Saturday, July 4, 2015

Fireworks Of Hits!

Today is the fourth of July. The time for celebration of our independence with BBQ s, parades, picnics and of course, fireworks.

I thought a fun way to celebrate this holiday card-wise would be to showcase some (I couldn't do them all or get all of the photos to upload) of the best fireworks, my hits, I have landed over the past three years. So sit back and enjoy the show!





I hope you enjoyed this drool gallery and I wish all of you a Happy and Safe Fourth of July!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Review:2015 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Football

Panini's second CLC release comes in the form of another Panini favorite of mine, Prizm. To me, Prizm has tied Topps Chrome. Never thought any product would do that. But, I love the parallels that Prizm presents as they are both creative and shiny.

How did Draft Picks stack up, well, you know what to do....READ ON!

In every box of 2015 Prizm Draft Picks football, you will find 12 packs per box with 5 cards per pack. You will also find two autographs, 24 Draft Picks, four Prizms, one Stained Glass insert and three additional inserts.A nice layout without being overdone as finding the Prizm parallels and inserts may help drive up their values a bit. Box prices are nice running mostly around $55 a box.

The design is simple. Chromed cards with a player in the forefront all done in their college uni's. There are 250 cards in the base set with 100 of those being veterans.....
250 card base set including 100 current NFL players in their Alma Mater uniforms & 150 Draft Picks - See more at:
250 card base set including 100 current NFL players in their Alma Mater uniforms & 150 Draft Picks - See more at:

and 150 of them being rookies/draft picks such as this Mariota. He was actually the top find in my box with only a couple rookies per pack and 24/150 per box.

My box was pretty good in terms of getting Prizm parallels. I got 7 total. You can look for the following lineup of Prizms:
  • Prizms
  • Red Power Prizms
  • Camo Prizms #/199
  • Purple Flash Prizms #/99
  • Blue Prizms #/75
  • Tie-Dyed Prizms #/49
  • Red, White and Blue Mojo Prizms #/25
  • Gold Prizms #/10
  • Green Prizms #/5
  • Orange Prizms #/5
  • Black Finite Prizms 1/1
 I found 5 regular Prizms and one blue and one Camo in my box.
Camo, Purple Flash, Blue, Tie Dye, Red White & Blue, Gold, Green & Black Finite. - See more at:

250 card base set including 100 current NFL players in their Alma Mater uniforms & 150 Draft Picks - See more at:

The other inserts just look cool! They are well designed and the Prizm shine makes them look even more outstanding. However, I would have liked to have seen these as regular cards first and have a Prizm parallel to. Not just straight up Prizms for all. Seems to make more sense but none-the-less they look really nice. Of course that may be the 90's collector in me coming out as well.

Here is a defensive die cut insert. Literally d and a fence. Very cool.


JAMEIS AGAIN! I totally dig this design! Die Cuts look even more impressive.

And my favorite design of them all....WICKED NICE (in a Boston accent) Stained Glass insert. These are stunning and even more so in person.

MEMORABILIA CARDS: N.A Don't think this product needs them. Already enough content to keep most of us happy.

Seems the autographed cards in Prizm are Prizms. My box was a weak one in terms of players as I got Cody Prewitt and for the second straight draft picks product Mike Davis. Starting to wonder if he is the Michael Egnew of this class. At least the Davis is a camo parallel. 

I do like the design though. 

My box was weak, but with some very tough parallel pulls to be had and a nice price point, I can't see why you wouldn't bust one of these just for fun. I am not really much of a college card collector but these attracted me right away. 

I recommend brushing off my weak box and giving one a try yourself especially if you are a fan of shiny things. It truly can't hurt. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review:2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Football

In Panini's first release with it's newly acquired CLC license, they decided to go with one of their top products to showcase to us what to expect from their new sport line of cards. I can say as a collector of mostly NFL cards, I did find this product intriguing. I wanted to see how Panini would approach this and how it would look on one of my favorite Panini products.

Did it pass the grade? Read on!

In every box of 2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks football, you get 24 packs with 8 cards per pack. In every pack expect an insert or two and every box should deliver 5 autographs with most landing 6. The cost of a box will run you just under $120 which is the norm for Contenders.

Each box should break down to the following:
The base card design is a carbon copy of the design of the 2014 Contenders. I wasn't really a fan of that but at least it was a nice looking one. The base set showcases veterans in their college colors.

There are 100 total base cards in the product. 

Back of the card
Yes, I put a question around these as I can't tell you if they are an insert or a base set of their own. Game Day tickets are where you find rookies at in the product and where I found top rookies like Gurley, Winston and Mariota to name a few. There are 100 in this set as well. Some may consider these an insert set, to me, it's an all rookie base set.

I do like the design on these as well and the touch of rainbow foil does just enough on them. 

Back of the card:

I didn't pull one single parallel in my box but did pull plenty of inserts. Most are from the Contenders lineup. Most had a touch of foil like the Game Day tickets. I think just that little touch of rainbow color takes an ordinary card into something more special.

These next two are probably my favorite designed of the group.

MEMORABILIA CARDS: N/A but not needed in this product.

The design is the same as 2014, the only difference are the players and the use of college logos. I didn't hit it too big in my break, but, yet it's still too early to make any judgement on any of these players quite yet. You just never know. That's the fun of collecting a product like Contenders as they are the most sought after auto rookie cards on the market.

I must note also that this product has a strong autographed checklist of players already in the NFL as well. 


My favorite autograph of the box. I am expecting BIG things from this guy!

Ooooops. What I meant to say above in inserts is that I didn't get any insert parallels, but I did get this one autograph of a Bowl Ticket. I must note that Mr. Smith has a beautiful signature.

I can't ever go against Contenders or bet against them. I didn't do very well in this box, but I have seen other strong boxes. It's still a fun bust as you hope to pull a top rookie or pro autograph and with 6 in a box and a deep checklist of players from all over, it's still worth the risk for the price.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Earlier today, I put together a poll with a list of segments I feature on the blog and want readers to vote on their favorites. You can locate this poll on the right side of the blog. If you are using a mobile device, please make sure you are viewing the web version to find. It literally takes just a second to vote and yes, you can vote for more than one.

Why do you ask am I putting together such a poll, well, I am just curious to see which ones are most popular and maybe ones I will use more often. I don't plan on making any drastic changes such as taking any away. I feel this year has been the best year of this blog yet and I think what I have incorporated on here is finally up to par where I wanted it three years ago.

So please, if you are reading this, just take a quick second out to vote. Voting ends when July does so there is plenty of time to vote. Like I stated earlier, I am hoping just to gather some info for myself and I will share the results with you guys as well along with my thoughts on them. A good amount of votes would help with this so please RT, Share, and spread the word!

Thanks for reading as always,

Review:2015 Score Football

To me, this is always the first REAL football card release each year as it's one the NFL's firsts other than Bowman. But, not being a fan of Bowman, I always go straight for Score. I know I am always guaranteed well designed inserts, tons of base for a set, lots of rookies (my big aim) and just a good time. This years Score proved to be no different. I actually had so much fun, I ended up getting two hobby boxes and extra packs on the side. This one is for review purposes but stay tuned for the second one that I pulled a 1/1 in and possibly the breakdown of the extra packs too.

In every box of 2015 Score football, there are 24 packs with 12 cards per pack. So you know you will be getting your money worth. Each pack comes with a couple inserts and 2-3 rookies. Boxes will run you roughly $45 so spending a little on possible big return.

This years base cards like the last few years are done very well. The border on the cards, usually a problem for me, is done perfectly here acting more as a frame to the action shots than a bother. Some of the photos bring you back to certain moments on the field that you remember from last season. It also captures the raw emotion of the game.

More great photos here. I think we all remember watching this Antonio Brown foot kick to the face of the Browns punter.

The base also has most of the players with their new teams.

The rookie cards in the base set this year are massively improved. Gone are the head shots, in with the action shots. This change happened because of Panini's deal with a CLC license. This type of addition to the set massively improves this product and adds a bit of 90's flair to it as well. In all, there are 440 cards in the base set including 110 of these rookies.

Also, just in years past, there are photo variations. Most of them are easy to find and I found out that in your pack if you find a base card facing backwards in the middle of the pack, that's you variation. These are falling roughly one-per-box.

The thing with Score this year is that it's loaded with parallels. Even the photo variations have them! There are Blue Camo, Desert Camo, Green Camo, Night Camo. Here is a Peyton Manning one I found in my box. These as well fall one-per-box.

There are other parallels to find as well. In my two hobby boxes, I came up empty on them except my three Scorecards. These are unnumbered parallels as opposed to the others.

And speaking of parallels. HOLY MOLY  there are ton! There are parallels to EVERY SINGLE INSERT set. Each one of the following comes in Red, Green, Gold,and Black. It seems the black parallel is the toughest as you only find a couple of those per box. So for us team collectors, you could gather quite a few rainbows together.

There are some classic designs here as well along with some new ones. I am quite impressed myself. You get quite a mixture of regular and parallel inserts in every box.

All-Time Franchise

Sophomore Selections
Black parallel of Jarvis Landry!

Team Leaders

Gridiron Heritage
Loved this design. Totally throwback!

Black Derek Carr!

And the most fun insert of puzzle cards of top fantasy players you can make any combination of. Who would you put together as a team? You have Ground Gainers (RB), Precision Passers (QB) and Playmakers (WR). These have parallels as well as you can see. Blue Camo, Desert Camo, Green Camo,  and Night Camo like the one of Cam Newton I found.

In every box you are guaranteed at least one hit. I have seen some boxes online with an auto and a mem. My box came with a memorabilia card, game used too, of a trio of Chief defenders. Pretty cool for a low end product and second hardest other than a quad jersey. I like the design and layout as well.

N/A in this box
There are some top notch players to find for autographs such as Tom Brady and Peyton Manning along with all of the top rookies.

What can I say? As you can tell by my positive review, I am a huge fan of Score. This is not only fun for adults but a product that would be fun for kids as well. With a low end cost, big checklist throughout there is plenty to collect and be excited about in the 2015 version of Score football.