Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Rodney's Cardboard:1997 Skybox Premium Reebok Gold

Back in 1997, Skybox Premium released a series of parallels I missed out on because they were so subtle I never knew they existed.

That's until I started to collect Rodney Hampton.

On the front of these cards, all seems normal. Just a base card.

Then you flip it over to realize, hey, there is extra writing on here. These were known as Reebok parallels. The differentiating factor is the Reebok logo on the cardback along with the Reebok website address at the bottom of the cardback. Each of these bottom parts even had a rainbow of colors. There were five different colors to collect which I wouldn't have known. 

There is Bronze (easiest to pull), Silver (next easiest), Gold (todays and the third easiest), and Red and Green (the toughest two) I have seen all five of these on COMC but the green sold at like $60 to someone and the Red is still there but at $33 so I can't grab it. I do own all of the easiest ones now and have the base as well.

These parallels are cheesy as anything but fell one per pack and were only exclusive to 15 athletes.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Cardboard Contest: Win This Freddie Freeman Autograph!

2019 Topps Archives Signature Series, Active Player Edition

Freddie Freeman, 6/9

Autographed on his original 2016 Bowman Chrome

Plus a box of 35 pt. BCW Magnetic Card Holders (20 holders)

How to enter:
  • Be a resident withing the 48 contiguous United States
  • Comment on this post your favorite BCW Product that you can find, HERE.
  • Please let BCW Supplies that you appreciate giveaways like this and thank them for providing today's prizes
  • You have til the end of the week to do so.
  • Good luck to all and winner only has 48 hours to claim once one is announced. Winner will be chosen at random and announced in comments of this post.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Let's Talk About Sets Volume 13

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 (1995)
Let's talk about sets (much)
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.

Today's sets talk is from my first ever trade on Twitter with WestCoastHockeyHits who not only had hockey cards, but had some serious set help for me. This is just one part of it.

I am always hoping people will dig deep and find some Ground Zeros in their collections that are collecting dust and he did.

Fleer NFL Prospects of Michael Westbrook I needed. These were inserted one in every 6 packs.I have 14 of the 20 needed for the set so it's coming along.

This card marks me half way to the 18 card set. TD was a huge need that I desperately needed. These fell 1:23 packs or roughly one per box.

And check out this Red Siege set help. Nine new ones!

We had a lot of Sets today. The next part focuses on one particular one. Come back for the next volume and let's have some gold added to our sets.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Breakdown Cardboard On Vacation

For the first time in two years, I was able to go on vacation.  It was a much needed one.

My sister in law rented a cabin on a lake about an hour from where I live and we spent this whole week there. Just before I headed out to leave on the trip, I stopped by my mail box where a pwe from Gavin was waiting for me.

Instead of turning around and bringing the envelope home, I decided it would be fun to have it with me so that I could do a Blog On Location instead. A fun aspect I have never done before.

The cards inside were great, but the cards were greater. All new to me! That's tough to do when my NY Giants collection is so deep.
Evan Engram red prizm parallel. Such a great looking card all around and I tried to have the sun capture it's magic while Evan decided to take a look out over the lake.

 Turkey Red rookie card of Sinorice Moss


Juan gone

Hakeem Nicks Topps Platinum refractor decided to take a relaxing sit on the swing that resides on the deck overlooking the lake

Well, Eli and Phil both decided to take turns in the sun. Trying to get their tans after Phil passed the torch off. I truly miss the days when most inserts were numbered. Made them feel more worthy.

And Odell trying his hand at N64 which I hadn't ever played til now. Kobe Bryant's in NBA Courtside was the only game offering but still was fun.

It was a fun packed week of eating great food, relaxation, talking cardboard with a few Twitter peeps in my downtime and even went to a fun Christmas themed park for a day where I decorated Gingerbread men and rode some rides. Well, nothing special as I have motion sickness but it was still a good time.

Hope everyone else enjoyed their week and thanks to Gavin for another solid mail day.

Friday, July 19, 2019

It Was Time

It was time.

It was time for me to do another sorting project. This time, it was another big one.

Over the past few years, I have come to realize with all of the trading I do it would be a lot easier to have my cards sorted by team. So I did that with my base and rookie cards. However, my inserts I have not. And since I have four sports of them to sort, this was going to be quite the project to tackle.

I decided that baseball would be my first one to tackle since that and football were my biggest projects. Basketball and hockey don't have nearly as much.

So I dug right in. Pulling two binders worth of cards out, then sorting them, then rinse and repeat. As of my typing of this I still have a couple baseball insert binders to go.

I definitely couldn't have done any of this project easily without the help of my card sorting tray I got from BCW Supplies. I actually have three of them but could use a couple more the way I in-depth sort my cards and it helps keep my desk clean and neat.

Here are some cards freshly pulled from a couple of binders

And binders as they empty. I will reuse all of the binders and pages for other projects I have planned. I don't let anything go to waste.

Well, I should probably end this post so I can go back to the project at hand. I also should mention, if you plan on doing any sorting projects like one I am doing or even ones that are simpler, go grab yourself a Card Sorting Tray from BCW which you can find HERE.

While you are at it, let me hear what projects you have started on for sorting?

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Leaping For This Autograph

Last seasons rookie class in the NFL was phenomenal. You had Mayfield, Darnold, my boy Saquon of course and then Lamar Jackson just to name a few.

Jackson somehow put the Ravens on his back and carried them to the playoffs where they were taken down. But still. They didn't look like they had a shot til he got the job. I wished they had actually won that playoff game as I think they matched up better vs the Patriots then the Chargers did. I think that showed once the Chargers played the Pats. That was an awful game.

Anyways, I spent a good part of last season chasing down autograph cards of future studs and Jackson was on my list. Only problem, I couldn't find one available FT.

That's what got me to think a bit deeper. Isn't Dion's Autograph collection a Ravens fan? Doesn't he get autographs from all of the players? Hmmm. Let's search his blog.

And boom.

Multiple Jackson sightings on there. They may not be autographs from a card company, which is my much bigger preference, but I know these are authentic at least and he is a good trader so I approached him about a trade.

And as always, he was more than happy to and gave me options of which ones to choose.

I chose this option as I am a geek for great photography as well. His signature could use some work but not his signature moves. Look at that leap!

This doesn't mean I am still not in search of an autograph card, but for now this will due.

Thanks goes out to Dion for another great trade and for sending this securely and even in a toploader. I look forward to our next one!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Bo Knows Cardboard

One of my most common trade partners in 2019 has been @Jake1725 as you have seen from multiple posts this year.

But, this was the grand finale of them all!

Let's see what I was able to do here.

Jonathan Loaisiga Inception base and parallel

 New Gleyber for my PC

I didn't get a Wander from my Bowman break, now I have one. Just need the chrome version

Some Washington Nationals for trade bait I needed

I traded one of these to Jake last year, but he had an extra copy so he sent it back to me. I don't get why people pay so much for a non rookie. I didn't even know about this card til I saw a Beckett post and discovered I had one. I am glad to actually have a copy back now. Not sure what it is, but been having kind of a Trout crush recently.

I do some prospecting on and off, my form of prospecting is hoarding all rookie cards, so I traded for this one. However, it didn't stay with me too long as I traded it away within a day for something much bigger....

And the final card in this mail day is Bo. Bo knows he was on my autograph needs so when Jake had one available, I had to have it. This card is beautiful and numbered 1/10.

A big thanks goes out to Jake for the trade as always. Looking forward to our next!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Simple Cardboard Trading

Have I mentioned how I enjoy simple trades? You know, the ones where you don't have to worry about the stress of money and values. The ones where you have to break down dimes and pennies even. Just a simple, I want this and I will give you this agreement is what I and @911baseballguy have been doing.

And to boot, the guy was patient for me to ship. Like weeks and weeks patient. With the rising cost of shipping, I have been trading a lot less even PWE wise. This year has been tougher financially so I had to cut back either way, but in general the shipping costs are frightening and making me cut back even more.

This is a big reason why my trading with other bloggers was cut back as well.

Well the start of my trade was landing that MJ Fleer sticker from 1988 for my small MJ PC. Hated the guy in the 90's, appreciate him now.

Davis Webb autograph relic.I know he isn't a Giant anymore and is on the opposite NY team, but still in blue here so I am still taking them in.

And a must have was this C.J. Conrad auto from Leaf. Undrafted TE rookie that signed with the Giants and has looked solid so far. But, will he be able to make the team that already has Engram and Ellison and Simonson. Giants are deep at TE.

Thanks again goes out to Shawn for another great trade and for making it simple. Looking forward to our next!

Monday, July 15, 2019

The Yanks Cardboard Comes Marching In

Last week I got a message from @batcavelv that a package was heading my way to finish up a trade awhile ago. I never know what to expect when I get a package from him. They come in all shapes and sizes.

So let's check it out!

Whoa. Big packed box that was sent in one of the priority bubblers I have been using for everything I ship. Why ship a box like this for $12 when you can stick the box in a bubbler for $8 and have it tracked and insured. Yeah. Exactly.

 El Duque! Love Ex!!

 Gary Sanchez rookie. I didn't have this one.

 Jorge Mateo. Interesting signature especially the eo that sags at the end.

 Ruben Randle Topps Prime. The Stadium Club of football at one point.

 El Duque again!! And Ex again!

 I assume what is a sample pack of 1997 Leaf. This will look great in my 90's PC. Keeping it sealed.

 Yogi Berra numbered card.

 Aaron Boone parallel

Pinnacle had some of my favorite cards in the 90's, I will take any and all but these oddball Sample cards are always fun addition.

 Late 90's Bowman parallel, sign me up!

Three new Mattinglys for my Yankees PC. Mattingly is the third highest Yankees player cards I have other than Jeter (way in first) and Judge (who is barely ahead of Mattingly after I traded a ton off)

 Pops! If only Jr had worn pinstripes and scored himself a ring

Gozilla strikes! I have never seen one of these but totally digging it!

 Chuck Knoblauch shiny

 90's Prism still looks better than todays.

This Ron Guidry caught my eye. Seems like the color scheme is off.

 Luis Severino OD rookie

And two brand spankin new NY Giants cards I haven't seen before or even knew the brand of.

Thanks goes out to Tracy for this mail day which I think you said was only one of two coming. That should be interesting. Lots of new additions to multiple PC's. Much appreciated!