Saturday, November 1, 2014

Review: 2014-2015 Hoops Basketball

In one of the more anticipated rookie classes in years, Hoops releases just before the season begins so you can start adding to your collection the new rookie class.

A set collectors dream, this years Hoops did not disappoint in that nature or in any nature. This may have however impressed and may be the best Hoops release to date. Why you may ask...well..read on!

2014-2015 Hoops basketball comes with 12 cards per pack with 24 packs per box. On average you will find one memorabilia card and two autographs per box along with 36 rookie cards. There is a lot to find in a box as you will see as you read on.

The base cards in Hoops are fun. Great action shots and some fun rookie poses.There are 300 cards in the base set.


 I especially like this Jabari Parker one! It makes me think back to a NCAA basketball game I used to have where the famous Dick Vitale would say "dipsy do, dunka roo!"

The inserts, well, the inserts may be my favorite thing about Hoops. Especially the parallels. They are look extremely nice. But, some of the other inserts are well done too.

The Road To The Finals inserts are all numbered to 999 and bring added value to a box. I roughly landed 4 of them. You can find cards of ALL 89 Playoff games in the Road To The Finals set all the way to San Antonio's victory!

I really liked the Picture Perfect insert. I like the shadowing of a darker color photo and a full colored one. Makes for a great effect.

Faces Of The Future has a nice look with the player in the forefront and a court layout in the back.

Now onto the parallels!! These are similar to the parallels used in Score Football 2013 that brought me so much joy.
 
There is gold glitter, a cracked ice,and  two rainbow borders, both numbered, including the Artist Proof parallel that is a tough find and numbered to 99. The parallels in Hoops look so sweet! I wished my camera could have captured them a little better, but when you try a box, they will impress you and surprise you like they did me. Panini must have said to themselves, none of this plain gold border stuff, Panini took Hoops parallels to the next level!

Up next, was my first hit of the box. A memorabilia card from the set called Blast From The Past. The memorabilia set is of players that have played for more than one team and features them in a former teams uniform. I like the design and I think the theme is fun. There are some bigger names and some players you may have forgotten about. It's a good mix.

There are two autographs in every box with a mix of rookies and veterans. I got one of each and landed the Celtics top prospect in Marcus Smart.
The autograph design in this years product is much more impressive than past releases. It honestly looks like one they would have normally stuck in Prestige. I like the switch-up here adding a rainbow foil to the product instead of the plain base card type of autograph.

Overall, I really like Hoops. Action shot base cards that also covers set collectors with the big set to chase, nice inserts with some numbered, 3 hits, and a product that has a friendly feel for both old and young collectors. The price per box is reasonable as well.

If you are a HOOPS fan, give this product a try. I don't think you will be disappointed.

WINNERS OF PLAYER OF THE DAY MAIN CONTEST 2014!

Well, that was fun. 257 entries entered into the randomizer for the Main Contest for my Player Of The Day promotion! A Sport Card Collectors record!

Before I show you the results, I just wanted to thank everyone for their daily perseverance, for your dedication to the Panini Player Of The Day promo by visiting your local shops and participating and for your kind words about my blog and promotion. Now that I got that out, now onto the results.

For the first time, I didn't have a repeat winner in this part of the promotion. So without further ado, here are the results from this contest. The first three names take the top three prizes. But, remember that everyone who entered this wins so if your name is on here, follow the directions below.

There were 257 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Bryan McCarter
  2. Tracy LeVeaux
  3. Tracy LeVeaux
  4. Tracy LeVeaux
  5. Tracy LeVeaux
  6. Tracy LeVeaux
  7. the bowl cut kid
  8. the bowl cut kid
  9. Mrblu1976
  10. Mark DeBarge
  11. Tracy LeVeaux
  12. Mrblu1976
  13. @cmarsee3
  14. Mrblu1976
  15. Travis Leflar
  16. the bowl cut kid
  17. Tracy LeVeaux
  18. the bowl cut kid
  19. Tracy LeVeaux
  20. the bowl cut kid
  21. the bowl cut kid
  22. the bowl cut kid
  23. @cmarsee3
  24. Andy Parkevich
  25. the bowl cut kid
  26. Mark DeBarge
  27. Mrblu1976
  28. Mrblu1976
  29. Tracy LeVeaux
  30. Tracy LeVeaux
  31. the bowl cut kid
  32. Tracy LeVeaux
  33. Tracy LeVeaux
  34. Travis Leflar
  35. Travis Leflar
  36. the bowl cut kid
  37. Mark DeBarge
  38. Mrblu1976
  39. Mark DeBarge
  40. the bowl cut kid
  41. Tracy LeVeaux
  42. the bowl cut kid
  43. Tracy LeVeaux
  44. Mark DeBarge
  45. Tracy LeVeaux
  46. Mark DeBarge
  47. the bowl cut kid
  48. the bowl cut kid
  49. Bryan McCarter
  50. Tracy LeVeaux
  51. @cmarsee3
  52. Mrblu1976
  53. Tracy LeVeaux
  54. Brad Pettit
  55. Mrblu1976
  56. Tracy LeVeaux
  57. Tracy LeVeaux
  58. the bowl cut kid
  59. Mark DeBarge
  60. Tracy LeVeaux
  61. Mark DeBarge
  62. Tracy LeVeaux
  63. Mark DeBarge
  64. Mrblu1976
  65. Dave Fitch
  66. Tracy LeVeaux
  67. Mark DeBarge
  68. Mark DeBarge
  69. Tracy LeVeaux
  70. Travis Leflar
  71. Mark DeBarge
  72. Tracy LeVeaux
  73. Tracy LeVeaux
  74. @cmarsee3
  75. Dave Fitch
  76. Mrblu1976
  77. Justin C.
  78. Travis Leflar
  79. Mark DeBarge
  80. Tracy LeVeaux
  81. Tracy LeVeaux
  82. Mrblu1976
  83. Mrblu1976
  84. Mrblu1976
  85. Mrblu1976
  86. the bowl cut kid
  87. Travis Leflar
  88. Tracy LeVeaux
  89. Tracy LeVeaux
  90. the bowl cut kid
  91. Mrblu1976
  92. Justin C
  93. Tracy LeVeaux
  94. Brad Pettit
  95. Tracy LeVeaux
  96. Tracy LeVeaux
  97. Mark DeBarge
  98. Tracy LeVeaux
  99. Tracy LeVeaux
  100. Tracy LeVeaux
  101. Bryan McCarter
  102. Premium Box Breaks
  103. Tracy LeVeaux
  104. Tracy LeVeaux
  105. Mark DeBarge
  106. the bowl cut kid
  107. Bryan McCarter
  108. Tracy LeVeaux
  109. Tracy LeVeaux
  110. the bowl cut kid
  111. Tracy LeVeaux
  112. @cmarsee3
  113. Travis Leflar
  114. Tracy LeVeaux
  115. Tracy LeVeaux
  116. Tracy LeVeaux
  117. the bowl cut kid
  118. Justin C.
  119. Tracy LeVeaux
  120. Travis Leflar
  121. Bryan McCarter
  122. Tracy LeVeaux
  123. Bryan McCarter
  124. Tracy LeVeaux
  125. Tracy LeVeaux
  126. Tracy LeVeaux
  127. Tracy LeVeaux
  128. Justin C
  129. Tracy LeVeaux
  130. Tracy LeVeaux
  131. Mark DeBarge
  132. Tracy LeVeaux
  133. the bowl cut kid
  134. @cmarsee3
  135. Justin C.
  136. the bowl cut kid
  137. the bowl cut kid
  138. Jay robinson
  139. Tracy LeVeaux
  140. the bowl cut kid
  141. Mark DeBarge
  142. Tracy LeVeaux
  143. Mrblu1976
  144. Tracy LeVeaux
  145. Tracy LeVeaux
  146. Tracy LeVeaux
  147. Tracy LeVeaux
  148. Travis Leflar
  149. Tracy LeVeaux
  150. Tracy LeVeaux
  151. Tracy LeVeaux
  152. Tracy LeVeaux
  153. Mark DeBarge
  154. the bowl cut kid
  155. Travis Leflar
  156. Bryan McCarter
  157. Travis Leflar
  158. tony Ragsdale
  159. Tracy LeVeaux
  160. the bowl cut kid
  161. Justin C.
  162. the bowl cut kid
  163. Bryan McCarter
  164. Andy Parkevich
  165. Mrblu1976
  166. Bryan McCarter
  167. the bowl cut kid
  168. Tracy LeVeaux
  169. the bowl cut kid
  170. Tracy LeVeaux
  171. Travis Leflar
  172. the bowl cut kid
  173. the bowl cut kid
  174. the bowl cut kid
  175. Travis Leflar
  176. Mrblu1976
  177. Mrblu1976
  178. Mrblu1976
  179. Jay robinson
  180. the bowl cut kid
  181. Justin C
  182. Tracy LeVeaux
  183. Mrblu1976
  184. the bowl cut kid
  185. Tracy LeVeaux
  186. the bowl cut kid
  187. the bowl cut kid
  188. Barry
  189. Tracy LeVeaux
  190. Tracy LeVeaux
  191. Bryan McCarter
  192. Tracy LeVeaux
  193. Andy Parkevich
  194. the bowl cut kid
  195. Tracy LeVeaux
  196. Andy Parkevich
  197. the bowl cut kid
  198. Tracy LeVeaux
  199. the bowl cut kid
  200. Brad Pettit
  201. Mrblu1976
  202. Justin C.
  203. Tracy LeVeaux
  204. the bowl cut kid
  205. the bowl cut kid
  206. the bowl cut kid
  207. the bowl cut kid
  208. Mrblu1976
  209. Justin C
  210. Mrblu1976
  211. Andy Parkevich
  212. Tracy LeVeaux
  213. the bowl cut kid
  214. @cmarsee3
  215. the bowl cut kid
  216. Premium Box Breaks
  217. Tracy LeVeaux
  218. Tracy LeVeaux
  219. Tracy LeVeaux
  220. Mrblu1976
  221. Bryan McCarter
  222. Tracy LeVeaux
  223. Tracy LeVeaux
  224. the bowl cut kid
  225. Tracy LeVeaux
  226. Tracy LeVeaux
  227. Mark DeBarge
  228. @cmarsee3
  229. Tracy LeVeaux
  230. Mrblu1976
  231. Tracy LeVeaux
  232. Bryan McCarter
  233. the bowl cut kid
  234. Andy Parkevich
  235. Tracy LeVeaux
  236. Mrblu1976
  237. Tracy LeVeaux
  238. Mark DeBarge
  239. Tracy LeVeaux
  240. Mark DeBarge
  241. Mrblu1976
  242. DustinV765
  243. the bowl cut kid
  244. Mrblu1976
  245. Travis Leflar
  246. Tracy LeVeaux
  247. Jay robinson
  248. BrYan McCarter
  249. Travis Leflar
  250. Mrblu1976
  251. the bowl cut kid
  252. Mark DeBarge
  253. Mark DeBarge
  254. the bowl cut kid
  255. Bryan McCarter
  256. Tracy LeVeaux
  257. @cmarsee3
Timestamp: 2014-11-01 11:59:43 UTC
You have randomized this list 7 times.

A big congrats to......
  1. Bryan McCarter
  2. Tracy LeVeaux
  3. the bowl cut kid
For taking home 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes! Guys, you have 7 days from today to claim your prize! Here is what you won if you forgot. You can find your prize on this LINK. Please email sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com with your address with the subject line, Main Contest winner.

For everyone else who DID NOT finish in the Top 3, please email me your addresses to sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com with the subject line Main Contest Runner Up. You will have 7 days from today to claim your prize.

After receiving your prizes, please post on Facebook or Twitter what you get and tag @paninipod and myself in it. Also use the hashtag #PaniniPOD.

Thanks again for everyone who entered, RT'd and put forth a great effort. With your efforts, you can help keep this contest coming back year after year!

REMEMBER, YOU HAVE 7 DAYS FROM TODAY TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE. IF NO CLAIM, WILL BE REGIVEN AWAY IN THE FUTURE

HOBBY TOPICS!

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: What sport do you collect? Curious to see which sport is collected the most.

Let's hear your thoughts!

Friday, October 31, 2014

2014 Sport Card Collectors Panini Player Of The Day Promo Part 4: WIN A Hobby Box of 2014 Prizm Football!

2014 Panini NFL POD
Click on this image to go to the POD website and check out all that POD has to offer!!!
Welcome! For the third year in the row Sport Card Collectors has been chosen to host the blogger version of Panini's Player Of The Day. For the next month and a half I will be running a variety of contests for you guys to enter thanks to a prize lot from Panini and a bunch of cards I put in myself. Sounds like fun, huh?!

For Part 4 of my Player Of The Day promo (please check out Panini's promo first at your local participating shop!), I will be giving away this sweet hobby box of 2014 Panini Prizm football. Each box of Prizm has tons of parallels and two autographs.


How do I win you may ask? Well, let me tell you!
To enter this contest:
  1. Must be a U.S. Resident to enter...SORRY!
  2. Go to this LINK and tell me where the closest participating Panini Player Of The Day LCS is to you and list that shop's name in comments.
  3. That is it! Wanted to make some of these contests easier than others! 
  4. Entries are due by Friday, November 7th 2014 by 8 pm e.t. Winner will be announced Saturday, November 8th 2014.
  5. 1 RANDOM Winner Will Be Chosen
Good Luck to all that enter! 

Review: 2014 Panini Hall Of Fame 75th Year Anniversary

Once again, I really wished Panini had an MLB license. They consistently put out impressive products and this is one of them. Why did I think that about this product, well, you will have to read on!

Each box of 2014 Panini Hall Of Fame 75th Year Anniversary comes with 12 cards. In the 12 cards you will find, 2 Hall Of Fame autographs, four base cards numbered to 75 or less, one Elite Series, one Dominator, one Diamond King, one Crusade, and two other cards. You can get all of this for $140.

The base cards in 75th anniversary come with three unique versions all numbered to 75. On top of that, each base card will have a 5 types of parallels numbered to 50 or less. In this box alone, I pulled some great ones including a Stengel Gold numbered to 5.

The base cards use a dark colored photo making it look throwback against the rainbow foil border. In person, these look really impressive.

The inserts below bring back classic favorites from Donruss such as Diamond Kings, The Elite Series, Elite Dominator and the beautiful Crusade.

Panini brings back the classic Diamond Kings insert set featuring 100 players showcased on Canvas stock. Diamond Kings have their own five levels of parallels numbered to 75 or less. - See more at: http://www.dacardworld.com/blog/panini/2014-panini-hall-fame-75th-year-anniversary-baseball-preview/#sthash.lQBeQHjc.dpuf
Diamond Kings returns with cards printed on Canvas Cardstock and with 5 different levels of parallels as well, a red one above, numbered to 75 or less.

The Elite Dominator and The Elite Series are much more impressive in hand. They are printed with an cracked ice appeal and really stand out.


Crusades includes 6 different levels of parallel awesomeness numbered to 75 or less including the one per case hit of the die-cut versions of Orange, Green, Gold and Black. Below is an orange that I found in this box.

The autographs in this product are solid. Some impressive Hall Of Famers signed on-card and also with cut signature versions. You can find names from Cal Ripken Jr. to older HOFer's such as Ty Cobb. My box didn't provide them, but I was still happy.


And just like with rest of the product, the autographs also have parallels numbered to 75 or less. I pulled a Winfield blue parallel numbered to 25.

Overall, this product has a lot going for it. A checklist full of Hall Of Famers, some impressive inserts, low numbered cards in every box, tons of parallels, on-card autographs, cut signatures and I didn't even mention that you can pull gemstone cards including diamonds that fall one-per case.

I honestly didn't know what to expect of this product, but I felt pretty happy walking away with what I got. Imagine if this product was MLB licensed. Now that would be even more amazing.

That 90's Card: 1995 Collectors Choice Quad Sticker Chris Doleman, Frank Reich, Derek Brown, Jerry Rice

Who doesn't miss these? Or miss Collector's Choice in general. It was affordable and had many fun aspects to it. I really hope that Upper Deck thinks about bringing this back someday and hopefully showing them my favorite sticker will help!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review: 2014 Panini Playbook Football

A product I have always wanted to open, Playbook returns from Panini for it's fourth time with a much different layout. In the past, Playbook came with four cards per pack/box, now, it comes with two. Both are hits, but how will this effect collectors thoughts on the product, hard to tell. However, I can give you mine and here it is.
Each box of Panini Playbook Football 2014 comes with 2 cards per pack. Both are hits with at least one autograph. Each box will cost ya roughly $90 so it's a big risk with possible big return.

Since this is a very small box, my review will be small as well as there is not too much to discuss. I can immediately jump right to the hits...so here we go!

Hit number one in my pack is of the leagues top running back this season.

I really like the design and layout. The swatch is a nice size as well.

The second and final hit in my box was a booklet. I have seen some boxes that don't come with a booklet per and instead come with another autograph version. So landing a booklet was nice. Not landing a booklet per box however seems kinda odd to me as the product is called Playbook.

My booklet was of Marquis Lee. I am a huge fan of this design and layout. The autograph is signed on-card on acetate. The patch is a nice  4 color swatch and there is a jersey swatch behind the player as well that is enclosed. Also on the player side is a face photo of them hidden behind acetate.

Panini did a great job with these rookie auto/patch booklets. This is however only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the booklets in this product. There are Down and Dirty versions featuring dirt and grass stains on the swatches, Armory that features six pieces of memorabilia and photos that covers the entire card and a new one in Game Of Inches which you just need to go to Panini's Knights Lance blog to check out those beauties! Your jaw will drop. Plus, you can find actual drawn out plays from a playbook done by a player, printing plates, Nike Swoosh and NFL Shield versions. So there is some tremendous stuff to find and all of it looks top notch.

Overall, I am a bit worried about value per box. Other than the one I opened, I have seen quite a few breaks, a case break for example, that wasn't so great. I think the drop off in card amount may hurt the values per box as well. Not having a guaranteed booklet too may hurt as I feel they are the biggest draw to Playbook. However, with this being said, that doesn't mean that there isn't some tremendous values to be had out there in a box of Playbook. You just have to have the luck.

For fun, I thought I would throw this idea out there how I would like to see Playbook be done. Have it extend to 10 packs per box, 4 cards per pack. Put in 3 hits. Have one be a auto/patch booklet, one be a memorabilia booklet card and one be a plain autograph or memorabilia card. Have this be around $100 per box. Stick with the designs like in this product as they were superb! This includes the cards in this box and the other hits as well that were previewed.

If you are a high roller when it comes to boxes, I say why not give Playbook a try as there is some BIG HITS waiting to happen. If you are like me who doesn't like much risk, Playbook isn't for you. That's the easiest way I can say this.
Game of Inches memorabilia booklets feature overized swatches and highlight players reaching out for the touchdown!
Down & Dirty: Down & Dirty Booklets feature game-worn jerseys fresh off the field with dirt and grass stains!
Armory: Look for Armory booklets with six pieces of memorabilia and photos that span the entire card!
- See more at: http://www.dacardworld.com/sports-cards/2014-panini-playbook-football-hobby-box#sthash.gmItRPyu.dpuf

Upper Deck Card Of The Week: 2013 Goodwin Champions Animal Kingdom Emerald Tree Boa


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WINNERS Of The Player Of The Day Kid's Photo Contest!!

First off, I wanna say thanks to everyone who participated in this part of the promotion. The photos were amazing, the voting was hard, and seeing the smiles on the future of the hobby made me smile and I am sure others as well.

The Panini panel of voters consisted were, Chris Barr, D.J. Kazmierczak, Keith Hower, Scott Prusha, Jason, Howarth, Tracy Hackler, Doug Drotman and a special guest of Ted Litvan from BCW Supplies who I used as a tiebreaker.

They each submitted to me their votes by email and Twitter and here are the results.

Finishing in FIRST PLACE is....

 
3 VOTES
Packers vs Steelers (Brian J. McCarter)

Finishing in SECOND PLACE is.....
  
2 VOTES
 GO PACK GO!(Andy Parkevich)

THIRD PLACE I had to take to the randomizer as all three of these guys were tied with one vote a piece. I had no more voters to go so this was the only FAIR way to decide. There was NO WAY I was gonna choose a winner myself as I felt all pictures were equal.
 
1 VOTE
 Father and Son Collecting Duo! (batcavelv)

 
1 VOTE
 Panini Get's A Thumbs Up! (Troy Schweda)
 
1 VOTE
 Little Collector (Mark DeBarge)

And the results of the 7 times of the random

There were 3 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Little Collector (Mark DeBarge)
  2. Panini Get's A Thumbs Up! (Troy Schweda)
  3. Father and Son Collecting Duo! (batcavelv)
Timestamp: 2014-10-29 10:52:40 UTC
You have randomized this list 7 times.

Congrats to Little Collector (Mark DeBarge) who takes home THIRD PLACE.

Winners, please email your addresses to sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com with your address with the subject line Kids Contest Winner. I will get these prizes out as soon as I can. When you get these prizes, please post on Twitter or Facebook using the # #PaniniPOD.


As an added twist to this contest and as part of my #SCCGivesBack promo, EVERYONE will take home a prize! So the remaining names who didn't finish in the Top 3, Troy Schweda, batcavelv, Laina Betts, Aleah Evans, Brad Jorgensen, and Mrblu1976 will take home a little something as well. Thank you for your pictures! Please email me your addresses to sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com with the subject line Kids Contest Winner. I will get these prizes out to you as soon as I can! When you get the prizes, please post on Twitter or Facebook your prizes along with #SCCGivesBack and #PaniniPOD.

Thanks to everyone who participated. To me, you are all big winners for collecting with your kids. Not one picture was above the rest as they all sent a meaning to the world, collecting will live on!

There is currently one Player Of The Day contest going on now with TONS more to come

ALL WINNERS HAVE 7 DAYS FROM TODAY TO CLAIM A PRIZE

Panini Card Of The Week: 2014 Donruss Elite Turn Of The Century Autograph Chris Sale


Monday, October 27, 2014

What's In The Mail Box? Flair Set Needs, BONUS G-MEN!!

In what was supposed to be just a mail day with a few cards for my Flair set from my buddy Turk on Twitter, turned out to be even more exciting as he sent Giants cards as well that needed a home. I was more than welcoming to them :)

First off, let me show off three more cards to my Flair Football 2014 set that I needed. Three more down, more to go. If you have some Flair and see numbers on the right side of the blog that may help, please let me know! The missing set numbers are officially all updated!

Now onto the bonuses!

ODELL!

I know a lot complained about these parallels, but I am sorry, they are pretty stinking cool to me! Especially when they are Giants!

And though I loved all of the cards that came, I especially LOVED this one. So cool and /50! This may be the best looking parallel ever! I may or may not be saying that because of the Giants team border :)
A big thanks goes out to Turk for this mail day. I hope my mail day to you gets there soon and that you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed mine!

Thoughts on my mail day are always encouraged!

What's In The Mail Box? A Little Bit Of Everything!

I have mentioned this before, but the internet has provided me the chance to meet some great fellow collectors and on the Sport Card Collectors Facebook page there are many of them. One in particular is Grady Malachowski. This guy not only interacts on Facebook and my blog all of the time, but once in awhile he sends me an awesome care package. A few days ago I received one of them and was excited and surprised to see it. I didn't even wait to get home to open it. Another one of those "gotta rip open in the car deals."

In the package was a variety of my favorite teams, players and products I like. I can tell that Grady pays close attention to my blog and what I collect.

First I found these Giants cards




A few new Randle PC adds!
Yankee adds:

CHROME AND REFRACTORS!!!


My favorite team and favorite product, Crusade looks beautiful!

Then two NEW Griffey adds! Totally digging these!

In the end, this was one nice whopping surprise mail day!

I would like to say thanks to Grady for the mail day and I appreciate all of the cards. They will make great adds to my PC.

CAPTION THIS!

This is a fun card...let's put a caption on it!

Here is my caption:

"BEARD?! What beard?"

There's my caption, let's hear yours! Keep it clean and no language please!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Winner Of October's Pack Gambler Contest

A decent turnout for what is one of the final three contests I will be running with The Pack Gambler as he is taking an absence from the hobby for awhile. It is always sad when a good guy leaves, but sometimes circumstances pop up where you have to make the tough decisions.

So let's get to something a bit more positive, the winner. There were a few of you that chose San Fran to win but only one was close to the total score of 15. Congrats to Tony Ragsdale who chose San Fran and had the closest total score with his pick of 12.

Tony, email me at sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com with your address and I will pass on the info. You have won the following:
 
Thanks to all that participated and to The Pack Gambler for providing the prizes. Congrats again to the winner and remember if you didn't win, still a couple more Pack Gambler contests to come along with the others I am running right now. You can find those contests on the right side of the blog.

Good luck to all on future contests!

Hobby Break 'Em: 2013-2014 ITG Between The Pipes Hobby Box

ITG is a company I have never opened a box of product from, but recently I was given this opportunity by winning a contest from Steel City Collectibles on Twitter.

Each hobby box of 2013-14 In The Game Between The Pipes Hockey comes with 18 packs and 9 cards per pack. Boxes roughly run for $40 with 4 hits.This product is goalies only as the product title states.


Here is what the base cards look like. There are three types, Greats Of The Game, Regular and Stars Of The Game. The design and card stock are okay. Nothing overly exciting.

Inserts.... Really like the look of these.

These are really cool. The Masked Men are chromed. You know how much I love Chrome and especially well done Chrome. Refractor parallels need to be done!

Game Used jersey cards! You don't find those too often anymore in a hobby loaded with event worn. Pulled a nice Hasek as my top hit.The designs are okay, the impressive part is the decent swatch size.

My auto pulls...eh.
My first break of ITG wasn't bad. Got an extra hit and I guess you can't argue with that. Wasn't anything big or anything that really jumped out but I did like the Hasek. I guess to me a goalies only product isn't a hit. I know being a goalie is the most important position and toughest one on the ice, but it just doesn't have that collecting appeal as opening an all position product would and landing for an example, a Sidney Crosby. A goalies only product is sort of like making a football product all of offensive and defensive lineman. Not exciting, despite respecting the position.

I would like to say thanks to SCC for the box and the contest as well. They have great deals on products and run many promotions as well.

Let me know your thoughts on my break and if you have broken any.