Saturday, May 14, 2016

Gypsy Oak Sent Some Griffeys

Compliments can sometimes be hard to get, but one of my favorite compliments is someone saying they enjoy my blog. I put a lot of hard work into this blog daily and it's nice when someone compliments you on your hard work.

So awhile back, @gypsyoak on Twitter had sent me a message with those words above. I was happy to hear them and he also said he wanted to send me a couple of custom Griffeys as well. Not that the Griffey's were needed as the kind words were enough, but they were a great bonus.
   
So yesterday an envelope arrived with the custom Griffeys in it.

My first one was this card that's comparably designed to Topps Heritage, but has a sweet touch of vibrant colors that make up the player on the card. This card will definitely stand out among my other Griffeys.
 
The next one was even a bit cooler. A great artistic drawing of Griffey in his throwback Mariners hat. The card also has an embedded penny and a phrase to go along with it. I hope the phrase stands true as I don't ever plan on letting go of the card.
Some pretty unique Griffey adds to the PC that many other Griffey collectors won't have. I always enjoy adding a few oddball cards in here and there especially when they are done well like these. 

These make Griffey's 810 and 811.

A big thanks goes out to Gypsy Oak for the kind words and for the Griffeys. If any of you have a second, I suggest you follow him on Twitter for his newer works and for his giveaways. You can also take a second out to check out his website where he sells his pieces that you can find, HERE.

As always, the floor is left open to you guys on your thoughts on these two cards.

FINAL 2016 BOWMAN BASEBALL CONTEST REMINDER!!!!

If you haven't yet, go give this link a follow and enter to win some cards from my 2016 Bowman Baseball box break. Up to three winners and earn bonus entries for posting the contest on your blog or on Twitter (though I prefer blog)

Follow this link! Winners announced tomorrow!
REVIEW:2016 Bowman Baseball+GIVEAWAY!

Mail Day Saturday:Trade With Tracy's Box Breaks

Tracy and I have been trading for awhile now. I consider what we do "blind trades" meaning that either party doesn't know what is coming. Those can be the more fun type of trades as long as you are not trading things of big value. Once in awhile we will give each other a small preview, but mostly we like the element of surprise. Today's mail day was full-blown surprise.

As always Tracy knows I collect a ton of Giants, NY Yankees and non-sport cards among many other things.

Up first, he sent me a few stacks of Giants rookies and base.

 
Even what I call a combo deal, Giants and shiny. I believe this may be my first Eli Manning refractor. Sad huh?

 
New Andre Williams for the PC. Both are Chrome to. Can't get any better.

 
Victor Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz pink Topps parallel. I don't think I have any Giants pink parallels so this was a cool addition.

 
Ereck Flowers Camo Chrome refractor.

 
And my oldest Giants cards. As I have said in the past, I don't collect a lot of vintage (although I know some of you call 90's that and that's not at all right) so these make my second and third Giants vintage cards.

 
I have always liked this design and when Topps does throwback inserts to it.

 
Like I said earlier, everything in this mail day was a surprise including this Willie Nelson relic that I had wanted over a year ago. Never thought I would actually land it. And to let you know, I don't listen to his music nor am I a fan of his "activities", but I think owning a piece of memorabilia from a music legend is pretty cool.

 
A really slick Andre Williams pink wristband memorabilia card. Another new one for that PC. I don't own any of these either and with my mother-in-law having gone through chemo last year for cancer, this is like a dedication to her.

 
And finally, a really nice Griffey addition to the PC. Number 809.
 
A big thanks goes out to Tracy for this trade. I have already begun a small stack for our next one.

Thoughts on this mail day are welcomed.

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Beckett Files:The Missing EDITION= Big Pulls

I am now turning the corner in this series on Beckett. I am going to start discussing things that I miss about the magazine.

How many of you remember a time when this feature was in there?
I do.
One thing that is always fun and something that I request on both my Twitter and Facebook page is for people to post their hits or share some of their favorite cards for me and for others to see. This was a feature in Beckett I really enjoyed. You know, one of those "man what a sick hit" or "man I have one better than that". I tried a couple of times to make it in, but never did. Guess my big pull was only big to me.

It seemed though as time went on that less and less of these were being shown and all of a sudden the feature disappeared. I think it was a sad loss and one I would love for them to bring back and I am pretty sure I am not alone with this.

I know I have a few cards I would try submitting and I am sure others do to. I mean who wouldn't want to be featured in a sports card magazine???

What do you guys think? Do you miss this Beckett feature? Would you submit a card in to be featured? What would that card be? Let me know your thoughts in comments!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The 90's Collection:1995 Fleer Ultra League Leader Paul O'Neill

Time to kick off this new segment that features just 90's cards. You all know my passion for those and I have plenty of them to showcase. This will mainly be a small write up and picture of card type of segment mainly focusing on the eye candy of the 90's.

Today, I feature one of my favorite Yankees of all-time, Paul O'Neill.

League Leaders fell in packs of 1995 Fleer Ultra baseball Series 1 at a rate of 1:3 packs. So this card wasn't the toughest pull. What I like about it is the simplicity yet nice design that it has. The card is simply a one color with some added silver foil for the writing and a player inset. But, the design and layout are well placed. 
There is also a Gold Medallion parallel of this insert set as well that falls at a much tougher rate of 1:30.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Nuttin But The Hits:2015 Panini Donruss Signature Series Football Box

I was happy to see Panini bring back this fan favorite and was curious how it would look. So, here is a box break of it and breakdown.
  • 1 Pack Per Box, 4 Cards Per Pack
  • Four Autograph Cards Per Box!
  • $80 Per Box
With only 4 cards per box being all hits, the Nuttin But The Hits really stands true here.

My first autograph is of Blake Bell. I have no idea who that is.


My second auto is a Rookie Jersey Signature of Buck Allen. Not sure what these look like, but I did redeem it and will show it off when it arrives.


My third is of an up and comer in Jeff Janis. I think he will start making more of an impact with Aaron Rodgers. I gave this to a buddy of mine.



And the best autograph of them all, HOFer Charles Haley.
 

I felt price vs hits was really bad here. Three technical no-namers and then one HOFer. I would have liked to have seen some balance. Actually, I think some base and an insert or two would help. I know a lot of collectors today will enjoy this product just because its all about the hits, but as you can see, without base and inserts, sometimes the hits are not all a hit. Yes, that was a good intended pun.

Your guys turn, thoughts on this product?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

MONSTER TRADE COUNTDOWN CARDS # 1

As you know by now, I PC Griffey the most among my many other collections, Rodney Hampton is second. So it was obvious to me when Project Pedro Blog pulled this in that USA Champions case break, I had to find a way to get it.
 
To your surprise, I bet you wouldn't have known this is my very first Griffey auto card. I do have one auto/mem card, but when it comes to straight auto cards, this is it. My Griffey PC is built upon inserts and base card mainly with roughly 12 memorabilia cards. It's a weak PC, but one I am trying to improve upon and this card will move it up a bit.

 
 
My only tif with this card is the sticker seemed to limit Ken from his usual signature as it felt crammed and maybe some missing especially on the right side where it very slightly ran to. But, it's still a beautiful card and one I am very happy to have.

A humongous thanks goes out to Shane over at Project Pedro Blog and once again, please go check out his blog. Also, if you have any Pedro Martinez, he would be more than welcoming to trade/buy them.

Monday, May 9, 2016

MONSTER TRADE COUNTDOWN CARDS # 2

Now, try not to drool, I know I am trying not to. But, this thing is a piece of beauty.

Shane pulled this in his 2013 Panini USA Champions case break and it was a card I never forgot about. Like I said yesterday, I like to collect the not-everyday-relics.

This is my first 1/1 Game Used USA Flag Patch of current Arkansas Razorbacks pitcher Dominic Taccolini. From doing some research on him it seems he has a very bright future ahead. You can read up on him right to, HERE.

I haven't found any info on if he was drafted anywhere yet, but if you know this info please feel free to share it to me in comments.

 
I will say this time and time again, this USA Champions product is way underrated. There is some incredible stuff to find in there including pulls like this. I pulled a pretty nice 1/1 patch back in 2013 from the product to. 

Thoughts on today's addition and thoughts on Panini's USA Champions baseball product are welcomed too!

Tomorrow I close up this trade countdown with the #1 card I sought out after in this trade. Stay tuned and if you wanna take some guesses on that card, leave em in comments.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Bowman Baseball+GIVEAWAY!

One of my yearly buys, Bowman baseball released with some new and classic favorites within the box. The one thing that never changes about Bowman and the biggest reason I buy is the prospect hunt. So let's go on one!
Here is how a 2016 Bowman baseball card box should break:
  • 24 packs, 10 cards per pack
  • One Autograph Card Per Box
  • $90 per box
I like this years base card design with the faded border around the edges leaving more of a full picture reveal. I also like how the layout. The name of the player up the left side of the card with colorful team logo below and the small touch of player position in the right hand corner. Looks snazzy.

There are 150 base cards in the set with rookies and veterans such as Kris Bryant, Mike Trout, Miguel Sano and Corey Seager.


Bowman also has the big offseason moves with players on their new teams such as Zack Greinke and David Price. No photo shopping and I like it!


Rookie cards, yes, I call these the true rookies (I know many don't like that label but I call it as I see it), these are the ones with the RC logo within the base set. They have the same design except the added RC logo at the top. I pulled most of the key ones in this box including Corey Seager.


Now begins, PROSPECT MANIA!!! With players having both "paper" and chromed versions of their prospect cards there is plenty to chase. Most packs are also made up of the combo of the two as well.

There are also Bowman 1st year cards of key up-comers such as Yoan Moncada. The design on these stays pretty much the same on the Prospect/1st year cards except the player name gets moved to the bottom. I still think it looks nice.

 I also wanted to note that I think the chrome used on these is much thicker I feel than past issues. I like it better that way as it may decrease the odds of it bending later on down the road.

Overall there are 150 prospect cards to find of each paper and of Chrome.

There are a lot of parallels to find all over the base/prospect sets.

Parallels for the "paper" Veteran & Rookie Base Cards &Prospects will include:
  • Silver Border
  • Purple Border: sequentially numbered.
  • Blue Border: sequentially numbered.
  • Gold Border: sequentially numbered.
  • Orange Border: sequentially numbered to 25.
  • Red Border: sequentially numbered to 5.
  • Metallic Border: numbered 1/1.
Here are two paper parallels I found in my box:

Here is a silver Prospect Parallel of Daniel Robertson. These fall, 1:43. They are a tad bit hard to spot, but in comparison to the other prospect cards you will figure it out pretty fast. These seem to be unnumbered.
 

And here is a really nice pull in a orange base rookie card parallel of Michael Conforto numbered to 25. These fall, 1:165 packs.


New to this years Chrome rookie parallels are these Shimmer Variation Refractors. Find the following of these:
  • Green Shimmer Variation Refractor
  • Orange Shimmer Variation Refractor
  • Red Shimmer Variation Refractor
Other Chrome parallels are:
  • Refractor
  • Purple Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Blue Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Gold Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Orange Refractor: sequentially numbered to 25
  • Red Refractor: sequentially numbered to 5.
  • SuperFractor: numbered 1/1.
  • Printing Plates: numbered 1/1
I found these two parallels in my box:

Regular refractor, these fall, 1:33 packs


A blue parallel. These fall, 1:110 packs


Other inserts in Bowman are Sophomore Standouts (1:8 packs), International Ink  (1:12 packs) and Family Tree (1:24 packs) I like the concept of the Family Tree with the showcasing father-son player combinations. The designs are pretty bland compared to the rest of the inserts in the product but they serve a spot none-the-less. They also have parallels to them as well.

Parallels for these insert sets will include:
  • Blue Parallel: sequentially numbered
  • Orange Parallel: sequentially numbered to 25
  • Red Parallel: sequentially numbered to 5.
  • Metallic Parallel: numbered 1/1.



One of my favorite inserts in this product is the Turn Two. Nice looking double-sided chrome refractor cards featuring two prospects. There is also autograph and parallel versions to this too.
  • Gold Parallel: sequentially numbered.
  • SuperFractor Parallel: numbered 1/1.




Other fun shiny inserts to find in this years Bowman, Bowman Scouts' Top 100 Prospects that fall 1:8 packs, here are their parallels:
  • Gold Parallel: sequentially numbered. NEW!
  • Orange Parallel: sequentially numbered to 25
  • SuperFractor Parallel: numbered 1/1. NEW!
And Rookie Recollections featuring this years design with former players celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 1991 Bowman Rookie Class. I pulled Chipper who I consider the best of the group!

These have parallels as well:
  • Gold Parallel: sequentially numbered
  • Orange Parallel: sequentially numbered to 25
  • Red Parallel: sequentially numbered to 5
  • SuperFractor: numbered 1/1


Now onto the one hit per box you can find. I have never had a lot of success in pulling the "big guys" and this box stayed in that direction. However, Bowman isn't always about pulling the big boys. There are a lot of low to mid-tier prospects that come out of nowhere in 2-4 years and turn out to be superstars. Hence, Trevor Story. So pulling a rookie auto of a not-big-namer may not always be a bad thing.

 
Like the rest of the product, the chrome rookie autographs also have parallels:
  • Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered.
  • Purple Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered.
  • Blue Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered.
  • Gold Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered
  • Orange Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 25
  • Red Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 5
  • SuperFractor Parallel: numbered 1/1
  • Printing Plates: numbered 1/1
Other autographed cards find are Sophomore Standouts, Ultimate Autograph Book Card, All-America Game Autographs. There are also "paper" autographs you can find only in retail.

Overall, I think the price point is scary at first with it being $90 for one-hit, but, there is a lot of offerings in a box of Bowman and this is one of the very few products I probably would take a chance on with only that one hit for that price. As always, it's a risk with any product, but this one is packed with prospects from top to bottom so you are bound to hit on someone somewhere. This rookie class is also looking pretty solid so far as well.
 
Now onto the contest part of this review, this time I thought two maybe three winners.

1st place (with a couple bonus cards):  

 

2nd Place and 3rd place: Your favorite team related cards 3-5 of them containing base/inserts/prospects. We must get to 25 entries to unlock three winners BUT will be two at least. If we can reach 50 entries, I will randomly insert that autograph from this box into one of those Top 3 prizes.
Now onto the small print.
  1. Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Topps for providing this box for me to review and to host this/these nice giveaways with. Follow them on all social media sites and visit their site, HERE, as well.
  2. ***VERY IMPORTANT***MUST BE A U.S. RESIDENT to enter or have a shipping address in the U.S. Shipping costs have gone haywire and I can't afford to ship everywhere.This is always hard to do as I appreciate all readers but I hope you all understand non-U.S. readers.
  3. Random winner(s) will be chosen after 7 randoms
  4. Card may be shipped PWE. I like to forewarn on this.
  5. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling me your thoughts on this product and what team/prospect you will be chasing cards of in here
  6. EARN AN EXTRA ENTRY FOR SHARING THIS CONTEST ON YOUR BLOG AND/OR ON TWITTER. Make sure to leave your link in comments too so I can count it. If not, I won't be able to give you the credit. Commenting with it is very important!!
  7. 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.
  8. Contest starts today, ends on Saturday, MAY 14TH 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on Sunday MAY 15th 2016. 
  9. Don't forget to thank the above sponsor of this contest and I won't mind a thank you as well :) 
  10. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT OUT TO TWEET THIS, FACEBOOK OR BLOG POST THIS OUT WHEN YOU GET IT!! 
 And of course, good luck to all that enter! And remember to spread the word!

2016 Topps MLS Soccer Auto Winner Announced!

Before I announce a winner, I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who took a minute out to RT this contest. Even these Pro Soccer athletes took a minute out to do so including the guys who autograph I gave away in this contest:
 
Overall, there wasn't a lot of entries and not enough to unlock a second winner, but, there was great quality comments from those who did enter and I thank you for that. Later there will be a Bowman baseball contest with possibly up to three winners so make sure to leave the same kind of great comments and spread the word! 

But for now, it's time to get down to business.

The winner of this awesome card


is.....

There were 16 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Josh
  2. Superduperman99
  3. Matthew Chrisman
  4. JediJeff
  5. Tracy LeVeaux
  6. Fitchjr1
  7. Jamie B.
  8. Justin S
  9. Ozsportsfa
  10. Scott N.
  11. Dave Kaltenmark
  12. GRADY MALACHOWSKI
  13. Tom Mcgurn
  14. Miami Vice
  15. Scott N.
  16. Joe Behlmann
Timestamp: 2016-05-08 10:43:49 UTC, IP: 72.169.80.252
You have randomized this list 7 times.

Congrats to Josh! Josh, please email me at sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com with your address and the subject line, soccer auto winner. You have 48 hours from today to claim your prize or it will be re-given away in a future contest.

Thanks again to everyone who entered and stay tuned for a 2016 Bowman baseball giveaway later!

MONSTER TRADE COUNTDOWN CARDS # 3

Number 3, is actually number 3 out of 6. One thing I love to collect in the hobby is unique pieces that you can't find everyday. You know, the typical jersey or two-color swatch or patch card. Something that is a button above the rest.

When I started working out this monster trade with Project Pedro Blog, I had remembered awhile ago him showing me a sweet button card. Now, it's a Red Sox player and I had to move past that, but it didn't take much. I had a need for a card with a button and he was able to fill that PC need. So here it is,...

Immaculate Collection (my first card from that set) rookie button card of Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes.
 
Barnes was promoted Major Leagues for the first time back in Sept of 2014. He is currently a relief pitcher who is 1-1 on the year with a 2.92 ERA. He has pitched much better in 2016 compared to his previous years where is ERA is almost 5.
 
I really like this addition as I never saw myself ever pulling one of these or affording to pick one up. I do wished I could have captured the shine of the foil on the card because it's pretty sleek all around.
 
With today's card, I gotta ask, how many of you see a card you want that's within reach but it's a player from your teams biggest rival actually pick it up? Or do you ignore it and try to get one from your team?

We are finally down to the Top 2 cards tomorrow and as you can tell by number three, it's going to be epic.