Saturday, May 4, 2013

Keeping the hobby alive...

One thing I try to do here at Sport Card Collectors is try to keep the hobby alive. I do this by blogging and hosting giveaways, giving you useful tips on collecting, and reviewing products to give you the best opinion on what to buy. I also run our Twitter and Facebook pages which gives you the opportunity to ask questions whenever you want and please feel free to do so. I also am apart of many forums, visit other sport card blogs and sometimes will email marketing officials to tell them my thoughts on a product or the hobby or share with them some recent pulls or pickups.

But another thing I do to keep the hobby alive is box up all of my double base cards and basically give them away. Its the only thing I ever sell. And I sell them at Yard Sales. Something I assume we all know of.

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I take the double base cards which consist of all teams and sports and I put them into different size boxes. Some are the white count boxes, shoe boxes, shipping boxes. It all depends what kind of boxes I can get my hands onto. I separate them by sport and they are ready to go to other collectors. I charge $1 a box no matter the size. And of course, I do save some aside and give them away as well. I may also take less for a lot of them. The $1, I use back into the hobby to possibly land more doubles and complete the cycle again.

I do know there are a lot of organizations I could probably donate my doubles too, but without a hobby shop,card show, or local places to really pick up cards I like doing it this way as a way to keep the hobby alive locally.

What are some of the things you do to keep the hobby alive? Would enjoy to hear what you guys do as well.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Leon Sandcastle hits Trading Cards

Leon Sandcastle, AKA Deion Sanders, burst onto the scenes during a Super Bowl XLVII commercial and the popularity of the commerical rose to new heights. Now the fictional Sanders character will be found on upcoming football card releases.

Panini plans of putting Sandcastle into its first two 2013 football card releases of Score and Prestige. For Score, Sandcastle will appear exclusively only in retail packs. He will be featured in the classic 1989 Score design celebrating Score's 25th anniversary. And in June, you can find autographed versions of his rookie cards in Prestige.

Chiefs might have benefited from drafting Sandcastle who can play any position on the field
 Not long after Panini released images of their Sandcastle rookie cards, Topps snuck out an image of their own on Twitter that is set to be released in their Bowman 2013 product.

   

 What are your thoughts on card companies going a little extra to bring you a card like this?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Review: Upper Deck Football 2013 3 Rack Packs

As always, I give all early products a try to start out my 2013 football card season rookie search. I don't buy too much of the early stuff due to the players not being in their NFL uni's. I prefer them that way. But as always, I give Upper Deck a look and here were my results from 3 rack packs.

Box Break Down:
  • 32 cards per rack pack
  • 2 Robert Griffin III inserts per rack pack
  • Roughly $5 a pack

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First QB taken off the board. A surprise pick, Bills fans will hope he pans out for them.

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Giants first overall selection at 19
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Falling to the Packers could make their offense unstoppable if this guy runs like he did in College.
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Just love the photography on this card
BASE CARDS: Upper Deck does not have an NFL license but it does stick with its roots in great photography. Just look at some of the shots above. And another thing they do is great design. The border does not take away from the amazing photography. It does just enough to bring the card to life which is what should be happening to every card we buy. This is why I wished they had an NFL license. One of the biggest things I miss about them having it was the photography that put you right on the field.

In retail, there are no veterans to find. So the packs are packed with rookies.
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INSERTS: In retail there isn't much in terms of inserts. Which to me is disappointing since most of your pack is made up of just rookies. You do get two of these flashback designed RG3 Football Hero inserts though. I wished Upper Deck would go back to having numbered parallels

AUTOGRAPHS: N/A-Tough, tough odds

JERSEY/PATCH CARDS:N/A but some great pulls to be had such as letter signatures, Animal Kingdom patches and more.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: I liked the retail buy here to get some early rookies. But probably wouldn't invest too much into a product without True rookies or NFL license. But in terms of base card design, I am not surprised how much I liked it due to the photography. As for value in the three packs, I didn't actually hit a lot of big names. Just the ones I posted above. That part was kind of disappointing and it will be hard to judge the value until the Beckett arrives. And when they finally release the Sp list.

Would love to hear your thoughts on Upper Decks photography and their products!

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: 5
                Insert Design: 3
                Memorablila/Autographs: NA
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 3.5

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Review: Panini Preferred Basketball 2012-2013

One of the very few blessed times I got to try a high end product. Normally I can only stare at them. This one on the other hand if I could afford it, I would try it. Its a very cool product. Find out rest of my thoughts below and what low numbered auto hit we found. And as always, comment below your thoughts on this product.

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. If you don't follow them at all..you should! They talk to you on Twitter, have contests on their blog and Facebook and the site is also fun to visit!

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Box Break Down:
  • 1 Pack Per Box
  • (3) Autographs Per Box!
  • (1) 6-8 Player Memorabilia Booklet Per
  • $200 a box 
BASE CARDS:  Since the product technically doesn't have what I consider base cards since everything is autographed, I will take a second to focus on the box. The box for starters is HUGE! You read the outside and it says 4 cards per box. You are scratching your head as if why make a huge box for such little cards. Well, then you open it up. To be honest when opening it, I thought I found treasure at first or was in a mobster movie and had to drop off some cash in exchange for something as I felt I was opening a suit case and revealing its contents.The packs, the bonus Kobe pack, and the booklet are all in their own separate sections. I found this very classy.. Panini did great laying this one out.

INSERTS: No inserts only parallels to the autographs.

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AUTOGRAPHS: Three autographs (three packs) in this product makes up a box alongside the booklet. One card per pack. The first card I pulled was the Mark Price numbered to 25 and in form of a Crown Royale silhouette auto. The next card found was the Nick Collison numbered to 49 and then the biggie of the box the Lenny Wilkens autograph green parallel numbered 1/5.

The autographed silhouettes are one of my favorite autographed card designs if not the favorite. The Panini's Choice award also comes out of Crown Royale and gives you a nice die cut auto and the players name in silver just jumps off from the cardboard. Then there is the Panini signatures that come in a array of colors of Red, Green, Blue, Gold and Black. I like the design on these as the background, at least on this one, has the player in a 3D appeal jumping out with you with color and with the background darkened.

Here are other types of autographs to find in this product

ROOKIE SILHOUETTES PRIME
ROOKIE CROWN ROYALE SIGNATURES:
PANINI SIGNATURES
PANINI'S CHOICE BLACK
There is a 600-CARD AUTOGRAPHED BASE SET 

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JERSEY/PATCH CARDS: I absolutely love booklets. Look for incredible combinations featuring Draft Classes, Positions, Statistics, Career Achievements, Teams, and more. We got one called Inducted featuring a class of HOFers. And being a Knicks fan, find Ewing on this really excited me.

The one thing I like about booklet cards, it finally takes us away from the generic plain color swatch jersey card. I think most of us get tired of pulling those. I love the combinations Panini put together on these and I like how they all spell out a word with the a players swatch. You can also find Prime pieces in these as well that look absolutely stunning.

OVERALL THOUGHTS:Definitely has a high end feel from the outside of the box, to the inside of the box. The only card that was high numbered was the booklet and that was only numbered to 99. I think with the amount of low numbered hits and the many big hits this product has to offer, I Prefer to recommend you to it.I think most boxes will pack a punch from the multiple breaks. Not to mention how great the cards look.

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

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Review: Panini Marquee Basketball 2012-2013

This product has a lot to go on. If you pick up a box you would think you are carrying a baby. The box itself though only packing 20 packs, is heavier than most due to the thickness of the cards.

What other thoughts did I have on this one of a kind eye attention drooler..read below!

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. If you don't follow them at all..you should! They talk to you on Twitter, have contests on their blog and Facebook and the site is also fun to visit!


Box Break Down:
  • 20 Packs Per Box, 8 Cards Per Pack
  • 3 Autographs and 35 Rookie Cards Per Box!
  • $96 a hobby box


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Shiny foil board
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Legends

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Dark foilboard
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Swiiirrrrrllyyyy
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Ghost White acetate
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White Leather type
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Laser Cut
BASE CARDS:  Set collectors rejoice! 90's fans throw your hands up in the air! Panini jump and down and celebrate one eye popping base set. If you are into a product that brings pretty much everything, this is for you. Alone, the main base set in Marquee is 540 cards consisting of rookies, stars and legends. But, its not just the same kind of card over and over again like most companies do with big base sets.Panini did a great job here breaking it all down to different rookie subsets with different textures and color. This is very eye appealing. The set consists of shiny foil-board, Laser cut, ghost white acetate, a textured white leather type approach, a dark shiny foil board, and what appears to be taking the basketball player and swirling them around. To say the least, this product looks outstanding and because of that if I ran Panini, those basketball guys would be getting a huge raise. 

Another thing, if you are collecting a particular rookie this year in basketball. Here is a chance to get that guys rookie card 5 different ways as the double rookie class appears in each of the 5 sections.

To me, I have waited almost 15 years for a company to finally put forth the extra mile for their base cards and make set building worthwhile again. Big Kudos to Panini!

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INSERTS: As you can see, the insert design matches the base card design. Something very tricky to do. I like the idea. The designs are different and once again very eye appealing. I am actually having a hard time writing this review since I am so blown away by the design here.
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AUTOGRAPHS:You get three autographs with this product, despite how great they look, the upsetting part here is the hit quality. I have seen this a few times in this product in terms of peoples hits. But the big hits are here with rookie signatures and Election Night autos where you find Hall Of Famers hiding. I do like the addition of coaches autos to this product however. It keeps this product fresh and unique.

JERSEY/PATCH CARDS: N/A Thought I think this would be great to see in this product.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: I have to be honest here, I think this product is worth it. You can't always judge a product from one break. The hits weren't there for us, but the product just looks so good and it doesn't mean the hits will not be there for you. And the amount of rookies you get in this product should help make up the loss you get if you don't get the big hit. I had fun and looked forward to opening every pack to see which insert or subset card I was going to get. You don't do that very often with a product anymore. If you are a rookie and set collector especially..set forth to your LCS or order online to try this product. Promise you will not be disappointed!

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: 5 maybe even a 6!
                Insert Design: 5
                Memorablila/Autographs: 4
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 4

Monday, April 29, 2013

Review: Panini Prizm Baseball 2012

Now appearing right here on Sport Card Collectors..the one..the only..Panini Prizm Baseball! We reviewed the first two versions of basketball then football. What was our thoughts on the baseball release read below to find out! And then as always we are welcome to your thoughts on our break, the cards or from a break you might have done yourself.

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. If you don't follow them at all..you should! They talk to you on Twitter, have contests on their blog and Facebook and the site is also fun to visit!

Box Break Down:
  • 20 Packs Per Box, 6 Cards Per Pack
  • Two Autographs and Three Prizms Per Box
  • $100 Per Box 
  • Also find 1 Elite Extra Edition, 1 Rookie Relevance, 1 Brilliance, 2 Team MVPs, 1 Top Prospects, 2 Dominance, and 2 Team USA per box!

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BASE CARDS:  I quite enjoy anything that has the "chrome" technology so the base cards did not disappoint. I have got to say though I wished the border on these were a bit thinner as it takes up a lot of the card..but with this technology it doesn't kill it too much. Though a little less would be better. I do like the well rounded checklist with mix of rookies, vets and legends. We landed a good amount of rookies per box.
I must also say I really like the RC logo Panini created though that could have been downsized a little as well
But on a huge note....the base cards DO NOT BEND!
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INSERTS: You gotta love the "Prizms" in the product. You get three per box on average and could find some Gold versions as well. And the Prizms may be what this product is about. In our break I was surprised we got three rookie Prizms and not a vet one, which to me a rookie collector, is great. Another positive note is with them being so limited per box with three and Golds being so rare this should help keep the value up on them cause everyone is chasing them. I personally think it would be a challenge and fun to try and put a set together of.
Also, another thing that I liked with the baseball version compared to the other two is the addition of some color to the inserts. I think they could make a Elite Extra Edition Prizm. Those cards really stand out in the "chrome" technology. Another insert that I really enjoyed is the USA Baseball cards. The flag in the background with the player in the forefront really jumps off the card to me.
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AUTOGRAPHS: Two autographs per box. Thats one more than its rival counterpart. But with a good checklist you just never know who you will end up with. It could be anyone whether its a vet, rookie or legend. We got lucky on this one and landed a vet in Jim Johnson and a legend in the one and only Ryne Sandberg.
JERSEY/PATCH CARDS: N/A Thought I think this would be great to see in this product.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: If you haven't tried Panini Prizm baseball yet I think you should give it a go. Good checklist of rookies including Bryce Harper and this years rave of Mets pithcer Matt Harvey. The Prizm parallels are also a hot and a valuable commodity. Imagine pulling a Bryce Harper Gold version..that would rock. This one is more decently priced then the previous two Prizm sports that you couldn't find under a $100. So for $100 you get two autographs, three Prizms, some inserts and a good amount of rookie cards that we landed 2 per pack in our box. For some this may seem steep still, but I think it could really pay off in the end.

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

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Box Break of Panini Basketball 2012-2013

Wanted to give this product another go...this time i got both autographs in my box. I still like the product as a fun break. With a double rookie class, which we got two rookies of each Irving and Lillard now from two breaks this makes for load up on rookie product.

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Base Cards
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Knights Lance Parallel
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Inserts (got more also)
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Don't forget about the bonus Kobe pack
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What are your thoughts on this break now that you have seen two of them?