Saturday, July 8, 2017

REVIEW:2017 Topps Tier One Baseball

In 2016, I opened this product for the very first time and had great success finding a Clayton Kershaw auto as my first card and the rest weren't too shabby either.

So here comes 2017, new year, same results? Well, let's take a look!

In every box of 2017 Topps Tier One baseball, you should find 3 cards. Two should be on-card autographs along with one memorabilia card. Boxes will run you about $140 so it's pretty high-end and you are expecting a lot out of three cards.

First off, my box isn't the typical box as I got what's considered a "hot box" with a bonus hit.Not sure if it was really still very hot as you read on.
It's always a challenge to review a product with only a few cards so my breakdown this time is a bit different than usual but I think it still gives you a good idea.

My first hit was a Tier One Relics. Single swatch of Nelson Cruz.
You can also find,
  • Dual Relic Parallel #'d to 25
  • Triple Relic Parallel #'d 1/1.
My next hit, which I consider the best of the box and the bonus one, a Tier One Legends Relics single color of George Brett.
You can also find,
  • Dual Relic Parallel #'d to 25 
  • Triple Relic Parallel #'d to 1
Other relics not found in my box are,
Prodigious Patches #'d to 10, Tier One Bat Knobs #d 1/1's, , Tier One Limited Lumber #d1/1's, Tier One All-Star Patches also #d 1/1
My first autograph of the box is rookie Kaimel Tapia of the Rockies. It's a Breakout Autograph. These are of players that are ready to breakout or have already. The base version will be signed in blue ink on-card.
Other rookie autos you could find are, Aaron Judge, Yoan Moncada, Alex Bregman, Dansby Swanson, Andrew Benintendi, David Dahl, Tyler Austin, Alex Reyes, Manny Margot, and Tyler Glasnow.

Parallels include,
  • Copper Ink Parallel #'d to 25
  • Silver Ink Parallel #'d to 10
  • Gold Ink Parallel #'d 1/1
And my final hit is a Tier One Autograph of Mark Mulder. These are of players past and present. The base version will be signed in blue ink on-card.
Parallels include,
  • Copper Ink Parallel #'d to 25
  • Silver Ink Parallel #'d to 10
  • Gold Ink Parallel #'d 1/1
Other autograph hits not found in my box include,
Dual Autographs, Triple Autographs, Prime Performers Autographs, Clear One Autographs,Cut Signatures, Autographed Tier One Relics, Dual Autograph Tier One Relic Book Cards, Autographed Prodigious Patches, Tier One Autographed Bat Knobs, Tier One Autographed Limited Lumber, Signature Tools Autograph Relic and Cut Signature Relics.

OVERALL, I gotta be brutally honest and I am sure you can already tell, this was not a good break. Not even with a bonus hit. I am not sure if I got half value back. But, that's why it's a high risk high reward product. Some boxes are going to land you some heat while others may land you some ice. But, when you pull that heat you will definitely know.

I will say though, as a product whole, it looks really impressive. Designs are spot on and what you would expect for high-end product. The hits I didn't pull, they look amazing. If you haven't seen some of the other hits, just hit up eBay and give them a view.

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:1992 Pinnacle Team 2000 Jose Offerman

Friday, July 7, 2017

REVIEW:2016-2017 Panini Threads Basketball

Panini Threads returns to the Hobby hard court after a hiatus as an retail only product and it comes offering a variety of different inserts and parallels in the product. It's pretty deep.

So let's take a break of the box and see how it goes.

Every box of 2016-2017 Threads basketball has 20 packs of 6 cards each. There will be one autograph and one memorabilia card per box. and Two Leather Rookies! Also find 18 Inserts/Parallels Per Box. Boxes have been running about $70 per.

The base set is 200 cards deep with players of today and top rookies, but the master set is 287 cards deep. More on that in a second.

They stick with the same kinda feel on the base card design focusing more on the players and using rookie shots from the premier. It's simple, but a clean design.
I spoke of the master set, well, that will take one dedicated set collector to fill. Making out cards 201-230 are these Leather Rookies you only find 2 per box.
Cards 231-254 are printed on wood and are randomly inserted in ONLY retail packs. Cards 255-287 are printed using the micro etch technology.
Like in my description, the box is loaded with inserts and parallels. 
These both are red base card parallels /199. It was a nice find on the Westbrook.
The inserts are pretty typical for threads with some nicely named basketball themed ones. They all appear to have parallels as well. Those include, Dazzle, Holo, Red, Dazzle Orange /25, Dazzle Green /15, Dazzle Purple /15, and Platinum 1/1. I only found reds in my box that are not numbered.

Hardwood Pioneers has the players of yesterday, the pioneers of the game you can say. While Floor Generals has players that like to drive the lane.

Front Row seats capture those shots under the hoop and gives you a front row seat as well.

Board Directors includes players of past and present who are the big time rebounders in the game.

High Ocatane are those extra players that help provide the spark.

Team Threads was my favorite insert of the group taking a players jersey design die cut. This would be a fun but challenging set to put together with 100 cards to chase.

2016-2017 The Rooks is all rookies and all micro etched.

And finally, Century Stars is micro etched and die cuts out the bottom of the card into a star shape. This is also a Case Hit so it's a nice find. I like the fact that Panini has been doing this with their products. Making inserts worthy to find again.
Now onto the hits! There were two to find including one auto and one mem.

However, when it came to the hits in my box..they weren't the best.

My autograph of the box was a 400 pt Panini Rewards card. I would have actually preferred a redemption. Panini Rewards costs shipping even though you get to pick out your card or cards. Redemptions are free and after 4 months if the player doesn't sign, you can replace it with a team you want anyways. So that sounds better to me and I am a very patient person when it comes to spending money.

Of course a product named Threads, has to have some threads. This was my pull. Not too shabby on the player. Design is nice.
Other hits not found in my box include,

Autographs, Century Collection Materials, Debut Threads Jersey, Materials, NBA Legends Ink, Signage, Rookie Signage, Team Threads Die-Cut Autographs and Team Threads Rookie Die-Cut Autograph. Lots of things to find with a pretty solid autograph checklist.
OVERALL, well, my box fell flat with the hits. I did well however with the base rookies I pulled in the box pulling most of the key ones. The Westbrook parallel was nice and I pulled good players on the inserts. The case hit was also a nice find, just too bad the player hadn't been one of the better ones like Lebron or Curry. However, it may have been the saving grace of the box.

I am glad that the product returned back to hobby as Target retail exclusives I believe hurt the hobby more than help it. Especially for someone like me who doesn't have a Target nearby and for the hobby shops that need promoting.

Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Panini America for providing this box for me to review and to be able to do a future GIVEAWAY with some of the cards. Follow Panini America on all social media sites and visit their SITE, as well.

Random Card On My Desk:1995-1996 NBA Hoops Block Party Derrick Coleman

Thursday, July 6, 2017

SI For Kids Cards July 2017

Here is my ninth installment of this series.

I have been collecting SI For Kids cards for year and thought I would share them with you and help you decide if you should pick up the latest issue of SI For Kids for yourself.

This month offers a good variety of sports. For me, there is a couple of big names that stand out in McDavid and Green. The prospector in me sees the Mayfield as a possible future valuable card so that's a good one.
So I think this isn't a bad issue to pick up. I still keep waiting for them to do an Aaron Judge card, maybe for August. I am still surprised one hasn't been done yet.
Thoughts on this months cards are welcomed below.  

Random Card On My Desk:1996-1997 Collectors Choice Mini Cards Ratliff/Bradley/Longley

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

3500 Strong

3500 posts. That's right, this post right now marks published post 3500.

Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to mumble on 3500 times. It appears I did so and there is a lot more mumbling on down the road.

I just wanted to come on today quickly and say thank you to all that have been reading this blog for the past 5 years and 3500 posts later. There is much more to come including a major shakeup on what I post in the fall/winter area. Just trying to use up my drafts first.

Thanks again for all of the support in reading and making it worthwhile for me to come and post daily.

And since it's the 4th of July, I wanted to wish you all a happy and safe say. Remember to make wise decisions today and have fun with friends and family and remember what this day is all about.


Random Card On My Desk:1972 Topps Boyhood Photos Of The Stars Bill Melton

Monday, July 3, 2017

Rodney's 1st Day Issue

The Hampton train keeps on rolling here on Sport Card Collectors.

I have shown off plenty of new additions recently and I have many more to show so be ready for an onslaught of posts over the next few months til I am all caught up on drafts.

Today's latest add comes from a trade I did with Dub Mentality about a month ago who runs the Dub Mentality blog. If you haven't checked it out yet, please do. He likes to take us on a trip back in time and it's a fun ride. You can check out his blog, HERE.

Today's card is from 1993 Stadium Club a product that all of us collectors appreciated then and even now for it's action packed photography.

This new card add one is the 1st Day Issue parallel that fell 1:24 packs. The only difference between this parallel and the base is the prismatic-foil stamp at the top corner. So nothing too gimmicky, but still different.
This is one of two new Stadium Club pickups for my Hampton PC. I will showcase the other at a later date.
Thoughts on today's newest add welcomed in comments.


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....
"Hey Mom, I don't wanna go to the NBA anymore. I just got drafted by the Supersonics. No, not Thunder. Supersonics."

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The 90's Strike Again!

Once again, I found some 90's goodies in my mail box via @imqualifying who has been very generous in making sure my mail box has a mail day.

Up first, a Crown Royale rookie card of Brian Griese. I always loved this brand in the 90's.

The second finding comes from one of my favorite football card designs of all-time, 1996 Zenith football. This is also a product I associate a lot to my memories to and hope to chase down more cards from some day including a base set and all of the insert sets.
For some reason despite my many purchases of the product, I never once landed an Artist Proof parallel. So here is my first and also a player who still gives me nightmares after watching him dismantle my Giants in the Super Bowl.

The base set for 1997 Donruss Preferred was built up of 3 levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, here is a sweet rookie card of Card's QB Jake Plummer who went on to have a pretty solid career. I totally dig and will pick up any of these cards when I can.

I was fortunate enough to even find some autographs in my package. Remember a time when players actually signed only on-card???

Jason Peter was a DE for the Panthers for 4 seasons but had his career cut short due to a recurring neck injury.

Brian Kelly was a former cornerback who was a pretty decent one. He helped lead the Bucs to a Super Bowl win among a few other accolades.

Seeing those two autographs made me miss Press Pass. They put out some great college products along with some NASCAR and non sport lines.
And finally, to go with my Flair Showcase Legacy parallel, an autograph of Marcus Nash. The guy may not have had the best career, but his autograph looks great.
A huge round of thanks is due to @imqualifying for her generosity. I appreciated each and every package you sent. They are all in a good home. 
I strongly recommend you go give her a Twitter follow as she is always doing giveaways and is a great hobby follow.

MLB Pick Em Week 14

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 July will win a prize!

Here are this weeks games to pick winners of:
Pitt @ Chi C
SD @ Phil
Milw @NYY
Houston @ Tor
Cincy @ Ari

Here are my picks for the games
Chi C

Leave your picks in comments below. You will have til 6:30 pm Friday, July 7th 2017 to enter. Any entries after that will be disqualified for this week. 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

Good Luck to all that enter!