Saturday, June 23, 2018

WINNER OF THE BRANDON INGRAM AUTOGRAPH!

20+ entrants gave themselves a shot at winning the Brandon Ingram autograph redemption CODE. But, only one could win.

I was glad that the turnout was a bit better for this contest. I hope the contest I am posting later today has a good turnout as well.

One thing I failed to mention was how I was choosing a winner. That's because I wasn't thinking when I posted it. I usually do guess the views on Panini posts but forgot. So instead Random.org with 7 randoms had to.

So here is our winner,

There were 22 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Daniel DuBay
  2. Brad Jorgensen
  3. Fuji
  4. JT Woodworth
  5. ketchupman36
  6. Brandon
  7. Scott Neuroth
  8. GRADY MALACHOWSKI
  9. Eric Sparks
  10. Undertime147 The human
  11. Trevor P
  12. hudsonfan15
  13. defgav
  14. Jafronius
  15. Dennis
  16. Chris Swain
  17. Corky
  18. Brandon Scoggins
  19. Kyle Herring
  20. Footballcrdonly
  21. jasongerman9
  22. Justin S
IP: 72.169.81.98
Timestamp: 2018-06-23 15:32:09 UTC

Congrats to Daniel DuBay! Please DM me on Twitter or email me at sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com for the redemption code.

Thanks to everyone that entered. New contest posting very soon!

Please, PLEASE take a minute out to thank Tracy Hackler and Panini so we can continue to run contests like this!!!!!

Sets Of My Childhood THE SERIES! Part 22:1996 Laserview Football

Sets Of My Childhood THE SERIES is a spinoff from just a want list. 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.

In 1996, full motion cards were the "thing" and I was all-in on it chasing what I could.

In 1996, Pinnacle put out this 40 card set that looked impressive. Black outside with a full motion hologram off to the side. This set is small so it shouldn't take much to build and may be one I lose patience with and buy outright or preferable trade outright.

One thing to note along with this product, it also produced on-card autographs of BIG TIME stars in its Laserview Inscriptions.

My current haves are,

7,8,11,23,28,29,30

I have a very, very, very long ways to go here as you can see. Hoping for your help!

How many of you remember or collected these?

Friday, June 22, 2018

Totally Rad Bodacious 90's Post: It's So Shiny!

 Today's post is brought to you buy the hot day treat Mickey's Parade Ice Pops,
There was not better treat on a hot sunny day than a refreshing Mickey's Parade Ice Pop. Not only were they shaped like Disney characters, but the flavors were much better than a regular Popsicle. Don't tell me you don't agree?!

I would always choose the grape first as that was my favorite of the group but they all tasted great. The hardest part was fighting with my sister for it.

We sadly lost this frozen treat in the early 2000's so for those that grew up to late missed out on this spectacular treat. Maybe someday it will be revived again just like a lot of things from the 90's.
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Today we have a take a look at a 1997 Topps Chrome refractor. Topps Chrome inaugurated in 1996 and became very popular very fast. I remember how much I liked the product immediately and how well it held it's value. Can't say the same for today's products even more now since Topps is out of the football card business.

The 1997 version came with a great rookie class that included Jake Plummer (great looking base card I will touch base on at some point), Warrick Dunn, Tiki Barber, and Tony Gonzalez just to name a few. The base set was simply designed for rookies with a thin outside border and name border down one side. The words Draft Pick up to the top.

Refractors weren't one per two packs like today, they fell 1:12-roughly two per box-and were not the easiest finds. Especially when it came to top players. I remember busting a bunch of packs, enough to fill a base set but only pulled a handful of refractors. Mostly nobodies. This was the only rookie one I lucked out on and it's not a superstar by any means.

The back of the card gave us what we all wanted to clarify, if we had in fact pulled a refractor with an R at the bottom near the number.
 
I will showcase more Chrome at another time. There is definitely plenty to show off. 

Joey Kent was a WR for Oilers/Titans from 1997-1999 before not making it on couple other squads and getting done in 2000. He had only one NFL Touchdown to his name and less than 200 total receiving yards for his career.

**If any of you have an extra 1997 Topps Chrome football base set lying around collecting dust I would be extremely interested!**

Card Breakdown:
Brand:1997 Topps Chrome
Insert/Parallel:Refractor
Player Featured:Joey Kent
Card Number:160

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Museum Musings:A Piece Of Barry Bonds History!

Back in March, I held a contest taking suggestions on what kind of stuff you guys would like to read more about on the blog. Many of the suggestions were toys to non sports to non card items. Well, to please the crowd I will do my best to post those kind of items in this new segment.

Over the years, I have accumulated so much junk. A good portion of it including most of my Starting Lineups and any figures were traded off. I also had a bunch of autographed items I was just looking to downsize with and traded half of those off as well. I still have some to go in that area.

Most of the items I acquired over the years were from purchases in online catalogs, local outlets, department stores, gifts from family, and from a few contests I won. I originally really wanted these items, but as time has gone on and I have gotten older and what feels as my house getting smaller, I decided it was time just to collect cards now. No more adding those markdown McFarlane figures just for the fun of it.

There are some pieces however, I plan on keeping forever. These pieces I will showcase on here.


Back when I first joined the era of internet collecting in 2011, I joined the Upper Deck Volunteer Alliance and earned myself a mail day with my work on my very first mission. As a reward, Upper Deck sends it's members who earned a mail day a prize or prizes. One of my first prizes was the Upper Deck memorabilia piece of Barry Bonds.


This is a Piece Of The Action gameball swatch from when Bonds hit his 500th home run. It is also numbered to guess what, 500.

The piece comes with the authenticity Upper Deck hologram on the back.
 
I like the piece but wished it had been Ken Griffey Jr instead. Never really been a Bonds fan especially after he was in the steroid accusations group. I had considered trading this off but never have had success doing so. For now, I plan on keeping this piece of MLB history* instead.There has to be a reason I have it still. I do like the design, ball swatch with stitches and the fact it's limited to 500 but once again, it's Barry Bonds.

How many of you own a piece like this? Own an Upper Deck Authenticated piece? What do you own or dream to own? Let me hear it in comments!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sets Of My Childhood THE SERIES! Part 21:1997 Spx Holofame

Sets Of My Childhood THE SERIES is a spinoff from just a want list. 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.

This set may be one of the most obvious ones from the series as everyone knows my chase of late 90's Spx with its glam of hologram technology. I have put together many of the base sets spread across a couple of sports, but I haven't mentioned how I am also chasing the insert and parallel sets too. One of those sets are the Holofames.
Falling at 1:75, this set won't be an easy task to chase. Most cards run $15+.

I really like the design of these. They took the X design from the base and gold foiled it. Added in the expected face hologram and a fx foil on the side with player. I tried to capture the magic the best I could with my camera but these things never look the same without seeing them closer.

I did find a full 20 card set on eBay, but they want $125. I think I can possibly build the set cheaper than that. At least I hope. I don't have the funds to buy that right now and the point of this is to build the sets. Well, most of them. Some I may buy outright if I only have a card or two and if they are affordable.

My current haves are,
1
How many of you remember or collected these

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Museum Musings:1994 Starting Lineups

Back in March, I held a contest taking suggestions on what kind of stuff you guys would like to read more about on the blog. Many of the suggestions were toys to non sports to non card items. Well, to please the crowd I will do my best to post those kind of items in this new segment.

Over the years, I have accumulated so much junk. A good portion of it including most of my Starting Lineups and any figures were traded off. I also had a bunch of autographed items I was just looking to downsize with and traded half of those off as well. I still have some to go in that area.

Most of the items I acquired over the years were from purchases in online catalogs, local outlets, department stores, gifts from family, and from a few contests I won. I originally really wanted these items, but as time has gone on and I have gotten older and what feels as my house getting smaller, I decided it was time just to collect cards now. No more adding those markdown McFarlane figures just for the fun of it.

There are some pieces however, I plan on keeping forever. These pieces I will showcase on here.

About 13 years ago, I took all of my Starting Lineup/McFarlane figures over to the closest card shop I had at the time-it was only an hour away but closed a year later after my visit-and traded them off to the shop owner who was selling figures better than cards. I was just happy to lose bulk in my house and I added some pretty sweet cards including a Joe Montana rookie!

A few years after that, my father handed me his two Starting Lineups he had displayed on the wall for years. Normally, I wouldn't be happy about adding more bulk, but, being that these were NY Giant legends, I was okay accepting them.

Up first was this LT. This guy was a game changer. Not something the Giants have had in a linebacker in years and years.

The other was Phil Simms. Can't go wrong with a winning Giants QB.
 
I am actually seeking out the Rodney Hampton Starting Lineups for my PC. That's only because I want it to be a Super PC and feel in order to do that I need it to be jacked up in all ways. I used to think I super collected Ken Griffey Jr and had all of his figures at one point, but I ditched them all in that trade to the shop owner. There was no way I was ever going to get all of his cards. Hampton I have a chance at!

How many of you still collect Starting Lineups or use them as apart of your Super PC collection?

Monday, June 18, 2018

Nuttin But The HIts:1995 Pinnacle Football 36 Pack Break (NICE PULLS)

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 1995 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. 

Okay, I had a huge kid crush on 1995 Pinnacle football and I have mentioned that on The Origins Of A Cardboard Addict before. Now that I am older, I still have what I now call a man crush on the product. I loved the design and especially the inserts.
Today, the product is a lot more affordable than it used to be so why not take a chance on some in my trade with Project Pedro? It was definitely worth it!

Just for an example, here is the kind of photography and design it had for the base set. Which you can find my wants under the set tab. I will be soon separating some of those into a Sets Of My Childhood tab.

Joey Galloway's rookie card from the base set was my favorite card. Slam dunking a football pretty slick for those times. The football enclosing the name at the bottom was a spectacular touch.

Let's take a look at my great break of this product. Up first, the dufex of Museum Collection parallels. these fall 1:4 packs so I got the amount you would expect.


Plus one with judge Steve Young.


Showcase insert falls 1:18 packs. Unique prospective of the players in a photo shoot.


Clear Shots! Holy poop! Finally pulled one. These bad boys fall 1:60 and are in my Sets Of My Childhood chase. One down, nine more to go! These are clear acetate with a touch of silver shine. Very impressive in person so if you see any, please send them my way!!!!!!

And finally my last pull, a 1:90 Team Pinnacle find of Troy Aikman and


Dan Marino. What a find!!
 
I never had a break of Pinnacle like this in the 90's. If I had, I may not have been alive today because my heart would had stopped. Not that it didn't skip a beat or two after this incredible break.
All this did was leave me hanging and wanting more of 1995 Pinnacle. Something I may look back into down the road.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Binders Reorganization Strikes Back!

It is back. Well, for short time only like the McRib or Taco Bell's Nacho Fries. Binder Reorganization has returned like with a vengeance. Similar to when Jason came back to life in Friday The 13th part 6.

My poor NY Yankees collection has been in need of the same love I gave my Giants collection and since I don't have any new cards incoming, I needed a new project to keep my mind busy so I am going to give them the love they deserve.

There are 4 binders in all to tear apart and sort by player. Right now the current pages look like this,
There is no sort to this madness. It was me being lazy and sticking all of my Yankees-minus rookies, Jeter and Judge-all into a binder just to have them out of the way.
I regret neglecting it for so long but it was finally time to tackle it. The fact that I waited so long will make this an even longer project than it should have been.
This is how it currently looks after one binder. So many players that two sorting trays couldn't handle. I had to actually make a section on my desk as well.
I am hoping this project will straighten out my Yankees PC, show me who I have the most of for a player-which at this point is Gary Sanchez-and eliminate any doubles I may have. I don't collect doubles of anything unless its rookie cards or autographs or memorabilia or a numbered card.

In one binder alone I have found at least 10 doubles so far. Those cards will go into a pile for my Yankee trading friends. Which I don't have many, well, one so far. I will stick pictures of those doubles into my Trade Bait tab when I finally get that all set up.

More updates to come from my Yankee sorting along with a possible top player breakdown. Hopefully I can showcase off my very small Yankees hits PC at some point as well.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

REVIEW:2017-2018 Essentials Basketball+Contest!!

Panini has some interesting product names when a new one releases. Some are funny, some are weird and some are obvious. I put essentials as an obvious. Because what collector wouldn't want a product they may find to be essential to collect.

This product to me after ripping a couple of packs reminds me of 2017 Panini Illusions football with it's design and themes. It also reminds me of a couple strong late 90's products. Let's take a look at why.


Every box of 2017-2018 Essentials Basketball has 10 packs of 6 cards each. You will find two autographs per box along with inserts and parallels. Boxes run around $120.

Okay. Let's take a look at the base cards. They both are very reminiscent of both Panini Illusions football late 90's Flair. Same kind of card stock, layout and design. I really like it.

There are 200 cards in the base set including veterans,


And rookies. Here are some of the key rookie cards I found in my break.


As with any new product, there are parallels to be found. The difference between the base and parallels are the backgrounds and name color.

Red are the most common find and are not numbered.


I cannot figure out this one. It's not numbered so it can't be silver. If you know what this one is just comment below so I can update the post.


Here are the silvers however. They are numbered to 99.
 

Other parallels to find in the product include
  • Retail
  • Green
  • Orange
  • Red
  • Spiral
  • Platinum SSP
  • Silver /99
  • Purple 1/1.
As we move onto the inserts we find out there are 11 of them to find. Some of the designs remind of me of inserts in UD HoloGrfx product. They do all have the Flair look however.

Surprisingly, no inserts have parallels.

Kings Of The Court of course celebrate the guys who rock it and know how to put up the rock.


Indispensable Rookie are the top rookies in the game.


Swish Kings. Well, that's obvious


Future Legends are the key rookies in the game that have the most potential to be future stars.


Indispensable Stars. Those guys on the teams they couldn't live without.


Franchise Foundation. Those guys you can build your team around.


Dynamic Duos. The best teammates in the game.


There are other inserts to find as well. Many are SSP.

Now onto my hits.

First find was this Destined For Greatness Signature of Brandon Ingram redemption card. Ugh. Redemptions.


My second was this Glorified Signatures Artis Gilmore /35. Pretty sweet looking card I must say.
 

Other hits not found in my box include,
  • Rookie Autos
  • Called to Excellence Autographs
  • Claim to Fame Signatures
  • Glorified Signatures
  • True Potential Signatures
OVERALL: I loved the design and themes throughout the product. Honestly the price point isn't even that terrible. It was my pulls. They were not the best. I do like the design of the Gilmore pull but it isn't going to pull back what was paid for the box.

However, from a collector standpoint, which I consider myself in that part all the time, the product is a lot of fun and looks great. It's something I would like to see being brought over to the football land.

Here is the complete checklist for Essentials basketball. Check it out HERE.

Now a chance to throw your name in the hat to win the REDEMPTION CODE off from the Brandon Ingram autograph card.

To win this card above with some bonus cards, please read and follow the instructions
  1. CONTEST IS OPEN TO U.S. AND NON U.S. READERS!!!!
  2. REMEMBER, you are winning the code. Not the card. The card will not be shipped.
  3. TO ENTER, simply just leave me your thoughts on this product.
  4. Contest winner will have 72 hours after the winner announcement to claim or it goes back into the prize pot.
  5. Make sure to thank Panini and Tracy Hackler for their generosity!
  6. Contest starts today and will end on June 21st 2018. Winner will be announced shortly after.
  7. Once you enter this contest, you agree to all terms above. 
A big thanks goes out to Panini America for the box to review. Without their support with these reviews giveaways wouldn't be possible. Check them out at Panini America website and follow them on all social media sites. Please let Tracy Hackler and Panini know your thanks so we can continue to host giveaways like this or bigger ones!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Sets Of My Childhood THE SERIES! Part 18:1996-1997 Stadium Club Welcome Addition

Sets Of My Childhood THE SERIES is a spinoff from just a want list. 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.

Today's set I don't have a lot of info on like past sets, but it is still one I am seeking so let's take a look!
I bought a ton of 1996-1997 Stadium Club back in the day chasing down some Kobe's. However, over the years what I had disappeared from moving and my father staking his claim in the collection when I moved out of home after high school.

One of the sets I was seeking at the time was Welcome Addition. I had roughly half of it done but now have one single card from the 25 card set.

The checklist is of players who moved to a new team and made the biggest impact for them. One of my all-time favorite Knicks is included in the set in Allan Houston. Another reason I need to chase it down.

My current haves are,
10
I have a very, very, very long ways to go here as you can see.
How many of you remember or collected these? I am sure Billy must!