Thursday, April 27, 2017

BASEically Awesome Part 9: 1996 Action Packed Football

You wanna know what's awesome????

When you can combine embossing with action packed photography.

And there is one hard hitting product that did provide that, Action Packed.

One of my favorites came from 1996. The design led to crystal clear photography, the players on the field really stood out and not just because of the embossing, but because the background was a rough texture while the player was full gloss. Made for a beautiful combo.

All 115 base cards captured great photography like this....


and this....


and this...


and this.


The final 11 cards in the base set took a different approach with a subset called Eyeing The Storm. Which took a unique perspective showcasing an up close photo of the player in the background, then a full picture of them in the front.
 

I keep my fingers crossed every day that Panini will revive the product. So far the closest they have come was an insert set that wasn't embossed in Rookies and Stars. That was disappointing. But maybe it's a start. I even put a word in.

Thoughts on today's BASEically Awesome product is welcomed in comments.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?!:Giant Finds

Up next from this box......

Some oddball NY Giants collectibles. Ones I had tucked away and forgot about. This is a mini pocket schedule/coaster. I think I used to have many of these but got rid of some along the way to other Giants fans.


Up next, a present I got from my parents a long time ago. It at one time had the pull-back mechanism but that no longer works. Still kinda unique either way. I am not sure of the year on this item except that it had to have been between late 80's and 90's.
 

Thoughts on today's finds are welcomed in comments. Stay tuned for more finds in this box to come!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Wrappers Of Collecting Past:2002 Donruss Super Estrellas

Today's Wrapper Of Collecting past is a bit off course. It's a product I haven't opened, the wrapper here still has cards in it and it's one that's a product all in Spanish.
 
These cards were distributed primarily to Latin America and those areas in the U.S. with a large Hispanic population So they may not be that easy to find.
 
I found my unopened pack at a local yard sale for about $.25. I think at some point I may bust this and show it off on here as there is a Griffey card I need in the 150 card base set and some among the insert sets. So stay tuned for that.

In comments below, let me know if you have busted any or picked up any singles of any.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

MLB Pick Em Week 4

Below are the picks for this weeks MLB Pick Em challenge!

The rules are simple, pick a winner, earn a point. Pick a loser, earn nothing.

The only other rule is you must be a U.S. Resident to enter or have an address in the U.S.

You will play 4 weeks like this and person with the most right at the end of April will win a prize!

Here are this weeks games to pick winners of:
Baltimore @ NYY
TB @ Toronto
Chi Cubs @ Boston
Cincy @ STL
Phil @ LAD

Here are my picks for the games
NYY
Toronto
Boston
STL
LAD

Leave your picks in comments below. You will have til 6:30 pm Friday, April 28th 2017 to enter. Any entries after that will be disqualified for this week. If you missed Week 1, don't fret! You can enter Week 2 starting on Sunday. Even if you miss Week 2, enter Week 3. So on and so forth. I will slot those who enter in late even Week 20 in divisions that give them the best chance to win. Just remember even if you enter later in the contest and miss many weeks, there is still a monthly prize to win.

Standings should be updated Saturday!

WINNER ANNOUNCED FOR APRIL ON SATURDAY IN STANDINGS!!!!

Good Luck to all that enter!



TO MAKE IT EASIER ON ME, IF YOU CHOSE A TEAM NAME, PLEASE PLEASE PUT THAT TEAM NAME IN COMMENTS WITH YOUR PICKS!!!!!!!! THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK!!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Mail Day Saturday: Every Time I Look At This I Don't Go Blind

Today is the final part of my latest trade mail day with 90's Niche Football Card Blog. One I have been extremely excited about showing off.

As you have seen on here, I have busted a couple boxes of 2014 Panini Country Music hoping to find myself a Darius Rucker autograph and never had any luck in doing so.

Rucker, for those of you who may not remember, was the lead singer of one of my favorite groups of the 90's in Hootie And The Blowfish before deciding he wanted to crossover to country music. Honestly, with my dislike of country music, I haven't even heard one of his country songs so I am not sure if he is even any good at it.

In my mind, he is and always will be Hootie.

When 90's Niche Football Card Blog and I discussed the possibility of helping me acquire an autograph of his, we were looking at doing his basic auto from the product, but when a autograph silhouette came up for cheaper, he helped snag it for me and we made a deal for it.



I was beyond excited to add this one to the PC. Maybe I will even still bust some of the 2014 Country Music because it is so cheap just to see if I can land the other autograph of his from the product.

A big thanks goes out to 90's Niche Football card blog for the overall trade. With his help, I got the Rucker auto, I got my Psych set complete and was able to add some cool Giants cards. Another big trade complete for us and from what I can tell, another one will more than likely build up down the road.

Thoughts on today's pickup are welcomed in comments!

Friday, April 21, 2017

2 Years Later: The Sort Is Done

Two years. That's how long it took to un-sort to re-sort 23 years of collecting base cards for four sports changing them from a by year, by brand, by number to simply by team and by key players from each team.

I was trying to find a way to simplify the way I collect. Especially since I don't set collect as much as I used to. The sets I put together and ones I am still trying to do were kept intact.

The one thing that was most helpful during this two year project was my 2 BCW Sorting Trays. Not sure I could have completed this big project without them. Or at least in the two years.
 

They helped take this ....




Turn it into this.....
 

Which in the end, turned into this...




Which later turned into this. Baseball teams each got their own 800 ct box.


Football, hockey and basketball were put into bigger 4 or 5 row boxes. The players for each sport I pulled got their own 4-5 row boxes as well.


In the end, I can't tell you the amount of cards I sorted as I don't even know that. But, the years were focused on 89-now. You know how it is when you load up on the junk wax years.

What I can tell you for numbers was the breakdown of key players I yanked for each sport:
Baseball 80 players
Football 110 players
Basketball 60 players
Hockey 20 players

I didn't yank all of the stars as I mainly focused on offensive players more than defensive. Not a lot of collectors care much pitchers and defensive lineman.

I am just glad to have this project done as I have many others I want to tackle next including sorting my baseball rookies by team. Once again, that may take awhile from all of the junk wax rookies I have.

So now I wanna hear what your most challenging sorting project ever was? Let me know in comments!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

HOBBY TOPIC:Custom Cards

Here is how Hobby Topic works if you don't remember

Just leave a comment or thought below on the following.

Today's Topic is
Custom Cards

Do you collect custom cards? Do you buy them or just trade or make them? What's the most you have or would be willing to spend on a custom card? When collecting them, do you consider them apart of your player/team PC or do you call them something else (this part I am wondering for myself)

Please make sure it's clean for our younger audience.