Saturday, December 23, 2017

REVIEW:2017 Panini Illusions Football

One of Panini's newest football products released not too long ago. It combines many fun aspects and one that is very reminiscent of the 90's to me.

How did my break go and what were my thoughts? READ ON!


In every box of 2017 Panini Illusions Football you will find 10 packs of 5 cards each. You should find 2 autographs, 2 memorabilia cards, one autographed memorabilia card and one box topper per box. Boxes running not at a bad price for all that this comes with, $125.

My box topper, or I should say bottom topper as it was found in the bottom of the box, was this Trophy Collection Blue parallel /100 of Demarco Murray and Eddie George. We will talk about the two on a card in a second. Anyways, the only way to pull the parallels from the product is from these box toppers. Find red /50, green /25 and purple 1/1. Even though it has the name Trophy Collection, there is no dufex technology involved.
 

The base set is an intriguing one. It features 100 cards but of two players per card. There is a featured player in the forefront with their "illusion" player in the background. The design is very similar to one that Flair used in the late 90's early 2000's. I totally dig the design and concept.

Here is a further look at some of the base

These acetate inserts fall one-in-every-other-pack and are the only inserts the product offers. Totally dig acetate and I think it fits well in this product. The designs on these are also very trippy.



Now onto the hits. They are basically an amped up version of the base.

First Impressions covers the rookies. These have parallels as well of, Blue /100, Red /50, Green /25, and Purple 1/1.

Spotlight Memorabilia looks like something you would have found in Gold Standard. Nice sharp card. Parallel cards are, Blue /100, Red /15, Green /5, and Purple 1/1.

Rookie Signs. Some of the lesser known guys are included in here. I can't count the amount of times I have seen Solomon Thomas this year and I haven't even busted that much football.  Parallels include the green one I pulled of Mr.Thomas below. Others are, Blue /100, Red /50, and Purple 1/1

And my last pull, First Impressions Autograph Memorabilia of John Ross.These have parallels of, Blue /100, Red /50, Green /25, and Purple 1/1.
 
Other hits not found in my box include, ELUSIVE INK, VETERAN SIGNS, Rookie Dual Signs, Rookie Endorsements,Award Winning Autographs,Legacies Triple Memorabilia, Legacies Dual Memorabilia, Rookie Idols Dual Memorabilia, Rookie Reflection Dual Patch and Rookie Reflection Dual Patch Autographs.
OVERALL: Not a bad product. I like the design throughout the product. It's finally something a bit different on the market instead of the same layout and designs. The illusions part of the base set is a good concept as well.

My box wasn't the best, but looking at what you can pull vs the cost of the product and it's pretty reasonable. There are definitely big hits waiting to be had.

Please take a minute out to thank Tracy Hackler and Panini America for today's review break. Some of the cards you see above will be included in the Mystery Panini Giveaway! Check out Panini America on all social media sites and visit their site HERE as well for cards and more.

Christmas Favorites:Coffee Mate Peppermint Mocha

Okay, before you guys say, "what the hey?" "This isn't cards." "Doesn't this say Sport Card Collectors?" "Is he done collecting?" "I am so unfollowing" "Never reading again!", I wanna explain that Christmas is my favorite time of the year and I wanted to share that joy with you!

I will admit that I am one of those crazies that puts up Christmas decorations on Thanksgiving night but I don't keep them up til the next year. Usually they are taken down a day or two after Christmas. I try to decorate as much as I can and I enjoy all of the tastes, scents and feels of the season. Having been around snow my entire life, I will also say there is nothing like snow on Christmas day.

So to celebrate my favorite holiday, I thought I would go cardless for a few days and show off some items I enjoy around the holidays. It may not be your cup of tea per say, but thought it would be fun to go off the beaten road on here for once.

So let's get to celebrating!

Today is the final item I am featuring in this series but I could have gone on much longer. Maybe if this is popular it will be something I do next year and maybe even expand to decorations. So far my flavor plate has had gingerbread and egg nog, but it wouldn't be the holiday season without some mint. That's where today's item comes into play.

Coffee Mates Peppermint Mocha is a MUST HAVE for your coffee this time of year. If you enjoy coffee and the nice flavor of mint, this makes for a great combo that touches your tongue on the way in and swishes your mouth full of delishesness as swallow it down your throat.

Not a year has gone by where I haven't had this in my coffee.


 
If my description of it isn't enough, just take a look at this. This mornings cup.
 
 
I hope you guys enjoyed this series and will try some of the items I featured. If you don't, you are surely missing out.

Friday, December 22, 2017

REVIEW:2017-2018 Panini Court Kings (HOT BOX WITH 2 BONUS HITS AND RARE INSERT!)

It's that time again, time for another review. This time we take it to the hard court with this years hot, hot rookie class.

We take a look at Court Kings which is one of those art based products. I busted last years product and was pretty impressed, how will this years product go, well, read on!


In every box of 2017-2018 Panini Court Kings basketball there are 10 total cards. You will find at least one insert, one box topper, one autograph and one memorabilia card per box. Boxes currently run about $70.

Like I said in my blog title, my box was a bit of a surprise with double the hits. I first open it up to find a box topper. I expected my usual base version but boom, started off the box with a surprise autograph of Ben Wallace. I had hoped for a much bigger name since many are included like Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Kobe Bryant and Karl-Anthony Towns.
 
On cards autographs sparkle on these.

 
The base set is very bold and beautiful. Lots of vibrant colors. Look for four rookie card variations, each with unique designs and varying print runs. The base set itself is 100 veteran cards. But, then you take in another 132 rookies with the four levels and you have yourself a deep checklist with lots to chase.

Key rookies to find are, Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz, De'Aaron Fox, Jayson Tatum, Lauri Markkanen, Kyle Kuzma, Bam Adebayo, Josh Jackson, Justin Jackson, Donovan Mitchell, Luke Kennard, Dennis Smith, Jr., and John Collins.

 
Base cards have parallels of Sapphire /25 and Masterpiece 1/1.
 
Now time for the inserts.
 
In the past, Court Kings has celebrated Le Cinque Piu Belle.This year, find 10 of the best players in the world in the ultra-rare Dieci Migliore. My find was Russ Westbrook. Not too shabby!! I also like the extra foil touch on the card.

 
Up next, a rookie Portraits card.

 
I was already excited up to this point. Let's see how the rest goes.
 
Art Nouveau relic card.

 
Sketches and Swatches includes take a unique black and white look with some added color. I like it.

 
And my last pull from the box, by far the biggest Panini Rewards I have seen.
 
 
Other hits not included in my box are, 

Fresh Paint Autographs,Fresh Paint Dual Autographs,Art Nouveau Jumbo Nameplate,Artistic, Endeavors Memorabilia, Artistic Endeavors Prime, Aurora (case hit insert), Blank Slate , Emerging Artists, Heir Apparent Autographs,Performance Art Jerseys, Points in the Paint and Renaissance Men.
 
OVERALL:It's really hard for me to judge this product getting a HOT BOX. Looking at my results, I was pretty happy with the product. A rare insert, 4 hits, can't do any better than that for the price. Not sure how a basic break went.
 
Looking at the product, I like the design of the hits and the base set. Not much of a fan of the inserts as they look more like the base than an insert. The rare one I pulled doesn't however due to the touch of rainbow foil. I think they needed to do more there to offset the base vs the inserts.

I guess my final opinion is, if you are a fan of art related products, the price here isn't bad and there are hot boxes to find as well with plenty of big time hits. I say give it a try!

Please take a moment out to thank Panini America for their generosity in providing this box for me to review and give some of the hits away in my Mystery Panini Contest. Follow them on all social media and visit their site, HERE, as well. If you haven't entered the contest yet, you can find it HERE.

Christmas Favorites:Quaker Chewy Snowday Gingerbread Spice Granola Bars

Okay, before you guys say, "what the hey?" "This isn't cards." "Doesn't this say Sport Card Collectors?" "Is he done collecting?" "I am so unfollowing" "Never reading again!", I wanna explain that Christmas is my favorite time of the year and I wanted to share that joy with you!

I will admit that I am one of those crazies that puts up Christmas decorations on Thanksgiving night but I don't keep them up til the next year. Usually they are taken down a day or two after Christmas. I try to decorate as much as I can and I enjoy all of the tastes, scents and feels of the season. Having been around snow my entire life, I will also say there is nothing like snow on Christmas day.

So to celebrate my favorite holiday, I thought I would go cardless for a few days and show off some items I enjoy around the holidays. It may not be your cup of tea per say, but thought it would be fun to go off the beaten road on here for once.

So let's get to celebrating!

This year I added a new friend to my holiday flavor plate. These Quaker Chewy Snowday Gingerbread Spice granola bars. They not only came in an attractive box, not sure where that picture went but it was like a sport card parallel with shiny glitter, but they taste pretty good.



 

There isn't a lot of gingerbread flavor, but it's just right. Sometimes things like these can be overdone with too much added flavor, however, Quaker did it the right way.

Thoughts on today's item welcomed in comments! Tomorrow we visit a final item that I have used every year since it was made.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

REVIEW:2017 Bowman Draft

Rookie Cards.
What appears to be the biggest driving force in this hobby, just take a look at 2017 baseball or 2016 football cards, and what better product to get rookie cards from then the king of rookie cards Bowman. This time it comes in Bowman Draft form as a sneak peek of the future. 
One thing I learned about collecting in 2017 and key rookies, it's best to get them as early as you can. So let's take a look at the product and what it has to offer.


Each box of 2017 Bowman Draft comes with 12 packs of 32 cards per. Boxes pack a whopping 384 cards which will help you build your future pretty fast. Boxes also come with 3 Bowman Chrome autographs. Boxes are currently running $125.

The base set design is the Bowman one for 2017. Once again draft comes with both draft picks and prospect cards in both chrome and paper. 
(Hunter Greene is not in this product and will be featured in 2018 Bowman)

Key Draft Picks include, Royce Lewis, MacKenzie Gore, Brendan McKay, Kyle Wright, Austin Beck, Pavin Smith, Adam Haseley, Keston Hiura, Jo Adell, Jake Burger, Shane Baz, Nick Pratto, Evan White, Heliot Ramos, and David Peterson.
Key Prospects include Ronald Acuna, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Gleyber Torres, Bo Bichette, Eloy Jimenez, Fernando Tatis Jr., Blake Rutherford, Nick Gordon, Juan Soto, Kevin Maitan, Ian Anderson, Kyle Lewis, Taylor Trammell, Scott Kingery, Jorge Mateo, Brendan Rodgers, Carter Kieboom, A.J. Puk, and Mitch Keller. 

There are 200 cards in the base set in both paper and chrome.


As with anything chrome, bring on the refractors!!! These are base ones and fall two per jumbo pack.


Others I pulled are, sky blue, Bowman 70th, Green and Purple.
 
Overall offerings are, 
  • Refractor
  • Sky Blue Refractor
  • Purple Refractor:
  • Bowman 70th Logo Refractor
  • Blue Refractor
  • Green Refractor
  • Gold Refractor
  • Orange Refractor /25
  • Red Refractor /5
  • SuperFractor 1/1.
There are paper parallels.I pulled a blue.
 
Others include,
  • Silver Border
  • Purple Border
  • Green Border
  • Gold Border
  • Orange Border /25
  • Red Border /5.
  • Black Border 1/1.
Now onto the inserts!
Recommended Viewing has two players featuring team-specific prospect combinations


MLB Draft History features players of the past.
 

Bowman Defining Moments features upcoming players and their key moment so far.

  I pulled this Gleyber gold refractor /50


Now onto the autographs!

My first one is a base of Heliot Ramos


My second is a refractor of Blake Hunt


And my final one is a purple of Griffin Canning
 
Other parallels include,
  • Blue Refractor
  • Green Refractor
  • Black Refractor /75
  • Bowman 70th Logo Refractor
  • Gold Refractor /50.
  • Orange Refractor /25.
  • Red Refractor /5.
  • SuperFractor 1/1. 
Other hits not found in my box include, Class of 2017 Autographs that are 1 per case,
All-America Game Autograph Cards, MLB Draft History Autos and Top of the Class Box Toppers.

OVERALL:This product isn't for everyone, but if you are a prospector or want cards of your teams future, this is definitely the way to go. Lots of cards in a box. I like the design of the inserts and the themes of them. The bonus of having a shot at some decent former players autographs adds an extra value to the product as well.

When it comes to the price, its about what you usually pay for a 3 autograph hit product and for a Bowman one. With so many prospects to chase, you never know if you are investing or losing on a box like this until a few years pass. Time can only tell for rookies.

Take a minute out to thank Topps for providing the box to review. Some of the cards you see above will be included in the #MyToppsMomentOfTheYear promo! Follow Topps on all social media sites and check out their website HERE for cards and more!

Christmas Favorites:Turkey Hill Egg Nog Ice Cream

Okay, before you guys say, "what the hey?" "This isn't cards." "Doesn't this say Sport Card Collectors?" "Is he done collecting?" "I am so unfollowing" "Never reading again!", I wanna explain that Christmas is my favorite time of the year and I wanted to share that joy with you!

I will admit that I am one of those crazies that puts up Christmas decorations on Thanksgiving night but I don't keep them up til the next year. Usually they are taken down a day or two after Christmas. I try to decorate as much as I can and I enjoy all of the tastes, scents and feels of the season. Having been around snow my entire life, I will also say there is nothing like snow on Christmas day.

So to celebrate my favorite holiday, I thought I would go cardless for a few days and show off some items I enjoy around the holidays. It may not be your cup of tea per say, but thought it would be fun to go off the beaten road on here for once.

So let's get to celebrating!

One of the flavors of the season I enjoy most is Egg Nog. Whether it is enjoyed through a cup of egg nogg or in today's featured item, a frozen version, there is nothing like egg nog. I know not everyone likes it, but I sure do.

I usually try a version of Egg Nog ice cream and I found this year possibly the best version I have tried yet, Turkey Hill Egg Nog.
 
As you can see, I really dug into this container. This version is smooth, rich and bursting with flavor. It's what I would expect from an egg nog ice cream.
 
 
If you can find this at your local grocery store I strongly suggest you giving it a try. You won't be disappointed especially if you are an egg nog fan.
 
Tomorrow comes another taste of the season. I believe it's new to this year and I really enjoyed it. Stay tuned for that one.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Another 90's Auto Addition, Co-Signed

I know it's Halloween, but don't let the $15 price tag scare you on this card, I picked up this card pretty reasonable at $4.

This marks my fourth card from the 1997 Stadium Club co-signers set. I still have a few Giants including a couple of Rodney Hampton's I need to chase down. Most of them are fairly cheap but some I cannot find.

Today's card features to average corners so I say it was a perfect matchup on the card. Both autographs have also stood the test of time and look really sharp still. Remember a day when cards were signed only on-card?
Thoughts on today's card add welcomed in comments!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Diamond Club

My love of cards with jewels reached a new high with my latest addition.

To go along with the Sapphire I have of Terrell Davis, I can now say I own a diamond chip as well. It is real diamond, it claims to be but how will we ever know.

I made an offer of $7 to acquire this tough 90's insert I didn't even know existed. This insert set is from 1996 Zenith named coincidentally The Diamond Club. The base insert falls 1:24 packs while this one, known as the parallel to it, falls at a tough 1:350 packs and there are not a ton of them out there from my searching.
It's a pretty cool cheap pick up in my opinion. It's also not very often this Yankees fan finds a Red Sox card to be cool.
Now if only I could add the expensive Griffey version of this and it's base version as well.

Monday, December 18, 2017

1996 Sunday Night Redemption!

Inserted 1:24 hobby and retail packs in 1996 Stadium Club series 1 were Sunday Night Redemption cards.  Each card featured two numbers that were to be compared to the final scores of each week's NFL Sunday Night football game.

Winning cards, that had matching scores, were redeemable for two special jumbo sized Stadium Club Finest cards featuring players that participated in that NFL game using the 1996 Stadium Club design.

The Giants Week 1 NFL game gave them the matching score and my guy Rodney was apart of that weeks cards.  I was worried I wouldn't be able to chase one of them down as they seem to be extremely rare finds. Luckily I was able to and as a surprise my wife picked it up for me.

Always glad to knock a tough card off my want list.



 

The card itself is the same card as the 1996 base one except it's chromed, jumbo and the card number is Week 1. 

I hope to keep knocking Hampton's off my list and if you would like to join my hunt, my want list is HERE and trade em to me or send me a nice gift. Either way it will make my day especially after watching this Giants team this year.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Great Binder

My mother-in-law once again found me some treasure.

She recently went to a new antique store in town and as always went on the hunt for cards for me. She stumbled upon a full binder of them for $25 and picked it up.
I haven't really had the chance to sit down and go through all of it yet.  I thought that would make a fun segment and it seems there is a lot of good stuff from late 90's til early 2000's just by flipping through it really fast.

Any guesses on who or what I may find in here?