Saturday, February 11, 2017

Mail Day Saturday:New Trader, Awesome Results

It's always fun to meet new trader buddies through really trusted trader buddies. Sometimes I won't always trade still, I guess you can call me paranoid about taking risks, but most of the time I will just because of association.

When Project Pedro blog contacted me about joining a Fantasy Baseball League with him, he sent me to @Jake1725 just to discuss me signing up for the league. But, one thing led to another and we discussed trading cards and within a few days, we made a trade. It was quite impressive how fast things went.

And when I did get the   mail day, he completely blew me away.

Out of 20 Griffey's he sent, only 4 were doubles which helped increase my Griffey overall to 1,054 different ones.
 
The card here at top left I have never seen a Limited Edition of before. I own the regular issue that I got from a Griffey Plaque, but not this one. Cool add.

 
Love the Tribute and it's rainbow shine!

 
Two new relic adds. The medallion is awesome!

 
Got Wood?? This card does. I have never seen a bat swatch so big up close.

 
Saw a Yankee, wanted the Yankee. I don't really know who he is, but it could be someone someday.

 
And finally, a couple of Pete Rose's. My first Rose auto card, funny part of this story is I got another a day later and will post next week) and a sick Pete Rose Prizm orange die cut /60. He may not be in the Hall Of Fame, but he is an iconic baseball player that should be.
 
 
Overall, I was left speechless and still am. A huge thanks goes out to @Jake1725 for this incredible trade and I hope we can do more trades down the road. If you have any Inception autograph cards that you no longer want, hit him up on Twitter for a trade. He is a big-time collector of the product and I can promise your trade won't disappoint. Just look at mine.

Mail Day Saturday: I had A Breakdown Over A Webster Auto!

A few weeks back, I sent my buddy over at Baseball Card Breakdown a surprise package that wasn't so much a surprise as it got delayed in the mail and I checked to see with him inf it had gotten lost. But, the intention was there.

Anyways, he sent me back a pretty cool exchange for it this week.
 
A new Maris here I didn't have. Didn't get too much into Classics and only busted one box but I am always glad to add cards from it.

 
Odell. Cool looking card and surprisingly didn't have it.

 
Hmmmm maybe the start of an Eli Manning rainbow...of course those Supers are really tough to land.

 
And my first Corey Webster auto. Not sure why I never added one of him but glad I have one now. I am also pretty sure Packers fans and Brett Favre will never forget his name. #interception #Overtime #NFCChamps #SuperBowlChamps
 
A big thanks goes out to Baseball Card Breakdown for the mail day. Much appreciated. I have begun setting stuff aside for you for next time so watch your mail box. Hopefully this time a surprise will be a surprise...

Mail Day Saturday: Reader Mail Day III

In Part 3 of my reader mail day from Grady M, we take a look at some baseball inserts and cards that I grouped together as "other" baseball separating them from refractory type items. So there is more baseball to show down the road for you baseball card fans.

Up first, some shiny Gypsy Queen mini parallels. Love the foil version of these more than the other parallels of the mini's.


 
Speaking of other mini parallels, here is another that is numbered to 50.

 
Ken Griffey Jr. I think at least two are new, I still need to check on that.

 
Snowflake parallels. These are pretty slick.

 
And finally, a bright shiny numbered to 199 Pete Rose 21st Century parallel Elite card.
 
 Still lots more to show from that Grady M mail day so stay tuned for next Saturday for Part IV

Friday, February 10, 2017

Nothing Says Football Like This Design

It seems like the more I dig into my sorting project, the more things I find I had forgotten about that reminds me of why I loved collecting in the 90's so much.

One of them is obviously the card designs. One of the best I had forgotten about came from 1999 Upper Deck Ovation football.

Upper Deck Ovation was a brand that ran for a few years across multiple sports with unique textured designs like this one, but I don't think any of them matched the inaugural football edition. 

I mean what says football more than this. A Wilson football in the background, that's embossed to feel like one (I tried to use a little extra light in my pictures to bring out the embossing) and a featured player in the forefront. The only thing that may say football better than this is probably action packed shots. I don't think this design would allow action packed shots to be added as well and that's okay because this design is as perfect as it needs to be.

See here:






Sadly however, this is the only three cards I own from it. I can't remember if these were from a pack or if I picked them up along the way. But, this is definitely a set I would like to chase down some day.

What are your thoughts on this design? One of the best football ones ever? It's okay? Baseball or basketball have better ones from Ovation? 

Leave your comments below!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Wrappers Of Collecting Past:2002 Topps American Pie Spirit Of America

In my third post of Wrappers Of Collecting Past, I take a look at a product that offered a little bit of everything. Like a big ole piece of American Pie. Funny coincidence...

Today's pack is 2002 Topps American Pie Spirit Of America Baseball Edition. There were 7 cards in every pack from a variety of things. Baseball, politics, celebs, you name it, it was in here. You could also find some unique relic cards of those items including ones from the great Elvis.
 
As for my memories with the product, I actually never opened any. I did however pick up a nice box lot of them at a yard sale. All base, but they were fun and something I am going to showcase in a three-parter in my BASEically Awesome series.

Let me hear your thoughts on this product and any fond memories you may have of it in the comments below!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Contest + Shipping Changes Ahead

As you can tell, I have stepped back recently with contests so I wanted to address why.

PWE shipping.

Over the past 5 years, I have mailed over 250 PWE's without one incident. Meaning, none were lost, none were damaged and all arrived happily to their recipients.

The past two weeks, two arrived damaged including this one of DROY with an obvious crease
Three were lost for two weeks and some recipients I could tell were not pleased. Not to mention, I have been paying extra money as well on EVERY envelope to make sure they are not machined so they wouldn't be damaged.

I don't know about you, but these look machined to me. Obviously, someone isn't reading the DO NOT BEND I write on it or the NON MACHINABLE that my post office writes on it.

I know I am mailing these cards out from my kindness, I would never mail them this way if I was selling or trading (unless trader knew ahead), but this is starting to bother me that they are not arriving the way they once were. Especially since I am paying extra.

So I am thinking it's time for a change with my contest shipping methods. This just means contest entry methods will change along with the amount of winners which will have to be less to make up for new shipping costs. How this will all lay out, I don't know quite yet. I am working on some ideas and hopefully will have them ready sooner rather than later.

So stay tuned for new contests ahead!

Hobby Topic:2016 Football Card Season

Here is how Hobby Topic works if you don't remember (you gotta keep this in mind as the return of Hobby Topic makes it way back)

Leave a comment or thought below on the following.

Today's Topic is
2016 Football Card Season With One Manufacturer
 
  
 
Now that football season is over and year one of only one football card manufacturer is in the books, how do you think it went? Are you happy with only one? Did Panini live up to expectations for the Year One? What would you like to see going forward from them?

Please make sure it's clean for our younger audience.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Set Chasing:1998 Ex2001 Baseball

There isn't many of us left that do it and I can't say I do as much as I used to, but set collecting remains in my hobby blood.

A lot of what I do now is chase down my favorite sets of the 90's from multiple sports. As you have seen I have done that with my 90's Spx Project that is still a working progress but now I am turning my focus to an Ex Project.

I have already completed both the 1997 Ex2000 and 1998 Ex2001 football sets, but now I am chasing down baseball. There was just something about those two years of Ex that was spectacular. The cards other than the Spx were probably my favorite base of the late 90's

If you need a refresher on which one was the Ex2001, it was these. Try not to drool too much on your keyboard....
Even though I do like the Ex2000 a tad more, there is nothing wrong looking at these either. I think my only issue was the gold foil that would sometimes rub off from the acetate over time. I only had a couple that did that. The overall design though, very nice. I was glad when Upper Deck  mocked it in the retro product, but nothing is like the original. I hope to knock this one down off my set wants.
I have a good start on this set, but still have plenty of needs. I have my set numbers written down and at some point will update this post with them. I just need to double check on a few cards. I WILL HAVE THIS AS A TAB AT THE TOP OF THE BLOG WHERE YOU CAN LOCATE THE TWO POSTS WITH MY SET NEEDS.

SET NEEDS:
100,97,96,93,91,90,88,84,80,79,78,74,72,70,66,64,62,61,60,58,56,55,54,50,46,43,39,32,30,26,25,22,20,19, 17, 15, 9,2
After I chase down the baseball, I hope to do the basketball which will be a much bigger challenge because of players like MJ and of course the Kobe rookie. I don't have any start on these, so that also adds to the fun of the chase.
Thoughts on my latest chase are welcomed in comments.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Set Chasing:1997 Ex2000 Baseball

There isn't many of us left that do it and I can't say I do as much as I used to, but set collecting remains in my hobby blood.

A lot of what I do now is chase down my favorite sets of the 90's from multiple sports. As you have seen I have done that with my 90's Spx Project that is still a working progress but now I am turning my focus to an Ex Project.

I have already completed both the 1997 Ex2000 and 1998 Ex2001 football sets, but now I am chasing down baseball. There was just something about those two years of Ex that was spectacular. The cards other than the Spx were probably my favorite base of the late 90's

If you need a refresher on which one was the Ex2000, it was these. Try not to drool too much on your keyboard....
The Ex2000 was my favorite of the two designs. The sunrise/sunset/sky acetate background against the colorful border and player in the forefront gave it a unique cool look that makes the player jump off the card. It was something I hadn't ever seen before and still haven't since then. I really hope to knock this set off as they look great in a binder just like my football one does.
I have a good start on this set, but still have plenty of needs. I have my set numbers written down and at some point will update this post with them. I just need to double check on a few cards.
After I chase down the baseball, I hope to do the basketball which will be a much bigger challenge because of players like MJ and of course the Kobe rookie.

SET NEED
95,89,85,83,77,74,50,49,45,36,35,34,32,31,12,5,4
Thoughts on my latest chase are welcomed in comments.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

2017 Topps Ultimate Card Code Giveaway Results

Yesterday in my2017 Topps Baseball Series 1 review, I had mentioned I pulled a Ultimate Card Giveaway code card version for Topps NOW and would let you know if this cards redemption number would land me my first Topps NOW card. Well, let's see how it went.

If you haven't seen one of these code cards yet, here is what they look like. There are two versions, one for Topps NOW and one for Topps Bunt. I am glad I got the NOW version because as you guys know I don't do digital cards.
 
So I went to the website that was listed on the card and this is the site that pops up. It gives you a spot to put in the code once you scratch it off...

 
So I did with my fingers crossed.....
 
And I was a loser. Still don't have my first Topps NOW card yet.
 
That's okay though. It was fun just to have the chance.
 
If I had won, I could had won either some Topps NOW cards or even the whole set according to the site. Bunt versions give you free packs of Bunt.
 
These code cards are just another part of the huge Topps Ultimate Card giveaway in some of their 2017 products. They will have over 2 million buyback cards with the Rediscover Topps stamp on it and spread them throughout Topps Baseball 2017 Series 1, Topps Heritage Baseball, Bowman Baseball, Topps Baseball 2017 Series 2, Allen & Ginter and 2017 Topps Update Series Baseball.
 
So what are your thoughts on this buyback program? What do you like and dislike about it? What do you hope to find?

Sunday's With Rodney:1996 Bowman's Best Mirror Image Atomic Refractor

90's rainbows were so much easier to complete than those of today. With 12-15 refractor parallels to chase down it's quite the costly endeavor. But, in the 90's, it usually offered the 3 card variation. The base, the refractor and then the atomic refractor. Not always the easiest to find or pull, but at least manageable. Especially if you buy them today.

I landed this bad boy for only $5. I haven't seen many copies of this card on the market so I had to snag it with my eBay gift card before it completely left my grasp.

This is a 1996 Bowman's Best Mirror Image Atomic Refractor. I am not sure of the odds on these, but base card atomics fell at an alarming 1:2 hobby boxes so I can only imagine how tough this was. The base insert alone of this fell at 1:48 packs which I am still missing the base insert to complete my rainbow. I will show off the refractor version next week.

The front side of the card features Rodney Hampton and the troubled Lawrence Phillips

 
The backside with two Hall Of Famers in Marcus Allen and Marshall Faulk.
 
A solid card all around and one that was luckily cheaply acquired.

Thoughts on today's card are welcomed!