Saturday, October 7, 2017

REVIEW: 3 Inch Baseball Collectors Album

I am always looking to make my binders shelves look better and be more organized especially being someone who collects 4-sports plus. With this latest binder line from BCW, how could I not have the best of both worlds?

Introducing the heavy duty sport designed albums. You can check out the sport selection they offer right HERE.

But, today's focus will be on this baseball bad boy that can be picked up for about $20.

And when I say baseball, it's baseball. The cover has stitches on it that are raised and feel like a real baseball. The cover itself feels like leather. It looks really cool especially being sideways on my shelves. It actually puts my other binders to shame.

When you open the binder up, the inner covers are made of faux suede adding to it's overall appeal. They are also very thick and sturdy which will help collectors like me who stack their binders so they won't crack and break like those cheap ones I have picked up. I guess you get what you pay for.

The binder can hold up to 90 pages and the three rings at least for the baseball version are black.

Overall, I am pretty happy with this product and plan to get more down the road. I plan on using this baseball version to put more Griffey cards in since my specific Griffey binder is overflowing. I could definitely use at least one for each sport and they would be for only my special cards from that sport. 

If you like the looks of this one, the other sports look just as nice and you can check them out on the link I provided above or the one I have provided for you right HERE again.

Would love to hear your guys thoughts on this new line of albums in comments!

MT, A Redemption Mail Day

A few months ago I busted a box of 2016 Panini Optic and pulled a redemption as my autograph hit...just my luck. But, I don't mind redemptions personally. Usually I mark 4 months on them when I redeem them so I can exchange them later on for NY Giants cards I actually want.

To my surprise, the Michael Thomas autograph I pulled from Optic came just a month later. Not a bad looking card and is an on-card auto. However, he has a terrible signature.
I am not going to complain about this one actually showing up however. This guy showed some spots of talent last year and with Brees down a top WR, this guy could be ready for super star status.

Friday, October 6, 2017

REVIEW:2017 Panini Absolute Football

One of my favorite NFL releases every year is Absolute Memorabilia. I can't explain why, it just is.

I think one of my favorite things about the product is the Tools Of The Trade memorabilia line. Some cool swatches I have pulled in the past and the variety of memorabilia is fun as well.

Let's see how the 2017 version went.

In every hobby box of Absolute Memorabilia football, there are 3 box packs with 5 cards per pack. Boxes come with 5 hits including three autographs. Boxes run around $130 which for 5 hits isn't terrible. There will also be one parallel and one insert per box as well.
The 200-card base set includes 50 Retired players and 50 Rookies, each numbered to 499. The base design sticks to the normal foil background and player forefront like it always has.

Key Rookies to find in here are, Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Christian McCaffrey, Mike Williams, John Ross, Corey Davis, Leonard Fournette, O.J. Howard, Dalvin Cook, Kareem Hunt, DeShone Kizer, Corey Davis, Kenny Golladay, and Chris Godwin.

Like with every product, there are parallels. Mine was a Spectrum Red /100 of Cardinals Chad Williams.

There is also Spectrum Blue, Spectrum Green #/25, Spectrum Purple #/5, and Printing Plates 1/1.
Rookie Roundup was my insert pull. Very reminiscent of something you would find in Unparalleled.

Other insert finds you can find are Fantasy Flashbacks, Glass, Kickoff,Unsung Heroes, and Hurdles.
Now onto my hits! My box actually had an extra pull.
My first finds were Absolute Rookie Jerseys /99.

Here was my Tools Of The Trade pull of Raiders dominant Khalil Mack. To me, it looks like football, glove and jersey. I did read the back but no info was given on where these are from. Actually, the back design was very bland just saying it was "player worn". I think I liked past designs where they had a player and the pieces were pointed to which part of the uniform they were from.

Here are some of the pieces of memorablia you can find this year in Tools of the Trade! Find unique materials including jerseys, gloves, footballs, pants, socks, shoes, helmets, hats and jackets! How cool is that!!!

My first autograph pull was this Absolute Heroes Autographs of Gilbert Brown. It's fun to find players autographs you had long forgot about. Makes it even better for team collectors.

My next find was this Solomon Thomas Rookie Reflex Signatures /25. He seems to be stalking me this year.

My final pull was this RPS of Evan Engram. These are apart of the base set technically but like I said I don't count auto/mem cards as apart of the base set in my mind. There are 40 cards to collect and you can find 3 and 4 and 5 piece versions with that unique memorabilia as well. This obviously jersey, football and then I don't know. Pants maybe? The texture is different.

Other hits not found in my box include, Absolute Heroes Autograph Jersey Number ,Absolute Ink Autographs, Absolute Ink Jersey Number, Ground Hoggs Relics , Historical Duals Relics Prime, HOF Jersey Autographs,HOF Jersey Autographs Prime,Team Tandem Duals Relics, Tools of the Trade,Triple Relics Autographs,Tools of the Trade Quad Relics ,Tools of the Trade Five Relics, Tools of the Trade Double Relic Autographs Prime, Tools of the Trade Double Relics, Historical Trios Relics Prime, Historical Trios Relics, Historical Duals Relics, Head to Toe Relics, Catching Fire Relics, Canton Absolutes Relics, Air Raid Relics, Iconic Quad Autographs, Jumbo NFL Shields , Jumbo Cleats
Jumbo Relics , Iconic Ink Trio Autographs, Iconic Ink Dual, Iconic Ink ,Marks of Fame Autographs
Marks of Fame Jersey Number Autographs, and Rookie Force Relics. 


OVERALL: I didn't hit it big, but I was really happy with the outcome and that's not just because of the future Pro Bowl TE Evan Engram or finding an extra hit. I was happy even before that. I like the designs and the memorabilia options you can find in here. There is plenty of cool hits waiting to be found from rookies to Hall of Famers and even some underdogs. 

I think for the amount of hits found, the box price is where it should be. I also think for those of you who like to wait for prices to drop that isn't a bad idea either.

My only problem with the product was the lack of card back detail. The card backs for the autographs and memorabilia cards lacked any form of writing other than saying it was authentic and the memorabilia on the front wasn't specified which makes the search fun but it would be nice to know what the specific item used was.

Other than that, I am once again happy with Absolute Memorabilia.

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 add more cards to my Player Of The Day contest.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

MLB Pick Em:LDS Match Ups

Okay, here are the picks for MLB Pick Em's Divisional match ups.

Here is the AL Match up for the first Division spot

Red Sox

Life's A Pitch vs @funtocollect

Pick the winner of the series, pick how many games. The Tie Breaker is how many runs in the series.

Here is the AL Match up for the second Division spot


Scott N.  vs  John Sharp

Pick the winner of the series, pick how many games. The Tie Breaker is how many runs in the series.

Only two of you moves on!!!

Entries due by 10/5/2017 by 6:00 PM et

Here is the NL Match up for the first Division spot


NL Teams.

@DavidMackey77 vs defgav's dumpster divers

Pick the winner of the series, pick how many games. The Tie Breaker is how many runs in the series.

Here is the NL Match up for the second Division spot


Irondequoit36 vs  Marty Angels

Pick the winner of the series, pick how many games. The Tie Breaker is how many runs in the series.

Entries must be in by 10/6/2017  1 PM ET  or you will be eliminated automatically.

Two of you will move on per league to the LCS starting soon!


The Only Bright Spot

This season for the NY Giants has been nothing but a heartbreak for me. I had expected so much from this team that has more talent than the rest of the leagues bottom feeders at 0-4 but for some reason they just can't get it all together. You have the offensive line struggles the first two weeks, those were "fixed" then it was the defense not stepping up the last two games and making a stop as they gave up game winning field goals. What will this week have in store when two 0-4 teams square off? Well, hard to tell. Can either get a win?

At least one bright spot for this team has been the play of Sterling Shepard who continues to improve from last year. He so far leads the Giants in receptions and receiving yards including one great 77 yard touchdown a couple weeks ago against the Eagles.

This week my buddy @JG24ever showed some more #HobbyLove by mailing me this beautiful shiny Sterling Shepard memorabilia card from Spectra. I need to update my Giants PC numbers to reflect how many Shepards I have now.
I am hoping that Sterling shows up again this week and that the Gmen can finally get a win against San Diego. If not, I may be talking about who they should draft in the first 3 picks next year.
A big thanks goes out to Michael once again for his #HobbyLove showings. Good dude to follow on Twitter if you haven't yet @JG24ever.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

REVIEW:2017 Panini XR Football

Panini has released quite a few new football products out for 2017 and one of them includes today's release, Panini XR. I am not sure most of the time what the abbreviations or names are supposed to mean except that they sound kinda cool.

Let's see how my first break of this brand new product went.

 Each box of 2017 Panini XR football will guarantee One Rookie Autograph Jersey, One Rookie/Veteran/Retired Auto, One Rookie Jumbo or Triple Swatch Card, One Insert, Four Parallels, Four Base Cards, and Two Rookies. There are 7 cards per pack and two packs per box. Boxes are currently running just under $100.

The base set is a simple design that reminds me of something I would possibly find in the 90's so I dig it. It's got a gray rough background with a tinge of rainbow foil. The main focus is only on the player despite the subtle background of other players.

The base set is only 160 cards broken down to 100 veterans.

and 60 rookies. All of the key rookies are included such as Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Christian McCaffrey, Mike Williams, John Ross, Corey Davis, Leonard Fournette, O.J. Howard, Dalvin Cook, Kareem Hunt, DeShone Kizer, Kenny Golladay, and Chris Godwin.

The rookies felt a bit more glossed with more rainbow foil.

As with any product today, there are parallels to be found. These are very bold in color and the selections include,

Blue /199

Red /299

and Orange /75, Gold /10, Green /5, Black 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

Each box comes with 1 insert. Mine was a Mirrored of Gronk and the soon to be Giants great Evan Engram. This card is /49.

Other inserts not in this box include, Gilded Greats, Illustrious, Notorious and Glass that's a case hit.

Speaking of hits, let's check mine out.

My first one was this Rookie Jumbo Materials. It's a pretty sharp looking card.

My next hit, which was my first of two autographs was this Luminous Endorsements of Nathan Peterman. Cool looking Shadowbox design and a very bold signature. These are numbered to 99 and less.

My last pull, which is technically apart of the base set filling in 40 more players to give it a 200 total, is this Rookie Triple Swatch auto of my man Wayne Gallman. I don't like to count autographed items as apart of the base set because it's called a base set. These still to me are hits. I do like the design and layout of these.
Other hits not found in my box but are found in the product are, Rookies Autographs, Rookie Swatch Autographs, Autograph Swatches, Dual Autographed Swatches, Triple Autographed Swatches, Illustrious Ink, X-Alted Signatures, Team Trios Materials, Rookie Triple Threats Materials, NFL Shields Relics and Maximal Materials.

OVERALL, a bit of a tough break in terms of value here. As a Giants fan, I was pleasantly happy but for the overall fan, I am sure not many would be. I know I say this a million times, but every product is a gamble. You will have some good boxes and some bad and all of us know that risk ahead of time when purchasing. I think it also comes from perspective of what you call a good and bad box. Not all of us have the same opinion on what a good and bad break is.

As for the product in general, I like the design of everything in the product and I hope it makes a 2018 return.

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 add more cards to my Player Of The Day

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Trading With Bubba

The Ginter King as I like to refer to him as, Bubba's Bangin' Batch of Baseball Bits and I recently pulled off a trade to help his set needs over the years while I wanted to pad my non sport PC some more.

I was fortunate enough with two days of digging to put together a small handful of set help. It wasn't as easy as I expected with his needs being so minimal on some products but I got some. In return, I gave him a list of relics I would be interested in and told him just to surprise me.

There are not many surprises in life so once in awhile getting one is fun.

He sent some pretty cool stuff and I was very happy.

Up first, some Jr. The Ginter X one I didn't have.

Definitely did not have this Jeter.

Then came the relics.

Gladwell I hadn't heard of til my buddy @Jake1725 told me he was the writer of Outliers.

My next relic was from Anthony Bourdain the chef.

Val Kilmer was my next relic. Been in so much including Psych. Now I have this relic to pair with the Psych autograph I own.

And funny enough, here is a relic I have had in my eBay Watch List for two years, Frank Caliendo. The guy is such a great impressionist. Loved him on Mad TV and when he used to do skits on NFL On Fox. His John Madden cracks me up every time.
Hmmm..I see that one of my relics didn't upload. It's a Jonas Brother one. Must have disappeared from my gallery like they have disappeared from the world's spotlight. I really do like the card and will update this post with a picture of it at some point.

A big thanks goes out to Matt over at Bubba's Bangin' Batch of Baseball Bits for the mail day and cool additions to my non-sport PC. I hope to make more trades again in the future.

Monday, October 2, 2017


Don't have a participating LCS but still wanna a chance to score some sweet packs of 2017 Panini Player Of The Day? Or maybe you just want to win some extras. Either the circumstance, I am here to give you a chance to land these 10 packs pretty easily.

If you have already won, you can enter again!
Just follow the instructions below! Read each one carefully!
  1. Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Panini America for providing the prizes for these contests. Follow them on all social media sites and visit their site, HERE, as well.
  2. ***VERY IMPORTANT***MUST BE A U.S. RESIDENT to enter or have a shipping address in the U.S. Shipping costs have gone haywire and I can't afford to ship everywhere.This is always hard to do as I appreciate all readers but I hope you all understand non-U.S. readers.
  3. Random winner will be chosen after 7 randoms
  4. There will be a delay in shipping. I will do my best to get it out when I can. I am using my very little hobby funds to ship this stuff out instead of buying cards.
  7. Sport Card Collectors or it's owner (person who runs the blog), WILL NOT be held responsible for lost, stolen or damaged mail. Sorry had to add this in since someone tried to scam me once about this.
  8. Contest starts today, ends on Saturday, October 7th 2017 . Winner will be announced in a separate post on Sunday October 8th 2017. 
  9. Don't forget to thank the above sponsor of this contest and I won't mind a thank you as well :)
Good luck to all that enter and thanks for reading!

Giants In My Cardboard Clubhouse

There are a lot of generous people in this hobby and especially in the blogging world. One of my recent run-ins with that generosity came from Cardboard Clubhouse. He had some NY Giants he wanted to send my way.

This years Giants team is very reminiscent of the disappointing Giants teams of the 90's which is where these cards came from. I always had big expectations of those teams, but they always had little showing. I am hoping this years team is more reminiscent of the Bills late 90's team that started off 0-3 and made the playoffs. Not sure I see that happening however with this offensive line and defense that has taken a step back and the fact they are now 0-4.

Speaking of defense, Jason Sehorn was such an up and down player. One week he could shut down Michael Irvin and then the next week give up 100 yards to Herman Moore. Keith Hamilton was always a solid defensive player.

Armstead was one of my favorite LB's on the Giants in the late 90's. I will never forget his interception in the Super Bowl vs the Ravens where it was called back on a terrible holding penalty. That game may had turned out different had it not been for that. Momentum shifted big time after.

Some Rodney, sadly had all however. But, all of my doubles go into a pile to keep. Maybe I should send one out with every trade I do as my calling card....

I don't know who did better at QB for the Giants, Dave Brown or Kent Graham. Both were terrible and both went to or came from the terrible Arizona Cardinals team in the 90's.

Dave Meggett was one great return guy. The return game has always lacked for the Giants but he was a bright spot in the years.

A trio of rookies. Lewis was a solid player, Alford didn't hand around long but I like the design of the card and I had never heard of Winrow. I also assume it's my first card of him as well which I always like filling in gaps when I can.

Gary Brown. I was so excited when the Giants got him from the Oilers. I don't remember how long he played for the Giants, I wanna say one year as he didn't pan out as well. This is a cool card however being a Gold Ignot parallel.
A big thanks goes out to Adam at Cardboard Clubhouse for the cards. I will see what Reds I have in return for your generosity and get something out to you as well :)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

MLB Pick Em:Wild Card Matchup

Okay, here are the picks for MLB Pick Em's Wild Card matchups.

Here are the AL Game for the two teams in the AL Wild Card spot

Minn. Twins
NY Yankees (go yanks)

AL Teams.
Kaiser Cats vs Marty's Angels

Pick the winner, pick the total runs. Tie goes to a random of three times. Only one of you moves on!!!

AL Entries must be in by 8pm Tuesday October 3rd 2017 or you will be eliminated automatically.

Here are the AL Game for the two teams in the NL Wild Card spot

Colorado Rockies
Arizona Dbacks

NL Teams.
John Sharp vs @SteveWrightOne  

Pick the winner, pick the total runs. Tie goes to a random of three times. Only one of you moves on!!!

NL Entries must be in by 8pm Wednesday October 4th 2017 or you will be eliminated automatically.

Two of you will move on to the LDS starting soon!

Winner Of The 10 NFL POD Packs

Not a bad turnout for 10 FREE NFL Player Of The Day packs even though I did expect a bit bigger. These packs can have hits and parallels.

I must make note also, if you are commenting as anonymous and do not add a name in the comments, I can't count your entry. Please make sure to include some name whether it's funky (if you don't want to use your real name) or your name. I just can't can't random three different anonymous names. How can I tell who wins?!?

Anyways, here are those that did use their names and the winner is....

There were 23 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Alex Holbrook
  2. Chad Rasner
  3. God's humble servant
  4. Tracy LeVeaux
  6. JakeSchornick
  7. madding
  8. Justin
  9. Alec Petrelak
  10. Shane Salmonson
  11. jasongerman9
  12. Brad B
  13. Scott N.
  14. ketchupman36
  15. Nick Frank
  16. Bryan McCarter
  17. Christopher James
  18. Stephen Radford
  19. Amy Solorio
  20. Dion's IP Autos only
  21. Jafronius
  22. michael wardrop
Timestamp: 2017-10-01 10:14:59 UTC
You have randomized this list 7 times.

Congrats to Alex Holbrook on winning 10 Player Of The Day packs. You will have 48 hours to claim or the second place winner will have their claim on them. Please email your address to PLEASE REMEMBER THERE WILL BE A DELAY ON ALL PACKAGES IN THIS PROMO DUE TO HOW MUCH I WILL HAVE TO SHIP AND MY FUNDS.

For those who didn't win this round, stay tuned as 10 more packs will be up for grabs very soon!!

Random Card On My Desk:2003 Fleer Ultra Jeffrey Hammonds