Saturday, July 6, 2013

Box Break Of Prestige Football 2013 With NICE HIT!!

On vacation, I knew being near an LCS (since none are local) that I had to break something. How often do I get to an LCS..well let me answer that...once a year. And with a big selection to choose from, I remembered in the back of my mind that Panini Prestige one of my favorite brands was releasing that week. So I asked the shop owner, who knows that I love to bust, if they had any coming in. They said yes. What they failed to mention is that they only got ONE box in. Luckily, I walked there just in time before another customer had asked for any.

And boy was I blown away by the hits. I have had past success there and my luck continued. Guess my once a year visit to an LCS pays off.

Really like the Prestigous Picks design this year
Geno! And other good rookies I pulled in this box as well!
Rookie Variation



Boom! Black Extra Points parallel numbered to 10
And the last card out of the box, no joke, was very excited to find this guy hiding within! On Card too!
As you can tell, I did fairly well with this break and would say got more back than I paid for it.

Let me know your thoughts on my Prestige Break and if you have busted any yet and your results.

The Football Briefing

For a couple of months now, we have been working hard on our second blog... The Football Briefing. Many of you might have visited it and maybe some of you haven't heard of it.

Other than family and sports cards, another passion here at Sport Card Collectors is the love for football. And mainly NFL. So we thought, hey, why not create a blog and give out our predictions, NFL opinions,and thoughts about players and the sport. We have done NFL type posts on here before, why not put card focus here and NFL focus there. So far the blog is a slow-go so we wanted to do a post on here about it. Hoping to draw more attention to the blog.

We would also like to hear some feedback. What are your thoughts about the blog? What would you like to see and what haven't you liked about it so far? We have had a couple of comments on there with disagreement on our Top 5 teams on the Decline list. Which is great. We want to hear your arguments. If you agree, you agree. If you disagree, you disagree. Let us know! We want your honest answers so we can continue to improve and add things you WANT to read about. Our next post on there is The Top 5 offseason pickups.

Here is the link to the blog. Please check it out and let us know!
http://thefootballbriefing.blogspot.com/ 

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Upper Deck announces their Trading Card and Autograph Deal with....

Upper Deck has finally announced who will be on their special “trade” cards, cards that were inserted into 2011 Exquisite Collection Football, 2012 Upper Deck Football, 2012 SPx Football, 2012 SP Authentic Football and the newly released 2012 Exquisite Collection Football that had a front that only said “Trade Upper Deck” while the back promised it was good for rookie or rookie autograph cards of a first round QB.

Many had speculated over the past year that it was Andrew Luck, but no announcement had happened and when Upper Deck was approached about it they couldn't comment.

Now that the announcement is official, Upper Deck has said those trade cards will be of the one and only Andrew Luck.

 
What are your thoughts on the Trade Cards? Do you have any? What did you think about Upper Deck's delay on the announcement? Let us know!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Forgotten: 1996 Topps Gilt Edge Football

Here is our NEW segment on Sport Card Collectors. This segment is not about the players per say, its more about the cards and design. We will focus our efforts on bringing you brands you may have forgotten about over time. Sports for these products will include basketball, football and baseball products. 


A one hit wonder is what I would call Topps Gilt Edge. A product I busted some of back in 1996 and a product that consisted of only players from that year’s Pro Bowl. The product was one that included Topps new technology at that time called Gilt Edge. Where they place gold foil around the edges of the card hence its product name. The product also featured two different background designs. One with the fiery flames above, the other with an ocean/waterfall type background both with the "funky man" head as well.

Today, you can find most boxes for about $25-$50 with 20 packs and 9 cards per pack. Each pack also contained a Gilt Edge Platinum parallel.

Let us know your thoughts on our NEW segment and if you remember busting Topps Gilt Edge back in the day.

7 Hobby Pack Break of Golden Age Baseball 2013

Broke 7 packs of this product on its release day while I was on vacation. The LCS gave me a decent deal for this product and I really enjoy busting it.

Though no hits were produced, regretfully had to leave the rest of the box to be busted by someone else. Hope they didn't get too big of a hit lol. But I still feel it was a worthy purchase. I didn't show everything I got, but just wanted to show you some of the pulls from the 7 packs.

  



The shop owner gave me the box topper.

Thought I did pretty well. Once again, really like the mini's. I also got the red mini parallel from the box. It was of Walter Cronkite.

What are your thoughts on this 7 pack break and whats your favorite part about Golden Age Baseball?

Review: BCW 9 Pocket Card Page Sheets

This review could have been written awhile ago. Because long before they sent me the products to try out, I was already using the 9-pocket sleeves they put out. Why..you may ask. Because they are by far THE BEST I have ever used.


Here are many reasons I like using their 9 pocket card page sheets. One, they are thicker than most I have used. Pages don't bend as easily in a binder when the binder is laid down or standing up. Two, you can slide the cards in very easily. Some pages are made too tight so you end up damaging the card before sliding it in. Three, the pages are crystal clear and you can see the cards well displayed like in our picture above. And so far, we have had no problems with scratches on them. And on another note, the slots don't rip when you pull them open to put your cards in.

I have collected for almost 20 years and I have used many 9 pocket card page sheets. Some are too tight, some rip on the binder edges and pockets (this drives me crazy when my pages are falling out of binders), some just scratch when you touch them, and others have many problems. I have never used any like these and I don't plan on ever changing. If you want your cards protected and unhurt, use these.

To Find These Products And More Check Out The BCW Website: http://www.bcwsupplies.com/

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Panini Previews Prominence Football 2013

Panini announced that their 2013 NFL card lineup will include Prominence a product last year that combined many rookie autograph flavors into one delicious product. The 2013 Prominence product will be a bit different of a configuration when it arrives in September.

2013 Prominence Football Romo
This years product not only includes the nice looking base cards from above but all of the memorabilia cards in this years product will BE SIGNED! With the following lineup.. Rookie Field Plates Signatures, Rookie Gridiron Gems Signatures, Rookie Class Letter Signatures, Rookie Helmet Signatures, Rookie Embroidered Team Logo Patch Signatures, and short-printed dual- and triple-signed Eminence Signatures.

2013 Prominence Football Geno 

The 2013 Prominence edition will also have three five-card packs per box with each box delivering three autographs, two parallels and 10 base cards or RCs. 

  2013 Prominence Football Tyler Wilson
 Let us know your thoughts on this product. We think its a go getter from the early images. We enjoyed last years product and this years looks even stronger in terms of configuration and design.

Review: BCW Magnetic Card Holder

I was very impressed upon opening this product up. The thickness is incredible. The protective corner cut out was big enough to protect the corners of your cards. The magnet worked great as I have found other holders with magnet issues. And the case was crystal clear and almost HD.

The only issue I had was finding a thin enough card to work for the 20 pt. I think the recessed card area could have used a little more depth. I used many different cards and struggled with keeping them in when closing the holder. I did manage to find one that worked but a little bit more depth could have helped.

BCW carries many of these holders and I would recommend you try them out because the quality is amazing. This one here works for really thin cards. Personally, I would buy a size a little bit bigger for normal thickness cards. However, some printing plates and thinner made cards would work well here.

BCW offers magnetic holders like this 20pt all the way to 180pt. Go to the website and check to find ones that will fit your needs.

To Find All Of These Products And More Check Out The BCW Website: http://www.bcwsupplies.com/

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Review: BCW Toploaders

Toploaders are very important to everyday collecting. Especially with protecting your autographs, jersey cards, and top rookie cards. And you wanna make sure to use the right ones, of course, its your investment. I have given each of these a try and I find them to be very efficient.
I like the fact that the inside of everyone of these Toploaders they aren't tight. Meaning, after you put your card into a penny sleeve, you don't have to jam the card to get it into the Toploader that I have found with some products.

The thickness of each protector is good as well. You don't want them too thick cause those are the ones that usually crack and break when you using them or when they are mistakenly dropped. These also have flexibility allowing your card to breathe nicely. You don't want a product snuggling your cards too tightly, that is how autograph damage and scratches may occur.

The outside border is also very thick keeping your cards from being bent.

I also enjoy the clarity they provide. They showcase the card very well.

Below the gallery, I have explained how I use each one. You may use yours differently. It all depends on how you want to use them and what kind of collector you are.

 

1.5 MM
2MM
2.75 MM
3 MM
3.5 MM
7 MM
This is how I use each one of these. The 1.5mm I use for base rookie cards or inserts with value. The 2mm and the 2.5mm I use for autograph cards. The 2 for thinner ones and the 2.5 for the ones that are a little thicker. The 2.75 I use for thinner Memorabilia cards which some companies such as Upper Deck make.

The 3mm and 3.5 mm work for thicker cards like the gold parallels that used to be used in Bowman. And thicker jersey cards. The 5mm (not pictured) I use for the really thick patch cards. And finally the 7mm, I use those for booklet cards. Of course only for the thinner ones such as Panini Playbook.

Everybody uses these differently. I was giving you examples of how I use each one.But I would enjoy to hear your thoughts on the products and how you use each one.

To Find All Of These Products And More Check Out The BCW Website: http://www.bcwsupplies.com/

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Review: Panini Golden Age Baseball 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!


Had to show off the unique and bold wrapper for the product:


Box Topper:

Box Break Down:
  • 24 Packs Per Box, 6 Cards Per Pack
  • One Box Topper Per Box
  • One Signature Card Per Box
  • One Memorabilia Card Per Box
  • Look for The Three Stooges Insert Set
  • Under $70 a box


BASE CARDS: 150-card base set features personalities from the world of sports, entertainment and politics. I really dig the throwback design and feel of the product. Some may say this base set does not have a lot of pizzaz, but sometimes its nice to see something a little different which is why I really like what Panini did here. It feels retro which is what this product is supposed to be all about.

You can find a lot of names in this 150 card set. Anyone from the Bad News Bears (new inclusion this year) to Abraham Lincoln to Eva Gabor to Red Grange among many others. There is something fun for everyone in this checklist young and old.


 

 

INSERTS:  Mini's galore! And not only minis...but mini parallels! The hardest to find seems to be the red backs as blue are the most common. You find one mini per pack.

 I like the inclusion of Bread For Energy an insert they took from Past And Present Basketball product and brought into this one. Its a great fit for a throwback product like this one.

I also enjoy the other inserts in this product because they have the same appeal as the base cards.

However, one insert that really stands out to me is the Golden Age playing card deck. They are a really nice inclusion and have the look of a playing card. You can find 8 playing cards per box and if you are like me you will wanna collect the 52 card set. And two jokers as well.


AUTOGRAPHS:  On Card and very bold in terms of design for the Historic Signatures that you can find one per box. A nice checklist of players and personalities from several sports and occupations, including: Sugar Ray Leonard, Yogi Berra, Thomas Hearns, Bo Derek and legendary comic artist Stan Lee, among others. There is a lot to chase here.
JERSEY/PATCH CARDS: We were only supposed to hit one of the Mueseum Age pieces per box but man did we hit a nice one. A piece of the Hindenburg! How much more unique does it get! Not that George Brett is a bad pull, but this card made the box. I really dig unique pieces such as this. This is one of the key pieces  in the product along with swatches from a pair of 1919 fight-used Gene Tunney gloves. How cool is that??!!

There are also sport and actors pieces to find as well.

OVERALL THOUGHTS:If you enjoy a good time busting, love pop culture and a product with a lot to offer and a classic appeal at a great price...Golden Age is for you. Not only did I enjoy breaking every pack searching for favorite personalities across all sports and non sports, I also looked for the mini's, the inserts, mini parallels and of course the autographs and Museum Age pieces.

I really enjoyed last years product and this years is just as great. Go to your LCS and try some today!
 

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

Monday, July 1, 2013

Review: Panini Prestige Football 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:
  • 24 Packs Per Box, 8 Cards Per Pack
  • Four Autographed or Memorabilia Cards Per Box
  • Twenty-Four Rookie Cards Per Box
  • Three Parallels Per Box
  • Under $90 a box
BASE CARDS: Usually the product that "kickoffs" the Panini NFL card season is the second release for Panini this year. Prestige base cards stuck to their roots with a blend of team color and white. I think this years design is much bolder than last years and really stands out. I also like the fact that they focused directly on the player instead of adding in too much background on these. With this kind of color and design its best to focus just on the players as they did here.

The card backs are also well done providing you with not only stats, but a small writeup of each player. The faded player in the background adds a nice touch as well.

The rookie cards that fall one per pack,  also with Sp Variations (only about 6 this year compared to past years that had many), have pictures from their rookie premier shoot with the bold letters Rookie standing out as an attention grabber. Once again, its another fun feature I truly enjoy about Prestige that they separate designs from base and rookie.
We didn't land an Sp rookie variation in this box, but in another box break we did land one. You will have to wait for that break however to see it :)

 



INSERTS: This years Prestige inserts are some of the best looking ever. They brought back the rainbow foil to the Extra Points parallels which is a huge upper compared to last years that seem to lack with just a small bottom foil color. The harder to get colored ones are numbered such as the Stevie Johnson that is a purple extra point that is limited to 100. Others such as blacks can be even tougher to find # to 10 (another thing you will see in our other box break of the product)

The rookie inserts are also very impressive with Draft Day Tickets (the Ellington is a parallel # to 100), NFL Passport and NFL Draft City Destinations (also available autographed see below). The designs are very much the same as last years, but that is not a complaint at all. I really dig what they are offering for the rookie inserts especially in terms of design. And even though this class was defensive and offensive line heavy, Panini seemed to have put mostly offensive weapons onto these cards which also helps in terms of box value.

Another positive about the inserts in Prestige is the acetate inserts of the veterans. Die Cut as well. These however are only found maybe a couple a box so tougher pulls than the rookie inserts that you are more likely to see. But who doesn't like a piece of acetate with a beautifully done design.

And then we can finally discuss my favorite of the group, though it was hard to choose, the Prestigous Picks. An insert that has always been a fan favorite in Prestige has a new take on it...micro etched technology! Something you usually only found in Totally Certified. I like that Panini changed things up a little and carried a technology from one brand into another. The micro etching really stands out with the gold color and color player photo as you can see above with the Montee Ball. This is something I would like to see a base set done of.
AUTOGRAPHS: Two autographs per box. One On Card. We lucked out and got highly touted Packers rookie runner in Eddie Lacy in that outstanding Draft City Destinations design. I like the fact that Panini used a landscape design for this as well.

There is also one Extra Points auto per box as well as we landed top pick in Eric Fisher. Though the design is nice, the disappointment here is that they are not numbered. At least the base ones and not the parallels. For me, I would have liked to seen it numbered to 299 or less.

From the breaks I have seen, it appears there is good mix of at least one "star rookie" auto in a box with at least one offensive lineman or defensive player in a box.



JERSEY/PATCH CARDS: Gamers is a nice looking jersey card set with faded player in the back and full color in the front. One of the better designed jersey cards out there. If you are going to pull a one color swatch, I would want a design like this to make it more collectible.
However, I was really stoked to see more micro etching as they carried it over to the Prestigous Picks jersey cards. These are numbered to 299 and more importantly look outstanding especially in person.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: Panini kicked off with Score which rocked. And then they followed up with a solid release in Prestige that was muchly upgraded from last years in all aspects. The inserts are fun, the price is reasonable, and the hits are there waiting for you.

With 4 hits per box, loaded with inserts, rookie cards, possible low numbered parallels, and once again a decent price, Prestige is well worth a buy and you would regret not giving it a try.

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: 5 maybe even a 6
                Memorablila/Autographs: 5
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 4.5

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sign Of The Times: Another Upper Deck NPN Mail Day

 

Another nice Upper Deck NPN Mail Day. I really enjoy finding autographs in my mail box for only having to do an online program. Doesn't cost anything and is easy to enter.

Whats the best haul you have ever gotten from an NPN program? What about an Upper Deck one? Would enjoy to hear your thoughts on mine and if you have gotten one.