Saturday, August 6, 2016

REVIEW:Cryptozoic Big Bang Theory Seasons 6&7 (GIVEAWAY)

One of the most iconic comedies on TV today with catchphrases like Bazinga, makes it's return to cardboard to capture seasons 6&7.

Like with all Cryptozoic products, there doesn't seem to be a disappointing point and all of these come with a surprise or two.

Read on to see my thoughts on this latest product release.


In every box of Cryptozoic Big Bang Theory Seasons 6&7, there are 24 Packs Per Box with 5 Cards Per Pack. You should be able to find 2 hits per box (most box breaks I have seen, including mine have had at least 3), one ON-CARD AUTOGRAPH and one wardrobe/prop card. Boxes are currently running roughly $75 per.

The base set consists of classic moments from Seasons 6&7 and the bast set has 72 cards in which a box should give you the set. The photography is full color and the cards are high in gloss.

One of my favorite cards from the base set is card number 1 showcasing the whole gang having fun.
 
Just like with other products, the base set and inserts have Silver Foil Board parallels that fall 1:4 packs

 
Now time to take a look at the other insert offerings. You should be able to complete each set in a box break.
 
These are Portraits that fall 1:4 pack. I think the design is really cool.
 
Artist Series which is a fun way to capture the characters in artists renditions fall 1:4 packs. There are def some fun images in this set. This one was my favorite.

Up next, wouldn't be a Cryptozoic release without a puzzle to put together. Fun artist design and fall 1:4 packs

 
The puzzle together....

 
Another fun parallel to pull are these Cryptomium that fall 1:48 packs. Can you imagine if they added a rainbow refractor look to these....wow.

 
Now onto my hits. Never a bad thing to get a bonus HIT in a box.

Up first, wardrobe of Leonard. Two-color as well.

 
And the next one, Penny....Penny....Penny.. wardrobe. Not going to complain here as this isn't a sight for sore eyes at all (don't tell my wife I said that ;) )

 
There are also, Dual Wardrobe cards (1:96 packs), Triple Wardrobe card (Limited and Numbered to 25), and Quad Wardrobe card (Limited and Numbered to 25)
 
And rounding out my hits, an on-card auto of Pasha D. Lychnikoff who played one of the astronauts when Howard went to space. Of course we all remember Howard's nickname, "Fruit Loops" that the astronauts teased him with thanks to Howard's mother.
 
There are also two different autograph designs. Doesn't seem to be much difference in value wise or rarity.
 
Here are a list of signers for the product including the legendary Bob Newhart.

Bob Newhart as Arthur Jeffries
Laurie Metcalf as Mary Cooper
Pasha D. Lychnikoff as Dimitri Rezinov
Ryan Cartwright as Cole
Ian Scott Rudolph as Captain Sweatpants
Brian Posehn as Bert
Brian Thomas Smith as Zack Johnson
Matt Battaglia as Officer Reynolds
Laura Spencer as Emily Sweeney
Josh Peck as Jesse
Christine Baranski as Dr. Beverly Hofstadter
Margo Harshman as Alex Jensen
Kate Miccuci as Lucy
Simon Helberg as Howard Wolowitz
Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler
Melissa Rauch as Bernadette Rostenkowski
 
You can also find rare autographed wardrobe cards of, 
  • Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler
  • Melissa Raush as Bernadette Rostenkowski
  • Simon Helberg as Howard Wolowitz
Other offerings not found in my box are, Printing Plates fall 1:192 packs, Sketch cards that fall 1:576 packs and a card I really want, a jigsaw puzzle prop card featuring a piece of a puzzle that Penny was putting together on an episode. Cryptozoic is very clever when it comes to adding fun prop cards.
 
You can find the checklist, HERE if you are interested.
 
Overall, a fun break and having that added extra hit adds more value to the break. It's a bit disappointing not to find four of the top stars of the show not sign for these seasons, but they replaced them with a couple of good ones. Does it even out, will be tough.

But, there is still plenty to find in this product and the shows popularity will help with anything you pull if you are in it just to sell. The price point is okay for a product promising two hits and instead you land three and I have even seen four a few times.

I think you combine a complete base set, all three insert sets, around 6 parallels and 2-3 hits in a box and you have some value in every box. To me, another Cryptozoic winner but you guys may think otherwise.
 
Contest time!
 
Okay, how I like to run these is dependent on how the entries are. It can be anything from an autograph giveaway to some inserts. There could be one winner, there could be up to three with one winner taking home the autograph. We have to reach 30 entries to unlock three winners however. But, I know we can do it.

So go spread the word!!
 
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 PROS AND CONS OF THE PRODUCT.
  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 August 11th 2016. Winners will be announced in a separate post on Sunday August 12th 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!

Invested In The Hobby

I am invested in the hobby.

But, not like some or most may be.

I know a lot of collectors look at their collection as an investment. I don't. But, that doesn't mean I am not invested in the hobby in other ways.

I invest countless hours in the hobby. Especially on this blog. Reviews, articles like this, contests and making sure I am at least putting something up on the blog daily. It all takes hours and hours believe it or not.

I invest time thinking of ways to get others interested in the hobby. I invest time looking at ways to get a new generation into the hobby. I invest time giving cards to people. I also do invest money in buying packs, boxes and singles (but definitely not like I was able to at one point). I invest time sorting my collection for fun (and that is a lot of time investment). I invest time sorting cards for trades. I invest hours commenting on other blogs. I invest time checking out new info on the hobby. I am even investing time in an idea that may be a good marketing approach for the hobby. Just gotta figure out who to invest my time with to share/sell my idea to.

Sometimes investing can have many branches when it comes to the hobby and as long as your having fun that is what matters most especially if you invest so much into it. I find my investment a good one and hopefully one I am leaving behind a mark with someday when I decide to step away.

I hope you guys have ways to invest in the hobby more than just your collection or monetary reasons.

Let's hear some ways you invest in the hobby :)

Friday, August 5, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Elite Football

Another one of my yearly purchases, Elite football comes in a much different kind of form this year and I am really digging it. Unlike the changes made to Certified, I am liking the new ones to Elite.

Let's read on!

Once again I apologize for missing box picture but here is the breakdown.

In every box of 2016 Elite football, you will find 20 Packs Per Box with 5 Cards Per Pack. Boxes will come with Two Autographs and One Memorabilia Card and boxes will run you about $110.

The base card set is full of patterned beauty. There are 200 cards in the base set consisting of veterans, rookies and legends. I have no complaints on the base set design as it brings me back to the 90's early 2000's. It's somewhat similar to an Spx design I think from 2007.

You won't find boxes packed with rookies either. At least mine wasn't. I only got a grand total of three which is odd in today's world. I guess that will help with the value on these even with them not being numbered.

If you think the base set looks nice, wait til you see the parallels on it.

There are offerings of Retail Green, Black #/199, Green #/99, Teal #/75, Red #/49, Purple #/25, Orange #/10, Blue #/5, and Gold 1/1.
Not only are the designs different in the background, the most defining part of the parallels is the background color.
This is Teal:

This is black.

This is red and green:

Inserts in Elite this year, are Elite. They are very reminiscent of Pinnacle ones of the late 90's. 

It's full of shine, die-cuts and some dufex and cool themes. Most of the inserts also have parallels.

Home Field advantage has Blue #/10 and Gold 1/1 parallels.

Elitist, shown above to but I wanted to get you guys another look, is very die-cut, unique and comes with Blue #/10 and Gold 1/1 parallels too.

And one of my favorites, Field Vision. What an awesome photography angle. These come with Green, Red #/49, Purple #/25, Orange #/10, Blue #/5, and Gold 1/1 parallels.
Now onto my hits. Most boxes come with three with two autographs, my came with two total. Things were going so well to but that part.

Prime Numbers comes with different Tiers and numbering. This one is a pretty solid pull with Mariotta.

And my other pull, a one-per-box find in Pen Pals. These are on-card autographs I believe that were signed at the NFL Rookie Premier. Not a bad one in Drake who could start in Miami. These also come in rarer red and green ink variations.
Other pulls not found in my box are, Passing the Torch dual signatures, Prime Numbers that feature autographed versions, Pen Pals triple-signed autograph per case, THROWBACK THREADS SUPER PRIME, EPIC MATERIALS SUPER PRIME, and Turn of the Century Autographs among other insert finds too. And parallels!
Overall, I wished this box wasn't missing my second autograph. It's really tough to judge box value without it. Up to that point I had a really good feeling about Elite so I guess in the end I will leave it a positive note and assume that last hit would fill the gap on the value.
I love the new changes to Elite overall, base cards look nice (I may chase the set), parallels and inserts very solid and the pulls appear to be there as well with past themes returning.
As always, your thoughts on the product are encouraged!
By the way, make sure you thank Panini America for this review box and check out their site for products like this one and others. Find some of these cards in a future NFL contest! 

Winner Of The 2016 Topps Tribute Auto Card!

Another contest down, many more to go as August has been contest filled. There are plenty more surprises on the way too!

But, let's close out this one first.

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Thanks to all that entered. Currently there are two contests running, check the Current Contests tab located to the right of the blog to see them, one more coming tomorrow and one on Sunday that ends and another begins! And, guess what, another one starting next week!

Crazy Family Memories

Alright, we all have them, those family memories of collecting. However, the ones I am discussing are a bit different and off-the-wall as opposed to some. Those are the memories I would like to hear about so I don't feel alone in this.

I want to hear about those crazy family memories.

Growing up, my mom was never a fan of my father and I collecting. She was to the point of despising it. She did everything in her power to stop us from collecting and buying cards as she saw it as a waste of money. Which at first, worked. She would keep track of my dad's money in his wallet and so on.

But, we found a loophole. He started to set a few funds aside that he called "just in case funds".

We would take those "just in case funds" and turn them into "just in case we need to bust a pack funds" and head into town for a pack or two run. The challenge was getting the cards inside the house and by my mother. Luckily we both had inside coat pockets we hid stuff in to bring inside and would even do so during the summer.

That worked for awhile until she discovered a wrapper my father mistakenly left in his pocket while she was washing his coat. Then we were shut down again as she checked every nook and cranny of our coats. So we had to become even more creative.

Just one wrapper and we were shut down again

We hid packs/boxes in garbage bags (we recycled so they were clean bags being brought back in to use again), in our socks, my dad would wake up at 3 am and bring them from the car before he went to work and there were even moments we even hid them in our pants. Yes, under our pants and sometimes around the underwear region.

But once again, we got caught and this time she put an end to the extra funds and we were up a creek with collecting.

So in the meantime, we just dealt with the collection we already had and did a huge sorting project.

That can only hold you for so long.

All along growing up my dad and I were Giants fans, my mom a Cowboys fan. So when it was football season it was always a battle for the TV and especially for when our teams met up which being in the same division happened twice a year. The football season following our card drought, we started to pick up on my mother's fascination with one Cowboys running back, Emmitt Smith.

*light bulbs appear above our heads*

So we decided to introduce her a couple of Emmitt Smith cards we had in hopes it would introduce her to collecting. Surprisingly, it intrigued her and she kept them. We continued to dig for more. She kept them. When we no longer had any, we said, the only way we can keep giving you more is if we buy more. At first I think she could see our ploy, but for some reason, she went with it as long as we promised to hand her our Emmitt's. Which we did, but with a few hidden exceptions if they were tough-pull inserts.

In the end, she didn't continue collecting too much longer but did allow us to continue on just because she saw how much we enjoyed it and how much she did in her short time. It was with a budgeted amount however which we were fine with as long as we could acquire more.

We continued to hand her a few Emmitt's on and off when we got them which she would just stick in her binder. Once in awhile she would hand me back a few Emmitt's here and there for me to have for my collection.

Here is one of those Emmitt's
To this day I still have those Emmitt's and the memories attached to them. My mother still has some of her Emmitt collection in that same binder despite selling off half of it. My father, as I mentioned before on here, collected, retired and sold all, then came back recently with my influence. He and I stay in touch on and off and are always discussing collecting.

Anyone else have any crazy family experiences when they were younger collectors (or now)? You ever shove a box of 1998 Topps Chrome baseball down your pants?

Let me not feel alone and comment below!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Panini Ceritified Football

Certified is one of those products that I have bought since the 90's and for the most part, you knew what to expect. This years version however, is a tad different.

Does the difference hurt or help...read on to find out.

Sorry,missing a box picture but will break it down anyways :)

In every box of 2016 Panini Certified football, there are 10 Packs Per Box with 5 Cards Per Pack. You should find Four Autographs or Memorabilia Cards with one at least being a Rookie Patch Autograph. Boxes are currently running around $90.

The biggest change this year to me is the base card set. No more of that full foil board and it's replaced with an actual photo base. I have been going back and forth on whether I fully like the change.

One, I liked the foil board as it set this product apart and it made the parallels look outstanding. On the other hand, the photography on these is pretty solid which is up my alley. But, the base cards however have a Score appeal which isn't bad thing but doesn't fit a medium-end product.

You Certified junkies need to help weigh in on this change.

There are 200 cards in the base set including veterans, rookies and Immortals.

The rookie cards in the product feature shots from the 2016 NFL Rookie Premier. But look sharp and are numbered to 999.

No more of the foil on these either other than the word Immortals. This subset is still numbered however and has parallels. The base versions are numbered 999.

Now onto the parallels.

These are much different Mirror parallels than we are accustomed to. No more of that rainbow perfection and instead it's just a border parallel. I miss the old version and once again I gotta make that Score comparison.

These are Mirror Oranges but there are plenty of other offerings like:
  • Mirror #/499
  • Mirror Red #/99
  • Mirror Blue #/50
  • Mirror Gold #/25
  • Mirror Purple #/10
  • Mirror Green #/5
  • Mirror Black 1/1.

The other inserts in Certified are a bit bland other than the Gold Teams. Those are more of a Certified look to me and have parallels such as, Mirror Red #/99, Mirror Blue #/50, Mirror Gold #/25, Mirror Purple #/10, Mirror Green #/5, Mirror Black 1/1.

These also look really nice! Certified Champions! Despite 4 Super Bowls, no Giants on the checklist is a bit disappointing. Eli should have been there. But these have Mirror parallels as well, Mirror Red #/99, Mirror Blue #/50, Mirror Gold #/25, Mirror Purple #/10, Mirror Green #/5, Mirror Black 1/1.
The Wilson below is a Mirror Red.
Now onto the hits.

My first two are New Generation jersey cards. These come in parallels as well like this Mirror Orange Boyd below. Others include, Red #/299, Blue #/50, Gold #/25, Purple #/10, Green #/5, Black 1/1.
Not the best players, but nice looking cards.


My next pull was a Signed and Certified of Austin Johnson. The checklist for this set is a bit odd as it doesn't include the big names. It mainly includes those offbeat ones. Interesting take.
These have parallels too of Mirror Red #/75 (below), Mirror Blue #/50, Mirror Gold #/25 or #/15, Mirror Purple #/10, Mirror Green #/5, Mirror Black 1/1.

And my final pull of the box, the Rookie Patch auto. Not the best player off the checklist and is apart of a loaded Bills backfield, but here is to hoping!
These cards are also apart of the base set making up the master set. The patch autos are cards 201-240.

This is a Mirror Red below, but other options are Orange #/349 or less, Blue #/50, Gold #/25, Purple #/10, Green #/5, Black 1/1.
 
Some other pulls you can find are, FABRIC OF THE GAME SIGNATURES PRIME, GOLD TEAM SIGNATURES, EPIX VICTORY SUPER PRIME and PEYTON MANNING COLLECTION that pays tribute to one of the leagues best passers.
Overall, Certified wasn't completely disappointing as they stuck with some of the regular finds but I gotta say I am very much on the fence still about the base and parallels.
This box also felt like a dud to me compared to box price. I am pretty certain not all boxes are like this as I have busted plenty of this product in the past and have pulled some amazing cards. I know the hits are in there, it's just getting the right box like with any product.

Now I leave the floor open to you, your thoughts on Certified are welcomed below!

By the way, make sure you thank Panini America for this review box and check out their site for products like this one and others. Find some of these cards in a future NFL contest!

Team vs Player Collecting

For some time I have been fighting the never ending battle of team vs player collecting. I can't ever decide if I want to single out a player or two from my favorite team or go all out with just anyone. I have tried both ends of the spectrum and haven't ever decided which way to go.

For the Giants, I have collected Rueben Randle and Andre Williams. The problem there, Randle is now an Eagle and Williams might not make the team. Both very poor choices by me as I saw the upside in both players in future Giants stars and they now seem to be on their way out of the league.

Which I still will probably pick up their Giants stuff either way. Once a Giant, always a Giant. There just isn't anything past their couple of Giants years stuff.


But, I have also collected the team. There is a lot more options to find players in a Giants uniform, but the word A LOT stands out. There is a lot to collect that way as opposed to singling out a few players.

Now, there are players on the Giants I don't expect to ever leave and are stars of the league in Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. Why don't I collect them exclusively, well, cost is the simple answer. Their stuff is beyond what I can afford.


So how do you guys decide for Team vs Player collecting? Which way do you lean and why? Or do you do both?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The 90's Collection:1998 Spx Finite Ike Hilliard

Spx of the 90's were probably some of the best products out there. It didn't matter the sport, the holographic faces and the foil blended beautifully together.

However, in 1998, Spx was released two different ways. Today's card covers the Finite brand that year when Upper Deck started to move away from the holograms used in Spx that were found from 96-98.

The Finite brand was still pretty sharp with lots of foil and player boldly standing out. There were tougher parallels to find of the base card and all base cards were numbered. There were also many subsets.

This Ike, was as basic as it got and was numbered to 10,100.
Spx of the 90's, any fans?? What was your favorite year?

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Panini Football

In 2016, Panini makes its debut as a standalone football product.

If you are new to football card collecting or trying to introduce someone new to football cards, I think this is the kinda product for you. Let's read on.


In every box of 2016 Panini football, you will find 24 Packs with 10 Cards Per Pack so you are getting a good handful of cards. Boxes come with one hit, either an autograph or memorabilia card and run about $60 per box.
The base card design is simple. I am not too much of a fan of it as it takes up a lot of the photo, I think they could have downed the name part a bit,  but I do like the fact that the borders are by team colors, the players that changed teams are updated and

rookies are featured in NFL jerseys.

There are 300 cards in the base set so it's a chase to build.

There are many parallel chases in this product with you pulling many of those in a box.

But here is the product checklist that may help you along. Find it HERE.

Gore is a Red Knight numbered to 49 and Dez is a Blue Knight #d to 99. There is also Gold Knight #/10 and Black Knight 1/1

Sacrifice Die-Cuts numbered to 199

Shiny stuff! Not numbered but very purty! The plain shiny ones are Templar parallels and the rainbow are Shining Knights. Makes sense.

Oooooooooh love it! Lot's of shiny here! Makes me think of something you would see at a rock concert. These are Chainmail parallels.

The inserts are basic and the theme of the product stay the same.

All inserts appear to have parallels as well of Red #/25, Gold #/10, and Black 1/1.



My best pull of the box seems to be this card. These are rare pulls from what I read and they are Predictor cards. You can find rare MVP, Offensive Player of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year Predictor cards to earn a chance at a rare set of Panini trading cards.  Also search for Gold and Black versions for a chance at exclusive sets, including parallels sequentially numbered to 10 or One-of-One!

I pulled the base version.

I think I have a solid shot with this one even with the suspension. (and against every thread of dignity I have in my body I may have to route this guy on but hope Pats lose)

There are also tough to find Knights of the Round Die-Cuts that fall one per case on average. There are 40 of them to chase!

Here is my autograph of the box, Heir to the Throne Signatures
There is also, First Impressions that is signatures of the 2016 Rookie Class featured in their NFL uni's, Rookie Calligraphy Autographs and base autographs that features all 199 cards in all the vets.

You can also find memorabilia cards, Squires Jerseys that are technically the first memorabilia cards of the 2016 NFL Rookie Class, with Prime parallels #’d to 25, Gridiron Warriors, Quest, and Catapults with prime versions for each.

To close this out, had to show off my Jerell Adams "rainbow" I started with just this one box:
 
Overall, seems like a basic enough product once you get the parallels figured out. There are some nice looking cards and some chase cards that will make this fun for collectors of all ages. Panini football also comes in a variety of retail buying options like the one I opened. That means there is plenty of price variety on this product for all collectors.

Here is info on that I copied from this Knights Lance post to let you know more on it.
  • From a Retail pack expect (on average): two Rookie Cards, one insert, one parallel; also look for the exclusive Sacrifice die-cut parallels.
  • From a Blaster box expect (on average): 11 Rookie Cards, five inserts, five parallels, one autograph or memorabilia card; also look for exclusive Bravery parallels.
  • From a Fat Pack expect (on average): two Rookie Cards, two inserts, two parallels; also look for the exclusive Chivalry parallels.
I also believe set collectors like myself will have fun putting this one together. I may try to chase down the rest of my Adams "rainbow" to and other collectors may take on a player for themselves to try.  Another added fun chase.
Let me know your thoughts on this produt in the comments below.
 
By the way, make sure you thank Panini America for this review box and check out their site for products like this one and others. Find some of these cards in a future NFL contest!

REVIEW:2016 Topps Stadium Club Baseball (Autograph Giveaway!)

2016 marks the third year return of Topps Stadium Club. A favorite among many collectors including myself. One of the most important aspects of Stadium Club is the base card photography.

So let's take a look at my thoughts and some of those famous Stadium Club images on cardboard.


In every box of 2016 Topps Stadium Club is 16 packs with 8 Cards Per Pack. Each box has
Two Autographs and each pack has one base parallel or one insert. Boxes currently can be had for $75.

Alright. You have to admit, I will, the biggest reason to buy Stadium Club is because of the images on the base set. Yes, a base set. Something that a lot of us forget about but not Topps, not Stadium Club and not Sooz who got to choose these beautiful photos. Well done Sooz.

The base set is built of 300 cards with legends of past, today and future. There are also 25 base card variations that fall at a tough 2 per case.

I picked out a few of my favorite base cards from my box and here they are.

The Kid, being the kid. When I picture Ken, I see this and I obviously had to include him here.
!

Randy is tall, mean (on the baseball field not sure about in person) and watching himself walk out onto the field behind him. I love the imagery. Creates a cool appeal.

Showcasing players showing off their cardboard at what I assume Topps headquarters, brilliant.


It's raining, it's pouring....


And finally, there is just something about this image that warms my heart.
Now onto the base card parallels. Not that I wouldn't want to showcase even more base cards.

Golds fall 1 per pack or most commonly will be found.


Black Foil falls 1:8 packs.


Rainbow Foils fall at a tougher rate and are limited to just 25.

Other inserts not pulled in my box are:
  • Black and White Foil - 1:48
  • First Day Issue - limited to 10.
  • Members Only - 1 per case
ISOmetrics fall 2 per box. I landed Mke Trout so all is good. Gold parallels fall one per case.

Want that Finest, foil feel. Triumvirates fall one per box and same goes for Legends Die-Cuts. Both look great too.


Contact Sheet fall 1:8 packs. I like the design. Reminds me of something from the 90's


And finally, wouldn't be Stadium Club without Beam Team. Cool design and fall one per box.

Now onto the autographs which are on-card!!

Chris Heston is my first pull. It's my typical pull for this product from my past couple years of busting it.


Up next, probably my best pull from SC up to date. A Ketel Marte gold parallel auto that's numbered to 25.
Kind of a drunken signature however lol.

Other autograph finds I didn't pull are:
Lone Star Signatures:- Gold are numbered to 10.
- Orange are numbered 1/1.
Co-Signers: Dual autographed cards that are based on the popular 90's auto set. They are #'d to 5.
Buybacks: stamped with special foil.
1993 Autographed Buybacks have 10 different players with a special foil stamp and are #'d to 5.

My overall thoughts are very positive. The base cards are very worthwhile, the inserts look nice,  and on-card autographs are a bonus. My only problem is the price point. I think its just a tad, yes a tad, bit high. With the checklist being so deep with players, you could get autographs from top notch talent and then some not so much. With my success rate on it, I am more likely to pull the lesser talent. I would like to see this product more about the $60 range. 

But, Stadium Club overall is a worthy look. Not everyone will be a fan because the big hits may not be there as often (there are big hits to find but much tougher odds then a lot of products), but it has it's following and for those of us who like to reminisce, this is a good product to do that with.

Now it's time for the giveaway!
It's as easy as can be to enter to win this card:
  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.
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  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 August 11th 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on August 12th 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!