Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Breakin' Wax:1995 Pinnacle Zenith Football

1996 Zenith along Ex and the Spx's of the 90's were king to me. Nothing topped those. I know I mention often how much I love this set or that set, but deep down, those three can't be touched.

One product in the 90's I never got to open for football was 1995 Zenith. I opened TONS AND TONS of 1996, but never once laid sight on 1995.

In my latest box break from Shane over at Project Pedro Blog, I finally got the opportunity to open some even in box form for the first time.

In every box of 1995 Zenith football, there were 24 packs of 6 cards. There was a shot at three different inserts in every box, most notably, Z-Team.

There are 150 base cards in the base set, designed like the yellow brick road I would say, including veterans and

"rookies". For some reason or another, Zenith didn't do real rookies. They made it like baseball and called rookies, "rookies" from the year before like this Willie. In the three year run of the 90's, it never once put a true rookie card in it's product.

Like I said earlier, there are three chase inserts in the product.
Second Season which I didn't recognize at first. I assumed it was apart of the base set until I saw the numbers on the back. These fall 1:6 packs.

Give me some dufex baby! These Rookie Roll Call fell 1:72 packs and are beautiful both front

and back. I am chasing this set as well and you can also see that not more than 1200 sets were produced.

And finally the moment you have been waiting for....Z Team John Elway. Wowza!! These fall 1:24 packs or one per box. Much different than the 1:3 boxes the 1996 ones fall.

Just like with the 1996 version, I plan on chasing down the 1995 one as well. Cards look amazing.

How does this one live up to 1996? Well, it falls flat with the one insert and the base cards. 1996 base cards put these ones to shame. The Z-Teams look better in 1996 as well, but love me some dufex so this one is solid. Hard to beat a perfected product like the 1996 version.

I am working on so much from the Zenith 1996 product still and this one as well including the dufex inserts, Z-Teams, and base ones.

What are your guys thoughts on Zenith? Have a favorite year of it?

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Knocking Down Set Needs

Awhile ago, and I mean awhile, Greg over at The Collective Mind emailed me and mentioned he had some serious set help for my 1995 Stadium Club football and 2015 Score football sets.

This was my reaction. I am running for em!

However, all my fault that it took months, months and months for me to get my act together and dig out a return before I could say yes. But, I finally did it and we pulled off a trade (I still need to mail my end but it's at least packed up!!!)

And Greg mailed his out pretty quickly. It also just arrived as well.

A good handful of cards for Stadium Club

 including John Elway. Guess I didn't have him and didn't realize it.


 And the double sided Ground Attack. Always digging these foil cards and design.

Tons of Score base needs

 including Gridiron Heritage

 and Team Leaders.

I need to update my set needs on here with these in hand now, along with a few other sets I have added to as well, but this big mail day has me feeling....
 Boo Yeah!

Thanks again for the trade Greg and being so patient on my end. I promise next time we do a trade, I will be much faster especially if I re-organize the way I plan to.

I will be updating my set needs soon and also have a really cool idea on how to get them out there more as well. Stay tuned!


Monday, June 1, 2020

The Blogger Mail Days Roll In

I have been getting quite a few mail days in recently from fellow bloggers and once again, they are a huge help in continuing on this blogging streak I am on. I haven't missed a post in 8 years, going on 9 right now, and don't plan to. But, some days the ideas, mail days and steam hit a slow patch.

Then I pick up myself and drag on.

Despite some of these posts are not my best efforts, you want to see those go check out Coffee Over Cards, but some are. I need to do more effort here since this is my baby blog and the one I treasure the most even though sometimes a random card with no writing says otherwise.

So today I am putting words on this post along with some card pictures. So, it's still not my best, but it's an effort as opposed to some days.

First up, my mail day from Brian over at Highly Subjective and Completely Arbitrary. He had another one of his Freebie Fridays and I grabbed on.

Football cards in the 90's, especially ones like this Bruce Smith, speak about what my collecting is mainly about. That Ultra design is awesome.

Thanks again Brian! I hope to send something your way as a thank you soon.

Next up, according the return address, a surprise mail day from the legendary Night Owl Cards.
Andre Brown. Lots of blue, love it.

I didn't have this Urshela for my Yanks PC

Or this Judge. I need to update my PC numbers for Aaron at some point. Been slacking on my NY Yankee card numbers.


Alright! Night Owl is da man. He must pay attention to my deep passion of Panini Americana 2015. I have the base set, working on the inserts, have a quite a few autographs/relics, and have most of the blue foil parallels and slowly been adding some of the red. Both of these are new.

This is a new one as well. I didn't know the inserts had foil parallels til I started getting a few from the blogosphere. They must have come in retail products as I busted a ton of hobby and never saw one.

Final card, an Angie Dickinson relic. Angie was in many shows and movies and even won a Golden Globe. This is a great relic for my Non Sport PC which continues to grow.

Thanks again Greg!

Final mail day is my BFG winnings from Johnny's Trading Spot. Even though I love to be apart of it, I either forget it's going on or get in the middle of a TV show/movie with the Mrs or even be cooking supper. I have yet to show up, so not sure I will join in again without being there and getting the boot. I prefer to be alert and there to actually participate.


I always enjoy an oddball selection of cards from the Minor Leagues. I have quite a few kicking around in boxes.

Thanks Johnny!

Thanks again to these wonderful bloggers and if you haven't checked any of them out, get on it! (another blogger mail day ahead tomorrow)

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Rodney's Cardboard:1997 Topps Gallery No Foil White Border Proof

Not to brag, but I have gotta have the most unique Rodney Hampton collection out there. How could I not?

I add anything I can with his name on it. From magazines to jerseys (only have one of these) to cards to oddball cards.

Today's card marks a new proof card I have in my PC for Rodney.

This card is from 1997 Topps Gallery. This is a proof card that is the production before they become cards. Hence the no foil and white border which would be trimmed off normally.

Back of the card intact like the real card, well besides the border.

The seller is one I have gotten my past Hampton proofs off from. Good prices and combines shipping so that is right up my alley. Another thing is he just listed a bunch more Hampton proofs that I need. I will have to wait til funding is good again but I plan on scooping them up when I do.

What do you guys think about proof cards? Like em? Hate em? Take em as they are for your PC?

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Autograph Of The Week:Wilmer Valderrama

I have seen/heard Wilmer in a lot of TV over the years, but nothing compares to his role as Fez in That 70's Show. I watched it back in the 90's in my much younger years but didn't really appreciate it until I was an adult, especially now.

Every weekend on Laff, a television channel, they re-play all of the episodes so I get the chance at a good laugh which can be needed in today's trying times.

Also, Wilmer has been on one of my favorite shows the last few seasons in NCIS playing special agent Nick Torres. It took me a little while to like his character, but it has grown on me and now I am a fan.

For some reason or another while playing on eBay, a sponsored ad for an autograph card of his popped up. At first, I had no idea he had autograph and then I knew I had to have it.

After some back and forth with the seller, we finally came to a price agreement and I landed this one pretty affordable compared to others.

It's a 2001 Topps American Pie autograph relic.

Card back with info about Wilmer.

By the way, I typed this up at the end of March so if this doesn't publish before the NCIS season finale, I don't know what could have happened to his character since NCIS is really good about hiding their plans for the finales.

Another autograph on the way next week!

Friday, May 29, 2020

Kerry's Cardboard:1997 Topps Gallery Gallery Of Heroes

One of my favorite insert lines of the 90's, yes I have many favorites so I use that line a lot, was Gallery Of Heroes from Topps Gallery.

I never actually ever pulled one or even saw one up close, til I bought the Griffey from 2000 Topps Gallery, but have always wanted one from 1997 THE OG of the insert line.

I have tried a few times to land a Griffey, but the prices were out of my cheap price range.

I also tried to land a Kerry Collins three different times with no good outcomes.

Til try number four.

It was cheap and I was the only bidder, so it was mine.
These inserts fell 1:36 packs on average and feature a stained glass background and acetate see-thru.

Back side of the card.

It's really hard to capture the card in a picture but I tried my best by standing it up.

Pretty happy to land this one and had landed it cheap. I don't think Kerry was featured in any of the other years of Gallery Of Heroes so I own the one and only year of it. Otherwise, those would be my next "for sure" chases.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Two Of The Best

I am not usually one for Leaf products, especially their sport ones, but I do really like their non sport ones such as Pop Century.

I have been collecting non sport stuff pretty hard over the past couple of years adding what I can when I can especially those that played a role in my life.

Today I feature two of my favorite actors who both played in a film together.

The movie, well, Caddyshack from 1980. The actors, Chevy Chase and Bill Murray.

I have always liked Chevy and all of his movies. Some are better than others, but all give me a chuckle. However, by far,  National Lampoons Christmas Vacation is his best and my Top favorite movie of all time OVER ALL OTHER MOVIES. I would watch it in non holiday times.

As for Bill, I liked some of his movies, not as many as Chevy, but my favorite roles of his is Ghostbusters, Space Jam and especially being the greens keeper in Caddyshack. I had to show my nephew Caddyshack just for Murray's character. It's just too bad he wasn't in the second movie which fell flat to the first in comparison. Though both movies had A+ stars in them.

This Prop Century relic features both Chase and Murray. Not sure what the relics are from, but it's a cool piece to have. I already have a solid Chase PC and this is my first thing for Murray. I wished he had an autograph to chase.

The only thing negative I find about this card other than it not letting me know what the relics are from, is the fact it doesn't have their faces on the front with their swatches. Instead of that award symbol, put their faces above their names. That's all I ask.

Back of the card has no specifics what the wardrobe cards are from other than being authentic. Would have been nice to find out which movie they are from.

I don't think this will be the end of my chase for Chase. I see he has other relic cards in that set with plenty of other stars.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Breakin' Wax:1995 Pro Line Classic Series 2

Pro Line was a great 90's product that had autographs and top notch photography.

One of my favorite products of 1995, there are many, was their Series 1 Pro Line Classic.

So when I saw a Pro Line Classic Series 2, I was pretty excited.

However, it was a much different product. Instead of autographs, it focused on Phone Cards. Collectible Phone Cards was where it was at in 1995.

So let's check out my next box break thanks to via Shane over at Project Pedro Blog

Every box of 1995 Pro Line Classic was numbered, cause you don't want over production. Every box had 18 packs with 6 cards per pack. Each pack came with one of those "money makers" Prepaid Phone Cards.

The base set looked much different in Series 2 than 1. The photography was still there, but the bottom of the had an added shine to it. The cards were also more susceptible to damage.

Here's a few of my favorite base cards from the 100 card set,

Dave probably throwing to the other team here

Love the background of the Giants endzone

Bretts down and dirty!

Dan busting a move

There was some fun inserts however in this product.
Images Preview Card fell 1:18 packs. Back in the 90's you would sometimes find an insert as a preview of an upcoming product. That Images product was pretty cool by the way with it's etched aweomeness.

Printers Proof on a hot top rookie!! Well, back in 1995. No odds given.

Phone Cards. These fall one per pack for the $1 ones. Odds get tougher the more they are worth.

$2 phone cards fell 1:6 packs

And this $5 one fell 1:18 packs. Not too shabby of a player either

And it's also numbered to 3577. Kind of an odd number to be numbered to, but I will take it.

Gary Vee also had a 90's magazine,

Sorry, that was a Gary Vee joke if he had a magazine in the 90's. This is what I was saying earlier about how hot Phone Cards were and why Pro Line was pushing them so hard.

This was a fun break, not very costly either. I was hoping to land a couple of the cool inserts but no such luck here. It is what it is but the Emmitt Smith was a good find.

Any of you collect Phone Cards in the 90's?