Saturday, February 16, 2013

FANdom Card Of The Day: 2012 Pop Century Award Winners Autographs Amanda Beard



Unfortunately, the Olympics are not for another 3 years and this girl wont be in them. But it was great watching her in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008.

2012 Pop Century Award Winners Autographs #AWAB2 Amanda Beard

Thanks goes out to Jammin JDcards for providing this for us to show. If you have a card to show off, email us at sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com with a card pic and a small writeup!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Random Card Of The Day: Ray Rice Score 2010 Epic Patch


What is there to say about this card...just look at it. Sweet!

Let me know your thoughts in comments!

REVIEW: Limited Hockey 12-13

First off, I would like to say thanks to the WONDERFUL people at Panini America for providing us with this box to review. Here are many places you can find Panini America: official site, blog, Twitter, and Facebook. Please check them out!! Best in the business!

This is my first go at Limited Hockey and I was pretty impressed. After opening up the football and being disappointed due to the content,  I feel the hockey is a much better upgrade. I hope you feel the same.

Box Break Down:
  • 1 Pack Per Box, 7 Cards Per Pack
  • 3 Autographs or Memorabilia Cards Per Box!
  • At least 1 Autograph per Box!
  • $100 a Box



BASE CARDS: The base card are numbered to 299. They are thicker than they appear in this pic and are just about the size thickness of a filler card. The design is nice with the main focus and full color on the player with the background a faded bronze color almost making the player appear 3D.

INSERTS: I put Lindros under the inserts, though its a subset because of its low numbering to 49. The Back To The Future insert is unique. Its numbered and placed a star from the past with a comparison from now one on the front and one on the back. Card companies don't seem to do much with double sided player cards anymore so this was nice to see again. The 90's had a lot of this and I rather enjoyed collecting them. The only issue I had was which player to sort it under :)


AUTOGRAPHS: I know I hear it all of the time how collectors do not like the manufactured relics. I think this is a different form of them. I really like these cards. They are very thick. The team logo on the manufactured jersey with the auto pops out at you. The only argument would be how the autographs bleed a little on the fabric used. Maybe a different form of auto marker needs to be used. Or pen. The nice hit here was the Patrice Bergeron # to 49 though I really like both cards.




JERSEY/PATCH CARDS: The design is good for these despite the one color swatch. I like the team logo and the fact the jersey swatch runs up the card and not in the middle on the bottom like most would for this type of card. Panini did good here.


OVERALL THOUGHTS: As the title of the product states..its a numbered product that some can be Limited. I feel this product is better than its other sport counterparts. It feels to have more to it and possibly bigger hit finds.I like the base card design and I feel the price and what you get in return pays for it. I do wish products like this just had a few more cards in them just in case you hit that box with nobodies.

Let me know your thoughts on Limited in general or this break in comments!

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: 4
                Base Design: 4
                Insert Design: 4
                Memorablila/Autographs: 5
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 4

FANdom Card Of The Day: 2012 Topps Triple Threads Eric Hosmer Jsy AU Auto 61/99



Let's get ready for Baseball Season!

2012 Topps Triple Threads #149 Eric Hosmer Jsy AU Auto 61/99

Thanks to Jammin JDcards for providing this card for us to share!

If you gotta Favorite Card or a Card you would like for us to share...please email us at sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com and do so today!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Honus Wagner Going Up For Auction!

Do you wanna chance at owning a piece of baseball card history in your collection? Well, Goldin Auctions is giving you a chance to bid on a once in a lifetime card. However, the starting bid might jump out at you a little as expected with a one in million chance of possibly owning the most iconic card in history. $500,000 is the starting bid.
Wagner Front-2 
This is one of many items going on auction including 850 additional lots where you can find  1909-11 E90-1 Joe Jackson Rookie Card (VG-EX PSA 4); 1933 Nap Lajoie NR MT+ (SGC7.5); 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie graded NR-MT-MT+ (SGC 8.5);  1970's Earl Monroe and Bill Bradley game used NY Knicks jerseys; Michael Jordan's Gold VISA Card; 1959 Stan Musial game-used bat with provenance from a Cardinals employee; Roberto Clemente game used bat; 2002 Greg Maddux Rawlings Gold Glove Award; 2012 World Series game used items from World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval and regular season MVP Buster Posey; 2001 Derek Jeter World Series game used bat; 1949 Norm Van Brocklin College All Star game worn uniform; Christian Laettner's 1992 Dream Team uniform; a pair of exquisite signed baseballs from Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner, and so much more.

If you want an early preview of this auction just visit this link: www.GoldinAuctions.com  and the auction will begin on February 22nd. 

Let us know if you are bidding on a piece of baseball history! 

Panini Contenders Football 2012 Sp's

We all need them...so here they are. The Knights Lance posted some of them and if there are more we will try to update this. The best way for updates is to subscribe to Panini's Blog The Knights Lance!

Contenders Variations Backs
Looking at the back, one surefire way to tell the difference between an Sp and non Sp is the stats around the team logo such as weight, college, etc are missing on the Sp version.
Contenders Variations Main 
ROOKIE TICKET SPs


Card #PlayerTeamPos.Qty.
137Fletcher CoxPhiladelphia EaglesDT112
132Dontari PoeKansas City ChiefsDT134
196Whitney MercilusHouston TexansLB150
151Kellen MooreDetroit LionsQB198
200Brandon BoldenNew England PatriotsRB202
111Bryce BrownPhiladelphia EaglesRB205
138George IlokaCincinnati BengalsS206
143James HannaDallas CowboysTE227
179Riley ReiffDetroit LionsOT231
159Luke KuechlyCarolina PanthersLB235
191Tommy StreeterBaltimore RavensWR238
202Robert Griffin IIIWashington RedskinsQB238
104B.J. ColemanGreen Bay PackersQB242
124David DeCastroPittsburgh SteelersG259
133Dre KirkpatrickCincinnati BengalsCB259
186T.Y. HiltonIndianapolis ColtsWR260
157LaVon BrazillIndianapolis ColtsWR262
181Ronnell LewisDetroit LionsDE266
147Jerel WorthyGreen Bay PackersDE269
237Justin TuckerBaltimore RavensK275
239Evan RodriguezChicago BearsTE275
240Kris AdamsIndianapolis ColtsWR275
241Daryl RichardsonSt. Louis RamsRB275
242Lance DunbarDallas CowboysRB275
243Blair WalshMinnesota VikingsK275
162Jorvorskie LaneMiami DolphinsFB276
117Chris RaineyPittsburgh SteelersRB288
107Bobby WagnerSeattle SeahawksLB290
141Harrison SmithMinnesota VikingsS290
144Janoris JenkinsSt. Louis RamsCB292
128Derek WolfeDenver BroncosDT294
161Mark BarronTampa Bay BuccaneersS295
ROOKIE TICKET VARIATIONS


Card #PlayerTeamPos.Qty.
107Bobby WagnerSeattle SeahawksLB49
101Alfred MorrisWashington RedskinsRB50
104B.J. ColemanGreen Bay PackersQB50
117Chris RaineyPittsburgh SteelersRB50
128Derek WolfeDenver BroncosDT50
133Dre KirkpatrickCincinnati BengalsCB50
143James HannaDallas CowboysTE50
144Janoris JenkinsSt. Louis RamsCB50
147Jerel WorthyGreen Bay PackersDE50
151Kellen MooreDetroit LionsQB50
161Mark BarronTampa Bay BuccaneersS50
162Jorvorskie LaneMiami DolphinsFB50
181Ronnell LewisDetroit LionsDE50
185Stephon GilmoreBuffalo BillsCB50
186T.Y. HiltonIndianapolis ColtsWR50
191Tommy StreeterBaltimore RavensWR50
200Brandon BoldenNew England PatriotsRB50
202Robert Griffin IIIWashington RedskinsQB50
103Andre BranchJacksonville JaguarsDE75
111Bryce BrownPhiladelphia EaglesRB75
129Devon StillCincinnati BengalsDT75
145Jared CrickHouston TexansDT75
170Morris ClaiborneDallas CowboysCB75
201Andrew LuckIndianapolis ColtsQB75
171Mychal KendricksPhiladelphia EaglesLB99
118Josh GordonCleveland BrownsWR100
165Matt KalilMinnesota VikingsOT100
184Shea McClellinChicago BearsDE100
219LaMichael JamesSan Francisco 49ersRB100


Here are more:
ROOKIE TICKET SPs
Card #PlayerTeamPos.Qty.
167Michael BrockersSt. Louis RamsDT38
131Dont’a HightowerNew England PatriotsLB47
120Courtney UpshawBaltimore RavensLB57
135Jeff DempsNew England PatriotsRB99
168Michael SmithTampa Bay BuccaneersRB99





ROOKIE TICKET VARIATION SPs


Card #PlayerTeamPos.Qty.
124David DeCastroPittsburgh SteelersG10
131Dont’a HightowerNew England PatriotsLB10
132Dontari PoeKansas City ChiefsDT25
135Jeff DempsNew England PatriotsRB25
137Fletcher CoxPhiladelphia EaglesDT25
138George IlokaCincinnati BengalsS25
141Harrison SmithMinnesota VikingsS25
157LaVon BrazillIndianapolis ColtsWR25
159Luke KuechlyCarolina PanthersLB25
163Marvin JonesCincinnati BengalsWR25
167Michael BrockersSt. Louis RamsDT25
168Michael SmithTampa Bay BuccaneersRB25
179Riley ReiffDetroit LionsOT25
196Whitney MercilusHouston TexansLB25
225Russell WilsonSeattle SeahawksQB25


For even more info on these visit Panini's Blog, The Knights Lance below for more info!
http://paniniamerica.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/panini-america-releases-more-sp-variation-quantities-for-2012-contenders-football/

http://paniniamerica.wordpress.com/2013/02/09/short-story-panini-america-begins-leaking-2012-contenders-football-sp-quantities/

Upper Deck Super Bowl Contest

About a week before the Super Bowl Upper Deck had announced they were having a Super contest and boy did they not disappoint. With Sp Authentic coming out and the Super Bowl upon us and Valentines Day, they put the combination of the three and came up with the following contest.

You must show your LOVE for Sp Authentic and football in two sentences or less in order to win an Sp Authentic autograph patch rookie card of both Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick. Upon hearing this news, we knew we had to show our love for the product since it is a favorite year in and year out. And the fact that both of these QB's were in the Super Bowl and had hot hands who would not want to own these terrific red hot cards??!!

Well, We took some time, actually a few hours, and got all of my Sp Authentic cards out and put together a contest piece hoping we would win these really top notch auto patch rookies. After a few days of nervously counting down and waiting and wondering... BOOM! We won! We couldn't believe it! We are still in disbelief!


The contest was fun and definitely was worth it. Thanks again must go out to Upper Deck and Chris Carlin for putting on a great contest and giving collectors a chance to win great prizes like these.

Let us know your thoughts in comments!

Review: Panini Golden Age Baseball 2012

If I was a movie reviewer and this was a movie I would give this product two thumbs waaaaaayy up!! From the outside in this product was a ton of fun to open. Just check out this review and you will see why.

2012 Panini Golden Age Baseball Hobby Box

Box Break Down:
  • 24 Packs Per Box, 6 Cards Per Pack
  • (1) Autograph and (1) Memorabilia Card Per Box!
  • Box Toppers!
  • (24) Mini Parallels Per Box!
  • Boxes will run between $60-$70



BASE CARDS: Classic appeal. They are not very glossed and brings you back in time to way cards used to feel. The base set consists of pretty much everything. From baseball to football to jockeys to movie stars and even the Three Stooges. This would be one fun set to put together. And this blogger rather enjoyed looking at each base card front and back.







INSERTS: As with rest of the set, the inserts have classic touch to them and also range from different sports and movies and more. Each base card has a mini parallel. And even the minis have back parallels with what appears the blue ones is the hardest to pull only getting one in our box. We were also lucky enough to pull a black parallel of the base cards which are tough finds at 1/1 each made. This product also includes pop up cards..whens the last time we had one of those in a pack? You can find two of these per box. Overall, fun.

AUTOGRAPHS: One autograph and one memorabilia are per box. Our autograph is on card, but not someone we personally know but we Googled who he is and he had an impressive career with 455 stolen bases. But this product as a ton of big names to find. The signatures can be of personalities covering all fields of the Golden Age of America, including baseball and other sports, entertainment and the political arena.



JERSEY/PATCH CARDS: Really digging the design and the mix of celebrities and sports. As the card is called, Museum Age, it feels like something you would discover in a history museum hanging on a wall or other display. There is supposed to be one of these per box but we lucked out with two hits! One of the more unique pieces that could be pulled are pieces of pine wreckwood believed to be from the deck of the Titanic.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: Buy it!! You won't regret it. For under $70, you get nice looking base cards, 24 minis, 1 auto, 1 memorabilia and a shot at a ton of stuff. This was probably the most fun I had with a bust in 2012. Panini did a great job with this product and hopefully they bring it back in 2013. If you are fans of Ginter or Goodwin Champions, this is Panini's version and a product for you.

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: 3
                Base Design: 4
                Insert Design: 4
                Memorablila/Autographs: 5
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 5

FANdom Card Of The Day: 2009-10 Upper Deck Game Materials Dual #DGML LeBron James/Michael Jordan Jsy



With Lebron having a career stretch everyone is again talking about who is better Lebron James or Michael Jordan. It doesn't matter who you think is better - this card has both of them!

2009-10 Upper Deck Game Materials Dual #DGML LeBron James/Michael Jordan Jsy
Thanks goes out to Jammin JDcards for providing this card for us to share!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Review: Donruss Elite Extra Edition Baseball 2012

This is a product I have always wanted to try. I am an Elite fan, I like baseball cards and I like rookies and autographs. So it seems this is the product for me. So gave it a run and we were lucky and got a hot box.
2012 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball Hobby Box
  • 20 Packs Per Box, 5 Cards Per Pack
  • Look for (6) Autographs Per Box!
  • Find HOT BOXES containing (10) Autos!!
  • Find short-printed Green and Red Ink Autos!
  • $100 per box
BASE CARDS: Just look below (we forgot to take a picture of base card) at the autographs and picture them without the auto to see what the base cards look like. Not a bad design as it sticks the the Elite theme of silver cardboard. But since this is a rookie laden product adding the red to the base cards make the silver cardboard a thing of the past.






INSERTS: The inserts look good but not as eye catchy as the Aspirations die cuts. Each one is numbered and depending on the color to a different number. Pictures sometimes cannot do these justice but I tried my best to capture the shine. My other favorite insert in the product is the Diamond Kings. I like the combo of baseball future star and a King from a deck of playing cards.

# to 25



AUTOGRAPHS:We would say this is what you would call a "Hot Box" from the product. Overall you are supposed to get 6 autos per box. We got 8 and technically 9 if you consider the dual autographs separate autos.The Building Blocks combines the autographs of two players linked by school, team, position or some other common denominator. We were lucky to hit one of these numbered to 25. There are also ink variations as well to the base autos. The autos also look great because of all the glimmer and shine.

JERSEY/PATCH CARDS: N/A

OVERALL THOUGHTS: If you are looking to get the baseball rookies autographs before they hit the playing field this is the product for you. What other product offers this type of rookie loaded, 6+ autos per box all for under $100. Bet you can't find one. There is plenty to take a chance on in this product as the future of MLB and the next big stars auto could be hidden within 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 on a 1-5. 1 Being the lowest and 5 being the highest.
                Packaging: 5
                Base Design: 4
                Insert Design: 3
                Memorablila/Autographs: 5
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 4

FANdom Card Of The Day: LaMichael James Sp Authentic Rookie Patch Auto Gold


It has been one week since the Super Bowl and this player had a very costly fumble. But this is still one of the nicest college patches I have ever seen.

2012 SP Authentic Rookie Patch Autographs Gold #269 LaMichael James 02/25

Thanks to Jammin JDcards for providing us with the FANdom Card Of The Day.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Topps Unveils The Largest Sport Card Ever!

All morning long Topps kept teasing all of us Twitter followers with news of a record breaking card. And it is quite large to say the least. They had to use a helicopter to reveal these images to everyone. They also had the man on the card as a special guest for this even in Prince Fielder among others. Here is the unveiling and to our eyes...we have no idea how you would store or even display something of this size.

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Fielder showing off...well himself.
All of these images are from Topps on Twitter. You can follow them @toppscards to see even more images from their huge event.

Let us know your thoughts in comments!

Review Part 2 HOT BOX: Panini Classics Hockey 2012-2013

I really enjoyed this product the first time around..why not the second? I did and even more so with a HOT BOX with 8 autos instead of 6. Without rookies in 12-13 hockey products, Panini did a great job bringing back some not every day names autos and included them into a classic feel product. Here is how we did:


Box Break Down:
  • 6 Packs Per Box, 5 Cards Per Pack
  • Find (6) Autograph Cards per Box!
  • ONE AUTO PER PACK!
  • Boxes will run ya $180

Back of Base card
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BASE CARDS: This is a product for the old-school-hockey collectors,  as the name suggests its a Classic with Classic players and players autos. As for the base card, its a simple throwback design. Making it have a very Classic appeal. A base set would take you awhile with only 30 cards in a box with 6 of those being autos and 6 of those being the insert cards. But that would be a fun one to chase and you have the chance to bust it a few times.



INSERTS: You get one of these die cuts per pack. I have always been a fan of die cuts. I do wished a player picture was involved instead. But still not bad in terms of design. And some of them are Sp. Our first box we got one and this box Howe is one.



AUTOGRAPHS: Some of the autos are Sp'd in this product and very rare finds. We also ended up getting a HOT BOX this time around. Really like the fact that ALL of the cards are signed on card and you find autos of players you may not find all of the time. We actually got one of the Sp cards of Darryl Sittler.

JERSEY/PATCH CARDS: N/A

OVERALL THOUGHTS:This product has appeal. Classic autographs you may not see everyday and a classic overall feel. I love the old photography on the base cards reminding us of great moments on the ice and taking the boredom that some of us might have waiting for the NHL to get over its lockout and move onto the season. I also hope Panini turns this to a football product as well. On card autos, a deep checklist, nice look and a chance at a hot box of 8 autos though the price may be steep for some and the average collector, but for those who can afford it, this is a good hockey product.

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: 4
                Insert Design: 3
                Memorablila/Autographs: 5
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 4