Saturday, March 29, 2014

What's In The Mail Box?

Recently I was able to get my hands onto one of the Upper Deck 25th Anniversary sets, I mean what collector wouldn't want to, so I wanted to show it off to you guys just in case you haven't seen them and may want to try to get a set for your own collection.

This is a small set but packs a punch with athletes who have made a big impact on Upper Deck over the 25 years (except I couldn't figure out why Michael Jordan wasn't in it) and will continue to make an impact for them for the next 25.

Now onto the set.  I will start off the gallery first with THE GREAT ONE:

Every back of the card has this written up on them thanking fans for their support:

Upper Deck then put in Super Stars, Peyton Manning, Ken Griffey Jr, Tiger Woods and LeBron James to complete the set
Looks like Peyton just did an audible, well, are we surprised, another TD pass
The Kid looks like one here
Tiger has always made a huge impact on Upper Deck Golf Cards
How many more titles will this guy win?
One of my favorite things about the set is the throwback design paying tribute to Upper Deck's beginning set way back in 1989. It also has a modern day look to it.

I think this set was a  great way to celebrate 25 years of so many things that Upper Deck has brought to the hobby. I hope to see them expand upon this set and maybe do a product with a huge insert set of these to chase.

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: Your thoughts on "Player Worn" jersey cards as opposed to "Game Used"

Do you think there should even be player worn jersey cards? Do you prefer game used? Does it really matter to you?

Let's hear your thoughts!

Friday, March 28, 2014

April's Monthly Contest

Welcome! Here are the rules, info and prizes on how to play my Monthly Contest challenges. The rules and info will always be the same but the prizes will change! Whether you are a newbie or a returning veteran, I will lay out everything you need to know below.

Before I tell you how to play and what you are winning, I first want to say thanks to Jammin JDcards and BCW Supplies for providing prizes for this months contest. Without them, it wouldn't have been possible to bring back this contest for everyone to enjoy again.

Now onto how to play.
  1. Daily I will post up a game such as L.A. Dodgers vs Arizona Diamondbacks. You must pick the winner of this game by the entry due time. If you pick past the time the entry is due your entry will not count.  I will do my best to pick the latest and most challenging games to choose from that way most of you should be able to get your entries in on time. There may be multiple sports to choose from and some may be stats.
  2. You will get one point for picking the game right. Zero points for getting the game wrong.
  3. The next day will have updated standings with your name and how many total points you have up to that point. This will be on a separate post you will find in our new tab at the top of the blog marked Monthly Contest.
  4. The FINAL 3 days of the contest will have you bidding the points you won in the first 17 days. For example, if you have 10 points and want to bid 5 of them on picking the Yankees over the Blue Jays and the Yankees win you get the five points and will have 15 total points. However, if you get it wrong you will lose the 5 points and will have 5 total points. You can never bid over the amount of points you have. Meaning if you have 5 points, you can't bid 6 or more. Once you run out of points you are eliminated out of the game so please make sure you use your points wisely.
  5. The three with the most points at the end of the 20 days will win prizes.
One more thing before I announce the prizes, the few rules:
  1. This contest is open to U.S. Residents ONLY....Sorry!
  2. You must enter the contest before Day 17 in order to enter the final 3 days to win prizes.
  3. You can however enter the contest at any point, but why would you wait til the final days to enter with 1 or 2 points?
  4. You must have fun!
Now onto the winnings. I usually I have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize. But not this time. I think all of these prizes are pretty equal and will allow the winner to choose which prize they want. After that, the second place winner picks their prize and the third place winner gets the remaining prize.

The prizes for the month of April are as follows:
  • A box of 9pocket pages and an album from BCW Supplies
  • A spot into a Basketball break from Jammin JDcards (TBD by Jammin JDcards)
  • A spot into a Football break from Jammin JDcards (TBD by Jammin JDcards)
Depending on how Aprils contest goes and the turnout, there may be other future prizes added to the list to choose from. But I think BCW Supplies and Jammin JDcards put out some pretty good ones up for grabs this month.

If you have any questions on the Monthly Contest, feel free to ask those below.

April Monthly Contest Standings

Here are the updated standings for our Monthly Contest for April:

FIRST PLACE
SECOND PLACE
THIRD PLACE 
STILL ALIVE
IF YOUR NAME IS IN BLACK AND BOLD YOU ARE ELIMINATED FROM THIS CONTEST. YOU CANNOT WIN THE PRIZES. WE HOPE YOU COME BACK NEXT MONTH AND GOOD LUCK IN MAY! NEW SETUP!


ANY NEW ENTRANTS 
Dennis (Seahawksfan605)  48
Wilson     78
Tony L      2
Miami Vice     88
Corey Clever   0

Scott N.    89

Greg Riemersma     3
Cory Driste    0
AJ Zapanta    0
JJJCubs@yahoo.com    0

Justin C.   73

mrblu1976@aol.com      0 
Eusebio Zavala    1
GRADY MALACHOWSKI   14
Nathan Bell    0
Home Plate Sportscards    0
Thomas Young     15
Jamie B 0
@markloftus9677   1
Harold Tourjee   1
Gubu Z       79
Super Tom   1
Jonathan Hoffman     1
@brewman70a     23
rjdub81     4
@APetrelak      0
Ron Bailey      1
@tonyottley    1
Joe Behlmann     0
Jedi Jeff       8
sdnorm1745       1
Ben McCormick     1
0d94252e-7bd2-11e3-a090-000bcdca4d7a      1
JJ Hernandez              6
Travis Leflar                  1
chuck haines              2
Skylar Hartwick      2
Daniel Wilson    0 
@fitchjr1         0 
Billy Lane      1 
richard procter            0
sdnorm1745      1
Branden Warwick       1

Poll Friday: Which Companies Do You Buy Cards Of? RESULTS!

Another poll has come to a close and now it's time to give you the results! For the second straight week, voters were down. This week only 9 of you voted making this not a very well rounded poll but I at least have some answers from you.

Seems like you guys are split down the middle on Panini and Upper Deck and most of you lean towards Topps. Leaf, unlike a poll I did in the past about them, showed up a little more this time. I wonder if they are making more of an hobby impact on everyone. Let me know your thoughts on this weeks poll.

I am going to give Poll Friday a little time off. With downed voters it seems what I thought would be fun, isn't going to work with the lack of voters. However, it may return if a return in a week or two. I have some other things lined up to take its place. Such as a NEW segment on Vintage cards. Another NEW segment on Collecting The 90's where I will be posting some pack and maybe even box breaks from the 90's my favorite era of collecting. I also have some more posts done on the Collecting Basics series.

So for now enjoy the results from last weeks poll and hopefully look for more Poll Fridays down the road.

Which Companies Do You Buy Cards Of?
Panini America
  6 (66%)
 
Upper Deck
  6 (66%)
 
Topps
  9 (100%)
 
Press Pass
  1 (11%)
 
Leaf
  3 (33%)
 
SAGE
  1 (11%)
 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What's In The Mail Box?

In this edition of What's In The Mail Box?, I recently was up late scouring eBay when I found this lot.

It had no bids with the starting one at .99.Then I noticed a card that really stuck out to me, one that I have wanted for some time, this card:
This wasn't just any ole card, IT WAS A PHIL SIMMS ROOKIE CARD! At that point I bid on the lot and kept paying close attention not wanting to lose out. The rest of the cards were nice added bonuses but the sugar in the pot I really wanted was the Simms.

Two hours passed and still no bids but mine. Was I honestly going to get this for .99? Sure enough the final 30 minutes counted down and in my possession soon would be a Phil Simms rookie card (among 8 others) all for .99! Wow! What a steal! I have since then gotten the Simms in the main and now the Simms is officially in hand and in my Giants PC where he will stay for many years to come.

Review: Cryptozoic Psych Seasons 1-4

After 8 seasons, it's hard to say goodbye to such a great show. I still am wondering what USA Network was thinking about when deciding to pull the plug on this one. With a mix of detective work and comedy, it was a great blend with an incredible cast of characters.

I am posting this review on the day of the final episode as a way to say goodbye and thank you for the many on the edge of your seat moments, humor and maybe even a few tears.

Thank you Psych and I will continue to watch you on DVD.

Now onto the review:



BOX BREAK DOWN: 
  • 24 packs per box, 5 cards per pack
  • 2 hits (though not guaranteed)
PRICE: You can find most boxes around $40 Right Now

WITHIN THE BOX:

Inserts:
2 Of Each Of The Following:
Incognito
Henry's Wisdom
Psychic Moments

Memorabilia (non-autographed):
Shawn Spencers Plaid Blue Shirt

Autographs/Autograph Memorabilia
Jaleel White Autograph

DESIGN:
Full action shots of the actors and biggest scenes from seasons 1-4 all captured in 63 cards. I think Cryptozoic did a great job here capturing some of the best moments that stood out to me and looking back through them I can remember each of the scenes. The back of the card is a little displays another picture from the scene on the front with a small writeup about it.

I like the design here as it is wide open for the base cards.

The inserts are in need of a little work. Not to much glimmer on the Incognito and Henry's Wisdom ones (though I do like they put Henry's face at the bottom) but the Psychic Moments was my favorite with the rainbow foil making it seem Psychedelic. 

COOL NOTES:
The Incognito insert features Shawn and Gus with a little dab of Juliet in some of the undercover garb they wear. Which alone is hilarious to look at. Henry's Wisdom is lessons that Henry teaches Shawn, which we all know he wants nothing to be apart of. Finally the Psychic Moments reveal some of Shawn's big psychic moments on the show.

THOUGHTS:
I got this box for $35. But the moments are priceless. I think I did really good on this break by hitting the best Wardrobe card and one of the better autographs. In every box you get a base set, a decent amount of doubles. An autograph and a wardrobe card. Early on it may have been a little steep of a purchase for $60+. But right now, under $40, I will eat this up all day everyday with a side of pineapple.







Win Two Autographed Baseball Cards From The Pack Gambler

Thanks to our friends at The Pack Gambler, we are hosting a contest to celebrate baseball's Opening Day! I know I for one am ready for the sound of bats cracking, the smell of fresh cut grass and crowds cheering. Not only is the thought of baseball's Opening Day exciting, but the other fun thing is...this contest is open to both U.S. and Canadian Residents!

Now onto how to enter, The Pack Gambler and myself decided to go with a Blue Jays game and we wanted to give you enough time to enter, so we chose April 2nds game against the Rays giving everyone a week. Now onto the rest:
  1. Pick the winner of the Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays
  2. Pick the total runs of the game WITHOUT GOING OVER
  3. For a third tiebreaker, tell me many strikeouts will Mark Buehrle
  4. If there is a fourth tiebreaker needed, it will be randomed.
  5. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE FOLLOWING THIS BLOG, US ON FACEBOOK OR TWITTER OR FOLLOWING THE PACK GAMBLER. There have been a lot of lost contest prizes when a winner doesn't claim them and never returns to know they won. Please make sure you keep this blog on your radar. This is the only place you will find out who wins.
  6. Your entries are due by 7:00 pm e.t. on Wednesday, April 2nd 2014.
  7. Winner will be announced the following day. 
Your entries should look like this:

Blue Jays
8
4

Please say thank you to The Pack Gambler (click onto their name to visit their site) for sponsoring this contest. And most of all, have fun and good luck!

Panini Card Of The Week: 2012-2013 Donruss Classics Stephane Matteau Autograph

Brand: Donruss Classics
Card Number:120
Card Type:Autographed Card

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Winner Of The Nolan Ryan/Derek Jeter Base Cards

Well another contest is done here on Sport Card Collectors. The turnout for this one was a bit disappointing unlike the Cal Ripken Jr. one but no matter how many entered, I still have cards to giveaway and here they are again:

 
After three randoms, my favorite randoming number, the winner is Harold Tourjee. Congrats to Harold on the win!

There were 18 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Harold Tourjee
  2. Lowery Ross
  3. mrblu1976@aol.com
  4. @APetrelak
  5. Scott N
  6. @EKLOKKEN
  7. Jamie Baldwin
  8. supertom
  9. Jim Pineda
  10. rlbouch
  11. Wilson
  12. Corey Clever
  13. Jonathan Hoffman
  14. Dennis (seahawksfan605)
  15. Zac Smith
  16. J.J. Hernandez
  17. Tony L
  18. Chunter
Timestamp: 2014-03-25 10:04:02 UTC
You have randomized this list 3 times.

Harold, please contact me at sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com with your address. You have 7 days from today to claim your prize or it will be re-given away.

As for more contests, I will be doing more of these in the future so keep an eye out! There will be a variety of players still to come. But, for now, be prepared for the return of the monthly contest. Contest info, rules and prizes will be announced Thursday or Friday so stay tuned!

Topps Card Of The Week: 2007 Bowman Fabric Of The Future Marshawn Lynch

Brand: Bowman
Card Number:FF-ML
Card Type: Memorabilia Card

Monday, March 24, 2014

What's In The Mail Box?

I normally don't do a lot of trades being a card hoarder (one who has HUGE problems letting go of cardboard) and having issues with not knowing who to trust. But on this particular day I was fine with doing a trade when Tim Yount approached me about a card that I had.

I have known Tim for a couple of years through Facebook on the Upper Deck page and on Twitter. I just knew he would make a great trading partner as he proved so below.

Tim was acquiring about getting this card for his PC:

Which I was more than fine trading (surprisingly I was able to let go of a rookie card, very rare) and in return I requested the usual NY Giants and Rueben Randle. I didn't ask for any amount of cards and said "just send me what you feel is an equal trade as I trust you."

What he sent me in return blew my socks off:


This was way more than I expected. All of these will be great additions to my PC (one of many different ones). I can't even pick a favorite from the group.

Thanks again Tim for making this trade and for the incredible cards that you sent to me in return. You are a great guy and hobbyist. NOTE: he also sent me another card for free that I really wanted. That will be saved for another post.

As always, I am open to comments on my mail days and if you haven't done so, go follow Tim on Twitter. You never know when you might need to make a trade with him.

Latest Jammin JDcard Break Results

Another week of breaks has gone by for Jammin JDcards and some more nice hits were found. If you think about it, they pretty much have been hitting one monster a weekend and a ton of other really nice hits.

As always, I can't just tell you why you should give them a try, I just will have the hits do the talking:


Boom a really sweet Kyrie auto!!
Ivan Johnson 039/149
Kevin Murphy 321/499
Westbrook & Durant 18/99
Brian Roberts 267/299
Brandon Bass 03/25
Mark Jackson 05/10
Kyrie Irving 077/399

Joseph Randle 39/50
Tyler Wilson 041/150
Le'Veon Bell 04/99

Darren Sproles 039/199
Tyler Eifert 07/49
Theo Riddick 135/999
Knile Davis 116/199

Some nice patches here...just look at the Nassib!

Jarvis Jones 14/99
Robert Woods 0750/1214
Christine Michael 1024/1214
Aaron Dobson 0559/1214
Landry Jones 0734/1214
Gio Bernard 0632/1206
Ryan Nassib 02/50
Eddie Lacy 18/25
Gavin Escobar 125/361
Keenan Allen 095/125

Runner-up Offensive Rookie Of The Year Keenan Allen showed up to the Jammin JDcards break party a couple of times!

D.J. Fluker 133/299 
Kevin Kolb 1 of 1
Vance McDonald 143/199
Keenan Allen 138/299
 

Quinton Patton 62/99
Tyler Eifert 70/75
Landry Jones 147/449
Deandre Hopkins 13/99
Dion Jordan 06/50
Christine Michael 15/18
Robert Woods 44/50
Quinton Patton 10/15

 Look at this simply amazing AJ Green patch!
Mike Glennon 42/99
Brett Favre 87/99
Marquise Goodwin 54/75
A.J. Green 15/25
Cordarrelle Patterson 33/55
Aaron Dobson 37/50

 
Oscar Robertson 12/86
Dwight Howard 06/88
Dorell Wright 029/100
Nerlens Noel 026/175
 
If you like what you see here and haven't yet given Jammin JDcards breaks a try, please do. Good prices, great shipping time, top notch customer service and big hits waiting to happen. NOW THEY EVEN BREAK TWICE A WEEK! You can find out what breaks are next right HERE. Good luck if you give them a try and let me know what you hit!

CAPTION THIS!

"You got this bro"
Product: 2014 Topps
Card # 34
 
Let's hear your CAPTION THIS for this card! (keep it clean, no language too!)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

NPN Of The Week

With the lack of me buying a lot of newer products, I haven't had many NPN addresses to share in weeks. So in return this Sunday, I wanted to show off an NPN I just got in from Upper Deck. By far, they are the easiest NPN of them all. Just go online to their website that you can locate HERE.


Being a rookie card collector and this one not only being a rookie card, but an autograph as well, I was pretty stoked to be able to add this to my collection for the cost of nothing.

Let me know your thoughts on this NPN mail day from Upper Deck and what the best one you have ever received from them.