Friday, August 3, 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Fan Favorite Card Thursday: Harold Tourjee's 1966 Batman card

For the non-sports fans.  Here is one of my favorite batman cards.  Robin taking a flying lesson!   Its from the 1966 Topps Batman Trading Cards using paintings by Norman Saunders.  The Art work is fantastic on the whole set.  I'm always on the lookout for Mint condition cards from this 44 card set.  They just kinda grow on you.

Harold Tourjee
Bloggers Note:
Thanks for sharing Harold. If anyone else would love to join in...please email us at sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com with your favorite card and why.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sport Card Collectors 2012 NFL Preview: AFC East

There is just something about the NFL that makes it my favorite sport. Don't get me wrong, I do watch baseball time to time. And a little basketball. I am not much of a hockey, racing, golf or bowling (other than playing it) person. The NFL is the only sport I can sit and watch an entire game of anymore.  I don't know if its because I played it or grew up watching it...but I love the game. And because of this with the NFL season upcoming and the start of the preseason is soon...I thought I would share my opinions of how I think the divisions will break down and who will win each.

I will be breaking down 2 divisions a week up until the start of the season. Today's AFC East and here is how I think it will go down: (note: these are in order of how we think they will finish and what their records will be)

1. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (13-3) 

Item image The Patriots come in as the runner ups of last seasons Super Bowl but they come into 2012 much stronger. They had a great draft adding to their defense some much needed help with LB Donta Hightower and DE C. Jones who will replace Mark Anderson who left in the off season. They are added to an already talented young defense including LB's Jerod Mayo and Brandon Spikes, DT Vince Wolfork, and CB Devin McCourty.

On offense, the Patriots are strong with two great unstoppable tight end weapons in Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkoski. And of course you cannot forget WR Wes Welker and new acquisition WR Brandon Lloyd. If the Patriots can figure out which running back can help them run the ball so teams are not focused on their pass as much...they will be tough to stop.

Overall, I expect once again the Patriots will take the East easily. Their offense will be tough to stop thougg their defense may be young and give up big plays, the offense will always make up for it. The Patriots are the lead of the pack in the AFC.


2. BUFFALO BILLS (9-7) 

Item image  The Bills had a huge off season and the team is very high on their roster this year. The Bills started out very strong last year going 5-2 to start the season before falling apart towards the end. Ryan Fitzpatrick had a hot start that fizzled but this guy can truly be a very good NFL QB and their RB Fred Jackson can run over everyone when healthy on the field and the backup of Tashard Choice can run the ball well too. Stevie Johnson is a great wide out who can make incredible catches. I also expect them to utilize backup QB Vince Young on some trick plays as well. The Bills have pieces in a place on offense to be dangerous.

It was their defense that hurt them last year and that's why the Bills spent big time on their D this off season picking up Sack Master Mario Williams, DE Mark Anderson and drafting CB Stephon Gilmore. With these new pieces and some in place, the defense should be much improved.

Overall, this is a team ready to win. They are hungry and are feeling great about their chances. I believe with the look of the AFC they could sneak into the playoffs as a surprise team.
 

 3. NEW YORK JETS (8-8) 

Item image The Jets come into this season making only a few moves...but one of their moves is the most talked about in the NFL right now. It only takes one word to sum it up...TEBOW. The Jets surprised many when they made the move and traded for qb Tim Tebow. That not only brought more media to the Jets, but puts pressure on their current starting qb Mark Sanchez to keep his job. Even though the Jets supposedly brought in Tebow to play on trick plays and special teams..there is got to be something inside their heads thinking that he could be their starting qb as well. Tim Tebow is a winner and if Mark Sanchez falters early, expect Tim to come out and take over when fans start chanting his name. The Jets know you need fans to fill a stadium and whether or not Tebow can play qb..he can fill seats and brings excitement. Another thing the Jets need to do on offense is get better with their running game. Shonn Greene takes over as starter after the retirement of Ladanian Tomlinson.  If the Jets can run the ball, it will help Sanchez with throwing the ball to outspoken WR Santonio Holmes and rookie WR Stephen Hill in the new offensive scheme of former Dolphins coach Tony Sparano.

On defense, the Jets surprised everyone in the drafting of Quinton Coples as DE. But its a position they have needed for years. The defense is good, especially in the secondary, but they need to get some pressure on the qb in order for Rex Ryans D to work.

Overall, the Jets have some talent. But I think the Bills are still better. And with the Patriots to chase.... It will take a Tebow-esque type winning streak in order for this team to sneak into the playoffs.


4. MIAMI DOLPHINS (3-13)

Item image The Dolphins come in...well new. New coach, new WR's, and a new attitude. This is a team that is mixed of old vets and young rookies. There is a 3-way qb battle going on with Matt Moore (last years starter), David Garrard and rookie qb Ryan Tannehill. Matt Moore did a decent job for them last year and at this point probably is looking like the starter. The fans are probably leaning more towards Tannehill since he is the future and the excitement there was around drafting him. Reggie Bush's first season with the Dolphins was very successful and this year he predicts to lead the league in rushing. Which might not be a far stretch since this team will need to run the ball a lot with the lack of talent on offense. They also picked up WR Chad Johnson (who had a rough year in New England but promises to be back on track this season) after trading off troubled WR Brandon Marshall to the Bears. They have other young WR's on the roster as well such as Brian Harline, Clyde Gates and Davone Bess.

The Dolphins defense is led by MLB Karlos Dansby, LB Cameron Wake and CB Vontae Davis. The Dolphins have a decent defense that helps keep them in games. And when you play teams like New England in your division...you are going to need that to keep up.

Overall, it will be a transition season for Miami. They still have holes to fill and could possibly be playing with a young QB and a WR group where its hard to pick out a number one guy. The Dolphins new coach Joe Philbin has some definite work to do with this team it will be a couple of years process.

What do you guys think of my predictions? Did I rank a team too high? Too low? Give me your thoughts!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Yard Sale Pickups....for only $4!!

Here are some key cards I found in a box of cards I bought at a local yard sale. I paid only $4 for the box of random cards. There was mostly baseball, but golf, a few basketball and football and even Bench Warmer cards were there to be found. Overall there were probably about 300 cards. I think I made out well.

I always enjoy adding a Pete Rose

4 Tiger Woods cards and a Justin Leonard Sp Authentic Rookie
The Simpsons rock!
Also got a Bo Jackson and Frank Thomas Topps rookie cards.
 
What are your thoughts on my pickups and have you ever come across a good bargain deal at a yard sale?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Sport Card Collectors 2012 NFL Preview: NFC East

There is just something about the NFL that makes it my favorite sport. Don't get me wrong, I do watch baseball time to time. And a little basketball. I am not much of a hockey, racing, golf or bowling (other than playing it) person. The NFL is the only sport I can sit and watch an entire game of anymore.  I don't know if its because I played it or grew up watching it...but I love the game. And because of this with the NFL season upcoming and the start of the preseason is soon...I thought I would share my opinions of how I think the divisions will break down and who will win each.

I will be breaking down 2 divisions a week up until the start of the season. Today's division is my favorite...the NFC East and here is how I think it will go down: (note: these are in order of how we think they will finish and what their records will be)

1. NEW YORK GIANTS (11-5) 

The Super Bowl champions come into this season better and more healthier than the last. The defense will be better and even though the Giants lost Jacobs, Manningham and a few others they got better through the draft replacing those players.  

Eli Manning had a huge season and there shouldn't be any reason why he shouldn't have another with Nicks and Cruz. The Giants also added weapons in Tight End Marcellus Bennett and rookie Wide Out Reuben Randle. The running game should be better with Bradshaw healthy and the surprise first round drafting of David Wilson, but the one position they didn't improve on was the offensive line. Hopefully someone will step up.

And as always, the Giants D should be tough with the only key losses being CB Aaron Ross and DE Dave Tollefson they should be able to pressure the qb as always and with the return of Terrell Thomas and possibly the other starting corner in Prince Amukamara who now has a season under his belt the Giants will be tough to beat as they try to get back to the Super Bowl.

2. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-6) 

 The "Dream Team" comes into the season more prepared after playing together after a year. As last season went on the team seemed to gel better and they went on a winning streak and almost snuck into the playoffs after a rough start. 

Lesean Mccoy turned out to be a tremendous weapon in Philly's run and pass attack. Michael Vick still has a lot to prove and Desean Jackson will try to prove himself as well after a big contract this past offseason. Philly added leadership to their D this year after adding Demaco Ryans who should shore up their linebacker core which lacked last year. 

Overall there are big expectations this season for the Eagles and Andy Reid really needs to make sure this team comes together and makes some kind of run or Philly fans will be calling for his firing. 


 3. DALLAS COWBOYS (8-8) 

  Dallas comes in after a quite offseason, but a jump up in the draft to get Morris Claiborne to help out their weak secondary. They let go Terrence Newman to make room for Claiborne. Dallas' D looked good under Ryan's defensive scheme with only the secondary being the weak link. However, I don't know if they have improved enough on the back end to make a difference this season.

The offense got a boost last year when RB Demarco Murray went on a tear. But when he was lost for the rest of the season, the offense seemed lost. A healthy Murray would be beneficial for them. However, a troublesome Dez Bryant is not. He has a ton of talent and could be a Top 5 receiver in the league, but with him getting in trouble it not only hurts him..but hurts his team and teammates. 

Overall With a talented offense, a good defense, Dallas could scare some teams. But once again it all falls on Tony Romo's shoulders in December. Can he make the right throws at the right times and win in a month that he normally struggles in? I think Romo is a good qb and will win a couple of games down the stretch, but I don't think the team overall is there quite yet for a Super Bowl run.

4. WASHINGTON REDSKINS (6-10)

A ton of changes in the offseason and it all starts at qb. The Redskins rotating qb situation last season with Beck, Grossman and others has come to an end and the Redskins got their fan base excited by drafting Robert Griffin III in this years draft giving up a ton of picks in exchange for him so they are hoping this is the guy that will lead them back to the Super Bowl. Also on offense they added the talent of Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan to their WR core and they already have a good running back in Roy Helu who broke out towards the end of the season.

The defense was stellar last year and now they have new aqusitions in the secondary but I don't think there is enough there yet. London Fletcher coming back is a huge help and with talented LB's of Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo the defense should be good at getting pressure on the qb's.

Overall, I think the Redxkins and Mike Shannahan have a great start..but it will take another year or two to put it all together. Griffin has a ton of pressure on himself and I think he will handle it okay. But playing in the NFC East against some of the defenses will be rough for a rookie.

What do you guys think of my predictions? Did I rank a team too high? Too low? Give me your thoughts!

Review: Prestige Football 2012 BLASTER BOX+6 RETAIL PACKS

I know I have already done a review for Prestige...but I wanted to review Retail for those of us who couldn't afford hobby. Most of the review is the same. Here is my review:

Box: Still love the design. Peyton's replacement is a attention grabber. The box lets you know the hit amounts per box and it has a clean design.

Wrapper:  Just like the box..I would definitely pick up pack or two.

Base: Panini cleaned up the base card design this year and something spectacular came out. Best base design I have seen in this product! The rookie cards match the base. But with this years Prestige...the rookies are in their NFL uni's!


When it comes to retail...I go for products with good rookie cards in them and a decent amount of them. With Prestige having one per pack..you can't go wrong. And they are nice looking.


Inserts: And another reason to buy this product is for the amount of insert..roughly one per pack...and that also adds to the blaster box value.

Overall: For $20 a blaster and around $3 a pack, You get a good mix of rookies (1 per pack), and inserts. Sometimes you can get lucky and land an auto or jersey. I have seen it on other sites. I wasn't as lucky, but the cards were so nice it didn't matter.

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 on a 1-5. 1 Being the lowest and 5 being the highest.
                Packaging: 5
                Base Design: 5
                Insert Design: 4
                Memorablila/Autographs: N/A
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 4