Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Golden Running Predictor

Here we are back again with another Rodney Hampton PC add.This time we take a trip back to 1994 and with Upper Deck's Predictor game cards.

Today's card isn't a redemption version, it's a winning card.

Back in 1994, Upper Deck inserted Predictor cards at a rate of 1:20 in it's retail product. If the featured player did the feat they posted, you could exchange that card for a set of winning cards with foil. It was a fun promo that I wished still was around today.



 

Once again, cards like these are not always easy to find. I see many people selling these as the full sets instead of the individual cards that would sell for a much less premium. At least this Hampton was found at a reasonable $2.

Friday, November 17, 2017

SI For Kids Cards November 2017

Here is my 12th 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.

Sorry I missed the October version but it didn't really have the normal cards in them. It was an oddball thing that wasn't really worth showing.


Once again I found myself looking for Aaron Judge but came up empty on the card end anyways. How do they not have him in here yet?!?!

This month still pretty solid without Judge. Kareem Hunt who wasn't a household name at first and now has definitely made a name for himself. Other big names like Stanton and Laine find themselves on here as well.

Maybe in December , as a Christmas gift, we will find ourselves a Judge card.

Thoughts on this months cards are welcomed below. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

REVIEW:2017 Topps Luminaries

Topps Luminaries just rolls off the tongue nicely.

The product also looks just as nice. Even the box it comes in looks nice.

Let's check out what the cards inside look like and see what this high end product has to offer.
Each box of 2017 Topps Luminaries baseball has one encased autograph or autograph relic numbered to 15 or less. Boxes like I mentioned are high end and it's $249 per box.

The checklist for Luminaries features players of today, tomorrow and yesterday with names like Judge, Bo, Yaz, McGwire, and Trout. You can find the complete checklist HERE

My pull, like most of mine in 2017, wasn't any of those. But, it was of a Yankee I was fond of in the winning years, Bernie Williams. This card was a red parallel numbered to 10.
 

The cards look extremely sharp and the Autographs really stand out on them because of the design, color and layout. Even though it wasn't a top pull, it's fun to find players of your youth you appreciated. 

Since that was the only card of the box, time for a rest of product breakdown. 

Other findings in this product include,

Home Run Kings: #d to 15 and have parallels of
  • Red Parallel #'d 10
  • Blue Parallel #'d 5
  • -Black Parallel 1 of 1
Home Run Kings Ultra Book 1 of 1

Home Run Kings Ultimate Book  #'d 1 of 1

Hit Kings #'d to 15 and have the parallels of,
  • Red Parallel #'d 10
  • Blue Parallel #'d 5
  • Black Parallel 1 of 1
Hit Kings Ultra Book #'d 1 of 1

Hit Kings Ultimate Book  #'d 1 of 1

Masters of the Mound Ultra Book #'d 1 of 1

The Greatest Book Card #'d 1 of 1

Masters of the Mound numbered to 15 and include the parallels of,
  • Red Parallel #'d 10
  • Blue Parallel #'d 5
  • Black Parallel #'d 1 of 1
Home Run Kings Autograph Relics: #'d to 15 with parallels,
  • Red Parallel #'d to 10
  • Black Parallel #'d 1 of 1
Home Run Kings Autograph Patches: #'d to 5 with a Black #'d 1 of 1

Home Run Kings Autograph Patch Dual Book Cards #'d 1 of 1

Home Run Kings Autograph Patch Triple Book Cards #'d 1 of 1

Hit Kings Autograph Relics #'d to 15 with the parallels of,
  • Red Parallel #'d to 10
  • Black Parallel #'d 1 of 1
Hit Kings Autograph Patches: #'d to 5 with a Black  #'d 1 of 1

Hit Kings Autograph Patch Dual Book Cards #'d 1 of 1

Masters of the Mound Autograph Relics #'d to 15 with parallels of,
  • Red Parallel #'d to 10
  • Black Parallel #'d 1 of 1
Masters of the Mound Autograph Patches #'d to 5 with a a parallel of Black #'d 1 of 1

Masters of the Mound Dual Books #'d 1 of 1

Letters Book Card #'d 1 of 1

Cut Signatures #'d 1 of 1

Cut Signature Relics #'d 1 of 1

Cut Signature Bat Knob Book Cards #'d 1 of 1

Plenty to find in here!!

OVERALL, It's tough to swallow pulling a maybe $100 card out of a $240 card box. This product looks really nice, has a great selection of big time pulls, but is a big time gamble. Once again, what product isn't? This is one being so pricey is a bit more of a gambler and is for those big time hobby gamblers for those who are strictly out there for the big hits.

Once again with a one hit product, it's tough. I would have liked to seen multiple hits per box or some kinda rare parallel or printing plate added in as well. Something extra to take the sting off from a rough box. There are some huge signers in the product but it also has it's Bernie Williams and Josh Donaldsons. I am not saying there is anything wrong with those guys, but they are definitely no Mike Trout and Hank Aaron.

I am curious on your thoughts on a product like this. Please leave them below.

Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Topps for providing this box for me to review. Some of the above hits will be found in future contest promos I will run on here time to time. PLEASE Follow Topps on all social media sites and visit their SITE, as well 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

My First Fuji Mail Day

Recently I have been contacting some bloggers I have been wanting to mail cards to but never have. Fuji of The Chronicles Of Fuji blog fame was one of those guys.

So I contacted him and he asked for my info as well to mail me some NY Giants items. However, sadly, he had his mail day to me before I could even get his packed out. (I finally did get his put together and mailed this week)

Here were the contents.

Gmen mania! All four of these are new adds. It includes one of my favorite Giants TE's in Shockey. However, I am digging me some Engram this year.


Kerry Collins!! One of my all time favorite players. I had routed him on since 1995 when he was with the Panthers. Loved when he joined the Giants.


Another new Collins here and a new Eli. Eli is about the only bright spot besides Engram on the Giants this year.


Tiki. Loved his play on the field, not so much his attitude.


I have never seen one of these before. Very cool add of Y.A. Tittle.


Giants have had some great running backs over the years, Morris was one of them. I don't remember him playing since I liked football later on in the 90's, but my father told me many stories of Joe and his runs.


Eli rookie year card I didn't have. Awesome! I believe in Eli!


Brandon Myers was supposed to be the next big thing for the Giants weak TE position, never panned out and left after a year.  I do like these Magic Mini's however and I didn't have this card of him either.


DJ Hall never really panned out but Plaxico did. His game winning Super Bowl catch in Super Bowl 42 and his incredible games in the playoffs that year especially against the Packers will never be forgotten. I know he will be mostly known for the guy who shot himself in the leg, but that's not how I will remember him.
 

A huge thanks to Fuji for the mail day. I was quite impressed you were able to find so many new Giants for someone who has close to 4,000 cards of them.

I hope we can exchange again soon and hope you enjoy what I sent. I have more to come for you after that one :)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Action Packed With Gold!

Here it is, the final Hampton post in my drafts. I hope you guys have enjoyed the gallery over the last few months. There was a lot of fun stuff to show off and hopefully a lot of it brought you back or made you see something you hadn't before.

My pickup today came in a trade with Dub Mentality Blog a few months ago. It's a 1991 Action Packed 24K Gold parallel. The only difference between this and the regular base card is the small 24-Kt. Gold Stamp at the bottom you can barely see.
These were randomly found in packs with no given odds. I picked up the 1992 version about a year ago, so I am happy to finally have both of them. Some of those early 90's inserts aren't always easy to find.
Thanks again Dub for the trade and for the three new Hampton additions to my PC. Hope we can do it again soon.

Monday, November 13, 2017

REVIEW:2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Postseason Edition Baseball

Every October a team or player steps up big in the playoffs and leads their team to a World Series title. This year it was George Springer and past years have many, many October heroes.

Those heroes both big name and small can be found in today's product review with an autograph. Let's check out which hero I landed.


In every box of 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Postseason Edition Baseball you will find one encased autograph card. Players from the 80's,90's and 2000's can be found on the checklist and from the card brand selections. Boxes can be had much cheaper than the Active Players falling at $40 per.

The players are all retired as opposed to the Archives Signature Series active players edition and the players in the set have multiple cards and multiple print runs. The Postseason version is like the Archives brand we have come to enjoy every year. It features some long ago forgot about players who once played a big role for their teams.

One of those players is the one that I pulled in Keith Foulke. This one is numbered to 39 and is signed on one of my favorite Stadium Club designs of all time.
Foulke is among a mixed set of players on the checklist. You can find the checklist for this product right, HERE.

Other hits not found in my box are dual autographs and relic autographs.

OVERALL, I think it's fun to find signed cards of players of the past, which is why I enjoy the Archives brand, but unlike the base product this one can be a bit of a gamble since you are basically banking on the one card. However, the gamble isn't as big as it was with the Active Players edition. 

For the collectors, this is a fun one looking for those players you may not find too often in products. The key as always for Archives.

For those looking to hit it big, well, this may not be completely up your alley even though there are some big names on the checklist like Aaron and Ripken and of course, Jeter.

Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Topps for providing this box for me to review. Some of the above hits will be found in future contest promos I will run on here time to time. PLEASE Follow Topps on all social media sites and visit their SITE, as well  

Sunday, November 12, 2017

REVIEW: Cryptozoic Arrow Season 4+GIVEAWAY!

Just as Oliver Queen returned home to become the Green Arrow, I returned home after a day out to become a reviewer of the latest Cryptozoic release Arrow Season 4 and host a giveaway from it.

Doesn't that make me a hero?

Many say that Season 4 was the best season to date with so much action with two core members lost, a new city name and the evil Damien Darhk leading assassinations against Star City. Not to mention H.I.VE's plans to take out Team Arrow once and for all. Thrilling all around!

So you know that the latest release from Cryptozoic of the hit show has got to be just as thrilling. So let's take a look!

(I should also mention before I continue on that this product doesn't release until Wednesday, November 15th 2017)


Each box of Cryptozoic Arrow Season 4 has 24 packs per box with 5 cards per pack. Boxes come with one on-card autograph and one wardrobe card per. Boxes run $85 per.
 
Cryptozoic does a great job with their image selection in their 72-card base set for season 4. Each box should provide you with a base set or at very least really close to one



 
It's hard to tell from my pictures, but these are foil variants. Not sure what the odds are but it must be 1:3 packs assuming. These can be found for both insert and base cards.

Now onto the inserts. All of the main inserts had a very solid design that fits right into this action packed show.
 
First insert is OLICITY that falls 1:3 packs. I put together the 9 card insert set.

 
Second insert is Locations that falls 1:3 packs and I as well put this set together with one bonus card as well.

 
Character Bios is the final insert that falls 1:3 packs and once again I got the 9-card set of it.

 
Sticker cards have a unique artistic/sketch card look to them and fall 1:24 packs.

 
Other insert that I didn't pull was CZ STR PWR Chase Cards that have their own variations as well of Red (1:144 packs); Silver (1:288 packs); Gold (/25); and Black (1 of 1)

It's time for the hits!

My first find was this wardrobe card of Willa Holland who plays Thea Queen. Nicely designed relic.
 
 
You can also find dual wardrobe cards matching up two stars from the show.
 
Now onto my on-card autograph. First I must mention because it was BIG, BIG NEWS for this product that Stephen Amell who plays Oliver Queen / Green Arrow has his very first autograph cards in the product. How about that?!
 
But, sadly that wasn't my pull. I landed Jeri Ryan who plays Jessica Danforth.
 
 
Here is the full list of signers in the product,
Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance
Caity Lotz as Sara Lance / The Canary
Alexander Calvert as Lonnie Machin / Anarky
Amy Gumenick as Carrie Cutter / Cupid
Adrian Glynn McMorran as Michael Amar / Murmur
Anna Hopkins as Samantha Clayton
Audrey Marie Anderson as Lyla Michaels
Casper Crump as Vandal Savage
Charlotte Ross as Donna Smoak
Ciara Renée as Kendra Saunders / Hawkgirl
Emily Kinney as Brie Larvan / Bug-Eyed Bandit
Falk Hentschel as Carter Hall / Hawkman
Janet Kidder as Ruvé Adams
Jeri Ryan as Jessica Danforth
JR Bourne as Jeremy Tell / Double Down
Katrina Law as Nyssa al Ghul
Matt Ryan as Constantine
Nolan Gerard Funk as Cooper Seldon
Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk
Parker Young as Alex Davis
Rila Fukushima as Tatsu Yamashiro / Katana
Tiera Skovbye as Madison Danforth
 
Other hits not found in my box are, Rare redemption cards redeemable for full size, on-screen props! (pretty awesome), Sketch cards that fall 1:288 packs and 1/1 Printing Plates.
 
OVERALL, price is a tad high right now but with Amell signing that's going to drive this up a tad and an overall solid autograph lineup this season. The product overall is very attractive in terms of design. There is a ton of great hits to be found especially if you are lucky enough to land one of those redemption cards for a full sized relic from the show. Cryptozoic is trying their hardest to get us as close as they can to the show and I like that.

I also like pulling a base set and insert sets in a box for added value.
 
Now for the giveaway,
 
To win this, 
 
  1. ***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.
  2. Random winner will be chosen after 3 randoms
  3. Card may be shipped PWE. I like to forewarn on this.
  4. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TELLING ME YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER FROM SEASON 4
  5. 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.
  6. Contest starts today, ends on November 18th 2017. Winner will be announced in a separate post on November 19th 2017.
  7. Please make sure to thank Cryptozoic for their generosity in sending this box to review and host a giveaway. Give them a follow on all social media sites please. Also while you are at it, check out their website HERE as well for your non-sport trading card needs!