Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sport Card Collectors Blog Semi-Retiring?

Recently it has popped into my mind of maybe semi-retiring Sport Card Collectors blog. Why you may ask? Well there are many reasons.
  1. Sport Card Collectors used to strive upon doing reviews and retail/hobby box breaks (stuff I buy) to show you the results. But lack of me buying anything and lack of reviews from Panini and two other companies turning SCC down for reviews means that part of the blog is failing to exist at the moment. It is one of the blog's most popular parts. Reviews and those kinda breaks also give us stuff to giveaway. If it wasn't for Jammin JDcards, BCW Supplies and The Pack Gambler right now, no giveaways would be happening.
  2. Some of the changes such as cards of the week and opinion stories like the Collecting Basics series lack in both views and comments which is extremely disappointing. Knowing that these are 3/4 of what the blog is now its hard to keep those going.
  3. I would like to spend some more time building up That 90's Sport Card Blog and would like to see you guys there!
  4. The lack of reaction yesterday when announcing the possibility of semi-retiring this blog as only 2 (over 2500 Twitter followers and 150+ Facebook likes) asked any questions or inquired about it. That alone is not a good sign.
  5. Gotta say I love to give stuff away. I have probably given over 500 plus cards out over two years here. However, when seeing polls go up from Upper Deck and other tweeters asking you guys who gives a lot away and who deserves some recognition for doing so and not one of you mentioning this blog was saddening. Don't get me wrong on this part, I do not need the recognition at all because I like to give stuff away and will continue to no matter what, it would have been nice to at least see someone show that they enjoy what I do here.
  6. And I just haven't been feeling it or been into this blog lately as my mind has been drifting to other places. Sort of a lull feeling where I am running out of things to blog on here though I have tons more stuff to say :D
So what does this semi-retirement mean if implemented:
  1.  It means opinion stories, reviews, hobby/retail breaks, Panini, Topps, Upper Deck Cards Of The Week, and NPN of the week will cease to exist for awhile.
  2. There will only be a couple of posts a week such as contests (to continue on the monthly ones til October) and the Pack Gambler ones, Hobby Topic, Caption This, and Jammin JDcards break results.
  3. A lot more new posts on That 90's Sport Card blog
  4. A lot of days off without posts
What may help avoid a semi-retirement:
  1. Implementing new changes including the weekly lineup, blog layout and design, possibly even the name of the blog
  2. Finding a way to do some reviews
  3. Finding a way to balance both blogs.
This possibility of a semi-retirement isn't down in stone. It may or may not happen. However, there is a good possibility this is where things are heading.

I would like to hear your thoughts and feedback on all of this.

APRIL 19TH 2014

THE FINAL THREE DAYS!! THE BIDDING WAR BEGINS!

First off, check the standings located HERE to see if you are eliminated or not. You are only eliminated if you have 0 points or didn't enter one of the final three days (read below for more on this)

In order to enter today's, you must give us the total number of points you are willing to risk picking the right or wrong answer.

For example, if you have 12 points and the game is NY Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays. In your entry you will put the winner of the game, then the number of points out of 12. You cannot bid more than what you have however you can bid 0. Your entry should look like this:

NY Yankees
3 points

If you get the game right, you win 3 points. If you get it wrong, you lose 3. Remember to use your points wisely as you have 3 days of bidding. Once you are at 0 points, you are eliminated. In this part of the game, I have seen some with 1 point win before. Some have comeback from 10 points down to win. You are never out of the game til you have 0. So use your points wisely.

YOU MUST ALSO ENTER THE LAST THREE DAYS OF THIS CONTEST TO EARN PRIZES. If you started this contest lets say at the beginning of the month and haven't entered since and don't enter these three days, your points will not count at the end if you are the highest score. YOU MUST ENTER ALL THREE DAYS FINAL DAYS OR YOU ARE OUT.

Make sure to read what I am asking you to do as well. It may not always be a pick a winner. The final two days for sure will not be that.

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 LA Dodgers
ENTRIES ARE DUE BY 8:00 PM E.T.

NOTE ALL ENTRIES WILL BE HIDDEN UNDER MODERATION FOR FUN OF THE CONTEST

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: Would the hobby survive if we didn't do memorabilia or autographed cards anymore?

What happens if all we pulled from packs were inserts and base cards? Would it help you lean towards not having autographs and memorabilia cards anymore if companies improved upon designs for the base and insert cards and brought back innovations? Would you not want to collect anymore if companies got rid of them?

This question is a toughie and I can't wait to see what you guys respond with!

Let's hear your thoughts!

Friday, April 18, 2014

APRIL 18TH 2014

THE FINAL THREE DAYS!! THE BIDDING WAR BEGINS!

First off, check the standings located HERE to see if you are eliminated or not. You are only eliminated if you have 0 points or didn't enter one of the final three days (read below for more on this)

In order to enter today's, you must give us the total number of points you are willing to risk picking the right or wrong answer.

For example, if you have 12 points and the game is NY Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays. In your entry you will put the winner of the game, then the number of points out of 12. You cannot bid more than what you have however you can bid 0. Your entry should look like this:

NY Yankees
3 points

If you get the game right, you win 3 points. If you get it wrong, you lose 3. Remember to use your points wisely as you have 3 days of bidding. Once you are at 0 points, you are eliminated. In this part of the game, I have seen some with 1 point win before. Some have comeback from 10 points down to win. You are never out of the game til you have 0. So use your points wisely.

YOU MUST ALSO ENTER THE LAST THREE DAYS OF THIS CONTEST TO EARN PRIZES. If you started this contest lets say at the beginning of the month and haven't entered since and don't enter these three days, your points will not count at the end if you are the highest score. YOU MUST ENTER ALL THREE DAYS FINAL DAYS OR YOU ARE OUT.

Make sure to read what I am asking you to do as well. It may not always be a pick a winner. The final two days for sure will not be that.

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:

Chicago White Sox at Texas

ENTRIES ARE DUE BY 8:00 PM E.T.

Collecting Basics 5: Parallel Cards

Now that you have chosen your sport, picked up a couple of packs or boxes of cards, now comes the best part. Opening them. However, if you are new to collecting, you may not know what you are looking for or what to find. That's where I hope to come in to help. For the next few posts of Collecting Basics, I hope to break down what you can find in a pack of cards. From base cards to insert cards to parallel cards to memorabilia cards to autographs.

Today's topic will be covering PARALLEL CARDS. Parallel cards are as stated in the name. Parallel.  In this case they are just like the base card, but slightly different. This may mean a different border color, a shine or rainbow effect, a little stamp in the corner to having the persons name being gold or blue instead of silver. Here are a few examples below.

As you can tell with the 2014 Topps Jurickson Profar below. The only difference in this parallel compared to its base card on the front is a gold border . This particular parallel is also numbered. Not all parallels are numbered but some are.


The Profar can also be found in this blue parallel version as well among others that Topps baseball 2014 has to offer.

It's not just 2014 and just baseball either. You can find parallels in many sports and many years. Check out some more examples below!

Here is a regular Topps Chrome card of Victor Cruz and underneath is just SOME of the parallels for this edition of Topps Chrome:

Overall, parallels should be pretty easy to spot once you know what you are looking for. There is always something a little different compared to its base card counterpart. Some may be more obvious than others.

I hope my tips will help you be able to spot them in packs. If you have anymore questions about parallels, feel free to ask!

Next up on our journey of sports cards is inserts and what they are and what some may look like.

As always, HAPPY COLLECTING!

90's Rip Party: Spx Football 1997 Hobby Box Part 1: Base Cards

In the 90's there was no greater technology to me than holograms. Upper Deck was the main company at using them and in 1996 created an die-cut Spx Football product based on the technology. I almost missed out on that product as I had never heard of it til I went to a local card show where it was the talk of the show. I went over to the one dealer who was selling it and was able to pick up a couple of packs (which also has another story attached to it for another time) and fell for it's beauty right away.

So when in 1997, I heard that Upper Deck returned with the newest edition of Spx, that combined the hologram technology with die-cuts, silver foil-board, and color that made what was an eye spectacle of a football base card, I knew I had to have some and didn't want to almost miss out this time. However with the pack prices running between $6.99-$7.99 a pack for one card I couldn't afford too much. I think I bought maybe 10 packs and even though that was more than I got of the '96 version, I knew I wanted more at some point in my life. As there is no greater card design than these.

Recently I was able to acquire a box from eBay at a great deal. Don't worry I didn't pay the prices on the box, but it's amazing what this product went for at one point. Now-a-days we would complain about this kind of product on the market with that top sticker price and no hits. I don't know if I would however.

There are 36 packs per box with 1 card per pack. So 36 cards total. There are gold parallels that fall 1:9 packs. Rarer inserts such as HoloFame Collection 1:75 packs, PROmotion 1:433 packs and even rarer PROmotion Autographs with only 600 total cards of those made.

So now that I possess this box in hand, I hold the power. I hold it tight and called it my precious. This was something I could only dream about in 1997 and now 17 years later I made it a reality. So how would I celebrate such an event? Well, I wanted to show off the cards of course! What's more fun?! I also wanted  you guys can see why I have so much love for this product.


Below is the gallery of all of the base cards I pulled from the box. Try not to let your eyes go cross from looking at their beauty:






























I set the inserts I pulled from this break aside for now. I wanted to show them separately as I did manage to get a couple of  nice pulls and will show those off tomorrow.

For today however, I was very happy with my base card pulls. Plenty of star power within and of course THE DESIGN!

I encourage comments on this product and let me know what you think of it.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

APRIL 17TH 2014-FINAL DAY NEWBIES!!

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:

Kansas City at Houston
ENTRIES ARE DUE BY 8:00 PM E.T.

NOTE :THIS IS THE FINAL DAY FOR NEWBIES TO ENTER. YOU MUST HAVE POINTS TO ENTER THE FINAL THREE DAYS OF THIS CONTEST. IF YOU HAVE NO POINTS, YOU CAN ENTER MAY'S CONTEST COMING UP ON MAY 1ST.

Upper Deck Card Of The Week: 2012 Sp Golf David Robinson "Parade Of Stars"

Brand: Sp
Card Number: 52
Card Type:Base

That 90's Card: 1995 Proline Classic Pro Bowl Ticket John Elway


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

APRIL 16TH 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:

Kansas City at Houston
ENTRIES ARE DUE BY 8:00 PM E.T.

Panini Card Of The Week: 2013 Panini Absolute Memorabilia Knile Davis Rookie Premier Materials

Brand: Absolute Memorabilia
Card Number:219
Card Type: Memorabilia Card

That 90's Card: 1998 Upper Deck Black Diamond Jake Plummer


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

APRIL 15TH 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:

Kansas City at Houston
ENTRIES ARE DUE BY 8:00 PM E.T.

Results From Latest Jammin JDcards Break!

Another round of Jammin JDcards breaks down. Another week of some great hits. This week Hall Of Fame autographs, sweet patch autographs and even some gold were found hiding in the breaks. Congrats to those of you who jumped in on these breaks to land the sweetness. The rest of you I expect not to miss out another week!

Enough of me rambling now, let's show those hits!

Kick it off with some gooooooooolllldd!

2013-2014 Gold Standard Basketball


2013 Momentum Football


 2013 Topps Triple Threads

2013 Bowman Sterling

2013 National Treasures
Brice Butler 03/99
Desmond Trufant 44/49
Robert Mathis 13/99
Allen & Te'o 13/25
Johnathan Franklin 16/99
C.J. Spiller 02/25
Zach Ertz 81/99
Irvin /50
 
2013 Playbook Football


2013 Topps Museum Collection


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!