Saturday, July 30, 2016

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Friday, July 29, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Topps Tribute Baseball (GIVEAWAY)

Definitely the highest of the high-end products I have ever opened, Topps Tribute was a new surprise to me as I didn't know what to expect. I kinda like that thought.

Did this high-end product surprise me or did it leave me disappointed, well, read on!


In every box of 2016 Topps Tribute Baseball you get 6 packs per box with 7 cards per pack. You will find 3 autographs and 3 relics per box that are all numbered. Boxes, like I said this is a very high end product, will run you $250 roughly.

Some quick positives before I move on with the review, the card technology is new. It's called Chromax and is stunning for sure. One of the biggest positives for collectors may be the fact that all autographs are ON CARD!!!
The base cards are very breath taking if you like things shiny like me. The design is simple, yet elegant. The base cards are also very sturdy and would be hard to damage/bend. Scratches may occur however. The technology reminds me of the late 90's Topps Gold Label. 

The base card checklist is built of 90 cards of legends of today and of the past.
As with the base cards, the parallels look great as well. These two are both green parallels numbered to 99. You should find one parallel per box. I got lucky I guess.
Here are the other base card offerings including those elusive Supers!
  • Purple Parallel - sequentially numbered.
  • Red Parallel - sequentially numbered to 5.
  • Black Parallel - numbered 1/1.
  • Tribute SuperFractor Parallel - numbered 1/1
  • Printing Plates - numbered 1/1
The technology for Tribute stays true throughout the product. Beautiful looking cards with added memorabilia or autograph.

Tribute Relics are single relics of retired stars, MLB veterans and exciting newcomers and are sequentially numbered. I pulled Cabrera.


The next relic set I think is one cool set. They are called Stamp of Approval. They feature a bigger-sized relic piece in a die-cut. Each relic piece is MLB Authenticated with a sticker and sequentially numbered as you will see here:

With the Stamp Of Approvals there are also parallels like the Salvy I pulled above.

They include:
  • Purple Parallel - sequentially numbered.
  • Orange Parallel - sequentially numbered to 25.
  • Red Parallel - sequentially numbered to 5.
  • Black Parallel - numbered 1/1.
  • Tribute SuperFractor Parallel - numbered 1/1. NEW!
Other relic cards not pulled in this break include:

Prime Patches that features patch relic cards of superstar veterans and HOF greats with each being numbered and having parallels as well like....

- Red Parallel - sequentially numbered to 5
- Black Parallel - numbered 1/1
- Tribute SuperFractor Parallel - numbered 1/1

Milestone Relics that feature relic swatches of game-used baseballs from milestone MLB games. Each of these relic pieces will be MLB Authenticated and numbered to 10. This as well has a parallel that's a Black Jumbo Autographed Parallel that is numbered 1/1.

Now onto those on-card autographs.

The first two autographs, the probably most common to pull are Tribute Autographs.Veterans, icons and rookie are showcased in this 72 card autographed set. Each are numbered.
  • Blue – /150
  • Green – /99
  • Purple – /50
  • Orange – /25
  • Red – /5
  • Black – 1/1
  • Printing Plates Black – 1/1
  • Black Parallel - numbered 1/1
  • Tribute SuperFractor Parallel - numbered 1/1
  • Printing Plates - numbered 1/1
The two I pulled are the basic blue version. One of Garrett Richards, the other of Phillies rookie Aaron Nola.



My last autograph is a Rightful Recognition Autograph of Rafael Palmeiro. This card is numbered to 99.
 
This autograph set also ties in with Foundations of Greatness which covers the younger version of these players for a Then and Now type of collecting.

As with some of this product, this one as well comes with parallels to chase.
  • Purple Parallel - sequentially numbered.
  • Orange Parallel - sequentially numbered to 25.
  • Red Parallel - sequentially numbered to 5.
  • Black Parallel - numbered 1/1.
  • Tribute SuperFractor Parallel - numbered 1/1. NEW!
  • Printing Plates - numbered 1/1.
Other autographs not pulled in this box but are in the product are....
Ageless Accolades
A tribute to the game's MVPs from seasons past on acetate.
  • Red Parallel - sequentially numbered to 5.
  • Black Parallel - numbered 1/1.
Tribute Tandems Book Cards
A two panel book card pairing veterans with baseball icons who share something in common and are numbered to 25. Parallels include Red numbered to 5 and Black numbered 1/1.

Triple Crown Memories
Triple Crown Memories celebrating the 50th anniversary of 1966 when both Frank Robinson and Sandy Koufax won the Triple Crown award by leading baseball in their statistical categories. Parallels include Red numbered to 5 and Parallel numbered 1/1.

Overall Thoughts: It's definitely a beautiful product from top to bottom and has a solid checklist of players and items to pull. However, this box I felt was a dud. Looking at my value vs what you would pay it's probably not that close as I did spend thorough time looking up the values of each of my pulls on eBay.

I am not telling you however not to buy this product. When you do hit, boy, you will hit I can see that much from preview images and other breaks online. But, with any product no matter the cost it's a risk especially on the high end stuff. If you collect high end and like the gamble, I would definitely tell you to buy it. If you don't like forking out this much cash, it's probably safer to buy packs or singles.

NOW TIME FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!
It's as easy as can be to enter to win one of the cards above. Depending on what card I giveaway will depend on the amount of entries this contest gets. Everyone likes a surprise. Obviously, the more entries....
  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.
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  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 August 4th 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on August 5th 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!

Reminiscing 90's:1990 McDonalds Happy Meal Transformers Changables McDino Burger

We are back to the normal setup for Reminiscing 90's. 90's toys and info just for you! Today, we get to view a toy I have had for well over a year....

But, first...

Key notes for July 29th 1990:
July 29th 1990 was a Friday
George H.W.Bush was President
Most Popular Movie released in May of 1990 was Problem Child
Most Popular Book around this time was Burden Of Proof by Scott Turow
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single on May 20th 1990 was She Ain't Worth It by Glenn Medeiro
Most Popular TV Shows: Seinfeld
 
FEATURED TOY:
90's Happy Meal toys were so much cooler than today's. You combine transforming dinosaurs with your favorite kids food and you got a winner.

I found today's item in a free box at a yard sale. Mint condition. These aren't worth much more than memories, but that's all I need.

It looks like a burger...


Then you pull out once side...


Then the other and you get a fierce monster!


FEATURED CARDS: Today's theme has to do with food and dinosaurs who had a monstrous appetite. So when searching for cards for today, I came upon some Steve McNair rookie cards from 1995 and thought this was a good fit.

Steve was Someone who had a monstrous appetite for the field. He was not only a great passing QB, but the guy was a dual threat as a runner too. Not to mention tough and helped lead the Titans to the Super Bowl falling just a yard shy of possibly winning the Big Game.

I bought a ton of 1995 Pinnacle. I loved the inserts, Museum Collection cards and the base card design and photography in general.


Sport Flix...now if you can only focus your eyes after.


Fleer Metals debut. Was a great line for some time.
 

What other players do you think had a monstrous appetite for the field in the 90's?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

How Do You Sort These?

When sorting last week, I came across this card....
 
Then I thought to myself...How am I going to sort this?
 
It's techincally a Redskins card, a Giants division rival, but he features him in a Giants uniform. So where do I put this card? Do I put it in my Giants binder because of the uniform or do I file him under Redskins? 
 
With much arguing with myself on both ends of the problem, I finally decided to stick it in my Giants binder because of the uniform.
 
But, what would you guys had done with the above card? Would you stick a Dodgers player in a Dodgers uniform who has SF Giants written on it in your Dodgers collection or would you put it somewhere else? Would you put a Lebron James Miami Heat card with Cavs written on it in your Heat collection? 
 
I wanna hear your guys reasoning for your response.

Wednesday, July 27, 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:

Pull Story (no, not Toy Story)

What's your best card(s) pull story? What was your card(s) and what was your reaction?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

WIN THIS AUTOGRAPHED CARD!

Yes, this contest may seem familiar, well, that's because it is!
This year has been the year of unclaimed prizes and this one is on the list. I will let you know ahead of time that I don't have the time to chase you down for prize winnings. Please subscribe to the blog or become a follower so you never miss out on winner announcements or you can find these announcements on my Twitter and Facebook pages too.
But, like I always say, if unclaimed, it gets re-given away in the future and here it is. Hopefully this time it finds a home :)
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. ***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. Random winner will be chosen after 7 randoms
  3. Card may be shipped PWE. I like to forewarn on this.
  4. TO ENTER, TELL ME THE ONE CARD IN YOUR COLLECTION YOU WOULD PUT IN A "HOBBY CARD HALL OF FAME"
  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 July 30TH 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on June 31ST 2016. 
 Good luck to all that enter and thanks for reading!

Random Card On My Desk:2010-2011 Donruss Production Line Jersey Card Stephen Curry

Year:2010-2011
Brand:Donruss
Team: Golden State Warriors
Card Type:Jersey Card
Card Numbered:N/A
Sorting: Will be placed in a Snap Down plastic case    

Sunday, July 24, 2016

2016 MLB HOF Inductee, Ken Griffey Jr!

First off, we all knew I couldn't go today without at least saying something. So congrats to a well deserved place in the Hall Of Fame to one of the greatest to EVER step out on the field, Ken Griffey Jr.

Second, Upper Deck asked this weekend on Twitter and Facebook that fans show pictures of their favorite Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr cards. If you didn't know, Upper Deck and Ken Griffey Jr are like PB&J. You couldn't have one without the other and between 1989-2009 you found plenty of Griffey UD cardboard. There were special commemorative sets, inserts, packaging and so on plastered with the face of baseball at the time.

But, sadly today, we don't get to marvel at what once was with the hobby all singled out to one company per sport. We do get a few Griffey cards from time to time in special promo sets from UD, but not like it once was.

So, today, I thought I would pick out a few of my favorite Upper Deck cards that's not the infamous and Hobby Hall Of Fame worthy '89 rookie card to appease Upper Deck's social media request and to celebrate what I have waited for to see for years with Griffey Jr making his final baseball stop.

This isn't a big gallery, but I chose a few of my favorites.

Let's see my gallery and in comments you can tell me some of your favorite Upper Deck Junior cards.

Bloodlines. Nothing like getting the family together on a card. You can tell pops is pretty proud.

 
The key to Upper Deck's early baseball card success was they always had fun when they did photos like this

 
Griffey is everywhere!!!!! I wished I could have said that more in the 90's in my card packs, but I always think this was one of the more unique photographed base cards I had ever seen.

 
Bugs Bunny and Ken Griffey Jr on a hologram...boo yeah! Can't go wrong here.

 
Not sure how many of you remember how popular this card was. This one and Aurora were the first two to feature Ken Griffey Jr in a Red's uniform after the trade. This one was the hotter and more popular of the two with collectors running to chase packs to find it. I was fortunate enough to pack pull it.

 
And we close it out with some Austin, I mean, Awesome Powers. UD Ionix was such a pretty product and this was my favorite insert pulls from it.
 
Hope you all enjoyed my gallery and like I said earlier, would love to hear about your favorites too in comments.

Congrats again to Ken on making the Hall Of Fame and for giving us 90's raised kids someone to idolize. It was a career and highlight reel that I will never forget with those amazing catches and that "sweet,sweet" swing. I started watching baseball because of you and even though I was a Yankee fan, I always routed you on even when you faced them.

Thank you.

Sunday's With Rodney:1997 Score Hobby Reserve

This was a product I never knew exited in 1997. How could I have been left out of the loop on this card???

1997 Score Hobby Reserve is a 330 card parallel version of the regular set. The only difference between this and the regular set is the gold foil "Hobby Reserve" stamp on the card front.

At the time,it was distributed in 20 card packs.

I think sets like this are lame, but I needed this card so it's added. However, I do like the action photography on the front.
 
Thoughts on these 90's parallel to the base card sets?