Saturday, January 4, 2014

Featured NY Giants Card

Rodney Hampton
Pacific 1994
Card #96

Hobby Topic

This is our first post of many from our new series Hobby Topics. This is not so much a post for us to comment about or give our opinions on, this is your chance to let your voice be heard on a variety of topics in the hobby. We are leaving the floor open to you! So comment away! But please no language and keep your answer clean as we do have a younger following as well.

Today's Topic will be about Base Cards. 

What do you do with yours? Do you collect them? Are you a set builder? Do companies need to put more emphasis on them or should companies ditch them from products in the new era of collecting?

Let's hear your thoughts!

Hobby Opinion Topic

This is our first post of many from our new series Hobby Topics. This is not so much a post for us to comment about or give our opinions on, this is your chance to let your voice be heard on a variety of topics in the hobby. We are leaving the floor open to you! So comment away! But please no language and keep your answer clean as we do have a younger following as well.

Today's Topic will be about Base Cards. 

What do you do with yours? Do you collect them? Are you a set builder? Do companies need to put more emphasis on them or should companies ditch them from products in the new era of collecting?

Let's hear your thoughts!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Featured NY Yankees Card

Don Mattingly
Topps Stadium Club 1992
Card #420

Featured NY Giants Card


Hakeem Nicks
2012 Panini Totally Certified
Card #58

Product Previews Of The Week

This weeks product previews are all courtesy of Upper Deck.  They recently previewed a ton of products and we want to share them with you. Especially those of you who do not have Facebook which is where Upper Deck previews all of them.

2014 SP Authentic Golf 

 

Every Box Break on average should yield you:
Three Signature Cards
At least one Autographed Authentic Rookie
Eight Rookie Extended Series
Eight Authentic Moments 


There will be 4 cards per pack, 20 packs per box and the estimated arrival Date: Feb. 2014. From early previews looks like another solid Upper Deck Sp authentic release.

 2013 SP Authentic Football

 
Every Box Break on average should yield you:
Three Autographs per box!
Includes at least one Rookie Auto Patch card #’d to 650 or less!
Four SP canvas regular card variations


There will be 5 Cards per pack, 24 Packs per box. As always, Upper Deck's Sp Authentic Football auto/patch cards are some of the most sought after rookie cards on the market. No release date was announced but early on heard it could be an early one in January.

2013-14 NHL Upper Deck Series Two

  

Every Box Break on average should yield you:
Six Young Guns RC’s
Four UD Canvas cards
One MVP Rookie Update
Five O-Pee-Chee Updates (including 3-4 RC’s)
One Rookie Materials card
One UD Game Jersey card
Two O-Pee-Chee Retro Updates
Two  Hockey Heroes 1990’s 


You should get 8 cards per pack, 24 packs per box and this products estimated arrival date is in February. Another popular hockey card release with the most popular rookie cards in the Young Guns. Also is packed with TONS of base card action photography.

Let me know which product you are most excited about on this preview.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Featured NY Yankees Card


David Cone
Circa Baseball 1996
Card #62

Panini Card Of The Week: 2012 Certified Steve Smith Mirror Red Jersey Card


Brand: Certified (Panini)
Card Number:89
Card Type: Memorabilia/Parallel #'d 87/99
Book Value: 

Panini Card Of The Week: 2013 Certified Steve Smith Mirror Red JerseyCard


Brand: Certified (Panini)
Card Number:89
Card Type: Memorabilia/Parallel #'d 87/99

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all of the readers of Sport Card Collectors blog! Today will be kicking off the New Year with the NEW CHANGES on the blog with the first post coming up soon. I hope you enjoy these new changes and feedback and comments are always encouraged with them. You will notice as the month goes on, that the older posts will start to disappear being replaced by the new ones. I hope to have all of this accomplished by the end of the month if not before then. Remember you can visit our brother blog SPORT CARD COLLECTORS ARCHIVES that will house all of the former posts in the past two years if you want to read some posts from the past.

Thanks for the support and good luck on your card busting in 2014. I hope you have a healthy, safe and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Thoughts About The Hobby 2013

Another year of card collecting has come to a close and tomorrow at this time will start a whole new year. My 23rd or so year as a collector. Obviously in these amount of years as collecting there has been a lot of changes. Both good and bad. But here are some of my thoughts and observations from the 2013 card collecting season.

First off, I will kick it off with licensing which seems to be a bigger issue in the hobby than most think. There are a lot of collectors really sick of the way the license landscape is laid out. Mostly in baseball. I have heard many, many times that collectors are really tired of what Topps is putting out. They are sick of the same designs, the non-action photography on the base cards and the overall value of what Topps puts in a box. There were even a couple of collectors getting done the hobby as well just because they don't like what they have heard coming up for 2014 Topps baseball. This is a huge red flag to me. Especially since Topps has the baseball card license til 2020. Yes, Panini and Upper Deck both own the MLBPA and collectors could collect non-MLB licensed cards but most won't due to lack of logo's. Hopefully this part will get worked out.

And speaking of collectors getting done with the hobby, sadly, must say I saw a lot of that as well. At least 10 collectors that I know are either taking a break or just getting done in general. I am sure there is more. Yes, this is worrisome but like I posted about in this ARTICLE there are ways to move on from thinking about quitting and hopefully those who are getting done will find a way to come back.

A high note for the hobby for 2013, is I have got to clap my hands and give two thumbs up for two companies that are continuing to find ways to keep collectors collecting and driving them to go to their hobby shops keeping the few that are still around alive. Upper Deck and Panini have both done their jobs doing this.

Upper Deck has National Hockey Card Day in USA and Canada where they give you a FREE pack of cards just for showing up at the shop. And of course as a collector you are not just going to show up there without any kind of purchase. Upper Deck has also donated cards to charities, given collectors opportunities such as having their own cards made, opening up product that you would never be able to afford for FREE and by surprise and not to mention they gave away a Wayne Gretzky auto to a kid and a LeBron James auto in their Father's Day promotion. And that is only the tip on the iceberg. Great stuff.

As for Panini, they are driving collectors out to their shops by all of their promotions with FREE packs (with a purchase) such as Black Friday, Father's Day, Boxing Day,  and Player Of The Day which offers collectors a chance to spend a day with their favorite player. They also sponsor Pop Warner football among many other promotions to get cards and stickers into kids hands. Not to mention, with every product release, they are always giving some product away whether it be by their very challenging scavenger hunts or by everyone's favorite photo contest #paniniwildcard. This is great for collectors who may not be able to afford these products or afford the hobby in general as this is an incentive to keep them going. They also take time out for their collectors either on Twitter, Email or Facebook. Panini also supports this blog (among other sites) that gives away tons of cards from their support to you guys.

Another high note for 2013 is companies bringing back some classic brands and innovations. Sometimes it's not always about what NEW idea they can come up with. Sometimes you need to take a look in the past and see what worked. Companies toyed with acetate again, classic products like Pinnacle, Select, Flair Showcase and a few others, they also added top rookies to a base product that usually only had them as autograph/patch cards making it more fun and more valuable for set collectors again.

As for my collecting in 2013, I didn't get to break as much as I wanted. Just as many collectors are facing it's getting expensive to collect and I know I can't always afford to break. But, I did add a few nice cards. Didn't really hit anything big but hopefully that's because 2014 will be the big year. And once again, I didn't really PC anyone either. I had started with Rueben Randle but as with all PC attempts, it crumbled.

As 2013 closes, there were some high and some low notes as there is every year. Hopefully moving forward this hobby will find a way to grow and find a way to draw in younger collectors. They are not only the future of the hobby, but they will someday be all that the hobby has.

Monday, December 30, 2013

BIG CHANGES are coming....

As the title states, BIG CHANGES are coming to Sport Card Collectors. This has been something I have been thinking about this entire year.

The one thing I strive to do on this blog is continue to improve it moving forward with today's collecting times and trying to grow. While also giving you helpful and useful information on the hobby anyway possible! And to show everyone that visits this blog that the hobby is fun! So when looking at content this year, I noticed it wasn't as strong as I had hoped. So that's why in 2014 I hope to strive to improve the content on this blog and give you useful information on the hobby. I have some BIG CHANGES coming and I hope you will stay along for the ride!

What are they you may ask? First let's start to say, you will notice a new facelift. All of the previous posts from the past two years will disappear! When I said BIG CHANGES, I meant it. Why do this you may ask, well, I really wanted to start fresh without having to start over a new blog. I like what Sport Card Collectors offers collectors and there are many of you who subscribe to the blog or have the link close by so starting over wouldn't be an option since so many of you have a connection to this blog.As for where the posts will disappear to, we will NOT BE deleting them. They will be on our new brother blog Sport Card Collectors Archives! You can find that blog HERE and enjoy all of the previous posts there. I just felt the blog needed a fresh start with new and IMPROVED writings on here and felt like I had to erase mistakes from the past without losing all of the hard worked content. I wanted to move this blog forward the right way without losing anything however with that being said, it doesn't mean I won't bring the posts back if needed at some point. Other facelift moves may be made as well such as switching to a single sided blog, color scheme and so on.

There will be other changes as well. With most successful and informational blogs their seems to be themed days. Something that I attempted early on in blogging but back then didn't work. However, that was long ago before this blog made it on the map. I thought bringing this back will help! What they will be, well, let's break it down for you!
  • Monday: I think we all need great way to wake up on a Monday..so why not wake up with a laugh with "CAPTION THIS" Monday. I will post up a card that needs a caption (I may provide one myself too) Have a great time with it...but keep it clean (absolutely NO language) ***NEW***
  • Tuesday: Topps Card Of The Week. Cards will random in different sports and years. Not all will be autographed or memorabilia. Most will be base cards or inserts. The simple stuff that doesn't always get the recognition in the hobby and stuff  that I appreciate. And it's not just a picture of the card either. There will be information about the card such as card number, year, product, brand and Book Value.  ***NEW***
  • Wednesday: Panini Card Of The Week Cards will random in different sports and years. Not all will be autographed or memorabilia. Most will be base cards or inserts. The simple stuff that doesn't always get the recognition in the hobby and stuff  that I appreciate. And it's not just a picture of the card either. There will be information about the card such as card number, year, product, brand and Book Value.  ***NEW***
  • Thursday:Upper Deck Card Of The Week Cards will random in different sports and years. Not all will be autographed or memorabilia. Most will be base cards or inserts. The simple stuff that doesn't always get the recognition in the hobby and stuff  that I appreciate. And it's not just a picture of the card either. There will be information about the card such as card number, year, product, brand and Book Value.  ***NEW***
  • Friday: Product Previews Of The Week Giving you a preview of newer products and summing them all up into one post! ***NEW***
  • Saturday: Hobby Opinions another new segment. I will just put up a quick post such as BASE CARDS and YOU give your opinion on the topic in comments. This is all about your guys opinions. ***NEW***
  • Sunday: NPN Address Of The Week I have had some fans that have been asking if I can post some NPN addresses. So I will start doing that on Sundays of products I recently either opened or NPN addresses that haven't expired yet. Who doesn't appreciate a chance at FREE cards! ***NEW***
  • I will also have a new series called The Basics. This will be for the beginning collectors. I want to break down what each item is in the hobby such as a hobby pack vs a retail pack. A One Touch. A blaster box. A blister box. A redemption card. And so on. Hopefully with basic useful information it will help collectors just starting out.
  • Once in awhile a poll may be posted that I hope everyone will vote on to use as a story. 
  • Must also note that Reviews (that will new and improved), Retail Break 'em(showcasing you what is inside of a retail pack, blaster, rack pack or blister of a retail product) ***NEW*** , Hobby Break 'em(showcasing you what is inside of a Hobby pack or Hobby Box of a product we have already opened and reviewed) Opinion Story, Featured NY Giants Card ***NEW***, Featured NY Yankees Card  ***NEW*** , What's In The Mail Box? (only the most important mail days will be featured) ***NEW*** , Design Police (taking designs from yesterday and today and either putting them in jail or setting them free) ***NEW***and FANdom Card Of The Day may also fill in a days spot when they are available and will replace that days post or be an extra one. I will be losing topics like Retail Reviews (but I will give you our thoughts on products in Retail Break 'em) and Fan PC that never seemed to gain any strength. There also may be other new topics as well, but as of right now this stands to be the plan. All may be subject to change.
Even the way I do contests will be different. However, you will still control your destiny of winning! Not many random contests on here! The BIGGER change on the giveaway end is that I will be doing a lot less of them (though you never know). Now I know a lot of you will be disappointed, but I didn't start up this blog to do just giveaways even though I absolutely love giving back to fellow collectors. I wanted to blog about sports cards and my experiences and opinions on topics in the hobby. And it seems like a lot of the focus on sports cards gets lost on here a lot of times by the amount of giveaways I am doing.I STILL will be doing giveaways, they just will be randomly done throughout the year. So remember to keep an eye out and follow us on Twitter, LIKE us on Facebook or become a member of this blog or follow by email to be up to date on when a contest will happen!

Another change will be the loss of the Fan Interaction pages. Nobody uses them. I have tried and tried to get excitement going on those and for fans to interact with each other by using them, but it just doesn't seem like it's going to work. So they will be leaving to free up more space on the blog. With that being said however, that doesn't mean that I won't try again. Bringing collectors together has always been the aim.

There may be other changes that happen as well. But I will always stick to the roots that readers love either way. I hope all of you enjoy what I will be bringing to the blog. As always let me know in comments your thoughts!

All of these new changes will take effect on January 1st, 2014 as I move closer to the 2 year blogversary in March. I wanna kick off the new year in style!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Autograph Sp Authentic Hockey Upper Deck NPN Mail Day

This arrived in the mail not long ago, another sweet haul from Upper Deck's NPN online program. I really long for these mail days. So after quickly entering their NPN's, I watch the mail box once I know a product is finished on the site hoping to find something from it in my mail box.

This time it's an autograph rookie card from Sp Authentic hockey 2012-2013. Who wouldn't want to find one of these in the mail box? One of the most popular brands out there.



Have you ever gotten an NPN mail day from Upper Deck? And what was it?

As always, your thoughts are welcomed!