Saturday, August 29, 2015

90's Flashback:1998-1999 Crown Royale Martin Brodeur

Crown Royale was one of my favorites in the 90's and just like yesterday, it was another top notch release done by Pacific. They seemed to know how to make cards and especially great base cards. If only they could have survived. I think great things would have come from them in today's market.

I have always been a fan of the crown die cut no matter how they positioned it. I am happy that Panini revived the product.

I acquired this Brodeur via trade with my father like some of the other hockey ones in the 90's I have recently been posting about. I still have more to go.

I must also note, that 90's Flashback will go away for a bit as I transition to a new way to display 90's cards. I am far behind on shout outs and stuff to show off so will have a new post that will be featured on Saturday's. When I am caught up,this form will return unless the other form is more popular.


Friday, August 28, 2015

Sport Card Collectors Fantasy Football League!

This year I found out that Jammin JDcards sadly will not be doing their league. But, I have become such a #FF addict because of last year that I wanted to at least set up a league

So I  created a league and the first 19 people(besides some special invites I sent out ahead of time) to email me at sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com (please put fantasy in the subject and your email in your message for easier contacting) or comment below with their email addresses can join in my league.

Not sure if there will be prizes or not. I mostly set up the league for fun and to talk trash lol.

Since I am not one for live drafts, to make things even more interesting in this league, the draft will be randomed to us. (You can set preferences for your teams draft in the my team section) That's right, we will be assigned players so we may need to be doing some serious trades and free agent signings! That way also you guys won't have to worry about being there for a draft too.

Good luck and hope to fill this league!

Let me know in comments also if you are in!

(NOTE: This is the first time I have ever set one of these up. I don't think there is a password to join as I didn't need to enter one. So hopefully there is no problems. If there is let me know and tip me on how to fix it.)

Review:2015 Certified Football

One of my favorite Panini products, Certified comes blaring out of a box full of shiny goodness. How did I fair with this box...well...you need to read on!

Before I continue on, I must thank Panini America for the review box and you can look for some of these cards in a future giveaway. Please take a minute out to thank them as well.

Now onto the review:


BOX BREAKDOWN:
Every box of 2015 Panini Certified football comes with 10 packs per box and 5 cards per pack. There are four hits per box, 2 auto (one is supposed to be a patch/auto), 2 memorabilia and boxes will run ya around $90.

BASE CARDS:
Base cards for Certified remain the same, a silver foilboard. However, this years looks much better with the addition of a designed background. I think they look really sharp.

There are 100 vets, 75 rookies and 25 Immortals shaping up the base set. 

Rookie cards are still numbered to 999 as well. They also don't seem to fall too many per box either.

This is the Immortals. They also are numbered. The Young is a mirror red numbered to 99. These parallels stand out even more now with the background design.

SP'S AND VARIATIONS:
N/A

INSERTS: 
SHINY GOODNESS! Check these bad boys out! You should find two Mirror Silver parallels, one Mirror Silver Rookie, one Skills insert, one three Stars inserts and one Certified Legends.

Here are the Mirror Silver parallels. Look awesome!

I beat the odds here and pulled three Legends inserts. This one is of Deion Sanders.

Elway is a Mirror Red and Namath is a Mirror Gold numbered to 50 of Legends inserts!!

Here is a Gold Team and three Stars inserts including the biggest of them Odell!

MEMORABILIA CARDS:
More shiny goodness. New Generation jersey cards numbered to 799. These are also done in the base card design. I like the balance of the card with the swatch. These are the kind of one-colored jersey cards I can deal with. I bet patches look amazing on these.


AUTOGRAPHED CARDS:
All of you sticker autograph haters, not me as I see an auto as an auto no matter what it's written on, you might not like the two pulls from my box. Here is a Certified Signature of Ravens Terrence Magee.

And my best pull of the box in my Freshman Fabric. Jeremy Langford. Look at how beautiful this card looks. Even the poor signature doesn't take away from the card. This may possibly be the best designed Freshman Fabric card yet!

OVERALL THOUGHTS:
As a collector who really enjoys things that glisten, I had a blast opening this box. Chasing the rarer parallels made for a great pack opening experience as I kept hoping for one in every pack. With that being said, 4 nice looking hits, a base set worth collecting, some numbered cards and the rare parallel chasing makes this one fun break. The price point is a bit steep, but I think the big hits can be found so if you wanted to take a risk on a product, I think this is the one you should definitely rip.

90's Flashback:1998-1999 Aurora Paul Kariya

Aurora, another great Pacific brand, was always a fun product. This specific year had some great looking base cards with 3/4ths being full color and the last 1/4th of the card being a bronze foil photo double.

Once again, you can't appreciate a card like this until you see it up-close.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Breakin Wax:1999 Topps Baseball Series 2 (BIG HIT)

In my second to last break from the auction lot, I broke a box of 1999 Topps baseball Series 2. For the most part the box was very lame with the lack of anything but base cards. But, the wanting to pull of the inserts continued me through the 36 pack box. Glad it did as something very tough was pulled..........

What was my tough pull? READ ON!

In a box of 1999 Topps Series 2 baseball, you will find yourself busting 36 packs with 11 cards per pack. So you get a lot of cards in a box.

The base card design wasn't too shabby in '99, the only part I didn't like was how bad the cards chipped.

Back of the base cards

Rookie cards. Once again, rookies, prospects and whatever you call them in baseball just frustrate me. I only call a rookie a true rookie when Beckett does. But, I guess everyone has their own definition but it irks me endless that baseball cards are so confusing for rookie cards. A player shouldn't have a card marked rookie card or prospect three years in a row.

Subsets. I like the ones with trios. Some incredible ones to find including one that I did for #MissionGriffey.

Sammy Sosa HR Parade "inserts".  They are technically all card #461 with 66 different varieties celebrating Sammy's big year. But, in order to call a base set a base set, you must include one of these in it. They fall a couple per box.

Nolan Ryan reprint inserts. These fall 1:18

A Finest reprint falls at 1:72

I LOVE THESE! Mystery Finest. These fall 1:36 or one per box. Love the mystery, but was just a tad disappointed when my players were Jeter, A-Rod and Griffey and I find A-Rod lol.

Up next is All-Matrix.. Beauty of a card!

And finally are my Record Number inserts. These fall 1:8. However, I noticed upon second glance that one of them was a bit different....

One was a GOLD and odds of pulling them, especially the first ones in the series are amazingly tough. Schilling, if I remember right, falls 1:23,000 packs (I misplaced my pack so I couldn't fully confirm this but I am pretty sure that's what it said) Booo Yah! Some are even tougher!

And it's numbered to 319. In today's world this would probably fall many per box.
Overall, a 1:72 Ryan, a Mystery Finest, the Schilling all made this break worth while. However, they don't have much value in terms of monetary, but they do represent some pretty cool 90's additions to my PC.

Now for the breakdown. I took the inserts, star players from the base and rookies and got a rough Beckett Book Value for it:

Here is what I paid: $4 for the box
Here is what I roughly got in Beckett Book Value from it: $50

I did okay. Can't complain with the tough hits I got and the price I paid. Better than most Topps breaks I do now-a-days.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Review:2015 Panini Prestige Football

I get to give one of my favorite early season releases a second go, let's see if I was as impressed the second time with Prestige.

Before I continue on, I must thank Panini America for the review box and you can look for some of these cards in a future giveaway. Please take a minute out to thank them as well.

Now onto the review.

BOX BREAKDOWN:

 
 
Every box of 2015 Panini Prestige football comes with 24 packs with 8 cards per pack. You will find three autographs and one jumbo patch card per box. Boxes fall around $85.

BASE CARDS:
The base cards in this years Prestige are a bit different. I felt they had more high gloss than usual and they have wide open photography other than the name. I like it.
 
You will find one rookie card per pack. Unless you pull a variation, then you will get two. Variations this year are an improvement as well and I like how Panini did them. Instead of the usual left pose or right pose or draft day photos, these are easy to define. The rookie cards are college unis and the Sp variations have them in their NFL uni's. The variations on the other hand are much easier to pull as well falling at a rate of 1:6.

SP'S AND VARIATIONS:
I should have put the rookies Sp's here lol.

INSERTS:
I pulled four Extra Point parallels including a Brandon Oliver numbered to 50. There is Red, Purple, Gold, Platinum and Black offerings.

It seems the staple inserts for Prestige got a facelift as well. I like the new designs.

There is also a nice mix of inserts. Some on cardboard. Some on acetate and some with etching. Makes the break more interesting then seeing the same ole, same ole.

 
MEMORABILIA CARDS:
In every box you are guaranteed one patch card. They are really sharp and the swatches look nice. I actually pulled a parallel this time.I would assume these patch cards have the same parallels as the base cards.

AUTOGRAPHED CARDS:
Three autographs per box. This time in my break, I landed two on-card ones that got signed at the premier. 

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 My other autograph in the box. POOR, POOR AUTOGRAPH.  I could sign for him.


OVERALL THOUGHTS: 
Another decent break. Not a strong one in terms of big names, but this is still early so anyone could step up and be big time. I was a bit surprised to pull Lockett again as I pulled him in my first box but as an extra points autograph in that one. 

If you have been a fan of Prestige over the years, you will enjoy this product. Big hit seekers, probably not as much even though there are some good hits that can be found in here.

In the end, I like the new additions and new fixes in the product and probably one of the better Prestige releases to date. 

90's Flashback:1999-2000 Topps Season's Best Ice Futures Milan Hejduk

Back in the 90's I was a die-hard hockey collector and fan. I watched every game they televised and even though I am a Rangers fan, I always had a thing for the Avs. Milan Hejduk was apart of the teams I watched. So trading for this card from my dad to me was a no brainer.

I now wished I could had kept the Sp Authentic pack pulled rookie card I had of him.

The one thing surprising about this card is Season's Best is usually a shiny bold colored design, this one is laid back with just a foil touch. Probably not the best of the designs for Season's Best, but I do like the font they used.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

HOBBY TOPIC: Madden Season!

Today was the release of Madden NFL 16. The one and only video game/hobby I do other than cards. This marked the 20th straight year I was able to pick up the game on it's release day.

This years edition was even more special with the first NY Giants player to grace it's cover since they moved away from having John Madden's face on there. So for me it's both a collectible and a fun activity.

I mean, it's Odell Beckham Jr. It should be a collectible for everyone right?

This years version of the game has a new interface and play around the CB's and WR's. It focuses more on the way you can catch the ball and deep passes actually work for once.

The way I play has never changed. I do Franchise mode as the Giants in the All-Madden level against the computer and always have. I never play online. My strategy has also always been the same. First season, trade off aging costly players for incoming rookies from the draft class, free up cap money for the off season and pickup as many speed players as possible at HB, WR, TE, CB, FS, SS and LB. Speed kills and always has and most of those positions will not be allowed to have anyone under 90 spd overall no matter what their ovr number is.

My first season will either be a huge boom or huge fail but I will make sure by bringing in these younger speed players that I will have a bright future later on. I haven't had much play time yet with '16 other than trading Eli Manning off and picking up Jameis Winston in a trade. I have much more to go.

Anyways, I am just wondering how many of you play the game? What team do you play as? What's your strategy? What level do you play on? And do you play online?