Saturday, March 14, 2015

Contest Win Mail Day

I won a contest recently on Twitter from blog reader Michael McMannis and landed this sweet rookie auto to my PC:

It's a great addition as I enjoy collecting rookie autographs especially from Contenders.

A big thanks goes out to Michael for this nice addition. If you have Twitter, I suggest you go give this great guy a follow @JGfan24ever.

THIS vs THAT Battle 1

As you all know, I am a huge 90's card collector and loved everything to do with that era of collecting. It's not like I still don't enjoy collecting today, but there was just something about that era that will never be surpassed.

So I thought it would be fun to do a BATTLE OF THE....... CAAAAAAAAARDS (picture a deep voice and drawn out ending). If any of you watch SportsCenter, you would know they have a segment called the Best Of The Best where they pin two of the best plays against one another. One play may have been from previous days in a row against a new one. The goal is to narrow down the best. Well, I want to do a Best Of The Best card version but mine is called This vs That.

Here is how this is going to work.
  1. I will put a post up such as this one and you will have one week to vote on one card or the other by telling me in comments which one you like more. 
  2. There will be one card from the 90's, one card from the 2000's. 
  3. There will be a variety of sports versing one another. This contest isn't to pin sport vs sport. 
  4. Voting is based upon the OVERALL card and looking at things such as design, creativity, photography and eye appeal. Don't judge a card because it's an autograph or jersey card vs a base card. This "contest" is to see which card is OVERALL better and not just because it's signed or has someone's memorabilia. Same goes for the inserts vs the base. I will try my best to make them the fairest I see possible.
  5. After a week of voting, the card with the most votes moves on to face another card. 
  6. A card that loses cannot be brought back nor can its design.Example is if I use the 1993-1994 Stadium Club hockey card design, I cannot use the 1994 Stadium Club football card design later on as they are most likely the same thing. The designs on the cards must be different.
  7. I will keep a tally on which cards have won and how many times they have won at the top of the next weeks post.
I am not sure when I will end the overall "contest", maybe by the end of the year, let's see how many voters show up first. But, the goal is to see which card ends up being the best and which era gets more wins.

Now let's move onto the very first This vs That!


THIS
1993-1994 Stadium Club First Day Issue

VS


THAT
2014 Panini Contenders
Put your vote in below in comments on which card you like best, OVERALL.

Voting ends on March 21st, 2015.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Review:Cryptozoic Psych Seasons 5-8

EVERYBODY...SING!
In between the lines there's a lot of obscurity.
I'm not inclined to resign to maturity.
If it's all right, then you're all wrong,
But why bounce around to the same down song?
You'd rather run when you can't crawl.

Chorus

I know, you know, that I'm not telling the truth.
I know, you know, they just don't have any proof.
Embrace the deception, learn how to bend,
Your worst inhibitions, tend to psych you out in the end.

I would finish the rest of the theme song, but fear I would be singing it the rest of today.....and I am sure nobody wants to hear me sing.  As it is already, that theme song will forever play in my mind's music track in what was one of USA's best cable TV shows ever. I even put it ahead of my second favorite, Monk. 

Though I was a bit disappointed in the way the final season went, ended in a hurry and in a shortened season, I am hoping writers left the show the way it ended in hopes that another network would snag onto it and bring it back to life. I am still waiting by the way other networks......

If you have no idea about Psych, first, you are missing out. Second, here is a quick rundown on the show. Shawn Spencer (James Roday) who is from a family of cops was always expected to someday to follow suit, especially after his father, Henry (Corbin Bernsen). Henry schooled his son from a very young age in the finer points of detective work. Shawn was a quick learner and gained amazing powers of observation and deduction, which led Shawn and his childhood best friend Gus (Dulé Hill) to open the Psych detective agency. Upon opening the detective agency, they lent their services to the local police department, Santa Barbara, for a small fee.

Shawn and Gus went on many adventures meeting many different characters and solving many cases that the cops couldn't crack. The police department led by Chief Karen Vick, were always high on their "psychic" detectives and hired them whenever possible. They also had their doubter in the department, Carlton Lassiter, who always questioned the duo and their crazy antics to solve the cases. But, in the end, no matter the case and no matter what means it took to solve the case, Shawn used his special skills and always found a way.

The show was a great combination of comedy and drama or what some call a dramedy. And what Cryptozoic did here with the final four seasons product was capture all of those memories and fun moments.

Enough with me rambling on about the show because I can continue, let's get ripping into this box!
Chief Karen Vick
Each box of Psych Seasons 5-8 comes with 24 packs and 5 cards per pack. Boxes run basically around $80 with three ON CARD autographs per box.

The base card set consists of 90 cards and captures, as I stated above, all of the great moments. The front of the base card captions the moment while the back of the card sums up the episode that card moment is taken from along with the episode title. They also make me sad as a reminder the show ending. Guess I will be digging out the DVD series later!

As a Psych-O from Season 1, all of us were rooting on Shawn and Jules and they finally got together after all of the seasons of leading us on. Just check out the front of this base card.
 
Back Of The Base Card

Gus being Gus

Henry spending another quality teaching moment with Shawn


The inserts in Seasons 5-8 were fun. Psych The Musical cards fall 1:24 packs. I questioned the idea of adding a musical episode to the lineup. But, creator Steve Franks knocked it out of the park. It was a great episode and had a twist in it as well.

One of the other fun things about Psych was Shawn and Gus going undercover. Shawn would always have a pun name for Gus and the characters they were play could be quite funny. The Undercover inserts also fall at 1:24 packs.

Up next in the insert lineup is Character Cards. These fall 2:24 packs and are my favorite inserts of the group.

However, what I found odd was a third Character insert that I pulled that was printed on acetate. I have no info on these at this point. However, with the acetate one matching the card one I decided to lay the acetate one over the base one.....

And this happened! Pretty cool! Reminds me of something done in the late 90's. I really like this and these look even better in person.

Now onto the autographs. You get three per box, the first four seasons of Psych came with two hits with only one being an autograph, so Cyrptozoic went all out for these seasons.

I think I hit a home run with my three autographs. Now I didn't get the top characters, but some great guest star autos. This auto checklist is very deep and is loaded with stars and guest stars on the show so odds are you are going to land someone of importance.

The autos in the product as I stated above areALL ON CARD!!!! That means these famous actors actually handled these. Awesome! It's like an extra bonus!


These are just three of the great autos you can find. I am considering getting them all and trying for a set.

And if you are curious on why I am so high on these autographs, check out the rest of this checklist:

Corbin Bernsen as Henry Spencer
Curt Smith as himself
Dana Ashbrook as Robert Barker
Sage Brocklebank as Buzz McNab
Kurt Fuller as Coroner Woody Strode
Lesley Ann Warren as Leslie
Michael Weston as Adam Hornstock
Kirsten Nelson as Chief Karen Vick
Greg Grunberg as Jay Gianukos
Billy Zane as Ian Collins
Jean Smart as Gillian Tucker
Jimmi Simpson as Mary Lightly
Nestor Carbonell as Declan Rand
Ralph Macchio as Nick Conforth and Logan Phelps
Val Kilmer as Detective Dobson
Diedrich Bader as Eli
French Stewart as Whip Chatterly
Jason Priestley as Clive Noble
Anthony Anderson as Thane Woodson
Dulé Hill as Burton "Gus" Guster
Mekhi Phifer as Drake Clemon
Malcolm McDowell as Ambassador Fanshaw
Vanessa Lachey as Gina Walsh
Angus Macfadyen as Logan Paget
James Roday as Shawn Spencer

Overall, this was a fun product to open and something I highly recommend if you are a Psych fan. I believe even non-Psych fans will enjoy opening with this autograph checklist.

Another great job by Cryptozoic on this product and capturing the joy that Psych brought to many fans.

CAPTION THIS CARD!

This card really could use your caption. Go give it a good one!

Please keep your comments clean for our younger audience. But, other than that..HAVE AT IT!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Grady Strikes Again!

In what was a crazy two weeks full of mail, two of the packages in those two weeks were from the one and only Grady M. I revealed for a week what the first one came with. This one was smaller, but still packed a good punch as you will soon see. I am always left speechless by this guys generosity.
Now onto the mail day goodies.

Some new Yankee adds including a couple new Mattingly's


A new NY Ranger PC add from NHCD

Though from one of my most hated teams, I am still a fan of shiny things

I really wanted a piece of the Panini Prizm World Cup action but never got around to getting any. This is my first card which looks quite impressive. It may lead me to buying a few packs.

A much needed Tony Gwynn rookie, another card off my want list. The cards centering isn't great, but mint condition otherwise and still the HOFer's rookie. Just excited to keep crossing off rookies from the 80's off my list. I still have a few more to go, but, hopefully will get those done as well in the near future.

Now onto the finale of this mail day, some Griffey's for that PC. Between the end of last year and the beginning of this one, I have picked up almost thirty new Griffey's. Something I haven't done since 1999-2000. It's been awhile, but I am starting to add some more. It's not too hard to add when I don't have much between the years of 2002-now.

I like the Ginter add, but the Spectrum looks sweet. I always forget about his short stint with the White Sox.

It doesn't look it on here, but this is a Topps mini add. Love the throwback appeal on both the card and picture.

LOOK AT THAT SWING! THE BEST EVER!

Numbered Die-Cut from USA Champions Elite. Really like this card.
In the end, Grady sent another nice package. My card collection is starting to finally get nice pieces added to it all because of his generosity. Thanks again Grady! You are an amazing person!

90's Flashback: 1992-1993 Fleer Ultra Ultra Import Nicklas Lidstrom

I was always a big fan of Fleer Ultra as I have stated on here before, so me showing off an insert from the product should come to no surprise to anyone.

I really like the design of this card. The "globe" in the background and full color player gives it a 3D appeal. This card doesn't need the glimmer and shine a lot of the 90's inserts provided.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

NY Giants Free Agency Day 1 Pickups

It was a little slow early on with reports on the Giants free agents moves with so much explosion from other teams. I don't think I have ever seen a crazier offseason already then this one.

There were a few rumors here and there with the Giants and a few players that they targeted that signed elsewhere, but at the end of the day, the Giants ended up bringing in five new faces on Day 1 of free agency. Those players consisted of OL Marshall Newhouse who will help give the Giants depth at Oline, MLB J.T. Thomas who showed some signs of promise in Jacksonville last year and gives the Giants LB depth and LB/ST Jonathan Casillas who is a big time player on special teams and can play both OLB positions.

My two favorite pickups on Day 1 were RB Shane Vereen, who gives the Giants a player who has versatility and excellent hands out of the backfield. That's something that the two running backs on the roster already in Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams don't have. This gives Eli Manning another option in what could be the best Giants offense I have ever seen.

My other favorite was KR/WR Dwayne Harris who gives the Giants an explosive return guy they have been desperately needing. He also is turning into a possible WR threat, but I expect him more in the return game then anything else unless Victor Cruz doesn't come back 100%. You have also got to look at this signing as taking another explosive player away from the Cowboys.
Overall, I think the Giants did good in Day 1. I think Day 2 they need to focus on getting a Safety immediately, it's a position they have nothing of since Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown hit the market. I also hope they take a look at a DE since they lacked a true pass rusher opposite of JPP. Offensive Lineman depth wouldn't be the worse idea either.

HOBBY TOPIC

This series is all about you, the readers. My opinion is mum on every subject, however, you guys have the open mic per say on here. So without further ado, here is today' topic:

HOBBY TOPIC THIS WEEK!

 Sport Card Collectors celebrated three year blogversary on last Sunday. What is your fondest moment on Sport Card Collectors. Was it a post? A giveaway? Interaction?

Leave your thoughtful comments below!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

PC Masterpiece:1999 Upper Deck Black Diamond Single Diamond Derek Jeter

I like this card for many reasons. One, it has etching. Two, the picture is very different and not one I have seen on any other Jeter card. Three, it's Derek Jeter. It doesn't get much better than that.

Cards like this make me miss Upper Deck MLB products. They produced some amazing stuff in the late 90's and this is one of many Jeters I have from that time.


Monday, March 9, 2015

Grady M Mail Day Part 7/7: GRAND FINALE! HOFer's RCs!

In what can be called, the Grand Finale of all Grand Finales, this portion of my mail day was mind blowing. However, I will say that I did know about this part as we worked out a trade for it. The rest of the mail day was unknown as he always sends a bunch of goodies.

Let's see what we got in this finale.

I really wanted a Dan Marino rookie, this is what he had available. I was still excited to have a card from his rookie year, but still need to knock Dan's rookie off my list. Nice card none-the-less.


I will say that I didn't know about this however, a Fleer 90's All-Stars set. Pretty cool!

My boy Phil! Can't go wrong adding another rookie of his!

Yup, your eyes are seeing this right. A 1986-1987 Fleer rookie of Knicks great Patrick Ewing. Now, the card isn't in mint shape with some rough corners up top, but the fact that I have the card and a card from that iconic set was enough for me.

And another one I have wanted off my list. The card looks really mint except a small stain from gum that was in the pack. But, to me, this is still a rookie off my list. It's mint enough to me.

And you can never go wrong with a Joe Montana rookie. The top corners are a bit rough, but hey, it's stinkin Joe Montana! This card isn't going anywhere.
In the the grandest of finales, no mail day gets better than this. There is also no argument on how great of a guy Grady is. I am glad to have met him on Sport Card Collectors Facebook page.

Thanks again Grady for this one-of-a-kind mail day and all that it brought. I will be hitting you back soon and look forward to even more of this in the future :)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Grady M Mail Day Part 6/7: NY Giants, Odell, Andre AND MORE!

If you have been reading my blog, you know how much passion I have for the NY Giants and my love of football. So anytime I can add to that PC, it's a day made. Especially when they are new additions.

Let's kick it off first with some NY Giants from 1989 in Topps Traded. The fun thing about cards from the 80's is the photography. It's really cheesy and fun.

I really like this add, my first Meggett rookie!

And my first Topps Traded rookie of my boy Rodney!

Some Giant insert goodness including Randle and a cool numbered duo of Eli and Cruz

ODELL!! I one-handed these out of the box.

I have already stated in past posts about my growing Andre Williams PC, well, here is a few more to it

Including a jersey card!
Overall, great adds! Some new rookies, some Odell and some Andre amongst many others.

Well, there is one more mail day left. THE FINALE IS TOMORROW and just wait til you see it!

This Week On Sport Card Collectors Blog

A power packed week ahead on Sport Card Collectors!

The final two posts from the Grady M mail day will be revealed! Wait til you see what was in the finale!!

New posts on PC Masterpiece, Caption This, and Hobby Topic and 90's Flashback.

A new segment called This vs That. I hope for a huge turnout on this one!!! Details to come!

Like I said, tons to look forward to and who knows when I will throw a few bonus posts in there as well.

Have a great week and hope to see you checking back in!

SCC