Saturday, April 5, 2014

90's Rip Party: 1995 Skybox Premium Football Box Part 2/3

Recently I busted a box of 1995 Skybox Premium Football 1995. I did this for many reasons. One, I wanted the nostalgia. Two, I wanted to have a fun bust where I wasn't worried about value because that's the 90's way of collecting and I like it! Three, I liked the design of the overall product from base cards to inserts.

Back when I first bought some of the product in 1995 pack prices were about $2.99. I remember going into our local gas station (my second hobby shop option at that time) and picking up a few packs at a time counting down the seconds I got to open the beautiful product in the car. Flash-forward 19 years later,  I got this box for $18 and it came with 36 packs, 10 cards per pack and a whole lot of fun. That moment of running back to my car to bust the packs came back as well, except this time I opened the box that UPS came with and ran to my couch. I savored every minute of opening every pack. The only issue I had with this box was the cards sticking to one another in the packs. I guess it's something you have got to think about when buying older product and not something I even thought about when I bought it. Lesson learned.

As you notice by the title, I am breaking down this 90's Rip Party version of 1995 Skybox Premium into 3 sections. Yesterday I started out with the base cards, rookie cards and two of the subsets that you can find HERE. Today, I am moving onto my favorite subset of all-time called Mirror Image. Thirdly, I will finish off with some sweet looking inserts while giving my thoughts on each section along the way.

Today's part of the break is what I consider to be the best designed subset cards ever. They are very eye appealing and have a great checklist of players involved. But, enough of me rambling. I will let the pictures do the talking!

CAUTION: looking at this gallery below is mind blowing. I expect your brain to be laying on your keyboard or mobile device soon. Check it out:



Obviously, my favorite of the group is this next one. Rodney Hampton was a Giants beast!

Boom! Splat! I warned you. Now please put your brain back into your head and refocus.

Skybox did a top notch job with design here. They took two players, one star with one "mirror image" of that star from the rookie class of 1994, one was on one side, one on the other. In the background behind the player was the opposite players jersey. It was very creative and looks great here but even more outstanding in hand.

Another part that makes these even more fun now is looking at the combinations they gave and seeing how much of an Mirror Image they actually were of that player. For example, John Elway/Heath Shuler. I think we know the answer to that one. Darnay Scott and Jerry Rice..well.... However, looking at all of them now, the closest combo you would have to say is Barry Sanders/Marshall Faulk. Good call by them on that one. Both unstoppable and Hall Of Famers.

Let me know your thoughts on this subset and whether you agree that it's the best designed one ever.

Latest Jammin JDcards Break Results!

Looks like Jammin JDcards kicked off April like they ended March with their breaks, ON FIRE!! Early this morning I received a DM from Jammin JDcards saying that last nights breaks packed a punch with four 1/1's and more. I knew I had to check that out immediately and I think you should do the same:

Kyrie Irving auto!!
Panini Intrigue and Preferred Basketball 2012-2013
Meyers Leonard 82/99
Kim English 244/299
Charles Oakley 06/74
Lavoy Allen 88/99
Bob McAdoo 01/49
Booklet 178/199
Kyrie ROOKIE AUTO!

 Beautiful patches below:


Wow! 1./1 Shield!
2013 National Treasures Football
Antonio Gates 22/99
Darius Johnson 21/99
Wes Welker 07/49
Bob Lilly 43/50
Mike Glennon 23/99
EJ Manuel/Robert Woods 71/99
Matt Elam 02/25
Manti Te'o 14/25
Michael Ford 1 of 1
AJ Green 22/25
Justin Blackmon 1 of 1


Two more 1/1's! Sick!

2013 Museum Collection/2013 Playbook
Robert Woods 03/50
Sidney Rice 19/55
Giovani Bernard 24/25
Marcus Davis 139/299
Darren McFadden 06/20
Manti Te'o 129/199
Earl Thomas 1 of 1
Stepfan Taylor 1 of 1
 
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. 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!

APRIL 5TH 2014

NOTE: DUE TO THE CANCELLATION OF LAST NIGHTS GAME, EVERYONE WHO ENTERED YESTERDAY GAINED 1 POINT  FOR FREE! :D

Welcome! I hope you are ready for the next 20 challenging days! This is as easy as it gets for the next 17 days out of 20. Just pick the winner of the game by the time I post and you are entered. You get the game right, you get 1 point. You get it wrong, 0 points. At the end of the first 17 days you will use the points you accumulate through these daily entries and go into a bidding war for the final three days. Remember that this contest is only OPEN TO U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY and that you cannot be a minute late on the entry or it will NOT count. Good luck and have fun! Points will be updated daily!

Pick the winner of this MLB game:

Arizona at Colorado

ENTRIES ARE DUE BY 8 PM E.T.

That 90's Sport Card Blog Origin

If you hadn't noticed recently, Sport Card Collectors has added to the blogging family with the addition of my brother blog, That 90's Sports Card Blog.

With a few purchases recently, I was starting to realize I was getting very frustrated with my box results. Since I don't technically PC anything and just like to open product (boxes and packs) and collect it, 3 scrub autos from an $80 box and some same ole same ole designed cards just doesn't cut it anymore. I was getting beyond frustrated and even prospected the idea of quitting collecting as the fun aspect of collecting felt like it was drifting away. The thought of value with any purchase that had made (though I do not sell anything, it's nice to know you are getting your money's worth) and not the fun I was supposed to be having began to consume me and my collecting. I had to take a step back. I said to myself, "No! No I won't fall into this trap. This hobby has lost enough collectors and I won't go there or think these things. This hobby is meant to be for fun. Not about money. Not about value. Its about fun you have collecting cards." This has been my collecting motto for the past 21 years. So I began to think of ways to free me from my "funk". That's when I began looking through my collection and started to realize I was having fun instantly again. Then realized what I was looking at, 1990's cards. Where it all began for me.

I always knew that era of collecting was my favorite not only because that's where I started, but that was a high point in the hobby when tons of positive vibes were around and the hobby was at its strongest. Product and variety were abound, card shows and shops were fun hangouts, cards could be purchased everywhere from gas stations to grocery stores and the hobby was fun when set collectors, insert thrill seekers and just plain card enthusiasts were just having fun trading, watching each other bust packs, and just discussing the hobby. Not to mention, it's when hobby creativity and innovation was at an all-time high. It wasn't about the value. It wasn't about big hits. It wasn't about autographs, patch cards, memorabilia cards and more. It was simply about collecting cards and having fun.

So I began to rethink my collecting. How can I balance out my collecting and make it fun again? Then it hit me! I needed to try something. I needed to bust something from the 1990's and see what it would be like. Would that same "fun" aspect be there after all of these years? I wouldn't know until I tried.So I scoured eBay looking for great deals and found one on some pack lots (10 packs in each lot) for Football, Baseball and Basketball. They were supposed to be from the years of 90's-early 2000's. Exactly what I was looking for. The problem I had was deciding which sport. Instead of scratching my head, I tried all three.

The packs arrived about 5 days later and I opened the tightly wrapped USPS box and was blown away. Not only from the variety of packs and years, but from the nostalgia they brought. I knew right then, this is what I wanted and I also knew that to make it even more fun I should add a blogging aspect to it as well to showcase the fun. That's how That 90's Sport Card Blog became a reality.

You may ask where I stand with collecting right now, well, I have decided I know exactly how to balance it out so the fun is there while I can stay up-to-date with modern times as well. I will still break newer products while also breaking older ones or buying singles. I will also be blogging on both blogs and visiting cards from my past and present. This is why I  hope all of you have checked out That 90's Sport Card Blog (trying to add new posts everyday) and will treat it like part of the family. There are not many posts yet, but TONS more to come! You will see fun things like:
  • That 90's Card: Featuring a card of different players, years of the 90's, brands, inserts, base, etc. It will be fun to see cards you may or may not have heard of
  • 90's Rip Party: Breaking different products whether it's packs or boxes from the 90's
  • My 90's Opinion : Breaking down my thoughts on a product or design
  • There may be other topics as well. But these are the base ones
Let me know your thoughts about my new blogging adventure and what you would like to see.

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: There are many things in this hobby that need improving, what do you think is the NUMBER ONE thing that needs to be improved the most?

Let's hear your thoughts!

Friday, April 4, 2014

90's Rip Party: 1995 Skybox Premium Football Box Part 1/3

Recently I busted a box of 1995 Skybox Premium Football 1995. I did this for many reasons. One, I wanted the nostalgia. Two, I wanted to have a fun bust where I wasn't worried about value because that's the 90's way of collecting and I like it! Three, I liked the design of the overall product from base cards to inserts.

Back when I first bought some of the product in 1995 pack prices were about $2.99. I remember going into our local gas station (my second hobby shop option at that time) and picking up a few packs at a time counting down the seconds I got to open the beautiful product in the car. Flash-forward 19 years later,  I got this box for $18 and it came with 36 packs, 10 cards per pack and a whole lot of fun. That moment of running back to my car to bust the packs came back as well, except this time I opened the box that UPS came with and ran to my couch. I savored every minute of opening every pack. The only issue I had with this box was the cards sticking to one another in the packs. I guess it's something you have got to think about when buying older product and something I never thought of when I bought it. Lesson learned. 

As you notice by the title, I am breaking down this 90's Rip Party version of 1995 Skybox Premium into 3 sections. One, is today's, most of the base card set. The second will be the rest of the base card set which is possibly the best done subset cards of all-time. Thirdly, I will finish off with some sweet looking inserts while giving my thoughts on each section along the way.

I think a lot of collectors seem to forget about a lot of the great designed base card products of the 90's as most products now-a-days pushes their base cards aside (most poorly or effortlessly designed) for "big hits" also driving away set collectors. Skybox did a great job building this 200 card set by laying out a nice base and adding in some colorful and fun subsets as you will see below.

There is something to be said about the elegant design of the base cards in this product. First, as a collector, I am immediately drawn in by the focus on the player who is featured on the card. You can feel the action or movement of the player jump right off the cardboard at you. The second thing I then notice is the "stonewall" design off to the left or right (depending on the player) that captures the team name, team color and position of the player. There is just something about it that blends well with the rest of the card.


I then take a glance at the Skybox box and player name. I like the gold being done here and the placement of the player's name.

The rookie cards look great with players either in their NFL uniforms at training camp or still in their NCAA gear with the background faded and the word rookie written in many different angles as wallpaper.  The only issue I ever had with the design was the name placement and color. It seems to get lost with the rookie wallpaper writing. I think they should have done the same kind of name placement as the base cards.


Another thing that happened in 1995 other than this product release, was two new franchises were added to the NFL in the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers. Skybox captured both of these teams in a subset by showing off their Expansion Draft players in a newspaper design setup that I found very well unique.



Style Points was a cool brightly colored subset featuring star players on the front with notes from other star players on the back discussing the player on the front.

Overall, Part 1 of this Skybox Premium break did exactly what I hoped it would. It made me want to open more, brought back many memories and most of all and importantly, was fun. Isn't that why we collect in the first place, for fun?

As always, comments are welcomed. Would enjoy to hear if you were as big of fans of Skybox Premium football 1995 as I was and what your favorite part of today's post was.

APRIL 4TH 2014

Welcome! I hope you are ready for the next 20 challenging days! This is as easy as it gets for the next 17 days out of 20. Just pick the winner of the game by the time I post and you are entered. You get the game right, you get 1 point. You get it wrong, 0 points. At the end of the first 17 days you will use the points you accumulate through these daily entries and go into a bidding war for the final three days. Remember that this contest is only OPEN TO U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY and that you cannot be a minute late on the entry or it will NOT count. Good luck and have fun! Points will be updated daily!

Pick the winner of this MLB game:

Seattle at Oakland

ENTRIES ARE DUE BY 10 PM E.T.

Collecting Basics 3: Reading Your Packaging

Now that you have chosen your sport, made your pack and/or box purchases, and are sitting down at your table ready to open, you all of a sudden notice all of this mumbo jumbo on the outside of the box. Not something you really looked at when you made your purchase. What's this "Gold Parallel 1:4" even mean? Well, that is where Part 3 of Collecting Basics comes to help.

First off, here is a blaster box of Topps Baseball 2014. All boxes and packs will have that mumbo jumbo. Some on the back of the box, back of packs, side of box. Either way they all have it.

The front of this box tells you what the product is, how many packs/cards are within, what special cards are included and what ones you might find. However, on the side of the box is this:
And you may be like whaaaaatttt? Well, the bottom part is easy. It just gives you the checklist of players you can find of the manufactured patch cards included not all of the boxes have it but this one does.

 However, the top part you may question more. I know I did when first collecting. The top part, usually has things like refractor 1:7, Top Of The Day insert 1:12, autographed cards 1:111. You may think these are math equations but they are odds. 1:7 means, 1 in every 7 packs of these cards in this box this insert should fall. So if you have a box of 10 packs, this type card should be in there once. That may not always be the case however as the card odds are spread out over the entire production and not just one box. So you may score 2 or none.

The middle writing on the box tells you about the No Purchase Necessary. This is how you COULD acquire these cards for FREE at the same odds you would by buying the box by following instructions below and mailing your info in.

I hope this helps you understand the writing on the packaging. If you need any other help reading it, just ask below.

As always, HAPPY COLLECTING!

Retail Break Em: Fairfield Company Football Box

I have seen many people breaking these all across the internet. Blogs, sites, Twitter, etc. I have seen the good and the bad that can come from these. But, I look at something that offers me 20 packs, 1 guaranteed hit for $20 and I can't turn away from that. Who Can? So I broke one of the football ones and one of the baseball ones so tame my curiosity.

This specific post is about the football box. How did it go, well, you will have to see for yourself as you check out the gallery!


These were the packs within:


This was the guaranteed "hit" of the box:

And these were the best cards I got from the packs:




 Really like the photography Topps Prime. Probably their best done base set.


First one of these I have ever pulled:
Overall, despite not getting anything too big and having the packs not be that much of a variety, I feel I did well with the overall break. A big part of that is thanks to a ton of rookie cards. If it wasn't for those however, I wouldn't have felt good about this buy. The hit wasn't anything to get excited about either. I would assume though some boxes may have better hits than others.

The baseball box, was a much better buy with more opportunities in my opinion. If I was to buy one again, that is the one I would buy.

Let me know your thoughts and if you have ever given one a try.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

That 90's Card: 1992 Upper Deck Sammy Sosa


Winner Of The Two Autographed Card From The Pack Gambler

First off, I would like to say thanks again to The Pack Gambler for sponsoring this contest with these two awesome autographed cards:

 

With their help, I am able to open the contest to U.S. and Canadian residents. So please say thanks to them as well.

In the debut of this now monthly contest, I know monthly! Exciting right?! We chose an interesting game for you guys to pick. Many of you chose the Rays (Blue Jays won). Nobody had the total score (3) right as all of you went over. So it came down to who picked the Blue Jays and how close were you on the strikeouts. But who ever expected Mark Buehrle to have 11 of them. There were four of you that were close and tied at 6. So then it came down to randoming. After three randoms a BIG CONGRATS must go out to.......@badbrad1987!! @badbrad1987, please contact me at sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com so I can pass or address on or you can contact The Pack Gambler directly on Twitter with your address info.

Thanks again to everyone who participated. Remember these are monthly contests now. You will find them after our other monthly contests end. So for the next few months it is non-stop contests right here on Sport Card Collectors. Once again, please say thank you to The Pack Gambler (click onto their name to visit their site) for sponsoring this contest and another congrats goes out to  @badbrad1987 on the win!

APRIL 3RD 2014

Welcome! I hope you are ready for the next 20 challenging days! This is as easy as it gets for the next 17 days out of 20. Just pick the winner of the game by the time I post and you are entered. You get the game right, you get 1 point. You get it wrong, 0 points. At the end of the first 17 days you will use the points you accumulate through these daily entries and go into a bidding war for the final three days. Remember that this contest is only OPEN TO U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY and that you cannot be a minute late on the entry or it will NOT count. Good luck and have fun! Points will be updated daily!

Pick the winner of this MLB game:

Seattle at Oakland

ENTRIES ARE DUE BY 10 PM E.T.

Upper Deck Card Of The Week:1993 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes of Baseball Babe Ruth/Mickey Mantle

Brand: Upper Deck All-Time Heroes of Baseball
Card Number:134
Card Type:Base Card

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April 2ND 2014

Welcome! I hope you are ready for the next 20 challenging days! This is as easy as it gets for the next 17 days out of 20. Just pick the winner of the game by the time I post and you are entered. You get the game right, you get 1 point. You get it wrong, 0 points. At the end of the first 17 days you will use the points you accumulate through these daily entries and go into a bidding war for the final three days. Remember that this contest is only OPEN TO U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY and that you cannot be a minute late on the entry or it will NOT count. Good luck and have fun! Points will be updated daily!

Pick the winner of this MLB game:

Seattle at LA Angels

ENTRIES ARE DUE BY 10 PM E.T.

Panini Card Of The Week: 2012 Player Of The Day Robert Griffin III

Brand: Player Of The Day
Card Number:7
Card Type: Base Card

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 1st 2014

Welcome! I hope you are ready for the next 20 challenging days! This is as easy as it gets for the next 17 days out of 20. Just pick the winner of the game by the time I post and you are entered. You get the game right, you get 1 point. You get it wrong, 0 points. At the end of the first 17 days you will use the points you accumulate through these daily entries and go into a bidding war for the final three days. Remember that this contest is only OPEN TO U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY and that you cannot be a minute late on the entry or it will NOT count. Good luck and have fun! Points will be updated daily!

Pick the winner of this MLB game:

Seattle at LA Angels

ENTRIES ARE DUE BY 10 PM E.T.

That 90's Card: 1995 Skybox Premium Boomer Esiason


Topps Card Of The Week: 2011 Topps Rising Rookies Peyton Manning

Brand: Rising Rookies
Card Number:20
Card Type: Base Card

Monday, March 31, 2014

Latest Jammin JDcards break results!

Have you been Jammin in Jammin JDcard breaks?  Here are the two scenarios to that question. You have? Great! I guess you have been enjoying some incredible hits such as the ones below or WHAT?!!! ARE YOU CRAZY? WHY NOT? DID YOU LOOK BELOW EVERYONE OF THESE POSTS AT THE HITS?! HOPEFULLY YOU JOIN IN NEXT WEEK! No matter which scenario you fall under, one thing stands true, Jammin has been pulling some great hits from the beginning and hopefully you have not missed out!

This past weeks breaks were full of color. Whether it was the shine from the cards or the incredible multi-color patches, just check them out for yourselves below!

Finest 2013
Justin Hunter 91/99
Gavin Escobar 65/75
Joseph Randle 13/50
Johnathan Franklin 36/75

 
Momentum 2013
Tavon Austin 149/299
Marquise Goodwin 168/299
Joe Flacco / Torrey Smith / Ray Rice 94/99
Conner Vernon 115/299
Alex Okafor 038/299
Tyler Bray121/599
Dion Sims 02/49
Terrance Williams 143/199
Matt Barkley 02/25
Dion Jordan 082/399
 
 
Timeless Treasures basketball
Tornike Shengelia 441/499
Meyers Leonard 374/499
LeBron James 09/25



Spectra 2014
Markus Wheaton 89/99
Marquise Goodwin 31/99
Quinton Patton 17/49
Ryan Tannehill 37/99
Kyle Rudolph 17/25
Tyler Wilson 4/5
 
Autos
Jamie Collins 028/299
Latavius Murray 272/299
Chris Harper 290/299
Sam Montgomery 248/299
Joseph Fauria 20/25
Stedman Bailey 19/25
 
Jersey Cards
Sam Bradford 021/299
Eric Decker 173/199
Markus Wheaton 89/99
Geno Smith 37/99
Peyton Manning / Wes Welker 26/49
Montee Ball 11/99
 
  

2013 Crown Royale 
David Amerson 060/199
Kenbrell Thompkins 45/99
Lamar Miller 09/99
Kam Chancellor 297/299
Tavon Austin 108/299
Jon Bostic 78/99
Keenan Allen 247/299
 
2013 Panini Black
Darly Washington 25/25
Adrian Peterson 06/10
LeSean McCoy 288/299
Dwayne Bowe 73/99
Robert Housler 22/99
Johnathan Banks 091/199
Christine Michael 14/99
 

 2013-2014 Court Kings
 Ben Gordon 015/149
Lamarcus Aldridge 17/75
Shawn Marion 15/25
Chris Paul 119/299
Gerald Wallace 139/325
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 118/325
Andre Drummond 16/25


Monthly FREE Break‏
 Justin Hunter 183/199
Jamar Taylor 180/299
Jamaal Charles 38/49
Ryan Nassib 02/25
 
 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. 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!