Saturday, June 11, 2016

My First Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid has made himself a household name and a skater collectors have found themselves chasing in packs this season. It's probably been one of the better hockey card seasons in years.

I to have joined the search for Connor, but have had no success in finding him. 

So when @shvidki held a contest on Twitter for a McDavid card, I was all in! I was also the lucky winner in the end.

Yesterday this arrived,

My first McDavid. It's a start and hopefully someday I can add another.

A huge thanks is due to @shvidki for the giveaway and the card. I appreciate it!

If you are not following him yet, please do. Besides giveaways, he has a pretty awesome hockey card collection to view and posts about it.

1997 Upper Deck UD3 Baseball Pack # 24, The Finale

It's the end of the box and we know it. It's the end of the box and we know it..and it is fine! (not really cause I don't have anymore to bust!)

No inserts, no autographs, but a few set needs. I guess that is better than nothing.
After I am done sorting it all out I will leave my overall thoughts on the break in a post and ask for your thoughts as well. Should be next week or two as I am behind sorting a few other things first.
Oh, and I mentioned giving some cards away. I still am. Look for those in a future contest....

Reminiscing 90's SPECIAL EDITION:The Real Ghostbusters Ghost Sweeper Vehicle

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:
June 11th 1991 was a Sunday
George H.W.Bush was President
Most Popular Movie released in May of 1990 was Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves
Most Popular Book around this time was Loves To Dance by Mary Higgins Clark
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single on May 20th 1990 was Rush Rush by Paula Abdul
Most Popular TV Shows: Salute Your Shorts

Are you afraid of ghosts??? Well, with this, you can just sweep them away and trap them! I picked up this mint piece in that big Ghostbusters lot I bought awhile back for $25. These alone can go for $15 at least. I also have the figure and ghost which makes it more valuable.

FEATURED CARDS: So then I thought to myself, what theme can I go with here...then I thought that it would be fun to take one of these for a spin..hmm for a spin...I just sorted some PBA let me find a few of those that shows a bowling ball going for a spin. Well., here you go!

These are 1990 PBA Kingpins cards

So what do you guys think of either the cards, vehicle or the combo??

Friday, June 10, 2016

1997 Upper Deck UD3 Baseball Pack # 23

Oy! Was the words out of my mouth for this break. Three doubles!!!! I am still short on my set with only one pack to go! Going to need that one to be a good one to help.

Not a bad pack otherwise...
The finale is tomorrow. Will there be set help? Insert? Autograph? I might bust it today for tomorrow cause I can't wait either....

REVIEW:2016 Topps Archives Baseball (Auto Giveaway!)

Fan favorite Topps Archives returns for yet another season packed with what everyone loves, retro designs with players of today, tomorrow and the past. And no Bull, well, no bull at least on the fact this product has ON CARD autographs. But, 2016 does include some Bull. Read on!
In every box of 2016 Topps Archives baseball, you will find 24 packs with 8 cards per pack. There is a good mixture of base, an insert once in awhile and possible autographs. Every box will have 2 on-card autos per and boxes currently are running for $95.

The base set kicks off the fun. This covers collectors of all ages with veterans and rookies featured on designs of the past and all time greats featured on newer designs. Makes for a what-if approach that I thoroughly enjoy.
You can find Jackie Robinson to Ken Griffey Jr to key rookies of Corey Seager, Stephen Piscotty, Kenta Maeda, Ketel Marte, Kyle Schwarber and more.

There are 300 cards in the base set along with 10 Sp's.

Those are :
301 Kenta Maeda SP RC
302 Randy Jones SP
303 Tom Gordon SP
304 Al Kaline SP
305 Steve Garvey SP
306 Tito Francona SP
307 Phil Nevin SP
308 Charlie Hayes SP
309 Kris Benson SP
310 Sandy Koufax SP

Designs for this years product are, 1953


And 1991, one of my favorites. There are parallels to these. More on that soon.

Another fun aspect to this years Archives are the full stats on the back of the cards along with the "vintage feel"

Now onto the parallels.
The base cards also have parallels. 
There are
- Blue Border Parallel are below and numbered to 199.
- Red Border Parallel: sequentially numbered.
- Black Border Parallel: numbered 1/1
- Printing Plates: numbered 1/1

Nice Koufax in my box. These fall 1:14 packs.

Another fun parallel that Topps snuck in there are    . Now I didn't pull one in my box, but they are the Operation Desert Storm cards that existed in the 1991 Topps set. There are 100 cards to chase that fall 1:328 packs. To find out a background on these cards, why the parallel back then and why it's celebrated now, follow the link to the story on Cardboard Connection HERE.
Now onto the other inserts.
These are 1969 Topps Super Insert Cards. Pretty cool full color photography cards.

There are also parallel finds for these that are
- Red Parallel: sequentially numbered.
- Black Parallel: numbered 1/1.
- Printing Plates: numbered 1/1.
These fall, 1:6 packs.

I really liked this concept. This set featured Topps #1 Draft Pick design from the 1985 set. All of the players in the set were #1 overall MLB Draft picks from years past. 

There are also parallel finds for these that are
- Red Parallel: sequentially numbered.
- Black Parallel: numbered 1/1.
- Printing Plates: numbered 1/1.
These fall, 1:8 packs.

And another cool insert combining the best Father-Son duos in MLB. Wished I had pulled the Griffey one, but I did land these two. Unique design and these fall 1:12 packs.

Now is not the time to cut the bull, not with these really cool Bull Durham inserts!! These fall 1:12 packs and come with these parallels too.

- Red Border Parallel: sequentially numbered.
- Black Border Parallel: numbered 1/1.
- Printing Plates: numbered 1/1.

Now onto the autographs. As I stated above they are on card. A lot of these guys you may have forgotten about but that's what makes this product fun. Not everyday autographs.

My two autos were both Fan Favorites Autographs. They are on card autographs on vintage Topps card designs.

They to have the following parallels:
- Blue Border Parallel: sequentially numbered.
- Red Border Parallel: sequentially numbered.
- Black Border Parallel: numbered 1/1.
I pulled Randy Jones
And Fernando Tatis.
Other autographs not featured today but you can find are....
Topps Originals Autographs that are an assortment of buybacks from throughout the decades and each numbered.

Autograph versions of each Insert card design, including the 1969 Topps Super and of course Bull Durham. Can you say Costner or Susan Sarandan auto?!?!?!!
Overall, Topps Archvies was fun to open. My hits weren't the best, but for me that wasn't what I liked opening the product for. If you are chasing big hits, I probably would say this isn't for you. But, if you are looking for a good time with a possible chance at hitting it big, well, it's here. Revisiting designs and players of the past we sometimes forget is a huge draw in here. The Bull Durham cards are really a nice touch and the autographs will be a hot find.
Now onto the giveaway which will be this auto card:

It's as easy as can be to enter to win the Randy Jones autograph above. Just read and follow these rules:
  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 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
  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 or you WILL LOSE OUT an extra entry!
  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 June 17th 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on June 18th 2016. 
  9. Don't forget to thank the above sponsor of this contest and I won't mind a thank you as well :)
Good luck to all that enter and thanks for reading!

Just found out I pulled a base card Sp upon further searching. So chalk this up as another pull from my box :)


Thursday, June 9, 2016

A Shiny Thank You

I always enjoy giving back to the hobby. Whether it's doing giveaways on here, on Twitter, handing cards out to kids at my yard sales or surprising collectors in the mail, it's always such a joy to see other collectors happiness from my giving.

I have never asked for anything in return except that you enjoy. I also hope that it influences you to pay it forward to someone else with some #HobbyLove. 

Today, I was shown some #HobbyLove by @JGfan24ever on Twitter. He sent this beautiful mixture of Panini Prizm cards as a thank you for all that I do for the hobby. It's quite an honor coming from someone who also gives out a lot of #HobbyLove himself.

Let's take a look at what he sent:

Military Prizm

Sick looking blue!

Green Prizms with a football one

Groovy Orange looking Prizms including Russ Westbrook 

AND baby, these are FIREWOOOOORRRKS. Two great players.

A big shout out goes out to @JGfan24ever for the mail day. I can tell you read the blog as you know my love of shiny things. I truly appreciate the honorable mail day and you just never know when I may pass on or return the #HobbyLove 

1997 Upper Deck UD3 Baseball Pack # 22

With only a few packs left and some set needs that need to be filled, I am hoping for an insert, but also really hoping to at least fill my set in.

Today's pack helped provide three set needs.

The big hurt I am gonna say looks really sharp on here. I think the Sox uni helps too against the wood grain.

Pack #23 tomorrow then #24 to finish it up. The end is near....

2016 Yard Sale Find Part 3

Part 3 of the yard sale find was actually pretty good. I could see from a distance, I know you can to, that there were some bright white colored cards and some darker ones. To me that meant, newer stuff vs older stuff. So should be fun to break down.

That newer stuff, 2008-2009 Ultra hockey. I was expecting all base, but I was wrong.

There were rookie cards and even gold medallion rookies. The rookies were Sp's in the set.

Here were the best of them.

And even more Ultra Gold Medallions.

There were also TONS of inserts and star players like Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.

And finally, more of those 1992 Fleer baseball star players.

Part 3 was pretty good and Part 4, the finale, was just as good if not better. Guess you will have to wait til I publish that to see...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

1997 Upper Deck UD3 Baseball Pack # 21

Can't believe I am at Pack 21 already. Amazing how fast this went even though it has been three weeks.

Today's pack had a couple more set needs including one for my Yanks PC.
Pack #22 tomorrow. Only a few left!

2016 Yard Sale Find Part 2

The First white box that I opened, was LAODED with 1992 Fleer baseball with a few other surprises within. But I found big time names in the pile of Fleer from Griffey to Glavine to Bagwell and to Bernie Williams. They were all in there. It wasn't a complete set however but there were doubles of every player and I broke it down for my player lots and for giveaways later on.

Some of the extra finds were from 1992 Donruss and from 1992 Pinnacle Baseball. These were the best of the best when it came to the small stack.

And finally scattered throughout were a few Star Trek movie cards. There was also a Magic card (my first ever and tell me if you know any value on it) and an Olympic card.
Not a lot here, but some memories and definitely some baseball star finds.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

1997 Upper Deck UD3 Baseball Pack # 20

Pack 20 gives me three new set needs and some memories.

All I can remember of Mo was that he was the Ortiz of the 90's. Big dude that could hit. Mo delivered a grand slam in the game I went to see Griffey play in. Was a bad ending to a great day.

John was so dominant that my friends would fight in the backyard on who got to be him in our baseball matchups.

And Andruw makes me think back to when my father and I would try to chase down his rookie cards as he was the "it" factor.
Let's see if Pack #21 will be as memorable as this one tomorrow!