Friday, May 26, 2017

BASEically Awesome Part 11:2000 Ultra Football

Out of this entire series I will post, I think there are 15 or 16 parts, today's is probably my favorite.

I have always liked Ultra, I obviously like photography based cards and things that are shiny. 2000 Ultra combines all three of those.

What really does it the most for me is the action packed photography. It's amazing all throughout the 220 card set. Of course the main card that everyone is chasing from the product is the Brady rookie but if you open any or want to chase any of the other cards from your team you will not be disappointed.

Look at this Robinson. Sweet!

James Stewart looking for extra yards

TD Poole!!

He plays football to...just kidding..but Karim can jump!

And my favorite card of them all, Freeman's leap!

If this didn't make you run to ebay to search for your favorite teams....I think you need to relook at these again. Cause these are BASEically Awesome.

Thoughts on your favorite card above and the set are welcomed in comments!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wrappers Of Collecting Past:2000 Upper Deck Pros And Prosepects

I don't have many memories of busting Pros and Prospects, especially this early, but I did bust it once in 2002 in retail form from Walmart and pulled the Prince Fielder XRC auto at the time. So that was a pretty big pull for $20.

But, never busted any 2000.


I do have the set however as this wrapper came along with the set I bought off a yard sale for $1. The sets normally sell under $10 so it wasn't much of a steal but it did help add a Griffey I needed so that was the most important part.

What about you guys? You bust any? Own any of the cards? Let me know in comments

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wrappers Of Collecting Past:1990 Score Football

Today I am featuring yet another pack I have left unopened to open on a rainy day.

This one is nothing fancy and is one of the many overproduced sets in the early 90's.


You can pretty much pick up packs of this for next to nothing in today's world and whole sets go for less than $7 everyday. Well, not that one is sold everyday but you get what I am talking about. It's probably also why I haven't dug right in yet and busted this one. It's more of a keepsake.

Let me hear your thoughts on this product in comments and what your favorite card from the set is

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

REVIEW:2017 Topps Inception Baseball

After seeing many previews of Topps Inception, I knew the product would look amazing. How amazing, well, that wasn't going to be known til the cards were in hand. Well, today, they were.

So if you think the box looks nice, wait til you see it's contents!


Each box of 2017 Topps Inception baseball comes with one pack. The one pack has 7 cards and the boxes are running around $70. With that amount of cards and price you are hoping each card is worth $10 or one or more has more value. Each box comes with one autograph.

The base cards were even more impressive in-hand. They burst off of the cardboard like a beautiful colorful painting. The cards themselves are printed on thick cardstock as well so that just adds to the impressiveness.

The checklist is 100 players deep with players of today and tomorrow.

Key rookies to find are, Aaron Judge, Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi, Dansby Swanson, Alex Bregman, Yulieski Gurriel, Manny Margot, Trey Mancini, and Jorge Alfaro.

Parallels add an extra burst of color to the product. The outside "border" color differentiates what parallel is what. I landed two decent ones in Corey Seager and Miguel Cabrera.
Find the above parallels and the following:
  • Green Parallel
  • Purple Parallel #'d to 150
  • Magenta Parallel  #'d to 99
  • Red Parallel #'d to 75
  • Orange Parallel #'d to 50
  • Blue Parallel #'d to 25
  • Inception Parallel #'d 1/1
  • Printing Plates #'d 1/1

Now onto the one hit. I know, fast review huh? I will do my best to add as much info as I can.

I pulled a base rookie autograph magenta parallel of Matt Strahm. These are on-card.
  • Magenta Parallel #'d to 99
  • Red Parallel  #'d to 75
  • Orange Parallel #'d to 50
  • Blue Parallel #'d to 25
  • Inception Parallel #'d 1/1
Other hits not included in my box are,
Inception Silver Signings, Inception Legendary Debut Autographs, Inception Autograph Relic Cards
Inception Autographed Jumbo Patch Cards, Inception Autograph Team Logo Patch Book Cards
Inception Autograph Letter Patch Book Cards, Inception Autograph Laundry Tag Book Cards, and
Inception Autograph MLB Silhouetted Batter Logo Patch Book Cards. Most of these also have parallels.

OVERALL, I loved the look of the product. I have seen the other hits as well and those are just as/more impressive. However, with only one hit per box and the cost, you have to file this break under the risk taking one. Not every break will provide big boom while others will. It just depends on what box you land. I would strongly suggest if you like the look of the cards but don't wanna take the risk of breaking a box yourself, jump in on a box break with one of the many breakers out there. I suggest Top Shelf Breaks myself.
Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Topps for providing this box for me to review and to be able to add cards to the MLB Pick Em promotion. Follow Topps on all social media sites and visit their site, as well. 

Random Card On My Desk:1999 Sp Authentic Derek Jeter

Monday, May 22, 2017


This card is crying out for a Caption.
Leave a caption below for this card. Please keep it free of language and clean please for our younger audience  
Mine would be....
"Ugh. 18 innings and still going. Guess I am going to miss The Kardashians new episode tonight."

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Card I Have Wanted For 4 Years

My buddy @JGfan24ever struck again with set help and a surprise!

I knew he was sending some help for my 2014 Flair Football chase , but what I didn't know was about the extra card he tossed in.

Up first, my Flair set needs. I have officially completed the Row 2 set-thanks to him- and now have narrowed down the search for Row 1 even more thanks to @JGfan24ever.

With 11 more down, I am currently just 3 away from having the Row 1 set as well! I am quite impressed.  I am quite excited as I haven't completed a full set of anything newer in years as most of my set focus has been on the past which I will put a post about on a later date.

However, this Flair set brings back the past and present so this is my main new set chase right now.
And finally the card I have sought after for 4 years. I know it's a bit silly and most would laugh at me for wanting it, but it's a unique one of a kind card.
Introducing the 2013 Score Leon Sandcastle rookie card done in the glorious 1989 Score design:
If you don't remember anything about this card or the player, leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft, NFL Network's and former NFL Player Deion Sanders made some promo's starting in the commercials for Super Bowl XLVII featuring the fastest and most impressive player of that NFL Draft, Leon Sandcastle. They made it appear as if Sandcastle would be the Chiefs #1 pick that year because "Leon doesn't jump, Leon flies". 
Nobody in that draft could do what Leon could. Actually, taking a look back at that draft now, Leon would have been the obvious number 1 pick because of that poor year.
The promo's were so popular, that Panini decided to make a card of him in the 2013 Prestige (I want this version too) and the 2013 Score products. There were autograph versions as well. I am not sure how tough any of these cards were to pull, but I busted plenty of Score and Prestige and never saw a single one.

You can see this card crossed off my want list and the Prestige one still on there and the rest of my complete want list of cards and toys HERE.

A big thanks goes out to @JGfan24ever for the set help and for the Sandcastle. Please give him a Twitter follow if you haven't yet, great guy.


For a couple of weeks, Wes over at Willinghammer Rising, ran a Big Fun Game contest for a couple of weeks. It was something that was hosted by a previous blogger that Wes started up again.

I was curious what kinda game this was but in order to do that you had to be drafted into it first, luckily I was. The game itself come to find out, was simply picking a random number that was attached to a certain card you didn't know about or stealing someone else card who had picked before you or the worst part, someone could steal yours after you.

I sadly experienced that twice but will admit I did one prize steal myself.

I was 5th overall in the card draft. Not a bad spot as a few picked ahead of me for me to steal from but not the best either as 11 picked behind me meaning a steal could easily happen. My first pick at 5 was stealing a box of mystery goods. I was hoping nobody else would take it as a mystery is so exciting but within a pick it was gone. My next selection I went with lucky number 13 which was very lucky landing me a Topps Ripken rookie. But, once again, it was stolen. So I finally said, well, Eli Manning #10 give me some luck.

Here is what it landed me....
A one of a kind JBF auto from Wes himself!

These cards were extras he tossed in

More extras...

A few more extras including 2 Ricky Williams rookies and an Odell Topps one.

More extras with these 4 cool oddball baseball cards. Gotta love the oddballs.

These extras are from the Topps Walking Dead base set that will be my first Topps Walking Dead cards for my non-sport PC.

And to finish up the extras he tossed in, some cool non-sport items. My favorite of the group has got to be Robin Williams with FLUBBER!

This was my actual prize winning, three autograph cards. One of which I can easily see in someone else PC. Hint Hint you know who you are :)

Oh yeah. There was one more extra which is also now my oldest Giants card I own....

a 1956 Topps Bob Schnelker rookie card
A big thanks goes out to Wes for the mail day and all of the extras. I appreciate it and for allowing me to participate in the BFG.

Thoughts on my mail day are welcomed below!

2017 MLB Pick Em Week 8

Below are the picks for this weeks MLB Pick Em challenge!

The rules are simple, pick a winner, earn a point. Pick a loser, earn nothing.

The only other rule is you must be a U.S. Resident to enter or have an address in the U.S.

You will play 4 weeks like this and person with the most right at the end of May will win a prize!

Here are this weeks games to pick winners of:
Oakland @ NYY
SD @ Wash
Arizona @ Milw
Chicago @ LAD

Here are my picks for the games

Leave your picks in comments below. You will have til 6:30 pm Friday, May 26th 2017 to enter. Any entries after that will be disqualified for Week 1. If you missed Week 1, don't fret! You can enter Week 2 starting on Sunday. Even if you miss Week 2, enter Week 3. So on and so forth. I will slot those who enter in late even Week 20 in divisions that give them the best chance to win. Just remember even if you enter later in the contest and miss many weeks, there is still a monthly prize to win.

Standings should be updated Saturday!

Good Luck to all that enter!


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Some Twitter Friends Are National Treasures

I have met some incredible giving friends on Twitter, one of those great guys is @DubMentality
who runs the Dub Mentality blog. Give it a read or a blogroll add if you haven't yet. Lot's of interesting content on there.

Anyways, I was tagged in a post early last week that instructed for me to contact @NickLcitycards
with my address so I can get the card he had just picked up for me from Nick's sale. I was thrown back because of his generosity and also because of the pretty sweet card he had picked up for me.

A 2016 Panini National Treasures dual memorabilia card of future Pro Bowlers Sterling Shepard and Paul Perkins.

And as an added surprise, Nick had tossed in this pretty slick Donruss Optic Rated Rookie parallels.
A big thanks goes out to Dub for picking up the sweet dual memorabilia card for me and another thanks to Nick for tossing in the extras. You can check them both out on Twitter and give em a follow click!

Random Card On My Desk:2000 Upper Deck Ionix Kurt Warner

Friday, May 19, 2017

Another Griffey Jr Centerpiece

It's been a few months, but @Jake1725 and I just pulled off another big trade. This time the centerpiece was worked around a card we almost pulled off the last time which was delayed from someone else wanting to trade for it. Well, they never pulled off the deal so their loss is my gain. Stay tuned at the bottom for that beauty.

If you don't know @Jake1725 he runs the A Very Simple Idea blog which focuses on his main project of collecting the Topps/Bowman Inception autograph sets. Go check him out if you haven't done so yet.

Our trade focused around helping him acquire more cards for his project and for me, adding more cards to my PC.
Up first, here are some freebies he tossed into the trade. Oversized Donruss '84 baseball cards.

Including a new Pops I didn't have. He looks pretty good in pinstripes. I always wished Jr had gone that route to. Would have gotten him a ring he so deserved.

Cool oversized Finest cards I haven't seen before. One of Gwynn and one of Larry Walker.

Speaking of oversized cards that are cool, here is one of Jr I didn't have. I always liked the photo on this one.

A Ginter Fielder relic. I dig these mini relics.

Luis Ortiz auto rookie

Christian Vazquez auto. I have found this one a new home already in a big trade I am still working on.

I have always seen Post Cereal cards, but not ones that are unfolded and look like this. Awesome. Also a new Jr.

Don't Judge me for wanting some Judge. This is a foil parallel. I am sure this card like all of his others is on fire.

And we have finally reached our destination, the centerpiece of this trade. There's not much to say other than just drooling over it. Also check out the numbering. Seems like someone wore 24 once...
This makes Griffey auto card number three in my PC. I know that's not much compared to some, but it's all I can do for now.
A big thanks goes out to @Jake1725 for the trade and for considering me next in line for the Griffey auto. I am so thankful that we were able to work out a trade in the best of both of our interests. This card has found it's final home and I look forward to our next trade.

If you are not following him or have not checked him out yet for helping him with his project, please do so. He is overall a really good guy as well.

BASEically Awesome Part 10:1995 Pinnacle Football

By now you must be thinking....really....he did three of these posts in a row??!!

Yup. I am just trying to clean out my draft space as I have decided to no longer pursue segments on here. I would rather to free blog so you will be seeing lots of recurring segments over the next few weeks.

1995 had a ton of great base card set releases especially capturing the gridiron.

1995 Pinnacle not only had a solid base set design with the foil football at the bottom encasing the  name and position, but the photography throughout the 250 card set was amazing. You would have thought Upper Deck did it.

Great pic of Davis making a catch here

Kramer found on the ground. Something he did a lot of

Norton getting the recovery

Carter outrunning the defense

And this is only a sampling. I really want to chase down this set someday. It's on my bucket list but for now I am just focusing on my Ex and Spx projects.

So what do you guys think of this design and photography? Let me know in comments!!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 Contenders Draft Football Autograph Winners!

I recently busted a box of 2017 Contenders Draft football and promised to give some of the autos away, specifically these:


Well, today's the day. Technically yesterday was but I am a day late.

I was trying to decide how to pick a winner and decided my usual random of 7 times was the way to go. So let's see who wins the cards above.

There were 24 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Justin P
  2. B money
  3. Kyle Herring
  4. Dion's IP Autos only
  5. James Baurle
  6. John Sharp
  7. Justin S
  8. Unknown
  9. the bowl cut kid
  10. Jim Pieper
  11. Trevor P
  12. hudsonfan15
  13. Steve Wright
  14. Nick Frank
  16. mrs.mommyy
  17. God's humble servant
  18. ketchupman36
  19. william parker
  20. @funtocollect
  21. Luke Enno
  22. Tracy LeVeaux
  23. Miami Vice
  24. @JGfan24ever
Timestamp: 2017-05-18 10:52:39 UTC
You have randomized this list 7 times.

Congrats to Justin P on the win! Please email me me your info within 48 hours at to claim. If not, cards will be re-given away in a future contest. Thanks to all that entered.

Stay tuned for more contests!

PWE's Can Pack A Punch

One thing about blind trading as they call it, you just never know what you will be getting in return. I find that form of trading a lot of fun as you will be getting a package or PWE in return full of mystery items.

This has been the form of trading for the most part between Baseball Card Breakdown and myself and it has worked. I am always amazed by what he sends in return.

Here is a great start. A shiny D.B. Sweeney who I just saw in an episode of House that my wife and I have been binge-watching. A Yankees prospect card and a shiny Cruz.

Up next is a Gridiron Kings Studio Series parallel of the great LT. This card has a canvas feel. Pretty cool.

I have seen this card on eBay for awhile but never had the chance to pull the trigger....well...don't have to now. It's a 2003-2004 Laser Line 23K Gold Card. So basically, it's a unique rookie card.

A numbered insert from Leaf Rookies and Stars. Remember when inserts were numbered, held value and meant something. Yeah, me to.

DJ Hall auto card. I think this is only my second autograph of his.

And to finish off this mail day, a pretty sweet Letterman auto of Giants backup QB Josh Johnson. I totally fell in love with the card as soon as I saw it. I didn't own a single card from Topps Letterman or an auto of Josh so this fits perfectly. I also may need the letter for my ongoing header search.
A big thanks goes out to Gavin for this amazing mail day. I have already begun to put another together to get out to you hopefully soon!
Thoughts are welcomed in comments!