Friday, March 1, 2013

FANdom Card Of The Day:2010 Press Pass Eclipse Spellbound Swatches #SSTS5 Tony Stewart A 28/99

2010 Press Pass Eclipse Spellbound Swatches #SSTS5 Tony Stewart A 28/99

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Sport Card Collectors 1 Year Blogoversary

Well, whoever would have thought this is where my hobby career has taken me. Since discovering the power of the internet I have reached heights like never before. The thought of a blog never crossed my mind til a year ago. Before that, if any of you were apart of it, I ran a Facebook page called The Cardboard Fans. We had 31 likes. That was it. No fan interaction except for one really dedicated fan who followed us to Sport Card Collectors as well. I had no idea what to do. I knew I had wanted to be apart of the social media craze of the hobby. So I deleted the page, I still have everything ever posted on it. I had printed off a copy to remind me as a drive to continue to improve this blog and the hobby.

When I set up a new page, I wanted something simple. Something that explains exactly what we are...Sport Card Collectors was what I called the page. I got a few likes. 12 or 13. And it went that way for awhile. Once again, I wanted more. I was on other sport collectors blogs at the time entering contests and posting on them. Then a crazy idea popped into my head...why not start my own? Then I was worried that I wouldn't visitors like the pages. But I went on with it anyways. On March 1st, 2012 I posted this as an opener:

Then within seconds posted this:

It took a lot of learning to figure out how to use a blog. How to upload pictures. What images and writings to do to catch interest. I got about a months worth of postings, which was a lot because I was pounding them right out. Almost three posts a day. The one thing I did want, I wanted this blog to standout above others. I didn't want just the usual posting of previews, reviews (though that is one of my favorite parts) occasional contests, and a few opinion stories. I wanted to open my blog up to the readers. It may had taken me the year to install all of these new things for your guys, but I wanted to make this hobby what it is. A collecting community. Though this is still my blog, I leave it open for you guys to post, send me pics of your PC to be showcased on here (you know as well as I do its very hard to make it into Beckett. Why not share your goods here?), questions,Fan Favorite Card Thursdays, Fan Box Breaks, and sections to discuss the hobby and sports. I hope in the next year that you guys will take more advantage of those things. We are the ONLY blog to offer this type of interaction. Now back to the rest of my blogoversary story.

On April 5th, 2012  I  had some big news for the blog as we picked up as a sponsor. Was the biggest moment in my life.And I was beyond excited to be able to work with a sports card company that I truly support and with some great guys like Tracy Hackler and Jason Howarth (must also throw in some other great people I have met in Chris Reed and Scott Prusha)  Without them, this blog probably would have fizzled. So if you haven't said thank you to Tracy, Jason and Panini for the sponsorship of this blog, PLEASE do. There wouldn't be such great contests on here without them. And I wouldn't keep you informed on everything Panini related without them. I hope I have served them well over the past year with my support and once again I cannot say it enough, THANK YOU SO MUCH PANINI, JASON AND TRACY!!!!! I hope you guys have read this!

As the year went on, I was handing out Panini prizes (a few others as well, but mainly Panini) left and right on a weekly basis. On June 25th this blog had reached 10,000 views. A moment I was proud of, but wasn't quite sure that it was where I wanted the blog. So I pushed for more. The one thing I always had was motivation.

The blog finally caught a huge break in late August when we were chosen to join in on the blogger version of Panini NFL Player Of The Day Contest. Which if you search this blog or participated in it you will understand what this was. At about the same time we picked up a Twitter account. Then the blog finally started to take off. Once again, I owe Tracy Hackler and Panini another huge thank you for getting me into this promo. Not only is it a great blogger promo, but a great promo in general and I hope all of you will participate in your hobby shops this fall.

With a big contest with big prizes, a Twitter account and a growing Facebook fan base went from 33 Likes to 60 things were finally on a right track. Twitter slowly gained followers up to 88 early on. The views were up and the blog had finally caught everyones attention.

After the Player Of The Day Contest was over, we went back to a weekly contest for November that seemed to lack interest. Then after running our #SCC20daysofChristmas promo for 20 days of December that brought a lot of new fans, ton more views to the blog. Then lightning struck that I needed to continue on with the monthly contests.  People liked winning big lots of prizes and I liked giving them away that way. And it was challenging, fun and it let everyone battle for it instead of the random selecting process.Once again, another thank you to Panini for providing boxes for us to review to use for our contents to giveaway.

When the end of December came I was approached by someone wanting to sponsor the blog. I was very excited and we immediately got the deal and announcement done. And soon a very trustworthy big time box breaker in Cardsmiths was on board. Within a couple more weeks another approached me and then we were soon announcing Jammin JDcards as well. I would like to say thank you to these guys as well. Thanks for coming on board and hope to serve you guys well.

So a year later...I have been very blessed with this blog and it continues to grow. We are currently at 68,169 views. 695 Twitter Followers and 118 Facebook likes. From a small start to a bigger end a year later. I am looking forward to see what the next year has to bring for the blog. Can't believe a year ago it was just a Facebook page with 33 likes and now its this. Now, my numbers may not sound like much right now, but the blog averaged 3500 views a month early on and grew monthly, yes this was a very low number compared to some blogs. But since November that number has really taken off to 10,000+ and growing on a monthly basis. I think all of the hard work poured into this blog is finally paying dividends. And I expect a huge year!!!

And one last thing, I also couldn't be where I am at without you guys. The fans, the readers. I appreciate every time you visit this blog. Whether its to view a card break. to enter a contest, to view a Random Card Of The Day,  Or just to see whats going on or new info from a card preview you guys visited . And thanks for spreading the word on the blog from your RT's, shares and just word of mouth. So thank you guys and here is to another year!! Big expectations will be reached in 2013!!

Bloggers Note: If there are any stories, information, or anything in particular you are looking for please let me know. I will see if I can make a post and provide you with my best opinion and expertise on it. Also, if there are any segments you miss let us know that as well. The information on here is to help you out. So if there is something we need to be providing please let us know!!

Must also apologize that some of our archived posts do not have pictures anymore. Don't know why, but hopefully if we can find time we will go back and fix them.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Review: Topps Magic Football 2012 Blaster Box

After seeing many hits from this product, including retail, I knew I had to get my hands onto some. The only way I could get it was in blaster form.

Here are my thoughts.....

Box Break Down:
  • 8 Packs Per Box
  • $20 a Box 

    BASE CARDS: Topps sometimes colorful cartoonish looking base card designs don't usually work. They used it in both high end and low end products. I prefer real photography and action shots. But in this case for this kind of product its attractive. The base design in general is. With the lack of gloss as well these cards would only look good done this way.

    INSERTS:  Other than anything in chrome style setting, minis are also a favorite of mine. They fall almost one per pack. There are also mini black bordered versions like the Stafford one we pulled that fall 1:24 packs. The other inserts were really lacking in design. They were extremely lame and very unexciting to pull. They remind of something you would use as a subset and not an insert. However, when pulling the Blackmon Rookie Enchantment that was a pretty impressive card. The photo has a purple frame around it. The picture is embedded. Very attractive card and this picture does not do it justice.

    AUTOGRAPHS: N/A though the odds are in your favor at 1:25

    OVERALL THOUGHTS: With odds of pulling an auto at a rate of 1:25, minis, rookie cards, for the $20 its worth the risk. I would also assume the rack packs for $10 would also be worth the price as well. Other than the lack of design on the inserts, very well done product by Topps.

    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: N/A
                    Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 4

    FANdom Card Of The Day: 2009 Topps Allen and Ginter Autographs #WE Walton Glenn Eller

    2009 Topps Allen and Ginter Autographs #WE Walton Glenn Eller
    Like what you see? Follow the link to buy this card!

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

    Review: Big Bang Theory Seasons 3-4 3 Retail Packs

    Love the show...and these stare at me every time I walk by them. I finally had to get my hands onto some form of these cards. Though, I didn't hit it big, I don't regret my decision.

    Here are my thoughts.....

    Box Break Down:
    • 5 Cards Per Pack
    • $2.49 Per Retail Pack

    BASE CARDS: If you love the show, like I do, You will love these cards. Scenes that you can never forget are shown and displayed on a piece of cardboard history. Such as the card above this. Who can forget when Sheldon tried to take the Lord Of The Rings necklace off from Penny with the grabby claw? She awakens punching him in the face. Every card brings you those memories and funny moments.

    INSERTS: Out of three packs only one insert. And if I read it correctly, it states that they are tough pulls at 1:300 + packs. Ouch. That would be the only downfall to retail

    AUTOGRAPHS: N/A The autographs though are still really hot from Series one. If you are buying this product to hit an auto..well hobby suits you better with really hard retail odds to overcome.

    JERSEY/PATCH CARDS:N/A They have wardrobe cards, but once again tough pulls in retail.
    OVERALL THOUGHTS: I am gonna recommend this product. If you love the show, you will love the cards. If you are aiming for the big hits, don't buy retail. Stick with hobby. If you are buying the cards to have some and maybe put a set together, retail is for you. I am actually hoping to go back and try some more.

    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: 5
                    Memorablila/Autographs: N/A
                    Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 3.5

    FANdom Card Of The Day: 2012 Topps Magic Rookie Enchantment #RERG Robert Griffin III

    2012 Topps Magic Rookie Enchantment #RERG Robert Griffin III
    Thanks to Jammin JDcards for providing this card for us to share!

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

    FANdom Card Of The Day: 2012-13 ITG Heroes and Prospects Jersey Patches Silver #M33 Nick Baptiste

    2012-13 ITG Heroes and Prospects Jersey Patches Silver #M33 Nick Baptiste

    Thanks to Jammin JDcards for providing this card to us.

    March Monthly Giveaway

    Well...since this is Sport Card Collectors one year Blogversary we thought we would mix up this months contest to one big twist. You have to defeat me. Thats right. March means Beat The Blogger. If I place in the Top 3 whatever spot I get into it takes away that spots prize. So try your best and beat me!

    Unlike past months...this month will run for 25 days instead! We had an overwhelming response of yes to expanding the amount of days on it. 

    Speaking of the prizes.....

    The combined estimated value of this months lot is: $75-$90.

    Good Luck to everyone!! Remember, the more contestants....the more prizes!! If we can AT LEAST 20 contestants playing on a daily basis..there will be three place prizes awarded! But would love to have a ton of people participate. The more competition, the more fun! If we don't get the 20 contestants a day there will be only one prize awarded.

    2nd place prize is Abby Wombach 2011 Upper Deck Promo Card (these are limited and were only a certain amount made that were handed out)

    3rd place: 5-6 card lot of rookies and inserts

    Also, as a bonus this month to thank all of you for supporting this blog you can win this!

    8x10 autograph
    Now you are asking how do we win this...well for every day entry you put puts you in for an entry to win this 8x10 autograph. The more days you enter, the better chance you will have to win this autograph photo of Phil Villapiano of the Oakland Raiders. We are hoping this will be the biggest and best monthly prize month yet! And who knows what else we will do to celebrate!

    Rules: There will be a daily entry posted such as March 1st 2013. You will pick the winner of the game posted. You will earn 2 points for the right answer. 1 point for the wrong. The contest runs for 25 days. The Top 3 people with the most points win a prize. The person with the most wins the big prize. There are twist days in between and point gambles at the end and Newbie days where you can earn big points to join the contest. You can join in on this contest at any point except the last 3 days. Anyone can win even with 1 point cause you never know which gambles will pay off! 

    Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or subscribe to the blog so you don't miss an entry!


    March Monthly Standings

    Here are the standings for March's Giveaway:

    1st place

    2nd place

    3rd place


    @KentRitchie1                                                                     0 points
    Sport Card Collectors                                                          0 points
    @yorkcounty46                                                                    0 points
    Thomas Young                                                                     87 points
    @Seahawksfan605                                                              35 points                                                           0 points
    Jamie B.                                                                              95 points
    @badbrad1987                                                                   0 points
    @jeffgehringer                                                                   16 points                    
    J.J. Hernandez                                                                   0 points
    @mikewcarreiro                                                                 1 points
    @strowyrm                                                                         1 points
    Super Tom                                                                          4 points
    Jeff Hoyle                                                                         146 points
    Aimee Hoyle                                                                    152 points
    Miami Vice                                                                         0 points
    Harold Tourjee                                                                  0 points
    Ed                                                                                       1 points
    KMH.                                                                                22 points
    @markloftus                                                                     0 points
    Mark DeBarge                                                                   3 points
    @Jdoggnoland                                                                 0 point
    Scott N.                                                                              0 points
    John Webb                                                                        0 points
    @BigNoah                                                                        0 points
    Logan W                                                                            0 points
    chrisdawg7                                                                        0 points
    wandamc7                                                                         0 points
    7jennifer                                                                            8 points
    jeremy ledbetter                                                                76 points  
    DustinV765                                                                      66 points
    Sam Gordo                                                                         3 points
    arron stout                                                                        26 points
    @band234                                                                         2 points
    Jonathan Hoffman                                                           20 points
    @CashItHomie                                                                   2 points
    Jammin JDcards                                                               17 points
    @paulschiling                                                                     9 points
    @nastyboysclub99                                                             1 points
    @TheWillFerret                                                               134 points
    Mariner1                                                                            1 point
    32faf762-1403-11e2-af9e-000bcdcb8a73                          1 point
    @JustinRoss_                                                                     1 points
    @gogshbears                                                                     11 points 
    Everett Tourjee                                                                16 points 
    @sfgmoney                                                                        2 points 

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

    Random Card Of The Day: Scottie Pippen Stadium Club 93-94 High Court

    Preview: Upper Deck Football 2013

    2013 Upper Deck Football releases in April and brings back some favorites from last year such as the College Mascots as it continues the series of them. It also brings a pretty impressive autograph list including the possible #1 pick in Geno Smith. The card set is 50 base cards and 200 rookies.

    In a box you should find:

    6 cards per pack
    20 packs per box

    Product Arrival Date:
    April 9, 2013

    Break Summary: (on average)
    Three (3) Autographs in every box!

    Get Four (4) 1995 SP Football or 1995 SP Prospects cards per box!
    One (1) rare parallel numbered to 10 or less per case!

    To find more info on this set..visit Upper Deck on Facebook