Friday, February 23, 2018

500th Post Contest - win free cards!

This is my 500th post. Quite a milestone! I didn't know if anyone would read this when I started, or if I'd just be shouting into the wind. As it turned out, you all have been reading what I have to say...a lot. I've had a post cross the 1000 view mark and I average about 120 views in the first week of posting a post, although probably about 20 of them are me refreshing to see if there are new comments or a new update to the blogroll, LOL. You seem to actually like reading my work, and I thank you.

So, it's time to give back. Comment on this post if you want to win some cards. If you want Basketball, NASCAR or NHL, I will stuff as much as I can fit into one of the small "If it fits, it ships" boxes and send it off to you. I don't have enough baseball or football or non-sports to do that with, but I can still come up with something to send you, although it's going to be early 90s heavy, because it's what I've got. If you select those two sports, you'll probably get a bubble mailer. Non-sports could go either way, depending on what I can come up with. You can also select Olympics as I have some duplicates available there, too.

You can also select a mixer of various subjects. I have a lot of duplicates that could bear to go into a new home. I probably won't be able to tailor it to your collections, because if you supercollect a team there's a good chance I've already sent you what I have available, in the NBA especially.

To win the cards: Comment on the post, telling me which kind of card you would like to claim.
Since giving extra chances to win is a pretty popular thing to do on the blogosphere, I will give you two bonus chances as well. If you follow my blog, you get a bonus chance. It's just that simple. See the screencap below. Your second bonus chance: Leave me your username on the Trading Card Database. This is a not-so-subtle push to those of you who are not using the very best card website in the history of the internet to start using it, and those of you who already are, I probably know your username already but put it in the comment anyway just to make it easier for me to see who needs to get more than one name on the list. Remember, Cardboard History would not exist without the Database.

That means you can get 3 chances to win. I'll do the standard random.org randomizer to determine the winner, unless only one person enters.
Click the blue follow box for a bonus chance to win!


You can win if you do not live in the USA- I will ship internationally! I reserve the right to give out bonus prizes, but due to unexpected medical expenses I can only expect to afford to ship ONE package so there will be only one winner...this time. I have some ideas for future contests that might be fun, but I will save them for the future. I also reserve the right to disqualify anyone, not that I expect to but I should put it up just in case.

Thank you for reading, and thank you for leaving me comments throughout the years. I don't plan to stop posting anytime soon, so onto the next 500!  You have until the end of February to enter. Any comments datestamped this month count. any made in March don't. That gives you five days.  Good luck, and may the randomizer be with you!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

New record for longest time between getting a pack and opening it

I set a new record shortly before Christmas, that I didn't set out to set but did anyway.

All the way back in 2004, Upper Deck did a 90 card set documenting LeBron James' first NBA season. Each of the 82 games got a card, plus the awards he won got a card, and at least one "filler" card that was used to make the set 90 cards.

They didn't come all at once. As I recall, they would send some in waves. I got the first 55 cards as they came out, and while I don't remember the exact details, I never got the rest. I do remember we had to call them and complain to get them to send the rest of the cards to me. They did...eventually. I don't remember exactly when, but they came in a big clear heat-sealed pack. This was in 2005. Possibly even 2006, but I'm going to go with 2005.  But...in that time period, 2005-06, I was starting to lose interest in the NBA. I realize now that it was ME that had the problem. But, whatever, I stopped collecting the NBA in late 2006, but I had been unhappy with the sport and cards for a while beforehand. I didn't open the package that contained cards #56-90 and inexplicably a copy of card #54 but not 55. Until December 23rd, 2017. At least 11 years after I got it in the mail!

When I finished scanning my collection for the Database, I went looking for some peripheral stuff that I could post, and the box from UD- still in the mailing box they used to send it to me- was among the items I found. I finally opened the box and added them to my collection late on the 23rd.

I don't know the previous holder of the record. I used to blow through cards as soon as I got them, but when I was not really in the hobby- 2007 and 2008 - it changed. (I never truly left, but scaled way back, where I only got 14 cards in all of 2008 combined...less then I got new in this box, in fact) When I came back in full force in 2009, I did things differently. I took it slower. Instead of the average box taking me 5 minutes or less to open, I now spread it out over hours or even days. It's not uncommon for me to save packs now to spread out the enjoyment. I still have packs I purchased in 2013 at retail that I have not opened yet. Back then, I would just look to see what I got, but now I actually take the time to appreciate what I've got, and sometimes even read the backs.  The record from 1988-06 was probably about 2 or 3 days, as I would sometimes buy a box and save it to open in Lake George.

As I write this, on Christmas Eve, I know I also  still have some packs saved from a box I bought on Ebay in either 2010 or 2011.  I have two left and will open them in 2018, in theory.  But, that was planned. This LeBron set...totally unplanned. In fact, to be honest, I had completely forgotten I even had them until I opened the box and saw an extremely young LeBron looking back at me.

Here's a couple of examples of the cards that waited more than a decade for me.







There's a lot of gold foil that scans black on these cards.

The funny thing is...I'm not sure I included the first 55 in my official collection count. I had a tendency at that time to not count single player tribute sets. And I have absolutely no way of knowing short of doing a full recount. It's why when I say something about my collection totals, I say it's probably not accurate but I treat it as if it is. I don't think I counted the various oversize sets (except 1976-77 Topps) or the undersize sets either, back in the day. (Like the 1996-97 Collector's Choice Mini-Cards, which I separated) Eventually, when everything is typed into Excel, I will know. I'm going to let the computer count for me because I keep the number in three places and none of them match. I don't really trust my ability to get an accurate count, but the computer doing the real work should solve that problem. Cards #56-90 ARE counted, at least.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Box Break Review: 2016-17 Fleer Showcase (My first NHL Box!)

Sorry this has taken me so long to post- I received this box as an Easter gift in 2017 and I'm just now finally getting around to posting it...the queue is long and growing. I don't know why I've been such a slacker in getting this posted, just not mentally in the game I guess. I'm not even writing most of the post until almost a year later, in February 2018. I'm embarrassed about it, but better late than never, no?

This was, as I say in the title, the very first NHL Box I ever opened. (It has since been joined by 16-17 Ice, 16-17 UD S2, 17-18 UD S1 and 1992-93 Ultra s1, and I have some more I'm working on but have not finished yet!)

Fleer has always been my favorite company, a large part of that because they made Ultra, my favorite brand. Fleer Showcase can trace it's roots all the way back to Flair, which eventually evolved into Flair Showcase, then Fleer Showcase, then Flair and Fleer Showcase were two different sets being issued the same years, then finally Flair Showcase being an insert in Fleer Showcase, which is now part of the Upper Deck family. (whew!) The Fleer Showcase set is now the only set of cards Fleer shows up on, although UD reintroduced some Marvel Comics sets with the Fleer banner last year. For most of the brands that made Fleer great, they appear as inserts in this set.

Enough pre-amble, let's see some cards, right?
Here's the base card design.
It's very gold and the players are all glowy. This one happens to be the only card in my collection showing the Nets-inspired alternates the Islanders wore last year.

Some of the photos really could have used more context, like this shot of Alex Ovechkin, who looks kind of possessed...
...which Anze Kopitar appears to be trying to escape from.
Scroll down below to see the rest of the base cards.

There were two rookies in the box, both numbered.

and Kyle Connor is clearly autographed. In fact, this was the first NHL autograph I pulled from a pack myself, and the second in my collection! I had never heard of him at that time, but I have watched the Jets a little more during the 2017-18 season and he's playing a pretty good role in their actually being good this year. He's put up 18 goals on the year in 50 games, with 35 points overall. Zack Mitchell has not done as well, playing only 21 games with three goals this season, he appears to be on the end of the bench in Minnesota.

The real draw of Fleer Showcase is the retro inserts, however. All the Fleer/Skybox brands live on solely in this set, as I've mentioned, but I was not able to pull all of them from my box.
Ultra lives on only as the mirror foil Scoring Kings, a long-time staple of the brand. Tarasenko was key in the Blues winning the first NHL game I saw in it's entirety so that is cool.
EX features a clear cutout with a cloud pattern printed on clear plastic- a definite throwback to the 1996-97 set.





Flair Showcase showed up with 5 cards, including one parallel of the insert, called Blue Ice, which is kind of funny if you know what that is. The card has an unusual texture on the back, is serially numbered, and sparkles much more than the scan shows.

The most populous throwback insert though, was Metal Universe, which saw 6 cards.





The Crosby is die cut, and the Carlo is fairly low numbered, 50 copies exist of this color Precious Metal Gems. There are also Green, Red and Purple, of which I didn't get any. The big problem with the Metal Universe cards, though, is that they are not etched. With the exception of one series in 1997-98, all the other Metal branded cards are etched foil, which I know Upper Deck has the capability to produce, as they used it in the Black Diamond brand for years.

There was also a Skybox Premium insert but they are numbered and rarer, I didn't get any of them. 

There were also three of the Red Glow parallels, which are not numbered. There is also a White Hot parallel, which is numbered to 25, that I was unable to pull.


I have to admit, I love parallels...I love parallels more than inserts, in fact...but in this case I would have been happier getting base cards, as I got none of these three in base format. It was my first cards of Drouin and Stepan, but being a known Rangers fan, I've gotten more Stepans since.

Overall, I got 71 of the 100 non-SP base cards. All the inserts and parallels I got are shown above.
Since it would be a lot of work to post the other 68 base cards, I'm not going to do that. Instead, here's a little gif of them.
They are in number order, but if you want to see the number and card backs, I suggest going to see the set on the Trading Card Database here. You can see the cards I didn't get there, too.

I don't know if they plan to do Fleer Showcase again in the 2017-18 season, but if they do, I hope I get a box again. There's a lot of nostalgia and the cards are pretty cool, even if they are mostly cutout of a full photo...you can still see it in the background.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

COMC Christmas: X finally marks a spot! (Multi-Sport & Indycar)

One of the things I decided to do was expand my multi-sport collection, but I didn't really hit it too much in this buying wave. I spent most of my money on non-sports this time, but I did get some multi-sport, including some Pre-War..but I think the card I might be most happy to have is this one, a mini from 2017 Goodwin Champions:
Xue Chen is from China, and if you know about Chinese culture...they put their last name first. Miss Xue is the 12,565th different person in my collection....but the very first with a last name that starts with X! I found her card kind of by accident, actually. I did a search for the next card's subject, and decided to look at the rest of the set. I then saw the card above, did a little research to make sure she hadn't Americanized her name convention, or that UD hadn't, and as soon as I found out she didn't, I couldn't click "Buy Now" fast enough. I know for a fact that not a single player with their last name starting with X has ever played in an NBA game, or raced in NASCAR. I don't know about hockey but couldn't find any. The Olympics sets generally only care about the USA, but Upper Deck put a few international athletes in this year's Goodwin Champions, which is how the above card came to exist. Note that when I say last name I really mean surname of family name.

Now, the card I actually went looking for:
Although a tennis player, Genie Bouchard actually has a Nets connection. A year or so ago, a fan asked her out on a date on Twitter...and she accepted! As it turns out, she is a Nets fan and chose a Nets game for the date. It made news in the NBA circles- she and her date were interviewed on the Nets broadcast, which I watched. I thought that was pretty cool, and when she came up on another blog recently, (Can't Have Too Many Cards) I commented that I needed to get a card of her into my collection, so off to COMC I went, and I chose this one. Although she's not dating that guy anymore, she apparently actually is friends with him now. (They still give updates on Nets broadcasts). All I can say is...I wish it had been me!

1939 Churchman's Kings of Speed is a set all about...well...speed. Be it auto racing or otherwise. I had to choose an auto racing card. Ab Jenkins is actually a pretty important person in the world of auto racing, but is mostly forgotten now, unfortunately. He lived from 1883-1956, and 15 of his land speed records still stand today (!) He is pretty much solely responsible for the importance of the Bonneville Salt Flats, and his active racing career spanned from 1925-1956. He also was mayor of Salt Lake City from 1940-44! He's one of the few racers who rose to major importance without ever attempting one of the major races- Indy 500, Daytona 500- the latter of which began three years after his death- and he has very few cards. The Trading Card Database shows only three cards of him, with this being the earliest. It is the first in my collection. It is also the first of this set to appear in my collection. Completing it seems unlikely, as it has the second card of Jesse Owens, but I might be able to get the other 49 some day. 48 to go, hah! The 1930s were the golden age of land speed record setting, and this set actually covers them better than any other.

There are some sets that are legendary in the hobby...1933 Goudy Sport Kings is one of them. I've had my eye on a few cards from this set, but...even in lousy shape they are expensive. This set, for multi-sport, is on the same level as Horrors of War for Non-Sports or T206 for baseball, It's that important. It's also the first set to ever have professional basketball cards in it, naturally the cards I was looking at. Since I've decided to expand my collection a little bit, I opened up more than just the basketball cards in the set as potentially part of my collection, and it led me to this one. I don't really know a whole lot about bicycle racing, and based on Wikipedia I don't even think they do the kind he did anymore- but he was apparently pretty good at it. I can't say as I had ever heard of him before, to be honest, but when it comes to bicycle racing, I can name basically two riders- Lance Armstrong and Chris Froome. And I don't think I could put a face to the name for either. What I did find out is that he was born in 1878 and died in 1949, and was considered by the French to be the best American bicyclist to race in Europe. It does not appear that he competed in the Tour de France. According to Wikipedia he did both track racing (on board tracks, no less, known as a death trap even to avid racing fans) and open course racing. Even in this poor condition this card cost me more than $5- a rarity for me to spend, but it was the only one that was still intact and in my price range. This is a part of history that I've never gotten to explore before, and writing up this post has opened my eyes to a form of a sport I would watch if I had the opportunity, that I never knew existed! That's not something that happens too often. Most of the time I get the cards because I'm a fan of the sport. Sometimes I become a fan of the sport because I got the cards. But to have never even heard of the sport until it shows up in my collection? I don't know if that's ever happened before!

Although NASCAR is my favorite form of motorsports, and the vast majority of my racing cards are NASCAR, I AM a fan of other forms of racing. (In fact, my favorite race of each year is actually the 24 Hours of Daytona, which is not considered a NASCAR race, although technically it is). I started watching the Indy 500 regularly a few years ago. I think the first I saw from flag-to-flag was when Dan Wheldon won in 2011, but I know I saw portions of it live at least as far back as 1995, and maybe earlier that I don't remember. I have not missed it since 2011 and I try to watch every Indy race that doesn't conflict with NASCAR. Lately I've enjoyed them more but I have too much mentally invested in NASCAR to skip them for anything. Anyway, of course I collect Indy cards. They don't have a very good representation on cards, and have not gotten any in years now. Unfortunate. I'd collect them if they did. Indy did get card sets starting in 1983, and had them pretty regularly up to the late 1990s. The first company that started doing yearly sets was called A&S Racing, which produced sets from 1983-1987, and then came back in 1991 and 1992 branded as All-World, but it was the same company. I've completed the 1991 and 1992 sets, but I didn't have any of the 1980s cards, and I've been wanting to change that for a while, but I never think of it when I get money in COMC. This time I did, but they aren't always easy cards to locate. I was only able to get three of the 5 sets represented into my collection, and at that only one card from each set.
 Doug Heveron comes from the 1983 set, the first one produced. I chose him because he is a local guy- Brewerton, NY is less than an hour away from me. He also raced in NASCAR, which didn't hurt, but I chose him specifically because he was local. 
 The 1985 set. With this set they began using the same design for every year, with just minor differences. This was a popular trend in the 1980s for some reason. For the Indy set the difference was the color of the text on the back, which was blue on this card. Rick Mears is a legend with multiple Indy 500 wins. If you are a race fan you know who he is already. Note Roger Penske palming a Coca Cola can. Coca Cola sponsored the Penske team at various times through his long history.
The 1987 set used the exact same design as the 1985 set, but the writing on the back is all in green ink. The 1986 set, which is available now but was not when I was buying, uses the same design but with red backs. Josele Garza was the only card available, as was the Rick Mears. The 1984 set seems to be the hardest to find. COMC has only had seven of them ever, all sold out, and the ones I can find on ebay are autographed. Hopefully someday I will be able to find some for my collection, and hopefully the 1986 set will still be available next time I get some money to spend on COMC. All three sets, and presumably 1984 and 1986 as well- are on very thin, flimsy cardboard, that are actually see through if you hold them up in front a light source, like the computer screen.

Thanks for reading this multi-part series, and thanks to my brother for this excellent Christmas present. I was able to hit every single topic I collect, get some cards/sets I always wanted, and get some cards and sets I would have wanted if I knew that they existed! And I got to make 5 posts out of it!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

COMC Christmas: NHL & NASCAR

Combining two of my three sports into one post, since I didn't get a whole lot of either of them.

First, hockey, which has already surpassed NASCAR in my list of favorites- although, while I type this up on Sunday afternoon, I'll be watching the Busch Clash or whatever they call it now instead of the Rangers/Jets game.

I only added one of my favorite NHL Player, unlike six of my favorite NBA player and three of my favorite NASCAR driver. Just how the cards shook out this time. However, this is a serially numbered insert parallel, my first numbered card of his, so it's a good one!

 My first card from 2003-04 Black Diamond on the hockey side, and my first Leafs relic. Sorry, CrazieJoe, I got this one for me!
 Manon Rheaume made history when she played in two pre-season games for the Lightning in the 1992-93 season. I wish she had gotten into a regular season game...but it was not to be. She was exclusive to Classic at the time, which did not make NHL cards. So, she didn't get a proper NHL card until many years later when they started making "history of the sport" sets, as 2008-09 Upper Deck Masterpieces was. I had been wanting to get a card of her in Lightning gear for a while and finally found one in my price range.Even though it's a painting, not a photograph, it still counts.
 I got this one because I'm good friends with someone with the same name. and it cracks me up whenever I see a reference to this guy. And, it's SN. I didn't realize until the box arrived and I was entering the cards into my listings that it was also my first card from 2012-13 Artifacts.
 I'm sad that Jarome Iginla appears to have retired, but glad I got to see him play, at least briefly, during 2016-17. When I was reading about the sport shortly after I discovered it, he jumped out as a favorite because he has done a lot of work to try and combat diabetes, one of the many things that I have wrong with me. This is also my first card from the set, and it's numbered, so winning all around here.
This is a brand new set but is exclusive (no pun intended) to Canada, so I likely won't see it for sale anytime soon. I decided that I wanted an example for my set, and I figured, I might as well get a SN parallel, and the UD Exclusives concept has existed since 1998-99- the longest running uninterrupted parallel in cardboard history. (THAT pun was intended). I also figured, since I was hand picking a card, why not get one of the Women's Team members, thus adding a new person to my collection and slightly increasing the vastly-outnumbered portion of ladies in my sports card collection? I was only half successful on that regard, because it turned out I already had a card of her and had forgotten. She got one in Sports Illustrated For Kids about a year ago. I'm still happy to have this card. And, the other one is a Multi-Sport card and this is a hockey card, so they technically count as two different collections. She didn't make the Olympic team this year.


 I pulled a Clear Cut parallel of Brayden Schenn from my box of 2016-17 Upper Deck Series 2, and I thought it was really neat. So I looked to see if I could add some more to my collection. They are a little pricey, but with how rare they are that's not too surprising. I was able to add one each from 2016-17 Upper Deck Series 1 and 2017-18 Series 1. I've always liked clear plastic cards, and these are just plain cool.

With a tip of the hat to the similarly named but not related Kin Kinsley, I stocked up on Young Guns from 2016-17 Upper Deck series 2. I got a hobby box from my Mom for Christmas, and I had remembered Kin mentioning that thanks to E-Pack, you could get most of them for cheap on COMC. He wasn't kidding. None of these cost me more than 42 cents. All but four of them are my first card of the player - Milano, Kylington, De Leo, and Johns were previously in my collection. with Kylington and Johns joining my collection on Christmas day. The Sonny Milano is actually from series 1, I meant to only buy S2 cards but my enthusiasm got the best of me I suppose. With the Auston Matthews in series 1 I doubt I'll be able to ever afford a box so the Milano should not ever be a duplicate anyway. I know, thanks to the Matthews in particular, I can never hope to complete the 530 card Upper Deck Flagship, (I count the updates as part of the set being updated, not the set it was packed in), but I will get as many of them as I possibly can.
I was in such a rush, I accidentally purchased a copy of a card I had just gotten in the box I got for Christmas. It's not shown. Oops!

Now, I move on to the NASCAR cards I got with this Christmas present. It's only 5 of them, and only three drivers are represented.


 For some reason, NASCAR cards on COMC tend to be higher priced than NBA and NHL cards. I rarely add any from there, and if you recall I've mentioned that I wasn't able to add any Dale Jr. cards from COMC in the past. That changed, as I added two numbered cards and a relic. I don't know why that changed, but I am certainly happy about it! Dale Jr. is my all-time favorite driver, and I look at his cards regularly. I don't know if its because he's retired now (I'm unhappy about that, but with his injury history I am not too terribly upset- another bad wreck might not have been walk-away-from) Interestingly, the Stealth card that leads off this section of the post, I have the base version of. I only got one pack of 2007 Stealth, so the odds of having that base card from my sole pack must be pretty low, despite only being a 90 card set. (this one's also Refractor technology!) I had to rescan my base version recently because I had accidentally cut off the bottom white border when I originally scanned it circa 2009. The card also shows the biggest problem Dale Jr's cards have had- every Cup card from 1999-2007 were censored. Drives me nuts. Luckily, when he went to Hendrick Motorsports in 2008, Budweiser did not go with him and thus, no more censorship. The Car cover from 2009 Press Pass Pieces comes from an insert set that was available only one per factory set. I got Jeff Gordon in mine, can't complain there.
The 2011 Legends Gold is just a cool card.
I make it a point not to buy current season cards as singles. I did it in the past, and then got burned by pulling another copy of the same card from a pack. More than once, which led me to swear off doing that forever, except for serially numbered cards or rare inserts. Yet, I broke that self-imposed rule for this card. Photos of cars on cards is rare. Press Pass never really figured out that a NASCAR set should show cars, and when they did throw a few out there, they went with superstars only, usually only 5 or 6 per set. Panini has done better...but still manage to do it wrong. The car cards in Select are short printed. I've done three blasters and pulled one of them. The blasters are no longer available at my local Target, sold to somebody who is not me. I figured I would risk it and buy this card. which is my first Cup car card of Matt DiBenedetto. I think it may be my first of Go FAS Racing as well, but I'm not 100% sure on that- I don't remember the new cards as well as I do the cards of the 1990s. For under a dollar, I figured I would risk getting a duplicate at some point in the future, but it seems unlikely. The Select brand returned to NASCAR in 2017 for the first time since 1995. The 1995 set (which really was all about, and had photographs from, 1994) is one of my favorite NASCAR sets and I'm one card away from completing it. Panini got the brand when they got the Pinnacle brands. Until I joined the Trading Card Database, I didn't know it had a run in baseball. I thought it was a one-and-done set for NASCAR. It has appeared in the NBA for the past several years as well. All the Select brand sets under the Panini aegis all use Chrome technology, which Panini calls Prizm.

 Racing Champions is special to me. I discovered the sport via a big box of Racing Champions cars on 12/26/1992 and they remained my favorite for as long as they had the license, which was 2005. They practically invented the concept of diecast replicas of NASCAR cars, and they did invent the concept of putting trading cards with them. I have realized, a little while ago, that when NASCAR took away RC's license is when my disconnect with the sport really began. But that's a whole other topic. I have the largest known Racing Champions NASCAR diecast collection in the world. I've worked hard to build it, and in fact, when I was mostly out of cards in the 2007-08 time period, it's because a large portion of the money was going towards getting the Racing Champions cars I always wanted but never had. I estimate that I am under 200 cars away from having every single one they produced in 1/64 scale, although I constantly find promos and variations I never knew existed. Before I got diabetes, I would buy them when I did, but now I can't afford to do that anymore. I will, however, pick up some from time to time, and I have a list of cars that I would buy if I could find them, because I looked for so long and never could.

One thing I would change, though, is HOW I collected them. I got a lot of them second hand, loose, without cards. Others, I would get the five packs, which didn't come with cards (but usually had an exclusive car or two). That latter way is how I got the 1999 Jimmy Spencer car. If I could go back to 1999...I would have done things a little differently. I would have still gotten the 5-pack, due to the exclusive car, but I would have gotten the individually issued car as well, because it came with the card. The 1999 year was unusual for Racing Champions. Most of the cars were reissued several times during the year with a different card design. That year, and that year only, the card was shaped to fit the package, die cut and oversize. Hard to store. The issue number was not printed on the card but only on the bottom right corner of the package. Jimmy Spencer only got two of the 82 numbered issues, one for the standard scheme and one for the gold scheme. I got the gold one when it was new, but I didn't get the card for the red standard scheme until finding it on COMC. The more popular cars- Mark Martin, Ricky Rudd, Jeff Burton in particular- had lots of cards in the set, and the only way to tell them apart at this late stage is to find a copy of them for sale on Ebay. Luckily, most are easily found still. Unfortunately, both of Jimmy Spencer's cars and cards were censored, as he was sponsored by Winston.
This is the car this card would have come with, or darn close to it. RC would modify the cars as the season went along, to more accurately reflect the actual car, so the 5-pack car may not match the single packed car exactly. However, the 5-pack is the only one I have.
I try to search for Racing Champions cards on COMC once a month or so- or whenever I get some money, at least- and I rarely find any I don't already have...only coming up with this one in the last year. But it's one more I didn't have previously, so I'm still happy about that!
This card is #40, by the way.

Only one more post to finish off my COMC Christmas.