Saturday, March 12, 2016

Mail Day Saturday:2015 TCSP Top Shelf Legends Baseball Box

Last week, I showed off a 2015 TCSP 5 Star Rookie Class Baseball Box that I won in a guess the score contest on Twitter from @TriCitySportsPL and promised I would show the second box off this week. Well, here it is.

A 2015 TCSP Top Shelf Legends Baseball box.

Every box comes with 3 cards and promises to be packed with some "Top Shelf" goodness.

The cards in the box were once again packed in a team bag but well protected.
The first card in my pack was this Frank Vincent American Legends card. Don't know who he is, Frank is an actor, musician, author, and entrepreneur. He played roles in Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Casino. 
I am a big fan of the design. I think a presidents product would look awesome on a design like this with swatches.
Next card in my pack was a dual jersey of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. Once again, a nice design and doesn't look bad for a non-licensed product.
My final card and my favorite of the pack, even though I liked all three, was this Harmon Killibrew that contains a HUGE swatch of bat. Once again, nailed the design. The bat swatch used claims to be from a bat used during the 1972 season.
Overall, I was pretty impressed with this product. Looks nice, solid pulls and all of the cards are numbered. (Sorry I didn't take pictures of the backs due to time constrictions)
Now I wanna hear your impressions of it.

Friday, March 11, 2016

March Madness Card Companies Round 1 (BIG MATCH UP INVOLVED)

Before I give you the two match ups for the weekend you will have to vote on, I should probably tell you the results from the Play-In Round....and the company that will advance is....(picture American Idol with the lights going dim)....SA-GE! They took down Tri-City Sports PL pretty easily! Good luck to SA-GE in the next round.

Thank you to Tri-City Sports PL for RTing the March Madness tweet on Twitter and good luck to you next year!

Now onto the first round. Instead of doing one match up at a time, I thought that doing two at a time may be better. So I took one match up from each division and here is what you will vote on til Monday when the voting ends and two of the four companies advance:

Acetate Division
Leaf vs Cryptozoic

Cardboard Division 
Topps vs Upper Deck (this one will be big and close)

Make sure to read the rules HERE on how to vote. Please also take the time out to vote, it only takes a second. I am hoping for more votes this round than the 9 I got in the Play-In round.

Winners from these rounds will be announced on Monday and the final two match ups from those divisions will begin.

Good Luck to those companies and thanks to everyone who takes a second out to vote.

REMEMBER THE POLLS TO VOTE ON ARE LOCATED ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BLOG.  VIEW IN WEB VERSION IF ON A MOBILE DEVICE.

Not Anymore

With big moves in this years NFL Free Agency, especially for my Giants (WOOOO HOOO), I got to wondering if other collectors react the way I do when it comes to a player leaving their favorite team for someone else.

I stop collecting them.

Sometimes it's not easy especially if they were ones who played a major role on your team or helped them to a championship win. I had that situation recently with Mario Manningham who left the Giants for the 49ers after he made the incredible catch in Super Bowl 46 that helped lead the Giants on that game winning drive. But something about him in this uniform.....
 
I just couldn't do. Mostly because it wasn't blue. I kept all of his Giants cards, but his San Fran ones were treated like San Fran ones that get tossed in the by-team box. Luckily he didn't last long in San Fran, returned to the Giants only to never see the field again. At least he ended with them.

So how many of you continue collecting a player once they leave your favorite team? Or do agree with my method?  Comments are encouraged!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Forgotten Places:Drew Brees

With NFL Free Agency frenzy underway, I wanted to find a player who we seem to forget was somewhere else since they have made such a HUGE impact with their new team. The first player that came to mind, well, Drew Brees.

Not many of us, except maybe Chargers fans, remember Drew Brees as a Charger. He was drafted in the 2nd round in 2001 by them. Became the starter there in 2002 and then was a Pro Bowl player in 2004 before suffering a shoulder injury which led to Phillip Rivers and a Brees release.
 
The Drew Brees story only got better from there as he signed as a Free Agent with the Saints in 2006. Since then, he has made the Chargers regret letting him go. He not only has earned 8 Pro Bowl trips and has led all NFL quarterbacks in touchdowns, passing yards and 300-yard games since then, he also led the Saints to a Super Bowl win and was the MVP of that game. How many Super Bowls have the Chargers won or been in since his release? 0.
 
 
Drew is not only a great player on the field that makes 5,000 yard seasons look like candy, but he is also a great person off the field and a role model. True character and leader all around.

I can't think of another football player that has made more of an impact on their new team vs their old. When I think Drew Brees, I think Saints.

How many of you remember Brees as a Charger?

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

March Madness! Card Company Style!

One of my favorite times of the year is upon us, March Madness. The only legit playoffs where any team can win any day. So I got to thinking, why not combine two of my favorite things? So here it is, Card Company March Madness!

Here are a list of the companies I put together:
Panini America
Upper Deck
Topps
Leaf
SA-GE
Benchwarmers
Rittenhouse
Cryptozoic
Tri-City Sports PL

First up, I needed to do a seeding. The only fair way was to do a random so I did one. Also, there is an odd number of companies, so I thought a play-in round first to complete the seeding is needed. That's why you see Winner on the random seeding list. I decided the best match up for the play-in would be SA-GE vs Tri-City Sports PL since both do unlicensed products but good ones.

Here is how the random went.

There were 8 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Topps
  2. Rittenhouse
  3. Benchwarmers
  4. Leaf
  5. Cryptozoic
  6. Winner
  7. Panini America
  8. Upper Deck
Topps takes the top seed while Upper Deck takes the last.

So in the rules of March Madness seeding, the top seed plays the lowest seed. So let's see our match-ups and the divisions I tried to make even with the match-ups.

Cardboard Division
Topps vs Upper Deck (big one!)
Benchwarmers vs Play-In Winner (will know on Friday)

Acetate Division
Rittenhouse vs Panini America
Leaf vs Cryptozoic

Now here is how this is going to work.

I am going to post a current match up off to the right side of the blog. Readers must vote on a company to advance them. However, when you vote, I want you to take into consideration many factors before placing your vote on a "just because I like or dislike this company."

Think about their products with design, pricing, and overall appeal. Think about their customer service. Think about their redemption system. Think about their social media and interaction. Think about their giveaways.Think about them overall as a company. I want the best overall companies to advance.

Voting starts tonight on the play-in winner of SA-GE vs Tri City Sports PL so make sure off to the right of the blog you place your vote. If on a mobile device, view the blog in web version to see it.

Each round of voting will last two days and I will post the next match-up as we go.

This should be fun as we narrow down a 2016 Card Company March Madness winner and if you want, make your winner predictions below!

CONTEST WINNER! Cryptozoic Supernatural Seasons 4-6

A pretty good turnout I would say in the Cryptozoic Supernatural Seasons 4-6 giveaway.

With 14 entrants and almost 400 views on the review, the contest has come to a close and some winners will be announced.

Okay, after 7 randoms the Top 3 will bring home a prize....

Yes, I picked a bonus winner!!

There were 14 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Maxwell
  2. @IronMan1833
  3. Brittany Wegman
  4. Marge M
  5. Scott N.
  6. JordyneNicole
  7. Derek
  8. @rjb37066
  9. George G.
  10. the bowl cut kid
  11. Dave Kaltenmark
  12. Valerie
  13. Tracy LeVeaux
  14. Twitch
Timestamp: 2016-03-09 11:02:31 UTC, IP: 72.169.80.237
You have randomized this list 7 times.

Congrats to our winners!

Maxwell, you take home an autograph
@IronMan1833 and Brittany Wegman, you both score some inserts from the product.

Please email me at sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com with your address and the subject line, Supernatural. All three of you will have 24 hours to claim your prize or it will be re-given away in a future contest or a #SCCGivesBack mail day. I had to cut down the amount of time on prizes were being claimed since I wasn't hearing from some.

REVIEW:Sons Of Anarchy Seasons 6&7 (GIVEAWAY #d9/10!!)

To capture and remember the final two seasons of one of the most popular shows on television, it would take a lot of binge watching. But, if your short on time and want to just have those images bring you back, well, that's where these Cryptozoic Sons Of Anarchy Seasons 6&7 trading cards come into play.

How else can you remember Jax struggling to hold SAMCRO together, the shooting at the Catholic school and whose guns that were involved. Jax and Gemma scene in the garden and many other memorable moments of the Teller-Morrow family of Charming, California. Of course you can't forget the other members of Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original (SAMCRO), their families, various Charming townspeople, allied and rival gangs, associates, and law agencies that blends the show all together.

 
In every box of Cryptozoic's Sons Of Anarchy Seasons 6&7, you get 24 packs with 5 cards per pack. Boxes run about $65 and come with 2 hits per box. Sometimes you will find a bonus hit as well.

The base cards provide cinematic magic from the final two seasons of the show and build up to a 63-card set. The base cards are full color photography each with a short caption to sum it up.


Inserts seem to fall about one-per-pack, but there are many types of them. The top two are temporary tattoos that fall 1:16 packs. The bottom left card is Gallery and the bottom right is Mug Shots. Both of those fall 1:4 packs.


There are base card parallels to. Silver foil parallels that fall 1:12 packs and cover inserts as well. Stay tuned for the Red Foil parallel that falls 1:120 packs and are numbered to 10.


I really like this concept. These are Brawl inserts that fall 1:4 packs. Each captures a piece of the big brawl....


When you collect all 9, well, you get the full picture!


!:24 packs is where you will find authentic wardrobe cards that were worn by one of the actors. I fond Happy Lowman's in this box.


And you can also find on-card autographs that also fall 1:24 packs or one per box. I pulled one of the more "endearing" characters on the show in Venus Van Dam played by Walton Goggins.


Here are the list of signers for Seasons 6&7 including some of the big ones:
Dayton Callie as Wayne Unser
Robin Weigert as Ally Lowen
Rockmond Dunbar as Eli Roosevelt
Michael Marisi Ornstein as Chuck Marstein
Winter Ave Zoli as Lyla Winston
Katey Sagal as Gemma Teller Morrow
Kim Coates as Alex "Tig" Trager
Drea de Matteo as Wendy Case
Theo Rossi as Juan Carlos "Juice" Ortiz
Walton Goggins as Venus Van Dam
Kim Dickens as Colette Jane
David Labrava as Happy Lowman
Charlie Hunnam as Jackson "Jax" Teller
Marilyn Manson as Ron Tully

Overall, a solid product and decent price for what you can pull. Good autograph checklist as well with all of the stars. Not to mention, they are all on-card. Also, like with any Cryptozoic product, there are surprises in every pack. The product also has printing plates (1:192 packs) and cool looking replica patch cards (1:192 packs).

Now onto the aforementioned Red foil, instead of giving away an autograph or wardrobe card, I wanted to giveaway something a bit more rare, one of the red foils I acquired awhile back that are numbered to 10 and really tough to pull. There are a few listed on eBay with decent asking prices.



This one is 9/10.


Here is how the prizes break down for this one.

1st place, 1st on the random list, will win this /10 card! Boo yah!
2nd place, 2nd on the random list, will win a handful of inserts and a possible third winner would as well.
 
Now onto the small writing and how to enter.
  1. MUST be a U.S. resident to enter. Shipping costs have gone haywire and I can't afford to ship everywhere. Sorry.
  2. Cards will be shipped PWE
  3. Random winners will be chosen after 7 randoms
  4. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TELLING ME YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE PRODUCT. Do you like it? What would you fix about it? What's your favorite part?
  5. 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.
  6. Contest starts today, ends on Saturday, March 12th 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on Wednesday March 13th along with the start of the final review/contest. Don't miss out on those as I am giving away a 1/1 in the final break.
  7. 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 want and needs!
Good luck to everyone who enters!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Top 5: 2005 Fleer Ultra Baseball Base Cards

I am one of the very few collectors left on earth that still has interest in collecting base cards. I know a lot rip and tear packs and toss the base cards to the floor or sometimes sadly in the trash. But, not me. I look at every card, see every moment it captures and then decide which stack it belongs in. Not one base card ever hits the floor or trash with me. In some ways, I guess you can call me a hoarder.

In this NEW segment, I take a look at the Top 5 of my favorite base cards from a variety of products, sports and years then break them down. Let's see if you agree with my choices.

To kick off this segment, I want to take a look at possibly some of the best ones, 2005 Fleer Ultra. It's action packed and sometimes unique photography along with a clean design gives it high ranks on capturing some of MLB's best moments on and off the field.

It was extremely challenging however to narrow this down to five images as many, if not most would make a list or would be tied. Remember this list just consists of ones I think are Top 5. Everyone has their own likes/dislikes and connectswith certain cards for their own reason.

Let's take a look at mine.

#5. Well, it's a nice twist not just to see action shots on the field, capturing a little off the field fun shows us collectors these guys are just as human as the rest of us.
 
#4 has Omar leaping into the air to avoid a slide. You can simply read the reaction across his face to figure out how this play may have turned out.

 
Yes, this one is similar to Vizquels, but there is just something about Rollins in this photo that took the #3 slot. Is it the hair? Is it the shades? He appears to me as a rapper posing as a baseball player in a movie (as I chuckle to myself again). Either way, great angle on the photo and catching Rollins mid-leap was a nice touch as well.

 
#2 I found cool cause it captures Finley's concentration to catching the baseball. Honestly, if I was running to try and track down an outfield ball and a ghostly face on the wall appears out of nowhere, you better believe I would be dropping it or calling the Ghostbusters. 
 
I just really enjoy the photo angle of this base card overall. There is just something unique about it I haven't seen before.
 
And my #1 choice has to be this Ryan Freel base card.
I still can't decide if this is a picture of him holding his daughter or if it is someone else baby. If it is his, it would make a great memento for her to have as it captures a great moment between the two and one that she will never be able to share again. If you didn't know, Ryan passed away a few years ago at age 36. 
 
This card also represents there is more to life than just baseball (or any other sport or hobby) and that no matter what, family is always first.

Alright, that's my list for 2005 Fleer Ultra baseball.
 
Now I gotta ask your thoughts on my list, if you would have switched any around and if you own any of the 2005 Fleer Ultra and know of a base card that would work better on my list. Let's hear it!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Omaha..Omaha...Set...So Long Peyton

Having grown up in the 90's, I got to witness many types of QB's and many great ones. You can put some of the top names in the NFL on that list. Montana, Marino, Favre, and Young to name a few. But, none of them had the personality of the one who officially retired today, Peyton Manning.

I have always been a fan of Peyton's, long before his brother got traded on draft day to my team, as Peyton made a team better around him. He could take any WR and make them a star. He took a down and out Indy team and brought them to the playoffs multiple times and to the big game twice, winning once.

After a tough rookie season, he pulled in some incredible record breaking ones. His battles in AFC Championship games against his arch rival Tom Brady were some of the best playoff games you could watch. I honestly think Peyton could have brought home a few more Lombardi trophies if he had a better defense when he was in Indy as that offense he had there was sometimes unbeatable.

Peyton's career ended with some mind-blowing numbers as he played in 266 games, threw 9380 passes for 71,940 yards and a not-so-shabby 557 TDs along with two Super Bowl trophies with two different teams.

To say goodbye to a guy I have watched for 18 years, what were the odds that #18 would retire after 18 years, I wanted to show off a few of my favorite Peyton Manning cards.

#5, is a 1998 Topps Action Flat. I found it at a gas station, yup 18 years ago, for $2.99 and it comes with rookie card and figure. Couldn't go wrong.

#4 is a 1999 Upper Deck Encore insert card I pulled in a pack back then. Beauty of a card!

#3 is his 1998 Flair rookie card. I mean it's Flair, a sharp looking card and his rookie, it's gotta be ranked.

#2 is one of my favorite rookie cards of his, a 1998 Ex2001. Stunning all around. Other than his Contenders rookie auto, I wished I had, this is what I consider the second best looking rookie card of his. (Peyton is in the bottom right corner. This is a old picture I found)

And #1 I got in a trade. Two brothers, two nice patches, one stunning card. It offers me a little bit of everything.
 

So congrats to Peyton Manning and a tremendous career. I wish you luck going forward and I know we will be seeing you again on television somewhere whether it's in the booth, drinking Gatorade after a sweaty workout or serving us up a slice of Papa John's, you won't ever be too far from our sights.

And as you ended today's retirement press conference, I will end today's blog post in dedication.

OMAHA.

Uniform Versus:Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In this NEW segment, I want to take a glance at a teams uniform when they change it and it's impact on cardboard. Some make a difference, some do not. Some team collectors have a preference, some do not. But I think a change of color/theme/design can sometimes either make or break a piece of cardboard that I collect or hold onto.

In today's versus battle, I want to take a look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform change.

Let's take a look at their uniform on cardboard back in 1995. On this type of card, the uniform isn't too bad because of the design. But, on most cardboard, there is just something about that creamscicle color that just didn't do it for me.
However, when they changed their uniform in 1997, I was impatiently waiting to find the first cardboard with it. My first card addition of their new uniform was a rookie card of Warrick Dunn from 1997 Topps Gallery that I even still have today! 
The change of their uniform was such a turnaround from what they once were, that it started to draw me towards some of their cardboard. The logo is spectacular. The red and pewter blend perfectly together in harmony as you can see on this Vincent Jackson from 2013 Topps Magic, looks like magic.
 
Now I am not a Buc's fan as I bleed Giants blue, but when it comes to cardboard, I don't mind picking myself up a nice looking Buccaneers card here and there. Some of their memorabilia cards are some of the best on the market.
What do you guys think, do you vote for the old Buc's uni or the new one and why? 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Sunday's With Rodney:1997 Stadium Club Co-Signers Autograph

One of the best autograph sets of all-time and especially of the 90's is Stadium Club Co-Signers.
These sharp looking autograph cards have one side printed with rainbow foil and the other side plain foil with each side featuring one player. The autographs are all on-card and have seemed to held up well over time without fading.

These are not always easy to find as they fall 1:63 packs so it was more than 1:2 boxes to land one. I never pulled one but have picked up a few cheap ones within the last year. However, the one I really needed to continue on with my Hampton Cardboard Craze (like how I did that), was on eBay and I was short funded to get it. I was fortunate enough that a buddy of mine was able to snag it before it ended and we proceeded with a trade afterwards.

Really nice looking card and autograph here of Rodney..

And on the back is former Giants player David Meggett. I actually was lucky enough to meet David once at a charity event. He has a really nice signature. None of that two letter stuff we see today.
Even though this knocks a huge need of the Hampton Wantlist, he sadly has a couple of other Co-Signer autographs in the set I may never find.

A big thanks goes out to my buddy Bryan over at 90's Niche Football Card Blog for picking this up and trading it to me.

BLOGGERS NOTE:
Other than going to Church on Sundays, one of my other favorite Sunday activities to do is watching football. What better time to post about it, hence, this new segment. I am not sure what direction I am heading yet with the Hampton Cardboard Craze blog, but I thought in this segment I could post some key cards I have until my decision is made.