Saturday, March 15, 2014

Hobby Topic

Another post in 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 Companies Product Delays. 

With Topps recently pushing off Topps Heritage for another week, Upper Deck never mentioning Fleer Retro Baseball again and others pushing products off. What do you think when companies tell you a product is releasing on a day, then gets pushed off or never arrives?

Let's hear your thoughts!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Review: Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey 2013-2014

One of my favorite products that Upper Deck puts out continues it great ways in hockey. I wished this would expand to other sports some day, but while I wait for that to happen, it looks great on the ice.

This product has a lot to offer from it's base card chase to it's hard to find autographs.I like everything that Black Diamond has to offer. Read on to find out why!


BOX BREAK DOWN: 
  • 20 Packs Per Box, 5 Cards Per Pack
  • Two Multi-Swatch Jersey Puzzle Cards Per Box!
  • 1-2 Quad Diamond Rookie Gems Per Box!
  • 3-4 Triple Diamond Rookie Gems Per Box!
PRICE: You can find most boxes under $85 

WITHIN THE BOX:

Double Diamonds:
Cam Neely
Corey Crawford
Tony Esposito
Brad Marchand
Marian Gaborik

Triple Diamonds:
Guy Lafleur


Quad Diamonds:
Brett Hull
Dale Hawerchuk
Rookie Quad: Tyler Toffoli

Ice Premier Rookie:
Anton Belov 925/999


Inserts:
Ruby Parallel Mike Bossy 14/50

Memorabilia (non-autographed):
Multi-Swatch Jersey Puzzle Card Phil Kessel
Multi-Swatch Jersey Puzzle Card Martin Broduer

Autographs/Autograph Memorabilia
N/A

DESIGN:
I am a huge fan of the metallic look on the cards. The Puzzle Jersey cards are a unique concept I just wished they too were done with the metallic Black Diamond look as they are a little out of place when you have everything together.

COOL NOTES:
You can look for Golden Tickets good for Quad Diamond Rookie Gems Relics cards featuring four REAL Diamonds Embedded In The Card!! There will be 25 cards in all and they will all be 1/1's
In each case they contain Four Championship Rings showcasing the 2012-13 Blackhawks championship season.

THOUGHTS: This is the kind of product I am looking for. It is not all about the autographs and jersey cards. This is actually about the base cards and set building and it's in a fun way! The base set is broken up as follows:

1-100 Single Diamond
101-150 Double Diamond
150-175 Triple Diamond
176-200 Triple Diamond Rookies
201-225 Quad Diamond
226-250 Quad Diamond Rookies

And it's not that easy to complete as you only get the following per box:

- Get 1-2 Quad Diamond Rookie Gems
- Get 3-4 Triple Diamond Rookie Gems
- Get 1-2 Quad Diamond Regular Cards
- Get 3-4 Triple Diamond Regular Cards
- Get 6-7 Double Diamond Regular Cards

This is exactly what the hobby needs again.  More focus on set building. It would definitely take someone sometime to trade, buy and bust to put a master set together. It would also be a ton of fun as well.

I also like the fact inserts are rare finds. I only pulled one in the box. That helps values of the inserts and overall product. Same goes with triple and quad diamond base cards.

Another fun addition is the pack of Upper Deck Ice. I would say though it's a little misleading as it's not technically a "bonus" pack and counts as one of the 20 packs or that was at least the case in this box. And it was strange to find it hidden within a pack marked Black Diamond. I think they should have put 20 packs of Black Diamond along with the bonus pack of Ice and had the pack called that.

Overall, there is value to be had here. With hard to find inserts and parallels and the Ice pack that can produce up to triple digit book value cards with the harder to find top rookies, Black Diamond is a fun and good buy.



 


Poll Friday: What Are Your Favorite New Segments On Sport Card Collectors? Results!

I recently kicked off our first every Poll Friday. These polls will usually only run one week, but this one I decided to hold for a few weeks so I can get the best results.

Now that Sport Card Collectors is in its third month of the new changes and segments, I have seen some ups and downs with some of the new ones and wanted reader feedback on which ones I should keep and which ones I should let go.

Upon looking at these results, it's exactly what my numbers were telling me as the most popular to the least. So Featured NY Giants and Yankee card segments will be leaving. Filling in the spots will be What's In The Mail Box? and some other new segments that are being planned as I type.

I am glad my two favorite segments, Caption This! and Hobby Topic will make the cut. I really enjoy those. As for reviews, despite a low number, I hadn't put any up this year yet when I had put the poll up so you wouldn't have known what those were like yet. I will have plenty of reviews coming up just like the ones that were already put out this week!

As always, your thoughts about these moves are welcomed. Also, I would appreciate you participating in this weeks poll asking you Which ONE Of These Players Would You Want Any Rookie Card Of? Good luck because you can only choose one!! I will share the results with you next week!
 
As for this past weeks results, you can check them out for yourself below!

What Are Your Favorite New Segments On Sport Card Collectors?

Featured NY Giants Card
  2 (5%)
Featured NY Yankees Card
  2 (5%)
Topps Card Of The Week
  13 (38%)
Panini Card Of The Week
  14 (41%)
Upper Deck Card Of The Week
  7 (20%)
Caption This!
  9 (26%)
Hobby Topic
  13 (38%)
Retail Break 'Em
  16 (47%)
Hobby Break 'Em
  19 (55%)
Reviews (N/A Yet)
  4 (11%)
Other Stories (opinion, etc)
  8 (23%)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Review: Titanium Hockey 2013-2014

A popular product among hockey card fans, Titanium returns with all of your favorites plus more. This is the first time I have busted this product and I was pretty impressed with it. With each box packing 5 hits and some of the rarest cards on the market you just never know what you could find behind the flap of the box and inside of the wrappers.

Before I start my review, 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 interact with you on Twitter, have contests on their blog and Facebook and the site is also fun to visit!

Now onto the review:


BOX BREAK DOWN: 
  • 5 packs per box. 4 cards per pack
  • At least one autograph per box
  • 4 Rookie Cards or Rookie Parallel Cards Per Box
PRICE: You can find most boxes around $95

WITHIN THE BOX:

Inserts:
N/A

Memorabilia (non-autographed):
TJ Oshie Game Worn Gear
Duncan Keith/Corey Crawford/Jonathan Toews/Patrick Kane Team Building #d 50/100

Autographs/Autograph Memorabilia
Filip Forsberg Titanium Reserve Autographs
Ryan Hamilton Titanium Reserve Autographs
Mark Arcobello Home Sweaters Memorabilia Autographs PRIME #d 18/25

DESIGN:
I have always been a fan of foil board especially when done right. Panini did a great job with it here not getting ready of the background of the action shot. That is very important to me. I just don't want a plain ole silver base card with just a player. I like the player to stand out while not taking away the action on the ice in the background. That was done here.

I like the design also of the Team Building quad memorabilia cards and the Titanium Reserve autographs.

The  Home Sweaters Memorabilia Autographs are well done as well and a unique concept. The only other thing I would have liked to seen here was the players head above the jersey. I think that would have make it look even more appealing.

COOL NOTES:
The most limited rookie cards on the market are available in Titanium, with each card serial numbered to the rookie's jersey number. This makes them both rare and valuable. No other product offers this. You can also find Hobby Exclusive parallels, featuring veteran cards serial numbered to the player's jersey number and draft position. Another fun thing to find is Social Signatures, featuring autographs of skaters with inscriptions of their social media handles. One more cool note is that this product packed with the #paninidoublerookieclass and has Dual and Triple Autograph cards of these new skaters.

THOUGHTS: There seems to be potential for a lot of value in a box of Titanium. Though my box didn't provide the boom that some may provide, I was still happy with the results.

 I like the aspect that they made parallels and rookie cards pretty much impossible to pull to help with values, it made it very hard for me not to find either as it was base cards then a hit. I would have liked to seen maybe one or the other per box. Don't overdo it, but have one or the other at least to help a little more with the value and the pack hunting.

Overall, a product that can come packing with some serious value especially if you hit one of the top tier rookies or parallels that are very rare and very valuable. Well designed product too. This product may not be for everyone however, as the price is a little steep and there is some risk involved if you don't hit it big in your box. However if you do, it will pay off in the long run.






Upper Deck Card Of The Week: 2003 Upper Deck First Pitch Trevor Hoffman

Brand: First Pitch
Card Number:230
Card Type: Base Card

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Review: 2013-2014 Totally Certified Hockey

One of my favorite football products can be found in hockey form now too. It will be sad to no longer see this release again in NHL cards because of the exclusive that Upper Deck signed with NHL and NHLPA because it is a beauty of a product in its debut.

Before I start my review, 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 interact with you on Twitter, have contests on their blog and Facebook and the site is also fun to visit!

Now onto the review:


BOX BREAK DOWN: 
  • 4 Packs Per Box, 5 Cards Per Pack
  • 4 Autographs or Memorabilia Cards Per Box!
  • 4 Rookie Cards or Rookie Parallel Cards Per Box
PRICE: You can find most boxes under $75

WITHIN THE BOX:

Inserts:
Anders Lindback Mirror Blue Parallel #d 43/50
Ondrej Pavelec Mirror Red Parallel #d  5/25

Memorabilia (non-autographed):
Milan Michalek  Totally Certified Memorabilia
Matt Dumba Clear Cloth #d 60/100

Autographs/Autograph Memorabilia
Tanner Pearson Rookie Autograph
Viktor Fasth Rookie Auto/Mem Card

DESIGN:
Micro-Etching...enough said. I have always been a fan of micro-etching technology which is why I am such a huge fan of this product. I was a little disappointed however that not all of the product was done in micro-etching as I felt the memorabilia and autographed cards felt a little out of place in this product because its usually all done in micro-etching. With that being said, despite lack of micro-etching, the designs we're well done.

One of my favorite designs of the product was the Clear Cloth jersey cards. The acetate use with the players head along with the design makes it stand out above the other jersey cards in the product. What would have made the combination even better would have been the adding the mirco-etching. I do think however Panini is on to something here combining acetate and memorabilia cards and I hope they carry it over to other products.

The memorabilia/autographed rookie cards look sweet done in the micro-etching. The design of these is also remade from its other sport counterparts. Usually Panini embeds the jersey swatch into the word ROOKIE that is written across the bottom of the card. I like the change up here. Something fresh.

COOL NOTES:
Totally Certified delivers some of the greatest parallels such as Mirror Reds, Blues, Golds & Greens all sequentially numbered to only 25, 10, 5 & 1! You can also find the really cool Rookie Slideshow featuring an actual piece of photo film! These can also come as limited signed versions numbered to 20 or less

THOUGHTS: I like all that Totally Certified has to offer. Like I stated above, I was a little disappointed that all of the product wasn't done in micro-etching like past Totally Certified products, but it was still a fun product to open not knowing what you could unwrap with every pack.

Another minor thing to note, I was a little shocked of the lack of numbering on the autograph and memorabilia cards i pulled. The only one that was numbered was the Clear Cloth. I would have like to have at least seen the rookie autographed/memorabilia cards numbered to help their value. 

I also wanted to note on a positive side of things, despite the single color swatches found in this box, not all boxes are the same. Panini made some sick patches and tags in this product. You can check out some of them on this link from Panini's Knights Lance blog and try not to drool too much:
http://paniniamerica.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/the-panini-america-quality-control-gallery-2013-14-totally-certified-hockey-114-pics/

Another positive is that the price is reasonable for Totally Certified as Panini shifted the amount of packs per box from 6 to now 4 helping the usual box price of $125+ to a more reasonable $75 or under. I think a lot of collectors will appreciate this and give the product a try.

Despite a few minor things I would fix with the lack of numbering on the cards and not being all micro-etched, the good price, great design, popular and valuable mirror parallels, a double rookie class, 4 hits sometimes even 5 I have heard, and big hits waiting to happen, Totally Certified hockey 2013-2014 is well worth the risk and skating to your LCS for.





What's In The Mail Box?

I recently won a contest on Twitter and scored some pretty sweet cards as you will see below. Thanks again to @tradebuysell for the contest and for the prize winnings! You can follow him on Twitter for contest and more HERE.

Check out what I won below and try not to drool too much on your keyboard.


Always been a prospector so this fits perfectly in the collection:

Despite being a Redskin, this is one great patch numbered to 25. Makes me miss Spx in NFL form even more!

I really liked all of the cards that I won but this one just stood out to me the most. Really like this card. I think it has to do with not only design and the swatch, but the history with it.

As always, comments are welcomed on this mail day. Let me know which card stands out to you as your favorite! 

Panini (Donruss) Card Of The Week: 1990 Donruss Mike Greenwell

Brand: Donruss
Card Number:66
Card Type: Base Card

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Retail Break 'Em: 2013 Topps Chrome Football Blaster Box

Well, you must have known this by now that I am a CHROMIE! And I am absolutely addicted to these. This is my fourth and best blaster break of the product yet! Yes, I said yet, because to be honest, you never know...

Every (Walmart) blaster box of Topps Chrome football 2013 has 7 packs with 4 cards in every pack. There is also one bonus pack with a rookie jersey card. Those rookie jersey cards can be just more than a swatch. They can be prime and also can have refractor variations and some are rare. That's an even more added bonus to a product that is already the best retail buy.

Here are the base cards in a small stack. You honestly do not get many base cards. Most of what you get is the cream filling, the good stuff. This also makes it fun and challenging for set collectors to try and build a base set.


Good rookies I found to in this blaster including top wide receiver picks and play makers Deandre Hopkins and Cordarrelle Patterson.

Refractors are as follows:

Purple refractor of Jimmy Graham:

And the exciting hit of the break a Tavon Austin rookie jersey card X-factor parallel. This card looks spectacular in person.

Overall without a doubt, the best retail buy there is. You take all of the different aspects of this product from a blaster and it's hard to argue against this fact.

Let me know your thoughts on this break and if you have busted any.

Topps Card Of The Week: 1985 Topps Steve Kemp

Brand: Topps
Card Number:120
Card Type: Base card

Monday, March 10, 2014

CAPTION THIS!

"Hey You! You make another call like that and I will..."
Product: 1992-1993 Fleer
Card #:45

Let's hear your CAPTION THIS for this card! (keep it clean, no language too!) 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Retail Break 'Em: 2013 Topps Chrome Football Blaster Box

For the third time, I was craving a blaster box of Topps Chrome to bust. If I am going to pick something out retail, I want it to be worth my money and Topps Chrome whether it be football or baseball seems to prove it to me every time.

This particular blaster was picked up from Walmart. The difference between the Walmart and Target blaster boxes is that Walmart's come with a jersey card in every box. There are 7 packs, 4 cards per pack in a Walmart blaster with a bonus 8th pack being a jersey card. They are $19.99 per box.

Here is how I did:

 
Not a lot of base cards. Which isn't a bad thing, unless you want a set.


 
Marked as one rookie per pack, really almost turns out to be two



 
Black refractor of Mike Wallace

 
And the jersey card being Montee Ball.

Overall, once again, I feel like it was $20 well invested. With the amount of rookie cards, inserts, and a jersey card. Topps Chrome proves why it's the best retail buy again and again.

What are your thoughts on this break and Topps Chrome? Do you find it to be the most valuable in retail form? As always, comments are encouraged!