Saturday, July 22, 2017

REVIEW:2017 Stadium Club Baseball (CASE HIT)

Swinging into stores recently was the action packed photography known as Stadium Club. A product that most collectors love to put a base set of or at least grab their favorite team base cards of.

I don't think this product ever really disappoints and this years product is packed with even more coolness. Let's check it out shall we?

In every box of 2017 Stadium Club baseball there is 16 Packs Per Box with 8 Cards Per Pack. There will be two on-card autographs per box along with One Insert or Parallel Per Pack and One Chrome Parallel Per Box. Boxes are currently running a bit high at $125.

The base set is 300 cards deep with key rookies of Aaron Judge, Yoan Moncada, Trey Mancini, Andrew Benintendi, Dansby Swanson, Alex Bregman, Manuel Margot, Jharel Cotton, Hunter Renfroe, Ryon Healy, Tyler Glasnow, and Yulieski Gurriel. Base cards showcase exciting moments, team celebrations and just the fun of baseball. I think Sooz did a great job selecting images for the product once again.
The design is vaguely familiar to a late 90's or early 2000's Fleer Ultra one. But, to me the design of the names isn't the most important part as long as it doesn't take away from the photography.

Here are a few of my favorite images.

The Oswalt stare down.

Love the sky in this photo.

Yes, I even chose a Red Sox image but evened it out with a Jeter.

Speaking of the Jeter, here is the back of the cards which is nice as well.

This was just a few of the great images shown on these. So I agree with Mike below and Sooz deserves a clap for the images selected.

Here are a couple of rookies. I found it odd that Vogelbach doesn't have a rookie logo but his autographed version does.....logoless parallel?
Just like with most Topps releases, there are some base card image variations. This year there are a ton as opposed to the past few years. This years jumps to 50. I believe the odds are tough on them however at 1:72 packs.

Here is how to tell you have one. Once again it's based on the codes.
Base Card ends in 3023
Variations ends in 3055

On one more note with the base cards, the only negative thing I have to say about them, the backs are really prone for dings and nicks. I would almost say it's under the category condition sensitive. Sadly one of my better cards in the box had an issue with this among some others.

Parallels in Stadium Club are very easy to spot and I like the variety given.

Here are the Gold Foil

GOLD JUDGE!!!! Too bad this was the card with a little bit of dings on the back. I am very hobby OCD so this card bothers me very much.

Black Foil. These fall 1:8 packs.

Black And White Parallel falls 1:48 packs.

And a Rainbow Foil parallel that is numbered to 25. These fall 1:96 packs.
Other parallels are,
  • First Day Issue Parallel - Limited to /10
  • Gold Rainbow Foil Parallel #'d 1/1
CHROME!!!!!!!! The return of Stadium Club chrome. These things look beautiful! These fall one-per-box. I hope this is a sign to come and maybe this will be a stand alone product later on.

When you have chrome, you have gotta have parallels.

My best hit of the box was one of those. This is a Chrome Gold Minted Parallel that falls one-per-case or 1:256 packs. Beautiful card! I was however a bit disappointed it wasn't numbered.

Other chrome parallels include,
  • Chrome Refractor Parallel - 1:4 boxes
  • Chrome SuperFractor Parallel #'d 1/1
  • Chrome Autograph Parallel
Now onto the inserts that ALL have the following parallels as well,
  • Gold Parallel #'d to 50
  • Black Parallel #'d to 25
  • Orange Parallel #'d to 10
  • Gold Rainbow Parallel #'d 1/1
Up first, Beam Team. My favorite designed one of the group.These are one-per-box.

Power Zone. These fall 1:8 packs.

Scoreless Streak. 1:8 packs.

Contact Sheet. 1:8 packs.

Insert I didn't pull was a case hit in 1:256 packs, Instavision. It makes it's return from the 90's and looks amazing. So glad Topps is using case hits for inserts and making those valuable again.

Now onto my autograph pulls.

Nothing overly spectacular here. These both are base cards signed on-card. Surprisingly, both are rookies so there is some upside.

Seth Lugo

Dan Vogelbach
These also have parallels of,
  • Gold Foil Parallel #'d to 50
  • Black Foil Parallel #'d to 25
  • Rainbow Foil Parallel #'d 10 Hobby Only NEW!
  • Gold Rainbow Parallel #'d 1/1 Hobby Only
Other hits not found in my box include, Beam Team Autographs, Co-Signers, Lone Star Signatures, Power Zone Autographs and Scoreless Streak Autographs. These have parallels of, Orange Parallel #'d to 5 and Gold Rainbow Parallel #'d 1/1.

OVERALL, The Judge and McGwire saved the box from a poor autograph sighting. However, I honestly was left wanting more. The base cards look good, the parallels add value, the Stadium Club chrome was a nice addition to the product and the overall product had a 90's feel for me with the themes. I think those of you that collected in that era will understand and enjoy. 

There is plenty to chase in this product from the base cards to the hits.

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. 

You Can Never Have Enough Rookies

Last week, I had entered an RT contest from @Sportsnerdz on Twitter for a lot of rookie cards. When I see rookie cards and a contest, I can never turn it down. I feel a lot of this hobby is based on rookie cards if you look at what's popular so I try to always make sure I have at least one rookie of every player on hand. Most are base card ones but that works for me.

The lot consisted of some stars and upcoming stars and was mostly football which I dig the most. So when I had found out I won, I was pretty stoked. They also mailed it out pretty fast and in two days it arrived which was also impressive.

The first group here has Jaleen Strong, Devante Parker, Dante Fowler and Bud Dupree to name a few.

The next group has the great Todd Gurley who I hope can turn things around this year. It also has Jay Ajayi who was a beast last year in Miami.

Three rookie inserts including two stars in Foreman and Lockett. Love the look of them.

And to finish up the mail day, a Crusades card among a few other insrts. I always get excited to add those to the PC.
A big thanks goes out to @Sportsnerdz for the mail day and you should go give them a follow yourself. They do giveaways and are a fun follow for a variety of reasons including talking sports.

Random Card On My Desk:1996 Fleer Prospect Todd Greene

Friday, July 21, 2017

Two Wrongs Make Two Rights

Earlier this week, I posted a mail day from @DJSeneseiNJ that included a ton of great cards and some top notch Aaron Judges.

After both of us getting our mail days, we both realized each of us made an honest error. One of us forgot to mail some cards while the other messed up a rookie auto that wasn't a rookie auto. To make things right, we both talked it out and within seconds fixed our mistakes. It's great to have a trader you can work things out with when there is a honest mistake made and not have them go haywire on you.

I currently have no funds for mailing things out so we agreed I will mail later on while he went straight to the mail box and mailed me mine. Not only did he fix his mistake, he added in extras. That's a great trader to me.

Here is what he sent.

Some new Yankees additions here. I am more than happy to add to my Jeter PC when I can.

Yankee young studs waiting to be called up.

G-men! Love the Odell Craftsmen. So glad I haven't updated my Giants numbers on here yet.

CRUUUUUUUZZZ. I should see where I stand on this rainbow.

Same goes for this one. I think this Perkins is really sharp.
And to end the mail day, a Shadowbox. I am a huge fan of these. Upper Deck did a great job with them.
A big thanks goes out to @DJSeneseiNJ for the mail day and for being a great trader so both of us could work out our wrongs.
Thoughts on my mail day are welcomed below!

Random Card On My Desk:1995 Studio Credit Card ken Caminiti

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Toys Are For Grownups Too

Well, I pulled off another monstrosity of a trade this time with my buddy @Jake1725.

However, the main contents may not be what you expect.

Today, you will be shown the main contents of my medium flat rate box, then five to six other parts with the cards really broken down with some great ones to view.

This part though, is all about toys.

A couple of weeks ago, @Jake1725 had posted some TMNT figures he had and something in me wanted to pry them away. Alright, it was the kid in my I admit it. Anyways, we got to talking and what went from a simple trade for toys escalated to cards and more.

But, it was the toys that was the main focus here.

The turtles range from a variety of years and forms. Some are space, some are regular.

Landed three different ones of my favorite, Leonardo.

Shredder is looking more mean than he did in the 90's.

The foot actually looks more aggressive, I wouldn't want to mess with them.

Even got a couple of Star Wars toys in the mix. Love the Darth Maul!

And here are the Turtles I really wanted the most. Why is that? These are from the originals of the early 90's. The ones on my want list that can bring me back some to my childhood. Who doesn't want to do that?

Raphael is looking pretty mean here.

While Mikey is looking goofy as always. This one is a 1991 Headdropoppin Mike

All of the newer turtles came with all of their weapons while the older ones did not. It's probably not easy to keep track of those after 20+ years.

Finally in the bottom of the box under the turtles, guess I lied about no cards in this post, there were these uncut sheets of cards.

These are my first uncut sheets. Pretty cool especially the 1995 Skybox Premium football which was already awesome uncut. These make great additions to my 90's PC.

This is just the kick off of this trade, plenty more to come down the road.

So for today, who is your favorite TMNT character?

Random Card On My Desk:1994 Upper Deck Star Potential Roger Cedeno

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

GIVEAWAY! Win 1 Of 5 PWE Prizes!

When I recently broke some Panini products I mentioned doing a giveaway with some of the cards. Well, that time has finally arrived!

In these 5 envelopes is a mix of 3-5 numbered insert cards and some decent hits. There are 3 chaser cards to be found in the 5 envelopes that I will reveal in just a second. There may be more contests down the road for more of the cards from the breaks so stay tuned for that too.
The above envelopes are numbered 1-5. There will be 5 separate contests held over a 5 week span. Each contest will be easy to enter but all will be different.

When a winner is announced, the winner will have their choice of what envelope they would like. Even though I just put them together, I shuffled them and then numbered them so I have no idea which one has the chase cards.

Here are some of the cards you will be chasing.....

To win the first of 5 PWE envelopes today's entry is simple, just tell me which card you want the most and what envelope you think it's in. That simple. Well, and these other rules of course....
  1. MUST BE A U.S. RESIDENT TO ENTER. I CANNOT AFFORD SHIPPING OUTSIDE THE U.S. SORRY FOR THIS INCONVENIENCE AS I APPRECIATE ALL OF MY READERS. However, if you live outside the country but have an U.S. address, you can enter.
  4. Envelopes will be mailed at the same time when the contest is over. I think this will make the suspense more fun.
  5. Random winner after 3 randoms.
  7. You will have til WEDNESDAY, JULY 26TH 2017 by 8 pm e.t. to enter.
  8. Good luck and please remember to THANK Panini America and Tracy Hackler!