Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sets Of My Childhood THE SERIES! Part 23:1996 Zenith Noteworthy

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.

1996 Zenith as an overall product, other than Spx, was my favorite. The base cards were elegant, the inserts were shiny and they seemed to have held their value over the years. I busted a ton of packs in 1996, which wasn't cheap by the way, and even busted some boxes in the last few years. I probably have the base set but am not sure. It is a need on my Sets Of My Childhood so if you find one or have one to trade let me know!!!!
Falling 1:12 packs, Noteworthy takes a special note of each player featured from their 1995 season. The top part of the card feature a rainbow foil and the bottom more of a dull look. But looking at the card straight on looks great.

There are 18 cards in the set and all I have is three so far so I have a long journey to go to complete this one. But, I really hope to.
             
My current haves are,
4,10, and 18

I have a very, very, very long ways to go here as you can see.

How many of you remember or collected these?

Saturday, June 23, 2018

REVIEW:2017-2018 Donruss Optic Basketball+GIVEAWAY!!

Since the beginning of my collecting time, I have always enjoyed shiny things and cards. One of those lines is usually Topps Chrome but another I have come to appreciate the last few years is Donruss Optic.

It takes the Donruss design and chromes it. Simple concept, but looks good.

So let's take a look at this years basketball version and let's giveaway a card while we are at it.

In every hobby box of 2017-2018 Donruss Optic there are 20 packs of 4 cards per pack. Boxes have one autograph per and run around $90.

The base cards as I mentioned above are the base Donruss design chromified. The base set is 200 cards. The first 150 are veterans and the last 50


are Rated Rookies. Which to me is the highlight of the set. I just love my rookies and with the classic Rated Rookie logo it just makes it a tad more fun. Fultz was the best of my box.


Let's take a look at the parallels I found in the box.
I originally thought that the Court Kings, Rookie Kings and Hall Kings were apart of the base set but come to find out they are all separate insert sets. I prefer that they had stayed in the base set instead of being dragged out. So my pictures of the parallels include a couple of these now known insert card parallels.

Up first holo,


Next purple,
 

Checkerboard. Which is actually labeled that on the back.


And what I assume is Purple. I honestly can't tell. I wished these were a bit easier to define.
  
Other parallels to find in the base set include, 
  • Flash 
  • Blue Velocity
  • Checkerboard
  • Purple
  • White Sparkle
  • Orange /199
  • Lime Green /175,
  • Red /99
  • Pink Velocity /79
  • Blue /49
  • Black Velocity /39
  • Aqua /25, 
  • Pink /25,
  • Purple Stars /13
  • Gold /10
  • Green /5
  • Gold Vinyl 1/1
  • Black 1/1.
Now time to take a look at the inserts. 

Up first, the aforementioned Rookie Kings, Hall Kings and Court Kings. Like I said, I think these would have looked better in the base set. Court Kings has 40 cards to chase while Rookie and Hall have 30 each. Most of the inserts you find in this box will be made up of these.
 

As I also mentioned already, these have parallels. Other than the two I pulled above, I also found this blue /85.
 

Other parallels in the Kings series include,
  • Holo
  • Purple
  • Lime Green /149
  • Aqua /25
  • Pink /25
  • Gold /10
  • Orange /9
  • Green /5
  • Black 1/1.
Other inserts not found in my box include,
  • All Clear for Takeoff
  • All-Stars
  • Retro Series
  • Swishful Thinking
  • The Champ is Here
  • The Rookies
Now onto my one hit. It's a sharp looking card, but not particularly the best player I could have found.
 

Most autographs have the following parallels,
  • Holo
  • Purple
  • Blue /49
  • Pink /25
  • Gold /10
  • Green /5
  • Black 1/1
  • Checkerboard 1/1
  • Gold Vinyl 1/1.
Other hits not found in my box but could be in yours include,
  • Dominator Signatures
  • Hall Dominator Signatures
  • Rookie Dominator Signatures
  • Rated Rookie Signatures
OVERALL: I like the product but there is some tweaking that can be done. Like adding the Kings inserts as apart of the base set like old Donruss days. I am worried about box value vs what you pay for it. Maybe add an extra autograph or memorabilia card to help there as well or find a more reasonable box price for something like this around $60.

This years edition should be pretty popular with collectors however. It was a solid rookie class this year with many future studs among the group. Recommendation is to buy now whether it's retail, hobby or in a box break. Whatever fits your budget.

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WINNER OF THE BRANDON INGRAM AUTOGRAPH!

20+ entrants gave themselves a shot at winning the Brandon Ingram autograph redemption CODE. But, only one could win.

I was glad that the turnout was a bit better for this contest. I hope the contest I am posting later today has a good turnout as well.

One thing I failed to mention was how I was choosing a winner. That's because I wasn't thinking when I posted it. I usually do guess the views on Panini posts but forgot. So instead Random.org with 7 randoms had to.

So here is our winner,

There were 22 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
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  18. Brandon Scoggins
  19. Kyle Herring
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  22. Justin S
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Sets Of My Childhood THE SERIES! Part 22:1996 Laserview Football

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.

In 1996, full motion cards were the "thing" and I was all-in on it chasing what I could.

In 1996, Pinnacle put out this 40 card set that looked impressive. Black outside with a full motion hologram off to the side. This set is small so it shouldn't take much to build and may be one I lose patience with and buy outright or preferable trade outright.

One thing to note along with this product, it also produced on-card autographs of BIG TIME stars in its Laserview Inscriptions.

My current haves are,

7,8,11,23,28,29,30

I have a very, very, very long ways to go here as you can see. Hoping for your help!

How many of you remember or collected these?

Friday, June 22, 2018

Totally Rad Bodacious 90's Post: It's So Shiny!

 Today's post is brought to you buy the hot day treat Mickey's Parade Ice Pops,
There was not better treat on a hot sunny day than a refreshing Mickey's Parade Ice Pop. Not only were they shaped like Disney characters, but the flavors were much better than a regular Popsicle. Don't tell me you don't agree?!

I would always choose the grape first as that was my favorite of the group but they all tasted great. The hardest part was fighting with my sister for it.

We sadly lost this frozen treat in the early 2000's so for those that grew up to late missed out on this spectacular treat. Maybe someday it will be revived again just like a lot of things from the 90's.
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Today we have a take a look at a 1997 Topps Chrome refractor. Topps Chrome inaugurated in 1996 and became very popular very fast. I remember how much I liked the product immediately and how well it held it's value. Can't say the same for today's products even more now since Topps is out of the football card business.

The 1997 version came with a great rookie class that included Jake Plummer (great looking base card I will touch base on at some point), Warrick Dunn, Tiki Barber, and Tony Gonzalez just to name a few. The base set was simply designed for rookies with a thin outside border and name border down one side. The words Draft Pick up to the top.

Refractors weren't one per two packs like today, they fell 1:12-roughly two per box-and were not the easiest finds. Especially when it came to top players. I remember busting a bunch of packs, enough to fill a base set but only pulled a handful of refractors. Mostly nobodies. This was the only rookie one I lucked out on and it's not a superstar by any means.

The back of the card gave us what we all wanted to clarify, if we had in fact pulled a refractor with an R at the bottom near the number.
 
I will showcase more Chrome at another time. There is definitely plenty to show off. 

Joey Kent was a WR for Oilers/Titans from 1997-1999 before not making it on couple other squads and getting done in 2000. He had only one NFL Touchdown to his name and less than 200 total receiving yards for his career.

**If any of you have an extra 1997 Topps Chrome football base set lying around collecting dust I would be extremely interested!**

Card Breakdown:
Brand:1997 Topps Chrome
Insert/Parallel:Refractor
Player Featured:Joey Kent
Card Number:160

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Museum Musings:A Piece Of Barry Bonds History!

Back in March, I held a contest taking suggestions on what kind of stuff you guys would like to read more about on the blog. Many of the suggestions were toys to non sports to non card items. Well, to please the crowd I will do my best to post those kind of items in this new segment.

Over the years, I have accumulated so much junk. A good portion of it including most of my Starting Lineups and any figures were traded off. I also had a bunch of autographed items I was just looking to downsize with and traded half of those off as well. I still have some to go in that area.

Most of the items I acquired over the years were from purchases in online catalogs, local outlets, department stores, gifts from family, and from a few contests I won. I originally really wanted these items, but as time has gone on and I have gotten older and what feels as my house getting smaller, I decided it was time just to collect cards now. No more adding those markdown McFarlane figures just for the fun of it.

There are some pieces however, I plan on keeping forever. These pieces I will showcase on here.


Back when I first joined the era of internet collecting in 2011, I joined the Upper Deck Volunteer Alliance and earned myself a mail day with my work on my very first mission. As a reward, Upper Deck sends it's members who earned a mail day a prize or prizes. One of my first prizes was the Upper Deck memorabilia piece of Barry Bonds.


This is a Piece Of The Action gameball swatch from when Bonds hit his 500th home run. It is also numbered to guess what, 500.

The piece comes with the authenticity Upper Deck hologram on the back.
 
I like the piece but wished it had been Ken Griffey Jr instead. Never really been a Bonds fan especially after he was in the steroid accusations group. I had considered trading this off but never have had success doing so. For now, I plan on keeping this piece of MLB history* instead.There has to be a reason I have it still. I do like the design, ball swatch with stitches and the fact it's limited to 500 but once again, it's Barry Bonds.

How many of you own a piece like this? Own an Upper Deck Authenticated piece? What do you own or dream to own? Let me hear it in comments!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sets Of My Childhood THE SERIES! Part 21:1997 Spx Holofame

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.

This set may be one of the most obvious ones from the series as everyone knows my chase of late 90's Spx with its glam of hologram technology. I have put together many of the base sets spread across a couple of sports, but I haven't mentioned how I am also chasing the insert and parallel sets too. One of those sets are the Holofames.
Falling at 1:75, this set won't be an easy task to chase. Most cards run $15+.

I really like the design of these. They took the X design from the base and gold foiled it. Added in the expected face hologram and a fx foil on the side with player. I tried to capture the magic the best I could with my camera but these things never look the same without seeing them closer.

I did find a full 20 card set on eBay, but they want $125. I think I can possibly build the set cheaper than that. At least I hope. I don't have the funds to buy that right now and the point of this is to build the sets. Well, most of them. Some I may buy outright if I only have a card or two and if they are affordable.

My current haves are,
1
How many of you remember or collected these

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Museum Musings:1994 Starting Lineups

Back in March, I held a contest taking suggestions on what kind of stuff you guys would like to read more about on the blog. Many of the suggestions were toys to non sports to non card items. Well, to please the crowd I will do my best to post those kind of items in this new segment.

Over the years, I have accumulated so much junk. A good portion of it including most of my Starting Lineups and any figures were traded off. I also had a bunch of autographed items I was just looking to downsize with and traded half of those off as well. I still have some to go in that area.

Most of the items I acquired over the years were from purchases in online catalogs, local outlets, department stores, gifts from family, and from a few contests I won. I originally really wanted these items, but as time has gone on and I have gotten older and what feels as my house getting smaller, I decided it was time just to collect cards now. No more adding those markdown McFarlane figures just for the fun of it.

There are some pieces however, I plan on keeping forever. These pieces I will showcase on here.

About 13 years ago, I took all of my Starting Lineup/McFarlane figures over to the closest card shop I had at the time-it was only an hour away but closed a year later after my visit-and traded them off to the shop owner who was selling figures better than cards. I was just happy to lose bulk in my house and I added some pretty sweet cards including a Joe Montana rookie!

A few years after that, my father handed me his two Starting Lineups he had displayed on the wall for years. Normally, I wouldn't be happy about adding more bulk, but, being that these were NY Giant legends, I was okay accepting them.

Up first was this LT. This guy was a game changer. Not something the Giants have had in a linebacker in years and years.

The other was Phil Simms. Can't go wrong with a winning Giants QB.
 
I am actually seeking out the Rodney Hampton Starting Lineups for my PC. That's only because I want it to be a Super PC and feel in order to do that I need it to be jacked up in all ways. I used to think I super collected Ken Griffey Jr and had all of his figures at one point, but I ditched them all in that trade to the shop owner. There was no way I was ever going to get all of his cards. Hampton I have a chance at!

How many of you still collect Starting Lineups or use them as apart of your Super PC collection?

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.