Saturday, June 25, 2016

REVIEW: 2016 Cryptozoic The Walking Dead Season 4 Part 1 (BONUS HIT AND AUTO GIVEAWAY)

So I only have a few minutes to get this review out to you. I know they are coming and I don't wanna be the next victim....I wanna stay one of the survivors...
In every box of 2016 Cryptozoic The Walking Dead Season 4 Part 1, you get 24 packs with 5 cards per pack. There should be one wardrobe and one on-card autograph per box. Boxes run, like I might have to do soon as the dead are coming into view, $85.
The base set design is nice one with full color photography that captures images from season 4.  

There are 72 cards in a base set and you should complete that set in one box.
 
Now onto the inserts, you should complete each set. I was a bit disappointed that Cryptozoic did not include silver foil parallels for inserts.
These are Character Card inserts. They fall 1:3 packs and are telling you about each main character.

Posters fall 1:6 packs and showcase images you may see on a poster to draw you into the show.

Puzzle Cards that fall 1:3 packs and in the end all 9 cards create...

This nice piece! I always enjoy Cryptozoic's puzzle cards.

Cryptomium parallels probably fall one-per-box like the rest of the products they run or 1:24 packs. This one appears to be of the puzzle piece above.

Now onto the hits. On average there should be one wardrobe and one autograph per box, I pulled a bonus hit in mine. There are also prop cards too that fall at the same rate of 1:24 and are pretty cool.

I pulled key characters as my hits in Rick and Carl Grimes. I really like the design/layout of these as well.



Now onto my autograph. It's on-card like all of their autographs in products are and mine is of Dr.S who is played by Sunkrish Bala.
 
Key autograph signers in the set are:
  • Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes
  • Jose Pablo Cantillo as Caesar Martinez
  • Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
  • Kyla Kenedy as Mika Samuels
  • Greg Nicotero, Co-Executive Producer
  • Sunkrish Bala as Dr. S.
  • Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene
  • Chad L. Coleman as Tyreese Williams
  • Emily Kinney as Beth Greene
  • Brighton Sharbino as Lizzie Samuels
  • Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier
  • David Morrissey as The Governor
You can find rest of the checklist, HERE.

You can also find stunning Sketch cards (1:1006 packs) and Printing Plates (1:691 packs).
Overall, before I lose consciousness from being chewed on, I think the product is pretty solid for the price. Base set, insert sets, one on-card autograph and one wardrobe card not to mention possible bonus hits. It's the same price you would pay for a sports product with this amount of hits. Except the values of these never go down.
It also helps that the product looks nice.

Okay, now time for you to find out how to win this autograph:
  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, July 2nd 2016. Winners will be announced in a separate post on Sunday July 3rd 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! 

Reminiscing 90's SPECIAL EDITION:1989 Kenner Real Ghostbusters Janine Melnitz 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 June 25th 1991:
June 25th 1991 was a Tuesday
George H.W.Bush was President
Most Popular Movie released in June of 1990 was Boyz In The Hood
Most Popular Book around this time was Oh By Dr. Seuss
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single on June 25th 1991 was Rush Rush by Paula Abdul
Most Popular TV Shows: Salute Your Shorts

FEATURED TOY:
It's simple, Janine is scared. So scared that she rotates to fight off the ghosts! This piece came in that big lot I bought off eBay. It was quite the lot for only $25. Today marks the final part to my Ghostbusters series even though I do have more to show. But, it's time to move on.

FEATURED CARDS:
DC Superheroes+Janine..well...yes. She was a superheroe to some answering that phone non-stop for the ghost calls. She also went out on a few ghost chase herself. So to me, she is a super hero.
These are 1991 DC COMICS COSMIC


 

I have a whole box of these things that I throw in trades sometimes. So if you have ever traded with me, you may have found yourself a pack or two.

Well, that marks the end of the Ghostbusters series but there are more 90's fun to show off ahead. Your thoughts on the Ghostbusters finale are welcomed.

Friday, June 24, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Cryptozoic DC Comics Justice League Trading Cards

I am more of a DC guy than a Marvel guy, so when it comes to comics and card related, I prefer a product I can more relate to and one that involves Batman is good in any nature to me.

So here is a break of Cryptozoic's latest release.


In every box of 2016 Cryptozoic DC Comics Justice League Trading Cards there are 24 packs with 5 cards per pack. There seems to also be a box topper as well in a big toploader. You can find one sketch card per box and the boxes run you around $82.

The box topper I don't have any info on other than they seems to feature a character and their bio from the Justice League. I assume you will find one per box.

Back:


Front:

The base cards are written and artistically done by DC Comics writer Adam Beechen. 

The base cards are very visual appealing and also have a very glossy back, are tad thicker than normal base and have a rough front surface. Not like the rest of the Cryptozoic cards that are usually high in gloss. It would be fun to submit some of these in to be signed as the surface would be great for that. 
There are 63 cards in the base set which one box should complete it for you on average.

Silver foil parallels. Once again, lacking some info on odds for these but looking at the number of them I landed, I assume 1:3 packs will get ya one. They cover both the base set and insert sets.

Now onto the inserts. I believe you complete every set of them per box. Except the Batman Classic TV series Cryptomium Reissue cards that only fall one-per.
Model Sheets fall 1:4 packs. It's literally a model sheet and displays the color theme of each featured superhero and has a back and front look at each.

All-Star Comics fall 1:4 packs. Displaying cover art for some of the covers.

Madame Xanadu Tarot Cards fall 1:4 packs with a featured hero and a Tarot name for each. Such as Superman known as The Hero and Batman as The Detective.

One of my favorites from the product are these Retro's that fall 1:6 packs. These look really cool and my favorite of the group is Batman's. But overall, the color scheme and look on these are quite remarkable.

Batman Classic TV series Cryptomium Reissue cards fall 1:24 packs. These are Crytomium "chromed" cards of the original Batman cards from the 60's I believe.

And now onto the hits, I pulled a Sketch card. Very cool and signed by the artist on the back. All of these are 1/1's. My back of the card picture never uploaded for some odd reason and I will try again at some point.
 
You can also find other pulls. such as Totally Fabricated costume cards (1:192 packs), Replica Patch cards (1:96 packs), Printing Plates (1:192 packs) and Hall of Justice die-cut sketch cards (1:192 packs). All of which are really cool.
Overall, a very nice looking product from top to bottom. The price is a bit steep for the one sketch card per box and that's my only concern. But, you also gotta consider getting a full line of complete insert sets and a full base set in the box value too along with some other parallels. Some boxes may also give you an extra hit which is the usual for a Cryptozoic product.

I will also throw in, it's really hard to do a product like this and find enough "hits" to put in. Kudos to Cryptozoic for their creativity to come up with some unique ones like the Totally Fabricated costume cards. Just like the Totally Fabricated Slime cards they did for Ghostbusters. It's enough to draw collector's attention.

Also, if interested, here is the downloadable checklist.
Bloggers Note:  
Look for some of these cards in future giveaways. Thanks to Cryptozoic for providing this for a review and for future giveaways. You can check them out HERE.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

2016 Topps Series 2 Card Winners!

I have been blowing up with contests recently, not a bad thing I don't think. I am just really glad that all have been doing really well.

This one gave me about 35 entrants (15 short of 3 winners but we were close!) with some gaining extra entries driving it to 43 overall entries to random.

Let's see how that random went for those who will win some cards from this break:

 

There were only two winners since we fell short of 50 entries, those two are the top two on the list:

There were 43 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Cameron Towe
  2. defgav
  3. Dennis (Seahawksfan605
  4. Jimmy Gragg
  5. Scott N.
  6. mrbasepauly
  7. Adam Kaningher
  8. Nick Frank
  9. cardstacks
  10. Bradley Defreitas
  11. Wilson
  12. Bulldog
  13. P-town Tom
  14. Justin S
  15. Ozsportsfan
  16. GRADY MALACHOWSKI
  17. madding
  18. God's humble servant
  19. Scott N.
  20. Fuji
  21. The Lost Collector
  22. cardstacks
  23. Dave Morris
  24. Jafronius
  25. Wilson
  26. ketchupman36
  27. Nick R
  28. Josh D
  29. Nick Frank
  30. Daniel Wilson
  31. Scott Everett
  32. hudsonfan15
  33. Justin S
  34. John Sharp
  35. God's humble servant
  36. Scott Everett
  37. JediJeff
  38. Trevor P
  39. Tim B.
  40. Daniel Wilson
  41. Jamie B
  42. Jupiterhill
  43. Tracy LeVeaux
IP: 72.169.80.57
Timestamp: 2016-06-23 11:25:59 UTC
You have randomized this list 7 times.

Congrats to Cameron Towe and Defgav! Guys, send me an email with your address and team choice to sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com in the next 48 hours or your prize will be re-given away.

Thanks to everyone who entered this contest. There will be more contests ahead if you didn't win this time and two currently going on right now if you check the right side of the blog.

Good luck and thanks again for the support! I really appreciate it.

1997 UD3 Baseball Box Break Overall Thoughts+Recap

In what was a three-week on the edge of your seat pack by pack break, 1997 UD3 baseball came to an end.

So what was my thoughts on it. Read on!


The box started out on fire in the first pack finding both Jeter and the featured box guy in the first pack. My man, Junior.

There were no big pulls such as no autographs or Marquee Attractions, but I did pull the inserts that were expected in the box that fell at 1:11. Not bad players, just not the Jeter I was hoping for.

In the end, day by day, you guys could tell I was chasing the set. Well, I can sadly say, I didn't accomplish that feat. Todd "bleepin" Greene didn't show his face. Yes, I was one card short. One. If there had only been one less double and one more Greene I would have had the set. But I am sure it won't be an expensive thing to add to finish my set.

Even though I was a card short on the set and didn't pull anything huge, I did pull two nice inserts, some great players and most important of all, had a ton of fun. If all it took was $25 to do that, I think it was worth it at the end of the day.

So now I pass it onto you guys.

What do you guys think? Was this break worth it? Are you going to miss these posts? Want to see more future segments done like this?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

HOBBY TOPIC

This series is all about you, the readers. My opinion is mum on every subject, however, you guys have the open mic per say on here. So without further ado, here is today' topic:

PARALLELS

Do you consider parallels being overdone? Do you want to see more? Should they all be numbered? Do you prefer none?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

REVIEW:2015-2016 Panini Revolution (BIG BOOM)

The 90's are back! Well, at least some of it.

When Panini first announced the return of Revolution, a Pacific brand back in the day, I didn't know what to think. But, after opening this box, I felt a trip back to memory lane and it made me feel all warm inside. Even though Panini never really made a reference between the two sets, those of us who collected in that era and know the product will simply remember the similarities.

Read on to see the rest of my thoughts.


In every box of 2015-2016 Revolution basketball, you will find 8 Packs Per Box with 5 Cards Per Pack. Each box also comes with 7 Parallels, 4 Rookies, and 3 Inserts. No guaranteed hits. It's also been said that 98% of the autographs will be included in the product and that ALL of the autographs in the product are ON-CARD AUTOS! Boxes will run you depending on where you by from $50-$60

Find at least one autograph per inner case.
The base set is simply as I remember it in the 90's, a sparkly masterpiece. There are 150 cards in the base set featuring 100 veterans and 50 rookies. All cards feature vivid foil patterns that parallel out to different levels of rarity. Stay tuned for the parallel version talk after the jump.


Here are the rookies I pulled. Nobody big...right now anyways.

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You can look for one Cosmic, Sunburst or Futura parallel  per box, all of which are sequentially numbered to 100 or less. Stay tuned for the big boom on that.

I will do my best to explain the parallels, but you are better off going HERE on Panini's blog to see them all. They all have just one tiny difference that is easiest to see on their scans on the link.

Here is a Nova and Infinite parallel both falling at 1:6 packs. Nova is on the left.



More infinite parallels...


More Nova....


Cosmic numbered to 100 pull.


And the huge boom, Futura numbered to 25 of MVP Steph Curry. Man it's a beauty of a card.


My other insert pulls. All of which fit the theme of the overall product.


This one if pretty cool. It's a die cut.
And my box wasn't lucky enough to pull an autograph from. But, you know what? That doesn't bother me. I think the price is reasonable, the cards look nice, and it's built like a 90's product. It's built from the base cards up. The autographs are tougher pulls, but it also adds value to them.

So I guess it depends on what you are looking for in a product. If you are looking for a big pull or per hit box product, well, you may want to look elsewhere. Even though some nice pulls are waiting here. If you are looking for a fun product that will take you down memory lane, well, this if for you.

Small risk, possible good return here. The parallels once figured out, are worth more than you think and even base cards of good players have book value of $1 or more which hasn't happened since the 90's.

Thoughts on this product are appreciated!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Sports Challenge Contest Week 2 Game Picks

Week 1 is in the books and things are looking tight! But, still three weeks to go and new challengers are encouraged to join in. Even if you had a bad weekend, don't give up, there is a long way to go and the last week I promise will be a doozy. Anyone can win. That's the fun of this. It's happened many times before in the past and every week there should be a shot at landing some bonus points!

Here are the current standings if you haven't checked them out yet, Standings For BCW Lot

And here is the second round of weekends games towards my Sports Challenge Contest.

In comments, just pick the winners. Please take a second out to put Sat for Saturday games and Sun for Sunday games as I listed them here.

You will earn 1 point for each game right. You will earn 0 points for games wrong. Points hopefully will be updated on the Monday after the weekend. If not, they should be before the next round of games. There will also be ways to earn bonus points and lose points along the way so watch for those days.

Most of all, have fun and good luck!

YOU HAVE TIL FRIDAY 8PM E.T. TO GET YOUR GAME PICKS IN OR THEY WON'T COUNT.

(Sat)urday Games:
Mets @ Braves
Red Sox@Rangers
Athletics@Angels
Phillies@Giants
Cardinals@Mariners

(Sun)day Games:
Athletics@Angels
Phillies@Giants
D-backs@Rockies
Cardinals@Mariners
Dodgers@Pirates

BONUS POINTS!!!! Many up for grabs. Earn up to 6 POINTS!!!

These MUST be separate tweets or blog posts and you MUST comment with the link below to the tweet or blog post along with your game picks or as a reply to your game picks if you are blog posting/Tweeting on separate days. Check when the contests end for best posting.

Earn 1 point for spreading the word on the 2016 Topps Series 2 contest on Twitter
https://sportcardcollectors.blogspot.com/2016/06/review2016-topps-series-2-baseball.html

Earn 2 points for spreading the word on 2016 Topps Series 2 contest on your sports card or sports blog https://sportcardcollectors.blogspot.com/2016/06/review2016-topps-series-2-baseball.html

Earn 1 point for spreading the word for 2016 Topps Tier 1 Contest on Twitter
http://sportcardcollectors.blogspot.com/2016/06/review2016-topps-tier-one-baseball-hot.html

Earn 2 points for spreading the word on 2016 Topps Tier 1 Contest on your sports card or sports blog
http://sportcardcollectors.blogspot.com/2016/06/review2016-topps-tier-one-baseball-hot.html

Earn 1 point for sharing Week 2 of this on Twitter
(this post is the link)

Earn 2 points for spreading the word on Week 2 on your sports card or sports blog
(this post is the link)
 
Time for the small print before you comment below.
  1. ***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.
  2. Top three point scorers will win a prize
  3. Entrants must pick winners for the list of games given. They will mostly be baseball at this point but other sports may be included. There will be special days to earn bonus points or lose them. The last day of the contest, contestants will be asked to gamble their points away to try and out-win others in an ALL OUT BATTLE! In case of a tie for the top three spots, one extra day to earn points will be added just for those in the running. I have seen people win in the past with minimal points before, so make sure you use your points reasonably on the final day.
  4. CardS may be shipped PWE. I like to forewarn on this.
  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. Make sure to thank, BCW Supplies, Topps, Panini, Cryptozoic and Sport Card Collectors for their generosity.

Random Card On My Desk:2008 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection Bat Card Shawn Green

Year:2008
Brand:Topps Heritage
Team: NY Mets
Card Type:Bat Card
Card Numbered:N/A
Sorting: Will be placed in a snap down plastic

Sunday, June 19, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Topps Tier One Baseball (HOT BOX+Case Hit)+A Giveaway!

I have always seen products like Tier One from a distance, but never had guts enough to give it a try, well, I wished I had after breaking today's box and definitely will going forward.

See why I feel that way in this short review below.

In every box of 2016 Topps Tier One baseball, you will find three cards. Two will be ON CARD autographs and the other will be a relic card. There are also hot boxes, like today, that contain an extra bonus hit. Boxes will run you roughly $110.

I will be posting my review box as I broke it. Without any base cards or inserts, this will be a cut to the chase form of review but I will give as much info as I can.

Inside of the box pictured above, is a cut out and a silver pack that sits within.

After opening that silver pack, this is the card that popped up first.

Can't say it could have started any better. An on-card autograph of a top pitcher in Clayton Kershaw. And it's a Tier 1 Autographs, which is a case hit like last year. The Kershaw I pulled is a base version that comes numbered to 99 or less. There are also three parallels that can be determined by the color of the ink with Copper /25, Silver /10 and Gold 1/1.
 
There is also a solid mix of players on the Tier One autograph checklist. I will leave a link at the bottom of my review to the checklist.

Up next, the more common autograph you should find in Tier one in Breakout Autographs. These are numbered to 299 or less. The checklist for these contains a lot of the younger upcoming players and rookies. My pull was /249 of Kyle Waldrop. It also appears from the checklist that some players have more than one card and photo.

 
The other common autograph /299 is Prime Performers which features a nice mix of feature a checklist of veteran players and retired stars.
 
Other regular autographs are dual autos that are numbered to 25, triple autos that are numbered to 10 and Cut Signatures that are numbered to 1/1. 

There are a ton of other sick autograph relic finds in Tier One too. One of my favorites from previews is the Signature Tools auto relic cards. These sweet one-of-one pulls feature an actual piece of the pen used by an athlete to sign cards. I know some may find that cheesy, but I love it.
 
Other autograph relic finds are Autographed Tier One Relics come numbered out of 99 with Dual Patch parallels numbered to 25 and 1/1 Triple Patch parallels. There are also dual auto Tier One Relic booklets are numbered out of ten. Prodigious Patches come with player signature and a jumbo patch piece that has Base versions are numbered out of 10 with Platinum parallel numbered to 5. One-of-one auto relics hits include Tier One Autographed Bat Knobs, Autographed Limited Lumber bat relics and Cut Signature relics. There is such a sick deep lineup of autographed relic material. It's like putting the whole baseball HOF on a team. 
 
If that wasn't enough, there is also relic content to find too. 

The third card from my pack was this Kolten Wong relic numbered to 199.

My pull was a basic Tier One Relic card, which are numbered to 399 or less. However, there are dual swatch parallels that are numbered to 50 and triple swatch parallels are numbered to just five. 
 
There are also Tier One Relics Legends that are numbered to 99 or less also with dual swatches that numbered to 25 and triple swatches numbered to 5 parallels. 
 
Then to my surprise after an already solid box, a Prodigious Patch surprised me being my 4th card. It features a jumbo-sized patch and is numbered out of ten. Mine was 10/10 of Jacoby Ellsbury. It has a beautiful swatch with even a few minor dirt stains.
 
To round out the rest of the memorabilia, Tier One Bat Knobs, there are Limited Lumber bat relics and Tier One All-Star Relics that are very rare 1/1 pulls.
 
And if you are curious how the checklist looks, you can find that, HERE on the Topps Website.
 
Overall, I really liked the product. Solid design all around and some great pulls. The checklist is deep featuring players of today, yesterday and of tomorrow. But, with any high end product, you do only get three cards and it's a risk. However, there is ton of stuff to payoff with if you take the risk and hit it big.

NOW TIME FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!
 
WIN THIS:
 
It's as easy as can be to enter to win the card 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 ONE PRO AND ONE CON OF THE 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 26th 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on June 27th 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!

Sunday's With Rodney:1996 Upper Deck Hot Properties

There were many great backs in the 90's other than Rodney, yes I call him one of the good ones, there was Emmitt, Barry, Marshall and a late round draft pick guy from Denver, Terrell. One of my favorites to watch.

Back in 1996, Upper Deck paired two of my favorite backs on one card with their Hot Properties insert set. Not sure what the odds were on the dual sided insert, but I know that there is also a gold parallel that I still need that falls 1:71 packs.

The design is simple. Red border with player name, team name and position as the border. FX technology in the background with full color players in the forefront.