Saturday, April 4, 2015

Grady M. Mail Day Part 2: The Shiny Stuff

In Part 1, I showed you INSERT MADNESS! Not that I don't consider Part 2 more insert madness, but there is just something about "shiny stuff" that I must separate it. I mean, it's shiny. I react to shiny things like the dog in Up reacts to squirrels.

SHINY! Yup, my head just whipped around.

So here they are. I know my mind is focused on staring at these in which I suspect you are as well.

The Holliday is actually my first newer Finest card and it's a sick looking numbered refractor!

CHROOOOOOOOOOME!!

Never have seen one of these before...it's a beautiful card

Now onto some Prizm. I know a lot have a love/hate relationship with this product, many who dislike the product try to compare it to Chrome too much and this is not that, but I am a fan. I really like how Panini did the parallels.

SHINY...

MORE SHINY....

END OF SHINY..
Great stuff overall. Fit many PC's adds all in one box.

A big thanks goes out to Grady M for another amazing mail day. Don't worry buddy, been setting some stuff aside for you as well so in the future you need to be on the lookout!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Grady M. Mail Day Part 1:Insert MADNESS!

When Sport Card Collector reader Grady M. contacts you and tells you to keep your eyes peeled, you know something good is about to arrive in your mail box.

And a few days later, something did. A nice box packed full of goodness. A nice mix of teams, players, sports and inserts. Once again, Grady hit all my collecting soft parts and I am very grateful. He is truly one of the best people I know in the hobby and definitely one of the most generous.

So let's get onto sharing Part 1 of this mail day. I saved the shiny stuff for part two.

Let the Part 1 madness begin!!!!

I really like the Round Numbers inserts. I am wondering with the amount of them I have now if I should do a set.



ROOKIES!!

NEW G-Men for the PC

NY Knicks.Yup, after this year, I am a closet fan lol

Hockey adds

Yankee adds. Opening Day is almost here!

My first anything of Heritage. I like the Girardi. My first manager card of him.

Great Heritage inserts

Topps 2015 inserts among others

A NEW Griffey PC add!

I really like the 1966 Flashback inserts.....

Especially this one (picture me stating that in Batman's voice)
Once again some great stuff from Grady. I can't wait to show off the rest and the only way you can see it is if you come back tomorrow!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

PC Masterpiece:1995 Score Summit Dave Brown

In what I am considering the finale of this segment, I thought I would go out with a small boom. Boom? You question. It's a Dave Brown base card. Huh? Well, First, I loved this product from the 90's. Two, it's a NY Giant and no matter how good or how bad they are, I still bleed blue. Three, I can caption this and nothing is more fun than that.

Now onto the Captions!

"You wonder where the 'Eli Face' started"
"Dave threw another interception"
"Oh man, can't believe mom just saw that play"
"This helmet is waaaaaaayy to small"


Well, that is it for captions and this segment. It's not that I don't have more PC cards to show off in this segment, but it seems this segment is one of my least popular ones. So it's time to move on. But, you never know down the road I may decide to bring it back.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

HOBBY TOPIC: 2014-2015 Panini Preferred Basketball

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:

BREAKING NEWS! I am going to add Hobby Topic more often throughout the week when more products are previewed or released. That way you can leave your opinion on each of these products along with other hobby topics as well. I have also changed the POST TITLE and added what the topic is about. I have also added info on the products when the topic is about them. This should be fun!!

What are your guys thoughts on Preferred 14-15? Do you like the new look booklets? Have you tried this product in the past? What are your thoughts on it? Do you like the price point for four cards? Do you like not having base and having all hits instead?

Here are some images and information for you to nibble on to help with this discussion.

Panini America 2014-15 Preferred Basketball Kevin Durant


Panini America 2014-15 Preferred Basketball Silhouettes Pre-Ink (8) 
Pre-Ink

Panini America 2014-15 Preferred Basketball John Wall 

Panini America 2014-15 Preferred Basketball Steph Curry  
Panini America 2014-15 Preferred Basketball Tony Parker
Every four-card pack of 2014-15 Preferred Basketball will deliver three autographs numbered to 99 or less and one booklet card. With some new booklet additions you could find in your pack as well.

Breakin Wax:1995 Topps Stadium Club Football 4-Pack Break

Full bleed photos, action photography and some fun inserts, who didn't like ripping Stadium Club in the 90's.That leads to today's break of 1995 Stadium Club football.

Each pack of 1995 Topps Stadium Club football there are 10 cards. I found my packs for $.75 each on Jammin JDcards that you can locate HERE.

I pulled a lot of base cards in my packs which wasn't a problem to me when the base look this good. I am also one of very few collectors who still collect base.

My favorite card from the packs I opened was actually this David Meggett. I like the angle of the picture. You don't usually see a picture capturing a running back before they make their move past the line. Very cool.


Another GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG-MEN!

My best non-Giants player from the packs. The one and only John Elway!

And my insert pulls. I landed both of these in the first pack I opened. 1:3 pack odds and both were stuck together in the same pack. Not going to argue with that success!
Overall, a few PC adds and a couple of 90 insert pulls at a great price. This break left me craving for more.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

HOBBY TOPIC: 2015 Prizm Baseball

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:

BREAKING NEWS! I am going to add Hobby Topic more often throughout the week when more products are previewed or released. That way you can leave your opinion on each of these products along with other hobby topics as well. I have also changed the POST TITLE and added what the topic is about. I have also added info on the products when the topic is about them. This should be fun!!

What are your guys thoughts on 2015 Panini Prizm Baseball? Do you like the design? Do you like all of the parallels it brings? On-card autos? What else would you like to see in Prizm or Panini change about the product? And any other thoughts you have.

Here are some images and information for you to nibble on to help with this discussion. 


Panini America 2015 Prizm Baseball Rusney Castillo Camo

Panini America 2015 Prizm Baseball Dustin Pedroia 

Panini America 2015 Prizm Baseball Javy Baez Tie Dye 

Panini America 2015 Prizm Baseball George Brett  
Each hobby box of 2015 Prizm Baseball will have six cards per pack and 12 packs per box. There will be two autographs, nine Prizm parallels (including three numbered versions) and an assortment of inserts featuring two Passion, one USA Baseball, one Diamond Marshals, one Fresh Faces and one Fireworks.

Breakin Wax:1999 Upper Deck HoloGrFx Football 3-Pack Break

Upper Deck has always been known for their sweet photography on their base cards and for being hobby firsts in innovation. They to me are also known for putting out some of the most impressive non-photography products in the 90's as well.

One immediately comes to mind in Upper Deck HoloGrFX.
Upper Deck
In every pack of 1999 Upper Deck HoloGrFx is 3 cards. I found my packs at Jammin JDcards for only $1.25 and you can to right HERE.

The base cards were a bit thicker than normal and had a very nice "square" holographic background design to them. I will kick it off with my best player hit from the pack lot. As a Giants fan, I cringe at the sight of Emmitt after so many years of abuse to my team. But, as a collector, I smile.


Back Of The Cards

Rookies that fall 1:3 packs. I didin't care much for the photo they chose for this one however. It makes him look like he was trying to find a spot in the quantum leap swirl to drop off a number 2.

A nice insert pull of Troy Aikman. These fall at 1:4 packs.

And the bigger boom of the lot. 1:17 gold auSOME parallel Rookie FrFX of Torry Holt. This was a great pull!
Overall, well worth the $1.25. It was worth it alone for the base cards, then you add on the two nice insert pulls, it was an auSOME break. See what I did there ;)

I need to go back to Jammin JDcards for some more!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Breakin Wax:1996 Zenith Football 11-Pack Break

In 1996, Pinnacle released a product that had a high-end feel to it. One that I really enjoyed and couldn't get enough of my hands onto. One that I pulled one of my biggest hits out of in the 90's. What am I talking about, I am talking about 1996 Zenith Football.

Every pack of 1996 Zenith football contained 6 cards consisting of veterans and "rookies". I put the "" around the rookies because Zenith called the rookies from 1995 rookies in this product. I found my packs at Jammin JDcards for a crazy $1 a pack!!!!! Back in the day they were close to $5. You can check out them HERE.

There were three different base card designs. The cards were printed on a thicker cardstock and the base cards just had this elegant design and feel to them. This was my favorite from the packs. Of course I would choose one of my favorite ALL TIME Giants.


Back of the card

Subset, Proof Positive

And the 1995 rookies. Nice looking design here as well.

I already dig the base cards in Zenith, but something that excited me even more were the inserts. There were some beautifully designed ones such as these. Noteworthy '95 that fell 1:12 packs. I pulled two great players as well.

And while I have you reading this, I will tell you about my best pull from the 90's that came in this product. Once at a card show, I was getting ready to leave when something told me that I needed to go back in and pick up two more packs of Zenith. So I did. I got back out to my car and opened them.....BOOM! 1:72 odds and I pulled a 1996 Zenith Z-Team of Emmitt Smith! The card was a huge hit at the show and I received many offers for it immediately. The bad part is that I took one. I regret it a bit now and wished I still had the card which by the way is on my Want List.

As for this break goes, the trip down memory lane, add on the nice base cards which added a few more Giants to my PC, and you add on the two nice insert pulls and I felt really satisfied with this break and once again this is another 90's product that left me craving for more.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

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!

What are your guys thoughts on Upper Deck's new upcoming hockey card release 2014-2015 O-Pee-Chee Platinum? Do you like the design? Is this something you would like UD to expand to other sports with? Is there something you would improve about it?

Here are some images for you to nibble on to help with this discussion.

2014-15-NHL-O-Pee-Chee-Platinum-Black-Parallel-Carey-Price 

2014-15-NHL-O-Pee-Chee-Platinum-Parallel-Rookie-Jonathan-Drouin 

2014-15-NHL-O-Pee-Chee-Platinum-Legend-Die-Cut-Autograph-Wayne-Gretzky

Leave your thoughtful comments below!

90's Flashback:1996 Sp Holoview Drew Bledsoe

I would question you as a collector if you were not attracted to this card.

Upper Deck always put out nicely done hologram cards especially as inserts in the 90's. In my opinion, other than the Spx products of the late 90's, the 1996 Holoview insert was the most impressive of the hologram family. Once again it's something I wished Upper Deck would bring back. Of course they would need an NFL license (or MLB and NBA) first and that is something that all of us can only dream about for now.

But, while we are dreaming of Upper Deck and NFL again, Upper Deck already put these out for our enjoyment. Go pick yourself up one, you will not regret it.