Saturday, November 19, 2016

A Generous Mail Day From SCA

Last week I was tagged in a Twitter post to watch a video break of 2016 Absolute football that Sports Card Album had opened. I have known Sports Card Album for awhile now since I started blogging and he was running the Busting Packs Blog and from the Beckett forums as well.

So well over 4 years.

Well, anyways, the card that was pulled in the break was this beautiful Odell Beckham Jr.
Which I had commented that it was and said it would be awesome PC card to add.

He then asked for my info as he wanted to see the card be in a true fans hand which I was blown back by and this card arrived earlier this week along with a few other sweet surprises.

Here are those other surprises.

A Triple Threats jersey card of three top WR rookies for my rookie card PC.

 
Then the Top pick of the 2016 draft jersey card. I didn't own any of him either. So a nice addition to tuck away in my rookie card collection. Hopefully we will see him soon.

 
And finally, a sick Griffey jersey card I didn't have for my Griffey PC. Marking Griffey Jr number 836 and maybe jersey card # 10. I don't have many memorabilia cards of him.
 
A huge, huge thank you is deserved to Sports Card Album. You sir are very generous and I for one would suggest anyone who isn't following you on Twitter to do so and to check out your site and take advantage of all Sports Card Album has to offer.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Review:2016 Spectra Soccer

Soccer fans will finally get their first taste of Spectra this year with the 2016 release. The product known for it's shiny-goodness finally turns over to the other "football".

However, it comes with a very hefty price tag.

Read on to see my thoughts on the product.

In every box of 2016 Spectra Soccer, there are no packs. All of the cards are put into a small box for you to open. You will find 10 cards with half of those being hits and a couple others being parallels. The boxes,well I didn't know this til I did my research on it run for $320. Yes, you read that right. I would have worn rubber gloves had I known. By far the most expensive box I have ever opened.

The base cards are simply beautiful. Chrome refractor appeal. At least a 72 pt thickness on these and all cards. The base set is also 100 cards deep so it would be a huge challenge to finish.


The parallels are pretty stunning as well. Coming in with colors of Neon Blue #/75, Pink #/25, Orange #/10, and Gold 1/1.


There are also stunning die cut parallels. They have parallels as well of Red #/65, Purple #/35, Green #/5, and Black 1/1.

 
Now time for the hits!
 
Here is the Swatches. Nice looking cards and they have parallels of Neon Blue #/75 or #/35, Pink #/25 or #/15, Orange #/10 and Gold 1/1.

 
Next is International Fabrics. Mine is a pretty sweet looking parallel. The parallels range of Neon Blue #/75 or less, Pink #/25, Orange #/10, and Gold 1/1.


Autographs look just as good as the memorabilia does on this type of design. These as well have parallels of Red #/65 or less, Pink #/25 or #/15, Orange #/10, Gold 1/1.

Both of my autos were base ones. But you can find soccer stars from the past, present and future and you can look for new signers that include Anthony Martial, Lukasz Fabianski, Patrice Evra, Neymar Jr. and more



 
This is simply the Signatures Set. These as well have parallels of Red #/65 , Pink #/25, Orange #/10, Gold 1/1.

Other hits not found in my box include SUPERSTAR JERSEY AUTOGRAPHS, YOUNG STARS JERSEY AUTOGRAPHS GOLD and ILLUSTRIOUS LEGENDS.  You can look for autographs from legends of the game like Pele and Diego Maradona, current superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and future stars Anthony Martial and Alvaro Morata.

Overall, Panini has a solid following for their soccer products and if you are lucky enough to pull one of the big name autographs, you will be as the saying goes "sitting pretty". But, if your box fails as from my research mine did, you might be saying a few words your kids might now want to hear.

Any high end product is a risk. But, one for $300+ plus is a bigger one. Personally, I would never spend that much on a box no matter the sport or brand. I prefer picking up 6 $50 boxes if I was going to spend that kinda money. Less risk and more hits. But, that's just the type of collector I am. 

But, I will say, for a very high end product Panini did a great job with the product appeal and they do have a solid list of signers. For the cost however, my expectation was higher. I would expect at least a 1/1 per box in order to guarantee some kind of value.

I hate being brutally honest as I don't wanna scare you away if you are a big time soccer collector as the product looks great and as big potential hits, but I want to say proceed with caution.

By the way, make sure you thank Panini America for this review box and for the future giveaway. Check out their site for products like this one and others. Also give an extra thanks to Tracy Hackler and give him a Twitter follow too! Tell him Sport Card Collectors sent ya!

Stay tuned for some card giveaways from this product!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Chainsaw Massacre

As most kids watched PBS and other educational programs growing up, my mom always turned on the horror movies and I just happened to either be in the room or walk by when they were on. At that time, they had my attention. Yes, I watched many horrors when I was little but they had no effect on who I am today.

Actually, I don't even watch those kinda movies anymore because as I grew older I lost interest. Also helps that my wife isn't a fan. I am strictly comedy and a few action movies now.

So back to my story.

My mom was a big fan of 80's horror so movies like Friday The 13th, Halloween, Child's Play and Texas Chainsaw Massacre were among favorites as they had multiple sequels.

So when I saw that Pack War was hosting a contest on Halloween for some sketches he put together, I thought it would be pretty cool to own one just for another unique piece to my collection.

Well this one of Leatherface arrived this past weekend,
 
These movies always creeped me out the most. People hunting down people on deserted highways to eat and even wearing their skin for masks. *shutters*
 
A big thanks goes out to Pack War for the sketch. Pretty cool looking and wished I could have captured it better on here as the card is more impressive in person.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Panini Phoenix Football

Panini Phoenix is a new product added to the football card world that brings lots of rainbow shine appeal for those who enjoy shiny objects. I mean what collector doesn't??!

Let's see how my first rip of the product went.


In every box of 2016 Panini Phoenix football is12 Packs along with 5 Cards Per Pack. Boxes are currently running around $110. Look for 3 autograph or memorabilia cards along with 9 inserts or parallels per box! You should also find at least six rookie cards as well.

The base set is very colorful. What I find intriguing is what the base cards are made out of. They are thin, but heavy. They seem to be on cardboard but plastic too. Somewhat similar to Collectors Edge base. 

The base set is 200 cards deep with players of today, tomorrow and yesterday.


This kinda sets itself up for parallels. Those include Red and Pink unnumbered versions. Numbered Orange (#’d to 99), Yellow (#’d to 25) and Green (#’d to 10) versions; Blue and Printing Plate versions are numbered to only one.


Pink Rookies #/299, Orange #/99, Yellow #/25, Green #/10, Blue 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.


Here is the start to a Keanu Neal rainbow just in my one box.


The inserts follow the theme of the base with shiny and parallels. 

Watchmen you will find Red #/399, Orange #/299, Yellow #/99, Green #/10, and Blue 1/1.


Streaking Success have Red #/399, Orange #/299, Yellow #/99, Green #/10, and Blue 1/1.


Adrenaline Rush reminds me of something I saw in the 90's, maybe from UD. Their parallels include Red #/349, Orange #/299, Yellow #/99, Green #/10, and Blue 1/1.


Rookie Rising look pretty cool with just a basic design and have Red #/349, Orange #/299, Yellow #/99, Green #/10, and Blue 1/1 versions.
 

Now onto my pulls. They look spectacular on the printing technology.

My first hit is this Jason Witten /5 Patch. You can also see a small blue line from the jersey as well off to the right. It's the green parallel version. There are also Orange #/25, Prime Yellow #/10, and Prime Blue 1/1.


My next hit is a jersey auto rookie card of beast Joey Bosa.


My final hit was a redemption. Bleh. But it is of Bears rookie dominant running back Jordan Howard so it's still a solid hit. I believe it will look like the Bosa above.
Other hits not found in my box include, ROOKIES HOT MATERIALS VAPOR JET:, TRIPLE PATCH AUTOGRAPHS, VETERAN AUTOGRAPH MATERIALS, and RETIRED PATCHES.

Overall, a solid box in my opinion. Product looks good from top to bottom and despite pulling a redemption, I hope to bust another box and possibly see this product return for 2017.

I also think those who like to put together player rainbows will have a blast doing it with this product.

By the way, make sure you thank Panini America for this review box and for the future giveaway. Check out their site for products like this one and others. Also give an extra thanks to Tracy Hackler and give him a Twitter follow too!

Stay tuned for an upcoming giveaway for a chance to score this card:
 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A Big Milestone And Giveaway!

Earlier today, Sport Card Collectors yet reached another milestone as it surpassed it's 600,000th view.

So to celebrate such a milestone, something I never expected to achieve, I am going to give this away:

 

Here is all that you have to do to enter.....

RULES:
  1. Please make sure you thank Panini America for this giveaway as it came from a review box. Check out their site for products like this one and others. Also give an extra thanks to 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(s) will be chosen after 7 randoms
  4. Card(s) may be shipped PWE. I like to forewarn on this.
  5. Tell Me Your Favorite Things To Read On Sport Card Collectors in comments below to enter!
  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 November 21st 2016. Winner(s) will be announced in a separate post on November 22nd 2016
  9. If you don't follow all of the rules above, you will be disqualified.
  10. 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!
 
If we can reach 30 entries, I will also send this card to a second winner!

A Successful Trade Mail Day From @JGfan24ever

Well, it took some back and forth last week between @JGfan24ever and myself on Twitter, but we ended up, as I expected, coming to terms on a trade that sent a 1/1 PC need to him and me bringing home some goodies as well.

First, here are some freebies he threw in with the trade. A new Adams rookie for me (hoping he continues to get more play time), numbered Strahan and a new Odell rookie.
My first card in the trade is this 2012 Prominence Rueben Randle helmet auto card. Pretty sick card and it adds to my Randle count to 106.

Up next, you know I like shiny stuff, rookies and NY Giants. Well, here ya go

And finally, from The Hobbit, a new celeb auto for that PC. Aidan Turner who played the Dwarf in the trilogy.
 
I am glad we were able to work out this trade and really glad the USPS system didn't mess with us like last time.I look forward to trading with him again and if you don't follow him on Twitter you should. Great trader, friend and does giveaways as well.

Monday, November 14, 2016

REVIEW:2016-2017 Prizm Basketball

5 years.

Where has the time gone?

5 years since the inaugural kickoff of Prizm basketball. I can still remember when I opened it back then. Not much has changed, except additional parallels, which if you have a winning formula, stick with it.

Let's see how my break went.


In every hobby jumbo box of 2016-2017 Prizm basketball there are 12 packs of 12 cards. You should find a little over 20 Prizm parallels and 2 autographs per box. Boxes run $150 currently.

The base card set is probably the best it has looked yet. If you look really closely you can see a basketball texture built into the background of the card. I also like how thick the base cards are so they won't bend later on in life. Sometimes chrome cards won't stay straight.

The checklist is 300 cards deep with players of  today and tomorrow. I like the fact they are sorted by team on the checklist. Excluding the rookies who make up the end of the set which I am okay with.


Prizm also has players updated with their new teams. Whether they are in the jerseys or hoisting them like the rookie above.


Prizm parallels you will find many of and many varieties of. There are some numbered, some not. Some in color, some in colors. I think this years Prizm parallels look even better with the textured backdrop.


Lots of color here and many are numbered to 99, 75.

Here is what you will find overall for base card parallels. Defining the parallels seems to be based on the corner where the word Prizm appears.
  • Black /1
  • Blue Wave /99
  • Gold /10
  • Green
  • Mojo /25
  • Orange /49
  • Orange Wave /25
  • Purple /75
  • Ruby Wave
  • Silver
  • Teal Wave /25
  • Fifth Anniversary /5
  • Starburst 
Along with Prizms, there are inserts to find too. And within those inserts are even more parallels.
There is
  • Black /1
  • Blue Wave /99
  • Gold /10
  • Green
  • Mojo /25
  • Orange /49
  • Orange Wave /25
  • Purple /75
  • Ruby Wave
  • Silver
  • Teal Wave /25
Sky's The Limit. Catch these guys height! Wiggins is /49 as an orange.


Go Hard Or Go Home. Those guys who drive the lane.


All-Day dropping those shots. Explosion is my favorite insert set of the group. Fun design and look.


Now onto the autographs since this product I believe only offers relics in retail.

My first pull is of Malachi Richardson


My next is of Ivica Zobac. This is a Blue parallel /49. You can tell it's blue by the corner where the word Prizm has blue surrounding it.
You can find both rookie and veteran signatures. But, I assume it will be mostly rookie laden.
Overall, boxes are a bit high right now, but if they drop some in price it's an obvious buy. At least to me. I love the chrome appeal and the parallel chase. Even though I think Prizm is having a few too many parallels as some were very hard to tell what's what.

My box wasn't the best in terms of hits, but it's all apart of any hobby risk.

Stay tuned for an upcoming contest to win some of the cards from this break!!

By the way, make sure you thank Panini America for this review box and for the future giveaway. Check out their site for products like this one and others. Also give an extra thanks to Tracy Hackler and give him a Twitter follow too!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Week 2 Winner Jammin JD Sports Cards Promo

Well, Week 2 was a bit of a disappointment when it came to entries in this contest. Views were still good, but entries were way down. 14 down to be exact. That just means 14 people lost out on a chance to win FREE PACKS of cards and lost an extra entry towards the big prizes at the end.

I am also disappointed as this contest is open to Canadian residents as well and with so many of them complaining about my personal contests where I can't allow them to enter because of shipping costs, then only having two enter, seems kind of a bummer and a loss. I hope to see more enter in the final two weeks.

Luckily for them and for you guys, there are 2 weeks left and this weeks prize is an NFL blaster box. Wow! So go enter that one, try to win a blaster box and give yourself another entry towards the bigger prizes.

Before I ramble on more, let's get a winner for Week 2. I sent the names over to Jammin JD Sports Cards this morning to random....
And after 8 randoms, the winner is Tracy LeVeaux.


So Tracy, please contact Jammin JD Sports Cards either on Twitter or email him at jamminjdcards@gmail.com with your address.
 
Thanks to everyone who entered and please spread the word!!! Let's get this thing back on track and don't forget to enter this weeks, you don't wanna miss out on a blaster box!!

The Jammin JD Sports Cards Card-Tacular Contest Promo Week 3

So here is the 3rd week of the contest with Jammin JD Sports Cards and once again, entry is as easy as pie. Don't forget, just for entering, you will get 1 entry into the bigger prizes at the end of the 4 weeks.

Check out the current standings for entry count HERE.

Check out the Grand Prizes HERE.

Here is how to enter the third week:
  1. This contest is open to U.S. and Canadian Residents.
  2. Check out Jammin JD Sports Card YouTube videos. You can find their YouTube video channel, right HERE.
  3. Leave your comment BELOW on which card was your favorite pull from one of his breaks.
  4. Contest starts today, ends on November 19th 2016. Winner will be picked random.org and announced on November 20th 2016.
  5. THIS WEEKS PRIZE: 2016 Football Blaster Box
Good luck to all that enter and don't forget to thank Jammin JD Sports Cards for their generosity!