Saturday, August 13, 2016

What Is Your Hobby Evolution?

Looking back on my collecting, I have noticed a lot of changes in my collecting timeline.

I started out collecting hockey. Then I went to baseball. Then I went to football. Then I started on a Griffey frenzy. Then I stepped away from that and back into a baseball/Yankees collecting period. I then went to collecting Tony Stewart and NASCAR cards. Then I went back to hockey. Then football again. Then went to collecting NY Giants then added rookie cards from any sport. Then added non-sports. Then I wanted to go 90's and collecting inserts from any sport of that era to be nostalgic. Then added individual players like Andre Williams, Rodney Hampton and Rueben Randle. I then brought back Griffey to the mix and then added collecting unique pieces. Then I wanted to narrow down key rookies from my childhood of HOFer's and so on, and so on and so on. 

I am pretty sure I didn't cover all of my bouncing around as there was so much of it. But as of today, I have noticed all of this background helped evolve the hobby I participate in now.

I have pretty much settled down to collecting mainly NY Giants (which Andre Williams and Rueben Randle fall under this category now), Ken Griffey Jr, Rodney Hampton, non-sport autos and memorabilia, key rookie cards from all sports, 90's inserts from 95-99 from all sports, and some unique memorabilia cards. I also still put together sets time to time when they interest me.There may also be moments here and there I go off track for a tiny bit, but in the end, I come back to these key choices first.

I have even noticed this with my father who I helped get back into the hobby recently. He used to collect all rookie cards of today players and whatever inserts or hits were valuable. But, he started noticing a trend of value declines of today and has completely 360'd his collection to mainly vintage.

He has picked up some incredible pieces that I am very jealous of at flea markets recently including these two he sent me text pictures of:


I think we all may go through a period somewhere in our collecting career, probably earlier in it, where we just don't know which direction to head. But, in the end through hobby evolution, we end up finding our niche.

How does your hobby evolution look? You ever gone back to see how your collecting has evolved?

Friday, August 12, 2016

Winner Of The Stadium Club Chris Heston Auto!

Unlike the contest for Big Bang Theory, this one had a good turnout to win this card:


So let's see who is going to take home this bad boy.

There were 33 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Mark M
  2. Wilson
  3. Tracy LeVeaux
  4. Adam Kaningher
  5. Nick Frank
  6. arpsmith
  7. Wilson
  8. michael wardrop
  9. Scott N.
  10. defgav
  11. Jafronius
  12. Miami Vice
  13. Jim Lovely
  14. Matthew Scott
  15. Fuji
  16. Mike Zink
  17. Scott N.
  18. @DennySportsCard
  19. Nick Frank
  20. Nachos Grande
  21. Josh D
  22. Dayton
  23. Unknown
  24. Scott Everett
  25. hudsonfan15
  26. Cameron Towe
  27. @DennySportsCard
  28. ketchupman36
  29. Chefmsmith04
  30. Tyrus Nolan Talamini
  31. Dayton
  32. @JGfan24ever
  33. GRADY MALACHOWSKI
IP: 72.169.80.14
Timestamp: 2016-08-12 10:01:31 UTC
You have randomized this list 7 times.

Congrats to Mark M for taking home the prize! Please email me at sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com with your address. You will have 48 hours from no to claim or it will be re-given away in a future contest. Please give a shout out upon receiving your mail day and tag Topps so we can continue to do contests like this.

Which speaking of shout outs, great piece on Sport Card Collectors reviews and contests from Royal Card Review if you want to check that out, HERE.

Winner Of The Big Bang Theory Cards

This contest took me by surprise a bit, a very popular show but very little turnout with 17 entries with just a few earning bonus entries who commented with their sharing links.

Due to the poor turnout, only one person will win and that person will land some random inserts from the product. Parallels too.

Now onto that winner...

There were 20 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Anthony Lord
  2. Dayton
  3. Jafronius
  4. Josh D.
  5. Nachos Grande
  6. Scott N.
  7. Bradley Defreitas
  8. Dayton
  9. @fitchjr1
  10. Nick Frank
  11. @JGfan24ever
  12. defgav
  13. Scott N.
  14. B money
  15. Nick Frank
  16. GRADY MALACHOWSKI
  17. Brandon Ogden
  18. Brad B
  19. michael wardrop
  20. Tracy LeVeaux
IP: 72.169.80.14
Timestamp: 2016-08-12 09:44:33 UTC
You have randomized this list 7 times.

Congrats to Anthony Lord for taking home the prize! Please email me at sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com with your address. You will have 48 hours from no to claim or it will be re-given away in a future contest. Please give a shout out upon receiving your mail day and tag Cryptozoic so we can continue to do contests like this.

Thanks for everyone that entered, Stadium Club auto winner coming up next!

Firsts: A Grady M Mail Day Part 3

Today's part of my Grady M mail day focuses on some first cards in my collection.

As you all know by now as long time readers, I assume, that I love oddball non-sport related card additions. These two of the last two presidents is completely up my alley.

 
Up next, sadly my first Aaron Hicks card. He definitely isn't the best player, but one that I needed for my Yanks collection.

 
And finally, I had always wanted to do that wrapper exchange, but never busted the boxes in time as I usually wait for prices to drop. Well, I at least now have one of the exchange cards.

This is a 2014 Donruss Rated Rookie number 201 of Masahiro Tanaka from the wrapper exchange cards.
 
 
Some nice first additions to my PC and thoughts on today's cards are always welcomed.
 
Still more posts to come on this massive Grady M mail day.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Numbered Bunch:Grady M Mail Day Part 2

Today's post displays cards spread across many sports and that are numbered. Hence the post title.

Up first, some hockey. I really dig the acetate Landeskog. Great design and it's acetate!


Up next, some numbered football and baseball. The Kuechly is not a bad addition at all.

Then we finish it out with some Chrome Heritage baseball. I always like the look of these.


Another pretty solid group of cards. Many, many more still to post about.
Thoughts on today's round is always welcomed.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Bowman Inception Baseball (Autograph Giveaway!)

You know how some products you question the look of in the distance? Well, I did that with this product.

One thing I learned was, you can't judge a card design from a distance.

READ ON!


In every box of 2016 Bowman Inception baseball is one pack with 5 cards per pack. There are also 5 autographs per box and boxes run a little less than $85.

What you see when you first open the box...
Inside that box you will hope to find key rookie autographs of Corey Seager, Kenta Maeda, Stephen Piscotty, Trea Turner, Kyle Schwarber, Michael Conforto, and Miguel Sano.

Or you can pull some future stars that may not have the name just yet like I did.

Here we go!

The base card design looks so much better in person. The rookies appear on an "space" type design probably a symbol for them reaching for the stars.The card thickness is premium and my only concern with this design is chipping. Hopefully when you buy a box it will be shipped safely and correctly.

My first hits are Prospect Autographs which is 56 cards deep.

Parallels include:
• Blue
• Green
• Gold – /25
• Orange – /5
• Red – 1/1






Rookie Autograph is my next pull. These feature the Top 15 MLB rookies of the 2016 season.

Rookie Autographs will feature the following parallels:
  • Blue Parallel: Sequentially numbered.
  • Green Parallel: Sequentially numbered.
  • Gold Parallel: Sequentially numbered to 25.
  • Orange Parallel: Sequentially numbered to 5.
  • Red Parallel: Numbered 1/1.
The design is same as the prospects except these have the rookie logos and it's presented landscape design. Still leads to a cool. look.
 

My final pull of the box is a an autographed relic card that falls one-per-box. These feature game-used jersey swatches of the game's top prospects and MLB rookies.

Parallels include:
  • Blue Parallel: Sequentially numbered.
  • Green Parallel: Sequentially numbered.
  • Gold Parallel: Sequentially numbered to 25.
  • Orange Parallel: Sequentially numbered to 5.
  • Red Parallel: Numbered 1/1.
Mine was a pinstripe pull of Mets Dominic Smith.
 

Other finds I didn't pull are...
  • Inceptionized Bowman Veteran Autographs: These recreate each MLB veteran's 1st Bowman card featuring the Inception effect and and on-card auto
  • Inceptionized Bowman Prospect Autographs: 1 Per Case and showcases each subject's 2016 Bowman Baseball card with the Inception groove to it
  • Origins Autographs Top prospects, MLB rookies and veterans on a special card design featuring on-card autographs.
  • Autograph Jumbo Patch Cards: Featuring a JUMBO game-used jersey patch of the game's top prospects and rookies.
  • Autograph Logo Patch Cards: Features an MLB Silhouetted Batter logo patch from a game-used jersey. Numbered 1/1.
  • Future Stars Autograph Relics: Showcases unique relic pieces from the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game jersey. Numbered 1/1 and comes with a Laundry Tag Parallel : Numbered 1/1.
  • Veteran Autograph Relics: Features top young MLB stars with a game-used memorabilia piece.
  • Autograph Letter Book Cards: full-sized letter patch relic from a game-used jersey paired with an autograph. Really sharp looking!
Overall, not a bad price point for 5 autographs as many products would top $100. This product has a lot to offer with top rookies in the game and would make for some good looking prospecting. Not every box will provide a boom, but looking at the checklist and looking at the offerings there is plenty here to try and chase.

Also keep in mind what you paid for a box of Bowman for that one hit, this has 5. I know there are less cards but looking at the overall picture....

My only concern with these like I stated above is chipping.

Now time for the giveaway!


To win this card above, read 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 August 16th 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on August 17th 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!

A Mini Problem:Grady M Mail Day Part 1

He we go. The kickoff showcase to that massive mail day that I got from reader Grady M about a month ago starts today. These will be spread out over the month of August and will feature roughly 11 posts. Like I said, it was massive.

Today's showcases only a FEW of the at least 50-60 mini cards that he included in the mail day. This only showcases the parallels and not the many, many others that I got.

A good variety of teams and players showcased here covering a few different numbered parallels.Some numbered to 99.

Even more parallels. I should look at putting some of these sets together even though I know I am still a ways off.

Yes, this one isn't a parallel, but it stood out to me since I like non-sport related cards. My first, first-lady card.

And my favorite card of the group is this rainbow foil mini. I didn't know these existed but they are beautiful if you haven't seen them. McCovey isn't a shabby one to have either. I was surprised though these weren't numbered.
My mini problem is finding a way to store these lol. I usually just put them in regular-sized page sheets but they fall out occasionally. And with this many in bulk, that could turn out an issue. So was curious how you guys stored minis?

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Collectin' Griffey:2015 Donruss Preferred

In 2015, Panini brought back Donruss Preferred in it's 2015 Donruss product.

However, it didn't have the same appeal as the 1998 version. The cards didn't have MLB logos and they didn't have the "fractured" appeal. This newer version also has many parallels.

I still think the design is pretty solid and the picture of Griffey is a good one. I just miss the original version having been a collector of it. But, it's still a Griffey and still fits in my PC. Now just gotta see if I can chase down the parallels.
What do you guys think when companies try to revive a former brand? Is it improved? Or can the original just not be beat?

Monday, August 8, 2016

Trade Mail Day With 90's Niche Football Card Blog Part 1

Pulled off yet another trade with my buddy over at 90's Niche Football Card Blog and scored some pretty sweet cards.

At least in my opinion.

Up first, some new Yanks:

Next, a variety of NY Giants including some new 2016 Score cards I needed, a Sterling Shepard Score rookie and an Eli Apple Prizm rookie.

Up next, a set I am hoping to put together. These are 1995 Sportflix Man2Man inserts. Great lineup of players on the cards and cool design.

I have 5/12 cards in the set so if any of you are sitting on any and don't want them or can't figure out what to do with them, I will give them a good home :)

By the way, these fell at a rate of 1:8 Jumbo Packs. Back in the day, I only pulled one which was the Marino/Aikman after many packs.



Really dig these Clarity inserts. This is my first NY Giant and not a shabby one in Odell.

2 Eli rookies including a cool 2004 Fleer Player Of The Day one. That's something that I haven't seen. I am expecting big things from this offense this year.

And to finish up the first part of this mail day, 4 numbered Giants cards including a new Rueben Randle. Making that Randle card number 101. There is also a low numbered Odell and card number 77 of Andre Williams.
 
A pretty solid start to kick off our trade mail day. More to come, but those will wait til the first week of September as a welcome countdown to the Giants season kickoff.

By the way, go check out and add 90's Niche Football Card Blog to your blog list while you are at it :) And if you happen to have any GB Packers or Virginia Tech cards you wanna trade, contact him :)

WINNER Of The Holley Mangold USA Olympics Card!

USA! USA! USA! Olympics in Rio have kicked off and so has my contest streak!

But, the contest for the sweet #d card of Nick Mangold's sister Holley, has come to an end and I have a winner to report.

http://sportcardcollectors.blogspot.com/2016/07/review2016-topps-us-olympic-and.html

Here we go.

There were 23 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Dayton
  2. Josh D.
  3. Jammin JDCards
  4. Dayton
  5. michael wardrop
  6. Tracy LeVeaux
  7. Nick Frank
  8. Scott N.
  9. Mrblu1976@aol.com
  10. Nick Frank
  11. Mrblu1976@aol.com
  12. @JGfan24ever
  13. Scott N.
  14. RAZ
  15. Bradley Defreitas
  16. defgav
  17. hudsonfan15
  18. Jafronius
  19. Cameron Towe
  20. Billy Kingsley
  21. Joey Billingsley
  22. Joey Billingsley
  23. Kasay Stadtlander
IP: 72.169.80.25
Timestamp: 2016-08-08 10:58:55 UTC
You have randomized this list 7 times.

Congrats to Dayton! Please email me at sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com with your address and please post your winnings on Twitter and tag Topps in it as a thank you. You will have 48 hours from today to claim your prize. If not claimed by then, card will be re-given away in a future contest I already have set up.

And once again I will mention this, PLEASE PAY ATTENTION to these winners announcements if you enter the contests. I don't have the time to chase you down so follow the blog, follow me on Twitter, Like Sport Card Collectors on Facebook, or follow by email but please make sure you watch these announcements or you will lose out. So many have.

Thanks to everyone who entered and there are currently 3 contests running with one more on the way tomorrow.

Good luck and help spread the word!

The 90's Collection:1994-1995 Fleer All Star Weekend Patrick Ewing

My Knicks PC doesn't match my other ones as I moved away from collecting them as much since 2000, they year I feel the Knicks became a disgrace, but I still pick up cards from the 90's when I spot them.

Especially when they look this good....
I think anytime you can make a card that resembles the sport represented, you have a winner. I actually only have one minor complaint about the card, I do wished the name was a bit bigger but other than that, looks solid. 

I haven't quite found the odds info on these, but I would assume they fell 1:6 packs or so.

What do you guys think of cards done like this? Cool? Uncool? Why?

Sunday, August 7, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Topps Allen And Ginter (BONUS HIT-MONSTER PULL) +GIVEAWAY!

One of my yearly purchases, usually in the form of retail, is Topps Allen and Ginter.

There is just so much fun packed into one of these boxes that I can't help but enjoy a bust. From sports stars to oddities to celebs, this product is refreshing pack to pack.

For I believe my first hobby break of it, I may have done one other, this box was packing and it was packing full of goodness.

Let's take a look:

In every box of 2016 Topps Allen And Ginter you will find yourself emerged in 24 Packs with 8 Cards Per Pack. There are 3 hits in which you could pull a combo of the following:
- Autographs
- Relics
- Originals
- Book Cards
- Cut Signatures
- Rip Cards
- Ancient Rome Relics featuring real Roman coins

And one box topper. Boxes run roughly $85 per.

For my box topper, I pulled a regular one of Bryce Harper.

But there are many other versions to pull.
  • Box Topper Relic - Numbered to 25.
  • Box Topper Autograph - Numbered to 15.
  • Box Topper Autographed Relic - Numbered to 5.
  • Box Topper Cut Signature - Numbered 1 of 1.
The base cards in Ginter have the usual look and feel. One that most of us don't get tired of.

The base set is 300 cards deep with 50 Sp's and is full of stars of today, past and future along with some oddities.

My best rookie finds:

Sp's
Oddities including comedians, space and announcers.
The base cards also have parallels that you don't have to rip your box to find. They are glossy and are 1/1's. I have none to show but it's as a heads up.
This product always comes packed with miniature versions of the base. These fall one per pack and have different variations/parallels.

There are also variations to the mini's.

These three were my Ginter backs including Trevor has written an amazing Story. They fall 1:5.

Overall look at the mini parallels and odds:
  • Allen & Ginter Back 1:5 Packs.
  • Allen & Ginter Black-Bordered 1:10 Packs. (a couple are below)
  • Allen & Ginter No Number
  • Allen & Ginter Brooklyn Back Numbered to 25.
  • Allen & Ginter Wood Numbered 1 of 1
  • Allen & Ginter Glossy Numbered 1 of 1
  • Mini Metal Parallel (only 100 subjects) Numbered to 3
Fun additions here. These are mini inserts that fall 1:5 packs.

Offerings include:
U.S. Mayors, Subways and Streetcars, Laureates of Peace and Ferocious Felines


Now onto the other inserts. The design of these continues that Ginter feel throughout.
Baseball Legends:

The Numbers Game that has a huge 100 card checklist fall 1:2 packs



Natural Wonders which was my favorite of the inserts. Very cool look at some of the natural wonders of the world.
Now onto my hits. Usually boxes come with three, I got four and that last one is an absolute doozy.

Framed Mini Relics. I have always been a fan of these.

Regular base relics. These come in two versions. I don't know how to tell them apart but it appears from the two I pulled it has to do with the border. So I can only assume one is A and one is B. If you have any further info I can update this with please add that to your comments below too.

This is super cool. I really like the oddball add-in relics.

And now time for some major boom.

Allen & Ginter Book Cards numbered to 10. I was in shock. And these come with some prime pieces too.
 
Other offerings not in my box for pulls are:

Ancient Rome Relics that features ancient Roman coins. (pretty cool)
Silver Coin Parallel - Numbered 1 of 1

Allen & Ginter Autographs
Black Framed Parallel are numbered to 25.
Red Ink Parallel are numbered to 10.

Allen & Ginter Framed Originals Framed original Allen & Ginter buybacks are numbered 1 of 1.

Allen & Ginter Book Cards with solo subjects too - Numbered to 10.
Cut Signatures Includes political and historical figures - Numbered 1 of 1.

RIP CARDS (always wanted to pull one of these and figure out if I wanted to rip it and rip it good)
RIP CARD (1 per case)
DOUBLE RIP CARD

Contents of the rip cards can include:
Artist's Originals
Allen & Ginter Red Autographs that are numbered to 10.

Allen & Ginter Mini Exclusives (50 subjects) -
Card Numbers 351-400. Mini Wood Exclusives are numbered 1 of 1.
Mini Metal Exclusives are numbered to 3.

Plus I hear there are unannounced add ins such as Topps employee autographs and who knows what else. This product is simply loaded with fun.
But here is the 2016 Allen And Ginter checklist to help you out, CLICK HERE.

Overall, I mean a box break doesn't get any better than this one. I can't promise everyone will deliver like this but all I can say that is if you were a Ginter fan before, 2016 won't disappoint. If you are new to Ginter, I wouldn't tell you not to try it. There is so much in here.

Now time for the giveaway!

To win this card or a selection of inserts/mini's or parallels, IT'S UP TO YOU!


Read below on how to enter!
  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 August 13th 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on August 14th 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!