Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Oldest Baseball Card I Own.....Now

Yesterday was my only mail day of the week but it was a great one.

I got a package from Jammin JDcards(I will show this off another day but let's just say it helps out #MissionGriffey) and another from @RJDUB81 that contained a contents from a contest I had won which is what this post is all about.  

Up for grabs in the contest, was this Bowman Chrome Prospect auto of Daniel Corcino that fits right into my rookie card PC. But, what I didn't know was what he was throwing in for extras.

First up for an extra was this Momentum rookie card of Chris Harper. Sometimes you never know with these guys which is why I hold onto all of them.

Then a Neon Deion Sanders Museum Collection base card  I didn't care much for him when he was a Cowboy as he drove me nuts when he played the Giants. I can accept this card into my collection. I know a lot would look at base and toss them, but I collect base cards and always have.

And finally to my shock, would be the oldest card I would own overall...

A 1952 Bowman Marlin Stuart card. And when I say shock, I wasn't joking. I was in such shock I was holding this card that I actually messaged him to ask if it was real lol. I hadn't ever thought it would happen. It's a beautiful card and by far the oldest baseball and sport card in my collection. I have always wanted to own a 1952 Bowman card and didn't care who the player was and now I have one. I actually have one!

And in case you were wondering, the back of the card is just as purty!
A huge thanks goes out to @RJDUB81 for this beauty and for the rest of the contest winnings. If you are not following him yet on Twitter, please do so. Great guy and he has random contests!

What's the oldest baseball or any sport card you own?

Fireworks Of Hits!

Today is the fourth of July. The time for celebration of our independence with BBQ s, parades, picnics and of course, fireworks.

I thought a fun way to celebrate this holiday card-wise would be to showcase some (I couldn't do them all or get all of the photos to upload) of the best fireworks, my hits, I have landed over the past three years. So sit back and enjoy the show!





I hope you enjoyed this drool gallery and I wish all of you a Happy and Safe Fourth of July!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Review:2015 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Football

Panini's second CLC release comes in the form of another Panini favorite of mine, Prizm. To me, Prizm has tied Topps Chrome. Never thought any product would do that. But, I love the parallels that Prizm presents as they are both creative and shiny.

How did Draft Picks stack up, well, you know what to do....READ ON!

In every box of 2015 Prizm Draft Picks football, you will find 12 packs per box with 5 cards per pack. You will also find two autographs, 24 Draft Picks, four Prizms, one Stained Glass insert and three additional inserts.A nice layout without being overdone as finding the Prizm parallels and inserts may help drive up their values a bit. Box prices are nice running mostly around $55 a box.

The design is simple. Chromed cards with a player in the forefront all done in their college uni's. There are 250 cards in the base set with 100 of those being veterans.....
250 card base set including 100 current NFL players in their Alma Mater uniforms & 150 Draft Picks - See more at:
250 card base set including 100 current NFL players in their Alma Mater uniforms & 150 Draft Picks - See more at:

and 150 of them being rookies/draft picks such as this Mariota. He was actually the top find in my box with only a couple rookies per pack and 24/150 per box.

My box was pretty good in terms of getting Prizm parallels. I got 7 total. You can look for the following lineup of Prizms:
  • Prizms
  • Red Power Prizms
  • Camo Prizms #/199
  • Purple Flash Prizms #/99
  • Blue Prizms #/75
  • Tie-Dyed Prizms #/49
  • Red, White and Blue Mojo Prizms #/25
  • Gold Prizms #/10
  • Green Prizms #/5
  • Orange Prizms #/5
  • Black Finite Prizms 1/1
 I found 5 regular Prizms and one blue and one Camo in my box.
Camo, Purple Flash, Blue, Tie Dye, Red White & Blue, Gold, Green & Black Finite. - See more at:

250 card base set including 100 current NFL players in their Alma Mater uniforms & 150 Draft Picks - See more at:

The other inserts just look cool! They are well designed and the Prizm shine makes them look even more outstanding. However, I would have liked to have seen these as regular cards first and have a Prizm parallel to. Not just straight up Prizms for all. Seems to make more sense but none-the-less they look really nice. Of course that may be the 90's collector in me coming out as well.

Here is a defensive die cut insert. Literally d and a fence. Very cool.


JAMEIS AGAIN! I totally dig this design! Die Cuts look even more impressive.

And my favorite design of them all....WICKED NICE (in a Boston accent) Stained Glass insert. These are stunning and even more so in person.

MEMORABILIA CARDS: N.A Don't think this product needs them. Already enough content to keep most of us happy.

Seems the autographed cards in Prizm are Prizms. My box was a weak one in terms of players as I got Cody Prewitt and for the second straight draft picks product Mike Davis. Starting to wonder if he is the Michael Egnew of this class. At least the Davis is a camo parallel. 

I do like the design though. 

My box was weak, but with some very tough parallel pulls to be had and a nice price point, I can't see why you wouldn't bust one of these just for fun. I am not really much of a college card collector but these attracted me right away. 

I recommend brushing off my weak box and giving one a try yourself especially if you are a fan of shiny things. It truly can't hurt. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review:2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Football

In Panini's first release with it's newly acquired CLC license, they decided to go with one of their top products to showcase to us what to expect from their new sport line of cards. I can say as a collector of mostly NFL cards, I did find this product intriguing. I wanted to see how Panini would approach this and how it would look on one of my favorite Panini products.

Did it pass the grade? Read on!

In every box of 2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks football, you get 24 packs with 8 cards per pack. In every pack expect an insert or two and every box should deliver 5 autographs with most landing 6. The cost of a box will run you just under $120 which is the norm for Contenders.

Each box should break down to the following:
The base card design is a carbon copy of the design of the 2014 Contenders. I wasn't really a fan of that but at least it was a nice looking one. The base set showcases veterans in their college colors.

There are 100 total base cards in the product. 

Back of the card
Yes, I put a question around these as I can't tell you if they are an insert or a base set of their own. Game Day tickets are where you find rookies at in the product and where I found top rookies like Gurley, Winston and Mariota to name a few. There are 100 in this set as well. Some may consider these an insert set, to me, it's an all rookie base set.

I do like the design on these as well and the touch of rainbow foil does just enough on them. 

Back of the card:

I didn't pull one single parallel in my box but did pull plenty of inserts. Most are from the Contenders lineup. Most had a touch of foil like the Game Day tickets. I think just that little touch of rainbow color takes an ordinary card into something more special.

These next two are probably my favorite designed of the group.

MEMORABILIA CARDS: N/A but not needed in this product.

The design is the same as 2014, the only difference are the players and the use of college logos. I didn't hit it too big in my break, but, yet it's still too early to make any judgement on any of these players quite yet. You just never know. That's the fun of collecting a product like Contenders as they are the most sought after auto rookie cards on the market.

I must note also that this product has a strong autographed checklist of players already in the NFL as well. 


My favorite autograph of the box. I am expecting BIG things from this guy!

Ooooops. What I meant to say above in inserts is that I didn't get any insert parallels, but I did get this one autograph of a Bowl Ticket. I must note that Mr. Smith has a beautiful signature.

I can't ever go against Contenders or bet against them. I didn't do very well in this box, but I have seen other strong boxes. It's still a fun bust as you hope to pull a top rookie or pro autograph and with 6 in a box and a deep checklist of players from all over, it's still worth the risk for the price.