Saturday, December 3, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Topps High Tek Baseball

Everyone who collected back in 1998-2000 remember the Topps Tek name. Now those of this generation should as well as it makes the Topps baseball lineup for the third year in a row bringing what it has always brought..... Lot's of acetate.

Let's see how my first bust of the product in the new era went.

READ ON!

In every box of 2016 Topps High Tek baseball, you will find 1 pack with 8 cards. There will be one on-card autograph and one insert/parallel per pack. Boxes run around $60 which to me isn't too shabby.

The base cards are what I stated above, acetate with a fun rainbow foil shine design in the background. There are variations of the backgrounds with some being tougher than others to find. The best way I could tell the difference with them was this article on Beckett I suggest you check out HERE.

The base also include players from past, present and future.

Here are the easiest and most common base in my pack.
 



 

Here is a bit tougher of a base find in variation 2B, the buckle.

I found a couple of rookies in my pack.

This is the tougher pattern in 3, this is 3B. Waves.

I pulled a pretty nice parallel in my box. A Kris Bryant green numbered to 99

Other parallels include,
  • Tidal Diffractor Parallel
  • Green Rainbow Parallel
  • Orange Magma Diffractor Parallel: Sequentially numbered to 25
  • Black Rainbow Parallel: Numbered 1/1.
  • Black Galactic Diffractor Parallel: Numbered 1/1.
  • Printing Proofs: Numbered 1/1.
Inserts you can find include, HOME UNIFORM SHORT PRINTS, BRIGHT HORIZONS and HIGHLIGHTS: 

Now time for my autograph pull. All autographs are on card so you know that already rocks. Looks really nice on the acetate too.

I pulled a base version of Juan Gonzalez. 
 

These have parallels to. They are:
  • Gold Rainbow Parallel: Sequentially numbered.
  • Orange Magma Diffractor Parallel: Sequentially numbered to 25.
  • Red Orbit Diffractor Parallel: Sequentially numbered to 5.
  • Black Galactic Diffractor Parallel: Numbered 1/1.
  • Printing Proofs: Numbered 1/1.
There is also TEK BUYBACKS.
Topps buybacks of Diffractor parallels and inserts from the 1998 - 2000 Topps Tek series will be signed ON-CARD and numbered. That's a nice addition. 
Overall, I felt good about this break and felt the price wasn't too high. I would probably wait a little bit for it to drop before I would try another just because the value is based on that one hit. But there are plenty of good ones to have. 
The cards look really nice and the on-card autos are a great addition. The checklist of players in both base and autographs are solid.
I think the toughest thing for a collector in this product is telling the difference in the base cards but hopefully the guide that Beckett provided will make things a bit easier. It's probably not a kid friendly product just because of the base depth.
This product is a great one for team and player collectors as you try to chase down the parallels and base card variations of them.
Thanks to Topps for providing this box to review and please check them out on all social media sites and their website. Look for some of these cards in a future promo!

Slugging Gary

So we continue my trade recap with 90's Niche Football Card blog for Day 3 and this time we turn to pinstripes.

There wasn't much baseball in this trade as it was only three cards, but I didn't have them and he threw them in as freebies so that's a great bonus to me.

Especially when one of them is the great Gary Sanchez who I still think should have taken home the AL Rookie Of The Year honors. This guy made the Yankees exciting to watch again after another dismal year. I think this marks rookie card number 6 for me.
Day 3 is over and tomorrow Day 4 will continue and start rolling out the hits!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Insert Cards Here Please

So we continue my trade recap with 90's Niche Football Card blog today with some NY Giants inserts with many numbered ones.

Some nice additions here including Paul Perkins and the infamous Ron Dayne who at the time I was excited the Giants drafted til he actually hit the field for them.

 
Eli Manning inserts. Rookie insert top left, Topps Tek parallel and a slick Donruss inserts.

 
Up next, gotta do the salsa to these inserts and parallels. Cruz has made some big plays when they are needed but also some drops. I sadly don't see him being on the team next year as Sterling Shepard continues to grow and the development of Roger Lewis Jr.

 
Odell! Some new Beckham's for my PC. This guy continues to be one of the leagues best.I really like the Prizm insert for design and shinyness.

 
We finish this up with a /10 Adams insert. I am glad he is finally getting a chance to be on the field.
 
 
Day 2 is over. We will take a break from the Giants tomorrow and show off a few Yankee cards instead and then will pick up more steam on the Giants after that.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

All About That Giants Base, Giants Base, No Other

Today kicks off my trade recap with 90's Niche Football Card blog.

In return for everything I am about the post over the next couple of weeks came in exchange for mainly Green Bay Packers cards and for other key players he collects. Just check out his blog to see if you have anything that may entice him.

Let's get this thing started!

Up first, some Giants base I needed. Also a TD, a player I was a big fan of in the 90's.


We keep the base rolling here. Including my first Topps Tek Giants card and a new Eli rookie card addition.

Base rookie cards up next. Eli Apple who is having an up and down season for the Giants but has been playing better of late. I look at him as a future starter opposite Jenkins.

And my final card for today is a Landon Collins Topps Tek rookie who I think has saved this season up to this point with his many big plays. This guy should be in the Defensive Player Of The Year conversation and maybe on the brisk of the MVP talk. To me an MVP is a guy that helps his team win by being the most valuable player on the field and this guy has definitely done that.
 
A great way to kick off this trade series. Much more to come including some incredible looking cards. Don't miss out.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 1+Giveaway!

Let's take a trip back in time, way back in time, and see the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743 where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world.

This is just the beginning of a story of love and more.


In each box of Outlander Season 1, you will find 5 Cards per pack and 24 packs per box. Boxes will run you $80 per.

The base set consists of 72 cards featuring images from the premier season. The photos are crystal clear and have high gloss. You should complete a base set in a box as well.


Fraser Crest silver foil variants fall 1:3 packs and feature a silver crest on the front. The variants are for the inserts too.


Thistle of Scotland gold foil variants are #/50 and fall 1:15 packs.


The inserts are all 9 card sets in which one box should complete them for you.

Speak Outlander fall 1:3 packs. Good luck reading the fronts unless you speak Outlander :0


Quotes fall 1:3 packs and feature all of the great lines from the show.


Character Bios fall 1:3 packs and feature a classic old design. I really dig it. It's like a famous painting hung on a wall.


Now onto the hits!

The wardrobes feature a nice layout design with a cool wardrobe cut out.


Once again, the on-card auto content in Cryptozoic products are outstanding. Design is always well done leaving lots of space for people to sign.


Other signers include:
Steven Cree as Ian Murray
Gary Lewis as Colum MacKenzie
Annette Badland as Mrs. Fitzgibbons
James Fleet as Reverend Wakefield
Simon Callow as Duke of Sandringham
Graham McTavish as Dougal MacKenzie
Tobias Menzies as Frank Randall / Black Jack Randall
Lochlann O'Mearáin as Horrocks
Aislín McGuckin as Letitia MacKenzie
Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan
Grant O'Rourke as Rupert MacKenzie
Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser
Duncan Lacroix as Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser
Douglas Henshall as Taran MacQuarrie
Finn Den Hertog as Willie
Laura Donnelly as Jenny Fraser
Nell Hudson as Laoghaire MacKenzie

And once again, another printing plate surprise. These fall 1:128 packs. This one is hot magenta!
Overall, no complaints from me again on another well done Cryptozoic product. Complete base and insert sets, parallels (including at least one #d to 50), an on-card auto and wardrobe card plus other surprises. Feels worth it to me and a good autograph checklist.

Now onto how to win this auto card:

I may pick bonus winners to win some cool inserts or the PRINTING PLATE if we get a good turnout! 
  1. ***VERY IMPORTANT***MUST BE A U.S. RESIDENT to enter or have a shipping address in the U.S. Shipping costs have gone haywire and I can't afford to ship everywhere.This is always hard to do as I appreciate all readers but I hope you all understand non-U.S. readers.
  2. Random winner will be chosen after 7 randoms
  3. Card may be shipped PWE. I like to forewarn on this.
  4. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TELLING ME YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE PRODUCT. Do you like it? What would you fix about it? What's your favorite part?
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. Contest starts today, ends on December 7th 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on December 8th 2016.
  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!
Good luck and thanks for reading and entering!

December Blogging Preview

I don't know about you guys, but I feel this year has come and gone and that's not a bad thing.

For me, it wasn't the best year with many health problems along with some financial struggles so I am looking forward to it ending and a better 2017.

But, we still have one more month to go and December will be a fun one here on Sport Card Collectors.

Normally, I don't have any idea what I am posting til Sunday hits. Every Sunday I sit down and spend at least a few hours doing my posts for the week and tweaking if need be throughout the week. But, for December, I am pretty set on what's going to be posted as I pulled off another huge trade this time with 90's Niche Football Card blog that may take most of the month to publish for a variety of reasons.

I am also announcing a new promo I will be doing that should be a blast and will take all of 2017 to accomplish. Stay tuned for info on that later in December.

Also as 2017 approaches, I am making a few changes on here that I am really looking forward to. For one, I am bringing back some classic segments including Hobby Topic, Caption This Card and more stuff involving 90's cards and maybe even toys. I am also going to be posting some different types of articles from stuff I found along the way in my big sorting project.

I plan on updating my want lists, PC info, Blog info and all of the pages to be up-to-date. The header on here will be different as well plus some other different changes to celebrate the year that SCC will turn 5 years old which will take place in March 2017.

Thanks again for reading and hope you will be ready for a long December and exciting 2017!

(also let me know in comments which segments you would like to see back)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

'Only Got Time For Trading

This has been the year of trading for me as I have expanded my trading circle blogger by blogger. I haven't been much of a trader in the past because of not knowing others/trust, costs of shipping and having problems letting cards go. This year has been different. If I am going to add to my personal PC's this year especially, I am going to have to make some tough decisions and let some cards go.

I still won't trade with just anyone as I will check in with my trusted circle of traders first (which is what I hope most collectors would do as I have seen many things go wrong with online trades), but I will consider most trades as long as it's trading within the U.S., PWE can be an option of shipping and if I can personally let go of the requested card.

So when Andy from Ain't Nobody Got Time For Cardboard! contacted me about a trade, I knew I was fine trading with him as I have seen many others I traded with in the past trading with him.

I am definitely glad that he did contact me. Andy has some pretty sweet cards I got to add to my PC.

First, an Spx auto of Sean Henn. My first of him.

 
Next up, a couple rookie QB's autos. I always like to my rookie card collection especially from the most recent class. My 2016 purchases have been next to none so having any rookie autos from this class is a good thing.
 
 
I keep anticipating the Jets playing Hackenberg as their season continues to crumble, but still they don't. Maybe next year and I will have his rookie auto. Either way, he has a cool signature.


And the final card and what started this trade is this cool patch for my patch PC. I was really hoping it was game used but it's not. Typical for most cards now-a-days.Either way, still cool.

A huge thanks goes out to Andy on the trade and I look forward to future trades with you as well. I should also mention if Andy contacts you about a trade, I strongly suggest you follow through. Probably the fastest shipper I have ever seen in a trade. Usually I send first and way before anyone else, but I had no shot with him.

Breakin Wax:1997 Zenith Football Pack Break (Good Insert)

I save my best pack for last from my retro crate, a pack of 1997 Zenith football. One of my favorite brands of the 90's because of their slick base cards and fun inserts.

So let's get to ripping!


In each pack of 1997 Zenith football you will find 6 cards. Packs on the Jammin JD Sport Card website go for $2 each and can be found, HERE. That price is much cheaper as you can see they originally were.

The base card design for 1997 was okay. Wasn't my favorite of the late 90's designs, you will find out which one was in my blog revamp in January, but the base cards were thick and had an high end appeal.

Found Emmitt in my pack.


"Rookies" subset as I call this since they feature a player from the previous years rookie class, had a better design than the base. I wished Zenith had featured actual rookies. That would have made it even better.


And my last card from the pack, a lenticular V2 1:23 odds (1 per box) that shows Favre in motion. Beautiful card all around and you can't go wrong with the player pull either. I had always wanted one of these and hadn't ever pulled one. So I traded for a Galloway one not long ago, then I pull one. What are the odds??
Overall, best $2 I have spent recently. Pulled an Emmitt and Harrison base, then land a sick Favre insert, I was pretty stoked.

I had a lot of fun busting my retro crate from Jammin JD and would definitely want to do it all over again. The memories and the unknown insert finds with every pack I opened made me smile. That's simply what the hobby is about to me.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Grand Prize Jammin JD Sports Cards Promo Winner

Well, 4 weeks and 242 entries later, and we finally reached the end of Part 1 of the Jammin JD Sports Cards promo. Part 2 coming up in January!

But, as promised four weeks ago, we have 2 winners to announce. One will get a 2016 Clear Vision Hobby Box, the other, a sweet Jammin JD Sport Card retro crate.

 
 
I sent Jammin JD Sport Cards the entries yesterday and they were randomed. Here are the results after 8 randoms.....
 

Congrats to JG24ever on winning the 2016 Clear Vision hobby box and to Liam Cunnington on the Retro Crate win! 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 get ready in January for Part 2 of this promo.

Please make sure to check out Jammin JD Sports Cards on all social media sites and of course his site which you can find HERE.

Breakin Wax:1995 Stadium Club High Numbers Football Pack

When I was searching through my order from the Retro Crate I got from Jammin JD Sports Cards, I noticed there was an extra pack. So I questioned him and said it was a freebie with the order he tosses in.

Well, here it is. To me, can't go wrong with a free pack of Stadium Club.


In every pack of 1995 Stadium Club High Numbers football is 10 cards. Packs on the Jammin JD Sport Card website go for .75 and can be found, HERE.

I found not only the typical action packed photography you come to expect from Stadium Club, but also some great players.


Good group right here. Love the throwback Elway uni.


Also like the Means in his throwback.


Also pulled a 1:3 Bowman's Best insert. If only Mirer's college career could had carried over to the pros.
 
 What can I say, can't go wrong with a free pack and one that provides what this one did.

I have also opened many others of these from his as well. It's a great price for the possible finds you can have.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Week 4 Jammin JD Sports Cards Promo Winner

I was a bit surprised by the downed turnout in the final week of the Jammin JD Sports Cards promo. Less than 30 decided they wanted to try and win a hobby box while 70 the week before wanted to win a blaster box. Makes any sense to you? Doesn't me.

Well, anyways, here are those lucky ones who did enter and wanted to win a hobby box. I emailed the names to Jammin this morning and here were the results...
and after he randomed them 8 times.....
 
Congrats to Tread Willis on winning the 2016 Donruss Preffered Football hobby box. 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 stay tuned for the grand prize winners tomorrow!!

By the way, these were the answers to the hidden JD marks:

1990 Score Football Series 2
1993 OPC Baseball
1994 Upper Deck SP
1997 Pinnacle Inside the Can
1999 Pacific Prism Football

REVIEW:2016 Cryptozoic Orphan Black Season 1+GIVEAWAY

Alright guys, I feel pretty stoked to be the first to show off a box break of this product that doesn't release til Wednesday November 30th 2016. Think of this as your purchasing guide preview.

If you haven't ever watched Orphan Black, here is a quick summary.

The series stars Sarah Manning. who is known as a con artist, witnessing a suicide of a woman named Beth Childs who appears to be her doppelgänger. So doing what any con artist would do in that kinda situation, Sarah assumes Beth's identity and occupation as a police detective after Beth's death. This takes the meaning of if the shoe fits to another level.

However, Sarah discovers that her doppleganger was more than just that. She finds out she is a clone, that she has many 'sister' clones spread throughout North America and Europe, and that someone is plotting to kill them and her. So alongside her foster brother, Felix Dawkins, and two of her fellow clones, Alison Hendrix and Cosima Niehaus, Sarah discovers the origin of the clones and her adventure begins....

And our break now begins as well....

In every box of 2016 Cryptozoic Orphan Black, there are 5 Cards per pack and 24 packs per box. Boxes will run roughly $80 per.

There are 72 cards in the base set featuring episodic images from the first season. The cards are printed on high gloss and have nice full color photography.

You should complete a base set in a box.


The inserts fit the theme of the show and what Cryptozoic is known for doing. 

There are 9 cards per insert set and you should get them all.

There are parallel cards to find. My pictures here don't really show them that well, but they are foil board parallels that fall 1:3 packs.


Quotes, the good ones from the show, fall 1:3 packs.


Character Bios fall 1:3 packs. I really like the design on these.


Felix's Loft fall 1:3 packs. If you turn the cards over, they are each individually a puzzle piece once put together .....


Make one big puzzle.


Now onto the hits.

My first hit is of Sarah's foster brother Felix. Cool design and unique swatch.


My next pull is an on-card autograph of David Richmond-Peck who plays Olivier Duval.

Here are the rest of the signers in Season 1:
Graeme Manson, Creator
John Fawcett, Creator
Kristian Bruun as Donnie Hendrix
Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning
Inga Cadranel as Detective Angela DeAngelis
Skyler Wexler as Kira
Nicholas Rose as Colin
Eric Johnson as Chad Norris
Evelyne Brochu as Delphine Cormier
Jordan Gavaris as Felix Dawkins
David Richmond-Peck as Olivier Duval
Kevin Hanchard as Detective Art Bell
Melanie Nicholls-King as Amelia
Michael Mando as Vic
Marqus Bobesich as Rockabilly Bob

And to my surprise, I pulled a Printing Plate that falls 1:86 packs. I have never pulled a 1/1 plate from Cryptozoic before.


Overall, a solid break especially with the plate surprise at the end.  I think the theme design elements look great throughout. The on-card autographs from the actors/actresses are bonus and some unique swatches for the wardrobe cards.

Now time for the giveaway!


To win this autographed card above, read the rules below!

I may pick bonus winners to win some cool inserts or the PRINTING PLATE if we get a good turnout! 
  1. ***VERY IMPORTANT***MUST BE A U.S. RESIDENT to enter or have a shipping address in the U.S. Shipping costs have gone haywire and I can't afford to ship everywhere.This is always hard to do as I appreciate all readers but I hope you all understand non-U.S. readers.
  2. Random winner will be chosen after 7 randoms
  3. Card may be shipped PWE. I like to forewarn on this.
  4. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TELLING ME YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE PRODUCT. Do you like it? What would you fix about it? What's your favorite part?
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. Contest starts today, ends on December 3rd 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on December 4th 2016.
  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!
Good luck and thanks for reading and entering!