Back when the NFL playoffs were alive, I entered a guess the score contest on Twitter from @TriCitySportsPL and was the only person who guessed it right on and took home a prize. It's been a long wait on it, but they forewarned it may be, and my prize from that win arrived this week. It was two of their baseball hobby boxes.
In today's Mail Day Saturday I am showing off one of those boxes, the second and better of the two, I am waiting to showcase next Saturday.
So here is what a 2015 TCSP 5 Star Rookie Class box is all about.
The cards inside of the box were all in a team bag which acted as a wrapper.
My first 5 cards of the 8 card pack were base cards that were protected by penny sleeves. Each card is numbered to 45 and are printed on very thick, durable card stock that has a unique feel to it almost as if it has a plastic coating. Design is not too shabby and all of the players are in no-logo uniforms.
Next card in the pack, also in a penny sleeve, was this gold parallel of Nola that is numbered to 10.
And the final two cards from the pack were autographs that were in the team bag without protection. These autographs are a bit unique. I would call them cut autos as they seem to have come from another product, possibly from another manufacturer upon further inspection.
This one was more apparent that way as I think you guys can see this too. The autographs are limited to just 20. It seems they also have some big names on the checklist of guys like Yasiel Puig, Jose Abreu and Kris Bryant.
Not a bad break overall. I really liked the card stock they use as I don't see that being used by anyone else. Keeps the cards from being damaged easy. It would actually take a lot to damage these.
Now that you have seen the break, what do you guys think of this product?
Season's 4-6 of Supernatural brought in a ton of excitement. Whether it was meeting the Angels for the first time and character Castiel or re-appearances of Sam's demonic ally Ruby or the guest appearance of Paris Hilton in season 5 as a Pagan God, you know the Winchester's battle of good vs evil never seems to end. Which is a good thing for fans as every season continues to get better.
You know what else gets better? The newest Supernatural release by Cryptozoic.
Every box of Supernatural Seasons 4-6 comes with 24 cards and 5 cards per pack. Roughly 2-3 hits and a price tag of $75.
The base cards caption the great moments from seasons 4-6. The cards have nice photography and high gloss. There are 72 cards in the base set and I assuming you will get one base set per box.
Inserts pretty much fall one-per-pack. These fall 1:4 packs. Top left is the Notable Locations, next to it is Disguises and on the bottom is my favorite, Character Bios.
I couldn't find any info on the silver parallels for both base and inserts (they have a slight rainbow foil shine too) but I have to assume they as well fall 1:4 packs.
This one appears to be a gold parallel. These are numbered to 50.
I also couldn't find any info on this guy either. It's one of the collector bios, but much cooler. Seems to be printed on a superchrome surface if you remember those in the 90's. Slight shadowbox appeal too.
Wardrobe swatches fall 1:24 packs or one per box. There are also dual wardrobe cards that fall at a tougher 1:288 packs. I pulled Demore Barnes who played Archangel Raphael. I like the layout and design. The swatch is unique as well.
Autographs have easier odds at 1:14 packs. All are on-card and look great. The checklist for autographs is long too which ensures you a fun chase to collect them all and a good chance your favorite character will be found.
Check out the autograph checklist after I show you the two autos I found in my box.
Autograph signers for the product:
Emily Perkins as Becky Rosen
Jim Beaver as Bobby Singer
Jake Abel as Adam Milligan
Matt Cohen as Young John Winchester
Rob Benedict as Chuck Shurley
Julian Richings as Death
Lanette Ware as Raphael II
Carrie Anne Fleming as Karen Singer
Julia Maxwell as Eve
Brock Kelly as Young Dean Winchester
Genevieve Cortese Padalecki as Ruby II
Julie McNiven as Anna
Kim Johnston Ulrich as Doctor Eleanor Visyak
Lindsey McKeon as Tessa
Sebastian Roché as Balthazar
Mark Rolston as Alastair I
Mitch Pileggi as Samuel Campbell
Fredric Lehne as Azazel
Katherine Boecher as Lilith
Kurt Fuller as Zachariah
Rachel Miner as Meg
Nicholas Elia as Ben Braeden
Mark Sheppard as Crowley
Christopher Heyerdahl as Alastair II
Jessica Heafey as Gwen Campbell
Rick Worthy as Alpha Vampire
Amy Gumenick as Young Mary Winchester
Richard Speight, Jr. as Gabriel / The Trickster
Demore Barnes as Raphael I
Kim Rhodes as Sheriff Jody Mills
You can find the wardrobe and base card checklist along with other info, HERE, on Cryptozoic's website.
Overall, a solid product and decent price for what you can pull. Good autograph checklist as well. Like with any Cryptozoic product, there are surprises in every pack.
By now other than saying to yourself, I need some, you are probably wondering when the giveaway part of this review comes into play, well, now.
I have a couple more giveaways coming up too with reviews of Cryptozoic products.
Here is how the prizes break down for this one. 1st place, 1st on the random list, will win a random "hit" card. Most likely an autograph card along with a few bonuses :) 2nd place, 2nd on the random list, will win a handful of inserts
May be bonus winners with more entries. Prizes will be determined.
Now onto the small writing and how to enter.
MUST be a U.S. resident to enter. Shipping costs have gone haywire and I can't afford to ship everywhere. Sorry.
Cards will be shipped PWE
Random winners will be chosen after 7 randoms
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Sport Card Collectors or it's owner (person who runs the blog), WILL NOT be held responsible for lost, stolen or damaged mail. Sorry had to add this in since someone tried to scam me once about this.
Contest starts today, ends on Tuesday, March 8th 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on Wednesday March 9th along with the start of the review/contest. Don't miss out on those as I am giving away a 9/10 numbered card and a 1/1 in the final break.
Please make sure to thank Cryptozoic for their generosity and give them a follow on all social media sites. Please check out their website HERE as well for your trading card needs! They also have a bunch of other great items as well.
It's amazing the change in determining value in today's collecting as opposed to collecting when I entered.
in the 90's, Beckett was very relevant as a price guide. If you needed a price or value
on a card, most likely you would hear the response, "I need to look it
up in my Beckett." I remember plenty of card shows where the dealer would get out their specific Beckett and check the half book value before they sold me the card for that price.
Today, the thing you will hear most
about Beckett is their grading services and people using eBay for card values. There are very few of us who
use a Beckett for values anymore from what I have observed and heard. Me, I still use it. Not that I plan on selling, it's just fun to see a value put on your cards and keeps you wanting to beat your last highest value. I was raised and born into the hobby using a Beckett for values and as long as there are Beckett's, I don't plan on changing.
I plan to continue to search these pages for my card values
Being a collector of multiple sports, its sometimes challenging to keep up with looking up values. I at one time had subscribed to multiple Beckett magazines to cover all of my areas. But, when Beckett switched from individual monthly sports to the Beckett Sport Card Monthly, they dropped the other sports to 4 times a year (they have since switched them back to monthly), I decided to stick with the monthly one that covered all of my sports. The problem I have now is that they don't list everything I need as you can only fit so much into a monthly magazine.
Luckily I found a way to fix this problem, I buy one Baseball, Football, Basketball and Hockey card issue once a year. Cause honestly, who can afford to subscribe to them all. Prices have also gone up for them since the 90's as well.
I am just glad that there isn't much expansion in some sports as I don't have to buy individual ones for wrestling, UFC, Golf, NASCAR and
figures just yet.
I know some of you may ask why I just don't get an online subscription, well, that's a simple answer. One, it costs a lot more and doesn't fall into my finances. Two, I have stated how old fashion I am many times and how I like "physical" objects and I would rather flip through the pages instead of scroll on a computer.
It may be fun for me to see the Beckett values in hand, but when I tried to use those in a trade once I learned a valuable lesson. I learned that most collectors won't use book value anymore to judge a cards trade value. That is something that doesn't settle very well with me. If I see a card worth $100 in Beckett, I expect to trade for the same value.It does not work like that anymore and it's been a tough transaction but one that I will have to deal with.
I am not sure when the transaction from everyone using a Beckett to not using one for card value changed, but I guess it just shows the hobby continues to evolve and move forward. Are all changes like this one a good thing? Hard to tell. I still wished this one remained that way everyone can be on the same page with card values, yes pun intended, cause I think that sometimes leads to issues I have seen on many social media sites when people trade/sell/buy. At least I will always have a roundabout number.
Today's article is one in a series of ones called The Beckett Files. I sat down one night and tore threw a Beckett comparing today's Beckett to the ones I grew up with. There are definitely some ups and downs and you will see them all as I post these up.
Upon sorting I came across a John Smoltz St. Louis Cardinals baseball card and I was setback by it. John Smoltz played for the Cardinals???? I guess I had forgotten about it.
When I think of John Smoltz in uniform I think of this:
You know, his dominating years as both starting pitcher and reliever for the Atlanta Braves. The guy who was an 8 time All-Star, NL Cy Young Award Winner and a World Series Champion with the team.
Not this guy who I don't remember as a Cardinal..or technically a Red Sox pitcher either in that 2009 season. But, I guess it happened.
In Smoltz's time with the two teams, he posted terrible numbers going 3-8 with an 6.35 ERA. Not up to his standards by far. It seemed Atlanta made the right choice not offering more than they did and it seemed John made a mistake carrying on his career after Atlanta. Not the way you want to end your career but at least he didn't push himself for another season.
John is just one of many players I found that I had forgotten had been at other places. There are just some players you recognize with only one organization. That's what this new segment will be about. What player will I choose moving forward? Well, keep an eye out and you will see!
I sometimes can't fathom how long I have been blogging on here and the many changes and shifts I have made over those four years. How many ups and downs that have come along with blogging as well. I think all of us bloggers have those days of "why am I still on here?" "Do I really have to post??" "What age is blogtirement age?" "Is it over yet?"
Believe me, despite my daily dedication to blogging on here, I go through those same thoughts and 2015 was probably the most I have ever thought about them. It seemed many things were down in 2015, after a Super Bowl type of year in 2014. Comments were down, blog followers went down by 12, contest entrants were down and even those who claimed their prizes were down. There are other things that have dropped off too but I don't want to spend a day of celebration ranting of the worst. I want to move forward and think positive. That's the way I live my life as well.
So let's see how Year 4 matched up to previous years, here is the breakdown:
Year One, Sport Card Collectors blog had 68,169 overall views. 695 Twitter Followers
and 118 Facebook LIKES.
Year Two, Sport Card Collectors blog grew to 205,240
overall views, 2,206 Followers on Twitter and 147 Facebook LIKES.
Year Three, Sport Card Collectors blog grew to 340,841 overall views, 3,576 Followers on Twitter and 159 Facebook LIKES.
Year Four, Sport Card Collectors blog grew to 483,217 overall views, 4,494 Followers on Twitter and 431 Facebook LIKES.
It wasn't a bad year in terms of gaining views as that went up again, Facebook Likes went crazy and Twitter followers made a few leaps as well.
Some of my highlights among the fours years as a blogger, include being named a 3-time
Panini Player Of The Day Blog Champion (2 years co-winner), receiving a
tremendous UDRAK (Upper Deck Random Acts Of Kindness) for all that I
give back to the hobby, and finishing second out of hundreds of blogs
for the 2014 Blog Of The Year in the Bip Awards (which I was hoping would return for 2015 but it seems no blogger awards this year).
I also had a 4200+ view day on here as well this past year, which far exceeds my average of 300. Another proud moment is also never missing ONE SINGLE DAY on here in 4 years and I have totaled over 2600 posts. I have accomplished a lot to me.
Before I close up today's post, I want to say a few thanks as well to those who have played a role in the success of Sport Card Collectors. Thank you to Tracy Hackler, Scott Prusha, Jason Howarth and the Panini crew for their continued support of four years with providing prizes with reviews and for the POD contests. Thank you to BCW Supplies as well with providing prizes for contests and their support..And another thanks goes out to Cryptozoic for their support as well in helping me reward you guys. Make sure to check them all out and give them a follow on all social media sites.
I also wanted to thank the other sport card bloggers who added me to their blog list this past year. I hope to add more blogs to my read list and I hope others will add me to theirs in this next upcoming year. It's a very nice community to be apart of.
In closing, as I stated above, with every coming year of blogging, I always find ways to try and improve what I do on here and find ways to keep everyone interested for the next year. Hence all of the changes I do.Seeing how 2015 was down in certain areas, I see a need to do some revamping which you will notice starting tomorrow.
And finally, I have a tough decision to make on what to do moving forward with the Hampton Cardboard Craze blog. It hasn't caught on as well as I had hoped, but I know building a blog can take time and patience. I am just not sure if after four years of doing this one that I have that kind of patience anymore. I know I said I wouldn't back down or quit on it, but I may do so and break my word. If that was to happen, it would definitely make its appearance on here instead as a segment. Hopefully if I have to give it up I can finally realize that one blog is enough.
Thanks for reading and checking out Sport Card Collectors. Hope to see you back here again tomorrow!
One of the biggest keys to my Hampton collection isn't collecting a bunch of jersey and autograph cards, cause honestly, he doesn't have a lot out there, it's collecting those rare 90's inserts. One of those rare inserts is a Totally Certified Gold parallel /30. Well, that's no longer a need.....
Now that I have the gold, I now have the three-card rainbow. (I will post them all together at some point)
This may be one of the tougher inserts of the 90's to get, but there are others I will need to chase down of Hamptons at some point.
Thoughts on this leap day mail day are welcomed!
(BLOGGERS NOTE: This post was put together before I decided to do the
Hampton Cardboard Craze blog. You will definitely see these cards again
on that blog individually front and back and with more detail on each.
If you haven't added that blog to your read list, please do so. You can
add that blog or check it out with this link, http://hamptoncardboard.blogspot.com/ . Thanks! )