Saturday, March 31, 2012

Oddball Collection..part 2: 2004 Fleer Hummers with cards


Am I the only one who jumped on these??!! At that time, I saw a players rookie card and a hummer! Wow what a collectible!! But now I have come to the realization that the 2 part set is pretty much worthless for value wise. But as a collectible, still a unique piece. They made these in 2004 for Football and Basketball. They made a different version for baseball.

Most of the sales on ebay for these are under $10. However, you have got to be careful when purchasing any rookie cards of these players and more from that year that look like these. People are passing them off as the real rookies when they are not.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Review: Sage Hit Football 2012 low series blaster

Well, I get excited for the upcoming football card seasons and sometimes I get impatient and want cards of the new players now. This brand is an example of that. I do wish now I had waited til May when Panini releases Prestige, but here is the breakdown of this product for now. Sorry if I am a little negative about it. But there was nothing to be positive about. And I want to give you my honest opinion and that's what you will get on here with any product.



Box Design: Could be the best part of the product :) but the immediate draw is RG3 and the 2 autographs on the front box jumps out at you and grabs your attention to want to take it off the shelf. Sage did a very good job with that.

$$$ out of 5


Wrapper: Not so attractive. No player on it. No design. Nothing catchy autograph words or hits or anything. Very blah. If I saw this sitting on a shelf, I would have never grabbed or purchased it.

$ out of 5


Base: Dull, no action shots. No logos. No attempt. However first cards of Michael Floyd, RG3,  and Brandon Wheeden were nice.

$ out of 5

Inserts: N/A. That's right. They weren't available. I didn't get one parallel out of my blaster. Just base cards.


-$(thats right, a negative ;)out of 5



Memorabilia: N/A





Autographs: This is what everyone buys this product for. I got two no namers. The design however is not bad. And the autographs look unique. However I must point out the Alfonzo Dennard autograph. The sticker is crooked. The autograph is lazy as its just a scribble.

$$ out of 5

Overall: You knew this was coming. For desperation for new cards to come out. I bought it. But this will probably will be the last...for at least this year.....I also not only did not even get an insert, I couldn't even get a base set put together out of the box. There are 100 cards in a blaster. 75 in the set. I was at least 10 or more off from the set. I don't even believe with this particular blaster I didn't get back what I paid for it. I give you precaution when trying these, but if you want the first cards of the new draft class give it a try. Maybe you will get lucky and get a good autograph. Or a base set :)


Card Designs I miss...Playoff Contenders Football '98 part 2 Leather edition!


The leather version. Still smells like it. Love these cards! This is a Kevin Dyson and its actually a red parallel of one because the name is in red. Still to this day, the 98 Contenders one of my favorite sets! I don't own them all, but I do have a few cards. Wished I had pulled one of the auto's but didn't.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Upper Deck NPN

Here is the direct link to Upper Deck's online NPN:

http://sports.upperdeck.com/npn/

I see some people have searched for this so wanted to make it easier!

In case you have never seen how that is set up, you first need to sign up for a free account. Then when you sign in, all of your info will be there. You just need to select which product you want to enter for. You hit submit. Then you are entered! Its easy and can be awarding! Right now they don't have any product, so you might have to wait awhile. But don't give it too long so you don't miss out!!

Product:
Name:
Address Line 1:

Address Line 2:
City:
State/Province:
Country:
   Zip (Postal) Code:
Home Phone:

Email: 
 
 Hope this helps everyone!!

1 month blogversary!

Thanks to everyone who has commented or viewed this blog. It is much appreciated and I try to show you my thank you by holding the contests we do. Please keep coming back because as the views and comments and followers increase, so don't the contests!

And if there is something on here you would like to see or if you have a favorite topic we do that you would like to compliment us for(other than contests) or if there is something you don't like please comment below with your suggestions or comments in general. We enjoy criticism as much as compliments! It is what thrives us!

Card Designs I miss...Playoff Contenders Football '98 Pennants


First off, this is Hines Ward rookie season and rookie card. These pennants were part of a three part breakdown of the '98 Contenders. There were leather ones (will be another flashback on this brand with one of those so stay tuned), pennants, and base cards. I found this to be one of the most unique products in the late 90's and to me was a high end brand. I don't quite remember the full breakdown of a pack anymore, but I believe there were 3 cards per pack and you got one of each type of card in the pack. This was a hot and still is a hot product for its autographed rookie cards of Randy Moss and Peyton Manning and Ahman Green.

Any form of this product in pack or box form can go for 100's of dollars. I was glad to be able to purchase and own some of these cards when they were under $10 a pack. If only I had known back then I would have stocked up...

Favorite Card Thursday!


Love the variety of people and the look of the overall Goodwin Champions cards. From the base, to memorabilia and definitely to their on card autos.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

To celebrate Opening Day...Baseball Card jerseys!!






Thought I would share some baseball card jerseys to put us all in the spirit for the season!

Player Collecting and Team Collecting:The basics


Player and team collecting is pretty common in this hobby. Most people have a favorite player or team so that’s a great foundation to start collecting. Many others don’t collect for player or team but for other reasons. I, find myself on the border of each. I collect NY Giants and Hakeem Nicks, but then I collect everything just to try and build a big collection.

If you do collect strictly for team or player, it is sometimes very easy and cheap to pick up your favorites to add to your collection. Obviously, that depends on the team and players popularity. You can sometimes go to ebay and find a ten to fifteen card lot of your favorite player or team for under five dollars. You can also got to forums where trading is involved. One example is Beckett.com trade forum. You can find people with something you want and maybe you have something they want. Not to mention you can sometimes find great people who are just looking to dump team lots for free to clear space in their house.  Those make awesome additions to anyone's collection. And of course it is always polite to mail them back a surprise package of their team to say thanks.

Team and player collecting can even be broken down more than that. For team, maybe you collect only a certain position on the team or if football, side of the ball. Maybe you only collect the teams rookies. Maybe its stars. It’s never wrong however you decide to collect your team. As for player, maybe you collect it all. Maybe only inserts, autographs and memorabilia or one of them. Or maybe you want a complex collection and will go to the ends of the earth to find every card serial numbered with their jersey number. For example, I like Hakeem Nicks, so if I was going to do that I would try finding cards numbered 88/???. That would be a very cool collection. But could cost more than the other options and much, much harder to find.
Most of you probably already know about these options, just thought I would help those of you who might not . The one thing about the hobby is… its always nice to help out the newbies. Because without them, the hobby cannot grow.

Til next time, keep busting wax.

Opening Day MLB

The smell of freshly cut grass. The aroma of popcorn and hotdogs. The sound of a ball hitting a glove. The crack of a bat hitting a ball. The roar of the crowd...ohhhhh....you know it. Its the start of the baseball season.

The story lines I am looking forward to seeing this season is how Albert Pujols does in a Angels uni. I think he will still hit around 38 home runs. Prince Fielder still should be swinging the same in Detroit and could have an even better season than Pujols due to the fact the Tigers have more around Fielder protecting him as a hitter and forcing opposing pitchers to pitch to him. I want to see what Michael Pineda does in a Yankees uniform. He is a very young pitcher with a ton of potential. I do still though, question why the Mariners traded him off when they to do need pitching. And speaking of the Yankees, will Andy Pettite made the roster and how will he pitch?

Other headlines this time in the NL, the Washington Nationals. Will the young talent finally stick together and can the team make a run? Will Stephen Strasburg pitch top notch again? And when will Bryce Harper make his return to the Majors? Sticking in that division, the Miami Marlins. New name. New manager (who I still think was a weird selection for them but they wanted a people draw) and new faces. Will all of the money they spent pay off on the field and bring people in the stands?

Many questions will be answered and it all begins today.

As for my World Series predictions...well......you heard it here first!


Yankees vs Marlins

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Review: The Linsane Leaf Rookie and Stars Blaster 2010-2011

Well, first I must say, I found this blaster for $11.98!! But, what a break. Originally as I posted I didn't buy into the Lin hype. But, finding a cheap blaster and taking a chance to try and get one instead of buying one on ebay for tons of money, I figured it was worth the risk. And boy, was it!!!!


Box: The box I really liked the design of. 2 top players and Panini spokesmen. A huge draw. Once again the only negative was the fact you get an auto or memorabilia per box but you don't know that unless you check out the side panel. I knew where to look this time because of my last Panini blaster break. Please Panini put there is one auto or jersey per box on the front!!

$$$ out of 5

Wrapper: It matches the box. Looks nice. A big draw with the 2 spokesman. I usually like to take a pic of the wrapper before digging in, but this time its a little crumpled from my opening.

$$$ out of 5



Base: Like the base card design. Kinda wished there was action shots instead of a white back ground again, but it does well with the "splash" type design with the double lines added as well. I do enjoy the fact Panini mixes in old timers into their products. And its nice to see the rookies match the base cards. However, if you don't look close enough you will not see that they are rookies. I wished there was a different way to stand these out. But one great thing always about Rookie and Stars is the unknown rookies who sometimes turn stars...just check below....

Was stoked to find one of these in there with its current book value of $30. But read on...it gets better!!!

$$$ out of 5


Inserts: Parallels are fun to chase and who doesn't like cards that shine. The insert designs look great and match the feeling of the product as you can see.

$$$ out of 5

Autographs: N/A



Jerseys:  Just look at it....enough said. We hit the jackpot with this blaster. This card is bv of $100 and is numbered to 299. So its a rare find.

$$$ out of 5


Overall: We can't say every blaster is going to bring you this kind of luck. But it could. We really enjoyed this break and Panini does a great job with their blaster products.

The CBS News story on the hobby

This story makes me a little frustrated. To claim the hobby is dying off. Its really frustrating for me to hear. Cards at retail outlets continue to sell. Card companies continue to grow with licenses and products. Even though some hobby shops have closed, its not because the hobby is dying, its because the internet has taken over the hobby. People buy online. Its cheaper. It always has what you are looking for.

Here is the CBS story. Let me know what you think of  the story:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-57404088/collectors-lament-baseballs-house-of-cards/

Here is Panini's reaction to it:

http://paniniamerica.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/the-true-story-sports-collectibles-hobby-is-alive-and-well-for-panini-america/

I want to thank Panini for being a card company that steps up and puts up a response to this.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Review: 2012 Topps Heritage Baseball Rack pack and individual packs

Busted some of this over the weekend. Here are my results!



Wrappers: I like the classic feel to the individual pack one. But, I really like the rack pack one because it was very sturdy. And corners won't be as easily damaged. And having Evan Langoria as a draw, not a bad selection.

$$$ out of 5




Base: Well, I like the classic nature of this product and using the 1963 2 color design was a nice touch. However, between a rack pack and 3 individual packs and only one rookie card...makes me wonder if they are too hard to chase a rookie this year.

$$$ out of 5



$$ out of 5

Inserts: Not much here. A Blue parallel that comes in 1:4 packs. And a Flashback one of John F. Kennedy. Didn't really hit it too big with this product.

Autographs: N/A

Jerseys: N/A

Overall: Loved the design, but I didn't get enough back in value. Paying almost $20 and probably having the highest card valued at $3. Well... This is a product for those who love to chase a set and who love looking for the big hit I definitely lacked.

ABC's Ball Boys

Finally!!! A reality show for me!! There are no reality shows I will spend time watching. Unless you consider Man vs Food and Hoarders reality then those you can count for my watching as well. The rest of them seem to fake or boring. To me, a show like Survivor, seems like a cardboard background. If you were to really go to an island and try to survive, you wouldn't play games to earn things. You would be stuck there and be filmed and try to live off from the island. That would be real reality. And the last one who doesn't go insane or back out is the winner.

But I must admit, I really enjoyed watching Ball Boys this past weekend. If you didn't get the chance here is a quick run down of the show...The scene is a sports card shop called Robbie's First Base. It is located in Timonium, Md. Its owned by a father and son duo Robbie Davis Sr and Robbie Jr. There are two employees, a sports savvy guy in Shaggy and I haven't quite figured out why he is on the show in Sweet Lou.  They buy sports memorabilia and resell it.

They ended up with some great memorabilia items. And how awesome was it to see Jim Brown come in and authenticate his own autograph when the father and son who were trying to sell the items to the owners didn't have any way to show it was real. And they also bought a ring from the Notre Dame Championship in '77. The team that Joe Montana was on. They acquired the ring to sell to a woman who was buying it for her husband. Wow!!

If you haven't seen it yet, you should give it a watch.