Saturday, April 27, 2013

Ken Griffey Jr Cards Of The Week!

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Once again, some great late 90's innovation and design. The Spx cards were just simply amazing with the combination of hologram and color. On another note, all of these Ken Griffey Jr. Cards Of The Week are strictly from my personal PC of him of when I used to collect him.

Let us know your thoughts on this weeks cards and look forward to a new post next week!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Review: Sage HIt Football HIgh Series 2013

Really liked what we saw in the Low Series and with the High Series having Geno Smith among others in it..we had to try it.

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Box Break Down:
  • 14 Packs Per Box, 7 Card Per Pack
  • Two Autographs
  • $20 a Box 

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BASE CARDS: Last year I complained about the design of these. Not so much this year. Sage is doing the best they can without licensing on the helmets. I do wish they did more photos without any helmets then it wouldn't bother me as much. Its really hard to see a product with helmet decal removal but most of these photos are well done without team helmets which excites me and tells me to give Sage two thumbs up. The Spotlight subset card is very nicely done and I think a lot of people will enjoy this design. I also like to use these base cards to get rookie autos TTM (Through The Mail) on. They are low to none on the gloss and are great to be signed on.

INSERTS: N/A (Hobby Only)
 
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AUTOGRAPHS: The product states 2 autos per box and thats what we got. I really dig the design on these. The autographs are enclosed with a gold foil and the sticker or whatever they seem to be signed on jumps off the card at you and these two appear to be more on card than the two we got in the Low Series Very good job here by Sage in I really like the fact they used blue ink for these autos and they did such a good job in terms of design. I like the landscape layout as a switch up of getting the autographs done portrait style

JERSEY/PATCH CARDS:N/A
OVERALL THOUGHTS: Not a bad base card design. A ton of base in a box so you really get to load up on the new rookies. My only negative would be having the two autographs packed separately in the box. Though I love collecting rookie cards, opening the packs for just base cards takes away a little bit of the excitement when you already know what your autographs are. I wished the autos were inserted into the packs.With so many cards even if they are worth $1 each you have value. And even with no name autos as we appeared to hit in this break they are worth $6 each at least. That alone makes up value in the box. But I do wish they would add the parallels back to the retail product. I used to like pulling the silver foil board ones. With the autographs packed separately so you see them first, the rest are base cards, so I think mixing in the inserts and the 2 autographs into the packs will make it a much more fun product to bust. But there is definitely value here.


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: NA
                Memorablila/Autographs: 4
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 4

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Review: Bowman Football 2012 Rack Pack

Thought I would give this product a bust. Didn't have enough for a blaster..so busted a rack pack. I was somewhat impressed and not impressed at the same time.


Pack: This pack came within a clear rack pack package. Not very eye appealing.

Base Cards:  Not bad looking. A wide open look. No border besides a bottom one. Photography not bad either. And who doesn't like reading the first stats from the 2011 season from their favorite Vet players.





Inserts: Parallels, other inserts not too bad. The purple parallel up to the top are 3 per rack pack. They were individually wrapped. Inserts don't look bad, but I DO NOT like the look of the rookies in this product. I know that the photos of the rookies were not yet ready when this product was released...but they look very cartoonish. I don't like the rookies in this product. The parallels are cool, but the rookies themselves are not.

Autos: N/A

Memorabilia: It wasn't guaranteed but it was a nice surprise to find one in our rack pack. Our first memorabilia hit of 2012 for football.  Jake Locker will be an upcoming star next season.  The design isn't bad either.

Overall: Not a bad first NFL licensed football release. I would much rather have Panini Prestige that comes out soon. But the other than the really ugly rookie cards, this product is worth the buy.

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: 2
                Base Design: 5 (A 5 that doesn't include the rookies)
                Insert Design: 3
                Memorablila/Autographs: 3
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 3

Preview: Upper Deck Spx Football 2013

Upper Deck must have heard me praising Spx 1996 and Spx 1997 as they have now decided to include them in their upcoming 2013 Spx Product!!

The product is set to release June 2013. There will be 5 cards per pack, 10 packs per box. There will be Three Autographs per box and includes at least one SPx Rookie Auto Jersey with a jumbo swatch! There will also be one single, dual, triple or patch memorabilia card per box as well. You can also find three  SPx Finite Rookies or Legends per box!



  

And here are the fore-mention of the 1996-1997 Spx cards. You will find 3 of these per box.

 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Review: 2011 Rookie and Stars Longevity Football

Busted a box of this to earn myself some of the Father's Day packs. Here is how I did. Wasn't spectacular, but the cards looked nice.

Box/Pack: Threw away the box and wrapper before taking pics. Not bad looking though. A draw with Adrian Peterson and Blaine Gabbert on the front. However my one complaint  would be there is no amount of hits listed on it. I found out it had 4 auto/memorabilia only because I searched it online before purchasing it.

Base: Love the silver shine. Nice design as well! Usually not one for thick borders..but it does look good in this product!

Inserts: We got a few parallels such as this red one. They are numbered as well. The card looks great in red as it does in the silver/black.

Memorabilia: Thank goodness we got an Andy Dalton, our first memorabilia hit of him and only hit of him of the 2011 season. But if it wasn't for him...this box would have been a poor break. Just like the base cards, the jersey cards have a shine to them as well! They look great here and even better in person. We also seem to have a nack for pulling Austin Pettis in 2011 products.

Autographs: Love the Longevity shiny writing in the background. Very poor player pull. But a nice looking card.

Overall: Nice looking product. Boxes can be found for $60 or lower. 4 hits. Great amount of hits for the price. Very much worth the risk.

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

Review: Press Pass Football 2012 Rack Pack

Wow!! This was such a waste of five dollars. I should have just burned my money and that might have been more exciting to watch.

Pack:

 Base: BORING!!!!! I do like the landscape design instead of putting the pic portrait.

Insert: One blue parallel!!What!! And its not even that great looking or exciting!

Autographs: N/A

Memorabilia: N/A

Overall: 10 cards per pack. 9 base and one blue parallel. You are better off spending $5 elsewhere. The odds of probably hitting an auto are not worth the risk of buying this pack.I hate to be so critical, but I want to give you guys the best opinions I have so you can make great buying choices. Especially when it comes to retail.

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: 3
                Insert Design: 1
                Memorablila/Autographs: 1
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 1

Review: Sage Hit High Series Football Rack Pack 2012

I know how badly I put down the blaster of 2012 Sage Hit Low Series I bought awhile back so you are probably scratching your head on why would he buy this product again...to be honest..I don't know. But I will say, buying a rack pack is more exciting than a blaster even though the blasters come with autos.

Pack:

Base Cards: Still boring.

Inserts: This was the nice surprise. You get 6 of these in every rack pack. I love the glittery redness!!!

Autos: N/A

Memorabilia: N/A

Overall: Not bad for the $5 price tag. I love the look of the red parallels. Base cards are still a little lame, but I feel much better paying this price and getting what I got instead of the blaster price. This is worth the risk!

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: 2
                Base Design: 3
                Insert Design: 5
                Memorablila/Autographs: 2
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 3

2013 Sport Card Collectors Top 10 Mock Draft

    Here it is, Sport Card Collectors 2013 Top 10 Mock Draft. Very excited for the draft as I believe this one will be a very interesting one. There are at least 5 teams in the Top 10 looking to move back. A few want to move up. And despite what some say, I think 3 QB's will be drafted in the first round.

    In a hobby aspect of things for us football card rookie chasers, my Top 10 isn't really hobby laden. No splashy offensive players except Barkley. Definitely not what last years draft turned out. But this is the NFL Draft and you never know what could happen.



    1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M 
      For me its this guy or Eric Fisher, OT. But I believe in the end that the Chiefs will stick with this guy to watch newly acquired QB Alex Smiths blindside. With the many acquisitions made for the Chiefs this off season including new coach Andy Reid they could surprise a few teams in the West and a guy like Joeckel would help. If you were to ask me about this pick before the Alex Smith trade I would have told you no doubt Geno Smith would have gone here.
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    3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon 
      A team that has always needed a pass rusher finally gets a big time one in Jordan. They have not had much success in recent years in drafting pass rushers as we saw in picks of Derrick Harvey and Tyson Alualu who didn't quite pan out like they had hoped. Jacksonville was the worst pass rushing team in the league last year and Jordan  could help here mightily. I know some mock drafts say QB here, but I think Gabbert can get the job done. He just needs more talent and a healthy Jones-Drew around him.
       
    4. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida 
      The buzz around Floyd has been high since February and he has really put himself into position to be drafted easily in the Top 5. And luckily for the Raiders he might be there. This is a team that needs help on all fronts but needs help especially on the D-line where they are redoing it with the releases of Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly.

    5. Philadelphia Eagles: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan 
      Atheltic is one thing you can say about Eric Fisher and thats something that fits perfectly in Chip Kelly's fast paced offense. No matter the QB that plays, they need someone fast to watch his blindside and this is also a huge need for a banged up offensive line. The Eagles may also take a close look at Milliner as the need secondary help since they got rid of both CB's in Free Agency.

    6. Detroit Lions: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
      The Lions have a few needs here, they could go OT which are loaded in this draft which is why I think they will wait to later or trade back up for. They could also use a pass rusher. But I think another glaring weakness is their secondary and when there is a guy comparable to Revis out in the draft and a huge play maker, how can you not make the pick here

    7. Cleveland Browns: Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
      The Browns have already made a splash in Free Agency picking up needs and a pass rusher like Paul Kruger but they could use more talent on the field. If Ansah is sitting there I would be shocked if they let him go by. Though there are other glaring needs on offense such as possibly a QB but I think they will wait til the second round for that since this is a second and third round steal draft, but I think at this point in the draft Ansah is the best available player and should be drafted here.

    8. Miami Dolphins VIA Arizona Cardinals in a Trade: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma 
      I think the Dolphins who rolled the dice this Free Agency and filled the roster with talent, lost one of their main offensive guys in tackle Jake Long. With a glaring need on the blindside of Ryan Tannehill, this would be a smart move for Miami to move up and try to grab this guy.

    9. Buffalo Bills: Matt Barkley, QB, USC 
      Yep, you saw it here first. The Bills are high on two QB's, Nassib and Barkley who both run the West Coast system. Geno Smith could go here as well, but could be a stretch for the system. I know a lot of drafts are choosing Nassib here because he played under new Bills head coach Marrone but I think Barkly is the better player here.

    10. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU 
      All talk has been about how much the Jets love this guy and how well he will fit into the Jets system. Once again, this is another Top 10 team in desperate need of some play makers and the Jets have been lacking a pass rusher. They thought they had one in Vernon Gholston a few years ago but he proved he could not be that guy so the Jets will most likely take this guy. But if CB Milliner somehow slips this far a replacement for Revis wouldn't be a far stretch either.

    11. Tennessee Titans: Star Lotulelei, NT, Utah 
      A beast of a gap filler on the defensive line and a need for the Titans equals a perfect match. Of course thats if he falls this far. The Browns have been connected to him as well. Another need here for the Titans would be CB. So if Milliner slips the Lions and the Jets here, the Titans would easily draft him since they fell in love with him at the Combine.

    What are your thoughts on our Mock Draft?Anything surprise you? Any changes you would make? 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Fan Box Break: 2009 Artifacts A Piece of History Blaster Box

Jammin JDcards wanted to share this break with us and here it is for your viewing pleasure as well. I know I am totally digging the shirt piece of Ben Stiller used in "Along Came Polly". Though the movie wasn't that great, this piece of Hollywood Memorabilia is.

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Here is what he thought of this break:

"2009 Artifacts A Piece of History – Also picked up these 2 blasters at K-Mart on sale. These are really nice cards. The design is nice and the card stock is thicker than normal so they have the feel of a high end card. There are also different colored parallels in the set which adds to the value of the boxes. I really enjoyed breaking these, especially with the guarantee of a memorabilia card in each blaster. The Ben Stiller “Along Came Polly” Piece of Hollywood card is really cool. Pulling stuff like that is surprising and adds to the entertainment/joy of the hobby. If you run across these blasters on sale somewhere I recommend buying them up – 1,2,17 just buy them all and send them to me if you don’t like them. lol"

Want to watch this break?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1CNHZXNTdI

Monday, April 22, 2013

Review: Topps Gypsy Queen Rack Pack 2013

Well, I had to see what all of this Gypsy Queen hype was about..I gotta admit..I wasn't as impressed as others. But here is my review.

Rack Pack Break Down:
  • Packs will run you around $10
  • Comes with 3 White border parallels per pack (Walmart version)
  • 4 cards per pack, 3 packs per Rack Pack
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BASE CARDS: One word can sum these up for me...DARK. I know this product is supposed to be unique in the aspect of it having an old fashioned appeal, the problem I have is the cards are very dark. The backgrounds seem to eat the players into the dark abyss. The border is also very dark. I would have liked to have seen it a little lighter. Speaking of a little lighter, the backs of these cards seem to GLOW in the dark. Wow..my picture doesn't it show it well but they are very bright.

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INSERTS: Since Topps made a splash with me with their base product inserts they have let me down since. Heritage inserts looked like the base cards and so don't these ones. These are more like subsets to me. However, outside of the disappointing inserts, I do enjoy the framed parallels and what saved the value of this break was getting a Ripken Jr. one. I like the white against the dark color. It helps liven up the card a little and if they had used these colors for the base cards instead of dark on dark that would have been much better.

AUTOGRAPHS: N/A

JERSEY/PATCH CARDS: N/A

OVERALL THOUGHTS: First off, a very steep rack pack price. I could have bought marked down blasters with more value than this break. Also, I am very disappointed in a product overall that was supposed to be all the rave. I am sure this is a product for some of you. And especially those of you who like past Gypsy Queen product.Maybe hobby is a little better, but don't think it would brighten it up any more for me.

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: 2
                Insert Design: 2
                Memorablila/Autographs: NA
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 3

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Fan Box Break: 2011 Press Pass Premium Blaster Box

Jammin JDcards gave us a break to share with you guys and here it is!

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Here are his thoughts on the break:

"2011 Press Pass Premium – Another box from the batch of sale blasters at K-Mart. This is a nice clean looking set. The base cards are very clean, simple but very nice. Two inserts came out of this blaster – the Crystal Ball insert is a nice looking card. The second insert is a 3d card that really is not very 3d, they provide 3d glasses in the blaster and even with them on the card is not that great. Overall I enjoy breaking this product. If you happen to run across them on sale somewhere I recommend buying 1 or 2 blasters but no more than that."

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