Saturday, June 15, 2013

FANdom Card Of The Day: 2012 SP Game Used Inked Drivers Silver Mike Weir

2012 SP Game Used Inked Drivers Silver #IDMW Mike Weir E

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Friday, June 14, 2013

BCW Joins Sport Card Collectors

Yesterday we were contacted by a rep from BCW Supplies on Twitter about joining forces. We also began to email each other back and forth and today I am proud to announce BCW is apart of the Sport Card Collectors friends/sponsors list as you may have already noticed.


BCW was founded in 1983 and their headquarters is in Anderson, Indiana USA. In the last 25 years, BCW has been manufacturing high quality products designed to store, protect, and display, our valuable collectibles. And for us collectors, we know that we only want the best for our collection. I know I do anyways.
  
BCW Supplies

This is also why starting next week or the week after I will be reviewing some of their great products for our cards. I want you to know what to buy and if it stands up to par. I already use their Pro 9-Pocket Pages as they are the best ones I have EVER USED (you will find out why when I review them)!

Here is a list of items I will be reviewing:
  1. (100 pages) Pro 9-Pocket Page
  2. Magnetic Card Holder - .065mm
  3. 1.5mm Thick Toploaders,
  4. 2mm Thick Toploaders,
  5. 2.75mm Thick Toploaders
  6. 3.5mm Thick Toploaders,
  7. 5mm Thick Toploaders,
  8. 7mm Thick Toploaders
As always give you my honest thoughts on the products and how effective they will be to you.

And of course adding a new friend to our list always means a giveaway. So later on this year sometime in August/September we will be joining in on a SWEET GIVEAWAY with them. So keep your eyes out for that.

So in the meantime as a way to welcome our new friends go follow BCW on Twitter HERE and check out their website HERE.You can also look them up on Facebook HERE. And let us know in comments if you have ever tried their products and your thoughts on them. Or just leave a comment welcoming them :)

FANdom Card Of The Day:2012 SP Game Used Inked Drivers Silver Natalie Gulbis


2012 SP Game Used Inked Drivers Silver #IDNG Natalie Gulbis E

Thanks goes out to Jammin JDcards for sharing this card with us and you guys. Give Jammin JDcards a follow on Twitter, Find em on Facebook to talk sports, cards (you can also purchase many cards from him as well as he pretty much as everything under the sun) and for contests.

FANdom Card Of The Day: Erik Spoelstra Hoops 12-13

Todays FANdom Card Of The Day was sent in by fan Miami Vice who happens to be a HUGE Heat fan. After last nights win, he found it only fitting to share this today.

Thank you goes out to Miami Vice for sending us today's FANdom Card Of The Day.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

FANdom Card Of The Day: 2012-13 SP Game Used Gold Autographs Maxime Sauve

2012-13 SP Game Used Gold Autographs #103 Maxime Sauve


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Thanks goes out to Jammin JDcards for sharing this card with us and you guys. Give Jammin JDcards a follow on Twitter, Find em on Facebook to talk sports, cards (you can also purchase many cards from him as well as he pretty much as everything under the sun) and for contests.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Review: 2013 Panini USA Champions Baseball

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:
  • 24 Packs Per Box, 8 Cards Per Pack
  • Two Autographs Per Box
  • Three Game Gear Memorabilia Cards Per Box
  • Three Mirror Parallels Per Box
  • Look for Certified Mirror Black 1/1's
  • $66 per box

 

 


BASE CARDS:  The base card design is nice and states what this set is all about..USA Champions. Overall the base set consists of 187-card retired USA Baseball Alumni, top prospects and the current USA Baseball National Team players. Its a great variety and showcases all that's red, white and blue.

The simple design is very elegant however. Three different card borders, the fonts and color scheme, a waving flag thats watermarked behind the player featured is overly appealing to any collector. Panini also broke down the different colored borders as so, the Gold are veterans and the Blue and Red are of players that are either currently on Team USA or have played for them more recently.

And I wouldn't be able to give you a complete review without telling you how terrific the card backs were done. I don't have one pictured but its worth at least mentioning . It doesn't have the stats on the back like most baseball cards would, it has about a paragraph naming the players contribution to USA Baseball. The color scheme on the back, just like the front, continues to flow and fit the theme of rest of the set. Its not too often you get to read more of a card back than just stats.

I also think its finally nice to be able to bust packs of a product like this since most USA products used to come in boxed sets. Panini did a great job here making it fun to bust and not just to open a boxed set to search for the hits.

 

  


 

INSERTS: USA Champions also has two inserts of their own. Panini Pride shown above. Great design and sticks with the theme. USA Champions also has one of my all time favorite baseball inserts in Diamond Kings (though we didn't land any in our box here is a picture provided by Panini below)

Panini America 2013 USA Baseball Champions QC Gallery Part One (34)

If you like Panini Certified and Certified Mirror parallels and die cuts like me, then you will enjoy the inserts this product has to offer. The Certified in this product looks outstanding with the silver foil board and the flag blowing in the wind in the background. The parallels and die cuts glisten as well. This makes for some serious chasing fun.

AUTOGRAPHS: We got a great break of this product. Supposed to be 2 autos, we got three. The young guys from the Certified design you have already heard our love of that one.The Stars And Stripes design is quite outstanding too. I really like how they kept with the flag theme throughout the product. 

You can find autographs of  USA Baseball Alumni from the last 35 years including Jim Abbott, Frank Thomas, Robin Ventura, Barry Larkin and many others! These are names we are all familiar with. And the cool thing is the photo used is what they looked like way back then. Another fun aspect of the product.

Another desirable thing about the autographs in this product is that they are all numbered. And not all to the same numbering. That will help the autographs on the secondary market become more wanted.

 

and BOOOOOOOOOMMMM SHAKA LAKA in the last pack of the box!

1/1 SICK PATCH CARD!


JERSEY/PATCH CARDS: Once again really like the flag design. I wished the bat piece was a little bigger like the jersey swatch one is. But overall its not too much of an issue. The HUGE oversized patch swatch is tremendous. There are around 1500 swatches just like this in the product overall also with the first-ever USA Baseball Bat Knobs - each a 1/1! You can also get Flag Patches game used as well.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: Overall, I am very impressed. I didn't know what to expect from a break of this product til I saw it in person. From a distance it looked good but come on, it wasn't an MLB product. I most of the time would brush away a product like this but after opening it, I am not only left wanting more, I am telling you to bust it as well.

The Flag theme, the nice swatches, the chance at Prime hits, the Certified parallels, a nice checklist of players and you got a winner. This product is well worth a break for anyone. For around $66 you get 5-6 hits and a handful of inserts. Where else can you find this value? GO BUY SOME!!!

This is definitely a bargain break and one that has HUGE hits waiting to happen.

And once again Panini is proving why they deserve to be in the baseball card business. Would love to see them land a MLB license. Incredible things could happen.

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: 5
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 5

FANdom Card Of The Day: 2007-08 SP Game Used Cut from the Cloth Tony Parker



2007-08 SP Game Used Cut from the Cloth #CCTP Tony Parker

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Panini Unveils Even More For Their 2013 Father's Day Promo!

Panini every other day is unveiling more and more of the cards you will be able to find in their Fathers Day wrapper redemption promo as we are creeping closer and closer to Father's Day. There are some incredible cards to find in this promo that should drive you out to the shops to pick up some.

Panini America 2013 Father's Day Hockey 2 

Panini America 2013 Father's Day Hockey 9 
 Panini America 2013 Father's Day Hockey 12

I really like the Lava parallels as in the Jaden Schwartz above and the artsy autograph appeal to the one next to it.

Panini America 2013 Father's Day Auto Mem (7) 
  Panini America 2013 Father's Day Auto Mem (23)

I have always been a fan of Pro Bowl game jerseys. You just don't see them included into may products. The Brandon Knight card above as you can tell from the image is pretty sweet! Especially since its a piece of game worn shoe!!
Panini America 2013 Father's Day Auto Mem (41) 
Panini America 2013 Father's Day Auto Mem (48)

This years NFL draft may be weak but the cards are not. Just look above at these two images of Bruce Taylor and Lane Johnson. Then look at this incredible Geno Smith swatch:

Panini America 2013 Father's Day Auto Mem (25)

Panini proves time and time again why they are the leader in sports cards right now. These amazing promos help drive us to the shops which helps keep the hobby going.

If you are interested in finding out if a shop near you is participating or not, follow the link below where Panini has posted the Dealers Links.

I personally may not have an LCS nearby, but I am going to drive a few hours away to one to participate. I will also post how I did from the packs as well. If you are participating as well, please send us pics of how you did. Would love to post em and maybe throw you in a bonus point or two in our June Contest for doing so!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Review: 2013 Score Football

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:
  • 10 Packs Per Box, 50 Cards Per Pack
  • Three Autographs Per Box
  • One extra Autograph or Memorabilia Card Per Box
  • Fifty Rookies Per Box
  • Ten Hot Rookies Per Box
  • around $95 a box  
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    BASE CARDS:  I not only really like the design, but the photography is amazing. The cards give you that feel like you are at the game or remembering those moments on the field when you watched it on TV. Yes, I know it has a border and usually I am not a border type of guy, but once you get a glimpse of this photography the border appears as a TV screen as the cardboard brings the game to life.

    There are also three subsets that wrap up this set.Airmail, Franchise and Road To The Super Bowl along with the 110 rookies in the classic 1989 Score design.Road To The Super Bowl wraps up the Ravens run through the playoffs and into the Super Bowl. The Airmail are top QB's in the game and Franchise are some of the most important players to teams. You know, Franchise players.

    Overall there are 440-card base set that includes 220 veterans, 110 RCs, three 32-card subsets and  then the 14-card Road to the Super Bowl.

    I like seeing subsets built back into products. It breaks them up. In terms of Base cards, Score gets a high five here.

     



     

    Panini America 2013 Score Football Hobby QC (5)

    INSERTS: Parallels galore!! We lucked out and pulled a End Zone black parallel numbered to 6. There are also Scorecard (we borrowed an image from Panini to show since we forgot to take a pic of one), Gold Zone, Red Zone and Artist Proof (low numbered pulls) and what we call "glitter" parallels. The Glitter parallel reminds me of Score Summitt parallels in 1995 that they called Ground Zero.Overall, well done design on the inserts.

    The Hot Rookies jump off the cardboard at you with their bright colors. And for once it does bother me that players are in 00 numbered uni's, because seeing them in their NFL uniforms for the first time overtakes that part. I would rather see this then unmarked helmets that some companies use.There are also autograph and parallel versions to the Hot Rookies as well.

    There are hard to find parallels of the base rookie cards as well as we landed a purple bordered version of first round QB EJ Manuel thats numbered to 99. There is also harder to find Black parallels. Not to mention Red and Blue retail parallels as well.

    You get a decent amount of inserts per box.


     


    AUTOGRAPHS: Two autographs per box is whats stated from Panini (will explain at the bottom in final notes why I said it that way)..but from what I hear there are actually 3 in every box. We found Tavon Austin hiding in our box early on. He should be a great weapon in this league and probably one of the better players in this draft.

    I once again enjoy the original set design so an autograph looks great on it.

    The Inscriptions design is that of the late 90's autograph insert that could be found in packs of Pinnacle. Back then the cards were printed on acetate. Here is an example of one:

    SCC
    I think its a great design and would have been awesome if Panini had followed the original suit of printing on acetate instead of cardboard.But still, very well designed.

    JERSEY/PATCH CARDS:A nice prime swatch of the Future Franchise receiver of the Bears Alshon Jefferey.A well designed material card as well. I like the white against the color of the memorabilia.The player stands out as well.

    OVERALL THOUGHTS: Did this product live up to its hype and celebrate 25 years of Score...YES!!! If I was Dennis Green and had to say something about this product, I would say "This product was what I thought it was!!" I was impressed just by Panini's images, but now that I have busted some of this product, not only will I highly recommend it to you, I really want more! And I will probably find a way to get it!

    Honestly, there is a lot of fun in a box of Score Jumbo or even a pack. They are 50 card packs and rummaging through it is like buying a box of cards at a yard sale, you never know what you are about to find. The cards in the packs are also aligned like an Oreo cookie. You got to eat through the first chocolate cookie (base cards) to get to the awesome creamy center (inserts, autographs, memorabilia, other surprises) and you finish the rest of the cookie by finding the subset cards.

    The one thing that I really need to point out is the box has a printing error on it, it states "one autograph or memorabilia per box" don't listen to it. There are at least 3 hits in a box and possibly more low numbered hits and printing plates and most likely a bonus autograph.

    My final thoughts on this product is, not a bad price. 500 cards per box. A ton of parallels with great odds of hitting a low numbered one as I have seen at least every box with one under 50. 3-4 hits. 50 Rookie Cards of tomorrows stars. There is value in every box and fun waiting to happen.
     

    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: 5
                    Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 5 if not easily 6.

    FANdom Card Of The Day: 2012-13 Panini Past and Present Dual Jerseys #17 LeBron James/Kobe Bryant


    2012-13 Panini Past and Present Dual Jerseys #17 LeBron James/Kobe Bryant 07/49

    Thanks goes out to Jammin JDcards for sharing this card with us and you guys. Give Jammin JDcards a follow on Twitter, Find em on Facebook to talk sports, cards (you can also purchase many cards from him as well as he pretty much as everything under the sun) and for contests.

    Monday, June 10, 2013

    Review: Panini Past And Present Basketball 2012-2013

    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
    • Each box contains 3 Autographs!
    • Vintage base card designs! Cutting edge inserts!
    • Collect the 250-card base set!
    • Find RC's of Irving, A. Davis, and Lillard!
    • around $75 a box 
      

    2012-13 Past & Present Basketball QC (8)

    BASE CARDS: Just like last years design, the classic appeal, feel and even smell to the cards was brought back. Yup, its true, you actually can smell a classic scent. Once again, my eyes are drawn to the cards. I like the four subsets that make up this set.  I think they are fun, eye catchy and groovy as they bring you back to the 60's and 70's era. Once in awhile its nice to take a trip back to the past with the present ...yes pun intended. 

    This is the breakdown of the base card set:
    250-CARD BASE SET
    50-CARD BASE VARIATIONS SET
    The only disappointment here was in our box the lack of big name rookies with about one falling per pack you expect at least a couple in a box. Most rookies were ones we hadn't heard of with a few mixed in smaller names.

    This kind of base card set is fun for people of all ages.And it would be a very fun one to put together.



    2012-13 Past & Present Basketball QC (18)

    INSERTS: For me, this product is all about the inserts baby! There are variations of the base cards  Its like the base card in terms but has a diagonal line and different color scheme. These are tough pulls that seem to fall one per box. Here is the one we got:


    What I love about the inserts other than the newly added Cracked Ice with the insert Shattered (I really enjoy these) cards is the feel. Thats right...you can truly feel them. The Headbands and NBA Championship ones have a felt feel to them. Raining 3's is part gloss and part not gloss. They not only reminds me of 90's inserts with the creativity, they also remind me of a children's book. You know the ones where you can feel the pigs or the hay bails and so on. I really dig that and it brings more to the cards than just a piece of cardboard. The Rise and Shine insert is bold and retro.

    Kudos to Panini for taking time on the inserts in this set. When you bust a box, I know you wanna, you will have the same enjoyment with them as I did.I actually looked forward to pulling the inserts.



    AUTOGRAPHS: Three autographs in every box. Ours had an Elusive player in Terry Porter (redemption), a rookie in Reggie Jackson and a current star in Stephen Curry who had an incredible playoff run. His auto was very welcoming to see. I like the fact that Panini added the autographs to the classic base card design. And I like the fact at least in this box they gave you a try of each autograph available in the product. You know, its Past and Present.

    The autograph checklist is also made up of legends, rookies, elusive players and current stars. The Elusive Inks are of Elusive athletes that you may not find in everyday basketball card products. Some you may not have even heard of in years or maybe if you are a young one, not at all.

    JERSEY/PATCH CARDS: N/A These are only found in retail packs.

    OVERALL THOUGHTS:Try it plain and simple.Its a fun product. Great design on the base cards. If you are a fan of retro appeal, inserts that you want to collect and autographs, then this is a product for you. The inserts are definitely worth the chase in here alone as you might be scrambling to put a set together. And its not too often you find a memorabilia-less hobby product that only has autographs in it. So you know the hits are worth it. I personally enjoy the Elusive Ink cards of players you might not see signing in every NBA product. Some of these players I grew up watching and haven't seen on cardboard in awhile so those are fun finds. And it brings back memories of the PAST when I watched a ton of basketball.

    Another key thing to look at here is the price per box isn't bad with 3 autographs and there are some big hits in this product waiting to happen. You gotta go find em!
     

    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: 4
                    Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 4

    Sunday, June 9, 2013

    Yasiel Puig making more cardboard appearances

    I don't blame card companies for rushing into getting this guy immediately onto cardboard and Panini did just that by getting him into their 2013 Pinnacle and Prizm products. Topps has also announced they are getting him into products as well. Yasiel Puig, the 22-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, has been on a tear so far this season. He has hit .421, 4 HR's and 10 RBI's in 4 games (last updated yesterday and doesn't have his play from last night). Collectors are racing to eBay and into their collections to try and find any piece of cardboard with his name on it. I already did...but came up empty handed. So far only Bowman Chrome minis, Bowman Chrome Bowman 100, Bowman Lucky Redemption #4 and Leaf products contain the player.





    What I am going to make sure of however is that I grab some 2013 Pinnacle when it releases to try and get a rookie of this hot hitter into my collection. I may have to wait til July, but it will be worth it. The Prizm release comes out in late August and I can guarantee is this guy continues to slug like this those Prizm parallels are going to burn holes into collectors pockets.

    Here is a peek at the Pinnacle Rookie Card:

    2013 Pinnacle Baseball Yasiel Puig RC    

    What are your thoughts on Yasiel Puig? And did you dig through your collection to find some?