Thursday, June 7, 2012

Favorite Card Thursday

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We chose Eli's Topps 2004 rookie as our favorite card this week. He has finally stepped out of his brothers shadow and I believe has over taken him as the better Manning. No he doesn't put up the numbers that Peyton does, but he has 2 rings and a good playoff record.
We did not recieve any entries again this week for Fan Favorite Card Thursday. If you would like to participate in next week's Favorite Card Thursday..email us your name, pic and why it's your favorite to sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Game Day Recipes: Easy Burgers

This one is very simple. 4 ingredients. But the burgers hold together well and it makes them moist and tasteful.

Easy Burgers:

1 lb of Ground Chuck
1 small onion
1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup of oatmeal

Combine all ingredients. Grill until done.

A surprise Mail Day!


We would like to thank Cards & Case Breaks who surprised us with this mail day! A Jacob Anderson Bowman Blue wave refractor. The card is very cool looking and makes a nice piece to our collection! So thanks to them again!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

2012-2013 Prestige Basketball Sneek Peek!

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 Panini released images of Prestige basketball 2012-2013 a brand in which I missed this past basketball season. There will be three autographs and one memorabilia card in every box which will also come with 24 packs.

The product also features  100 Rookie Cards with members of last year’s NBA Draft class as well as this year’s.

The product releases in August.

Review: Panini Past& Present Basketball 2011-2012

First and foremost, we would like to thank Panini America for sending over this box for us to review. This is the first 2011-2012 Basketball break for us this year. We usually break some basketball looking for the top rookies and players.

But, I have gotta admit. From the outside to the inside...I love this product!!! However I am sorry that my camera was being stupid and took the pics sideways.

And as always...look for some giveaways from this product!

 Box Design: It not only feels and looks from the Past..but it also has a smell that reminds you of it. Very clever Panini!

Pack Design: Read box


Base Cards: 4 different designs. They all are very colorful and stand out. This is a product for the set collector!






Inserts: The inserts in this product ROCK!!! This is everything I love about inserts. Die cuts, nice designs and standout feel to them!! These remind me of 90's inserts at their best!! The pics DO NOT do these inserts justice!


Memorabilia: I love the big sized swatch. The design is nice and I like seeing the jersey piece being put off to the right of the card and not in the center as many companies do.



Autographs: Nice design. I love the mix of older players, with former vets and the rookie draft redemption card. The redemption card doesn't tell us who the player is. We must wait until October and a live draft will happen on the Panini blog The Knights Lance!

Overall:  Great designs. Awesome checklist. And the best, I said it, THE BEST inserts I have seen in a very, very long time. I would strongly recommend busting a box of this.

Ratings:  Bloggers Note: Our ratings are based specifically on the blaster, box or packs we opened and do not express what the overall product could bring.

Ratings based 1-5
                Packaging: 4
                Base Design: 5
                Insert Design: 6 (I know its up to 5..but these were sweet)
                Memorablila/Autographs: 4
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 4

Review: Playoff Contenders Hockey 2011-2012

First and foremost, we would like to thank Panini America for sending over this box for us to review. This is the first 2011-2012 hockey break for us this year. We usually break some hockey looking for the top rookies. We didn't hit any in this box...but the quality of the cards is what makes this a must have brand! And as always...look for some giveaways from this product!



Box: I like the design of the box. White, top rookies and a boldness to the wording that stands out.



Wrapper: Its shiny and bold..very nice!


Base Cards: Good photography. No border so it shows a good portion of the card. The team logo stands out. And all of the other needed details are not too bold, but are perfectly placed off to the left. Just like in the football design..I must say Contenders does a great job with its base cards.



Inserts: Shiny, numbered parallels. Great looking!


Autographs: They are all on card. They look great. My only complaint would be how long the white box is, but Panini definitely upgraded this years Contenders from last. The white box in general doesn't bother me for the auto, but they could have shorted the space a little. We were only supposed to hit 3 autos per box but we beat the odds and got 4. In this product is also auto/patch cards that look spectacular.

Memorablia: N/A

Overall: Great looking product. On Card rookie autos. Nice base set and inserts look great. This is probably the best hockey release of the year and will give Sp Authentic a run for their money.

Ratings:  Bloggers Note: Our ratings are based specifically on the blaster, box or packs we opened and do not express what the overall product could bring.
                Packaging: 4
                Base Design: 5
                Insert Design: 4
                Memorablila/Autographs: 4
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 4

Monday, June 4, 2012

What kind of collector are you?

I have been thinking about this for awhile now....what kind of different collector's are there? I have come up with my own definitions and titles of some. Which one do you fit under?

Profiteer: One who invests money only to make money. One who doesn't really collect and just is out to make money from the hobby.

Investor: Someone who purchases cards and keeps them for a long term investment in the future. But does not really consider themselves, "A collector".

Collector: One who collects something specific like a sport, rookie cards, refractors, autographs, etc. This separates them from a Super Collector because a Super Collector has a specific team or player and won't collect the rookies, refractors and autographs of other teams and players.They also bust packs and boxes to find what they want and to sell what they don't.

Super Collector Invests everything in ONE player or team. Someone who doesn't just buy just anything. These type of collectors look for specific things. Super Collectors are ones who trade stuff off they don't need if they have anything extra, and most of the time will not open packs or boxes because they specifically will buy from places like eBay for the singles they want.

Hobbyist: One who collects what they like and sells or trades or gives away what they don't need. They also bust packs and boxes.

True Hobbyist: One who collects it all. All sports, non sports. Doesn't ever sell. Opens packs and boxes of whatever they feel to that day or time. Treasures and reads every card and treats them all with equal respect no matter the value.

Now, I will honestly place myself on the True Hobbyist. Though I do give cards away. And I do also sell some. I give cards away to my fans on here to show you my thanks for you support! The ones I sell are my double base cards. And I only ask a dollar a box. They are packed up in huge boxes. I find this a way to make a buck, literally, and try to keep the hobby alive by helping out other collectors or new collectors.

Some of us could fall under two or more categories.  I have seen this many types and I am sure there are more. But these are the main ones. To me the main question to ask yourself for your best answer and what category you fall under, is why do I collect? I collect for the fun of the hobby. I enjoy all aspects. This would be my answer. Which is why I fall under True Hobbyist for my love of the hobby.

So now I ask you, what kind of collector are you?