Saturday, March 4, 2017

Mail Day Saturday:Reader Mail Day Part VI

The shiny stuff continues to dominate the mail today as Grady M really went to town in this box with it. No complaints from me.

First up, let's take a Crusade. Some great players to such as Hakeem, Payton, D-Rob, and Kareem to name a few.


Now we move onto some Prizm. So purrrrrty.


And best of all, this Okafor parallel. I think its a teal but with some of these it's tough to tell. I really wished they were labeled honestly.
 

Another solid part of this mail day is posted. But, there is still another five parts to go! Three more next week and then two that will be split up. So stay tuned for the good, the great and the shiny!

Mail Day Saturday:Reader Mail Day Part V

The second part of my mail day, Part V, features some Panini baseball. The shiny goods.

Up first, two big name Prizm parallels in Bonds and Machado.


A groovy looking shiny Chen


And a low numbered Pedroia /65


Next up, some Optic parallels. Let is shine!
 
Diamond Kings shine!


Pretty solid findings in this round. Another coming up soon!

Mail Day Saturday: Reader Mail Day IV

Today, if you guys don't mind, I am doing another Mail Day Saturday Triple Feature as I am trying to catch up on many mail days. Today's triple round will cover three parts of my mail day from avid Sport Card Collectors blog reader Grady M. It won't cover all of my posts from his mail day, but will close the gap by a lot.

Part IV of this mail day covers one of my favorite insert sets year in and year out from Topps, First Pitch. I still have yet to chase down any of the sets or even pick up a few I really want such as "Fluffy" and William Shatner as my focus is on other collecting priorities first, but when I can add to my collection of those I am always happy. It also helps close the gap for when I am ready.


My favorite of this group is this card. Yes it features my most hated baseball team but that's not what matters here. Because it also features one of the most inspiring young generous collectors I have ever seen in Brady Kahle. He is the one who runs Cards 4 A Cause which sells cards, including his own collection, which proceeds help support children with cancer including his friend pictured on the card as well I believe. You can follow him and his journey here on Twitter.


Thoughts on today's cards are welcomed in comments!

Friday, March 3, 2017

REVIEW:2016-2017 Panini Limited Basketball

It has been a couple of years since I have busted any form of Limited so it was refreshing to see it once again. This time around the word limited is really put to use with all hits being numbered to 99 or less. So none of that high numbered stuff will be found in here.

Limited over the years has been toyed when it comes to amount of cards and hits per pack and what those hits and cards per pack are. 

So let's see how it went shall we?


In every box of 2016-2017 Limited basketball is one pack with 8 cards. Boxes should have two Autographed Memorabilia or Memorabilia cards per box (at least one auto/mem). Boxes are running a bit high at $90 per so it's a bit of a gamble and from reviews I have seen, it truly is.

The base card set is built up of 100 players of today with stars and vets. It's not too shabby of a looking base set and the base cards are a tad thicker than usual. Kind of reminds me of Panini's Momentum.
Rookies in the product fall card numbers 101-140 and are all memorabilia/auto cards. There is also cards 141-150 which are base card Sp's in the set that includes big names like Lebron and Ben Simmons.

Key Rookies in the autograph memorabilia part of the set are Dario Saric, Malcolm Brogdon, Buddy Hield, and Brandon Ingram.
As with most products today, there are parallels to chase in the base set to. There is Red Spotlight /99, Silver Spotlight /49, Gold Spotlight /25, Emerald Spotlight /15, and Platinum Spotlight 1/1.I Pulled a nice Silver of Chris Paul here: the only thing that separates it from the base besides the numbering is the silver in the names.
Onto the inserts or insert I should say.

Here is what a Limited Rookies insert looks like. To me these should have been apart of the base set from the appearance. It's also a little disappointing these aren't numbered at all. They do have parallels that are including Emerald Spotlight /15 and Platinum Spotlight 1/1

There are other inserts to find including the extremely tough one-per-case find in No Limits. Other inserts have the same parallels as well.
Time to show off the hits!

First one is a decent size swatch of Isaiah Whitehead from the Unlimited memorabilia set.

My second is the autograph memorabilia card of Dwight Powell. It's a Phenoms /99 with a little color in the memorabilia. I think the design looks nice despite the sloppy lazy auto. I am also a bit confused on why the players name isn't on the front of the card. At least I couldn't find it. I had to look on the back.

Other hits not found in my box include, DECADE DOMINANCE MATERIALS, PREPARATION PRIME, UNLIMITED POTENTIAL PRIME, LIMITED JERSEY SIGNATURES PRIME, PHENOMS JERSEY AUTOGRAPHS SUPER PRIME, ROOKIE PHENOMS JERSEY AUTOGRAPHS PRIME, ROOKIE JERSEY AUTOGRAPHS SILVER SPOTLIGHT, ROOKIE JERSEY AUTOGRAPHS GOLD SPOTLIGHT, and ROOKIE JERSEY AUTOGRAPHS PLATINUM SPOTLIGHT. So some good stuff to find if you are lucky.
Overall, this was a bit of a rough break for the cost. It's not that the cards don't look nice, but I didn't feel there was enough in here to warrant value back. I think another autograph such as a guaranteed rookie would have helped. But, like I say with every break because that's the rule, anything is a gamble. It just feels the products with the least amount of cards per box are the toughest and easiest to spot when it happens.

By the way, make sure you thank Panini America for this review box and check out their site for products like this one and others. Also thank Tracy Hackler and give him a Twitter follow too!Stay tuned for some of these cards in an upcoming Panini America giveaway to celebrate #SCC5year!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Reminiscing 90's:1994 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Heap Of Trouble Board Book

First off, don't ever judge a person who isn't under five and owns a board book haha.

Secondly, this isn't any board book. I am not learning about my ABC's in here. I am learning how the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers began! Something soon that all non-fans and those who don't remember the show will soon learn with the release of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie coming out by months end.

Even though it seems the movie is a bit different/darker from the show I watched, I am still excited about it's release and will have to see it at some point.

Here is the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers I knew in a quick board book summary.


 
It all started with Rita Repulsa being let out of a capsule after being locked in for thousands of years!

 
Zordon, the good guy,  had heard of this news and had to react fast. He gathered five teens with skills to his command center.

 
And soon those five teens would find out their fate from Zordon and why they were at his command center. They would soon know that they would be the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and would need to protect the universe from the evil Rita and her gang of monsters!
 
Of course that is just a quick summary of the beginning of the show and this book was only 8 pages long. There was so much cooler stuff that could have been discussed. Like how she threw her wand twirling towards the earth to make the monsters she created grow! Or the Zords, robot dinosaurs, that each Ranger owned that would combine into one Megazord to defeat that ginormous monster! Or how later on in the show it would add my favorite Ranger in Tommy, the Green Ranger who later on turned into the awesome White Ranger.  Not to mention when Lord Zedd comes into play and attempts to take over the universe with Rita.

Okay, I will stop now.

Anyways, sadly the board book is all that I have left of my Power Ranger items. I wished I had kept some of my figures like the spin-head Tommy and Jason or my White Tiger Zord. I sometimes look at them on eBay, but that's as far as I have gotten.
 
While we are at it, let's take a look back to 1994 near March 2nd and see what else was hot.
Day Of The Week:Wednesday
President:Bill Clinton
Popular Song:The Power Of Love by Celine Dion
Popular Movie: Four Weddings And A Funeral
Popular Book:The Client By John Grisham
Popular TV Show: The Secret Life Of Toys
Popular Video Game:Clockwork Knight
Thoughts on today's item or any of the memorable things listed above are welcomed in comments!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Mail Day Saturday:#SCC 5-Year Mail Day

I know it's a bit strange to show off a segment called Mail Day Saturday on a Wednesday, but, I had to show this nice package I got in the mail this week to celebrate #SCC5Year and since I normally on share my mail days on Saturdays, I stuck with the name.

I recently did a trade with my buddy Tim, @skukman1998, who I have known the longest since getting into the social media age of collecting. We always do surprise ones to each other so you never know what to expect. As always, Tim's package delivered some great stuff.

Up first, some Yankees Chrome shiny adds. I miss Cano in pinstripes.

 
A nice round of some G-Men here, all new. Digging that Odell insert.

 
Up next, Green Prizm of Eli and a /25 gold parallel of Geremy Davis. These are new as well. The Davis is really cool as the background is inset and he pops off the cardboard. I really wished the Giants could had given him one last chance.

 
Odell snagging a catch over an Eagle, yes. Chrome and refractor appeal, yes. This is one great looking card and it also brings me back to when I chased down all of the 1,000 and 3,000 yard clubs on the later 90's.

 
My first Kevin Hayes relic to my slowly growing Rangers PC. Nice looking card to. Upper Deck has always put solid looking relics in their flagship products.

 
A couple sparkling new relics of Giants stud WR Sterling Shepard. I would had loved to built a nice PC around him, the problem was his cards costed so much. I at least have a few good ones now.

 
Loved adding this this Eli! I have the base version, but not the pink parallel and this card really stands out. The red jersey also is a nice touch.

 
Speaking of studs and cards that stand out, this Eli Apple Prizm auto....😮😮😮😮😮
 
What a great mail day to celebrate today!
 
A big thanks goes out to my buddy Tim and I look forward to our next trade. I will start setting stuff aside for you again.

Thoughts on any of these cards are welcomed in comments!

5-Year Blogversary GIVEAWAY, Part 1

Like what you see.....


One BCW Shoe Box House with Six Shoe Boxes

Two packs of Tall Card Dividers

One box of Monster Pads

Well, it can be all yours just by following these rules:

RULES:

  1. Please make sure to take a minute out to BCW Supplies for providing these items for me to giveaway. Follow them on all social media sites and try out their amazing supplies.
  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 and it is also the contest sponsors rule as well.This is always a hard rule 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. Comment below with your favorite BCW Supplies product. That's it.
  5. Earn extra entry for sharing via your own blog or Twitter. Make sure to leave your shared link in comments below for it to count!
  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 March 8th 2017. Winner(s) will be announced in a separate post on March 9th 2017
  8. 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!

Stay tuned for another giveaway with cards coming up next!

SCC 5-Year Blogversary!

Five years ago today, I started sport card blogging, wow.

I had just started my journey in learning the new age of collecting via social media as I wasn't much of an internet fiend up to that point. I set up the Sport Card Collectors Facebook page and ran it for a year before deciding that I wanted more. In the meantime, I read/joined forums and had discovered a couple of sport card blogs along the way and because of them, one was The Knights Lance by Panini and the other was the now retired Sports Card Blog.net, I started this one up.

I am not sure what it was, but something to do with the posts on The Knights Lance in February and the contests that Sports Card Blog.net was running, it was one of those instant "duh" moments that I needed to start up a sports card blog. Something simply led me to it and I just can't explain it fully.

So began my journey in figuring out how to blog and what platform. It seemed blogspot was the easiest to use, so I set something up, put in an obvious name (I regret the name still as creativity was not in my books at the time but guess I am stuck with it) and tried to figure out all of the nooks and crannies on how to post. With lots of help/guidance from the one and only Tracy Hackler, who I consider my main inspiration for blogging and my Yoda on getting me going, I was able to put up some posts and get underway. It definitely didn't come easy as I was still a rookie making rookie mistakes. You know, taking poor pictures, copy and pasting pics from my Photobucket that disappeared over time and simply not understanding what/how to fully post with many errors.

None of that got me down however and it only drove me to work harder at it.

My sophomore blogging year things improved but I still ran into rookie mistakes. However, with that year and each one after, I continued to tweak things up to try and keep readers interested. I ran many, many, many contests and surprise mail days as I love giving back to the hobby community that has given so much to me. Glad I am still able to do that today and hopefully beyond.

I sometimes can't fathom how long I have been blogging on here and the many changes and shifts I have made over these amazing five years and the many great people I have met in the online community.

I think going into year five I feel the best I have felt about the blog yet and don't feel I need to make anymore changes. I just wished it hadn't taken me five years to figure it all out haha.

So let's see how Year 5 matched up to previous years, here is the breakdown:

Year One, Sport Card Collectors blog had 68,169 overall views. 695 Twitter Followers and 118 Facebook LIKES.

Year Two, Sport Card Collectors blog grew to 205,240 overall views, 2,206 Followers on Twitter and 147 Facebook LIKES.

Year Three, Sport Card Collectors blog grew to 340,841 overall views, 3,576 Followers on Twitter and  159 Facebook LIKES. 

Year Four, Sport Card Collectors blog grew to  483,217 overall views,  4,494 Followers on Twitter and 431 Facebook LIKES. 

Year Five, Sport Card Collectors blog grew to 679,331 overall views. 5,325 Twitter Followers and 541 Facebook LIKES.

Year Five has seen tremendous growth all around and I hope to build upon Year Five success.

I was surprised how well Facebook has grown however. I only post my links on there now. I used to interact more, but it felt the more I interacted, the likes went down. Same goes for Twitter.The one number I wished that would grow is the number of blog followers. That has floated around 115 forever and doesn't seem to be going up anytime soon.

I have had many highlights that I am very proud of among the five years as a blogger, include being named a 3-time Panini Player Of The Day Blog Champion (2 years co-winner), receiving a tremendous UDRAK (Upper Deck Random Acts Of Kindness) for all that I give back to the hobby, and finishing second out of hundreds of blogs for the 2014 Blog Of The Year in the Bip Award and finishing second place in The #HasAVote #BestBlogger Hobby All-Star Award On CollectorSaurus Site. Not to mention being contacted by Pawn Stars to help spread the word on them.

I have also had a 4200+ view day on here as well, which far exceeds my average of now 500. Another proud moment is also never missing ONE SINGLE POST DAY on here in 5 years even after a tough health year last year and I have totaled over 3300 published posts. I have accomplished a lot to me for something I did on a whim.

Before I close up today's post, I want to say a few thanks as well to those who have played a role in the success of Sport Card Collectors. 

Thank you to Tracy Hackler and the Panini crew for their continued support of five years with providing prizes with reviews.

Thank you to BCW Supplies as well with providing prizes for contests and their support over 4 years.

Thank you goes out to Cryptozoic for their support as well in helping me reward you guys through non sport card reviews the past 2 years.

A HUGE thank you goes out to newbie Topps who has been a tremendous support in year five giving you guys a chance at some pretty sweet prizes through reviews. I am extremely happy to have them on board now.

Make sure to check all of the companies above out and give them a follow on all social media sites and let them know the many thanks for the support of Sport Card Collectors. Also, go buy their products ;)

Not all cards in the past five years that have been given away on here have come from companies either as I thought I should clarify that. A lot has come from my own personal breaks as well and cards that I have picked up specifically to be given away. I just love to make others happy and to grow the hobby anyway I can. The card companies help with what I started myself.

I also wanted to thank the other sport card bloggers who added me to their blogroll this past year and that I have added to my trading circle. I hope to add more blogs to my blogroll and I hope others will add me to theirs in this next upcoming year. It's a very nice community to be apart of and one that I hope to get to know more of and be more apart of this year.

I wanted to also take a minute to thank all of the new traders I have added in 2016. All of you helped support my hobby addiction in a year I couldn't afford to do much in. Thank you.

Finally, I also wanted to give an extra shout out to my top trading buddies Shane over at Project Pedro Blog and Bryan over at 90's Niche Football Card Blog and of course top reader that is always overly generous and a good guy, Grady M. I truly appreciate what you guys helped me with over the years and especially 2016. @JGfan24ever deserves a throw in here to with all of his generosity towards me. I appreciate every surprise you send me in my mail box.

In closing, I wanted to thank you guys, the readers. If it wasn't for you, why bother posting. Thanks for reading and checking out Sport Card Collectors blog. I hope you find what I post interesting, inspiring, fun and informational as that was my aim when I started up this blog. Hope to see you back here again tomorrow or again today :)

Now that my Golden Globe speech is done and I can picture all of you in my mind giving a standing ovation and hopefully not a middle finger, God Bless all of you and have a great day. A contest celebration will be posted later so come back to join in!
SCC

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Nuttin' But The Hits:2012 Upper Deck USA Football

I have said this repeatedly on here, UD USA football is a very underrated product. Yes, every box may pack names you have never heard of, but the word that I haven't added to finish that sentence is, yet.

These are names of the future and ones you could be seeing become pro within a few years. Just look at names like Todd Gurley and Jameis Winston that you can find in the inaugural 2012 edition. Which is why I took the $20 risk on busting this set.


2012 was the only year that Upper Deck put the product as a straight up set with hits. They now come as packs and the 2016 edition only as ePacks which is disappointing to me as I won't see any of it.

The 2012 set came packing with at least 8 hits per set. You should find 1-2 Autographs, 5 Game-Used Memorabilia Cards, and 1 Patch Card in each box for $20!! You could hit Jameis or Gurley for that!!!

Every box set contains all 49 USA Football team members plus one checklist car along with the 8 hits. Seems like a steal to me. This is my second break of it. My first went great hitting a Jameis memorabilia card and nailing a 1/1 printing plate. Let's see break 2!







Sweet patch! Forgot to mention the nice patches you can find.


My autos. The base set looks like this to. Very sharp.
 

Well, break 2 didn't provide the big names....yet.

Let me know in comments your thoughts on my break and the product as a whole.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Iconic Childhood Designs Part 3:1996-1997 Stadium Club Basketball

One of my favorite stops as a child was the local pharmacy store. I know that this sounds weird, but I also haven't mentioned yet that they carried sports cards.

Those were the days. Remember when pretty much every where sold sports cards. If only that was today as my only options now are online or Walmart.

Anyways, even though a lot of places sold sports cards locally, only the pharmacy had the 1996-1997 Stadium Club basketball I desperately craved.

The design was pretty simple, but eye appealing. The players named were embossed with a rainbow shine. A team color ran down the side with the name and as always with Stadium Club, photography took over. The subsets had lots of foil and looked great as well. It was more about the base design for me.
 
Here is a short gallery of an eye-appealing look at these and some comments by me for each as well.

B.J. is ready to defend!

 
Calbert with the two-handed slam! (insert Marv Alberts voice)

 
Stacey over two defenders!

 
Geiger standing tall over all the rest.

 
I couldn't let this gallery end without tossing in one of my favorite Knicks of course!
 
I also busted these because I was in the middle of my Kobe Bryant hunt looking for anything with his name on it. I did manage to pull a couple of rookie inserts of him that stayed in my collection for years before my dad claimed them when I moved out. The inserts overall in the product were really solid with lots of shiny and tough pulls.

When I was going through my sorting project, I found the ones above along with a few others I held onto over the years that took me back to those trips to the pharmacy and pulling a pack out of the display case and running out to the car to look for my favorite players and Bryant. 
 
This is what this segment is all about, those iconic childhood designs that bring back those memories.

So does 1996-1997 Stadium Club have any meaning to you? Did you ever buy cards from the pharmacy? What are your thoughts on the design overall and if you bought some, what was your best pull? Let me know in comments!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sunday's With Rodney:1996 Skybox Premium Rubies

Boy, I just realzied how far I am actually behind on posting some new additions to my Hampton PC that I got months ago from a trade with 90's Niche Football Card Blog.

So for the next few Sunday's I will be trying to post these up and showcase them. Today's was one of the cooler parallels in the 90's. The 1996 Skybox Premium Rubies kicked off what was an epic parallel a year later and a tough pull.

This one isn't numbered or that spectacular as the only thing that separates it from base is the "ruby" colored name and product name, but it does mark my first of this parallel in general.

1996 Skybox Rubies fell at a rate of 1 per hobby box.
 
Thoughts are always encouraged in comments!