Thursday, April 26, 2018

Nuttin But The Hits:2018 Leaf Draft Football Blaster Box

2017 was probably the least amount of football cards I have ever bought. I have so many rookie card gaps so if any of you have some extras kicking around especially of the top guys, I would be interested.

I didn't even have a single card at draft time!!! For a die hard football card collector, that wasn't easy!

This year will not be that way. At least for the draft. My wife picked me up a 2018 Leaf blaster to celebrate my million view mark.

Normally I am not much of a non licensed football fan, but, for the first products of the year I dig in some or try to.
In each box of 2018 Leaf draft blaster there are 20 packs with 5 cards per pack. So you will get a lot of cards for your $20. The problem I always have is them packing the autographs separately in clear plastic just like Sage. It leaves those 20 packs less desirable.

This year was a ton of inserts and parallels in a box. I don't even think I got a base set with so many. However, I didn't get any dupes either in 100 cards. That's something I always got with SAGE.

The base set design isn't actually bad. I kinda liked it with an open field photography look. I found all of the good rookies in my box

Including some gold parallels of some of them like this Baker Mayfield.

The inserts are not badly designed either. All around I was impressed with design. The annoying part was they made a gold parallel for each insert set as well. That's just way too much.

This was probably my favorite design of the inserts.

The autographs came packed in toploaders. I haven't seen that before.

I didn't expect to find a Sam Darnold or Josh Allen autograph and I hope you guys don't either when you bust these Sage or Leaf blasters. They don't put those guys in these boxes. It's usually the very low end guys and ones they have tons of. All  you can hope is that they are surprise stars. 

My first pull was this Fred Warner

Second is Jaleel Scott
I didn't know either player or heard of them. But, I am sure some college football fans have. I do like the Scott pull because he is an offensive player and those usually drive the market. Not that I am about selling or money when it comes to collecting but in my mind I have to tell myself it was a worth purchase now.

Overall, I got my very first taste of 2018 football and some rookies of each of the top guys. I also got some other guys mixed in as well. At least this year I should be prepared for the Giants draft and hope that I found one of their future stars in my box. And I will definitely will be watching it tonight. I am hoping they draft Barkley and if they do, that will be another whole big search I may need help from you guys with.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Another Great Trade With Gavin!

Gavin over at Baseball Card Breakdown was the first person to check out my Trade Bait tab and staked his claim on a few cards and we pulled off a trade pretty fast.

I had no idea what I was going to get in return which is always fun for me and Gavin didn't disappoint.

Up first, a die cut Rodney. I never turn down a Rodney Hampton card or a nice looking insert/parallel from the late 90's.
Michael Cox rookie from Panini Black. I always thought Panini Black was one of their better looking products. Especially when it comes to the autographs and the Giants blue against that black. So sharp!
I always like to add First Pitch cards when I don't have them. This one I wanted despite the uniform being showcased. Another First Pitch card I have wanted for some time is the one featuring Fluffy the comedian.

Another great looking Gavin custom. I just sorted out my Mattingly cards this past weekend and have a decent amount of him surprisingly. I may update all of these numbers like my Giants PC as well.
Also in my package were a couple of super sweet Eli Manning relics I didn't have.

Spectra to me is a high end Chrome. I think the relics and autographs look superb on a product designed like this. It took a plain white swatch and made it worthwhile.

And finally, what may be one of my new favorite Eli relics is this nice looking Great American Treasures relic.
And with that Eli, another great trade with Gavin in the books with many more to come! Thanks again Buddy!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sets Of My Childood THE SERIES! Part 3:1996 Topps Broadway's Review

Welcome to the new series here on Sport Card Collectors!

I decided not only would I make a want list of each of the sets I am chasing in a tab, but I thought a little breakdown and feature may help get me more set help. I am sure many of the sets I am seeking are nickel and dime type of cards so I am hoping my trader friends can be on the lookout for any I don't have.
I will say this without a blink of an eye, Topps celebratory 40th anniversary of making football cards in 1996 put out the best inserts possibly ever from them. At least in my opinion. This is another one that will have multiple sets I am chasing on here. 

Another great thing about Topps is that you could always guarantee to find product of it somewhere.

This Broadway Joe set has Joe Namath discussing some of the top QB's in the game. The fronts feature shiny-spectacle that you would expect to see in a Broadway show. The good thing about this set is there are only 10 cards to chase and it doesn't appear many go for that much. I almost have 50% of the set so that helps as well. These fell at different rates in packs depending on what you bought.  Either 1:12 hobby or 1:8 retail are the main two sources.

My current haves are,
2,3,5, and 8,

I promise you all this isn't all going to be a series on pigskin needs, there will be some baseball and basketball posts as well. But, for now, there is a lot of football to get done.

How many of you remember or collected these?

Monday, April 23, 2018

Bill Called Me This On My Birthday

I recently pulled off another trade with my father back in March, I will show off the other part of the trade another day, for today I wanted to show off the gift he sent along for my present.

For awhile now I have wanted one of those infamous Bill Ripken cards with some special words on it to go along with the black box version I have owned forever. Now, for those of you who know me, know I don't ever swear. Yes, I am as clean as a whistle as I have never smoked, drank, or anything. But, something about that error card is kind of famous in the hobby so I always wanted a copy just to say I have one despite it's phrase I wouldn't say haha

Come to find out my father had acquired three of them from a friend of his and kept one for himself, passed one along to another friend and sent one to me in our trade package. I was pretty happy.

Here are the two copies of this card I own now side by side,

Black Box

And bad word version
Now that I have two of them including the tougher version, I kinda want the "full rainbow" of versions. Maybe I will make that chase at some point not that I don't already have enough to chase. 

Thanks to my pops, who doesn't read my blog...yet, for the birthday gift even though it wasn't very nice of Bill to call me that on my special day.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Spring Has Sprung..In My Mail Box At Least

Spring is never coming. Well, supposedly on tomorrow and Tuesday but we will see about that. For now, this is all I see, more and more snow falling. This has got to be one of the longest winters that I can remember in some time.
Please let the local weatherman be right about this upcoming week. No more snow. I want/need some spring.
At least my mail box this week had some sunshine and spring to it.

Up first, a mail day from @BrilliantCards just because I RT'd something for him. A mail day wasn't needed but is appreciated for my Derek Jeter PC.
Even came with a signed 1/1 card from himself. I think having a calling card in mail days is something I need to look into doing now.
Thanks @BrilliantCards for the Jeter! Go give him a follow for giveaways and some great deals on sport cards and non sport cards.

Up next, a surprise mail day from Dennis over at Too Many Verlanders blog. I knew we had gone back and forth over a few things, but I wasn't expecting a mail day yet. It was fun to be buried by cards instead of snow.

The first cards in the group are cards I claimed off from his trade bait tab-speaking of which mine is finally loaded with cards especially for those hockey and basketball fans-for my 90's PC. They look even better in person!

These Donruss Studio's are 8x10's.

Here is a Portrait Proof parallel. Very shiny. Gus looks pretty mean here.
Dan Marino is a Portrait Proof gold parallel numbered to 10,000. The photo cracks me up as it would appear he is posing for a online dating service.
And a really sweet card of the group is this Stained Glass card of Michael Irvin. I thought the card sounded like something I would like but having it in hand it is amazing. I held this up to the light for this post trying to capture it's magic. It's a thin plastic stained glass card numbered to 1,000. I WANT THE SET NOW!! So for those of you who trade with me, please keep an eye out for more of these. (also they make a Griffey Jr like this as well that I wouldn't mind trading for)
The final cards for the 8x10's are these RedZone Masterpiece inserts numbered to 10,000

Up next were two team sealed bags of goodies. The cards on the outside hid the inner contents but I still liked the outside cards as well. I think Dez is talented but seeing him in a Giants uni, not sure about that. I don't care much for his character.

Some new Giants adds in this group with a lot of WR love.

I always like adding high end Giants cards in my PC since most of them I don't have. Both of these cards are numbered as well to 429.

The next group goes shiny and numbered. I am diggin' that Tiki Rated Rookie.

Then we switch to baseball for a second with this new Bernie Williams addition. I have cards like this but they are all Jeters. I don't have anyone else so this was a nice new add.
Back to Giants football with another numbered card. I don't think Gartrell had much of a chance with the Gmen and didn't with the Chargers who drafted him or the Falcons either. Only had 79 rushing yards for his career. But I like adding the oddball Giants players in my PC whether they hit the field or not.
REFRACTOR MANIA! You take my love of refractors, mix in some Giants and you have a winner.

And to finish up this mail day, a new Andre Williams autograph (not sure if he is still with the Chargers or not)

A Paul Perkins relic (this guy could be the oddman out if the Giants select Barkley)

And two Rodney Hamptons. I am not sure if the Collectors Choice is new yet til I compare with the others I have since the colors are so similar

And a brand spankin new one in this silver Pacific Invincible! Card number 536 in the PC out of 816
This mail day brightened up my snow-filled week.
Thanks to Dennis for this mail day. I have another PWE to head your way soon.
Speaking of PWE's to head out, I packed up 14 of those last weekend to head out to mainly blogger buddies so be sure all of you watch your mail boxes that will hopefully brighten up your mail boxes especially if you are still dealing with winter like I am.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Nuttin But The Hits:1997 Donruss Football Hobby Box

The late 90's. Is there truly any better time in the hobby?

The variety, the brands, the innovations, the value.

It's all in there.

For me there is also a bonus, the memories. This was and always will be my best time in the hobby. Nothing will ever change that.

So when I pulled off my last trade with Project Pedro blog I got the opportunity to take a trip back down memory lane with some packs/box breaks from my past. I loved every aspect of our trade, but these breaks were truly what hit me the hardest and what I enjoyed the most. With every pack I busted a smile can be seen for miles across my face and the next chance to open the next pack brought me joy like no other.

There will be multiple breaks coming up on here. So get ready to take a trip back in time!
Today. let's go back to 1997 shall we? That's the year I was currently starting to post about for Origins Of A Cardboard Addict blog. I had thought about busting these boxes over there, but instead I decided to keep them here and maybe this will be the future site of that blog as well and will continue my story of collecting here. 

Donruss is like Score to me, it's a fun low-end rip that I have busted some of every year. There were a ton of packs to rip in this box with 36 and 7 cards per pack. There are 200 cards in the base set which includes rookies that supposedly fall 1:4 packs. Even though it felt like I pulled one per pack.

The base set has a simple design, but being borderless leaves it open to outstanding photography. I picked out a few of my favorite base cards to showcase in this post.

Harrison getting grassy. Drew seems to always be captured on the ground.

Tiki rookie as he is high jumping into my collection and Curtis Martin blowing by a defender.

Anthony Johnson not surrendering to the Eagles tackler.

And Merton Hanks getting down and dirty in another rival battle with the Packers. Those Packers and 49ers games in the 90's were some of the best.

Gus doing what he does best. Yes, that means not playing QB.

Vanover running in the snow.

Now onto what I pulled. Here are a couple of Press Proof silver parallels numbered to 2000.

And a Press Proof Gold parallel numbered to just 500. That sounds like a lot to today's times, but not back, in the 90's.

Rated Rookie insert. Very shiny and numbered to 5,000

Gridiron Kings. I pulled Marcus Allen. The first 500 of the 10,000 are signed but I wasn't that lucky.

Now this is total 90's innovation and extremely cool. Passing grade insert is shaped like a report card

Back of the card and it's numbering to 3000

And you pull out the "report card grade" and it's done by the legendary John Elway. Wow!
I was like a child at Christmas with this pull. I know no many now-a-days would care about a pull like this, but I was all-in.
I was pretty happy with this break and the nostalgia factor was worth it alone. More breaks to come and a giveaway from this one will be held on Twitter.