Saturday, May 28, 2016

1997 Upper Deck UD3 Baseball Pack # 10

Pack #10 helped add some more cards to my base set. With these, I am now halfway there with 30/60 cards.

Today's pack was ok. I think by far Jeff Bagwell was the star of the group but once again photo placement and use on these cards were well done. That alone makes me smile especially on these Homerun Heroes base. I would have loved a set alone with these.

Winners Of Upper Deck ePack

In what was a disappointing turnout for a contest my buddy Tim and I were running together, three people were going to each get an epack if they had serve(d) our great country or were close family members of someone who did.

Well, only three people entered the contest so it wasn't too hard to random the winners as no random was needed.

Congrats to Raz, Grady M and Alec P on each winning an epack. Grady and Alec, please DM @skunkman1998 on Twitter and he will give you instructions on how to claim. Raz, I am not sure if you are on Twitter, if so, please do the same and let me know if so. If not, comment below with your user name on Upper Deck ePack and I will have Tim give you a message that way.

Thanks to everyone who spread the word and for those three that entered.

Plenty more giveaways ahead!

Mail Day Saturday:Apple Of My Eye

Right after the Giants drafted cornerback Eli Apple in the first round of this years NFL Draft, I went through my collection to see if I had any cards of him and found none. Of course all I had busted up to this date is a 2016 box of Contenders Draft.

I made the case to my wife about my situation and she gladly fixed the problem by picking up my first 2016 Score card and autograph this year.
I was extremely happy to add this one to my collection. Now I just gotta pick up a Shepard and Perkins autograph to complete my 2016 Giants autograph rookie pickups.

Which 2016 rookie autographs are you chasing?

Friday, May 27, 2016

1997 Upper Deck UD3 Baseball Pack # 9

Pack #9 didn't provide me an insert yet, but the easiest ones are1:11 so let's hope soon!

Three decent players today.

I wasn't ever really much of a Palmeiro fan. One, I was a Yankees fan. Two, well, roid era player.


And my favorite card of the pack, Mr Vlad. Loved the way this guy swung a bat and there is just something about those Expos uni's. I actually got to see him once play for the Expos in Montreal. I believe he hit a deep home run that day. But, the Expos lost. Seemed like a thing then.
Three more cards down in the set. 

And hopefully Pack #10 will be busted tomorrow. Thoughts on today' pack are welcomed!

Nuttin But The Hits:2012-2013 Panini Brilliance Basketball

This edition of Nuttin But The Hits is my first basketball edition. One that comes courtesy of a Twitter Guess The Rebound contest from @SCCTradingCards. 

Each of these boxes come with three hits, one jersey card and two autographs and run roughly $40 per box. Some good rookies to find so I am hoping to hit it big.

Let's break this bad boy!.

There were a ton of base cards and a good amount of inserts. These were the best of the best. Can't go wrong adding some Anthony Davis rookies.

Pulled an Artist Proof parallel and almost missed it. You tell me if you would see this in a pack without having to look, once, twice, or even three times at it to see it. These are numbered /10 so it's def a tough pull. Mines a rookie card of Kyle Singler. (may also be the best pull of the box, but I will let you guys decide that)

My first hit. Marc Gasol jersey card.

My next auto is of James Johnson who I have honestly never heard of.

And my final hit of the box is a Jim Jackson autograph redemption which will look like the card above. I have sent in a request to Panini to redeem it even though it's outdated. Hoping I can exchange it as well for something for my PC.
Was a very, very rough break all around. But, it was a free one and a thanks is due to@SCCTradingCards for the contest and the box. If you haven't yet, give them a follow and enter their weekly contests for boxes of all types.  
I will also post when I get the redemption card in or any other updates surrounding it.

Thursday, May 26, 2016


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1997 Upper Deck UD3 Baseball Pack # 8

Pack #8 makes us 1/3rd of the way through the box. Still no insert finds, but I did nail another three cards toward the set putting me 24/60.

The three players I got today aren't too shabby either.

I always kinda liked Gary but once again, he had tie-in's with steroids among other on and off the field antics. But, he was a slugger and played what felt like for every team in MLB.
Greg Maddux was so dominant in the 90's. Playing baseball with my buddies in the backyard they would try to imitate him and it sort of intimidated me.

You see me Rolen...alright...all done with that song I promise...
Pack #9 coming your way tomorrow!

The 90's Collection:1994 SP Holoview Thomas Lewis

Holograms. One of the 90's greatest innovations. You know I have been a fan of these forever and they are part of the reason I started an Spx Set search for all sports from 96-98. You can keep track of how far I get right HERE.

So in my last trade with Tim Yount, I was pretty excited to had added this sweet insert from 1994 of Thomas Lewis from Sp to my Giants PC. The 3D hologram appeal makes this card stand out even though I couldn't capture it's glimmer in this picture.

Upper Deck included these in their flagship product and they fell at a rate of 1:5 packs. The checklist was very deep on these with 40 cards. Would make for a fun chase for a set.
How many of you collected these for football or baseball? Still have any?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

1997 Upper Deck UD3 Baseball Pack # 7

You see me unwrapping.... this package... you know it going to be...shiny and chromie..going to be shiny and chromie...going to be shiny and chromie..

So alright, my lyrics don't work that well. But, shiny and chromie is what I found once again in Pack # 7.

I also found Tony Gwynn a player I loved watching growing up and Alex Rodriguez, another player I was fond of until he became a greedy steroid user. Sorry for the harshness of him, but I lose all respect for players who cheated the game. Even if they play for the Yanks.
Overall, three more new players towards my set. 21/60 now. Creeping in on completion at this rate.

Pack number 8 coming at ya tomorrow!

Forgotten Places:Kurt Warner

When most of us think Kurt Warner, I believe the Rams come to mind first. At least to me it does. But, I think we all forget that Kurt played for two other NFL teams as well.

(Thanks to a reminder from Tony at Off Hiatus Baseball blog, I had forgotten to add during my research of Kurt, despite not playing for them and was just a practice squad member, he was also apart of the Packers team in 1994)

The other majority of us who do not associate Kurt with the Rams, may associate him with the Arizona Cardinals who he helped lead to their first ever Super Bowl birth and almost victory if it wasn't for that amazing Santonio Holmes catch.

But, what most of us forget including me is that he also PLAYED for another team in between these two. That team is....

The NY Giants. Yes, my NY Giants. So today's forgotten place is the NY Giants. It's so forgotten and such a short term thing, I don't even have a card of it to include in this post (it is a want list item however)

After the Rams released Warner at the end of the 2003 season, the Giants picked him up giving him a 2-year deal in 2004 the same year they drafted Eli Manning. Warner started out playing very well with the Giants helping them go 5-2 before losing two in a row and dropping them to 5-4 which lead to his benching and the beginning of the Eli Manning era. Eli faced a rough year and the Giants went on to lose many more games after that, but Kurt decided not to stick around and voided his second year of the contract at the end of the season. It was a great decision for him who went to Arizona and changed their outlook. 

To me, it was a bad decision that season to bench him that early as they still played well with Kurt before sticking Eli under the bus. But, in the end, I guess you can say things worked out the best as Kurt led Arizona to their first ever Super Bowl appearance and Eli winning two rings for the Giants.

This was only a small part of Kurt's Cinderella story. Arena football and bagging groceries play a role as well. It's amazing if you have your mind in the right place and keep reaching for your goal, what you can actually accomplish.

How many of you remember Kurt Warner the Giants QB??? Packers practice squad QB?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

1997 Upper Deck UD3 Baseball Pack # 6

Pack #6 is now busted and ready to be showcased! Still no insert finds, but still on a roll without the doubles on trying to complete the base set!

Today's wasn't the strongest pack, but these first two players  considered as the Semi-Stars of the 90's.

Love the photo they used for the inner glow of this Anderson one.
Pack #7 will be posted tomorrow. Hopefully I will have some luck with that one!

Uniform Versus:Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays

Today's battle involves not only uniform changes, but also involves a small name change.

Let's see the breakdown.
From 1998-2007, Tampa Bay's baseball team was known as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The name was based on the manta ray. It was a pretty cool logo and name coming from the sunshine state.

Then in 2008, the team had a name change to the Rays referring more to the "rays" of sunshine instead. I guess the name change also changed their attitude as they reached the World Series that year and have been contenders for the most part since.
When it comes to cardboard, for me, I would rather see the Devil Rays. I think the logo looks better on cardboard and the color scheme as well. The colors for the Rays uniforms are bland and some similar to the KC Royals. I liked the forest green and blue uni's with the colorful Devil Rays written across the front of the jersey. The name was cooler too. Imagine patches from that jersey embedded into cards...yeah, sweet huh??

Alright guys, I pass the question onto you, what do you think, Tampa Bay Rays or Tampa Bay Devil Rays???

Monday, May 23, 2016

1997 Upper Deck UD3 Baseball Pack # 5

The sun is shining, the birds are tweeting and I just busted another pack of UD3. Can you ask God for any better of a day?
Today's pack contained some players I call 90's icons. I always feld Andres never got enough respect for what he did on the field, Ripken I believe was loved by all and Manny, well, he is always been Manny. It's fun seeing him in an Indians uniform. I always feel people know him best when he played for Boston.

All three of these are once again new so that brings me up to 20/60 towards the set. Hoping to keep on this roll!
Pack # 6 up tomorrow. What will I find in there...hoping my first insert at least.....

Collectin' Griffey:2013 Topps Archives

Topps Archives is a fun product that celebrates today’s players on past designs from Topps’ 60-plus year history in the baseball card market.

The 2013 version put Ken back in his throwback uni as well in the 1982 Topps design. The color scheme is matched perfectly from the original design for the Mariners, obviously Griffey wasn't included in the original set but it's fun to see it now.

I think they also chose a great photo to use of Ken as most of those photos in that set were like this.
What do you guys think about Topps Archives? Like it? Love it? Hate it? Loathe it? Thoughts in comments are always welcomed!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

1997 Upper Deck UD3 Baseball Pack # 4

This makes pack # 4 out of 24 and we are back on track with hitting the good players. Today's pack consisted of some pretty solid ones as you will see as you read on.

This also marks 12 cards out of 60 for the set so doing well there so far too.

Pack #5 will roll out tomorrow!
Thoughts on today's pack are welcomed!

REVIEW:2016 Topps Finest Baseball Mini Box+Auto Giveaway!

It has been a few years since I have personally busted a box of Finest. For the most part the product has remained the same with some new fun inclusions added in yearly.

Last year Finest introduced Finest Careers that celebrated Derek Jeter. This year it returns again and this time celebrates my main man, KGJr.

So to me looking at this box isn't a bad start to the product:
Just to point this out again, today's break isn't a full hobby box. This is a mini box. 2 mini boxes make up a hobby box. So this is basically half a hobby box.

In every mini box of 2016 Finest baseball, there are 6 packs with 5 cards per pack. There is one autograph per mini box and hobby boxes run about $120. I would assume a mini box will run you about $60-$70.

The base cards have a basic design with a colored line on the left or right with a team logo watermarked at the bottom of the line. There is also a full colored player in the forefront. The featured player's picture also seems to be "zoomed away" before coming to focus in the center of the card. Kind of a cool look.

The cards are printed on a chrome stock. I do miss the days of the peel-away stickers to help with scratching however.

The base set consists of 100 cards that are made up of rookies and MLB vets.

The rookie cards have the same design as the base except they have the rookie logo. I pulled a Maeda in my box.

The base cards also have Sp's. Those make up cards 101-110 (of players not in the first 100 and one of those is Kris Bryant) if you are trying to put together the master base set. Sp's fall 1:5 packs.

Now onto the parallels and inserts.

As with Finest or anything chromed, they come with refractor parallels. These two are the basic ones I pulled in my mini box.

There are also green refractors that fall 1:4 packs and are numbered /99. I found this guy....
You can also find these refractors,
  • Prism Refractor
  • 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.
Finest First inserts fall 1:2 packs. This insert commemorates each MLB Rookie's first appearance in Topps Finest.

There are also much tougher autograph and autograph refractor parallels to be found of Finest First as well.

Refractors to find include:
  • Green 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.

Franchise Finest is a new insert included this year. It Features each team's franchise player on a chrome refractor card.

1996 Finest Intimidators is by far my FAVORITE insert in Finest: Topps dug back in time and recreated the cool looking insert set of 1996 with today's most "intimidating" veterans and retired players.

These look even cooler in person. Would be an interesting set to put together and one I am not intimidated to try.
In case you wondered what a version of this looked like from 1996, here is a Piazza pic (not mine)

Like I stated earlier, Finest is celebrating Ken Griffey Jr.’s great accomplishments in the product and have included an die-cut insert called Finest Careers to do so. There are 10 unique cards to collect with just one of these cards found in every case. They are astronomical odds, but a fun chase for us Griffey collectors.

There are three parallels offered for this insert: 
  • Orange Refractor (numbered to 25)
  • Red Refractor (numbered to 5)
  • Superfractor (1-of-1). 
Autograph versions of Finest Careers Ken Griffey Jr can be found and are numbered to just five copies each. 
Now onto the autographs and other offerings from Finest.
This was my pull from the mini box, not that great but it is on-card. Norris is still a young gun so he could do something big later on in his MLB career, right now he is currently playing for Toledo.
 Just like most of the product, the autographs have refractor parallels too. Here are those offerings:
  • Blue Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered.
  • Green 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.
 Some of the other things not found in my box are
  • Finest Originals that feature on-card autographs on buybacks from the past 20-plus years.These have gotta be cool!
  • Finest Greats Autograph set that showcases elite MLB retired players such as Cal Ripken Jr., Don Mattingly, Hank Aaron and Sandy Koufax.
Overall, it was a bit of a tough break I feel. I do like the designs and offerings but cost vs return comes into play here and it's a toughie to look at. Of course it may be because it was just a mini box. It's really hard to judge without seeing the full picture. Who knows, the other mini box could have had a Sandy Koufax autograph which would had made the overall break and my view of it much different. So what I recommend is when buying this, stick strictly to full hobby boxes and see how that goes. I have seen some good stuff already pulled from hobby boxes of the product so I know it is solid.

Now for the moment you have been waiting for,
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It's as easy as can be to enter to win the Daniel Norris autograph above. Just read and follow these rules:
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Well, we didn't quite get to the 50 entry level to unlock a sketch card giveaway, but we still get to award three winners some inserts!

So let's get to it!

There were 29 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Justin S
  2. Barry
  3. Ben Wilson
  4. RAZ
  5. @JGfan24ever
  6. Daniel Wilson
  7. Miami Vice
  8. Alan Riggs
  9. Ozsportsfan
  10. God's humble servant
  11. Joseph Thomas
  12. Unknown
  13. hudsonfan15
  14. Rob0822
  15. krsp370
  16. ericwilborn
  17. defgav
  18. Scott N.
  19. Jupiterhill
  20. JT Woodworth
  21. Reds Card Collector
  22. The Lost Collector
  23. Matthew Chrisman
  24. Jupiterhill
  25. Scott N.
  27. Glen Fernandez
  28. Stephen Radford
  29. Ross Caudill
Timestamp: 2016-05-22 10:32:15 UTC
You have randomized this list 7 times.

Congrats to Justin S, Barry and Ben Wilson! Email me at with the subject line, GB Winner. You will have 48 hours from today to claim or it will be re-given away. Please also post a thank you on your blog or on Twitter tagging both myself and Cryptozoic if you can.

Thanks to everyone who entered. Another giveaway coming up soon for 2016 Finest baseball and I have another one going on now for former or current military personnel or close family members of them.

Thanks for reading and have a happy Sunday!

Sunday's With Rodney:1995 Finest Booster Refractor

Just this past week I was posting about a trade I did with my buddy over at 90's Niche Football Card Blog and mentioned how I added some new Rodney Hamptons to the mix. Well, today's Sunday With Rodney is one of those.
1995 Finest included inserts called Boosters, which basically are a different photo of the base card. But they also included much tougher to pull Booster refractors. These fell 1:36 packs or 1:432 retail packs and shine beautifully against the design used in the product. I think Topps enjoyed this design so much that it was included apart of their insert throwback in 2015 Topps Finest.

Back in the 90's refractor parallels were much easier to differentiate. In the corner on the back they had a big R to tell us they were a refractor. Imagine how much easier today's refractors would be to figure out if they told us which refractor was what, especially when some look so similar and that there are so many of them.