Saturday, August 12, 2017

REVIEW:MLB Slammin' Sluggers Baseball Game

As I think you know, I am a bit old fashioned. Don't get me wrong, I use my phone and and I play video games, but I still prefer things the way they were in the 90's before all of the electronics. Some of my best memories were made playing outside with my friends, playing Monopoly with my grandmother or sitting with my dad on the floor playing Top Corner hockey nightly.

So when I discovered MLB Slammin' Sluggers Baseball Game, I had to give it a go.


The game is officially licensed by the MLB and has all 30 teams. Here is the punch-out sheet of players.

The game mostly came together, but there were some pieces to add on as well. I am not very good about assembling things,just ask my wife, but this literally was a ten minute assembly process and one I handled with ease. Even without the instructions.

Here is what the game will look like when you pull it out of the box, minus the baseball piece above I attached on. The baseball piece is how you control the players on the field. Next to it you will see another white button that controls the pitching. More on the pitching aspect in a second.

The players, once punched out,, easily slide into slots. There are seven players per team. Whoever is up to bat keeps their players off the field. You know, like real baseball.

As I began to assemble to give it a go, I assembled the scoreboard that features moving numbers for innings and score along with the match up of the day, Yankees at home of course. The pitching piece and bat easily pushed into place.

I inserted the rest of the pieces including the foul poles and the outfield pieces to keep the baseballs in line. Now it was time to play!

This game does require two people, ages 6+ of course. You cannot play alone so I invited my wife for a friendly game ;)

The game is pretty simple to play, you fill the pitching machine up with the 5 provided metal marble balls, you pull back on the pitching mechanic I showed you above that's located next to the baseball piece, and it will pitch the ball.

The bat, well there's a button off to the side you pull to swing. You can be either a left handed batter or right handed batter depending on your preference. But, as pitcher, you can change the velocity on how fast you pitch and the infield has a magnetic pull to it to trick the batter. You sometimes must have really good hand-eye coordination depending on what kind of master of the game you play.

If you are fortunate to hit the ball, the outfield is marked with sections you can hit the ball into such as a Double, Out and Home Run. There is also a foul section. You then take one of the three players, three small pieces that are included, and move them around the bases as you hit. You score and play the 9 inning game just like real baseball.

You will also notice that the players have sections in front of them. If the ball lands in one of those slots, well, great play by the fielder and you are out. You can move the players as I said above by moving the baseball piece back and forth.
Off to the right of the field, you can keep track of outs, balls and strikes. 

Overall, I found the game to be easy to assemble, easy to play and very addictive. I still haven't quite figured out all of the pitching moves yet, but I am sure overtime I will get it all together and be unstoppable.

You can pick up one of these games for yourself at Toys R Us, Amazon or Walmart.

1996 Spx Baseball Set Needs

A few months, at least, ago I showed off a box of 1996 Spx baseball that I busted and mentioned I wanted to complete the set of. Well, I finally have those needs down in writing. 

Here is what I am missing. 30 to be exact:


In case you forgot what the cards looked like, these are actually the Gold Parallels, but you get the point:


Completion of this set would help me cross off another project from my 90's Spx set project. You can see what I have already completed, HERE.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Members Only, 1994 Edition

I promise you that not every post will be a Rodney Hampton addition since we are currently on a little bit of a run here. I do hope they are at least taking you back to a great time of collecting at least in my life or at the very least showing you cards that you haven't seen before.

Members Only was a simple parallel. It simply was the base card with a stamp on the front of it. Doesn't get an simpler and not really that hard to find at 1:8 packs. But, for some reason, these are still not easy finds on the market.


Thoughts on my latest tough Hampton add is welcomed in comments and if you want to help add to my Rodney Hampton project, see all of my remaining needs HERE. You just never know what you may have that I don't. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

1994 Starting Lineup Card Add!

If you think numbered inserts are tough finds in the 90's, try adding to your PC with promo cards or cards that came with figures. A lot of collectors never opened up their Starting Lineups in the 90's.

If you don't know what a Starting Lineup is, simply it was a line of collectible figures made to look like the players that included a card in the package in the 80's, 90's, and a little in the 2000's I believe before McFarlane figures took over.

So to my luck, I stumbled upon one of my Starting Lineup card needs for cheap so I added it.

Card isn't the most spectacular thing you have seen, but, it still was a need.
Thoughts on my latest tough Hampton add is welcomed in comments and if you want to help add to my Rodney Hampton project, see all of my remaining needs HERE. You just never know what you may have that I don't. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Chopping The Grass-Roots

Probably the closest to a memorabilia card I will ever get in my Hampton collection since he doesn't have any, the 1996 Leaf Grassroots insert was covered with felt like like turf on a field. The player in the forefront was vibrant with color. Makes for one cool looking insert.

Insert odds for these were 1:4, but being serial numbered to 5,000 might have made them a bit tougher pull in the product. I was fortunate enough to find this card for $1. I will take any Hampton numbered card for that price any day.
Thoughts on my latest tough Hampton add is welcomed in comments and if you want to help add to my Rodney Hampton project, see all of my remaining needs HERE. You just never know what you may have that I don't. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

GIVEAWAY! Win 1 Of 3 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.

Envelopes 1, 2 are claimed!
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 ONE OF THE THREE PWE envelopes remaining, today's entry is simple,Follow this link to my new blog, The Origins Of A Cardboard Addict and leave a comment on one of the posts.Comment below and tell me you did so and you are entered! Feel free to follow the blog, add it to your blogroll and subscribe by email too!

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 Tuesday, August 15th 2017 by 8 pm e.t. to enter. Winner announced on Wednesday August 16th.
  8. Good luck and please remember to THANK Panini America and Tracy Hackler!

Skybox Impact Was All The Rave

When it comes to those late 90's inserts, it gets tougher and tougher to find your needs as most are serial numbered and hard to find unlike today's inserts that are numbered.
I have only ever seen two of these cards listed today. Rave inserts were all the rave in Skybox Impact in 1997. Limited to only 150 of each and falling 1:36 packs, it wasn't an easy find. Luckily for me, my buddy over at 90's Niche Football Card Blog helped me acquire one of the two Hampton's I found listed.
If Rodney lists for $12, you must imagine what some other players like Brett Favre must go for.
The only difference between this card and the base, is the purple foil on the front,
and the numbering on the back.
Thoughts on my latest tough Hampton add is welcomed in comments and if you want to help add to my Rodney Hampton project, see all of my remaining needs HERE. You just never know what you may have that I don't.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Who You Gonna Call?


Thanks to @DJSeneseiNJ I was able to knock off another one of my cards on my want list but more on that in a second.

Ever since the conclusion of my Psych autograph set chase for seasons 5-8, I have been debating what my next project may be to tackle. I still want to finish up Psych season 1-4 autograph set with only 6 left I need, but I can't find them all and they are all listed pretty high for the ones I can. So in the meantime, I have been scoping out some Ghostbusters cards. I really like the product as a whole and collecting the Slime cards would be a fun set or the animation cells would be as well even though they would never be a set because they are all 1/1.

The autograph set would be pretty awesome, but could be costly unless I can find some traders that can help.

That's where today's post comes into play as @DJSeneseiNJ traded me two of the harder finds in the set.

Up first,  Jason Reitman who played Brownstone Boy and made a sarcastic remark about the Ghostbusters being out of business in the second movie. Jason's father is Ivan Reitma who was the director of the Ghostbusters films.

Up next, the big whammy of the whole set, Dan Aykroyd. This may be the best card in my collection.
 I was so stoked we were able to work out a deal for this one. I had this one on my want list in general as I enjoyed Dan in Ghostbusters but many, many other films as well.
Here is where I stand so far with my autograph set for Ghostbusters. The ones crossed off I have which is not much as there are still many needs!! So I am officially on a hunt for them.
  • AH Arsenio Hall as Winston Zeddemore
  • AP Annie Potts as Janine Melnitz
  • BB Bobby Brown as Mayor’s Doorman
  • BS Ben Stein as Public Works Official
  • DA Dan Aykroyd as Dr. Raymond Stantz
  • DC Dave Coulier as Dr. Peter Venkman
  • DF Dave Florek as Cop
  • EH Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore
  • HY Harris Yulin as Judge Stephen Wexler
  • IR Ivan Reitman-Director
  • JR Jason Reitman as Brownstone Boy
  • JRO John Rothaman as Library Administrator
  • JRU Jennifer Runyon as College Student
  • KF Kurt Fuller as Jack Hardemeyer
  • LK Larry King as Himself
  • LS Laura Summer as Janini Melnitz
  • ME Michael Ensign as Hotel Manager
  • ML Maurice LaMarche as Dr. Egon Spengler
  • WA William Atherton as Walter Peck  
A big thanks goes out to @DJSeneseiNJ for yet again another great trade. I hope you enjoy what I sent in return as much as I enjoyed this package. I look forward to our next one.

On another note, I will be updating this project as I go. I don't expect it to be easy, but I hope I can manage to pull it off somehow.

Panini PWE Contest Winner #2


The second winner has been chosen in my Panini PWE Contest. There were only 19 of you which only about half followed instructions the right way but I entered you all in the contest anyways because of the low turnout. Let's see how the second PWE contest went

So, let's see who was lucky winner number one......

There were 19 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Steve Wright
  2. Brad B
  3. Kyle Herring
  4. Scott N.
  5. Thomas
  6. @SpartyHawkCache
  7. @JGfan24ever
  8. Dion's IP Autos only
  9. Joe
  11. @theangriestchad
  12. @Mwerlinger11
  13. @freehan11
  14. Sir Swandad
  15. @triple666420
  16. Justin S
  17. Pabst_beer_8
  18. The Lost Collector
  19. Tracy Harold LeVeaux
Timestamp: 2017-08-06 10:38:24 UTC

CONGRATS to Steve Wright on winning the second envelope! Please email me your address and envelope number choice of 2-5 to If you do not do this within 48 hours, you sacrifice the prize and the second place winner can claim it


Stay tuned as a chance for the next envelope will be up soon! 

MLB Pick Em Week 19

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 August will win a prize!
Here is this weeks games to pick winner of:
Boston @ NYY
SF @ Wash
NYM @ Phil
Pitt @ Toronto
Minn @ Det

Here is my picks for the game

Leave your picks in comments below. You will have til 6:30 pm Friday, August 11th 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 Saturday

Good Luck to all that enter!