Saturday, July 27, 2013

Hobby Bucket List

Everyone has a bucket list for something. This is my hobby bucket list. These are 5 Things I Would like to accomplish in the hobby before..well..you know.

Some of these I don't know if I will ever accomplish. But maybe. A collector can dream can't they?

Starting off number 5 on the list...Own An Eli Manning Autograph. Been wanting one for years. Can't really afford one and trading isn't really my thing. So hopefully down the road pack pulling after many years will land me one. He is one of my favorite Giants players and having an autograph of the two-time Super Bowl MVP would be a great addition to my collection.

Number 4 on my list is to own a Michael Jordan Rookie Card. Come on, its obvious. The guys the best ever in basketball. Despite being a Knicks fan and dreading having to see him play my team and win all of the time I have come to a realization that he's just unbeatable and a must have to anyone's collection. I will also add a '52 Mantle to number 4. Iconic card.

Number 3 leads me to wanting to open up a case of cards. I have never done it. I can barely afford a box sometimes. So opening a case would be a dream come true. Sort of why I pushed to win the one that Topps was giving away so badly about a month ago. I would have given a box to one of you guys, but wasn't a winner. Just to had won it and opened most of it was enough for me. Hopefully someday this can be crossed off from this list.

Number 2 is visiting Panini America. Would love to chill with the guys I always interact with on Twitter and finally meeting them in person.Not to mention, taking a tour of a card company has got to be up on this list as well. I wanna see the piece of cardboard I collect from start to finish on how its made.

And Number 1, by far the most important of them all and one I am sure ALL collectors would agree with....landing on a card yourself. I would love to be on a piece of cardboard and finding myself in packs. Or seeing others collecting me. And if I had to choose, I would include my blog as part of it. You know something like Top Blogger or Rookie Blogger Of The Year type of thing.

Let me know your thoughts on my bucket list and what you would put onto yours.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Retro Break: 1989 Topps Baseball

Recently went to my first flea market and found a bunch of deals. This only cost me $1a pack. I bought four packs because that's all they had. Believe me, would have gone for more!

Love to bust the classic wax.

 

 

 

 

 
Tried to put all of the best cards to be seen on top. The rest are well, you know. No good rookies were found in this break. Just a bunch of commons that will end up in another collectors hands at some point.

Griffey wasn't found in this product. He was in the traded series. However, Biggio, Johnson, Sheffield, and Smoltz

And yes, here's the gum. Maybe we should give it away...would you consider it a collectible?

Let us know your thoughts on this break!

A RETRO kind of Upper Deck NPN Mail

 

 
When I had entered for the Fleer Retro Basketball part on Upper Deck's online NPN program I was hoping to be a recipient. I was always a huge fan of Fleer and Skybox products as I have put in other posts before. So when that NPN envelope arrived I was stoked to had found this!

Your thoughts and comments on this Upper Deck NPN Mail Day is always welcomed!

Panini's The National Memorabila and Autograph Cards 2013

Panini has revealed the last couple of days images of Memorabilia and Autograph cards you can find in their wrapper redemption program from The National.

WARNING: Try not to drool on your keyboard.

Memorabilia Cards:

Not only did Panini capture some of their employees and include them into the cards:

Panini America 2013 National Auto Mem (1) 
They have an added bonus to these Tools Of The Trade Memorabilia cards by adding sweat from players. It's like 2 memorabilia cards in one!!

Panini America 2013 National Auto Mem (11) 

Panini America 2013 National Auto Mem (21)  

Panini America 2013 National Auto Mem (32) 
These glove pieces are really cool!

Panini America 2013 National Auto Mem (79)

Autograph Cards:

Panini America 2013 National Auto Mem (60)  

Panini America 2013 National Auto Mem (59) 

Panini America 2013 National Auto Mem (78) 

Panini America 2013 National Auto Mem (80) 

Panini America 2013 National Sketch Card Jimmy Butler 3b 

Panini America 2013 National Sketch Card Tyler Honeycutt b 

To me, these look excellent. And the biggest positive to me, is the fact that its not everyday cards. These are not things you are going to find in packs. You won't find sketch cards like these, you won't find towel cards and you especially won't find Panini employee cards.

Let us know your thoughts on these cards and if you are going to The National.

Goldin Auctions National Plans 2013

With the National a week away, more and more sports related companies are revealing their plans daily on what to expect. 

Goldin Auctions has something big in its plans. At their booth they are offering collectors  a chance at  $1,500 in prizes during the show from July 31-August 4. Each day, collectors who visit the their Booth and register for the company's Fall Auction catalog, or confirm that they are already registered, are entered into a drawing to win a GoldinAuctions.com $100 gift certificate. Then the coolest thing is by weeks end, all registrants are entered to win a $1,000 gift certificate.
Another reason to go to their booth other than the excellent prizes, is the selection of memorabilia on display  that's available in the company's Fall Auction. The list includes, game used bats from Babe Ruth (autographed), Lou Gehrig, Roberto Clemente (rookie season) and Jimmy Foxx; a Derek Jeter 1996 rookie season game-used Yankee batting helmet; The Cambridge Find of over 170 19th century cards which have remained in original family hands for 125 years; The Jeremy Kable basketball collection of in-person acquired game used and autographed basketball memorabilia; Penny Marshall's personal game-used and photo-matched Michael Jordan jersey; and more.
Once again, this is yet another tease on why I would want to go to the National.

Review: BCW Card Sorting Tray

This arrived yesterday. I think someone from BCW Supplies must have read my Sorting Series because this genius of a product is right up my alley.

As stated in my Sorting Series, you can find the series on the blog by searching Sorting, or maybe you already read them but you know I really sort when I bust a box or even a pack of cards. I have a pile for rookies, rookie inserts, star players, commons, inserts, my teams, and so on. This beautiful tray will help me BIG TIME in sorting cards. I usually have to make my piles on the table and at times they fall over causing me to having to re-sort them. Now, with this, I can place them into the slots. And there are plenty of them. Overall, the BCW Card Sorting tray holds 20 slots and 4 deep slots on the side. This thing is also much bigger than what I saw in previews of the item.

 

This is just an example of the card sorting. This isn't cards that I have sorted yet. As of now, I am caught up so my tray at this point is empty. But look how easy it is to use and how much room you have to sort your cards with.

If you sort cards like me, I truly recommend getting this nice tray. Or even if you don't, it will still come in handy to keep what you do sort separate. I can tell already that it's going to be a HUGE help the next time I make a card purchase.

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

Thursday, July 25, 2013

MLB Fan Cave Mail Day

A visit from the UPS man dropped off this awesome shirt I had "won" from MLB Fan Cave. I put the words "won" like this because technically I scored this shirt from their pure generosity. I didn't win a contest, though I keep wishing too. They have some tremendous giveaways including autographed baseballs of a lot of players, one in particular I really want of Robinson Cano.

The shirt is pretty sweet though. Well made and comfy.

If you have Twitter or Facebook, I recommend giving these guys a follow. Not only great contests, but fun baseball related topics including videos, score updates and more. Or if you live closer, go visit the MLB Fan Cave in 692 Broadway, NY, NY.

FORGOTTEN: Pacific Vanguard Football 2001

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.

 
Another one of these unique Pacific brands. Its too bad they aren't into the card biz anymore. They did a great job with some products. This being one of them.

The card stock for the product wasn't only just foil board, but was thick. This type of foil board with thickness made it so cards wouldn't have dented corners as easily. Something that we all should appreciate. There isn't many base cards that are like this anymore.

Key rookies in this product included Chris Chambers, Reggie Wayne, Deuce McAllister, Santana Moss, Drew Brees, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Rudi Johnson. One of the more unique things I really enjoyed was the double sided jersey cards that fell about two per box. Some fun matchups and a swatch on each side.I pulled one with Aeneas Williams and my boy from NYG Jason Seahorn.

There were 24 packs per box and 4 cards per pack There are also unique colored parallels too that were numbered.

No box price as of now as not too many are found on the market.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

FORGOTTEN: 2000 Pacific 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.

  
Pacific is another one of those companies I miss in the football card biz. They put out some great products in the 90's all the way up to the early 2000's. I like the borderless photography of this product and the creativity they brought to other products.

There are 36 packs per box and 12 cards per pack in 2000 Pacific Football. Ton of great rookies including Tom Brady, Shaun Alexander, LaVar Arrington, Jamal Lewis, Chad Pennington, Jake Delhomme, Plaxico Burress, and Thomas Jones. And randomly inserted autographs as well. Among unique offerings for inserts including fan favorite die-cuts.

What are your thoughts on Pacific and the many products they offered in the 90's? Had you, FORGOTTEN about them?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fan Box Break: 2013 Elite Football Hits

One of our regular fans here at Sport Card Collectors, mrblu1976, emailed us pics from his Elite break from his LCS. Now, we haven't yet busted any or have really seen that much of the product.

He not only wanted to share the pulls with us, but with you guys as well. Let us and him know your thoughts!!
The Knile Davis is 161/399, chance Warmack 2/25, Desmond Trufant 56/299, and Aaron Dobson 39/99

We are always willing to share your hits or collections as well. Just email us at sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com and give us pics and descriptions!

FORGOTTEN: 2003 Topps Bazooka Baseball

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.

 

Bazooka Gum and Topps have been hand to hand forever so in 2003 Topps made a baseball card product called Topps Bazooka. With 24 packs, 9 cards per pack and 3 Relic Cards per box at a reasonable price it was a product for those young and old. 

There were also fun inclusions like Stamps, StandUps and of course comics to find as well. Another thing to note is Bazooka Joe could also be found in the product.

Boxes can still be found now for about $40 a box. 

Let us know your thoughts on Topps Bazooka.

Monday, July 22, 2013

FORGOTTEN: 2003 Playoff Hogg Heaven

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.

 
Not only is this a popular insert, but back in 2003 Playoff created a whole product based around it. Every hobby box contained 3 game used and autographs and 5 leather cards. I found the leather cards to be very cool innovation. And you can actually smell it. And don't tell me you don't smell your cards as well. Who doesn't?

Most memorabilia in the product is numbered and printed on the leather cards. Inserts as well.

Every hobby box also had 20 packs per box and 5 cards per pack. We don't have a box price on this product.

The design is very well done with the football bump appeal and the team logo hidden behind the player. The player also being in full color jumps off from the cardboard. The rookies appear as Rookie Premier materials or plain like the base cards. Some key players Willis McGahee, Carson Palmer, Ken Hamlin, Kelley Washington among others.

Let us know if you had Forgotten about this product or had collected it. Also give us your thoughts on the base card design, as we stated above, its very unique and eye catchy.