Thursday, July 29, 2021

CARDBOARD REVIEW:2020 Topps U.S. Olympic&Paralympic

I will admit I am not much of an Olympic watcher, so bare with me on this one.

But, that doesn't mean I don't root on our country participating in the big games and it doesn't mean I don't collect the cardboard from it.

So seeing Topps release another product based on the Olympics was an easy grab. Just like it was in 2016, which by the way, some singles from that set (specifically Simone Biles) go for a decent amount. These cards are nothing to shake off.

Let's see how I did,

In every box of 2020 Topps U.S. Olympic&Paralympic comes with 24 packs of 8 cards per pack. Each box comes with 3 hits, one guaranteed autograph, and boxes run $120 or so.

BASE:

The base set isn't like the regular flagship, which is nice. I like the design on this and think it fits perfectly for what they were aiming for.


There are 76 cards overall in the base set with some athletes getting two cards. It appears early on that the Nyjah Huston base card is going for decent amount.

PARALLELS
Just like in the 2016 inaugural edition of this set, there are parallels.

Here are this years offerings,
Bronze, Silver, US Flag /299, Gold /99, FoilFractor 1/1.
Bronze that falls 1 per pack

Silver that falls 1:4 packs. It was really hard to spot these unless you looked really close

THESE ARE AWESOME. American Flag parallel /299 fall 1:8 packs

I really dig the American Flag parallels, but think the 2016 parallels which were marked by a medal foil were much better.

INSERTS:
When you don't pull a hit, the packs are pretty standard in order. It goes 6 base, one parallel, then an insert or hit at the bottom of the pack. So if you are opening up the product and you are like myself and like surprises, don't ever look at the bottom card first.

Here are the inserts you can find.
New To The Games is exactly what it says. There are 13 of these to collect in the set.

Olympic Heroes celebrates 20 great athletes.

 
For Pride And Country was my favorite insert design of the group. I think the design is fun and there are 18 cards to collect.

HITS:


 
My first two hits are relics of fencing Alexander Massilass and of swimmer Ryan Murphy.

Speaking of Ryan Murphy, he was also my autograph hit.

OVERALL THOUGHTS
This was a fun break especially not knowing what to expect from it or what names I would see. I didn't actually even know this product was releasing after being delayed last year.

I think the price point isn't too bad looking at most products today with more than one hit. However, I will say there are quite a few duplicates you will get because of the small base card set.

Let me hear your thoughts on this product in the comments below!

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Trevor Gave These Away!

Trevor over at Bump and Run Football Card Blog recently put up a Pay-It-Forward on his blog and had a decent amount of cards he was giving away.

I knew at the very least I had to scope out the situation just in case something caught my eye, which something did.
First I will show off the three surprise bonus Giants cards he tossed in. Which by the way, if you haven't checked out my Giants card blog that has been going on for years now, FOLLOW it HERE.

Now onto the three cards I claimed. I loved watching The Simpsons growing up, I haven't seen much of it in the last 15 years or so, but hopefully someday I can catch up.

I don't think I had owned a single card of them until I saw these that Trevor was offering up.


 
These are both cool and nostalgic. Fits perfects in my 90's collection.

Thanks again Trevor for your generosity and the surprise bonuses.

If you haven't checked out his blog, do so. I linked you above for a reason :)

Monday, July 26, 2021

Cardboard Review:2021 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Master Box

Baseball season is chugging along and so aren't the baseball card releases.

A few products have already dropped this month and none of them excited me more than seeing Museum Collection.

I haven't had a lot of luck with the product in the past, but let's see how it goes this time.

 
In every master box of 2021 Topps Museum Collection, there are 4 mini box packs per master with each one coming with 5 cards and 1 hit. Each master box comes with one of the following:

On-card Autograph
Autograph Relic
Relic
Quad Relic

Each Master Box is $320 or so.

BASE:

The base set is the standard design of Museum Collection, not much has changed in years.

It includes veterans, legends

And rookies of the game. The base set overall is 100 cards.

PARALLELS:

Parallels are found in pretty much every product these days, so even a high end product like Museum has them.

But, unlike a lot of other products there aren't so many offerings. You can find the following, Copper, Sapphire /150, Amethyst /99, Ruby /50, and Emerald 1/1.
Copper

Sapphire /150

 
Amethyst /99

INSERTS:
50 cards make up the only insert set in Museum Collection in 2021 Reproduction Canvas Collection. I got a "Big Hurt" with my pull :)

HITS:
The main basis of a high end product like Museum Collection are the hits and there are plenty to find.
And boy did my Master Box start off HOT! Beautiful 3-color swatch of Superstar Fernando Tatis Jr.

Then, it was a drop off from there. At least to me.

Quad relic of Brewers /25

Dustin May autograph (pitcher auto, ugh)

Nate Pearson on-card autograph (another pitcher auto, double ugh. But this guy has been stalking me in 2021)

OVERALL THOUGHTS:
Well, I was feeling good about the start of this break until I opened more than one pack. Haha! Even though I have never faired that well with Museum, I still like the product a lot. Solid design, some amazing hits to be found with a great autograph checklist.

I know most will immediately turn their heads when they see the price point, but this is one of those products I would suggest jumping in on a box break for.

I welcome your thoughts below.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Rodney's Cardboard:2020 Select Tie Dye Die Cut Prizm /25

It's another Sunday and another day for a new Rodney Hampton card to show off.

I have many new ones that came in recently to show off, but, thought I would jump back to Select again since a good portion of the new ones are represented by Select.

Today's latest is another lower numbered one.


 
The Tie Dye Die Cuts are numbered to 25.

Here is the complete chase below. With each card I reveal, I will be crossing it off on this list. You can find my complete haves and needs HERE. (if you want to blow the fun )

57 Signatures Black Prizm 1/1
57 Signatures Black Prizm Die-Cut 1/1
57 Signatures Green Prizm /5
57 Signatures Green Prizm Die-Cut /5
57 Signatures Gold Prizm /10
57 Signatures Gold Prizm Die-Cut /10
57 Signatures Tie-Dye Prizm /25
57 Signatures Tie-Dye Prizm Die-Cut /25
57 Signatures White Prizm /35
57 Signatures Light Blue Prizm /50
57 Signatures Maroon Prizm /75
57 Signatures Blue Prizm /99

57 Signatures Prizm /199

Next week, there will be more Rodney. I haven't decided if it will be a 1/1 or if the Select will continue on.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Breakin' Wax:2020-2021 Prizm Basketball Hanger Pack

So far in 2021, I have had zero, I mean ZERO luck in my pack and box breaks both retail and in hobby.

But, yet I still keep chugging along and trying more.

Today I am breaking a hanger pack of 2020-2021 Prizm basketball and hoping my luck can turn around.

Each hanger pack of 2020-2021 Prizm basketball comes with 15 cards distributed in two packs. One is a 12 card pack with base, inserts and regular parallels and one 3 card pack featuring red, white and blue packs. Packs usually go for $15 but with pandemic prices they can be found for up to $50. Don't worry, I didn't pay this.

First I opened up the 12 card pack. I always save the bonus packs for last.
Base, Curry and Carter not bad finds.

I saw two Charlotte Hornet rookies and got excited, but once again, no Ball.

Up next, a silver rookie. Not sure who CJ Elleby is, but sure hope he pans out.

Matthew Dellavedova green prizm

And my one insert, Kawhi.

Now onto the Red, White, Blue parallel pack.
Tim Duncan...solid!



Well, nothing too huge in this break which isn't surprising for my luck so far this year.

Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!