Thursday, July 28, 2016

How Do You Sort These?

When sorting last week, I came across this card....
 
Then I thought to myself...How am I going to sort this?
 
It's techincally a Redskins card, a Giants division rival, but he features him in a Giants uniform. So where do I put this card? Do I put it in my Giants binder because of the uniform or do I file him under Redskins? 
 
With much arguing with myself on both ends of the problem, I finally decided to stick it in my Giants binder because of the uniform.
 
But, what would you guys had done with the above card? Would you stick a Dodgers player in a Dodgers uniform who has SF Giants written on it in your Dodgers collection or would you put it somewhere else? Would you put a Lebron James Miami Heat card with Cavs written on it in your Heat collection? 
 
I wanna hear your guys reasoning for your response.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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:

Pull Story (no, not Toy Story)

What's your best card(s) pull story? What was your card(s) and what was your reaction?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

WIN THIS AUTOGRAPHED CARD!

Yes, this contest may seem familiar, well, that's because it is!
This year has been the year of unclaimed prizes and this one is on the list. I will let you know ahead of time that I don't have the time to chase you down for prize winnings. Please subscribe to the blog or become a follower so you never miss out on winner announcements or you can find these announcements on my Twitter and Facebook pages too.
But, like I always say, if unclaimed, it gets re-given away in the future and here it is. Hopefully this time it finds a home :)
NOW TIME FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!
 
WIN THIS:
 
It's as easy as can be to enter to win the card above. Just read and follow these rules:
  1. ***VERY IMPORTANT***MUST BE A U.S. RESIDENT to enter or have a shipping address in the U.S. Shipping costs have gone haywire and I can't afford to ship everywhere.This is always hard to do as I appreciate all readers but I hope you all understand non-U.S. readers.
  2. Random winner will be chosen after 7 randoms
  3. Card may be shipped PWE. I like to forewarn on this.
  4. TO ENTER, TELL ME THE ONE CARD IN YOUR COLLECTION YOU WOULD PUT IN A "HOBBY CARD HALL OF FAME"
  5. Sport Card Collectors or it's owner (person who runs the blog), WILL NOT be held responsible for lost, stolen or damaged mail. Sorry had to add this in since someone tried to scam me once about this.
  6. Contest starts today, ends on July 30TH 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on June 31ST 2016. 
 Good luck to all that enter and thanks for reading!

Random Card On My Desk:2010-2011 Donruss Production Line Jersey Card Stephen Curry

Year:2010-2011
Brand:Donruss
Team: Golden State Warriors
Card Type:Jersey Card
Card Numbered:N/A
Sorting: Will be placed in a Snap Down plastic case    

Sunday, July 24, 2016

2016 MLB HOF Inductee, Ken Griffey Jr!

First off, we all knew I couldn't go today without at least saying something. So congrats to a well deserved place in the Hall Of Fame to one of the greatest to EVER step out on the field, Ken Griffey Jr.

Second, Upper Deck asked this weekend on Twitter and Facebook that fans show pictures of their favorite Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr cards. If you didn't know, Upper Deck and Ken Griffey Jr are like PB&J. You couldn't have one without the other and between 1989-2009 you found plenty of Griffey UD cardboard. There were special commemorative sets, inserts, packaging and so on plastered with the face of baseball at the time.

But, sadly today, we don't get to marvel at what once was with the hobby all singled out to one company per sport. We do get a few Griffey cards from time to time in special promo sets from UD, but not like it once was.

So, today, I thought I would pick out a few of my favorite Upper Deck cards that's not the infamous and Hobby Hall Of Fame worthy '89 rookie card to appease Upper Deck's social media request and to celebrate what I have waited for to see for years with Griffey Jr making his final baseball stop.

This isn't a big gallery, but I chose a few of my favorites.

Let's see my gallery and in comments you can tell me some of your favorite Upper Deck Junior cards.

Bloodlines. Nothing like getting the family together on a card. You can tell pops is pretty proud.

 
The key to Upper Deck's early baseball card success was they always had fun when they did photos like this

 
Griffey is everywhere!!!!! I wished I could have said that more in the 90's in my card packs, but I always think this was one of the more unique photographed base cards I had ever seen.

 
Bugs Bunny and Ken Griffey Jr on a hologram...boo yeah! Can't go wrong here.

 
Not sure how many of you remember how popular this card was. This one and Aurora were the first two to feature Ken Griffey Jr in a Red's uniform after the trade. This one was the hotter and more popular of the two with collectors running to chase packs to find it. I was fortunate enough to pack pull it.

 
And we close it out with some Austin, I mean, Awesome Powers. UD Ionix was such a pretty product and this was my favorite insert pulls from it.
 
Hope you all enjoyed my gallery and like I said earlier, would love to hear about your favorites too in comments.

Congrats again to Ken on making the Hall Of Fame and for giving us 90's raised kids someone to idolize. It was a career and highlight reel that I will never forget with those amazing catches and that "sweet,sweet" swing. I started watching baseball because of you and even though I was a Yankee fan, I always routed you on even when you faced them.

Thank you.

Sunday's With Rodney:1997 Score Hobby Reserve

This was a product I never knew exited in 1997. How could I have been left out of the loop on this card???

1997 Score Hobby Reserve is a 330 card parallel version of the regular set. The only difference between this and the regular set is the gold foil "Hobby Reserve" stamp on the card front.

At the time,it was distributed in 20 card packs.

I think sets like this are lame, but I needed this card so it's added. However, I do like the action photography on the front.
 
Thoughts on these 90's parallel to the base card sets?

Saturday, July 23, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Topps Factory Set Baseball Hobby Box

Set collecting.

There isn't as much of it around as there once was, but it still does exist in the hobby. I, myself, still collect and put together sets that catch my attention or are a challenge.

There are many ways to collect sets and no way is wrong.

One, you can build it yourself by buying pack after pack hoping to land that last card or two you need. (I have done this many, many times. The chase is what makes it fun)

Two, you can buy a hobby or retail box or two, then fill your set needs through trading/buying singles. (Done it that way too)

Three, you could simply cut to the chase and buy a complete set. (Have done this too if it's something I really need)

That's where today's review comes into play. This is a complete set of 2016 Topps Baseball with both Series 1 and 2.


In every hobby complete set box of 2016 Topps baseball, you get 700 cards and a bonus 5-card special "limited to these sets 'foil pattern' numbered card pack."  These cards are numbered to 177.
 
The cost of the sets run around $50.

Other than this hobby set version, there are also retail versions of this set that come with a 5 card pack of rookie variations and an All-Star version that comes with 5 card pack of All-Star cards.
 
But, today's is the hobby version so let's get to opening!

Once you open up your set, this appears:

The bonus pack is set to the back. My only problem with the set was the cards were not put in order which seemed a bit off to me. I like to have my sets all in order and now will have to number it by hand myself. Which for a set this big it can be a time consuming pain lol.

Before I tackle that project, I took out the cello pack. Here is what the cello pack looks like:

 
After busting the cello-pack, you get some really slick looking foilboard patterned parallel cards. I know I like what I see.

First one, as you saw already was Kurt Suzuki

 
Second one, Yasmany Tomas

 
Third one is a rookie of Ketel Marte,

 
Next up, Giovanny Urshela

 
And finally, Cleveland Indians Team Card.
 
Really sharp looking parallels and now I want more.
 
Overall, this is a solid buy in my opinion. And if I had to choose one of the versions, I would choose this one. Not that the rookie variations aren't tempting, but these I think will be worth more in the long run as they can be anyone from the 700-card checklist and are limited to just 177 for each card. So there is value to find in this $50 set.

Thanks to Topps for the set to review. You can check them out, HERE
 
Look for some of these parallels in a future contest. Can you say World Series.....

Thoughts on the set are welcomed below and thoughts & sharing of this review (leave your sharing link in comments) left may earn you some extra brownie points down the road....