Saturday, December 31, 2016

2017 Topps Collector Of The Month Nominees

Well, all I can say that this was a bit of a disappointment. I am actually quite shocked with the great prizes that were going to be available (two that were in the lot already had $60+ BV with more on the way in 2017) and the promoting I did for two weeks that ONLY 6 entered.

To enter it was simple. All I needed was a picture of your favorite Topps card or your Topps collection. It was up to you. You were even allowed to use props to help your photo gain votes by being creative. There was going to be 11 monthly winners and a big winner at the end. But, only 6 did this. 6. I am not sure if I will get over this for a little while.

Because of this sad low turnout, I mean it's not worth my time and energy for 6 people, I AM DISCONTINUING THIS CONTEST. THIS WILL NOT BE GOING FORWARD AT ALL. THERE WILL BE NO FEBRUARY OR COLLECTOR OF THE MONTH/YEAR CONTEST PROMO IN GENERAL.
I will have however, a two day vote, STARTING today, for the individuals that did enter. The winner will take home some cards that weren't claimed in past Topps contests. Those that entered can spread the word however they would like to get people to vote for them.

The poll for this will be located off to the right of the blog just above my Top 12 Wants(use web version if on a mobile device). It will run for the rest of today and and end on Monday. I will announce the winner sometime next week depending on when I get to come back on here to type.

Thanks to those that did enter and here are the ones you are looking to vote on.

YOU CAN VOTE FOR MORE THAN ONE. In case of Tie Breaker, I will be the deciding vote that will be done through a random of three times.

 
Tyler at Rekindling the Cardboard Flame




Rally Cat
Mark B

 
Tracy L



Grady

"Griffey on topps"
Ryan

 My Biggest Topps Pull of 2016 (nice pull and excuse the pic for uploading sideways)
Nick

I will come up with new Topps contests going forward.

Good luck to the contestants!!

End Of The Year 2016

Time to sum up 2016 on Sport Card Collectors blog.

It was a year of transition as I started out the year with some new segments that just didn't hold very long. Mostly because of views I had to cancel them. What's the point of posting something that nobody has interest in??? (I can sometimes feel that way about my NY Giants posts but I am sorry, you are still going to get those)

It was also a year I struggled with buying cards whether it was singles, packs or boxes due to finances so I had to find other outlets to help add to my collection. Trading in 2016 became huge to me and some of the trades I pulled off on here were ginormous if you look back at my big ones with Project Pedro Blog and 90's Niche Football Card Blog. A HUGE thanks to them for being so generous and willing to pull off such trades. However, even the littlest ones were big helpers with knocking off some of my PC needs to. Especially in the Rodney Hampton department.

I was also glad to add to my trading circle this year that at first only had 5 in it. Now it's more than doubled in size. Thanks to those who came seeking me as an trading option and for being honest in working out a trade.

Here was my biggest trade pickup of the year in case you missed it or are new to this blog.
 

Not that my other pickups weren't big and appreciated too, but it's hard to match a KG Jr auto as top dog.

One of the biggest bright spots in 2016 was Topps coming on board with review boxes which helped me be able to continue the tradition of giveaways on Sport Card Collectors and gives you a look/insight at some of the products. I know many of you comment about my reviews and appreciating them. I also appreciate the support as well with you reading them.

2016 also provided Sport Card Collectors it's biggest views year yet. I expect yearly numbers to go up by the blogversary in March where I announce them. It makes me excited and find purpose to post everyday when I know people are coming to check it out.

So I guess you can say 2016 was on the up for my blog, but not for me personally with the financial end and health issues I had. Either way, I am hoping 2017 is a much better year all around and I wish the same to you no matter how your 2016 went.

Happy New Years Eve! Be safe! (you don't want to miss a post do you?) And God Bless!

Friday, December 30, 2016

A Homerun Of A Mail Day

When it comes to Ken Griffey Jr collectors, we are all family. We want to help each other out when we can and that's exactly what my newest Griffey collector @ryanwsawyer24 on Twitter did.

At first I was only expecting one card, we will get to that shortly. But instead, he set a good handful that turned all out to be new additions. This just shows how weak my Griffey collection is compared to others.

Some fun older Griffey's here. I really dig the Bazooka one. Gotta love the oddballs. 


 
Speaking of oddballs, I had no idea that Tetley tea made any cards. This is a really cool die cut one.

 
And finally a card I have always wanted and tried to chase down, a 2000 Upper Deck Game Used Baseball card. Upper Deck always put out the best Griffey cards. I really like the subtle stitching on the card. Looks impressive.
 
 
With this game used baseball addition, I am just missing game used gloves as my last form of unique memorabilia card from my Griffey collection. I think that may be solved soon.
 
 A huge thanks goes out to @ryanwsawyer24 for his generosity. I really appreciate it. If you are a Griffey fan or like random giveaways, I suggest you give him a follow. Really good dude.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Too Many Verlanders Mail Day Part 2

A couple of weeks ago, Too Many Verlanders blog ran a HUGE holiday Giveaway palooza and trading right before the holidays, yesterday you saw cards that I had claimed. Now, you will see a card and a figure too that doesn't fall flat in my collection.

In 1998, Topps came out with Action Flats. A card/figure combo that is all in one package and I think went for $3.99 at the time. There were roughly 12 to collect in each football and baseball. Baseball had quite a great lineup of players including my man Griffey, which I didn't have and I need the card to so it was a double win,
 
And football was headlined by the two top draft picks with Leaf and Manning. Luckily for me when I bought my only one I snagged the Manning over the Leaf.

A HUMONGOUS thanks goes out to Too Many Verlanders for the cards. If you haven't checked out his blogs (he runs Too Many Manninghams as well), I suggest you do. I appreciate your generosity and I always find a way to give back to the giver :)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Too Many Verlanders Mail Day Part 1

A couple of weeks ago, Too Many Verlanders blog ran a HUGE holiday Giveaway palooza and trading right before the holidays. He had many great up items up for grabs including lots of 90's goodness, team lots, figures and a stack of uncut SI For Kids Cards sheets I had wanted and just missed out on pushing publish for my comment that would have gone towards that PC.

But, I was able to snag my Giants. I feel like I am the only blogger out of 300+ who collects them which isn't a bad thing. That means I get to trade and claim them more often.

Here was the lot that I claimed. A goo stack of old and new Giants including a pretty slick LT die-cut from Contenders.

 
On top of his already generous Giants lot, he helped me with some of my 2015 Score set needs.This is all that remains, HERE.

Threw in a free unopened pack of '09 Topps baseball Series 2
 
Which I pulled a new Soriano for that PC
 
And on top of that, he tossed in three Giants hits that he didn't need for his Manningham collection. This Spx auto rookie of him is now my new favorite Manningham card. Boy do I miss UD football cards.

Another Manningham...

And finally a new Shockey. Great looking card and Jeremy will always be one of my favorites. His aggressive play made him one of the biggest receiving threats the Giants ever had, til they drafted Odell. I am not sure anyone will ever top him.
 
This is just part 1 of my gernours mail day from Too Many Verlanders. A much smaller, but just as important one posting tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Update On Sorting

This has been by far the most challenging and biggest sorting project of my collecting career. Trying to take 23 years of collecting like this by number, brand and year...


And turning it into this, by team.
 
It's been a long grueling sorting project. But, I know in the end, I will feel so much better and have it much more sorted than it was. This is just the base cards. I haven't touched the inserts and rookies yet. 
I expect this to possibly take most of 2017 to with so much left to sort and with my time of doing so with only 1 hour available every few days.

What's the biggest sorting project you have ever tackled?

Monday, December 26, 2016

The Season Of Giving

The hobby is full of giving people and one of them that really stands out is @JG24ever on Twitter.



Last week I showed you how he helped me narrow down my needs for my 2014 Flair Football master set, well, he struck again buying me this graded /40 Rueben Randle Rookie Inscriptions autograph on Twitter and having it sent to me. This card marks another new Randle in my collection and my first graded autograph of him.
 
I was once again left speechless (except the inner excitement of getting the card) by his generosity when he tagged me saying the card was mine. It's not only to me though, he spreads the #HobbyLove to other collectors too. I hope everyone takes note of this when it comes to nominating collectors for their generosity.

A big thanks goes out to @JG24ever for this awesome card and for his generosity. I strongly suggest you follow him on Twitter and I strongly suggest to myself that I need to do some digging to give back to him as well :)

Grady's Box Of Mystery!

I posted last week the first part of my mail day from Sport Card Collector reader Grady M of the non sport card items. Today, I am showing just a very small window of a sneak peek of the sports cards I was sent.

In this big box was tons and tons and tons of cards.
 
There were multiple sports, some hits but mainly inserts. Sweet, sweet inserts. Tons of shiny too.
 
Stay tuned for more to come from this box as I will break down the main contents. I don't think I will have time to show it all, but I will show as much as I can.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016!!

Just wanted to come on today and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday.

I hope you have a blessed and great time with family, friends and pets today. Also remember and think of those serving our country who may not be able to be home with family and friends.

If you have a minute, let me know in comments what you are hoping to find wrapped under the tree or what did you find...