Monday, June 18, 2018

Nuttin But The HIts:1995 Pinnacle Football 36 Pack Break (NICE PULLS)

The late 90's. Is there truly any better time in the hobby?

The variety, the brands, the innovations, the value.

It's all in there.

For me there is also a bonus, the memories. This was and always will be my best time in the hobby. Nothing will ever change that.

So when I pulled off my last trade with Project Pedro blog I got the opportunity to take a trip back down memory lane with some packs/box breaks from my past. I loved every aspect of our trade, but these breaks were truly what hit me the hardest and what I enjoyed the most. With every pack I busted a smile can be seen for miles across my face and the next chance to open the next pack brought me joy like no other.

There will be multiple breaks coming up on here. So get ready to take a trip back in time!
Today. let's go back to 1995 shall we? That's the year I was currently starting to post about for Origins Of A Cardboard Addict blog. I had thought about busting these boxes over there, but instead I decided to keep them here and maybe this will be the future site of that blog as well and will continue my story of collecting here. 

Okay, I had a huge kid crush on 1995 Pinnacle football and I have mentioned that on The Origins Of A Cardboard Addict before. Now that I am older, I still have what I now call a man crush on the product. I loved the design and especially the inserts.
Today, the product is a lot more affordable than it used to be so why not take a chance on some in my trade with Project Pedro? It was definitely worth it!

Just for an example, here is the kind of photography and design it had for the base set. Which you can find my wants under the set tab. I will be soon separating some of those into a Sets Of My Childhood tab.
Joey Galloway's rookie card from the base set was my favorite card. Slam dunking a football pretty slick for those times. The football enclosing the name at the bottom was a spectacular touch.

Let's take a look at my great break of this product. Up first, the dufex of Museum Collection parallels. these fall 1:4 packs so I got the amount you would expect.

Plus one with judge Steve Young.

Showcase insert falls 1:18 packs. Unique prospective of the players in a photo shoot.

Clear Shots! Holy poop! Finally pulled one. These bad boys fall 1:60 and are in my Sets Of My Childhood chase. One down, nine more to go! These are clear acetate with a touch of silver shine. Very impressive in person so if you see any, please send them my way!!!!!!

And finally my last pull, a 1:90 Team Pinnacle find of Troy Aikman and

Dan Marino. What a find!!
I never had a break of Pinnacle like this in the 90's. If I had, I may not have been alive today because my heart would had stopped. Not that it didn't skip a beat or two after this incredible break.
All this did was leave me hanging and wanting more of 1995 Pinnacle. Something I may look back into down the road.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Binders Reorganization Strikes Back!

It is back. Well, for short time only like the McRib or Taco Bell's Nacho Fries. Binder Reorganization has returned like with a vengeance. Similar to when Jason came back to life in Friday The 13th part 6.

My poor NY Yankees collection has been in need of the same love I gave my Giants collection and since I don't have any new cards incoming, I needed a new project to keep my mind busy so I am going to give them the love they deserve.

There are 4 binders in all to tear apart and sort by player. Right now the current pages look like this,
There is no sort to this madness. It was me being lazy and sticking all of my Yankees-minus rookies, Jeter and Judge-all into a binder just to have them out of the way.
I regret neglecting it for so long but it was finally time to tackle it. The fact that I waited so long will make this an even longer project than it should have been.
This is how it currently looks after one binder. So many players that two sorting trays couldn't handle. I had to actually make a section on my desk as well.
I am hoping this project will straighten out my Yankees PC, show me who I have the most of for a player-which at this point is Gary Sanchez-and eliminate any doubles I may have. I don't collect doubles of anything unless its rookie cards or autographs or memorabilia or a numbered card.

In one binder alone I have found at least 10 doubles so far. Those cards will go into a pile for my Yankee trading friends. Which I don't have many, well, one so far. I will stick pictures of those doubles into my Trade Bait tab when I finally get that all set up.

More updates to come from my Yankee sorting along with a possible top player breakdown. Hopefully I can showcase off my very small Yankees hits PC at some point as well.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

REVIEW:2017-2018 Essentials Basketball+Contest!!

Panini has some interesting product names when a new one releases. Some are funny, some are weird and some are obvious. I put essentials as an obvious. Because what collector wouldn't want a product they may find to be essential to collect.

This product to me after ripping a couple of packs reminds me of 2017 Panini Illusions football with it's design and themes. It also reminds me of a couple strong late 90's products. Let's take a look at why.

Every box of 2017-2018 Essentials Basketball has 10 packs of 6 cards each. You will find two autographs per box along with inserts and parallels. Boxes run around $120.

Okay. Let's take a look at the base cards. They both are very reminiscent of both Panini Illusions football late 90's Flair. Same kind of card stock, layout and design. I really like it.

There are 200 cards in the base set including veterans,

And rookies. Here are some of the key rookie cards I found in my break.

As with any new product, there are parallels to be found. The difference between the base and parallels are the backgrounds and name color.

Red are the most common find and are not numbered.

I cannot figure out this one. It's not numbered so it can't be silver. If you know what this one is just comment below so I can update the post.

Here are the silvers however. They are numbered to 99.

Other parallels to find in the product include
  • Retail
  • Green
  • Orange
  • Red
  • Spiral
  • Platinum SSP
  • Silver /99
  • Purple 1/1.
As we move onto the inserts we find out there are 11 of them to find. Some of the designs remind of me of inserts in UD HoloGrfx product. They do all have the Flair look however.

Surprisingly, no inserts have parallels.

Kings Of The Court of course celebrate the guys who rock it and know how to put up the rock.

Indispensable Rookie are the top rookies in the game.

Swish Kings. Well, that's obvious

Future Legends are the key rookies in the game that have the most potential to be future stars.

Indispensable Stars. Those guys on the teams they couldn't live without.

Franchise Foundation. Those guys you can build your team around.

Dynamic Duos. The best teammates in the game.

There are other inserts to find as well. Many are SSP.

Now onto my hits.

First find was this Destined For Greatness Signature of Brandon Ingram redemption card. Ugh. Redemptions.

My second was this Glorified Signatures Artis Gilmore /35. Pretty sweet looking card I must say.

Other hits not found in my box include,
  • Rookie Autos
  • Called to Excellence Autographs
  • Claim to Fame Signatures
  • Glorified Signatures
  • True Potential Signatures
OVERALL: I loved the design and themes throughout the product. Honestly the price point isn't even that terrible. It was my pulls. They were not the best. I do like the design of the Gilmore pull but it isn't going to pull back what was paid for the box.

However, from a collector standpoint, which I consider myself in that part all the time, the product is a lot of fun and looks great. It's something I would like to see being brought over to the football land.

Here is the complete checklist for Essentials basketball. Check it out HERE.

Now a chance to throw your name in the hat to win the REDEMPTION CODE off from the Brandon Ingram autograph card.

To win this card above with some bonus cards, please read and follow the instructions
  2. REMEMBER, you are winning the code. Not the card. The card will not be shipped.
  3. TO ENTER, simply just leave me your thoughts on this product.
  4. Contest winner will have 72 hours after the winner announcement to claim or it goes back into the prize pot.
  5. Make sure to thank Panini and Tracy Hackler for their generosity!
  6. Contest starts today and will end on June 21st 2018. Winner will be announced shortly after.
  7. Once you enter this contest, you agree to all terms above. 
A big thanks goes out to Panini America for the box to review. Without their support with these reviews giveaways wouldn't be possible. Check them out at Panini America website and follow them on all social media sites. Please let Tracy Hackler and Panini know your thanks so we can continue to host giveaways like this or bigger ones!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Sets Of My Childhood THE SERIES! Part 18:1996-1997 Stadium Club Welcome Addition

Sets Of My Childhood THE SERIES is a spinoff from just a want list. I decided not only would I make a want list of each of the sets I am chasing in a tab, but I thought a little breakdown and feature may help get me more set help. I am sure many of the sets I am seeking are nickel and dime type of cards so I am hoping my trader friends can be on the lookout for any I don't have.

Today's set I don't have a lot of info on like past sets, but it is still one I am seeking so let's take a look!
I bought a ton of 1996-1997 Stadium Club back in the day chasing down some Kobe's. However, over the years what I had disappeared from moving and my father staking his claim in the collection when I moved out of home after high school.

One of the sets I was seeking at the time was Welcome Addition. I had roughly half of it done but now have one single card from the 25 card set.

The checklist is of players who moved to a new team and made the biggest impact for them. One of my all-time favorite Knicks is included in the set in Allan Houston. Another reason I need to chase it down.

My current haves are,
I have a very, very, very long ways to go here as you can see.
How many of you remember or collected these? I am sure Billy must!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Nuttin' But The Yankee Hits Part 3

Part 3 gives us some better Yanks to showcase before I finish up with some old timers tomorrow.

Here are a couple of Moose relics. He was another great Yankees acquisition. I really like the pinstripe swatch on the Ultra card.

Godzilla!!!! I remember going to the local home show and finding a box of 2003 Upper Deck MVP baseball trying to chase down his rookie card and pulled one. Later on I added the Prestige pants swatch and traded for the bat swatch last year. Would love to add an autograph someday.

McCann wasn't a Yankee for long but did okay with them. This is my only Yankees hit of him.

CC. Feels like this guy has been around for ever and ever. Well, he has. At least it appears he will finish his career with the Yankees. If you look closely at this trio of relics you would think I have three of the same card, well, that's not the case. It appears Topps got lazy and used the same photo on the bottom one as well.

This card serves as both Yankees hit PC and a unique relic swatch since it's from a workout jersey from the All Star game.

Robinson Cano was another Yankee who left too soon like Soriano. This guy could simply hit the ball hard.

My favorite card of my Cano's is this Topps 60th relic. I like the design and the swatch.

There's the end of Part 3. Only one more medium sized showcase left to go. Like I said, my Yankees hits PC is pretty small.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

REVIEW:Baseball Treasure

There has always been a special place in card collecting that involves coins. Whether it's a hit from a pack, a solo coin line from Upper Deck, or back in the 90's where we got to enjoy a coin that could be embedded into a card. Or do as I did, keep them separate.

Either way, there seems to be an interest in combining the two hobbies into one.

Recently, I learned about a new line of collectible that once again combines the two hobbies in the Baseball Treasure product line.

Baseball Treasure is MLB and MLBPA licensed and comes in a one card coin pack for the price of $6.99. Every coin is made in one once of copper and has a parallel of one ounce of fine silver that falls 1:432 packs. One more chase exclusive to one player is that 1:21,600 packs will include a specially marked coin redeemable for a one-ounce gold coin of Aaron Judge commemorating his rookie record of 52 home runs last season. So want!

Every team in the product has one star player and the checklist is made up of 30 players.

Here are the available players on the checklist for each team,
  • José Altuve, Houston Astros
  • Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
  • Josh Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Adrián Beltré, Texas Rangers
  • Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
  • Justin Bour, Miami Marlins
  • Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
  • Robinson Canó, Seattle Mariners
  • Michael Conforto, New York Mets
  • Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics
  • Corey Dickerson, Tampa Bay Rays
  • Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
  • Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
  • Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies
  • Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
  • Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
  • Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
  • Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
  • Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
  • Yoan Moncada, Chicago White Sox
  • Wil Myers, San Diego Padres
  • Salvador Pérez, Kansas City Royals
  • Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
  • Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
  • Travis Shaw, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays
  • Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
  • Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Not a bad checklist at all. Some solid names in there.

Now that I have shown you what you could possibly find, it's time to start the chase and see my three pack break.
First coin was Wil Myers. The card itself is a basic design and is color themed by the team featured. On the “heads” side you’ll see the portrait, name, and position on the coin.  The “tails” side has a career highlight and action shot.

My second coin was Josh Bell.

My final coin was Corey Dickerson.
Just so you can see this, here are the backs of the coins and the cards.

And the licensing information.
My initial thought after the break was being impressed how heavy the coins are. Definitely nothing like Pinnacle Mint. I also thought it was nice that the coins were already embedded into the card instead of having to do it myself so I wouldn't ruin in it. The only issue I did run into was that the card stock had a tad bit of damage on a couple of them with rough edges. Could have just been a printing or pack out error. Who knows? I am sure they would probably take returns if this was the case for you. They seem like really nice guys from some short discussions I have had with them and some I have seen online.
Other than that, I kind of wished the card backs had some form of player stats or a small write up at the top of the card instead of having a repeat of the name and number again. But, that's nothing major. That's just the card collector in me. The main focus with these is obviously the coins or the treasure.
The coins however are beautiful in every way. Lots of detail with the players and I especially enjoyed the backs with the players action shots. I hope they come out with a few more series and maybe include legends or at least Ken Griffey Jr. Hint, hint.
OVERALL: If you are a baseball fan and a collector, I say give these a shot. Not too expensive and it would be a fun PC add for anyone to make your collection a bit more unique. I know personally I want the Aaron Judge versions and may seek them out. I also heard that later on this year there will be a special album as well to store these in. That will help since no other pages can hold this thickness at this time.
You can check out Baseball Treasure HERE and read their unique story on how they started HERE. You can also find them on Twitter like I did @BaseballTreasur. 
Baseball Treasure product can be found pretty much every where online and at some retail stores.

The Low Budget Collector Part 6:Contests

I know, I know, this one should be the most obvious of this series, but I have to bring it up just in case you don't enter them or maybe really don't know of them or know why they can be important.

Contests can play a major role in a Low Budget collectors way of collecting. Contests can be entered to win a prize for yourself or can be used for trade bait for others.  I enter contests for both occasions but most of the time the winnings are ones I enter for myself.

I have won some prizes big and small but all have helped me build my collection the past couple of years that I have struggled with funds. It also keeps something going in the mail box so you don't get down about collecting. I completely get how tough it can be not to see any cards incoming. So even if it's just one card, it's better than none.

One thing I need to mention about contests also is I don't enter them all. I only enter the ones that help my PC or that I can use for trade bait. I don't feel like I should enter the contests that have absolutely no meaning to me. What's the point? Just to win free stuff? Nope, that's not me. Save those cards in the contests for someone who actually collects them or needs them.

The most important thing about contests is not just about the entering/winning, it's about the giving. I have felt the generosity pour out from this hobby over the last couple of years so I do my best to give even more back to the hobby that has given to me. That's a very important final piece to this. I have been doing my giveaways for years now and can tell you there is no better feeling when someone gets a surprise mail day from you and you can just tell you made their day. :)

In closing to sum this up, contests are a fun way to keep your collecting moving forward to help add cards to your collection with no cost which is always good for a low budget collector. Of course you do have to win first as well but sometimes the entering and losing can be just as entertaining as it's like ripping a pack of cards and hoping to beat the odds. To me, there is no greater thrill in the hobby than that.

I hope Part 6 of this will help you in some way today to keep on collecting no matter the circumstance. This is the point of these posts and even though some may be obvious like this one, it will hopefully still get you in the right direction without wanting to quit the hobby. I am also hoping it may give you a new way to save money and collect.  

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Nuttin But The Hits:1997 Bowman's Best Football Hobby Box Break (sick break!)

The late 90's. Is there truly any better time in the hobby?

The variety, the brands, the innovations, the value.

It's all in there.

For me there is also a bonus, the memories. This was and always will be my best time in the hobby. Nothing will ever change that.

So when I pulled off my last trade with Project Pedro blog I got the opportunity to take a trip back down memory lane with some packs/box breaks from my past. I loved every aspect of our trade, but these breaks were truly what hit me the hardest and what I enjoyed the most. With every pack I busted a smile can be seen for miles across my face and the next chance to open the next pack brought me joy like no other.

There will be multiple breaks coming up on here. So get ready to take a trip back in time!
Today. let's go back to 1997 shall we? That's the year after I was currently starting to post about for Origins Of A Cardboard Addict blog. I had thought about busting these boxes over there, but instead I decided to keep them here and maybe this will be the future site of that blog as well and will continue my story of collecting here. 

Okay, Bowman's Best. One great looking product that included refractors. I was sold in the 90's but packs costed a ton that I couldn't afford a lot of it. Flash forward 20 years and here I was finally opening up a box of it.

Each box comes with 24 packs with 6 cards per pack. The base cards looked like this and have 125 cards in the base set. I fell short of that in my box break and will be seeking it in my Sets Of My Childhood chase,

The Rookies in the set looked similar except a touch of silver on the edges. Key rookies were Jake Plummer, Warrick Dunn, and Tony Gonzalez. At least when you open a box of retro wax, you know which prospects made it already as opposed to today's stuff you open.
Now onto my awesome pulls from this box

Two named refractors in Jake Plummer and John Elway. These fall 1:12 packs.

Then I got the promised atomic refractor that falls 1:24 packs, but it was Jerry stinkin Rice!! Followed up in the next pack with another atomic this time of all-time great Reggie White!!!!

That wasn't even the end of the break. Following those was this Best Cuts, 1:24 packs of Jerry Rice then a Best Cuts refractor 1:48 packs of Mark Brunell!
Can you feel the heat?!!

Man do I miss the hobby days of the 90's. Products today don't even touch this stuff.
This was the final break of my trade with Project Pedro blog. A HUGE thanks goes out to him for allowing me to do a trade like this and take me back in time. I really hope we can do this again. If you haven't checked out Project Pedro Blog, please do so. He is expanding his segments on top of the already popular Cheap Wax Wednesday.

I am also going to do a giveaway from this break on Twitter so make sure you are following me there!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Winner Of the 2018 MLS Autograph!

I recently broke a box of 2018 to review and gave away one of the autographs from the box.

The contest had a very poor turnout, which was saddening, but I will take what I can get.

Anyways, there was one of you who guessed the number right on.

Congrats to Dion's IP Autos only who guessed 37/50.

Dion's IP, please email at or DM me on Twitter with your address. You will have 72 hours from today to claim or the prize goes back in the pot!

Thanks to everyone who participated. More contests to come!