Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mail Day Saturday: Psych:Jimmi Scribbled His Face

Here I am once again to show off another Psych Autograph addition to my Psych autograph project which you can see, HERE. I am trying to narrow down the 25 card seasons 5-8 set and hopefully pull of the dual as well.

Today's card is probably the most unique one of the group. I think Jimmi Simpson who starred as Mary Lightly, a criminal psychologist who was obsessed with the Yin/Yang cases for four episodes, missed the que on where to sign his autograph as he signed his face:

 
He did this for every one of his autos in the product. I can't tell if he was being goofy by doing this or didn't want to do the signing. Either way, a bit unique.
 
This is the first show I have known him on but he has played and starred in many other TV shows and movies. 

Thoughts on today's unique add or Simpson are welcomed in comments. Another new Psych addition for a much big namer coming up next week so stay tuned!

Friday, March 17, 2017

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?!:Smooth Rock


The next edition of What's In The Box was kicked off by a 2003 World Series find. This time it's a bit different and has nothing to do with sports. I had a feeling I would come across some non-sport items.

As I mentioned in that post, I made this wooden box in graded school,
 
and it appears I kept an item in there from graded school as well. No, I didn't propose to anyone in graded school and no there isn't a ring inside...

 
It was a rock. And no, that's not my inner Charlie Brown from the Halloween special coming out. This is one of those science experiments in graded school we did using a Rock Tumbler. You know, one of those machines that takes a rough-edged rock and turns it smooth. Tumblers also do/create other things with rocks and jewelry.
 
So yes, I made you click on this link to see a rock. You probably could have looked outside but where's the fun in that. So I hope this post didn't disappoint and hope it ROCKed.

At least you know I am genuinely showing you WHAT'S IN THE BOX ;)

Let me know in comments your thoughts on today's find and if you have use or still use a rock tumbler

Thursday, March 16, 2017

5-Year Blogversary GIVEAWAY, Part 2

As promised, here is a card giveaway to go with the card supply giveaway that just ended. There are 5 hits (actually I have added 2 more since I typed this up so it's 7 hits), you know #SCC5yr, along with a good filling of inserts and numbered inserts including a low numbered one. Plus additional hits and/or inserts from my recent Panini reviews may be added to the lot when I ship. Especially if this contest gets 50+ entries.

A group of inserts. Some numbered in here including a low numbered parallel



Marvin Harrison /25 patch, three color Hunter Henry auto patch, Martin Truex Jr relic, good sized Isiah Whitehead relic and a Gary Barnridge auto.

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Nuttin' But The Hits:2014 Panini Country Music

Okay, I have said this before and I will say it again, I am not a fan of country music in any kind of way. However, Country Music cards, oh yes!

Especially for a product you can get 4 hits with at least 2 autographs per box, 5 inserts and 2 parallels for the price of a blaster and you can find big names in these to. Oh, did I mention autograph silhouettes as well. EPIC. I could bust this stuff all day.

This is my second break of this product. My first went better, but for the price, I am not complaining at all with whatever I get.

Up first, my two numbered silver parallels along with my first Darius Rucker base card. We all know Rucker from Hootie fame. Speaking of Hootie in this product, stay tuned for another card I am posting in the future.....


The hits are well designed and very colorful. You can land some pretty nice multi-color swatches.




The autographs are sticker, but still cool.


I even landed a silver /49 version.
 

Like I stated earlier, not a bad break for the cost and I hope to bust more down the road.

Comments on this product and thoughts on this break are welcomed in comments!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CAPTION THIS CARD!

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....
"Sure wished I had grabbed a burger."

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Wrappers Of Collecting Past:1997 Fleer Ultra Series 1 Baseball

Fleer Ultra was a standby product of mine in the 90's. Every year it was released regardless the sport, I had to buy.

The 1997 especially was one of my favorites, besides 1995, mainly because of the base card design. It looked spectacular and had some amazing photography. I think I have posted about it before on here in the past multiple times.

Ultra also had some nice looking inserts and in 1997 the addition of newly Platinum Parallels just made the chase even more exciting other than searching for the usual one-per-pack golds. Still to this day I haven't ever pulled a platinum that have less than 200 sets made of each card, but I have added a couple to my PC's over the years. I think people sometimes forget how rare 90's inserts were and even what less than 200 meant back in those days with the market so flooded today from newer less valuable inserts.
 
How about you, got an fond memories of this product? What were you chasing?

Monday, March 13, 2017

SI For Kids Cards March 2017

I can't believe I almost forgot to post this months cards from the latest issue of SI For Kids.

So here they are for March.

You have Bears rookie runner Jordan Howard who put up some impressive numbers on a very sad Bears team. Kevin Durant who wanted to get paid and win Championships. Michael Fulmer card from the Tigers. A future NFL Draft Pick in Sam Darnold. A Seth Jones who plays for a pretty impressive Blue Jackets team and a few oddball sports.

Nothing too big to find this month, but still collectible in my eyes.
Thoughts on this months round of cards are welcomed in comments!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

REVIEW:2017 Topps Heritage Baseball

Anyone wanna take a trip back to 1968 sometimes? Yeah, me to. But only because it must have been a much simpler time without all of the technology (1968 as a year was a tough one however for the country and not something I would want to experience). I feel sometimes technology takes over our lives and isn't always the best. Just ask the two washers and dryers and the laptop I have gone through the last 2 years lol. 

So lets avoid the technology and going back to 1968, and instead why don't we just crack a hobby box of 2017 Topps Heritage baseball. Best of all worlds.


In every box of 2017 Topps Heritage baseball, you will find 24 packs of 9 cards. There is one autograph or one relic card per box and boxes currently run around $90. So you are hoping you can land an Sp or a decent autograph.

When you bust open the box, you will find a box topper from a variety of options.
  • 1968 Ad Panel: 3-card strip
  • 1968 Poster Box Loader that are limited to 50.
  • 1968 Topps 3D Set Based on the 1968 Topps 3D set featuring today's best stars
  • 1968 Topps Originals that are original cards from 1968 foil-stamped
 My box was lucky and had one of the 1968 Originals
So I opened that first to find Clarence Jones. Not the best find as he only was in the majors for two years.

The base card design, is well, based on the 1968 design. The checklist is REALLY DEEP. There are 500 cards to collect with 100 short prints. Players who changed teams in the offseason are updated as well (some are even variations more below on that)

There are a ton of subsets to collect with a checklist that deep. Look for League Leaders, World Series Highlights, Topps News All-Stars, Rookie Stars, Team Cards, Combo Cards.
I got Bregman and Dansbury rookies in my box. Find other key rookies like David Dahl, Andrew Benintendi, Aaron Judge, Tyler Austin, Orlando Arcia, Alex Reyes, and Tyler Glasnow. 
I think my favorite subsets is the World Series ones done in the black/white and the team cards with some photogenic moments. All of them are themed and designed from that '68 set.

 The Topps News subset. Cool throwback design and as an added bonus.....
The back is a puzzle! These are base cards 361-380.
 
Here are those short prints in the base set. I pulled 6 so they are roughly 1:4 packs. These are cards 401-500.

As with most Topps products, base cards have Sp variations. I pulled an action variation of this guy,
How did I know that's what I pulled, well, lucky for us, Topps made it easy.

Like with past releases, Topps issues codes at the bottom of the base cards. Plain base cards have the code ending in 1867 like this:
 
High number Sp's, cards 401-500, have 1869 as their mark.

And anything else, such as this 1871 I found on the back of Noah, has different numbers I will list after the picture jump. Which is an action variation.
 
  • Color Swap Variations – 74
  • Error Variations – 70
  • Throwback Variations – 72
  • Traded Variations – 73
The base cards not only have variations, but they also have parallels. These are tough finds. I was lucky to find a /50 (not actually numbered on the card that I can find) blue border.
Other offerings that may not be as easy to spot are, 
- Gray Backs are limited to 10
- Bright Yellow backs are limited to 25.
- Blue-bordered Parallel are limited to 50
- Flip Stock Parallel are limited to 5
Speaking of trying to spot those, I suggest you use the Beckett spotter. That will be a huge help. You can find that, HERE.
If the product doesn't quench your thirst so far, we are just getting to the inserts.
Topps "rediscover" card give-away continues in Heritage. Two million cards from past releases over the lifetime of the Topps company will be randomly inserted into packs. You can find these in Heritage at a rate of 1:6 packs.


 
New Age Performers is a common insert theme in Heritage that showcases current players whose performances have eclipsed the giants of the past. These fall 1:12 packs

News and Baseball Flashbacks that look at moments from 1968 and fall 1:20 packs

Then and Now compare stats of a 1968 player to a 2016 player and fall 1:20 packs
And one of my favorites that I think makes the '68 design even sharper is the Heritage Chrome! These are 100 Cards from the Base Set featured on Chrome Technology! Base versions like this Springer are numbered to 999.
As with anything chrome, you know refractors are involved....
  • Chrome Refractor Parallel that are #'d to 568.
  • Chrome Blue Bordered Parallel that are #'d to 68.
  • Chrome Gold Bordered Parallel that are #'d to 5
  • Chrome Superfractor Parallel that are #'d 1/1.
  • Chrome HOT BOX Refractor Parallel
Now time for my one and only hit!
And speaking of Springer, guess you can say this was a Springer Hot Box! My first every Heritage autograph find. From my understanding, autographs are 1:7 (thanks to Stubby for the info) boxes so they are not easy finds.
Other hits not in my box but are exceptional finds are, Clubhouse Collection Autographed Relics,
Clubhouse Collection Dual Autographed Relics, Flashbacks Autographed Relics, REAL ONE Autographs, REAL ONE DUAL Autographs, REAL ONE TRIPLE Autographs, 1968 Poster Box Loader Autograph, Clubhouse Collection Relics, Clubhouse Collection Dual Relic, Clubhouse Collection Triple Relic, Clubhouse Collection QUAD Relic, 1968 MINT that are relic cards featuring retired stars from 1968 and current stars along with a coin minted in that year that include Nickel #'d to 15, Dime #'d to 10, Quarter #'d to 5 and JFK Silver Half Dollar - #'d 1 of 1. There are also
1968 U.S. Postage Stamp Relics that feature stamps from 1968 and are #'d to 50. 1968 Baseball Cut Signatures that features players from the 1968 set and are #'d 1/1. and finally I wished I could have found, 1968 Celebrity Cut Signatures that features musicians and celebrities that were popular in 1968. #'d 1/1.
OVERALL, this product has it's following. If you loved it before in the past, you will love it again. This is also a product for those set collectors who like a bit of a challenge. If you love nostalgia too, you will like it as well. 
With only one hit per box and autographs running 1:3 boxes, it may not always be the best per-box hit chaser product especially for the price right now. It's more of a cardboard appreciation type of product that you may get lucky on. But, it's very solid from top to bottom when you do hit it big. 
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. The above Springer may be the prize up for grabs in April. Follow Topps on all social media sites and visit their site, HERE, as well.

Sunday's With Rodney:1996 Topps Finest Gold

There were a few products of the 90's that I had to buy with every release, one of those is Finest and as you know as an avid reader of SCC, at least I hope you are, that anything chromed or has a refractor is where-it's-at for me.

In 1996, Topps Finest released their base set into three subsets. Brozne (common), Silver (uncommon) and Gold (rare). Surprisingly with all of my busting of the product, I never once pulled a gold. I did land some refractors and refractors of even Silver, but never a plain-ole-gold base card.

Well, thanks to 90's Niche Football Card Blog, I have finally added my first one and it knocks off a card need from the Hampton Want List.
 
You can see the word Rare on the back of the card as well. I am not technically familiar with how tough it was to land a gold, I can't imagine a base version was as tough as a refractor, but I am glad to finally have one and one that really helps towards my PC.
 
Thoughts on today's card welcomed in comments!