuff.  There’s (400) cards in this box.  UFC collectors who enjoy putting sets together should have a fun time with 2015 Topps UFC Chronicles.  The base set comes in at a massive (275) cards.  That’s got to be one of the largest base sets for any UFC product they’ve released.  Throughout this product Topps will take you on a journey through the history of the UFC.

The base set design reminds me a lot of what we saw with 2015 Topps UFC Knockout.  Chronicles has a bit more of a border to them.  I’m glad to see that Topps kept with the matte background and glossy fighter photos.  That’s always been a good look.  The photos Topps used are top notch too.  Lots of action.  Parallels include Silver, Green, Black/White, Gold, Red, Sepia, and Blank Backs.

On-card signatures would make the overall look of any of the autographs better.  Pretty much everything is signed on stickers using white boxes.  From a visual perspective the best looking autographs would have to be the ones from the Octagon Of Honor insert set.  The stickers don’t stand out quite as much because of the fading effect Topps used on the photos.

I like the Victorious Debut Manufactured Medallions the most.  These come (1) per case and contain an octagon shaped medallion.  Boxes are configured in a jumbo format.  You’ll find (10) packs per box with each pack housing (40) cards.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto/Relic

  • Jose Aldo Autograph Jumbo Fight Mat Relic Redemption

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Auto

  • Travis Browne Chronicles Auto

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Relics

  • Anderson Silva Relic
  • Dan Henderson Fight Mat
  • Alexis Davis Fight Mat

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Parallels

  • Frankie Edgar Red #’ed/8
  • Jose Aldo Gold #’ed/88
  • Chad Mendes Black/White #’ed/188
  • James Vick Black/White #’ed/188
  • Ryan Bader Black/White #’ed/188
  • Chris Camozzi Black/White #’ed/188
  • Esparza VS Namajunas Green #’ed/288
  • Nik Lentz Green #’ed/288
  • Alan Jouban Green #’ed/288
  • Chris Cariaso Green #’ed/288
  • Carla Esparza Green #’ed/288
  • Rampage VS Henderson Green #’ed/288
  • Silva VS Sonnen Green #’ed/288
  • Ross Pearson Green #’ed/288
  • Raquel Pennington Green #’ed/288
  • Stipe Miocic Green #’ed/288
  • Tecia Torres Green #’ed/288
  • Uriah Hall Green #’ed/288
  • Diego Sanchez Green #’ed/288
  • Royce Gracie Green #’ed/288
  • Efrain Escudero Green #’ed/288
  • Daron Cruickshank Green #’ed/288
  • Corey Anderson Green #’ed/288
  • Ricardo Lamas Green #’ed/288
  • Edson Barboza Green #’ed/288
  • Rafael VS Anjos Silver
  • Rampage VS Henderson Silver
  • Diego Brandao Silver
  • Rich Franklin Silver
  • Jussier Formiga Silver
  • Gray Maynard Silver
  • Daniel Cormier Silver
  • Rafael Natal Silver
  • Joe Lauzon Silver
  • Nick Diaz Silver
  • Johny Hendricks Silver
  • Iuri Alcantara Silver
  • TJ Grant Silver
  • Demetrious Johnson Silver
  • Amanda Nunes Silver
  • Kyoji Horiguchi Silver
  • Eddie Wineland Silver
  • Stephen Thompson Silver
  • Ramsey Nijem Silver
  • Chris Weidman Silver
  • Clay Guida Silver
  • Jared Rosholt Silver
  • Frankie Perez Silver
  • Carlos Condit Silver
  • Robbie Lawler Silver

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Inserts

  • 2010 Topps UFC Series 4 Fight Poster Review Bad Intentions Buyback
  • George Sotiropoulos 2010 Topps UFC Buyback
  • Rory MacDonald Climbing The Ranks
  • Yoel Romero Climbing The Ranks
  • Carla Esparza Climbing The Ranks
  • Aljamain Climbing The Ranks
  • Fight Night 52 Fight Poster Preview
  • UFC 184 Fight Poster Preview
  • The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale Fight Poster Preview
  • UFC 108 Fight Poster Preview
  • UFC Fight Night 50 Fight Poster Preview
  • UFC Fight Night 59 Fight Poster Preview
  • UFC 123 Fight Poster Preview
  • UFC Fight Night 64 Fight Poster Preview
  • UFC 78 Fight Poster Preview
  • UFC 136 Fight Poster Preview
  • Stephen Thompson Victorious Debut
  • Jimi Manuwa Victorious Debut
  • Georges St-Pierre Victorious Debut
  • Cat Zingano Victorious Debut
  • John Dodson Victorious Debut
  • Dan Henderson Victorious Debut
  • Ronaldo Jacare Souza Victorious Debut
  • Lyoto Machida Victorious Debut
  • Anderson Silva Victorious Debut
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk Victorious Debut
  • Ronda Rousey Octagon Of Honor
  • Chris Weidman Octagon Of Honor
  • BJ Penn Octagon Of Honor
  • Forrest Griffin Octagon Of Honor
  • Frankie Edgar Octagon Of Honor

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