Saturday, July 25, 2015

I Miss The Hobby Episode 2

I miss the hobby.....back when card shows were around.There was nothing more fun than spending a few hours on a Sunday strolling through and hanging out at a card show.

Every third Sunday of the month, 20 years ago, there used to be a card show. This card show was located about an half hour from my house, so the trip wasn't too shabby, and was held inside of a VFW Hall. There wasn't a lot of tables usually set up, roughly 20 maybe 30 on a good day, but it was worth the trip to interact with other collectors and see if they had anything you needed. And of course to buy some unopened wax from the card shop owner who ran the show.

The cost to enter the show was $2 and it also gave you a ticket for a chance at prizes that were drawn every hour. The longer you were there for, the better chance you had to win a prize. It's been awhile but if I recall correctly, I must had won that four times at least.

Having gone to that show for many years also created many memories. The two that stood out the most was one I had shared on here previously about my friends uncle pulling the Joe Montana autographed card from 1996 Spx football right after I had bought packs from the same box. My second memory was pulling a 1996 Zenith Z-Team Emmitt Smith from a fresh box of 1996 Zenith. I had six offers up front for that card which later on I would end up trading. Oddly enough I am in search of one to add to my collection now in memory of pulling that one. They seem to be very tough to find as I all I can locate are "promo" versions.

In Episode 1, I shared how I missed having a card shop around and how I don't ever expect one around again, well, same goes for a card show too. It's a just something I have known for awhile and have dealt with in different ways. In this hobby, you learn to adjust.

Stay tuned for more I Miss The Hobby segments coming up!

Do you still have card shows you can go to? What's your favorite part? Least favorite? If you don't have one, how do you replace the feeling of having one? Let me hear your thoughts!

Friday, July 24, 2015

YANKin In A Mail Day:Grady M. Mail Day Part 1

There is nothing more exiciting then when you know a package is on it's way. We all know that feeling as card collectors. When Sport Card Collector reader Grady messaged me and told me to keep my eyes out for an all baseball mail day, I kept them wide open and checked the mail daily.

Up first in my mail day from Grady, will be the Yankee portion of it. Well, most of the Yankees. I saved some for the shiny part of it. I believe there will be 4-5 parts to this overall spread out over the next week or so. So as Grady would tell me, KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED for rest of the mailings.

I am glad to have found some 2015 Yanks in there. I still don't have many this year and sadly my first base card of Stephen Drew in a Yanks uni.

A-Rod's 2015 Topps base is in this next batch. He is having a surprising year and to me the Yanks as well. I just wished I could respect A-Rod like I once did but that's what the 'roid accusations does to me and players.

A good mix of players here...

and here. Man I miss the days of Paul O'Neill.

Stadium Club base! Look at those amazing photos. I wished more Topps brands looked like this and not artsy. I think my favorite of this group is the Rivera.

Two of my other favorite Topps brands are Gypsy Queen and Allen and Ginter. I need to find myself some 2015 Ginter somewhere.

And closing up this portion of the mail day are some nice Ruths.
A nice opening to this mail day. But, as I stated, there is more to come. So come back and be ready for those!


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Throwback CARDSday:1953 Topps George Kell

(note:This at one point was my oldest card til this year. I found this one in a commons box at a yard sale)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Results And Thoughts On Favorite Topic Voting

About the start of July, I had you guys vote on your favorite blog segments. This was supposed to run til the end of July but I hadn't seen any voting in over a week, so I thought it was time to pull it and show you the results.

Here they are:

Hobby Topic
  4 (23%)
Caption This!
  3 (17%)
Breakin Wax
  4 (23%)
  8 (47%)
What's In The Box?
  6 (35%)
General Stories
  6 (35%)
90's Flashback
  7 (41%)
Throwback CARDSday
  4 (23%)
I Miss The Hobby
  4 (23%)
This vs That
  5 (29%)
Hobby Tips
  4 (23%)

It's pretty even across the board as I expected as most of my posts have similar amount of views. I was a bit surprised with the lack of excitement with Caption This however, but I don't plan on pulling that and even have one coming up this week. I think it's fun to see what you guys come up with.

I was happy to see good numbers for my Reviews (I put up to an hour into EACH one) and for 90's Flashback as many must have the same love for that era I do.

As I stated when putting up this poll, this wasn't meant for change, this was meant to give me an idea in general to see if I can increase in one area more than another. These topics and others will remain intact.

Now that the votes are in, I want to ask you straight out knowing you can only choose one, which topic do you enjoy reading the most?

Breakin Wax:1997-1998 Upper Deck Basketball Series 1 Box

This is the third box from the auction lot I posted about awhile back. I thought doing a basketball one may break up the many football ones.

So here we go!
Out of the many boxes from the auction lot, this one right here was the one I was most excited about. However, after opening it, it was the one I was most disappointed with. Well, anyways I will stick break it down for ya!

In every box of 1997-1998 Upper Deck Series 1 Basketball is 28 packs with 12 cards per pack.I found one box listed on eBay for an amazing $259.99. Guess I should had tried to sell it!!! LOL!

The base set looks very nice and clean. A small side border with action photography. Some of the base cards are even "Game Dated" to a specific event. Coincidentally enough, Upper Deck had a "Game Dated" parallel in the product too that looks very similar to these cards except it had a "foil" type background. Those were extremely rare pulls.

Back of the base card.

I know I have already shown you what a base card looks like, but I had to showcase one of the top photography shots in the product. Amazing! But, this is what Upper Deck is known for.

The rookies in the product were not easy to find unless you knew them by name or look at the back of the card to see if they are college or NBA stats. I pulled the best there was in 1997-1998 in NBA Champion Tim Duncan. Actually I pulled two. I will say however the photo for Van Horn is a bit odd and scary and feels out of place amongst the other photos in the product.

There were also a couple of Subsets in the product with Jams '97, really showcasing that UD photography and Court Perspective showing what some players do off the court.

Here are the Team Mates inserts I pulled. Well, in my case, they are a bunch of 'Mates. It was odd not pulling one of the Team players out of the box. They fell at a 1:4 rate. The best of my group was David Robinson.

And finally, I pulled 2 (1:12 odds), Michael Jordan Air Time Departure inserts.
Overall, my box felt real lacking. No big time inserts, fell flat even in the base card and rookie department for a box packing 28 packs. I didn't expect to pull a UD Game Jersey card or Game Dated insert, but there were plenty of other inserts I was hoping to find. It was a bit disappointing since it was the most expensive box I bought in the lot, but at the same time it was fun being able to bust open some UD from the 90's.

Now for the breakdown. I took the inserts, star players and rookies and got a rough Beckett Book Value for it:

Here is what I paid: $11 for the box
Here is what I roughly got in Beckett Book Value from it:$79

I did okay for what I paid, but I expected so much more in my mind.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


WHAT'S IN THE BOX??!!!! I yelled, well, quietly yelled to myself making a movie reference from the ending of Seven. Cause honestly like Brad Pitt, I had no idea what was inside this shoe box.

If you read Part 1, you know that I didn't find a head like in the movie. And if I had, it wouldn't have been my box and that would have another topic for another day :-P But I did find some Olympic cards from the back of a cereal box. This time, it's something a bit more interesting. A 2013 limited edition Christmas Card from Upper Deck.

In the mail a couple of years ago, I received an envelope from Upper Deck. I wasn't expecting anything from them so this caught me by complete surprise. I had no idea what was inside, but I knew coming from them that it had to be good.

Inside was this Wayne Gretzky Holiday card. I loved watching Wayne skate as we all know, he was/is The Great One. I found it to be an interesting/cool collectible of one of my favorite hockey players and I also dug the design. I did see that others received them but not sure on how many of these were sent out, they could be limited.

The back of the card is a thank you to loyal collectors, long-time partners and dedicated fans. They must know how much I enjoy and have enjoyed their products.

Also inside the envelope was this small writeup from Chris Carlin. I wouldn't get it graded though cause the centering is awful ;) #BadHobbyJoke
I was glad to have found this again because I had forgotten about it. I really need to get it into a larger sized top loader so the card won't get bent. Cause who knows if I will ever see another cool thing like this again and I might display it too.

Part 3 of What's In The Box will be coming up soon! Stay tuned for more fun ahead.

Monday, July 20, 2015

UPDATES! Rueben Randle Rainbow, Andre Williams, 90's Spx Project

I was thinking that it was about time I gave an update on some of my chases since it has been awhile since they have been mentioned on here. The sad thing is there isn't much of an update.

Let's start off with an update on the 90's Spx Project where I have been trying to complete all Spx base sets from 96-98 from all sports. Well, there isn't one. I haven't been able add any recently but I am still keeping an eye out and they are still on My Most Wanted list with a bunch of other items both hard and easy.

Up next, my Rueben Randle 2012 Topps Chrome rainbow. I am trying so hard to finish up my first rainbow. The first 9 pieces of my rainbow came for under $20 and I was rolling. Since then, I sadly watched the Super disappear from eBay as it was too high for me but not for someone else. Currently I am watching the GOLD and RED refractors on eBay waiting til I can afford them. Luckily they haven't sold in months and keep being relisted.

As for Andre Williams, I have only added a few of cards to that PC since my last update. Nothing too big, but every piece counts.


I hope to add some more to these chases in the next few months and re-update you all at that point.

Til then, thanks for reading and keep checking in!

Breakin Wax:1995 Fleer Ultra Series 1 Football Box

Fleer Ultra. A brand that many can appreciate from it's open base card photography to its well designed inserts. I know it's one of my ALL TIME favorite products and I am glad that Upper Deck found a way to bring back the classic brand last year. Because something this good, just shouldn't die.

So to continue off from that auction lot I posted about awhile back, I will be now be breaking down the box of 1995 Fleer Ultra football I opened. I will also reveal what I paid for it and what Beckett "value" I got vs cost. I will be doing that 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!

In every box of 1995 Fleer Ultra football is 36 packs. In each pack there is 12 cards with one of those cards being a Gold Medallion. Boxes run now-a-days for $25 or so.

The base card design for Fleer Ultra is magnificent. No borders, a gold foil for the players name and team name and some great photography. I couldn't be happier with these base cards.

Even the backs of the cards are nicer than some base done now. A three picture layout with a touch of gold foil for the players name, very nice!

Here are some of the key rookies I pulled including Kerry Collins, Tyrone Wheatley, Ty Law and Steve McNair. The players for the most part are featured in their college uni's or training camp ones.

As I stated above, there is one Gold Medallion per pack. They are some of the coolest parallels I have seen. The card is completely gold foil except the player. I thought to show you an example it was best to put the base and parallel next to each other.

Here are the other Gold Medallions in the box including six NY Giants, Troy Aikman and 2 Emmitt Smiths.

Now it's time for the rest of the inserts. Just like 1995 Fleer, 1995 Ultra didn't have specific odds per insert. They ranged from 1:5-1:37 according to the package. But, I think it's safe to say you can tell which ones are tougher.

Just like with my first box break from the auction, the 1995 Fleer, my second break also had issues with insert collation. But, that didn't get me down. Look at these really sweet designed Award Winners. I really like the trophy hidden in the background. Somebody knew how to design a themed insert.

I even got a Gold Medallion parallel of them too!

Up next is Ultra Achievement. Very 90's colorful.

Next is 2nd Year Standouts. Pretty cool layout on these.

Up next, Touchdown Kings. Odd choice of players other than Young, but I did get a Gold Medallion parallel of Carl Pickens.

Then 1st Rounders. Best ones were the Joey Galloway and Warren Sapp.

And my big hit of the box, rumored to fall at 1:37 and is the best one out of the set if not the entire product (Other than it's Gold Medallion parallel version of course)..... an acetate Rising Star of Brett Favre!!!!

Overall, big scores galore here. The Emmitt Smith Gold Medallions are not shabby, I got plenty of the good rookies and the Brett Favre Rising Star set me over the top with excitement. Plus it was a lot of fun being able to go back and bust something I opened a lot of in the 90's. Trust me, if you were a collector in the 90's and busted one of these, you would feel the same.

Sadly due to the amount of cards in the box, I probably wouldn't open another but you can never count that out with a right deal :)

Now for the breakdown. I took the inserts, star players and rookies 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: $201

Seems I did extremely well. I already felt like that without the numbers.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

90's Flashback:1995 Fleer Emmitt Smith

One of the NFL's greatest RB's and one of my most hated and respected as a Giants fan is being featured in today's 90's Flashback.

Fleer put out a pretty interesting base card set in 1995 that featured 6 different designs which is pretty odd for base set. But, I really enjoyed the uniqueness of the base set and the designs it brought.

Here is just one of the six. More of them could be featured in this segment in the future.