Saturday, August 27, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Topps Chrome Baseball (GIVEAWAY)

Since 1996, Topps Chrome has been a staple in the hobby and especially in my household. It's quite possibly my favorite product out on the market overall.

It is a sad year however without a football version, but I still at least get my taste of Chrome and keep my streak up of at least busting one sport or the other since 1996.

Let's see how this years stacks up against the rest.


In every box of 2016 Topps Chrome baseball is 24 packs with 4 cards per pack. You will find a ton of parallels and 2 autographs per box. Boxes run at a reasonable $65.
The base set design matches the same one you find in the flagship. The only difference is the back of the card numbering and the cut down to just 200 players. Other than that, a good design to begin with and you stick some chrome on it and it looks even better.

The base set also features photo variations that fall 1:423 packs with a limited amount of players. So not an easy pull.

Now time for the parallels.
Refractors!! There is a ton to find from this variety:
  • Refractor
  • Prism Refractor
  • Purple Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Blue Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Green Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Gold Refractor: sequentially numbered to 50.
  • Orange Refractor: sequentially numbered to 25. HOBBY ONLY
  • Red Refractor: sequentially numbered to 5.
  • SuperFractor: numbered 1/1
  • Printing Plates: numbered 1/1
Here are my refractor card parallels. I must also note the word "refractor" has made its presence on the back of the cards again.



Prism refractors. These look great but are unnumbered.

David Wright is a purple numbered /275 and Syndergaard is a blue numbered /150
Now onto the inserts. These bad boys looked great in flagship, but the power of these has been taken to the max! The chrome finish and rainbow refractor overly improved all inserts into ones some may collect sets of.
The next couple of inserts have parallels of Green #/99, Orange #/25, Red #/5, and SuperFractor 1/1.
Okay, just going to say it, these Future Star cards look amazing. The stained glass approach with a slap of chrome and refractor gives your eyes some candy for sure. Of course the First Pitch card I pulled of a Nina Agdal does that too ;)

Youth Impact is another eye stunner. This years Chrome inserts have really taken a great turn
Other inserts I didn't pull were ROY Chronicles Set Checklist that has 15 cards to collect with 1 card falling per case. Good luck putting this set together!
I should also mention before moving on.....2016 TOPPS CHROME BASEBALL will also have exclusive HOT BOXES that will replace base cards with all BLACK REFRACTOR PARALLELS!
Yeah, pretty sweet. I would love to bust a box with those in it.
Now onto the hits!

My two autographs were not the best, but I have never pulled the in-terms of hits in Chrome. To me, that's not what Chrome is about anyways.

The rookie autos are on-card though which makes plenty of collectors happy.

This is an orange parallel /25
 
Rookie autos have the following refractor parallels
  • Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Purple Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Blue Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Gold Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Orange Refractor: sequentially numbered to 25.
  • Red Refractor: sequentially numbered to 5.
  • SuperFractor: numbered 1/1.
  • Printing Plates: numbered 1/1.
Other fun autograph finds not in my box include, MLB DEBUT AUTOGRAPHS, YOUTH IMPACT AUTOGRAPHS, R.O.Y. CHRONICLES AUTOGRAPHS, TEAM LOGO AUTOGRAPHS (includes the Team Pin like in the flagship) and CARLOS CORREA ROOKIE AUTOGRAPH CARDS (The 2015 Topps Chrome Rookie Autograph cards of Carlos Correa were not available in time for last year's release so find them in 2016)

Overall, I am just as in love with chrome as I have always been. I feel every box comes packing with value with parallels and autographs and the retail versions are the best retail buys you can get. Others of you may have an opposite feel, but this is just my opinion and I am sticking to it!

Now time for the giveaway. 
This time a prize pack of inserts/parallels are up for grabs. 

ALSO, LET ME KNOW ONE OF THE PARALLELS OR INSERTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO FIND IN YOUR WINNINGS AND IT MAY BE IN THERE :)

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 September 2nd 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on  September 3rd 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!

2016 TWD Winners Announced!

Well, for the second Cryptozoic post in a row we fell just short of getting an autograph giveaway but we did hit the two winner threshold. I guess the auto will have to wait for a future contest coming up!

But, two winners did score some cards so let's take a look at who takes these and others home.

 

10 entries=Base inserts
15 entries=Numbered inserts and base inserts (2 winners)
 
There were 26 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Dayton
  2. Brad B
  3. @JGfan24ever
  4. Footballcrdonly
  5. Scott N.
  6. Pete Salisbury
  7. Tim B.
  8. Bradley Defreitas
  9. Dayton
  10. Nick Frank
  11. Justin S
  12. Nick Frank
  13. Tracy LeVeaux
  14. Matthew Scott
  15. Ben Hansen
  16. hudsonfan15
  17. Tracy LeVeaux
  18. Jafronius
  19. Pete Salisbury
  20. JordyneNicole
  21. Brad B
  22. Marsha McVey
  23. Candy Sheets
  24. Marsha McVey
  25. GRADY MALACHOWSKI
  26. Scott N.
IP: 72.169.81.167
Timestamp: 2016-08-27 13:14:55 UTC
You have randomized this list 7 times.

Congrats to Dayton who takes home the numbered inserts and to Brad B who takes home some base inserts. Dayton and Brad, please email sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com with your address and claim your cards within 48 hours or they will be re-given away in a future contest.

Thanks to everyone that entered and stay tuned for a Topps Chrome review/contest coming up in an hour!

2016 Strata Vizquel Auto Winner!

Well, this very popular contest comes to a close today and a winner will be going home with this sweet card:

 

And that winner is.... 

There were 48 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Cyrus H.
  2. Archaeomatt
  3. Cross Cultural
  4. Scott N.
  5. michael wardrop
  6. Nick Frank
  7. The Lost Collector
  8. Scott Everett
  9. RAZ
  10. Scott Everett
  11. GRADY MALACHOWSKI
  12. Tracy LeVeaux
  13. The Lost Collector
  14. Trevor P
  15. @JGfan24ever
  16. Brad B
  17. CardMonster22
  18. ketchupman36
  19. Dayton
  20. Dayton
  21. Bradley Defreitas
  22. Cameron Towe
  23. M BOYLAN
  24. TheAdamTing
  25. Salgado
  26. Scott N.
  27. Justin S
  28. @fitchjr1
  29. Salgado
  30. Ed Gaeraths
  31. Tim B
  32. Nick Frank
  33. Matthew Scott
  34. hudsonfan15
  35. Justin S
  36. Tracy LeVeaux
  37. Anonymous(facebook)
  38. Cross Cultural
  39. JackInTheCardBox
  40. Anonymous(facebook)
  41. Jafronius
  42. defgav
  43. Brad B
  44. Marty Boylan
  45. Matt Stupienski
  46. Michael Lewis
  47. TheAdamTing
  48. Arrogant Observer
IP: 72.169.81.167
Timestamp: 2016-08-27 13:01:38 UTC
You have randomized this list 7 times.

Congrats to Cyrus H! Cyrus, please email sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com with your address within the next 48 hours to claim your prize. If not claimed by then, card will be re-given away in a future contest.

I will try to mail out this contest prize among others coming up as soon as I can. I have been dealing with a few health issues that may delay shipment on some.

Winners for the Walking Dead contest coming up soon and a new contest will be posted later among the many others already in process.

TTM Score!! The One And Only, Betty White!

A few months ago, I saw that Gavin over at Baseball Card Breakdown had scored an autograph I thought was really cool. It was from legendary, yes I will use that word here, actress Betty White.

If you don't know who she is, you must have been in hiding over the past 60 plus years as she has been and still is an actress, animal rights activist, author, comedian, radio host, singer, and television personality. You must have seen her somewhere.

Anyways, I grew up watching the Golden Girls with my grandmother and saw her on many other movies and TV Shows and thought hey, that would be one great autograph to have.

Well, I sent in a request with a handwritten note and white filler card (that's all I have to offer) and less than two weeks to my surprise, I got this bad boy back....
 Betty signed it to me from herself and added her dog's name. This doesn't get any better in my eyes to have an inscription from a great. 

A big thanks goes out to Betty for taking a second out to do this for me. I can only imagine the amount of mail she receives and how busy she is even at her young age of 94. 
 
Thoughts on my epic TTM and have you tried any legendary actors or actresses like Betty and who and how was your success?

Friday, August 26, 2016

1/1 With Some Yanks:Grady M Mail Day Part 10

This round of mail day from Grady was not only epically awesome, but it was a bit outside the usual.

Usually, the mail day is about a third of the size and comes with lots of inserts. However, this one was much different as there were hits to be found as well.

Here is a Cano relic

 
A Phil Hughes relic. Too bad he never panned out in pinstripes (or in general really)

 
A really nice Moose relic with a pinstripe

 
A Didi bat relic, my first relic of his

 
Also my first relic of Brian McCann. Once again, another nice bat relic

 
And to my biggest surprise, an End Zone parallel that are 1/1's. This was really exciting to me. As I mentioned a few posts back, I had thought about doing Score rainbows. Starting to think this is where I should start with already having the 1/1 in hand.

I still think the best Score ever released was this year.
 
A HUMONGOUS thanks goes out to Grady for this amazing mail day. Words cannot express my appreciation for such a mail day and I hope what I send in return to you will be just as gratifying to you as this was to me.

Thanks again.

Thoughts on this huge mail day is always welcomed!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Donruss Football (/10 Giveaway!)

There was just something about the Panini Knights Lance preview for Donruss that caught my attention other than nostalgic part. I didn't know what it was til I opened it. It's a hidden gem. Meaning, there is something fun waiting for you in every pack just like with the baseball version.

How much fun did I have, well, you know what to do, READ ON!


In every box of 2016 Donruss football is 24 packs of 10 cards each. Good amount of cards. You also get One Autograph, One Memorabilia Cards, and 24 Rookies for about $60 a box. There are 2 inserts and one rookie card per pack.

Every box also contains the following:
  • 6 PARALLELS
  • 43 INSERTS:
  • 2 THE ROOKIES
  • 2 DOMINATORS
  • 1 THE ELITE SERIES
  • 1 THE ELITE SERIES ROOKIES
  • 3 GRIDIRON KINGS
  • 3 ALL-TIME GRIDIRON KINGS
  • 1 FANS OF THE GAME
  • 4 PEYTON MANNING TRIBUTE
  • 2 PEYTON MANNING TOP TARGETS
  • 3 LEGENDS OF THE FALL
  • 1 ENSHRINED,
  • 3 PRODUCTION LINE YARDAGE
  • 3 PRODUCTION LINE TOUCHDOWNS
  • 2 PRODUCTION LINE HITS
  • 3 LEAGUE LEADERS
  • 3 ALL-PROS
  • 3 1987 CLASSICS 
  • 3 OTHER INSERTS
The base card design I really dig. I am not normally one for the borders, but these are really snazzy. Team color themed and the white cursive names stand out. The base set has 400 cards, all sorted by team, and has 100 rookies within those 400 including the popular Rated Rookie.

Players for new teams, including this awfully dreadful Rueben Randle team switch are include as well.


Players of yesterday are featured too!


Rookies. If Eli Apple stays healthy, watch out! It seems the bigger named rookie are apart of the Rated Rookies set that takes up cards 351-400.

Parallels galore!
Aqueous Test, Press Proofs Blue, Press Proofs Green, Press Proofs Red, Press Proofs Silver #100, Press Proofs Silver Die-Cut #75, Press Proofs Gold #50, Press Proofs Gold Die-Cuts #25, Press Proofs Black /10, and Press Proofs Black Die-Cuts 1/1

Then there is also,
SEASON STAT LINE PARALLEL CARDS: Base /398 , Rookies /389, and Rated Rookies /395.
YEARS STAT LINE PARALLEL CARDS: Base /20 or less, Rookies /5 or less, and Rated Rookies /5.


These are kinda different. I wouldn't have seen it if it hadn't been backwards in the pack.



And the soon-to-be giveaway card of a Press Proof black numbered to 10.


Now onto the inserts. Surprisingly only some of the inserts have parallels.
This years Donruss also pays tribute to The Sheriff, Peyton Manning with two insert sets of his. Wonder if Tracy Hackler had attributed to this.....


Classic insert finds like Legends Of The Fall


Gridiron Kings. I also got the Mariota Studio parallel which feels like canvas.


Fans Of The Game which I landed the best of the best I think (other than Pacino)


Production Line and a throwback to 1987 design.


And it wouldn't be Elite without The Elite Series. Beautiful cards!


Or Dominator....The Elite Series rookies have a different design then the veteran ones.
Now onto the hits. You get two per box from a huge variety of options along with huge autograph chances.

My first pull was this Jersey King of Phillip Rivers, look for this card in a future NFL contest.


And my autograph pull of the box.....RUN DMC! Cool pull! As you all know I am a fan of pop culture and sports combined.
 
Also find Signature Marks, Enshrined, Super Bowl Signatures, Legends of the Fall, All-Time Gridiron Kings, Gridiron Kings, The Elite Series, Dominators, and The Rookies signatures.
Overall, a very solid break for the price. I felt the same way about the baseball version. I think the number of numbered cards, the hits you could pull, the rookie cards and all of the inserts pack not only a fun box to break, but worth-the-price break.

This is supposed to be a lower-end kinda break but I liked this break more than some of the more expensive stuff. Just like I did with Score and just like it did with Score, it left me wanting more.

Now onto the giveaway.

To win this:
Just read the instructions: 

  1. 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. Also thank Tracy Hackler and give him a Twitter follow too!
  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. PLEASE ALSO KEEP IN MIND I AM HOPING FOR GOOD PRO/CON FEEDBACK.
  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 29th 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on August 30th 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 those that enter!!

TTM:Success? Tim Allen

The title is quite different isn't it?

I can say what I got back was a success as I did receive something back from Tim Allen. But, I don't believe I would call it a TTM auto success.

Awhile back, I am behind on posting a few of these, I sent a request to Tim Allen with a handwritten note and a blank white filler card to be signed. It took well over a month for a response, but one came and when I got it, I had actually forgotten I sent it.

This photo at first glance seems to contain a legit autograph from the legend. I was super stoked to get this back from the guy who played on Home Improvement, was Santa for my childhood, went to infinity and beyond and plays in one of my favorite shows of today, Last Man Standing.


 
But upon further research and some investigating, I see this isn't an autograph and is just a printed photo.
 
 
Still a cool piece for my man cave, just not what I was hoping for.
 
However, I did re-mail a new request out to Tim at a different address hoping for better results. This time instead of sending a black white filler card to sign, I sent some photocopied pictures hoping to catch his attention more.

I actually already know the results of my mailing and will let you guys know in a few days as I am still trying to catch up on posts.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Panini Unparalleled Football (AUTO GIVEAWAY)

Panini the last few years has taken what I feel is a dive back to the 90's and I have been completely on board with it.

This one has a Leaf Quantum feel, but one that is taken to the max. If you like squigglies and everything shiny, well, this one is definitely for you.

Read on to see more.

 
In every box of 2016 Panini Unparalleled football is 8 Packs with 10 Cards Per Pack. Each Box contains One Autograph and Two Memorabilia Cards and also has....
  • 3 #'D CARDS
  • 1 INSERT PER PACK
  • 3 PARALLELS PER PACK
  • 4 BASE PER PACK
  • 2 ROOKIES PER PACK
 And boxes go for $90.


The base cards are hard to explain so I had to borrow the info from Panini's Knights Lance blog to help with defining them. The designs are very shiny, sparkly, glittery and so on. It does appear that the base goes by color more than design so check below on how to define them.

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There are 100 veterans and legends (1-100) along with 100 rookies (101-200) involved. Some of the rookies may be guys you haven't heard of so it gives a good opportunity to get those type of players before they turn into stars.

This kinda product is lots of fun for those who like to collect rainbows of their favorite players or rookies.

Now onto the inserts.

The shiny sparkly design stays true throughout the product. Each insert has it's own set of parallels of Orange /99, Red /49, Blue /25, Green /10, Gold /5,  and Black 1/1.
The insert themes are well done. I mean Pivotal Drive are key players you would want to be on the field towards the end of the game and All-Pro is self explanatory.
Perfect Pairs has teammates who are ready to tear it up!

Zoned, love the Eli by the way, players with numbers from their best game of 2015.

World Class Records has players with just that.

Now onto the hits!

My first pull was a RPS Rookie Material dual jersey. There are different levels to find of these including Dual /199, Dual Prime /49, Triple /25, Triple Prime /10, Brand Logo /2, and Triple Tag 1/1. The base ones with one swatch are numbered to 299.

This is a veteran memorabilia set. These have parallels as well of Dual /99 and Triple #49 or less.
Mine is a slick sick patch triple relic. Love the relics on the card design. And don't tell me you don't.

And my final pull, I was hoping for a RPS Rookie Autograph Jersey Relic, but they fall one in every other box, but I did get a top pick. Look above for definition of parallels you can find.
  
Overall, I am a fan. But, this product won't be for everyone as not everyone digs the shiny/swirly in-depth designs in this product. Collecting a set or putting a rainbow of your favorite players would be a ton of fun. Or just chasing the memorabilia cards as I still like those a lot.
The inserts are nice, the memorabilia cards look spectacular and the autographs don't look too bad either and the design drowns out the sticker autos. And the checklist includes veterans, legends and rookie hits throughout. So you are not just getting a bunch of rookie related material.

The cost is what I would expect for a product like this. My box wasn't the best break, but I think with the number of numbered cards you are expected and the possible chance at big hits this one is worth a try. But, only if you are a fan of the design. If not, you probably shouldn't bust.
 
Now time for the giveaway and the chance to win this:
Read the rules that follows...
  1. 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. Also thank Tracy Hackler and give him a Twitter follow too!
  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. PLEASE ALSO KEEP IN MIND I AM HOPING FOR GOOD PRO/CON FEEDBACK.
  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 31st 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on September 1st 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 those that enter!!