Saturday, September 14, 2013

Review: Topps Football Blaster 2013

With a lack of funds for a jumbo box and the fact a hobby box only has 1 hit in it, I always give retail Topps a go. As with every year, I am mainly searching for rookie cards in a product like this. The exclusive commemorative patches are just bonuses.

We did pretty well in this break and for $20 felt like it was the worth the buy. Read on to see why.

Box Break Down:
  • 10 Packs Per Box
  • $20 a Box 
  • 1 Commemorative Ribbon Per Box

BASE CARDS: Topps most of the time struggles with action photography. But this years flagship set is some of the best photography we have seen from Topps and may also have reminded us of what Upper Deck used to bring to NFL cards. All of the rookie photo's are from the Rookie Premier so a lot of them have the players on the field. Rookies fall about one to two per pack.

The base cards also have the trademark white border which isn't quite as wide as we have seen it some years. The bottom of the card design with team logo and player name looks great. One of the better designed Topps base cards in awhile.

And as with all Topps flagship products there is the Sp base and rookie card factor as well with the different photography.

Nice blaster box find at 1:63 packs



INSERTS:  In recent years Topps loaded up their base flagship products with inserts. This year it was nice not to find 3 inserts per pack. Most of our packs in the blaster only had 1. A few had two. So overall this blaster only had about 15 inserts. Not bad. The designs were nicely done as well and we were glad to see 1,000 Yard club make its return. Mini's also make another return in this years product.

And there are a good amount of parallels to find as well. We only landed one in this blaster in the Military one above.

Here are a list of the inserts:

- Gridiron Legends
- Legends in the Making
- Future Legends
- 1,000-Yard Club
- 4,000-Yard Club
- 1959 Topps Minis

And here is a list of parallels to find:

- Gold-Bordered Parallel Seq #'d to 2013.
- BCA-Bordered Parallel Seq #'d to 399.
- Military-Bordered Parallel Seq #'d to 399.
- Black-Bordered Parallel Seq #'d to 58. HOBBY ONLY
- Platinum Foil Parallel Seq #'d 1/1.
- Base Card Printing Plates #'d 1/1 HOBBY ONLY

AUTOGRAPHS: N/A unless you are very lucky.


JERSEY/PATCH CARDS:With every Topps NFL blaster release comes with a commemorative patch. Our patch was actually a bonus surprise as it was the military parallel. Most of the patches you find will be pink Breast Cancer awareness ones. We lucked out and pulled this paralleled one. We don't have much in terms of info on these. We tried to contact Topps football to find odds but never got an answer (are we at all surprised by this, no). If you have some info on these, please feel free to comment with it :)
OVERALL THOUGHTS: With 80 cards total, 1 commemorative patch per blaster, one rookie and about one to two inserts per pack its a reasonable price at $20. But the better retail buy to us for Topps football 2013, not that this one is bad, is the Blister pack. It has one rookie oversized jersey card per blister at $15. It's also loaded with inserts and rookies as well. And the Sp parallels fall 1:35 packs. W also believe there is 72 cards in there as well. The only un-fun part of those is it's only one big thick pack.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Player Of The Day # 12

Here is you way to start earning points in our DAILY CONTEST in our Player Of The Day Promo!

Panini America 2013 NFL POD RC 3a

If you have ANY PANINI CARDS of the featured player of the day, take a picture of the card (doesn't matter if it's a base card, insert, autograph, or memorabilia card as long as it's Panini) of the featured Player Of The Day and email it to us at and you will earn 1 POINT for doing so. If you have pulled our featured Player Of The Day from your pack or packs of Panini Player Of The Day cards (card should look the same as the Luck above), send us a picture of YOU and the card to and you will earn 2 POINTS for doing so.

Entries Due By The End Of The Today

Contest Open To US Residents ONLY!! Sorry!

A Stiller Of A Mail Day From Jammin JDcards

A few years ago I had busted a couple of boxes of Upper Deck A Piece Of History Baseball 2009 and became hooked on their A Piece Of Hollywood cards after pulling ones of Denzel Washington and Bruce Lee. However, I haven't added any to the set until now.

Awhile ago I saw that Jammin JDcards had pulled the Ben Stiller A Piece Of Hollywood from the movie, Along Came Polly, despite how bad that movie was, I really wanted the card. Not to mention, it's still Ben Stiller who has put out some hilarious movies such as Meet The Parents, Zoolander, Dodgeball, There's Something About Mary and Tower Heist among others. So I searched his STORE FRONT on Beckett Marketplace, found the card, and made it apart of the Sport Card Collector's family.

The design of the card is well done I like the fact that the back shows the piece it was cut from as seen here:

However, I do wished they had put the actor's face on the front of the card or a scene from the movie. That part is lacking and would have definitely improved the design of the card. But, overall not bad. This will go to the PC along with the other two I have. I truly enjoy finding unique pieces to add to my collection.

Comments on this mail day and what you think of Hollywood cards being in baseball card products are welcomed!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Review: Topps Finest Football 2013

This break is from the box of Finest Football we won from Topps Football on Twitter. It's a product that is fun, though not nearly as much fun as Chrome to bust open. You never know what can pop up. Sadly, nothing to exciting in our box. But onto the review!


Since Topps was tricky in hiding cards in the Ginter covers I wasn't taking this box lightly..I ripped a box to look for hidden cards...none were found.

Box Breakdown:
  • 2 Mini-Boxes Per Master Box, 6 Packs Per Mini-Box
  • 1 Rookie Autograph Patch Card Per Box
  • 1 Autograph Jumbo Relic Card Per Box
  • 2 Finest Atomic Refractor Rookie Cards Per Box
  • 2 Finest Moments Insert Cards Per Box
  • $110 per Box



BASE CARDS: I have always enjoyed the Finest base cards design. Now, it may not be the same Finest I once collected when first collecting cards with the peel away front, but the design, feel (feels like it still has the plastic on them) and appeal is still there. Almost like another Chrome to me.

I also like the fact that base rookies are added to the product. I am not a fan of products that only include top rookies as auto/jersey cards. I think this adds more value to a product.


INSERTS: Refractor parallels is where it's at. Always been a huge refractor collector. And this product has plenty of them to choose from. Here is the list:

- Refractor Parallel: Inserted 1:3
- X-Fractor Parallel: Inserted 1:6
- Blue Refractor Parallel: Sequentially numbered to 99
- Gold Refractor Parallel: Sequentially numbered to 75
- Red Refractor Parallel: Sequentially numbered to 50
- Prism Refractor Parallel: Sequentially numbered to 25
- SuperFractor Parallel: Numbered 1/1
- Printing Plates: Numbered 1/1

There are also Finest Atomic Refractor Rookies that features up to 35 rookies featuring a perimeter die-cut on refractor technology and also fall 1 per Mini Box. We only got one.

Finest Moments includes 25 NFL Veteran and Rookie players featured with a defining career highlight. These are supposed to be 1 per mini box as well and didn't find any in our box.

The inserts however that we did pull are well designed and are not only collectible, but set-worthy building.


Gold refractor # to 50
And here was a big pull, now if only a better player, of an Rookie Refractor Autograph Variations that falls around 1 Per Case! And this one to boot is a blue refractor numbered to 25 when most are numbered to 50.

AUTOGRAPH CARDS: You get one Rookie Refractor Autographed Patch Card (Up to 40 NFL Rookies featured with a multi-color patch and signature on Finest refractor technology) and Autographed Jumbo Relic Refractor (Up to 50 Rookie and Veteran NFL players featuring an autograph with a jumbo jersey relic swatch) per hobby master box. There should be one or the other per mini box. Our box came packed with a third hit. The one thing we wished here was that the players were better. Two TE's and a possible third string running back makes it a tough sell though we did get the case hit and a gold refractor relic/auto parallel.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: Finest is fun and we have seen some tremendous hits from the product. Especially on the veteran front which isn't a normal thing for products like Finest that usually comes packing with Rookie auto/patches. But because of the lack of excitement in this years rookie class, I think a lot of companies are jumping on getting veterans added.

In terms of design, this product is outstanding. The glimmer and shine. The two color patches against the Finest technology. It's all here.

I do like getting two hits per box that are both relic/patch/autos. However, I would like a better chance at a top player. I feel in this break for $110 we didn't get that back with this player selection.

Let us know your thoughts on this product.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

SWEET PC Pickups!

I was at a Fair event recently and walked around looking at exhibitors and seeing what was for sale. You know, looking for candy apples, cotton candy and so on. Walking by each tent I continued to spot food items I would pick up after I did my original walk thru. As I walked by one of the tents, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a table with white boxes stacked on it. Then what appeared was a glass case. I knew exactly what that meant and was surprised when I had walked over to see someone selling cards. I had never in the 11 years of going to the event have ever seen anyone selling cards.  Now the problem that I had was I didn't have much to spend. But figured I would try my best with the $20 I brought.

I looked at the glass case first to see what was offered. Hank Aaron cards. Terry Bradshaw rookie. 2 Cal Ripken Jr rookies. Ken Griffey Jr, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, among other rookies. And a few other odds and ends. Some of which were a little steep for my $20. Inserts, base cards, NASCAR collectibles and a stack of memorabilia and autograph cards were discovered in the white boxes. There were some also lower end rookie cards as well.

Upon further examining, I found out that everything was half price. Which I found great especially with the bottom card in this post staring at me from the glass case. I wanted it and had to have it. It was a rookie card I had chased for years since my father sold off the one we had when I was little.

So to start things off, out of the white boxes, I picked up a couple of Robinson Cano cards for $1 each for the Yankee PC. I do realize afterwards that I overpaid for these, but that's okay. I was too excited about the other two pickups to worry about it.



This was another rookie card I had to have. Ever since his return to the Yankees, Alfonso Soriano has been RED HOT and possibly will lead them to a Playoff berth. For only $4, I found this to be a bargain pickup with potential. And it would replace the one I lost years ago.


And here is the first Cal Ripken Jr. Rookie Card in MINT shape and only $12. I thought I scored well on this one especially because of it's condition. The guy also had the Topps rookie as well but wanted $20 for it. I just didn't feel that price was right and didn't want to invest my entire spending into the one card. Note: The card is not ruined, it's a sticker I had trouble prying off from the top loader.

Let me know your thoughts on my latest pickups. And if I had gotten a deal to get these all for $18.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Winners Of The Beat The Jammin JD NFL Picks Contest

Well, it appeared to us that some of you are much better at picking Week 1 of the NFL more than others. As we landed a 7 and 8 in the 7 NFL Pick Em leagues we are participating in. Was a rough go, but some of you knew the right time give us some tips on Week 1 please ;)

Here are the winners:
Tie Break Score = 67
1st - Indiana Golf Pro - 12-4 tie break Dal 35 - NY 24 = 59 Won a spot in an NFL BLASTER BOX break
2nd - Kent Richie - 12-4 tie break 49 Won A Pack Of Cards
3rd - Miami Vice - 12-4 tie break 47 Won A Pack Of Cards
And due to the fact that the Giants fell to Dallas, yes I have to relive that statement again, there was no fourth place winner. Thanks goes out to Jammin JDcards for hosting this contest. Make sure you follow them on Twitter. And that you say thanks to them for their generosity as well.

Winners, since you are all on Twitter, please contact Jammin JDcards with your information. And we hope to see all of you entering our NY Giants/Panini America Contest promo going on right now!! Check out our blog for the entry post and the post of what the contest is about if you haven't yet. Good Luck to everyone and thanks for supporting the blog!

My First Yasiel Puig "Rookie" Card

With recent non success in pulling a Yasiel Puig rookie card, by far this years hottest rookie sensation, I was hoping for another way to possess at least a card of his. Buying wasn't an option. Prices for his cards are through the roof.  And they could only get hotter if he helps carry the Dodgers to a World Series victory.  Not to mention, quite frankly, though he is talented, I don't want to invest too much into a guy that could bomb next year. So I find buying a pack or two now and then to try and pull him that way is the best.

However, a few days ago my latest issue of Sports Illustrated For Kids arrived and BOOM look who's card was found inside....

Now most probably wouldn't recognize this as a rookie or probably even as a card. But if you check out prices on these they are already going for over $10 as collectors try to add this guy to their collections anyway possible. So for now, it's my only Puig "Rookie" Card.

Ever since the Tiger Woods 1996 Sports Illustrated "Rookie" Card was discovered I believe it helped put these cards on the market and possibly making them not only Rookie Cards, but legitimate cards.

Let me know your thoughts on what you would call these "cards". Do you collect them?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Denver Broncos @ NY Giants

Here is our first entry into the NY Giants/Panini America Promo Contest we spoke about earlier today. All you have to do to enter is comment with the Total Points for this game without going over. Remember that cards only get added to the pot if the Giants win this game. However, you can still "win" for the week either way. The person with the most "wins" at the end of the year wins the pot.

Sorry but this promo is ONLY open to US Residents!


NY Giants/ Panini America Contest Promo

Contests have always been plentiful on this blog and all have had their own challenges. We try to make every contest a little different as in this case. We have been sitting back thinking about a promo to run during the NFL season and finally decided let's do one based on our favorite team the NY Giants. Let's help grow one awesome fan base or force those who like rival teams to root them on ;)

This contest will have weekly entries but ONLY 1 winner. For EVERY win the NY Giants have starting from Week 2 all the way to Week 17 we will add one rookie or insert Panini Card into a pot. If the Giants make the playoffs, we will add a Panini jersey card for EVERY playoff win. If the Giants win the Super Bowl, we really hope obviously, we will add in 2 Panini autographed cards as well. Now we must also note that none of these cards will be NY Giants lol. In the end, one person will end up with a pretty sweet lot if the Giants win it all.

Now onto entering, every week we will post up the Giants game. Look for Post Headings labeled such as the first week of this contests heading, Denver Broncos @ NY Giants. In that post, we want you to comment with the total points for the game WITHOUT going over. If you are the closest WITHOUT going over, you "win" for the week whether the Giants win or not. Remember, that there are not weekly prizes, just one prize at the end and that cards can only be added to the pot when the Giants win. If you are the person with the most weekly "wins" at the end of the year (we will update the standings with every weekly game post) you win whatever prize lot there is at the end. During the Bye week there will not be an entry.

We hope in the end this will be a fun promo and hopefully the Giants win many games including The Big One.

Good Luck to everyone that enters and stay tuned for other contests in-between as well!

Sorry but this promo is ONLY open to US Residents ONLY!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

2012-2013Panini Flawless Basketball...$1250 A Pack

With Panini's recent big news about having Damian Lillard autographed rookie cards in the rest of their upcoming basketball card products, Panini previewed what is being called a very high end product in Flawless Basketball 2012-2013 set to release in early October and will carry 10 cards per pack that breaks down to seven autographs, two jumbo memorabilia cards and a diamond- or emerald-embedded card.  Which all of that sounds great til you see the price per pack that jumps out to you at a whopping $1,250 pack.

 Lillard Flawless 1   Panini America 2012-13 Flawless Basketball First Look (1) Panini America 2012-13 Flawless Basketball First Look (6)  

The product also promises that no card in the set will be numbered higher than 25 and there will be a maximum of 20 complete base sets available. Diamond-encrusted base cards will be numbered to 20, and will be paralleled by an emerald-embedded version numbered to five and a diamond-embedded 1/1 version.

Panini America 2012-13 Flawless Basketball First Look (85)  Panini America 2012-13 Flawless Basketball First Look (86)
I think the product looks great and everything, the question I ask, will collectors who can afford high-end products bite at it without Michael Jordan or LeBRON James autographs being in it. Only time can tell how collectors will perceive this product of this price and breakdown magnitude.

Let us know your thoughts on Panini's new high-end product and if you will be ripping it? (if you do rip, please rip and share with us. Send us an email with your hits for us to post at

Another @cagelawyers UFC Mail Day


A huge contest was ran by @cagelawyers who challenged us fans to see if we can get Meisha Tate to follow him on Twitter in which she did! So he promised at all of his followers would either receive a relic or autographed UFC card. And that's HUGE since he had about 500 Followers. 

Having an unknown mail day was a bit exciting. Was it an auto? Was it a memorabilia card? Who was it? The possibilities were endless. The anticipation kept me running to the post office.

Upon finding the envelope had arrived, I ripped into it like a Christmas present and was happy with the results. Only 27 of these bad boys were made. The yellow memorabilia piece just jumps off the rainbow cardboard. This is one of the better looking Topps UFC cards I have seen or own.

I would like to thank @cagelawyers for their genorosity and another sweet mail day.

Let me know your thoughts on this UFC mail day.