Tuesday, August 14, 2018

My Musuem Collection World War 2 Relic Booklet Arrived!

Since February I have been counting down the days since I redeemed my biggest pull from Goodwin Champions.

I just wanted to get this card in-hand to see it. At one point I had checked in with Upper Deck to see if there were any updates, they said within two weeks I should have it in July.

Awesome.

Even more awesome, the card when it arrived. It was also shipped really safe in a plastic case which I am going to keep it in. I mean it is a piece of history.

The fun thing with these booklets when you redeem them, you have absolutely no idea which one you will be getting. We don't get many surprises in life so I will take any I can get.

The booklet I received brings us back to the Battle Of The Philippines. I am not a huge history buff-it was actually my worst subject-so other than the details on the inside of the booklet, I can't tell you much else without Google. I didn't appreciate history back in school, but as I have gotten older, I have realized how important everything was. Especially since today's teachings are much different and less detailed from what I learned/tried to learn.

So instead of rambling on anymore with that, let's take a look at this card.

The details look great on the outside cover


And even more so on the inside. It gives a description of the Battle Of The Philippines but doesn't give me what the description of what the relics are. That part was disappointing but you can just feel the history and why they call the line Museum Collection. This literally looks like a display you would find in a museum.


And here is the back of the card.
 

This card also has some personal feels to it as well as my grandfather fought in World War 2. I am not sure which part of the war, as I never got to meet my grandfather as PTSD took him away before I was born, but I will treasure this as such a relic and remembrance of him.

What do you guys think of cards like this? Relics of history like this? Let me know in comments!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Exiting Area 40

During Wes' retirement tour-formerly blogger of Jay Barker Fan blog and now runs a last big hurrah blog in Area 40-he has been unloading packages onto bloggers for goodbye gifts.

Well, here we are. After this long journey we have come to the finale from this box of goods from Wes, the most generous collector around and great friend. Someone I am glad I stumbled upon.

Let's take a look at what was actually the first things I found in the box

Peyton Manning. This Ionix set looked spectacular.


Natrone Means. Like I said before, this guy was completely underrated.


This was a good call by Bowman's Best. He was defintely a Best Bet even his time in Cleveland. Cool card and die cut.


Great draft pick by the Raiders. Yes, heavy sarcasm. I wasn't sure if the Raiders got their star or not at the time but made sure I grabbed a few rookies ahead of time. Now they just sit in a binder worth more than them.



Put this guy in the Hall Of Fame already!!


MJ agrees with me.


Cool Peter Warrick card. I haven't had the time to see if this is set help yet or not. Ex put out a really nice product from base to inserts to parallels.


DRC. I appreciated his time in NY and wished the Giants would bring him back. I think he would be a big help still.


Up next...some big time PC cards. These were the first cards I discovered in the  box before I got to dig into the rest. What a way to kick off the box and end the series of posts.

Rueben Randle 2 color autograph swatch. Nice looking card for my PC I didn't have.


New Sterling Shepard autograph as well. I expect this guy to be even better this year.


CRUUUUUUUUUUUZZ. This marks my third Victor autograph but this one is the prettiest of the three.


And finally, some epicness. My first ever NFL logo swatch. It's not a full one, but it's a piece of one. That's something I definitely didn't have. Next goal is a full logo swatch. But this card overall is a beaut with the cracked ice look as well.
 

Thank you seems like an understatement here to Wes but other than being completely left speechless that's all I have to offer. I also believe Wes had mentioned this wasn't the end of this mailing. I can't imagine what else he is going to throw my way.

Thanks again Wes for this and for everything you do for the hobby and your hobby friends. Not just with cards either, but the friendships and the friendship we have built. It's all appreciated and we will miss your blog. At least we still have Area 40 to visit for now and the past memories of JBF and the time we can talk on Twitter.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Nuttin' But The Hits:2017 Donruss Football Blaster Box

My 2017 rookie card collection for football is as weak as it gets. So when I found a markdown blaster box of Donruss I scooped it up.

Not only did I scoop it up for hopefully rookie card help, but I am a fan of the product line. So let's take a look at how I did.

**for some reason my blaster box picture didn't upload so all I have to tell you is that each box marked down was $15 roughly and came with one hit and one parallel**

My Giants from the box.

 
Rated Rookies from the box. Got a huge one with Watson, my very first rookie card of his.

 
Joe Williams Press Proof parallel.

 
Eli Manning Legends Of The Fall. The Diamond King of the NFL. I really like the look of the card.

 
Von Miller Up Tempo insert.

 
And the promised hit of the box isn't too shabby, a Leonard Fournette relic. I still need his rookie card however. So if you got one, let me know!
 
 
Pretty solid break for what I paid for it. I was pretty happy with the results. Much happier than I was with the Score blaster box I showed off recently. I picked up both of these the same day.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

2018 August Fantasy Baseball Prize

For those of you that joined the Sport Card Collectors Fantasy Baseball league, I finally got confirmation for the prizes in August.

Since there are two leagues, there will be two prizes. One prize for each league. The players with the highest winning percentage for each league will win a prize and the one with the biggest lead will get to choose their prize first.

Here are the Topps and BCW prize offerings for the month,


TOPPS MYSTERY UFC OR SOCCER AUTOGRAPH! (winner chooses which sport)

And a few bonus inserts as well. I know it's not a baseball autograph, but, it will be like that for some months and some non baseball prizes will be in the main prize.

Here is where you can find this months prizes if you don't win,
Shoe Box House

Monster Pads
 
Believe me, you will want to! Especially a Shoe Box house which I have three of for storage. Those bad boys rock!
 
Good luck to all of those in the league and keep in mind that the prizes for the year end winner are stacking up!

Back To The 90's With Area 40

During Wes' retirement tour-formerly blogger of Jay Barker Fan blog and now runs a last big hurrah blog in Area 40-he has been unloading packages onto bloggers for goodbye gifts.

We are closing in on the finale of my mail day from Wes with only one part left, the finale. Til then, let's take a look at today's offerings before the final post.

Akili Smith again. But, the key with this card is the cool die cut that Press Pass offered. That had many great ones.


Keyshawn Johnson rookies. Just give him the ball!


You are in Peyton's house now! There is no turning back.


In the 90's I got to watch two of the greatest WR's ever. When they faced off magic was in the air.


How great is this Steve McNair Gold Team card from his rookie year. Excellent Smithers!


Walter's son Jarrett Payton. My very first piece of cardboard of his.


Pam! There she is!


Caleb Sturgis auto. I believe this is my very first kicker autograph.


Eddie George. Dude could pure out run


Jason Garrett. Former Giants backup QB, now Cowboys coach.


Donovan McNabb. Great looking photography too and design by Stadium Club.


Mr.Too Cool Salaam.


This guy went from being a Superstar with the Jets to disappearing completely. Another guy who played past his prime.


This is a cool parallel I have never seen before. A Team2000 parallel that's numbered.


Here comes some great 90's signatures I didn't have. Dorsey Levens who ran for the Packers


Then Rodney Harrison who played safety for the Chargers and Patriots and was crucial to the Giants Super Bowl 42 win as he couldn't knock the ball out of Tyree's one-hand helmet catch.


Jamal Anderson.The Dirty Bird shows up!


David Patten numbered to 299 card. I didn't own anything like this til now.


Amani Toomer /100 UD Exclusive parallel. Another card I hadn't seen. Totally dig the photography on this one.


The Hot Rookies product was very underrated. Had beautiful parallels and solid pulls for a good price. Too bad it didn't survive another round. I bought about 4 boxes of it then when I had more hobby funds. Wished I could break another.


Tiki has a love/hate relationship with fans. I am more on the love side and appreciate everything he brought to the Gmen especially the two Super Bowls after he left haha.


My first ever Marlins parallel from '93 Topps.


Mike Piazza. Him and Clemens in the bat incident is sadly the most I remember about Piazza.


Bowman's Best insert.


And mark this as a new one for the KGJR collection. Nice early 90's card.
Well there you have it for this part. Only one more section of this mail day exists and as Vanessa Williams put it, I saved the best for last.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Getting CAUGHT Up With Area 40

During Wes' retirement tour-formerly blogger of Jay Barker Fan blog and now runs a last big hurrah blog in Area 40-he has been unloading packages onto bloggers for goodbye gifts.

We are back into the great Area known as Area 40. Where you never know what kind of cardboard you will unearth.

This edition showcases some great uncoverings.

Like this shiny Bowman parallel of Tre Mason. I always hated this Bowman only because of the logoless helmets. So ugly!


Two hot rookie cards at one point. I wished Amendola stayed with the Pats, now he is in a hobby wasteland. Steve Johnson was good player in his time with Buffalo.


Jake Delhomme. He led the Panthers to the Super Bowl and nearly won it. I didn't have his rookie card til now. It's a great addition to go alongside his autograph I have.


Gmen inserts!


Here are a couple more of these awesome cards.


I loved watching this guy play. Running and throwing like it was an art. Nothing I have ever seen before. I was really hoping he was going to lead the Jags to the Super Bowl.


Not sure what this is...but I loved Family Guy in the late 90's early 2000's


Nice looking Jason Kidd relic card.


I think I am one of the only few who would get excited about a Ryan Leaf numbered rookie card. Hey, I wished it was Peyton, but I will take this. I am actually on the search for an autograph of his someday.


Ryan Broyles. This is as far as his career went, right on cardboard that's it.


Jack Rabbit auto! This marks my second autograph of his. Wished I had one of him in a Giants uni. Not sure if that even exists.


Jonathan Goff just couldn't stay healthy enough to make an impact at LB. Giants are struggling for help there since the last Super Bowl run. Hopefully Alec Ogletree will help with that.


My man Odell! This guy looks really healthy. Can't wait to see him back on the field. I have high hopes this season for this team.




LT getting in on the action. Remember when parallels were simple?


Trippy Tek


My other boooooyyy. KGJR. There isn't much cardboard of him in White Sox uni so I will need to check and see if I have this  one or not.


Hologram awesomeness. These are soccer


And this one is Barry Sanders.


Neymar is one of the bigger names I know in Soccer. Cool acetate card of him here.


And we finish up this mail day with a Jackie Smith catch. I don't know what it was about this card over all of the vintage Wes tossed my way, but I just simply liked it.
 

This isn't the end quite yet. But, we are heading in that direction. What's left to come..well...I can only say pure awesome sauce.