Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mail Day Saturday:Who Dey?

I have been following @clairedabear85 on Twitter for awhile now entering her many NFL related contests as she is a huge football fan. And as you guys know, so am I.

One of her recent contests was for a mystery envelope that she put together and forgot the contents. I was hoping the mystery had some NY Giants involved but I was happy either way because a lot of her items are from the International NFL games from the UK as that's where she is from. So any of those items would be unique for the man cave.

With the package having to cross the ocean, it took a couple of weeks but arrived safely to my mail box on Wednesday. I couldn't wait to rip it open to uncover the mystery.

Inside, I could see there was a theme. A Bengal theme which was based off from last seasons Bengals Vs Redskins game in October. One that was a thriller til end with nobody winning in the 27 all tie. It may have been one of the best games ever played in the UK to date.

So let's see what was sent.

Here is a mini pennant, a couple of tats and a window sticker.

This item I loved. A unique mini flag from the event. This will look awesome in the man cave.

Up next, AJ McCarron rookie card from Rookies And Stars.

Then a pretty sweet Bengals cheerleader poster with some pics signed. I am not sure how my wife will feel about this in the man cave, but that's where it's going haha

And to close this out, autograph of future star AJ McCarron which a lot of teams have been high on for awhile. I just wished he could get out there and play. This goes along a few other autographed cards of him I have I've been sitting on. I dig the silver ink signing. I asked @clairedabear85 about the auto and she said he signed it at a store signing right in front of her so it's pretty solid.
A huge thanks goes out to @clairedabear85 for the goodies and if you are not following her and this above doesn't give you enough reason to..well....your loss. I think many have questioned her if any international winners ever happen and I can say yes, just read this post.

Thoughts on my mail day are welcomed in comments!

Mail Day Saturday:Trade With 90's Niche Football Card Blog Part 2

Throughout this week, you have been treated to my Psych autograph card pickups from 90's Niche Football Card blog and you were even shown my biggest hobby accomplishment yet, today, I continue to roll out this big mail day.

But, this isn't quite the finale yet, next Saturday one card is left that had be shown by itself because it's a Hoot!

Now onto Part 2 of the big part of the trade.

I saved the key relics and autographs in our trade to show off this week.

Four new Eli Manning relics start us off. I totally love the Fabric Of The Game with the relic being under the Giants wording.

Yes, another Eli. This time paired up with Tiki.

Did I say Tiki? Why yes I did. A sick Tiki Fabric Of The Game /25. I like the jersey along with the design. It shows how tightly woven jerseys are now compared to then.

Up next, a future superstar in Paul Perkins. Giants are very high on this guy and I think if the Oline gives him the space, he could make a major impact in the NFL.

This card was featured over at Snagging Cardboard in it's inaugarual week. If you haven't checked out that blog yet, do so. All of my future NY Giants pickups will only be featured on there.

And we finish it up with a pink Prizm Shepard auto. I dig Prizm, really sharp parallels. It's still not a Chrome replacement, but closing in on it.
Part 2 brought some major boom to the party. Next weeks finale of my most recent trade with 90's Niche Football Card Blog is just one card, but it's pretty cool and brings me back to the 90's somewhat. What is it? Well, come back and see then!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Psych Week Day 5: THE COMPLETION!

Today kicks off Psych Week which will showcase my autograph adds from my trade with 90's Niche Football Card Blog.

Today's finale is one I have been waiting to reveal for two months.

If you didn't notice all week, I never said how close I was to completing this 25-card Psych autograph set. Well, that's because with this card right here of Dule Hill (who I have noted before has his biggest roles of The West Wing and Psych as Shawn Spencer's sidekick),
I have finally done it. I have completed the entire 25-card Psych Seasons 5-8 autograph set!!!!!!! My biggest hobby accomplishment yet. One that I couldn't have done without Bryan over at 90's Niche Football Card Blogs help.

Not only did he help me accomplish the 25-card set, I even was able to add the 26th card, dual autograph of Dule and James Roday.
Here is a look at all of the other 24 cards in the set 




What's my next challenge? Well, I have considered chasing down the seasons 1-4 set but that will be really tough. Autographs were much tougher to pull in that season but I have a solid start. However, that won't be a cheap chase by any stretch so I may work on another project then revert back to that when I can.

Here are the ones I am missing for that Seasons 1-4 set. The lined out ones mean I have.
James Roday
Dulé Hill
Corbin Bernsen
Kirsten Nelsen
Timothy Omundson
Rachael Leigh Cook
Sage Brocklebank
Ally Sheedy
Robert Patrick
George Takei
Jaleel White
Thoughts on my completed set are welcomed in comments. Would love to hear which card is your favorite from the set as well and while you are at it, let me know if you have ever completed an autograph set?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Coined In The Hobby

Since the late 90's I have been waiting for the word coin to find it's way back into the sport card hobby. I think the two hobby's coincide nicely for any of us who busted Pinnacle Mint back in the day. One of my favorite products back then.

I can't say I am a die-hard coin collector or have extensive knowledge there, but I have saved onto a few coins over the years from family members who have handed them over. Nothing valuable, but cool looking ones.

But, Upper Deck's recent news on their Grandeur Hockey Coin Collection got me a bit excited that maybe coins and cards will be back together at some point. For now, they are two seperate things but I like the way Upper Deck is releasing these coins. More on why soon.

First here is some background info on them. The first series of the coins are minted in one of four finishes of precious metals and feature 20 hockey players. The collection includes 1 oz. 99.99% pure silver coins available in three finishes and rarities.
  • Colored that are numbered to 5,000 per player
  • High-Relief Silver that are numbered to 1,000 per player
  • Silver Frosted that are numbered to 500 per player.
  • Rare ¼ oz. 99.99% 24-Karat Gold Minted Coin that are just numbered to 100 per player. 
You can purchase these coins through Upper Deck e-Pack®,Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) banking centers in Canada and on The coins may be purchased individually in a sealed blind pack for $100 each or as a collector box with four randomly inserted coins for $499. The collector box promises one of three rarer coin.

Here are the list of players you can find:
  1. Patrice Bergeron of  Boston
  2. Dustin Byfuglien of Winnipeg
  3. Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh
  4. Jack Eichel of Buffalo
  5. Wayne Gretzky of Edmonton
  6. Jaromir Jagr of Florida
  7. Patrick Kane of Chicago
  8. Dylan Larkin of Detroit
  9. Henrik Lundqvist of New York
  10. Erik Karlsson of Ottawa
  11. Connor McDavid of Edmonton
  12. Sean Monahan of Calgary
  13. William Nylander of Toronto
  14. Alex Ovechkin of Washington
  15. Carey Price of Montreal
  16. Patrick Roy of Montreal
  17. Daniel Sedin of Vancouver
  18. Vladimir Tarasenko of St. Louis
  19. John Tavares of Brooklyn
  20. Jonathan Toews of Chicago
I think the one thing about these coins that jumps out to collectors first as I have seen across Twitter, Facebook and forums is the cost and the "blind packaging" aspect and the cost. This is not something that coin collectors normally deal with, but it's something all of us card collectors do.

Here is why I find the "blind packaging" aspect a good thing.
  1. You never know who you are going to get. Simply. The excitement after your purchase will build as to who you get along with what rarity you get
  2. I know many may not be happy paying $100 and getting a base silver coin of John Tavares, but you could get a Gretzky. If these were priced like coins and you had to purchase the ones you want, you may pay only like $50 for a Tavares, but a Gretzky individually even for a base could cost you over $200. The "blind packaging" aspect provides you with that chance of pulling him for the $100 and not having to overpay to do so.
  3. The "blind packaging" may help bondage in this new hobby. Lets say there is one player or team you are chasing and you never pull the right one, well, this is where trading comes into effect and you can get to know other collectors and bond over the new hobby together while helping each other out to get what you want.
I think this newfound adventure for Upper Deck may start a little slow as everyone will be hesitant to give this a try, but I think they will do okay with it. I would like to see some actual coin collectors give this a go and maybe they would like to give cards a try while they are at it. I know they are usually ones who buy exactly what they want and not take a risk with the "blind packaging", but the risk may pay off with a nice rare coin.

Also, who knows, maybe some card collectors crossing over to collect coins. Sometimes one thing leads to another.

What I am really hoping for out of this is a repeat of the late 90's when coins and cards were together in sweet harmony. Whether Upper Deck pursues that adventure, time will tell. Hopefully they will see this post and will get my many dropped hints on this.

Here is a full blown gallery of the 20-players to collect:

So what are your guys thoughts on this? Good idea? Bad idea? Pros? Cons? Comment below! 

Psych Week Day 4

Today kicks off Psych Week which will showcase my autograph adds from my trade with 90's Niche Football Card Blog.

Today's card is the Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio.
This autograph set had some really big names in it from some cool actors. But, one that I have wanted for awhile is Ralph's. I mean, who didn't watch The Karate Kid? Yes, he will always be mainly done for that role, but he also starred in other movies and TV shows like The Outsiders and My Cousin Vinny and Ugly Betty.
Tomorrow is the finale day of Psych Week. It's one I hope you will tune in for as big news will finally be out. 

Thoughts on today's card and which Karate Kid movie was your favorite is welcomed in comments.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Well, here it is folks. The prize up for grabs for the month of April in the 2017 MLB Pick Em Promo.

Did you miss week 1? Doesn't matter, enter week 2 and find all of the details in the above tabs at the top of the blog.

Enter in the contest at any point for chances at monthly and season ending prizes!

Psych Week Day 3

Today kicks off Psych Week which will showcase my autograph adds from my trade with 90's Niche Football Card Blog.

Today's card is Kurt Fuller.
If you don't know this guys name, you haven't watched many movies or much TV. He has been all over it for many years.  Not only did he star on Psych as the quirky coroner, probably my favorite role all-time of his, he also has been in Ghostbusters, Wayne's World, Monk, Supernatural, Scary Movie and about a million other TV shows and movies.

This is also a cool inscription parallel and one of the tougher autographs to land from the set so knocking this one off the list was crucial.

Another thing cool about Fuller is that he is very interactive with his fans so I plan on tagging him on Twitter hoping for him to see this post.

Thoughts on today's card is welcomed in comments and let me know what your favorite role Kurt played.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Psych Week Day 2

Today kicks off Psych Week which will showcase my autograph adds from my trade with 90's Niche Football Card Blog.

Today's card is Vanessa Lachey. Who was Vanessa Minnillo before marrying Nick Lachey.
Vanessa starred at TRL host for 4 years, was on Entertainment Tonight for one year and guest starred on many shows like How I Met Your Mother, CSI:NY and of course Psych.

I must also note this card is a variation with the added inscription.

Thoughts on today's card welcomed in comments.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Psych Week Day 1

Today kicks off Psych Week which will showcase my autograph adds from my trade with 90's Niche Football Card Blog.

Today's card is Mekhi Phifer.
Mekhi was best known on the drama series ER and was co-star in 8 mile with Eminem. But, he has starred in many other films including Brian's Song. He played Drake Clemon on an episode of Psych in 2012.
Thoughts on today's card is welcomed in comments!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

REVIEW:2017 Topps Gypsy Queen

The 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen has been highly reviewed by many who have busted it which has led to my curiosity of what the product looked like first hand. Well, I will let you know I tend to agree with the collectors who have busted it already. Pretty solid.

Let's see how the break went shall we?

Each box of 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball comes with 24 packs with 8 cards per pack. You will find one GQ Glassworks box topper and 2 autographs per box on average. Boxes run roughly just under $100.

When you open up the box, the giant topper stares you down. I considered waiting on it as these can contain autographs, but, I couldn't resist...

Wow. Not autograph or a parallel,but man, these oversized cards look awesome!!! Great start to the box. Can you imagine these done as base set...maybe Gypsy Queen Chrome. Thoughts Topps??? You heard this suggestion from me first!
The box toppers can come autographed or with the following parallels,
  • Purple Parallel: sequentially numbered.
  • Red Parallel: sequentially numbered to 25.
  • Black Parallel: numbered 1/1.
The base set looks awesome. May be one of the best Gypsy Queen base designs yet. Has a throwback feel all around with texture and design.

Even the backs of the cards have that feel as well.

The base set consists of 300 cards of today's stars and rookies. Would be a fun challenging base set to try and put together as one box will not provide it.

And if you want an even bigger challenge, try doing the extra 20 Sp's to the base set as well. These are made up of legends.

Mine came with Phil Rizzuto. These fall roughly one-per-box.
This years Gypsy Queen said goodbye to mini's and hello to more photo variation and Sp content.
As with other Topps releases, the easy thing to define the difference between base and variation is the codes on the back of the card with the final four digits. However, Gypsy Queen offers an extra challenge due to the base sets rough surface as the numbers are hard to see. I have 20/20 vision and struggled at points seeing the numbers and had to go card by card with the gallery over at Cardboard Connection.

I didn't end up with any variations, but you might. Here are the codes so you can define them or if you want to put in more work go to Cardboard Connection card by card to see if you have one.
  • Base ends in 1904
  • Base SP ends in 1931
  • Capless Variation ends in 1937
  • Throwback Variation ends in 2100
  • Card Back Content Variation ends in 1886 or1986
 I did pull some Sp's however. These nameplates missing parallels fall 1:21 packs.

Purple parallels fall 1:13 packs and are numbered to 250.

Then there is Missing Backplate parallel. These are just faded looking cards easy to see in packs. They fall 1:9 packs.

This is a green back, that are not numbered but fall 1:63 packs, but are limited to just 50 each.

Other parallels include, 
  • Black & White Parallel are to 50
  • Red Parallel are to 10.
  • Black Parallel are 1/1.
These are Portrait Art Reproductions. Pretty snazzy and fits well with this years theme. These fall 1:8 packs.

I loved the Fortune Teller mini's.  So technically they didn't get rid of all minis. These fall 1:6 packs and give you a "predictions" of events that could occur in the 2017 season. These have very tough Red and Black parallels as well.
And now time for the hits. I can't say they were spectacular, but what I can say is that I really dig the on-card auto design on these.

Up first, Ken Giles.

Then Luis Servino that I got out of the first pack. He has a pretty solid sig.
These have parallels of  Purple Parallel, Black & White Parallel and Black Parallel which is numbered 1/1. 
Autograph Relic Cards, Autograph Autograph Autograph Patch Book Cards, Autograph Garments, Laces Around the League Autograph Relics, Mini Autographs and Portrait Art Patch Originals which are hand-drawn portraits featuring a game-used patch piece and are numbered 1/1. All of the hits have parallels as well.

Overall, my box was a bit of a tough break with price vs what I pulled, but there is a lot of cool stuff in Gypsy Queen waiting to be discovered. So I suggest you should go discover it! or at least build that solid base set.
You will see some of these cards in the MLB Pick Em Promo prize box so make sure to take a minute out to thank Topps for providing this box for me to review and to host the nice giveaways with. Follow them on all social media sites and visit their site, HERE, as well.