Sunday, January 25, 2015

Breakin Wax: 2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Hobby Box

I LOVE TOPPS CHROME! There I said. Phew. Now all I have to do is tell you how my box break went.

Sorry about not having a box pic, but I am gonna give the breakdown anyways. In every box of 2014 Topps Chrome baseball is 24 packs and 4 cards per pack for $50 a box. Each box contains two autographs and a assorted amount of refractor parallels.

The base card design is as simple as can be, Topps took their base card design and chromed it. So simple that it looks great.

Here are my rookies. No Abreu like I had hoped, but did find a few good ones.

Yankee PC add and also the start of my rainbow.

Refractors.

X-Factors. Look, another Dean Anna!

I thought these look superb done in Chrome, 1989 Topps.

This card is what I considered to be the best hit of my box, a red refractor my first ever pull of one numbered to 25.

Topps Shelf that falls one-per-box

Die-Cut sweetness!

First autograph

Second autograph that is also a refractor.
Overall, not great hits, but between those, the refractors and rookie cards I felt there was plenty here for value. This also means that more than likely I am going back for more especially at its price point.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Breakin Wax: 2014 Prestige Football Hobby Box

Prestige, simply one of my favorite releases yearly and this year proved to be no different. It used to come out right after the draft, but Panini decided to switch the Score and Prestige release dates so this product falls a little later now. That just means I get more impatient.

My wife knows about my impatience with the product and was nice enough to pick me up a box. You will have to read on to see how I did.

In every box of 2014 Prestige football, there are 24 packs per box with 8 cards per pack. Most packs come with at least one rookie. You will also find one box topper and 4 autographs/memorabilia cards per box

Here is the box topper wrapper.

The cards are the same Draft Picks version you can find in the packs, but just done in jumbo size. They look really cool up close.

At first glance, I didn't care for the base card design. But, upon further looking at them and looking at all of them, I like it. Panini used team color schemes for the back ground split 50/50 with the team logo watermarked behind the player. Some of the team combinations on these look really nice. One of my favorites is Seattle's.

Back of base card

Rookie cards. These were the top rookie cards I pulled in my box. It was very weak in terms of rookies.

Extra Points parallels. These are the reds that fall 1:13.

Here is the purple Extra Points, these are numbered to 199.

Inserts. I was really impressed with the designs and layouts.


Acetate! Might be a tad bit too much since more than one inserts is made with it. I would rather see one done with acetate and find another way to do the rest. If I had to choose one of these designs to stick with , I would choose the Captain one.

Micro-Etched madness! See acetate feeling above...


My pulls. Nothing terrific, but one thing I know, you have got to give rookies time to see how they pan out.


HAHAHAHAHAHA only my third auto of his this year!! This one is an autograph Extra Points red parallel.

And finally, you should get one on-card auto per box. Mine, Mr. Cody Latimer. Another one of those, "you find a hit in every box" kind guy.
Overall, not the best Prestige break I have ever had. I did much better in 2013. I do like the base card designs, the inserts look nice but are a tad bit overdone, and the hits were okay. It will probably be one of those products since I am a Prestige fan that I will have to get a second glance on before deciding if I really like it or not.

HOBBY TOPIC

Yep, that's right. I brought back the popular series Hobby Topic. This series is all about you, the readers. My opinion is mum on every subject, however, you guys have the open mic per say on here. So without further ado, here is today' topic:

Set to release soon is Topps MLB 2015 flagship. Are you buying some? What are your thoughts on this years bold new base card design? What changes are you hoping they made in 2015 as opposed to the last few down years for the product?

Leave your thoughtful comments below!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Review: BCW Tobacco Card Insert Sleeves (Small Giveaway)

In an era where it seems Tobacco minis are being included in almost every product, it has been known for awhile that these cards were hard to display and enjoy since there didn't seem to be any pages or sleeves that fit them correctly. Luckily supply companies have been experimenting and coming up with cool products to help fill that need. I know BCW has many products already offered for these mini's.

A new product from BCW that was just released this week is one of those experiments. These new sleeves are called Tobacco Card Insert Sleeve. The Insert Sleeve differs from a standard Tobacco Card Sleeve because the outer dimension of an insert is the size of a traditional card. To keep the smaller tobacco card centered in the sleeve and not moving around everywhere, BCW created an inset “U” shape into the poly to the size of a traditional tobacco card.

Another difference in these than the standard Tobacco Card Sleeves is the thickness of the border. It's twice the thickness of the standard size tobacco sleeve helping protect the card more.

BCW created these insert sleeves for those of us who store our sports cards in boxes, 9-pocket pages or card holders designed for regular sized cards which is exactly what I do.With the tobacco cards now in these insert sleeves, I will be able to put them to good use in these areas.

In every pack of BCW Tobacco Card Insert sleeves is 25 sleeves that run roughly a little more than a dollar. You can find them HERE.

Here is one of the sleeves. It was hard to take a picture of the inset U but by looking really closely at this picture you can see it.

The first card I decided to put in one of these sleeves was my Sabathia mini. Here is the card being inserted. Pretty easy to get a card in one of these and not too tight like some sleeves can be.

Sabathia in his new home!

I also wanted to take on the challenge from the front of the package and see how they fit and look in Top Loaders and 9-card-sheets protectors.

Here is the card in a Top Loader. Fits amazingly. For me this means no more sliding around!

And something that made me even more excited was the perfect fit in the 9-card page sheets. Up until now I kept my tobacco cards just in a regular sized sheet area. Yes, the card slid around and it bothered me so most of the time I left the binder still, but now, with these I am able to wiggle this binder everywhere without an issue. I may have even danced with the binder to make sure it wasn't going to fall out and it didn't.
Overall, for me these are a huge hit and will be very beneficial. If you have tobacco cards and store your cards like me,  I know you will enjoy these.

And if you have tobacco cards and want to try this new product for FREE, I have two to give away thanks to BCW Supplies! So below, just comment with either your thoughts on this product or what else you think we need for card sleeves or what your favorite BCW product is.You will have one week to do so as entries are due January 30th 2015. ONE RANDOM winner will be announced on January 31st 2015 in the comments section below so make sure to come back to see if you have won.

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Breakin Wax: 2014-2015 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Hobby Box

Young Guns. Enough said. If that doesn't give you enough reason to want to open a box of Upper Deck hockey, then what is?
In every hobby box of 2014-2015 Upper Deck Series 1 is 24 packs and 8 cards per pack with boxes running just under $70. You will find 2 UD jersey cards, three Shining Stars, one Shining Stars Gold Rainbow, four canvas' and six of those aforementioned Young Gun rookie cards.

Not only does the Young Guns grab my attention, but the photography that Upper Deck strives by is simply amazing. Look at some of these base cards. If only more companies paid this much attention to photography detail.

Back of card



Here are the Young Guns I pulled. There is a good mix of players some of whom are becoming stars, some who may become stars later on. That's the fun of pulling Young Guns. Not to mention with these falling 1:4 packs, it drives the value up on them as well.

I even pulled a Young Gun Exclusive parallel numbered to 100

The 2000's Hockey Heroes that fall 1:12.5 packs

Canvas Cards. Love these. The regular players fall 1:7 while the Young Gun I pulled fell 1:48

Here are the Shining Stars you will find 4 of per game. A fun foil insert with a nice design.

However, the Gold Rainbow parallel of Shining Stars if much more impressive to look at. My picture doesn't do it justice.

And finally, my two Game Jersey cards. Not bad too shabby players.
Overall, I am a big fan of this product. The Young Guns are the hottest rookie cards out there. Between the nice photography on the base cards, the Young Guns, the nice looking inserts, I felt as if the jersey cards were bonuses here even though you are guaranteed two per box. There is much more to find in here besides what I pulled. Just look up further details where they sell the product.

Every year this product is released, puck fans are all over it. After opening my first hobby box, I usually do retail packs, I can see why.

90's Flashback: 1998 Topps Action Flats Peyton Manning

In 1998, Topps came out with something a bit different. They were called Action Flats.

In every package of 1998 Topps Action Flats football, came 1 card and 1 Action Flats Figure for $2.99. I was lucky enough to have found the only one I have and of the great Peyton Manning at a gas station back in 1998. Well worth the $2.99 now I would say.


Peyton Manning was one of only two rookies produced on the checklist. The other, the great Ryan Leaf. Alright, I can't even joke about putting the word great and Ryan Leaf together. It's just wrong.

The rest of the checklist of players available is on the back of this package. There are some stars to find from Brett Favre to Jerry Rice to Barry Sanders.
I have always kept my Action Flats sealed due to it being Peyton's rookie year and having his Topps Action Flats rookie card included. I didn't want either item to get damaged. I think part of my hobby OCD didn't want it opened either.

This piece will remain sealed in my PC and serve as a fun thing to look back on in another 20 years. There is no question about that. However, there is a question about Peyton. Will he return next year or will he decide it is finally time to hang them up. Honestly, I think he will come back for one more year. But, time will tell if I am right.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Breakin Wax: 2011 Panini Gridiron Gear Football Five Rack Packs

With a decent rookie class in 2011 and with some of the players starting to pull off big seasons, not to mention a great price, I said why not give these a try.

In every rack pack of 2011 Panini Gridiron Gear is 40 cards. In the 40 cards, you will roughly find 4 rookie cards. Two in the top pack, two in the bottom pack. You may also find inserts and parallels too.

The base cards looked like this. It's not a bad design, but I wished the border could have been trimmed down a little more on the bottom. It takes away from the photo.

Back of card. I actually like the back design.

Rookies I pulled including 20-sack season leader Justin Houston who almost broke the record this year. A couple of Giants PC adds as well in Marvin Austin and Da'Rell Scott.

A couple inserts

And some numbered parallels. Silver ones here and great players too such as Patrick Peterson (rookie) and Nick Fairley (rookie).

Gold parallels
Overall, nothing too special. I did get some great rookies and parallels which will fit in my PC along with a ton of base I might try to put a set together with. Still was worth the buy hit or not.