Saturday, July 26, 2014

Rueben Randle PC Card Of The Week: 2012 Bowman

For this weeks, Rueben Randle show off, I went Bowman. First I must say that I am not at all a fan of this design. The artsy background, the logoless helmet, and the big writing on the word Giants. But, it is a PC piece and one I am showing off as my PC Card Of The Week.

That 90's Card: 1999 NBA Hoops Sheryl Swoopes


Friday, July 25, 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: The National

Well, though this is a sad topic for me as I will never be able to go, I am curious however, your guys thoughts on it!

Have you ever been? What's the greatest part? Which booth is your favorite? How much do you usually spend when you go? What will you be looking to get this year? And so on and so forth. Just spill it!

Let's hear your thoughts!

Unannounced Veteran Base Card Variations In Score Football 2014?

Last night while putting away my NY Giants cards into their assigned binder, I noticed something that struck me odd. Three different Victor Cruz base cards from 2014 Score. I knew there was two with his regular base and the Top 100, but what was this third one? Upon further inspecting, I found out that the base card #144, had two different variations.

I was excited, yet, worried at the same time. I was excited to have one, while worrying at the same time if I had more than one of these unannounced variations? I bought a ton of Score and have already sorted them tossing my doubles into a double pile and giving some away as well. OH MAN!

So I did what any collector with questions would, I headed to social media to find answers and I knew the guy that would most likely would be able to answer them is Mr. Tracy Hackler.

I asked him the tough question about these unannounced Score 2014 veteran base card variations and if I had missed info on these. I also asked if there was any info coming out if none had been released yet.

Here was his response:

"You didn't miss it. I just found out about them today! I know there's 10 vet variations. More info to come."

So for now, I am digging my doubles out of my double pile to keep til this info gets released because there could be hidden treasures within. Will keep you guys updated if I find anymore variations.

UPDATED: Here is a link to Cardboard Connection with pics to some of these variations

That 90's Mail Day: Jammin JDcards 1997 Spx Set Numbers

Well, as you know from many posts on here about the product, I am a huge Spx fan. Especially between the years of 1996-1998 when they combined color, micro-etching and a huge hologram. But, recently when buying a box of the product, you can see that break on this blog, I didn't get a complete set of base cards. Knowing that I now had 1996 football complete, I had to have 1997 as well. So I went on a hunt to find my missing ones and my first thought was to hit up Jammin JDcards, who themselves just broke a box.

Luckily Jammin JDcards had some that I needed they were selling on their SITE. Here are six more to my set including a key Brett Favre:

Now I am only missing about 10 that I will need to hunt down elsewhere but I will not stop til I am finished and when I find them, I will show them off on here.

As always, comments are encouraged on this mail day.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ken Griffey Jr PC Card Of The Week: 1997 Donruss Studio 8x10 Card

This is the first in many posts in the Ken Griffey Jr PC Card Of The Week. So to kick it off, I wanted to show you what I store all of my Griffey cards in....


That's right...a Ken Griffey Jr trapper keeper. I keep it real.

 Back in 1997, Donruss Studio created 8x10 versions of their base cards. Today's Ken Griffey Jr PC Card Of The Week is one of those. I really like the picture... but here is the pun on why...it looks like it was taken in a Studio..har har har

LATESTS POSTS on The Card Bin

If you haven't checked out my other blog, The Card Bin, well why not? Some great posts up recently! Including this one posted yesterday on Exclusive Card Licensing in the hobby.

Exclusively Yours, The Leagues

Or this one on my Derek Jeter collecting in 2014 so far:
My 2014 Card Season In Jeter Thus Far @Yankees #Jeter #FinalSeason
http://thecardbin.blogspot.com/2014/07/my-2014-card-season-in-jeter-thus-far.html


 I have a ton more coming up as I will be revealing my Ken Griffey Jr collection, Rueben Randle, collection, more opinion stories. If you haven't subscribed to it, added it to your Blog list, or kept the link close by, I think you should!

Thanks for all of the support on here and I hope all of that translates to there!

Topps Card Of The Week: 2014 Bowman Masahiro Tananka


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Exclusively Yours, The Leagues

Last week, Twitter was a buzz over rumors that Topps will soon be losing their NFL license to a possible Panini exclusive. This would be the final big sport to no longer have more than one manufacturer making their cards. This news took many collectors by surprise also leaving many breathless. I know it did to me. I couldn't imagine a football card season without my beloved Topps Chrome that I have collected since 1996.

So before I go on my rant again about exclusive licenses, I wanted to clear the air. I am a big fan of Panini, their products and all of the fun promotions they run. My rant is not about them, its about license exclusives and how bad those are for the hobby. Now, I will rant.

As us collectors can already tell, exclusives are not the best thing for the hobby. We already know this from the other two (going on three maybe even four with the NFL) leagues cards, so if this NFL rumor turns out to be true, this could only damage the hobby to me even more. Show of hands, how many of us already complain about MLB and NBA cards? I know I can raise my hand to this and I see you raising yours as well. I have actually dulled down on collecting MLB and NBA cards since. I like variety and we all know variety is the spice of life, so what happens when there isn't variety? Our life goes tasteless? Does this hold true for the hobby when there is no longer any variety for any sport? Will the hobby go lose it's flavor?

Exclusives to me, are like eating the same kind of cereal everyday as your only option. Sure, Honey Nut Cheerios tastes great, but would you honestly want to eat it everyday of your life without ever being able to try another brand of cereal? I strongly doubt it. Exclusives are in place to take out the competition. Without competition it takes out creativity and competitive pricing. Without creativity we are forced to buy same ole same ole releases year in and year out offering the same designs, same product layout, same everything (as we can tell already from MLB and NBA).Without competitive pricing, we are forced to spend more than we want on stuff that may not give us back what we pay. Without the companies being forced to outdo one another, we are stuck with whatever they feel like releasing. It's not like we have the option to buy another companies MLB, NBA, NFL (still rumored) or NHL cards. We are stuck with that particular company. The only way out is if we give up collecting in general or buy older product. Obviously, not collecting is a big issue as we would lose our hobby and possibly push the future of the hobby in kids away, but buying older product is an issue as well because that causes problems such as expired redemptions and cards possibly sticking together from years of sitting around.

Having the possibility of all four major sports in exclusives is scary. I for one, miss pro products from Upper Deck a lot. I also miss Topps basketball, hockey and possibly now football. This is why the 90's were such a great time to collect. You got to enjoy all of these sports from every major manufacturer. Sure, people say the 90's were overproduced which drove down values, in someways if you think about it, isn't what's on the market today overproduced and driving down values? Because if you pick up a Beckett and compared values from now to 10, even 5 years ago, things have dropped immensely. However, look at the beautiful,creative, and sometimes valuable products that were put out in the 90's as opposed to today even with the so-called overproduction. The companies all had to compete against each other so we would buy their products because with every release they would put out their best to lure us in. This is why I think that the 90's were so popular in collecting and why I have gone back and bought some of those products recently. To me the hobby isn't about value, it's about fun. Isn't that what it should be?

Let's look back at some to the things we are missing in today's collecting that I got to enjoy at one point. Try not to drool on your keyboard:

RIP to all of these:

 

Soon we will lose this:

And then the rumored this:
Hopefully, what was being said on Twitter is just what I called it, a rumor. If this turns out to be true, this means that another league only cares about one thing, money and we all know that money talks. What I want to know however, is if these leagues care about their "brand", whatever happened to caring about their fans who support their "brands" and listening to what they want?

In closing, here is what I propose should happen to the hobby, I think the leagues need to give a license to all major manufacturers such as Upper Deck, Panini and Topps for the four major sports. To keep the cards valuable and not overproduced, limit the amount of products they are allowed per sport. Maybe something like 7 products per sport per manufacturer. I think if this was to happen, we would all be provided with variety, the best products these companies can put out as they would have competition, and most importantly, competitive pricing so that we all can afford to stay in the hobby we love.

Panini Card Of The Week: 2013 Absolute Memorabilia Rookie Roundup Jersey Geno Smith


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My 2014 Card Season In Jeter Thus Far

If you haven't heard yet (if you haven't you must have been hiding under a rock), this is Derek Jeter's last season in MLB. I have watched The Captain his entire career making incredible plays on the field and key hits at the plate. Despite my following, the "Cardboard Gods" must not believe in my collecting of him as he makes very rare appearances in my packs. Trying to land him is almost as tough as pulling a 1/1.

So for your short viewing pleasure, I wanted to show off the Jeter's I have gotten so far this year. I must also note before you view, I haven't bought any of these as singles and that these are all pack pulled.




Overall, just a whopping four cards in 2014. But, there is still a lot of baseball and card season to go! I will update you as it goes along and hopefully I will find more. If not, I will definitely dig into the PC for some to show off instead!

That 90's Card: 1993 Classic 4-Sport Chris Webber/Alex Rodriguez/Drew Bledsoe/Alexander Daigle


Monday, July 21, 2014

Rashad Jennings....Best NY Giants Pickup?

So far in 2014, I have stocked up on a lot of football cards, specifically this rookie class. I have also stocked up on a lot of Score because it was the first NFL release. When going back through the base cards for sorting purposes, I stumbled upon this one headed for my Giants PC:

That got me to thinking....was Jennings the best and most important pickup this past off season for the Giants? I believe so.

Last season I had to suffer through watching probably the worst running attack I have ever seen from the Giants due to an inconsistent offensive line, running back injuries and it just not coming together. With that being said, the Giants shocked me going out this off-season grabbing a new offensive line and Jennings (among 20 other moves too) to try and go back to what they do best, run the ball down your throat and play good defense.When the season starts, I believe Jennings will be the starter with the questions surrounding David Wilson's health and the other running backs on the roster not having as much talent as Jennings.

Rashad was signed away from Oakland, who wanted to keep him, after one year with the team. He put up his best career season numbers yet rushing for 733 yards and 6 TD's. He also had a sweet 80 yard run that you need to Google to see. There are many things I like about the Giants picking him up, not just because he is a bulldozer of a running back with hidden speed or the fact that he will fit their system well, but I also like that he has a lot left in him. He was drafted in the 7th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by Jacksonville but doesn't have much wear and tear due to the fact he played behind MJD there before finally getting more attempts in Oakland last year. Even though he's been in the league for 6 years, the guy only has 387 attempts on his tires. Like I said, he has a lot left and hopefully many great years for the Giants.

I think being in NY on a team loves to run the ball, Jennings will prove himself with big numbers and I will be there watching every second of it. Not to mention, collecting him every second as well.

July's Contest Winners Announced!

First off, I would like to thank all that played in this months contest. The entries were a little down which was a bit disappointing so going forward I am returning to the original format. However, before I can do that, I must announce the three winners from July.

We had 4 perfect scores of all 6 games right. The total runs for all of those games played was 47 so with that being said it wasn't too hard to figure out who won this month.

Congrats to the following, who have not only won for the month, you will go into the WINNERS CIRCLE for Grand Prizes in October! It appears however that one of you is already in the Circle, so that will FREE UP ONE SPOT TO BE RANDOMED OFF TO WEEKLY/MONTHLY PARTICIPANTS! So make sure you enter all of the time!!

Winners for July are...
First pick of prizes goes to....Wilson
Second pick of prizes goes to....Mrblu
Final selection of prizes goes to...Scott N.

Here are those prizes to choose from!

1. SURPRISE FROM JAMMIN JDCARD JUST PICK A SPORT
2, SURPRISE FROM JAMMIN JDCARDS JUST PICK A SPORT
3. And this from BCW Supplies: Variety of toploaders

 
Wilson, you get to pick which prize you want first, followed by Mrblu and Scott N will get the remaining. Please announce that selection in comments below.

Congrats to our winners this month and thanks to everyone who joined in. There are only two more months for chances into the winners circle plus I will random off a few free spots into the contest for weekly/monthly participants. So make sure to enter all of the time! 

As I stated earlier, I am going back to the weekly entries for the final two months. Lack of entries and the fact it took me forever to go through what I had for entries are the reasons. I also think having a weekly winner is more fun anyways :)

Also, 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!

Winners please email me at sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com with your addresses and I will pass them along to the right parties.

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

You Might Be A Card Collector If......a super model was standing in front of the card section at Walmart and you asked them to move out of the way

Sunday, July 20, 2014

CONTEST! BASEBALL TIME! From Our Friends, The Pack Gambler

Welcome back everyone! It's that time of the month, time for a contest with my friends over at The Pack Gambler. If you haven't checked out their site yet, please do so. Also make sure you are following them on Twitter or Liking them on Facebook.

Onto this months prizes....that's right...I don't even go to how to enter first I go straight for the goods!!!
Miller Auto
Posey mini /199
5 - 2014 Topps Chipz

The Pack Gambler is also putting in a 50% off coupon to his store as well. This is quite the prize lot!

To win this nice lot, you must follow these rules!
  1. First and foremost, this contest is OPEN TO U.S. AND CANADIAN RESIDENTS! Boom! Now you all can enter!
  2. Pick the winner of the Dodgers at Giants which is played on Sunday July 27th at 8pm
  3. Pick Score of game 
  4. Pick Total Hits of Winning Team
  5. HAVE FUN! AND SPREAD THE WORD!
Your entries should look like this
  1. Dodgers
  2. 5-3
  3. 10
Good luck and remember your entries are due by Sunday July 27th at 8pm e.t. Also don't forget to thank The Pack Gambler for their generosity!

The Return Of Ken Griffey Jr.

For about 7 years, mostly in the 90's, I collected Ken Griffey Jr BIG TIME then came the injuries upon injuries in Cincinnati and I started to see my once investment fall apart. I knew it was time to back out before it was too late. At the time I must have accumulated well over 300 different Jr cards and tons of other "stuff". I was even featured in Beckett Baseball a couple of years ago. My Griffey collection wasn't something I was going to sell, it was a collection memory, one I would tuck away and look at time to time.

Recently, I opened a few packs of baseball cards looking for rookie cards of players I may not have, as always, when in one of the packs I pulled this:

I don't know what it was, the throwback photo or just seeing him in a pack again, but it put a smile on my face and I felt something slightly ignite. Did I truly want back in on collecting Jr. again? Could I put a focus on one player when my "Card Collecting ADHD" doesn't allow me to focus on one thing since I last collected him? I think I needed another sign.

Two days later, I opened up some packs of 2012 Topps baseball and look what appeared:

Was this a joke? Was this part of Topps marketing campaign? Were they targeting me? Whatever it was, I wasn't complaining. I was actually very excited but at the same time cautious knowing how I have collected since I quit collecting him full-time.

So for now you can say I am getting back into Jr. collecting but when that "Card Collecting ADHD" hits me again, I may not be. Either way, I plan on showing off my Jr. PC on here for fun and keep you guys updated on any new pickups as well.

Wish me luck on this new, but old journey!

Panini Card Of The Week: 2013 Prominence Rookie Field Plate Auto Ryan Nassib