Saturday, July 5, 2014

Retail Break 'Em: 2014 Score Football Blaster Break

In this edition of Retail Break 'Em, I went Score football again. I know, I know, I haven't had much luck with the product in my two previous breaks, but with the hype surrounding the blaster boxes I had to give them a try.

Now onto the results. Score football blasters have 12 packs per blaster and 132 cards per box. Each pack has 3 rookie cards and seem to one insert per. Each blaster also guarantees one game used veteran card or one rookie relic for $20. Seems like a deal to me especially after opening the 24 pk box.

Best rookies in my I stated in an article Manziels...

Really cool! Didn't know about these inclusions:

Once again, love this design:

Nice pull right here /99

And my first HIT from Score football and not a bad one as I am a Manuel fan:
Overall, much more impressive. I pulled a numbered card and a relic. There are also shots at autographs in these as well. The pulls from this blaster are something I didn't even hit out of 33 packs previous packs from a 24 pk box and 9 bonus from another 24 pk box. It seems the configuration for Score is a little backwards this year as I would definitely stick to blaster boxes which you actually get something in.

Upper Deck Card Of The Week: 2013-2014 Upper Deck UD Game Jersey Bryan Trottier

Friday, July 4, 2014

Mission Impossible: Johnny Manziel

"Good afternoon, my mission is to find a Johnny Manziel rookie card  in a pack of cards that I open. This is my mission and I choose to accept it. If I don't pull one soon, my wallet may self-destruct in 5....4.....3....2....."

Johnny Manziel, the controversial Cleveland Browns rookie QB, seems to be disappearing from packs. At least ones I have been opening. In 2014 so far, I have opened up 45 packs of 2014 Score football, no Manziels. No base rookies. No inserts. I have also opened up 3 rack packs and 1 blaster box of Upper Manziels. What's up with this?!  With the number of packs above I have opened finding no Manziel has been a bit frustrating (especially knowing that every Score pack has three rookies per pack and every Upper Deck one is loaded with all rookies) but I must also admit it has been a little fun waiting for that moment when I actually do find him. However, sometimes I think this may even be a mission that not even the great Tom Cruise could complete. I do think this would make a great movie sequel for him, I can see it now, Mission Impossible 6: Manziel.

If you are wondering why I am on a rampage looking for him, first, I will say I am not at all a fan of the guy. I think he is really overrated and feel he will not make it too far in the NFL especially acting the way he already has and honestly, playing for the Browns. But, in the hobby, he is the hottest thing out there and I would like to have at least a base rookie card of him. That's all I ask for!! I definitely wouldn't invest in him (hopefully my gut feeling is right), but being a rookie card collector, I like to at least have one card of each player. That's why I am on this torrid search and mission. Yes, I know I could just go on eBay and spend $5 on one, but where's the fun in that? Not to mention, that would be cheating my mission.

So to sum this all up, my search for a pack-pulled Manziel rookie card will continue on. I will keep updating you on this mission. I am also though curious if I am on this mission alone or if there are others with me. Or is it literally my mission? One I must complete by myself. One I hope to complete soon because I would really hate to see my wallet self destruct.


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: American Themed Cards

With today being the 4th of July, I was curious what is your favorite American themed insert cards or base cards?

Let's hear your thoughts!

That 90's Card: 1999 Upper Deck Encore Constant Threat Peyton Manning

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Review: 2014 Score Football 24 pk Box

Score football kicks off the 2014 NFL football card season with rookies with their team names and some players in their new team uni's. However, this years product is not at all like last years. Check out my review:

  • 24 Packs Per Box, 12 Cards Per Pack 
  • Autographs and Jersey cards despite what's stated on most sites fall 1:36 packs so don't be fooled!
PRICE: You can find most boxes around $40

BASE CARDS: After seeing the amazing photography on last years Score football, I was really looking forward to this years. I must say, it's a bit disappointing. There are a few action shots, but nothing like last years. There is also more of a border on the card taking away from photo as well. On a positive note, I do like how they did the rookies this year choosing head shots (they can't show college team logos due to Upper Deck's exclusive with NCAA) and putting the NFL team logo below (so much better than when companies put players in team jerseys with 00 jersey numbers) and making them the same design as rest of the base. It fits together nicely.

This years is a big set with 440 cards including 110 rookies and 100 Top 100 along with the base cards.

Each pack of Score comes with 2-3 rookies, 1-2 inserts and the rest base. You get quite a few cards in a box but probably not enough for a set. It may take a few boxes.

INSERTS: In every box of score you will find six Hot Rookies, four Scorecard parallels, four Numbers Game inserts and 12 additional inserts.All inserts have a basic design but fall in landscape of what Score usually offers for these. I like the themes that this years Score used such as Brothers In Arms showcasing teammates, Numbers Game with two great players from different teams with the same jersey number, and Field Commanders with top QB's in the game.  All of the inserts also appear to have colored parallels as you can see above with a couple of examples I pulled of The Brothers In Arms and Behind The Numbers gold parallels of each. It's not something I noticed til after I started to sort them then I noticed they didn't match up. I checked out the wrapper and found  out that there were parallels for the inserts. Gold isn't the only color for the inserts, there are other colored parallels as well such as red, green, etc. Some are rarer than others.

My favorite designed insert is the Hot Rookie one.I like the layout and bold color on the card. This is a set I am thinking about chasing cause it will be HOT looking in my collection!

Also in this years Score for inserts are parallels to the base cards. Above you see the SCORECARD parallel (Vernon Davis) that's not numbered but does have a rainbow foil on the players name and the word writing across the top. Other parallels not shown in my box break include Showcase (#’d to 99), Gold Zone (#’d to 50), Artist’s Proof (#’d to 35), Red Zone (#’d to 20), End Zone (#’d to six), Gem Masters (#’d to only one).



OVERALL THOUGHTS: Why did Panini have to change something that was so good in 2013? Last years Score football was amazing! I know they were celebrating it's anniversary but boxes were loaded with fun and had great configuration. They did jumbo packs and every pack had a ton of inserts (a lot of them had color and were numbered including low numbered ones as I pulled two /5), great action-shot packed base cards and every pack was like digging for buried treasure! It also had 3 hits per box and prices of a box were decent and stayed under $80. Flash forward to this years, no hits guaranteed, no numbered parallels per box guaranteed, less action photography and a break that doesn't seem that exciting. I didn't even hit key rookies in this box like Bridgewater and Manziel. This by far was a HUGE letdown from last years product. I really hope that 2015 goes back to what last years brought or at least with one guaranteed hit.

Don't take my review the wrong way however, as I am not at all turning you away from Score completely. It is still the first NFL release of the year and still has a lot to offer just at a tougher rate. I would however recommend not buying the 24 pk boxes like I did. Go buy a blaster box. That has a guaranteed hit per box and seems to have much more to offer than these boxes. (I will show you what I mean now that I have bought one)

What's In The Mail Box?

Yesterday I went to pick up the mail expecting a few packages to come in, only one arrived but it was a pretty cool one and not something you come across everyday, a signed card by the photographer! I recently saw a tweet by Mel V, @NFLCardChick, on Twitter who is a photographer and her pictures are featured in many places including on cards for Upper Deck and Press Pass. She tweeted that she had 10 copies of one of her photo-shot cards and would sign them for the first 10 that wanted them. I thought this would make a great PC piece as it's not everyday you find a photographer of card and especially one willing to sign them. So I contacted her and was lucky enough to land this cool piece:

A big thanks goes out to Mel for allowing me to add this cool piece to my collection. If you haven't followed her yet, please do. 

As always, thoughts on my mail days are welcomed.

Is Upper Deck's Series 1 And 2 Hockey The Ideal Product?

Is Upper Deck Series 1 and Series 2 hockey the ideal product? The simple answer is yes. The next question you may ask is why do I think this? Well, that's what this post is all about as I am going to break it all down for you.

First, look at the base cards. Great action shots and there are 400 base cards (without the sp's) in a base set between Series 1 and 2 which is ideal for both set collectors and for team collectors.

Secondly, the rookie cards fall 1:6 packs and there is 100 of them between both series making the overall base set at 500 whopping cards. There are not many sets this big on the market anymore for set collectors.

I think it also really helps having the rookies fall at a tough pull. I think that it helps do one of two things, one, it makes trying to put a set together challenging and noteworthy when you do, two, it makes the rookie cards valuable which isn't the case for any other product out there that doesn't have their rookies either numbered, with a jersey swatch or an autograph. This is just a basic rookie card that can be more valuable than the ones with all of the pizzazz.

Another thing I like about this product, are the inserts. They are very creative, look nice and don't fall one-in-every pack. When you pull one, like this one below that fell at !:300+ odds, you feel like a champion! They also have rare base card parallels too that aren't corny like "guys head turned left" or "small glisten on his necklace". These are obvious low numbered parallels that have high values.

One more key with this product is it's memorabilia and autographed cards. None of this four or five hits per box, you literally get one Game Jersey per box which finally cuts down on the overproduction of them. As for the autographs, they are rarer than rare as most are 1: in the 1,000's to pull. Both of these keys help drive values up for both the game jersey cards and the autographs so when you pull one your more than likely to get something more than a $5 card.

Finally, the cost is great. $2.99-$3.50 per pack retail and hobby which is very reasonable for kids and adults alike especially with a chance at the value the product provides. Hobby boxes also run under $70 and in most boxes you get good value and feel like you had gotten your moneys worth.
Taking all of these things into consideration, I think you have a winner of a product. I would like to see Upper Deck expand upon this in the future (especially if they get other pro licenses back) and for other companies to take note for all of their products. Sometimes something as simple as this is the better option over all of the flashiness out on the market that provides a lot less.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Hobby Break 'Em: 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions

Sometimes you come across a great person in the hobby you just have to give a shout out to and this one goes out to UDNation (a Twitter page dedicated to showing that Upper Deck is the GOAT of the hobby)on Twitter. Not just because of this contest win, but because of his overall hobby niceness praising others for their Upper Deck pulls, card showoffs, and RTing (retweeting) most posts anything Upper Deck. Not to mention being one of the friendliest, politest people I have ever met.

So yes, today's Hobby Break Em is brought to you by UDNation from a contest I won a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday, I showed off my cards I got from the first part of my prize which was a 2011-2012 Upper Deck Hockey Series 2 blaster box. Today's prize was the biggie, a 2012 Goodwin Champions hobby box.

Let's get this break started!

Box Topper. What an amazing photo!

Base cards. I am a huge fan of the variety of pop figures, sports, innovators and more:


Green ones are Lady Luck mini parallels and for the first time I actually pulled a foil parallel:
Very cool tribute:

Hit #1

Hit #2

Hit #3 was my favorite of the box. I really like these Animal Kingdom pulls. Very cool. This isn't one of the rarer ones but it's still a keeper for the PC.

Overall, a fun break. I have always been a fan of this product and the many things that it offers Whether its on-card autos, pieces of meteorites or bugs, or rare memorabilia pieces. This product is a whole lotta fun wrapped up in one box.

Once again, a big thanks goes out to UDNation on these boxes. If you haven't yet, go find them on twitter and give them a follow!

That 90's Sport Card Blog Post Of The Day

I hit this card recently in a 1994 Score pack. Pretty cool and had a decent value for a 90's insert. Only one way to check it out. FOLLOW THIS LINK!

That 90's Card: 1994 Score Gold Stars Cal Ripken Jr.

Topps Card Of The Week: 2013 Topps Chrome Camo Refractor David Wilson

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July's Contest

WELCOME! I wanted to shake things up a bit, instead of doing weekly winners, let's just do the three winners for the month all at once. How is this going to work, well, instead of doing on entry a week of picking a game, score and pitching total, than having one winner per week for three weeks, I am going to give you almost three weeks to get one entry in. In this entry, you will need to pick the winner of 5-6 MLB game, total runs between all of the games (tiebreaker) and than if there is still a tie let the random have at it. The top 3 with the most games picked right and any tiebreakers win for the month. The person at the top of the winning list picks the prize first, followed by the second, and than the third gets what's left. I have simplified this for everyone!

Also, once you have won for the month, you will go into the WINNERS CIRCLE where you get a guaranteed spot in October's Monthly Contest. That is the ONLY way to be able to enter October's Contest which has three prizes including a GRAND PRIZE from BCW Supplies.

Now onto this months prizes that are:

And this from BCW Supplies: Variety of toploaders

Great prizes to be had!

Now onto how to be entered this month to be in the WINNERS CIRCLE for July and win a prize and be able to participate in October's Monthly Contest.

Pick the winners of ALL of these games:
Cincinnati at NY Yankees
Philadelphia at Atlanta
Colorado at Pittsburgh
Baltimore at Oakland
Chicago Cubs at Arizona
LA Dodgers at St. Louis

  1. As a tiebreaker, GIVE ME the TOTAL SCORE of all games played
  2. Any other tiebreaker will be broken up by a random
  3. Entries are due by Sunday July 20th by 12:00 PM
Your entries should look like this
  2.  55
Top three with most games right and any tiebreakers win for the month. 

Good luck to everyone who enters. There are only two rules, one you must be a U.S. Resident to enter and you must have good clean fun.

PLEASE remember to not only follow BCW Supplies and Jammin JDcards on Facebook and Twitter, please tell them thank you for their generosity and check out their websites for tons of great stuff!

Winner Of June's Pack Gamber Contest

Another month over and another contest with The Pack Gambler done. This months contest was pretty basic and fun just answering a trivia question. There were 30 entries with 29 of you getting the correct answer of Brandon Saad Chicago Blackhawks +10. I asked Pack Gambler how many times they would like me to random off this contest as I thought it would be more interesting that way. I would have chosen 29 since 29 of you had the right answer but that would have been long and drawn out so luckily for me they chose 6 which is a pretty round number when it comes to randoms like this. Enough of me rambling on, let's get ourselves a winner.

There were 29 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

    AJ Zapanta
    Joe Behlmann
    Jamie B.
    Justin C.
    Thomas Young
    Brad Jorgensen
    Miami Vice
    Andrew McKay
    chris Allen
    Jamie Northrup
    Al Kawamoto
    Scott N.
    Rob Robinson
    Nate B
    tony Ragsdale
    Scott M.

Timestamp: 2014-07-01 10:44:07 UTC

You have randomized this list 6 times.

Congrats to @TomPoray on winning the contest! Tom, please contact me or The Pack Gambler on Twitter or contact me at with your address. Congrats again on the win and thanks to everyone who participated. More contests coming up including the July Monthly one that starts later today and more coming up from the Pack Gambler as well!

Make sure to FOLLOW Pack Gambler on Twitter or LIKE them on Facebook and tell them thanks for another great contest!

Retail Break Em: 2011-2012 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey

Sometimes you come across a great person in the hobby you just have to give a shout out to and this one goes out to UDNation (a Twitter page dedicated to showing that Upper Deck is the GOAT of the hobby)on Twitter. Not just because of this contest win, but because of his overall hobby niceness praising others for their Upper Deck pulls, card showoffs, and RTing (retweeting) all tweets that relate to Upper Deck. Not to mention being one of the friendliest, politest people I have ever met.

So yes, today's Retail Break Em is brought to you by UDNation from a contest I won a couple of weeks ago. The prize was a $50 gift of anything Upper Deck from SCC Trading cards. I chose today's break item and a 2012 Goodwin Champions hobby box being posted tomorrow.

First onto this break! My main want from this blaster was of course Young Guns for my rookie PC as the rest of the cards would just be a bonus! Here we go!

Each blaster comes with 12 packs:

Upper Deck rocking the photography again:

My two Young Guns that fall 1:6 packs or two-per-blaster:

Victory update rookies falling 1:9 packs, Hockey Heroes 1:24 packs, MVP updates 1:16 packs:

O-Pee-Chee update rookie 1:27

And finally one of my favorite cards from the box was a UD Canvas that falls 1:12 or one per blaster
Overall, a pretty good break for the price of the blaster. I had a lot of fun busting it and owe a huge thanks to UDNation for this break. Tomorrow will be the second half of my prize from them so stay tuned for that break!

That 90's Mail Day: Kevin Garnett 10 Card Lot

I have found a new love of searching for card lots on eBay especially when you can get one for a steal and that's what I did right here. This 10 card lot of Kevin Garnett came with an insert, 4 rookie cards and a bunch of memories all for $2.99. Now that's a steal.

Here are the 10 cards I got in the lot:

Pretty cool huh? I think so. I had traded away my Garnett rookie a few years ago and have been needing one since, now I have four.

Let me know your thoughts on this mail day!

Monday, June 30, 2014

A-MIZE-ingly Nice Yard Sale Pickup

My mother-in-law is one of a kind! Who else goes to yard sales to not only look for things for themselves, but to look for any sports stuff for their son-in-law as well. Most of the time she goes for cards, this time something else caught her attention.

Yesterday, she brought this signed pic of HOFer Johnny Mize to me knowing I am a Yankees fan and I collect signed items and said she picked it up for $10. I thought that was a great deal for such a nice pic, signature and the fact he is a HOFer.

Another thing I like about this item is the inscription. I don't on any pieces of memorabilia with one on it. So it sort of adds another personal touch  and extra signature to the photo. I just wished my name was Ron lol. Either way it will look good in the man cave.

Let me know your thoughts on this piece and what pieces you have found at yard sales.

That 90's Sport Card Blog Post Of The Day

Another That 90's Card topic has been posted. What's the topic today..only one way to find out..follow this link:

You Might Be A Card Collector If.......

You Might Be A Card Collector hear, "this is possibly the greatest INNOVATION of all-time!" Then go to check it out only to be disappointed not to find a basketball card box from Panini America.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

What's In The Mail Box?


Yesterday, I received this card in the mail that I knew would be arriving soon and one I really wanted to add to my PC. Growing up in the 90's, I was HUGE Knicks fan. I would watch them every time when they played on NBC (didn't have cable back then) that I could. To me, basketball in the 90's was just as important as Saturday Morning cartoons. One of my favorite players, other than John Starks, was Patrick Ewing. Loved watching him play and loved seeing when he posted-up. What a player!

Adding this card of Ewing yesterday marks it as my first memorabilia card of him and I owe a big thanks to Michael Mcmannis, @JGfan24ever on Twitter, for the contest and card. This will forever be in my PC and bring back those nostalgic moments of watching basketball in the 90's. Thanks again Michael and if you are not following him yet on Twitter, please do so. He not only does giveaways like this all of the time, but he is a great guy as well.

That 90's Sport Card Blog Post Of The Day

If you haven't heard yet, I have brought back That 90's Sport Card Blog. Yes, break open the champaigne and celebrate! There won't be daily posts anymore but I plan on doing posts on and off and keeping the blog going as I really liked doing those posts and showing cards off from the 90's. You will also see some 90's posts on here and you have already, over the next couple of months. So if you didn't know I brought that blog back and have missed the last three NEW POSTS I am here to catch you up. Here are the links to those:

That 90's Card: 1997 Spx Herman Moore

That 90's Card: 1996 Topps Hobby Masters Kerry Collins

and the new post I just put up today:

 That 90's Card: 1996-1997 Fleer Kobe Bryant (Rookie)


Panini Card Of The Week: 2013 Panini Rookies And Stars Game Plan Eli Manning