Friday, May 24, 2019

Two New Traders Bring The Fun!

I am always adding great traders to my trading circle and I did just that recently.

For a couple of months, I have been working on a trade with Greg from Nine Pockets blog who contacted me about some 90s inserts and set help, it was dragged out so long because of my slacking on getting my card room situated to find him a return. Usually an easy trade like this one should have been just that, but the specific things I was looking for to send in return were buried among the mess.

But, we finally got a deal done once I pushed past the mess and here was my return,

I have always enjoyed some 90's Ultra inserts. Ultra to me was the start of the creativity in the hobby before 1996 started the uphill climb of the 90's inserts with other companies.

More Ultra with some Gold Medallions. Ultra base cards alone are worth a look at. The Leaf one at the bottom is one of those steel cards made of metal.

 Shine a light on Black Diamond...sorry Rhianna came to mind

90's Black Diamond was the best and here are some die cut versions including the man, Wayne Gretzky. One day in my wildest dreams I will own his rookie card and autograph.

There were even some football inserts. Quasers is pretty cool of Lions WR Crowell

 Rhett, there it is. Rhett there it is! digging the old Bucs uni's more as an adult

Irvin refractor from 1995 Finest,  I consider the best design out of all the Finest ones and would almost use the term iconic for that line with it.

 And to end, a couple of autographs. Not anyone I know, but still cool.

Thanks to Greg on this awesome mail day! I hope when we trade next time I will be much more prepared!

Now onto my second new trader who was a new trader but not new to me as a person. I have always spoken to @911baseballguy usually about TTM autographs and addresses. But, when I saw him post a Daniel Jones I really wanted, we began trade discussions and here was the results of those.

Daniel Jones Red Prizm parallel. Prizm is such a beautiful product. It's not quite Topps Chrome, but close.

And I have been trying to add to my Mahomes rookies and this Donruss Optic fit it well.

Thanks to Shawn on a great trade and I know many more are to come from us! (well we already did just do another since with another post on the way)

I strongly suggest you seek out these two great traders as well. Easy to deal with and ships perfectly!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Cardboard Review:2019 Topps Big League Baseball

Baseball season is fully underway and the baseball releases are making their way to the market. One of collectors favorite releases last year was Topps Big League.

It's affordable, has a big checklist and isn't a product that's all hit based. We toss that away and we go back to the 90's sort of with this one.

Let's see what a hobby box break of it offers you.

 In every hobby box break of 2019 Topps Big League is 24 packs of 10 cards. There are no guaranteed hits to be found but there could be one with odds just over 1:100ish.  Boxes are very affordable at just under $30.

The base card design this year has mixed reviews, I don't mind it all that much  but will say it targets the audience it is trying to attract and works. The base set itself is a deep one at 400 cards and some of the photography had my attention. A lot of fun shots which should be noticed by any set collector or any team or player collector.

The base set consists of players of today and of tomorrow. I was a bit surprised by how deep the checklist is and didn't include legends as well. It did include some subsets instead.

 Here is what the base card backs look like. Full stats with a small write up along with other details about the player. Perfectly done.

I liked the base set photography so much, here is a gallery of my favorites along with the subsets.

 Rookie cards. I should note that the Tatis is a Sp to the base set. There are three Sp rookies in the base set including Tatis, Alonso and Jiminez. They aren't overly tough to pull but do fall a couple copies of each in a case.

 Highlights Subset

 Awarrd Winners Subset

 Stat Kings subset

And now the photography. You can't go wrong with this.

 (this Yankees fan can even enjoy a shot like this despite seeing the Red Sox celebrating)

See what I mean?!!? That Albies is one great card I know any Braves fan would want.

Now onto the parallels,

 Golds fall 1 per pack and here are my best ones including Acuna matata

 Ohtani Rainbow Foil /100

 Brad Keller Artist Rendition /50

Other parallels to find include,
 Players Weekend Nicknames falls 1:4 packs and has 30 cards to collect

 Wall Climbers, my favorite insert of them all, falls 1:4 packs with 10 cards in the set to find.

 Star Caricature reproductions fall 1:4 packs with 30 to chase.

Blast Off features 15 players falling 1:4 packs.

Other things to find including hits are,
  • Big League Autographs
  • Rookie Republic Autographs
  • Ballpark Oddities insert
OVERALL: I really have no complaints about Big League. Solid looking product, affordable and targets a different audience. It also has some hits occasionally. Hobby is really affordable which makes retail even more affordable.

It kind of reminds me of Collectors Choice in a way, except its missing something else. Like a Stick Um's insert or maybe some eye black insert. Something else. Still a fun break though.

Even though this is affordable and you don't need a breaker for a product like this, I suggest you check out Midwest Box Breaks when you do need a breaker.

Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Topps for providing this box for me to review and to be able to add cards to the giveaway on Twitter I am hosting. Please follow me there to enter @SportCardCollec. Also follow Topps on all social media sites and visit their SITE, as well. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Let's Talk About Sets Volume 5

Let's talk about sets baby
Let's talk about it with me
Let's talk about all the good things
And the bad things that may be
Let's talk about sets (for many years of it)
Let's talk about sets (multiples)
Let's talk about sets (Uh huh)
Let's talk about sets....

1991 song by Salt-N-Pepa was about a much different topic than I am turning it into. You see, I am staying on topic with cards. Not,well, what they were talking about. This newest segment about the 90's will focus on my set chases (the ones I have already used for a Origins Post or don't plan on using) and new additions to them along with updates on how far I have gotten.

It's time for us to sit down and have that discussion between your parents and you that you tried to avoid. You know, that conversation you have with them about the Flairs and the Pinnacles. Kids, it's time to Talk About Sets.

So grab a chew on some Fruit Stripes, just remember it may take the entire pack to have enough flavor to make it through this post, and check these out.

My buddy @CardpocalypseNC has been a huge help in my set chasing so far going to shows and finding needs and looking at his own collection to help as well. He has so far helped me knock a few sets down and has helped me take some numbers off as well.

Today's post is from awhile back but is a mixture of set help I received from him. As always, I am up and ready to get set help in trades.

Here is some of the dirty naughty trade set help he sent,

1995 Fleer NFL Prospects with it's groovyness

Skybox Impact Same Game More Attitude of Trent Dilfer

I am so so close on this 1995 Skybox Paydirt set. A dream since 1995.

Upper Deck Rock Solid

Hardwood Leaders from 1995 Flair basketball. A set I once owned but lost over the years. Would love to have this one knocked down too.

More of those Credit Cards from 1995 Studio!

1996 Sp Special Fx baseball set help. I didn't collect this one growing up but holograms have their way with me.

Well, that's it for today's Sets Talk. Hopefully I have enticed you to take a look at your own Sets life and make some decisions on ways to improve or add more Sets to your life.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Cardboard Makeover

All of us I believe do a cardboard makeover every year.

I know I do.

You know, that time of year when you sort something differently, you have something you gave up collecting, and you find something new you want to collect. It's sort of like spring cleaning when you clean things up, get rid of stuff that no longer interests you and rearrange your house.

My Cardboard Makeover usually begins after the start of the New Year, but this year it has taken me awhile to find my way and get that makeover done.

So let's take a look at my Cardboard Makeover so far.

1.Sorting Changes

I have dismantled apart my Ken Griffey Jr collection taking them all from a binder they have been in since the 90's and sorted them by year, put them into penny sleeves, uploaded my haves into my Google Sheet want list and placed them afterwards into two BCW shoe boxes. Never thought I would ever move those out of a binder, but I did and I am enjoying it. It has also helped me eliminate getting dupes and giving the ones I already had away.

Another thing I have started to do as of recent is a bit of a lazy escape. I usually stick all of my sport inserts in binders, but recently I find it a lot faster to place them into shoe boxes by sport instead of them sitting on my desk for months waiting to be placed into individual binders that I have to dig out. I am not sure if this idea will stay or not, but it may if I find it efficient and keeps my desk cleaned for other sorting.

I have also begun starting to move my NY Giants hit cards around and trying to find them a new home where I can separate them by player in. I may need to find some more shoe boxes to do so.

2.Leaving Behind

I have noticed myself losing more and more interest in watching baseball. It came back to me in 2017 for awhile when Aaron Judge came out of nowhere but has dropped off after the playoffs that year. So, I decided that there was other stuff I preferred to have more for my PC than baseball cards. In a corresponding move, I found another Aaron Judge collector willing to help me land other cards I wanted and we worked out a trade where roughly 2/3rds of my collection of him left. I did get to keep roughly 40 cards still with most being ones I would have wanted to keep in the first place. So far I have not regretted trading them away and feel good about where my overall PC is heading instead.

Actually I find baseball cards in general I haven't really been adding much to other than rookie cards or rookie autographs which I do for all sports anyways. I will still take Juniors (when have I not) and even Judge still (would replenish what I got rid of). As for NY Yankee cards that are not 90's inserts, well, probably not right now. I have other pressing needs. I may actually look to trade some of my Yankee hits for other cards I need.

There are other baseball cards besides rookies and rookie autographs, hitters only, that would interest me and that would be filling in those set needs!

3.Collecting Something New
Football has always been my main sport and interest to collect. The Giants 2019 rookie class was loaded full of defense which I have no intent collecting besides a few cards. I will mainly stick with Darius Slayton and Daniel Jones for newbies.

Another thing 2019 has brought to my attention is getting my 90's sets I have always wanted to build as a center point. I have had some success so far but my current two projects are going to take some work and need some help.

When looking at my Top Wants right now, here they are not in any order
  1. Non Sport cards. I would be interested in any autograph and memorabilia cards from TV and movies. The last two years I have been adding more and more in that area. (also adding more Psych relics, finishing up those insert sets and my Ghostbuster insert sets would be great too)
  2. 1995 Summit football Ground Zero. I really want to finish this set
  3. 1995 Score football Red Siege Parallels. Another set I am working to finish off
  4. NY Giants cards especially Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley.
  5. Rodney Hampton (I have a page on the blog that lists current biggest needs listed on eBay off to the right of the blog)
This was my Cardboard Makeover for 2019. Who knows what the 2020 version will look like but I bet it's not going to change too much but you never know. That's the fun part of being in this hobby.

Now I wanna know. What has been your Cardboard Makeover in 2019? I know you must have one and I bet you have one in all areas I covered. Let's hear it in comments!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Blast From The Past:1995 Flair Baseball Series 1 Pack Break

In 1999, a flick with Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone called Blast From The Past came out. It was about a scientist named Calvin Webber who was played by Christopher Walken, that took his pregnant wife in a deep underground fallout shelter in 1962 when he thought a nuclear war was imminent. During that time, their son Adam played by Fraser (who seemed to had been in every late 90's movie) was born and was exposed to only the culture of 1962 in the shelter such as the music and TV shows of the time. Life was accustomed to not being at the surface. 

Fast forward 35 years later, their supplies and food was running low so someone would have to come above ground and take a risk to get new products. That was supposed to be Calvin, up until he was ill from stress from his one visit to the surface. So his son Adam would have to venture out in a world he had never met.....

This segment takes a look at products that may have been hidden in a underground fallout shelter for over 20 years and now just coming back out to be me. Guess you can call me Adam even though my name is Matt. These are products I opened when I was first collecting and is a Part Of My Past, but may not have a memory or a Origins story to attach to them. Most products I post on here will, but some won't and those will be covered in this new segment.These products will be between the years of 1995-1999 only.

Let's just hope my experience with these breaks is better than Adams first visit to the surface.

So let's take a Blast From The Past with a one pack break of 1995 Flair baseball Series 1!

Each pack of 1995 Flair baseball comes with 9 cards. I landed this pack for less than $1 in a pack lot I won that actually included two of these. One I am keeping sealed.

Here is a blast from the past, the card back with odds.

I bought a lot of Flair back in 1995. Between the 1994 and 1995 design, I was sold on 1995. I didn't buy much baseball though as my focus at the time was on football but I did pick up a few packs just simply for the design alone. I still have a few of those cards kicking around so these will add to it.

Let's take a look if I had any success pulling any inserts.

Tommy Greene played for three teams between 1989-1997. He currently is a post game analyst for the Phillies and finished 38-25 with a 4.14 ERA.

Trevor Hoffman played for 18 seasons for a multitude of teams including 15 for the Padres alone which is where I know him from best. He was 61-75 with a 2.87 ERA.

Raul Mondesi played for 7 teams including my Yankees over a 13 year career. He hit .273 with 271 career dingers.

My arch nemesis Pedro Martinez pitched for five teams in 17 seasons. He was most known to me as a Red Sox pitcher who always started up trouble against the Yankees. but, he was very good. Went to multiple All Star games, led the MLB in ERA many time, led AL in ERA and won a World Series title. 219-100 and with an ERA of 2.93 is how he finished his career.

The Crime Dog Mcgriff played for six teams in 18 seasons. He was a five time All Star, World Series Champion and a 2 time Home Run leader. He batted .284 and fell just short of 500 home runs with 493. I think he should un-retire just to get to 500.

Karl Tuffy Rhodes didn't play in the majors long. It's probably the 13 home runs and the .224 batting average that didn't help.

Mike Munoz was 18-20 with a 5.19 whopping ERA

Reggie Sanders played for 8 teams in roughly 16 plus years. But, for me he wore this Reds uniform and that's where I know him best from. He was an All Star in 1995 and won a title in 2001. He had 305 Home Runs and a .267 batting average.

And finally, Tony Longmire who had a short career with a 3 home runs and a .285 batting average.

Overall, Pedro, Hoffman and Mondesi carried the worth of the break. Well, besides the most important part to me, the nostalgia. Nostalgia runs deep with both the designs, smells (who doesn't smell the cards?), and players. I don't always recognize all of the names in baseball as my collecting back then was football focused, but quite a few I do still.

Hope this Blast From The Past brought you back as well. There are many more to uncover in this series.