Saturday, July 18, 2015

AWESOME Trade With Jaybarkerfan's Blog


A few months ago I kept hearing buzz around Jaybarkerfan's blog when reading other blogs, so I thought I would go check it out. So glad that I did!

Recently he put up a post that was loaded with trade goodies. I sadly didn't get there quick enough for a few other things I wanted as it was first claim, first get, but I did get to claim two I really wanted. When the mail day arrived, I also noticed many other goodies included as well.

Up first, I will show the two that I got to claim.

First is this 90's relic from Collectors Edge of Trajan Langdon. I guy I used to watch being a Duke fan.



Up next was a 2009 UD Icons Letterman of Peggy Fleming. First off, I am a huge fan of Letterman and I like unique "celeb" memorabilia. If you don't know if Fleming is, she is a figure skater and an Olympic winner one at that. I wished I could get the whole name spelled out as that is on my hobby wish list to complete a nameplate,but I couldn't find any others on eBay.
After what was already some great pickups that I traded for, he then threw in a bunch of amazing extras!

Up first is a card for my Giants PC and a numbered insert for my baseball insert PC

Then to add to my celeb PC, he sent this /10 parallel of Scott Schwartz, who is best known for sticking his tongue to a pole in the Christmas Story. Pretty cool!


Then he even covered my Rueben Randle PC with this beautiful Rueben Randle red refractor!!! I definitely don't have this bad boy and it's numbered to 75!


Up next he threw in a couple more celeb relics for my PC. I thought the Rider Relic was awesome and also reminds me why I miss Press Pass and their outside of the box creative thinking. I didn't have one of the Rider Relics but have always wanted one.


And finally, added another relic to my David Wilson collection. Once again, one I didn't have.
A huge thanks is in order for Jaybarkerfan for this trade. I am blown away and loved all of it. Thanks goes out to you for the original trade and the extras. I also hope you enjoyed what I sent the first time and what I will be mailing soon for the second trade.

This was just the first of two, possibly three trades I have done with JBF in the past week (I must also note I will share the other trade results when they arrive) and I highly recommend him as a trader. Also, if you haven't yet, please go check out his blog that you can find, HERE.
As always, thoughts on my mail days are always welcomed!

Like Basketball Cards? Here Ya Go Part 1

I have already revealed some of the goodies on here that I got from my former teacher's son, but now I am getting into the heart and soul of the lot. THE BINDERS. There were two binders overall and both were super packed with stuff. Most of it was basketball, but there were a few baseball and even football sprinkled in.

So if you are a fan of basketball cards or even was at one point, especially in the 90's, you are gonna wanna check these out!

I think the best way to sum up these pages it just to point out a few favorites of mine off each page. If not, I could go on for hours and you will leave early. So, here we go.

I was a huge fan of Ex in the late 90's. The cards were stunning and possibly the best base cards of the 90's other than the late Spx years. Though I wasn't a Mashburn fan (being a Knicks fan in the 90's any Heat players cramped my style), I am a huge fan of the design.

HAKEEEEEEEEEEEMM OLAJUWON!! Flair Showcase was the bomb! Was super stoked that Upper Deck revived it last year.

Metal was another fun product. The PMG's were rare hits and something I am still trying to chase down one of from the 90's. I don't care about the player, I JUST NEED ONE!

If you have paid attention to my blog, you know my love of rookie card collecting. Lots here including Jermaine O'Neal.

Hello Mr. Robinson....sorry just had to....

More metal and one of my other favorite products, Fleer Ultra. This particular design was probably my favorite one.

Like I said, there are a few other sports sprinkled in. I really liked these Jackie Robinsons from 1997 Upper Deck.

And the end of the pages for today's posts were delivered.....by...THE MAILMAN, Mr. Karl Malone! Seems this guy I bought them from liked collecting Malone. I really liked watching him and wished just once he could have beaten Jordan in the finals and had won a championship.

The Stadium Club here, middle card of the page, was one of my favorite designs for that product.

I really liked these Hardwood Leader inserts. They fell one-per-pack in Fleer and was part of the reason why I bought so much Fleer basketball in the 90's.
I was pretty impressed overall with both binders with the mix of sports, rookies and inserts.

Today's post is only a minimal preview of what is to come, there are MORE Malone's in the next part too. I hope you come back and view the rest!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Breakin Wax:1995 Fleer Football Box

Being someone who is usually into good photography base cards, it may be a surprise to many of you my love of 1995 Fleer that happens to be the complete opposite. There is just something about the brightly colored base cards, flashy inserts and the chance at hitting an insert-packed HOT PACK that kept drawing my attention in the 90's and even drew me to want to bust one right now in the 2000's.

So to kick off that auction lot I posted about awhile back, I will be breaking down the box of 1995 Fleer football I opened. I will also reveal what I paid for it and what Beckett "value" I got vs cost. I will be doing this for each of the boxes I got from the auction just for fun. So hold on tight.....this is going to be one great ride!

(First off I must note that I misplaced my box picture so you will have to deal with a pack photo instead haha)
In each box of 1995 Fleer Football there are 36 packs. In each pack there is 11 cards and within those 11 cards is one Flair Preview and one other insert. Boxes usually run around $25.

As I stated above, the base card designs are very colorful and bold. They also come in 6 different designs.

The back of the cards are just as colorful
 

As I stated above, you will get one Flair Preview per pack. This was a preview set of the upcoming release. I had this set growing up but lost it. However, a year ago I re-added it to my collection from an eBay buy. There were a ton of doubles which hurt my odds of putting together a second set.


All the other inserts in the product don't have a specific odds attached to them. The wrapper states them as 1:3-1:37 packs across the production. But, I think below we can clearly see which ones are tougher than others.

Now let's take a look at the other inserts!

Let's kick it off with inserts on the dance floor! Yes, to me, this looks like a 90's dance floor. I had horrible luck in this box getting many doubles. They still look pretty cool though!

Another insert set in Fleer '95 was TD Sensations. I fell one card short of the set in my box and the three doubles I had were not a big help.

Up next was another set I fell one card short of. Fleer Provisions. We all know about that set since it's been apart of Fleer for many years. The cool thing about this one is that all six cards put together fit together.

I always had a thing for these. The NFL Prospect insert set is not only very eye appealing, even though I got doubles once again, but they also feel unique. A mixture of rough surface with a touch of smooth surface on the player and the NFL Prospect writing. Just a really cool blend of colors.

And finally the "tough" pull of the box and it's also a very cool looking insert, Aerial Assault. Aerial Assaults are the rarest insert in Fleer '95 falling at a rate of roughly one-per-box.
Overall, a trip back to my past. It was a lot of fun to be able to bust one of these again.and I really enjoyed looking at each card. Probably not something I would bust again just because there was already a lot of cards in this break, but I am definitely going to seek out the missing cards I need for the insert sets. Wish me luck!

Now for the breakdown. I took the inserts, star players from the base and rookies, there was only one with Bengals QB Jeff Blake and got a rough Beckett Book Value for it:

Here is what I paid: $4.50 for the box
Here is what I roughly got in Beckett Book Value from it: $93

Seems I made out pretty well. I already felt like that without the numbers.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Time To Say Goodbye

It has taken me months to realize that I just don't have the time/energy/other reasons to run multiple blogs and every time I try to start to post on them, I realize it more and more. I think that is why I have also taken some of what I wanted from each blog and added it to Sport Card Collectors to make it one blog and not four. That may be part of the reason why I believe Sport Card Collectors has had it's best year yet and why I finally am happy with the way it's turning out.

With myself finally facing this sad reality, I have decided to say goodbye to my other blogs. Yes, I have tried this before, but this time it's for real. I am not going back to them. The final posts on there are the final posts.

So let's send these off for the final time. If you hadn't checked them out before, well, here you go. I have also made a few small notes below with each blog giving you a quick rundown on each and another tidbit or two.

Enjoy and make sure you say your final goodbye to new posts on these other blogs :)

THE CARD BIN: I started this blog up to do more opinion stories, personal collecting and writing at a time when Sport Card Collectors had just been about card pictures. Well, as you have seen, I have steadily increased more writing on here and more about what I collect so I must thank The Card Bin blog for that.

That 90's Sport Card Blog: Still one of my favorites of the group especially in terms of design and boldness. But, I have increased a 90's presence on here and plan to do even more with it down the road. So the need for a separate blog based on this topic isn't really needed though it was fun.

The Trading Card Want List: The baby of the group. I was really hoping this would take off but it never did. All I was attempting to do was help collectors fill their want lists but listing them out for other collectors. It was easy to use but nobody ever used it. So what started as a dream, fell to the hashtag #CollectFail.

Even though I am a bit sad about ditching these, I know that they will always still live on as I don't plan on pulling them down. I also know that a part of them exists right here on this blog.

So please goodbye to my other blogs. Sport Card Collectors however WILL continue on!

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TOPIC:
Do you blog? How many blogs do you run? Did you think blogging would be so time consuming when first starting?

Throwback CARDSday:1976 Topps Larry Ball


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

90's Flashback:1994 Fleer Ultra League Leader Kenny Lofton

Did you just see that dust? Yup, that was Kenny Lofton stealing second. Now third.

Fleer Ultra came out with some pretty impressive looking inserts in the 90's for baseball, basketball and football. This one is dulled down a bit compared to most, but still fits in my 90's PC and is cool looking to an extent.

I acquired this card from my buddy Tim Y on Twitter. I am still catching up on cards he mailed me from the 90's along with a few others I have picked up myself and some from 90's Niche Football blog. In order to do this and share my passion of 90's collecting, there will be a new segment after a few more of these 90's Flashback cards that will help. Stay tuned!


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:

Player Collectors! How do you choose which player to PC?

Are they top notch rookies? Do they have a certain appeal? Do they live by you? Went to school or to your school at some point?

I am intrigued by your responses as I am one that can't stick to just one player! I want to know how you guys do it!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I Miss The Hobby Episode 1

I miss the hobby.......back when an LCS was around. The joy of taking that 20 minute drive to meet up with other collectors and discuss the hobby was always an amazing experience. It was also something that my father and I did every Saturday and left those everlasting memories.

Now, there is a pizza shop (there have been a few businesses that have bounced in and out from that location since) where the LCS once stood over 20 years ago.Yes, I love pizza and the extraordinary smell and taste of it. But, there was just something about the smell of a card shop and the scent that wafts from a fresh pack of cards.You can make memories at a pizza shop, but they won't ever be the same offering a card shop would give.

I wished someday that a new LCS would open up somewhere, but I know the sad reality, there won't ever be one. The loss of that LCS killed the hobby off around my area and the collectors that were once around, are no more. I know I am probably not the only one in this boat as I see collectors across social media discussing daily about not having an LCS. I know you feel for me as I feel for you.

Every day the hobby changes, some things are positive, some are not. This series will take a look at the sad realities not only affecting me, but affecting the hobby as well. Some of these you may agree with, some you may not. Others you may not think about their impact. So stay tuned for more!

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Topic:
Do you have an LCS? If not, what do you miss about it? If you do, tell me about it.

Monday, July 13, 2015

CAPTION THIS CARD!

This card is crying out for a Caption.


Leave a caption below for this card. Please keep it free of language and clean please for our younger audience!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

SA-GE Cards Mail Day:Bit Spicy

Over the July 4th weekend, SA-GE cards on Twitter held a contest in which you post a picture of what you were doing that weekend. Mine was totally about the grilling.

Anyways, I know a lot of you always comment on my contest luck, well, I do enter many and host many. But, this one doesn't have to do with luck as SA-GE picked all 27 people who entered to win. Now, that doesn't happen all of the time. There were some great prizes up for grabs including an Amari Cooper autographed card that I had hoped would land in my mail box. Well, it didn't but I did get a pretty nice card.

Here was my haul from that contest that arrived yesterday.


And here is the Bit of  Spice that was in my blog title. It's nicely die cut and numbered to 10.
Overall, pretty cool additions.I always like adding autographs to the rookie PC.

Thanks again to SA-GE cards for the mail day and for always giving back to their fans on Twitter.

Breakin Wax: 2015 Panini Father's Day 13-Pack Break

One of my favorite promotions and the only one I am able to participate in without an LCS nearby, because I go on vacation at that time, Panini Father's Day promo is usually one I save up money and go big for in terms of buying product to get the free packs. And no before you ask, I don't plan my vacation around the Father's Day promo....well....maybe I do...shhhhh just don't tell the misses :)

Anyway, last year I was able to open 16 packs but this year I was down a bit and could only do 13. Overall this is my third straight year of being able to participate in the promotion due to the fact my vacation spot has an LCS. Which you have known about my many purchases, and some you don't, with my posts this week. I might share the other purchase results at a later date as I mainly condensed my favorites down this week.. And I also have a TON of stuff backed up to post.

Before I continue on with this break post, I must apologize for this being two weeks after the fact, but I was on vacation away from the computer and then was trying to catch up on all of my other posts first. So without further ado, here are my results from my 2015 Panini Father's Day packs. Wasn't nearly as exciting as last years, but I did get a few good hits.

Here are the base cards I pulled.

Andrew Luck base and College parallel. I also got a college parallel of John Wall.

Numbered rookies. Some decent ones.

Then came my hits. Nice sized swatch.

Cracked Ice!!!! This is a nice looking card and is an a prime example of why I like this promo.

And my best pull and one for my PC, Ken Griffey Jr Father's Day patch.
Overall, not nearly as good as last years in terms of my luck when I got 8 hits or so. But, I still like the cards and I did get some nice hits. The Griffey was by far my favorite.

I am already looking forward to the 2016 Father's Day promo and of course my next vacation as well.

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TOPIC:
What do you think about Panini's promos such as Fathers Day or Black Friday? Do they drive you more to your LCS? What's the best pull you have ever gotten out of one of these promos? Let me hear your responses!