Saturday, November 11, 2017

Kicking Off November With A Win

November kicked off great for me as I found out I was one of two winners in the #SmokeBreaks 1k follower contest hosted by @footballcrdonly.

The prizes was a variety of relics and autographs among numbered cards as well. I saw some Giants in there and that really got me excited. It's about the only thing with that I can use the words Giants and excitement together this season.

Up first, some bonus cards he tossed in. Nice rookie lot and a few shiny items.

Among the bonus items, a pink refractor of Ellsbury and a Porzingas rookie card. I only have one of his so I was pretty happy to add that.

Now onto the main course.

Some #GiantsPride in Victor Cruz Crown Royale /99 and a Sterling Shepard rookie card.

Some former #GiantsPride in Keith Rivers. Didn't have one of his autographs.

A nice looking Select relic of Tre Mason. I really like the yellow swatch.

And to finish the mail day a variety of relics and autographs including another for my non sport PC.
A big thanks goes out to @footballcrdonly for the sweet mail day. If your not following him yet or checked out his breaks yet, please do.

Thoughts on my mail day are welcomed in comments.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Eli Picks:2004 Fleer Platinum Youth Movement

Eli's Picks is a segment where Eli himself, well a stuffed Bleacher Creature version, picks his favorite base/insert cards to show off.
Another new edition of Eli's Picks as we move more into football season. I am not sure how many more of these will make the cut before I make a few blog changes but I will decide later on. As of right now, this is the finale.

Eli chose a card from his rookie year this time. It's an insert from 2004 Fleer Platinum that has some embossing on it. Which is what the real catch about the cards actually is to him. He doesn't think the picture is too shabby either.

I am not sure what the odds are on this as I couldn't find any information on them, but I would assume knowing the product they were probably one or two per box. I was lucky to add this one thanks to 90's Niche Football Card Blog.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Black Diamond Single

Well, today's Rodney Hampton post I moved up a year to 1997 figuring you were sick of 1996 stuff.

Like I have stated before, there are some simple Rodney Hampton cards I needed to add and today's card is one of them.

It's simply a base card from 1997 Black Diamond a stunning looking product at the time. Gotta love that Fx feel.
I also have the red parallel, so only the gold remains a need for me from this set and shouldn't be a tough add, but just gotta have the funds and the means to find it. You can see all of my Rodney Hampton needs, HERE.
Another thanks goes out to Jammin JD Sports Cards on helping me knock another off from the list.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Card Supial

Today's latest card I got from Jammin JD Sports Cards, looks bigger than it actually is. The card is actual a pretty mini card blown up on here.

It's from 1996 Pacific Crown Collection. It's a 1:37 mini Card Supial. Not a whole lot special with this card other than being a mini. Design is kinda bland but I do like the pic they used of Hampton.
Well, I know you guys may not wanna hear it, but more Hampton posts are on the way!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Hampton Archived

Not all of my remaining Rodney Hampton needs are these rare inserts, some are simply just base cards I haven't hunted down yet.

Today's card is a simple example of that. A 2013 Topps Archives base that was throwing it back to 1993 Topps.
A big thanks to Jammin JD Sports Cards for the help on getting this one off my list.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Cut Backs:Members Only

When I first got today's card from Jammin JD Sports Cards, I assumed it was the regular Cut Backs inserts I needed from 1996 Stadium Club. The regular version of these fall 1:36 packs and have held their value over the years for the top players.

This is the front which I thought looked like the regular front....

But, the back had some very underlying writing on it you can barely see. To my surprise, it was a Member Only parallel to Cut Backs. Super Sweet!
So I began my research on the card. I knew that the base set had Members Only parallels that were produced to only 750 sets, but what about an insert and what were the odds on this? After a bit of searching, my research came up empty. So I can only assume only 750 of this card exist as well and it's not one I have ever seen in my Hampton searches.
Thoughts on today's unique addition is welcomed in comments.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

REVIEW:2017 Bowman High Tek Baseball

The High Tek or Topps Tek name isn't new to the Topps family, but it is new to the Bowman one. Introducing in 2017, Bowman High Tek.

This prospect loaded product is exactly what you expect from Bowman plus more. How did my inaugural break of the product go, well, let's take a look!

Each 10-card box of 2017 Bowman High Tek Baseball will include, 4 On-Card Autograph Cards
and 1 Base Parallel Card. Boxes run around $110.

Each 12 box case will guarantee a 1992 Bowman Variation Insert Card.

The 2017 Bowman High Tek Baseball base cards are printed on acetate with a touch of foil that brings out a nice design. The base cards will also make you scratch your head some as there are multiple, 11 about, pattern variations that takes the background and changes it up. It also gives each background design a level of rarity.

The base set itself is only 56 cards. However, with 10 to 11 variations to each, it makes it much, much deeper and really is one for the player collector.

The players in the base set are young stars and upcoming future stars like you would find in the Bowman Prospects. Big names like Gleyber Torres, Rhys Hoskins and Clint Frazier are among the group.
How do you know the difference and the levels of rarity, your guess is as good as mine. 

But, from my research from multiple sites, here is the order mine are in.

Gears. Seems to be the base. Moniak was a nice find.

Pin Wheel, another base card version.

Stripes and Arrows is a tad tougher.

Hexagon is about the same toughness.

Unlike figuring out base cards, parallels are much easier to spot and luckily exclusive to one or two patterns and not them all. Parallels include the following, Green Rainbow /99, Gold Rainbow /50 (the one I pulled), Orange Magma Diffractor /25, Red Orbit Diffractor, Mojo Diffractor /5, Black Rainbow 1/1, and Black Galactic Diffractor 1/1.

Nice Devers right here. You can note how the gears and foil are gold.

I didn't pull any of the tough to find inserts, so let's take a look at the on-card autographs that have a checklist of 43 cards.  It doesn't appear the autographs have different versions. That would have been way too much.

My first was AJ Puk.

Second was Bo Bichette. Possibly the best pull of the box unless I can get some values on the Devers.

Patrick Weigel

And a gold parallel from the World Series champs, Forrest Whitley.

There are other autograph parallels to find of, Tidal Diffractor /199, Green Rainbow /99, Orange Magma Diffractor /25, Red Orbit Diffractor /5, Black Galactic Diffractor 1/1, and Black Rainbow 1/1.
Other hits not found in my box are,
2017 Bowman Rookies that has 10 cards, 2017 Bowman Rookies Autographs, 1992 Bowman Variations, 1992 Bowman Variations Autographs, Bashers Set, Bashers Autographs, and Foundations of the Franchise Die-Cut .

OVERALL, I am glad that Topps stuck to what the brand was known for in the late 90's and since the Topps version has been back in 2014 with it's multiple base card levels. It can be a bit confusing and hopefully there will be some detailed visuals for guidance on how to tell the difference in rarities but I like it. I would definitely say it's not one for the kids. I remember busting packs in the 90's and I didn't have a clue about the difference.

The autographs look pretty nice on the acetate and I think the checklist is pretty solid overall for autograph finds. The box price isn't too shabby for a prospecting product and there is definitely plenty to find.

This product is for the prospectors and for the player rainbow collectors that's for sure.

You can find the complete checklist for 2017 Bowman High Tek, HERE.

Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Topps for providing this box for me to review as they help provide prizes for me to giveaway in the MLB Pick Em Promotion! This was the last product to be included in the prize package so new promos coming up! Follow Topps on all social media sites and visit their SITE, as well