Saturday, May 21, 2016

Military Upper Deck e-pack Giveaway!!!

Earlier this year, Upper Deck released e-pack, the first ever digital card that you can actually get physical cards of. You can get daily FREE packs as well where it gives you a taste of what the program is about (free packs are all base cards) or you can buy packs, boxes and cases with at least one physical card you can claim per box.

If you need more info or how the program works, I laid it all out in detail on this LINK.

The greatest part of the e-pack experience is being able to bust packs, boxes and cases wherever you want. This is a great advantage for those who don't have LCS' or more importantly, those collectors who serve our great country overseas or right here at home. It's not always that easy for them to access cards and a hobby like this can be very therapeutic in their stressful life. 

I know if my grandfather who served in WW2 was alive, I would share this program with him if he was serving somewhere. To be honest, I am not sure if my grandfather was a collector nor did I ever meet him because PTSD took him before I was born, but I think something like this might have helped especially if it was something he may have had done with me.

Even my buddy Tim, whose brother served, had this to say about him, "My brother served in the military for 6 years. Fortunately, he never saw action in a war but he did serve his country with pride. I recently had the opportunity to show him the Upper Deck ePack platform. While he is not very tech savvy. He did like the idea of being able to open packs anytime, anywhere. He also liked the fact you can have cards mailed to you. Due to his present situation I was unable to take a picture with him. But he did say that if he collected sports cards it would be something that he would probably would interested in. Who knows, maybe a seed was planted and we'll be going to card shows or trading on the Upper Deck ePack site before long."
So what Tim and I would like to do, is share the e-pack experience with someone who is currently serving, did serve or a close family member of someone who is as we know that can be just as stressful.

There is 3 e-packs up for grabs to 3 different people. So each person will get one pack. It's not much, but we are hoping it helps. And you never know we may do this again especially if turnout is good so please spread the word. This is for a good cause.
For those that enter, all we ask for in return is for you to tell us your story (doesn't need to be long) of your military ties and whether or not you have used the e-pack platform (let us know your thoughts on it) in the comments below. It's as simple as it gets. 

We will random all entrants and announce winners. Please leave your email or Twitter @ in comments as well to make it easier for us to reach you if you miss winner announcements.

Right now there are a couple of hockey card offerings on the e-pack website, but later this year Goodwin Champions will release on the site as well and that product offers a ton of fun stuff across many sports, non-sports and this years edition even has military related items.
You will have til May 26th 2016 to enter. Winners will be announced on May 27th 2016.

Thank you to all who spread the word on this and especially to those who served.


1997 Upper Deck UD3 Baseball Pack # 3

The fun of busting retro products. I think I enjoy busting these more now than I did before.

Time for Pack # 3. This one wasn't as strong as the last two, but it did provide a card for the Yankees PC and still no doubles yet. This also means I am 9 cards into the 60 card set I hope to put together after this box break.

The highlight player to me of this group is Mr. Belle and these Homerun Heroes continue to impress me with it's design.

Pack # 4 might be posted tomorrow or there may be a day off til Monday. I have a review/giveaway of 2016 Finest baseball coming up tomorrow that might take this posts spot. But, who knows, if I find the time, I may just post both. 
So that means come back and check it out tomorrow and leave your thoughts on today's pack in comments.

Mail Day Saturday:A Will, A Willis, A Williams Trade With Baseball Card Breakdown Blog

A week or so ago, I was contacted by Gavin over at Baseball Card Breakdown about starting up a trade in exchange for a card I got from my Bowman break. At first I was a bit hesitant about trading it since I am not one to trade rookie cards, but, he has always been a good guy to me so I figured I would make an exception.

Glad I did.

After a few back and forth emails, Gavin and I were able to agree upon a trade with both of us happy in the end. I mean, who agrees to a trade they are not happy with??

One of the cool centerpieces of this trade for me was this legit player contract between Topps and Jose Guzman giving Topps permission to use his picture on cards. Jose signed the contract and there is also a "stamped signature" from Sy Berger (UPDATED INFO FROM BREAKDOWN CARDS, it's "real Sy Berger signature, not one of the stamp/autopen signatures".

This is a such a cool piece to my card collection. I knew that he had some up for trade and I didn't care which player, I just wanted one to own.

Gavin also included these two cards so I can display them with the contract.

Topps Vault authenticity included too!

The next card in the trade is this cool 90's appeal insert from 2000 Finest.

Next up, my first Will Ferrell baseball card. I have wanted one of these well over a year and now have one. I am sure it wasn't too hard for Gavin to let go of a Dodgers card too.
I am not a huge fan of Will's when it comes to his movies, but there are definitely some good ones he has done that I do enjoy watching time and time again.

My first ever "make ready" parallel and it's of NY Giants JPP! Cool looking card and addition here for my Giants collection.

Up next, a new Andre Williams dual memorabilia card for that PC. The bottom swatch is a nice piece of patch.

And to finish up the trade, a Dontrelle Willis auto. There was just something about owning a Willis auto that I needed. You ever had one of those moments where you needed something without explanation???
Overall, a very solid trade. I filled in a couple of wantlist needs, added to a couple of PC's and helped another blogger out with their PC. Seems like a win-win all around in my opinion.

Thanks again Gavin for being such a great trade partner and I recommend anyone who hasn't traded with him yet to do so.

Friday, May 20, 2016

1997 Upper Deck UD3 Baseball Pack #2

Here are the results from Pack 2 I just busted. Another good pack with three name players included. 

Another thing I like about the cards are the  nice offset of the photos they used. Good balance.

Pack 3 will be busted tomorrow so stay tuned!

Reminiscing 90's SPECIAL EDITION:1989 Kenner Real Ghostbusters Winston Zeddmore Super Fright Feature Figure

Alright, I have some explaining to do. Yes, this segment is called, Reminiscing 90's. Yes, this is a toy from 1988. Yes, I do know the difference between 90's and 80's. However, I am making a case for this toy and keeping the segment still 90's because I watched the show mostly in the 90s and it ran from 1986-1991. So in order to make sure I do this right, I am keeping the toys as their real years, but I am coming up with random year of either 1990 or 1991 for the posts. That way it's as close to realistic as I can get and keeping tradition going with the posts.

I think my timing on this upcoming Ghostbusters mania is good due to the new movie releasing this year. I still don't know how I feel about that movie yet as I am one for originals of any movie, but we will see.

Thanks for reading and enjoy!

Key notes for May 20th 1990:
May 20th 1990 was a Sunday
George H.W.Bush was President
Most Popular Movie released in May of 1990 was Back to the Future Part III
Most Popular Book around this time was The Stand by Stephen King
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single on May 20th 1990 was Vogue by Madonna.
Most Popular TV Shows: Answers with Bayless Conley

This is a fun toy to play with, but to put it back together can be a pain. Winston is wearing a suit that you must snap on around him. There is a dome that goes over his head but I lost patience in putting it on so I left it alone. However, a red lever in the back when pushed down makes his head tuck in and the front where the Ghostbusters symbol is his "scared" face pops open!

Winston Zeddemore applied for the open position for the Ghostbusters in the first movie. He basically took the job without any paranormal experience but wanted a paycheck. He was a bit of a brain but was mostly the voice of reason for the Ghostbusters when they really needed it.
At first I struggled trying to find a card(s) to match up with Winston, then I decided that looking at his suit that he looked like a space cadet or someone who would time travel. Then it hit me, time travel+90's=Bill and Ted. Yes, the two time traveling baboons.

So here we go, Pro Set Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure Trading Cards.This was a 100 card set that Pro Set put out in 1991. I never completed the set and only saw the movie once, but I do have a few cards kicking around and did like the cartoon series however.


Any thoughts on today's day in history from the 90's, the Toy or the trading cards are welcomed!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

1997 Upper Deck UD3 Baseball Pack # 1 (Solid Start)

Alright, so earlier this week I showed off a box of 1997 UD3 baseball I acquired in a trade with 90's Niche Football Card Blog and now comes the time for the big reveal of it.

Since this is the first pack to bust, I will show off a few extra images. Normally, how the rest will go will just be the picture of the cards per pack and a few words by me.

But, today is the kickoff so let's just show off that beautifully designed box again....
In every box of 1997 UD3 baseball, there should be 24 packs with 3 cards per pack. Each card in the pack is built unique and "super premium". Each box now-a-days will run you roughly $40 per. You should also expect at the very least a couple of inserts along with possible other surprises including autographs. 
If there is an autograph or insert, that card will take up one of the other usual three cards in the pack. So you will get 2 base and one hit. Odds are tough on most pulls in the product. Generation Next is the easiest at  1:11 packs, Marquee Attraction falls at 1:144 packs and finally Superb Signatures falls 1:1500 packs. That's the only offerings other than base in the product.

When you open the box up, you find out that each pack is a mini box.

And inside of each mini box is a silver foil pack with the words, UD3 printed all over the wrapper.

Now time for the cards in the pack. Like I said, each pack comes with three unique levels of 20 cards each making it a 60 card base set.

The first one is probably my favorite design of the three, Homerun Heroes which is numbers 1-20, features a holographic foil on wood-grain stock. It looks spectacular up close. I was lucky and pulled my main man Grif in the first pack. He is card #3 in the set.

The back of the card is just as nice as the front featuring the same technology.

Pro-Motion which makes up cards 21-40, features a Light F/X etched-foil technology similar to the Griffey Hot List Sp's that were included in the 1997 Upper Deck flagship product. I pulled Robin Ventura as my first one.

The back of the card doesn't have the foil technology.

And finally, Future Impact, cards 41-60, feature a Cel Chrome (plastic/metal stock) technology. It appears that the right side of the card is nothing....

til you hold the cel up to the light revealing an image.

That's also the same image you will see on the back of the card except backwards. I found my other favorite player in Derek Jeter in this pack.

Gotta admit can't start any better than pulling Griffey and Jeter in the same pack to open up the box. I will say it also got me to missing Upper Deck baseball cards again. They simply knew how to build a cool collectible all-around product. They also built their products around the base cards. How many base cards do we see as unique as these today? None is your answer. That's why base cards are becoming less important and collectible.

Stay tuned tomorrow as I will open Pack #2 and show off the cards from the pack. I will continue to show these off til all 24 packs have been busted. 
Wish me luck on trying to hopefully find an autograph and leave other thoughts on the product or cards pulled today below in comments.

90's Niche Football Card Blog Trade Countdown Card # 1

The final card from my trade with 90's Niche Football Card Blog,was no other than this beyond epic piece of cardboard sugar candy.....


Even if you're not a Giants fan like myself, you have gotta appreciate this piece of cardboard. Sick patch, on-card auto and a great design. 

I sometimes imagine how far the Giants would have gone if the career ending neck injury hadn't happened to  David. Dude was fun to watch when the ball was in his hands and I can only imagine what that offense would look like with him running the ball/ kick returns and having OBJ catching it. Double back flipping in the end zone for sure. Maybe I even would have attempted it to...well...maybe.

Thoughts on today's card is welcomed. Or if you can't type because you are too much in a trance, well, I will try to mind read them instead.

Thanks for checking it out!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

90's Niche Football Card Blog Trade Countdown Card # 2

Alright, this was some amazing smooth moves on this pickup by 90's Niche Football Card Blog as he helped me land this HUGE autograph win very cheaply. Under $20! That may sound like a lot to some for a mostly no-name actor, but go ahead and check out what James Roday autographs go and list for.

This was probably the toughest card to land from the Seasons 5-8 autograph set as he was the star of the show, Mr. Shawn Spencer himself. So being able to knock this off the set needs was big.
When it comes to Roday's career, he was best known for this role. I am a bit surprised he has yet to appear in anything else since Psych, but maybe that will be a good sign that someday, maybe someday, some other network will pick this show up and give it life again. It was left hanging in a way it could easily be continued with. Actually, a lot of the actors/actresses have had no success since the show. So who knows?

With this auto, I have now narrowed my 20+ search down to 9. But, there are a few tough ones in between that are not easy finds. Really hoping I can do it. 

I have finally narrowed it down to the final card that will be posted tomorrow. Any guesses? Let me hear them in comments!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

90's Niche Football Card Blog Trade Countdown Card # 3

Yes, a lot of my trade with 90's Niche Football Card Blog was to help me knock some Psych autographs off from my want-list as I am really attempting this set. If I can complete it, it will be the biggest hobby accomplishment yet for me.

Today we kick off the Top 3 list with 3 NEW Psych autograph adds.

Jean Smart has been in many roles in her lifetime. She played on Designing Women from 86-91, was on Frasier, 24, Harry's Law, The District, Fargo and Samantha Who. Played also in a few movies The Brady Bunch Movie, The Odd Couple 2 and Sweet Home Alabama to name a few. Her lists go on and on and she even does Theater.

Billy Zane who is best known for playing Hughie in Dead Calm and for his role in Titantic as Caledon Hockley.

And Kirsten Nelson who is best known for her role on Psych as Chief Vick.

2 more posts to go. One more Psych auto and one mystery epic card. The Psych autograph is a biggie, so stay tuned to part 2 tomorrow

Monday, May 16, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters Trading Cards (GIVEAWAY TOO)

These last few weeks waiting on this product to release felt like an eternity in the containment unit at GB headquarters. I gruelingly had to view teaser image after image after image on Twitter of the product and sat back excited, yet impatient.

Finally, last week the product released and today I was able to bust a box.

To let you know early, I call the box I broke a HOT BOX. Three nice pulls instead of one among other goodies. So for me, an easy 5-Star review on it.

It wasn't just the pulls however that warranted this rating, read on to see why I call this a great product.

In every box of 2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters are 24 packs with 5 cards per pack. Each box will roughly run you around $85 with estimate of one-hit per box. But some boxes will run with more.

The base cards capture images from the first movie. The cards are full blown picture stills (high gloss too) with a caption and Ghostbusters symbol at the bottom. There are 54 cards in the base set in which each box will most likely land you the entire base set.

I am probably one of the rare few that also care about base card backs. These ones are done really well and fit the theme of the product. Each of the backs tells you about the picture on the front of the card.

A couple more base card images to help you get a feel.

I miss Rick Moranis in movies.

Makes you scared and hungry at the same time.....

The insert themes in the product work really well and inserts fall 1-per-pack. Quotes, 1:3 packs, give us the best lines from the movie. You know the ones we all say a million times. I chose this one to show off as we all should know it by heart. 
In my box I was able to complete this set of 9 cards.

Behind The Scenes, 1:3 packs, was my favorite designed insert of the group. The design is very throwback and captures images of the movie magic behind the scenes. Also gives some insight of the scene on the back. 
I also was able to complete this set of 9 in my box.

"Sing For Your Specter", art and story by Erik Burnham fall 1:3 packs and are based on the Comic Series characters. This was another insert set I was able to complete.

As with every Cryptozoic product, Character Bios was included and fall 1:4 packs. Each gives a description of the main characters. I was also able to put together this 7 card set in my box too.

And the final chase insert set, "Tricks and Traps" puzzle, has art for the set being done by Dan Schoening. This is a 9 card set that falls 1:3 packs and once completed makes a complete puzzle. 
These are always fun to do and collect in Cryptozoic products.

Completed puzzle will give you this image..

There are also parallels to the product for base and inserts. Silver Foil board base cards fall 1:4 packs, Character Bio Silver Foil Boards fall 1:4 and the Traps and Puzzle parallels fall 1:4 as well.

This is a Cryptomium parallel with the bottom of Slimer's mouth from the puzzle. These parallels fall 1:56 packs. If you are curious what they are like, they are thick and comparable to SuperChrome technology used in the 90's.

Now onto the hits. Like I stated above, I believe most boxes will have just one hit per box but I could be wrong. You can check out another break done on video by Cryptozoic on their Facebook page, HERE to help give you more of a feel.
My first pull from my box was a 1/1 Sketch card of Slimer that falls 1:30 packs. The sketch itself is spot-on drawing as most of the sketches in the product appear to be. Cryptozoic has many different sketches and sketch artists included in this product.

The back of the card states it's a 1/1 and also comes with a artist signature. So that's bonus.

You can find the list of Sketch Card artists on the Cardboard Connection website, HERE.
My next pack I was surprised to also had pulled an autograph. These as well fall 1:30 packs and I got a good one in Ernie Hudson or as us fans know him, Winston. Sales and listings on the autographs are very high right now with the odds not being one per box. I like the odds being set that way as it adds even more value to the product especially if you are lucky enough to hit an autograph like I was. Makes the chase fun as well especially if you are aiming for a set. 

I must also note before continuing on that all of the autographs are ON-CARD!!!
This hasn't been mentioned yet, but the autograph checklist is also LOADED. Has everyone but Bill Murray and Rick Moranis (obviously Harold Ramis couldn't sign for the product) from what I see. Even though they are a tad missed, the rest of the signers more than makes up for it with such a wide variety.
William Atherton as Walter Peck
Dave Florek as Cop
Kurt Fuller as Jack Hardemeyer
Jennifer Runyon as College Student
Annie Potts as Janine Melnitz
Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore
Maurice LaMarche as Dr. Egon Spengler
Dave Coulier as Dr. Peter Venkman
Michael Ensign as Hotel Manager
John Rothman as Library Administrator
Harris Yulin as Judge Stephen Wexler
Larry King as Himself
Dan Aykroyd as Dr. Raymond Stantz
Arsenio Hall as Winston Zeddemore
Laura Summer as Janine Melnitz
Jason Reitman as Brownstone Boy
Ivan Reitman, Director
Ben Stein as Public Works Official
Bobby Brown as Mayor's Doorman
As I continued to bust, I had the biggest surprise of the box yet, it was another hit waiting for me. This time some slime. These fall at a rate of 1:200 packs so not an easy pull. These are as the card says, "totally fabricated" slime or in the card world,"manufactured". I love this addition to the product. Some may not, but I think it just adds a bit of something else to it and not something I have seen before. It would have been cool to had gotten a wardrobe piece, but if those were tough acquisitions for Cryptozoic, I think this makes a great fun replacement. Cause isn't collecting supposed to be, fun? For me it is.

And who doesn't love slime????

The back tells me at some point I am about to lose my mind after touching this....I think my wife would say that I already did that.
Other things you can pull that I didn't include, Replica Patches 1:96 packs, The Real Ghostbusters Animation Cel 1:36 packs (I really want to get one of these and may check eBay for some. Very cool authentic film cell pieces from a show I grew up watching) and Printing Plates that fall 1:378 packs.
Overall, I feel this is a winner from the base up and my wife who helped me bust this would also agree. Don't argue with her. The base card set looks great, you get complete sets from all inserts and base (this may not be true for all boxes but most should). You get at the very least one hit per box or have a box like this one with multiple. A solid autograph checklist and other fun stuff you can find just are the cherries on top.
The price at first may scare you away with only one hit, but I say don't let it. There is plenty of value here and if you are a fan of Ghostbusters you won't be disappointed. I wasn't. I am hoping the fact that Cryptozoic decided to use images from the first movie means that a second series may be in the works. But, I don't know that for sure.

Oh and by the way if you do buy the cards, you may be like me and want one of these bad boys for storage that Cryptozoic sells on their site:

You can find those and other info on the Ghostbusters product on their site, HERE.

Now time for the giveaway.
Here is how the prizes break down for this one.

1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place on the random list will win some inserts from the product. If we can reach 50 entries, a 4th winner will win the 1/1 sketch card. I know we can do it as we have before!! 
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 about this as I appreciate all readers.
  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, May 21st 2016. Winners will be announced in a separate post on Sunday May 22nd 2016.
  7. Earn extra entries by sharing this on your blogs or RTing it on Twitter. Make sure to comment with your links of doing so or I cannot count it.
  8. Please make sure to thank Cryptozoic for their generosity in sending this box to review and host a giveaway. Give them a follow on all social media sites please. Also while you are at it, check out their website HERE as well for your non-sport trading card needs!
Good luck to everyone who enters!