Thursday, August 17, 2017

At It Again!

@JGfan24ever has done it again. He has filled my mail box with joy.

This time sending a couple of cards I knew about and some surprises as well.

Up first, Eli! I expect a big season out of him and look forward to seeing him in preseason play I assume next week.


 
Sick! Die Cut Ken Griffey Jr! I need to do an update on the amount of Griffeys I have. It's almost 100 behind.

 
Cool looking David Wilson patch. I knew this cards was coming all along, all of the others were surprises. I think this was to go along with our last trade.

 
And to finish it up, a nice new addition to my non sports PC. Leading man of Supernatural.
 
 
A big thanks goes out to @JGfan24ever for his generosity as always. I have begun a pile for our next trade. If you are not following him on Twitter, I really suggest you do. I have said this many times.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Panini PWE Contest Winner #3

Here comes winner #3 of my 5-part winner contest .

Was it you we will see in a minute.

Since the first contest entries have really dropped on this. Kind of surprising since the entry is so easy. But, hopefully for the last two it will pick up again. Please make sure to spread the word so we can continue to do contests like this.

Anyways, here is our winner...

There were 21 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Mike Zink
  2. Alec Petrelak
  3. Jafronius
  4. Trevor P
  5. william carter
  6. Tracy LeVeaux
  7. John Sharp
  8. Brad Jorgensen
  9. Mike E.
  10. Brad B
  11. Dion's IP Autos only
  12. Jason L
  13. hudsonfan15
  14. krsp370
  15. Jim Pineda
  16. Thomas
  17. Craig Walton
  18. Justin S
  19. @JGfan24ever
  20. Tommy Eric
  21. Sir Swandad
IP: 72.169.80.45
Timestamp: 2017-08-16 11:05:15 UTC

Congrats to Mike Zink! You win contest #3. Please email me at sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com with your address and choice of envelope number 3-5. You will have 72 hours to claim or the second place winner will claim it.

Thanks to all that entered, chance at PWE envelope #4 coming up soon!

I Got POGged!

I have spoke about @NYCollects and his generousness many times on here and this mail day was no different. Well, it was a little different.

@NYCollects recently posted on Twitter he had a bunch of POGs to give away,-you know the game from the mid 90's where you stack a bunch of the cardboard caps, use a hard coated slammer and throw it down on them and the ones that are face up get taken away, the ones that are face down continue in the pile and the first person to turn them all over wins. Sometimes you play the game for keeps and get the keep the POGs from your opponent if you win. You decide that before the game-and nobody else had claimed them. Everyone who reads my blog or follows me on Twitter knows I am very nostalgic so these brought back many memories so I claimed them. I still have mine from that era as well.

So on Saturday this package showed up with many of them. I didn't expect so many. It was very exciting!


 
Here were just some of my favorites even though I enjoyed them all.







 
He even put a couple of Slammers in there.
 
 
A big thanks goes out to @NYCollects for the mail day. These POGs have a good home now. If you don't follow him on Twitter, I suggest you do, good dude to follow!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Missing Press Pass

It's been a few years since we heard the sad news that Press Pass was closing it's doors forever. It was from a company that made many sport and non-sport cards since the late 90's.

When I got this awesome card I won from a contest with Dub Mentality blog,
it reminded me of how great Press Pass truly was. I know this card doesn't have logos but just look at it. It's one great looking card. Press Pass I thought always did their best with designs and unique products especially for NASCAR. I liked their earlier NCAA football ones before that license got taken away. 

A big thanks goes out to Dub Mentality for my first Landry auto. I have been wanting his for some time now. If you haven't checked out his blog yet, please do so!

Monday, August 14, 2017

REVIEW:2017 Topps Chrome Baseball

Topps Chrome has been one of my favorite releases since 1996. It's probably THE ONLY brand I have bought some of every single year, every single release for every sport it has come out for. There is so much draw-in for me and it usually has nothing to do with the autograph hits. Those are just bonuses. To me it's about the base rookie cards and the refractors. But, Topps Chrome means something different to all of us.

Let's see how my break of the RED HOT 2017 edition went.


Every box of 2017 Topps Chrome baseball comes with 24 packs of 4 cards in each. It's been that way for years. Hobby boxes come with 2 autographs per among a variety of inserts and parallels. Boxes because of this red hot rookie class are pushing to to $130 per box and some places much more.

The base cards are the best players of Series 1 and Series 2 including my new PC guy Aaron Judge. Despite his poor second half of the season, I still believe in him.
 
The base set is 200 cards and has the following key rookies, Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger, Yoan Moncada, Dansby Swanson, Andrew Benintendi, Alex Bregman, Carson Fulmer, Hunter Renfroe, Jordan Montgomery, Trey Mancini, Ryon Healy, Jharel Cotton, Amir Garrett, Yulieski Gurriel, Josh Bell, David Dahl, Tyler Glasnow, and Manny Margot. 
I still don't have a Bellinger rookie currently.  
There are also base card variations to find in packs as well.

Topps Chrome provides plenty of refractors variety. These are the base versions.


Prism Refractors


Pink, you can barely tell these but the strip behind Renfroe gives it away and a cool looking negative refractor of De LEON.

And my best one of the box, a Blue Wave Refractor /75
 
Other parallels not found in my box include, Purple Refractor /299, Blue Refractor #/150, Green Refractor /99,Gold Refractor /50, Gold Wave Refractor /50, Orange Refractor /25, Red Refractor /5, SuperFractor 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

Now onto the inserts.
I had always wondered what an iconic older design would look like chromed, well, let me tell you, IT' LOOKS STINKIN AWESOME! These 1987 designs fall 1:6 packs and have versions of Green Refractor /99, Orange Refractor /25, Red Refractor /5, and SuperFractor 1/1.


Freshman Flash look super cool as well. These fall 1:12 packs and have the following parallels, Green Refractor /99, Orange Refractor /25, Red Refractor /5, and SuperFractor 1/1.


This is probably my favorite insert design of 2017 Chrome, Future Stars. Looks really cool and falls 1:8 packs. The following parallels can be found as well, Green Refractor /99, Orange Refractor /25, Red Refractor /5, and SuperFractor 1/1.


Then and Now fall one per box or 1:24 and have the following parallels, Orange Refractor \/25, Red Refractor /5, and SuperFractor 1/1.

Now onto the hits. They were sad ones. My Topps breaks have been a bit tough this year.

At least the autographs are on-card:


 
OVERALL: Well, this box was a bit tough for the cost. I will say I had fun however as I always do with chrome. I think Chrome is one of those rare products where it's not just about the autograph hits. Sometimes the base card rookies and the parallels are the bigger hits. It's also a product in retail I would suggest over all others because of the value it provides there but for Hobby is a bit tougher. All products come with their risks but if you liked Topps Chrome before in the past, 2017 will not disappoint.

Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Topps for providing this box for me to review and to be able to add cards to the MLB Pick Em promotion.  Follow Topps on all social media sites and visit their SITE, as well.  

Sunday, August 13, 2017

It Has Returned!

 
After a couple of years away, I got the news that Panini's NFL Player Of The Day promo will be making it's triumphant return to Sport Card Collectors blog! I hinted at this big announcement on Friday on Twitter when I got an email letting me know the big news.

What does this mean for you? CONTESTS!!! What does this mean for me? Well, just the challenge of figuring out how to challenge you guys in the contests. 

Make sure you tune in for September when the contests will begin and prizes will be revealed.

Sport Card Collectors blog is a 2-time co-champion and one time grand champion of the blogger promotion for Player Of The Day when it was ran years ago.

MLB Pick Em Week 20

Below is the pick for this weeks MLB Pick Em challenge!

THE GAME HAS CHANGED so read all instructions carefully :)

FOR THE FINAL 2 WEEKS OF THE FINAL TWO MONTHS OF THIS CONTEST, THERE WILL BE ONE GAME TO PICK. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK THE WINNER. HOWEVER, YOU WILL EARN 2 POINTS IF YOU GET THE WINNER RIGHT, BUT YOU WILL LOSE 2 POINTS IF YOU GET THE WINNER WRONG. THIS SHOULD SHAKE THINGS UP A BIT FOR THE PLAYOFF STRETCH.


IF YOU ARE A NEWBIE/RETURNEE/ ENTERING THE MONTH OF AUGUST, YOU GET THE SAME TREATMENT, EXCEPT IF YOU ARE AT 0 AND GET IT WRONG, WELL, YOU STAY AT 0. BUT IF YOU GET IT RIGHT, YOU GET 2 POINTS

The only other rule is you must be a U.S. Resident to enter or have an address in the U.S.

You will play 4 weeks like this and person with the most right at the end of AUGUST will win a prize!

Here is this weeks games to pick winner of:
TB @ Tor

Here is my pick for the game
Toronto

Leave your picks in comments below. You will have til 4:00 pm THURSDAY, August 17th 2017 to enter. Any entries after that will be disqualified for this week. If you missed Week 1, don't fret! You can enter Week 2 starting on Sunday. Even if you miss Week 2, enter Week 3. So on and so forth. I will slot those who enter in late even Week 20 in divisions that give them the best chance to win. Just remember even if you enter later in the contest and miss many weeks, there is still a monthly prize to win.

Standings should be updated Saturday

Good Luck to all that enter!

TO MAKE IT EASIER ON ME, IF YOU CHOSE A TEAM NAME, PLEASE PLEASE PUT THAT TEAM NAME IN COMMENTS WITH YOUR PICKS!!!!!!!! THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK!!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

REVIEW:MLB Slammin' Sluggers Baseball Game

As I think you know, I am a bit old fashioned. Don't get me wrong, I use my phone and and I play video games, but I still prefer things the way they were in the 90's before all of the electronics. Some of my best memories were made playing outside with my friends, playing Monopoly with my grandmother or sitting with my dad on the floor playing Top Corner hockey nightly.

So when I discovered MLB Slammin' Sluggers Baseball Game, I had to give it a go.



ASSEMBLY

The game is officially licensed by the MLB and has all 30 teams. Here is the punch-out sheet of players.


The game mostly came together, but there were some pieces to add on as well. I am not very good about assembling things,just ask my wife, but this literally was a ten minute assembly process and one I handled with ease. Even without the instructions.


Here is what the game will look like when you pull it out of the box, minus the baseball piece above I attached on. The baseball piece is how you control the players on the field. Next to it you will see another white button that controls the pitching. More on the pitching aspect in a second.


The players, once punched out,, easily slide into slots. There are seven players per team. Whoever is up to bat keeps their players off the field. You know, like real baseball.


As I began to assemble to give it a go, I assembled the scoreboard that features moving numbers for innings and score along with the match up of the day, Yankees at home of course. The pitching piece and bat easily pushed into place.


I inserted the rest of the pieces including the foul poles and the outfield pieces to keep the baseballs in line. Now it was time to play!


This game does require two people, ages 6+ of course. You cannot play alone so I invited my wife for a friendly game ;)

GAME PLAY
The game is pretty simple to play, you fill the pitching machine up with the 5 provided metal marble balls, you pull back on the pitching mechanic I showed you above that's located next to the baseball piece, and it will pitch the ball.
 

The bat, well there's a button off to the side you pull to swing. You can be either a left handed batter or right handed batter depending on your preference. But, as pitcher, you can change the velocity on how fast you pitch and the infield has a magnetic pull to it to trick the batter. You sometimes must have really good hand-eye coordination depending on what kind of master of the game you play.
 

If you are fortunate to hit the ball, the outfield is marked with sections you can hit the ball into such as a Double, Out and Home Run. There is also a foul section. You then take one of the three players, three small pieces that are included, and move them around the bases as you hit. You score and play the 9 inning game just like real baseball.

You will also notice that the players have sections in front of them. If the ball lands in one of those slots, well, great play by the fielder and you are out. You can move the players as I said above by moving the baseball piece back and forth.
Off to the right of the field, you can keep track of outs, balls and strikes. 

Overall, I found the game to be easy to assemble, easy to play and very addictive. I still haven't quite figured out all of the pitching moves yet, but I am sure overtime I will get it all together and be unstoppable.

You can pick up one of these games for yourself at Toys R Us, Amazon or Walmart.

1996 Spx Baseball Set Needs

A few months, at least, ago I showed off a box of 1996 Spx baseball that I busted and mentioned I wanted to complete the set of. Well, I finally have those needs down in writing. 

Here is what I am missing. 30 to be exact:

 60,57,56,53,52,51,50,48,46,44,43,42,41,40,39,38,36,33,32,31,28,24,23,22,19,16,15,12,10,7

In case you forgot what the cards looked like, these are actually the Gold Parallels, but you get the point:

 

Completion of this set would help me cross off another project from my 90's Spx set project. You can see what I have already completed, HERE.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Members Only, 1994 Edition

I promise you that not every post will be a Rodney Hampton addition since we are currently on a little bit of a run here. I do hope they are at least taking you back to a great time of collecting at least in my life or at the very least showing you cards that you haven't seen before.

Members Only was a simple parallel. It simply was the base card with a stamp on the front of it. Doesn't get an simpler and not really that hard to find at 1:8 packs. But, for some reason, these are still not easy finds on the market.



 

Thoughts on my latest tough Hampton add is welcomed in comments and if you want to help add to my Rodney Hampton project, see all of my remaining needs HERE. You just never know what you may have that I don't.