Friday, October 18, 2019

It's Been Awhile....

It's been awhile since I have done a blogger trade. I think Dennis has been my main trading partner this year when it comes to the blogging world. This has been a place normally I have done many trades with.

The problem I am having is, one I don't ever seem to have enough stamps on hand after mailing bills and two, I keep seeing everyone who I thought collected certain teams/players no longer doing so and it makes it way to hard for me to keep up. So if you haven't traded with me as a blogger recently and have in the past, it's mainly because I lost track of what you mainly collect or don't have anything to send you if you changed it. I can always find a way to get a stamp or two.

But, if you want to do a blogger trade and have a U.S. shipping address, just drop me an email ( like Nate over at The Buc Stops Here blog has been doing as we just completed another trade ourselves.

Anyways, Dennis just dropped a massive mail day in my mail box. I always look forward to his mail days when he says one is coming because I never know what treasures he has found for me. This time he found some surefire gems.

Some Junior as we have been passing a few back and forth. I really like the Stanton. Say what you want about logoless Panini baseball products but they put in a full effort on their stuff and it shows. Great looking cards.

Set need! Dennis made a note in there that I need to finish this set up finally and I agree. I need to nail these last ones down, 57,56,51,48,43,36,33,24. I have more 90s Spx needs for hockey and basketball as well.

This was my favorite insert set for 2015 Americana. Just love the design and theme. Still a long ways from this set but glad to cross another off.

Give me Give Me Give more, give me more. No that's not my inner Britney, it's my saying for late 90's inserts. I will take any and all!

I am sure Dennis was a little heartbroken to send this one away since he is a huge fan, but I will be happy in taking it.

 JPP! Giants defense could really use him this year. These Xfactors look great when the right light captures them.

 One of the best NY Giants WR I have watched. He had hands of glue.

It was hard to capture the magic on this backflipped Topps Chrome card of David Wilson, but I finally found a way to do so. Beauty!

Andre Brown autograph letter patch. I just wished these didn't fade over time. I love autographs on these but I have another like this one and it is pretty much gone and it hasn't been in the light to fade it.

Sterling Shepard and Pual Perkins dual relic

 Ryan Nassib auto. The photography is amazing.

Steve Smith played like a beast for the Giants when he was healthy. Was also a key part of their Super Bowl 42 win.

 Jumbo relic of Hakeem Nicks!

 Corny yes, cool, absolutely.

FINALLY I have one. Been wanting one of these helmet swatch cards for my Andre Williams PC for a long time. Now I can finally cross this one off.

Sorry if the card part is too dark. I had to capture the film magic instead. Absolutely floored when I found this card in my stack.

Then came my first Derrick Ward auto. Nice! I always love crossing a new auto off from the list.

Big thanks to Dennis for nailing another great mail day down. Hope you enjoy the PWE I sent your way with another on it's way soon.

Hopefully it won't be too long in between my next blogger trade.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Origins Of A Cardboard Addict:I Don't Think So Tim

We didn't have cheesey fake played out reality TV shows to watch in the 90's, well, not as many at least as today. We had some great sitcoms to watch instead. So, so many great ones that even outdo the few that are on TV today.

One of my favorite sitcoms growing up was Home Improvement.

The show followed the life of a Tim Taylor who was a home improvement TV host of Tool Time, well if you call what he did improving things. He had a wife and three mischievous kids, a neighbor who would never reveal the bottom of his face as they hid it every time in hilarious ways and a co-host on his TV show in Al Borland who he picked on constantly about his attire and his mother.

As most readers know, I have spent the last couple of years chasing down autographs whether from a card company or TTM of actors or actresses I grew up watching and have done pretty well. Except you Drew Carey. Curse you!

I have sent TTM requests to Tim Taylor who was played by the great Tim Allen and have received some back before. I have been told though that many are suspicious that his secretary signs them. Makes me want to chase down an authentic signature of him somewhere so I at least have a guarantee. I see many of his 8x10's on eBay are only like $50.

Getting back on topic, one signature I wanted to pair with my TTM Tim Taylor was his co-host of Tool Time, Al Borland who was played by Richard Karn.

So I used my usual sources for autographs TTM and found one of Karn and sent it out. Within a coupe of weeks, this came to me.

One of Al's favorite lines when Tim messed something up was, "I don't think so Tim" which is a line I use a lot today with family and friends when they do something bumbling. I mean, it's really catchy.

A thanks goes out to Richard for sending me back my request and will be added to my 90's PC. I hope to see you back on TV someday, somewhere. Bringing back Home Improvement would be amazing but not expected. At least I get to watch you and others on the show every night of the week on the Laff network at 9pm. The show never gets old.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

I Was Stacked

You ever just wake up in the morning and dream of a fresh warm stack of pancakes with melted butter and drizzled in fresh maple syrup? Well I do. And when I talk maple syrup, I am talking about the real stuff. None of that fake stuff made of corn syrup sold in stores.

Well combine that feeling and have sport card cardboard added to it and your in dream land. And in dream land there is a Pancake King who makes all of your dreams come true like Mr. Sandman. That man, Wes.

I was recently stacked full of cardboard by the Pancake King and as always it did not disappoint.

 Pepper Johnson card  I didn't have. I like coaching cards.

I believe this is my first Tommy Maddox card in a Giants uniform. There was nothing scarier then when he stepped out onto the field. You knew an interception was about to happen. By the way, if you look in the background, look who is going out to make a catch or block....

Great start to the season by Evan Engram. One of the leading receivers in the league. I have been waiting for him to break out.

 Let's take some time out for Eli...

 and let's just admit this guy is a Hall Of Famer and deserves to be in Canton when his chance arises.

Tiki Barber parallel

 Two new additions to my side PC of Barry Sanders. He will always be the greatest of all time.

 This is what a winning coach looks like look.

Amare Stoudemire relic

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. Derek Jeter relic! This marks the fourth Jeets relic in my PC. Jeter is my biggest Yankees PC by far and my favorite Yankee of all time.

This is a nice refractor /250. I always wish I can capture some cards magic more. One of my favorite cards in my Jeter PC now.

There were many other cards as well for my Giants PC but I was trying to cut this post down some. I mean when the Pancake King sends a stack, he doesn't just send a few cards. There was also one really hot pancake of my dreams that I will share at a later date.

Thanks again to the Pancake King and his hot stack of cardboard. I hope to send something your way soon!

By the way, if you haven't yet, you gotta hurry to, join in on Collecting Cutch's 3rd Annual Save The Second Base contest where you can score a great prize! JOIN IN ON THE CONTEST (HERE)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Pillars Of The Game

Bloggers Note: this post was typed up back in September so I am just getting it published now. Who knows how far or how far not the Giants or players featured in this post have come

The NY Giants season is still young, but it appears this young team may have a bright future. How far down that road is the bright future? I don't know. I just know the pieces appear to be in place for it.

In the meantime, I will collect the future before it hits full power.

Darius Slayton has shown signs of life and for some reason for me has shown that maybe I should start a PC of him. Of course I always worry about PCing newer players not knowing how long they will be on the team or in the league for. Hence Rueben Randle and Andre Williams.

Thanks to my friend @JGfan24ever for grabbing this beaut (besides the 00 jersey) for me from @ACFCARDS1.

 Here is my best Slayton to date, a green ink, green parallel /50 I recently got in a trade with @card_a_holic who busted a box of 2019 Spectra for his birthday which I think was a box intended for me as three of the hits were for me. And they literally were thanks to this trade.

This was another one of those hits, Michael Strahan Pillars Of The Game.

And the final hit I fell absolutely head over heels for. /15 Pink Pillars Of The Game Lawrence Taylor. The only sad part about this card is the fact it's a player worn jersey. Really? Really? Player worn? I don't know why we don't have more Game Worn jerseys in this hobby.

Rookies I somewhat understand as they hadn't hit the field yet, but maybe at least get their preseason game worn ones. But Legends of the game such as LT should be Game Worn.

A big thanks goes out to @card_a_holic for another successful trade. I look forward to our next!

Monday, October 14, 2019

CARDBOARD REVIEW:2019 Topps Clearly Authentic Baseball

It's clearly fall where I live as the leaves have changed colors and is starting to head towards the end of what we call "peak" season.

Which also means the leaves start to fall and the drive towards winter begins.

But, fall also means October baseball where some of the greatest moments live in the sport. It also means the wind down time for the baseball card season as the final products of 2019 are starting to sprinkle in.

Today I am busting one of those in Clearly Authentic. A product that clearly easy to explain.

I haven't had much success since the product released, so lets see if 2019 makes a difference.

Every box of 2019 Clearly Authentic comes with one encased hard signed acetate card. Boxes currently run just under $50.

So all you have to do is open up the box and there is your hit....
Jose parallel /50. Red parallels fall 1:21 boxes.

The product is main based on the flagship design but also has other offerings I will list below. There are 44 subjects in the main autograph checklist and here are the parallel offerings for those,
Green /99 (1:4), Black /75 (1:16), Red /50 (1:21), Blue /25 (1:39), Purple /10 (1:97), Orange /5 (1:193), and Gold 1/1 (1:1,24).

Other hits not found in my box include that also include different parallels then above,
  • Clearly Authentic 1952 Reimagining Autographs
  • Clearly Authentic 1984 Topps Baseball Autographs
  • Clearly Authentic 150 Years of Professional Baseball Autographs
  • Clearly Authentic T206 Autographs Set
OVERALL THOUGHTS: Well, it's always a gamble when you buy one hit products. Sometimes you will hit the Mike Trouts and other times you will land the Jose Martinez. I think the product as a whole is fun, I mean who doesn't love some acetate especially some signed on card version.

I am not a gambler personally, so this is a product I wouldn't buy just because of that. But, I would defintely pick up some singles of my favorite players such as I did last year with Clint Frazier.

If you want in on a box break without paying box prices, I suggest Midwest Box Breaks as they pull fire!

Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Topps for providing this box for me to review and to be able to add cards to the giveaway on Twitter I am hosting. Please follow me there to enter @SportCardCollec. Also follow Topps on all social media sites and visit their SITE, as well 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Rodney's Cardboard:2019 Panini Legacy Orange Parallel

Guess who's back...back again....Rodney's back...tell your friends...

Another Panini Legacy Rodney Hampton parallel was snagged and for a steal!

The parallels on these are simply just a border change of color. The Orange Parallel is numbered to 199.

Here is the back. Once again, the numbering is on the front and doesn't change the back appeal.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Episode 21:Breaking A Box Of 1999 Leaf Rookies And Stars Football

I recently made a big trade with my friend and fellow 90's wax buster Shane. He is the one who runs the Cheap Wax Wednesday and Other Stuff where he breaks boxes that cost under $50 from 80's, 90's and today.

In my trade, I not only got some set help along with some sweet singles,I will show off on here, I  was also able to land some boxes of stuff from 1995-1999 that I will bust and show off on here as well.

Today marks the final box in our trade with a break of 1999 Leaf Rookies and Stars football.

There was actually a shot at some hits in this break, it wasn't what I was going for, but would be fun to find. There are 24 packs of 9 cards each. This box was a higher priced one at $37. My expectations for this one was high.

The base cards are easy design. Team color down one side to to the bottom with player name and team logo built in. There are some decent action shots as well.

Had to show off a new Kerry!

I really have a hard time remembering Chris in a Falcons uniform, but he must have been.

Rookies in the set were 1:2 packs so you roughly get 12. I remember when I busted some of this in 1999 that the big chase was for Kurt Warner and that's who I hoped to get. Instead I got some no names mixed in with

A few known ones, the best being Kevin Faulk, Ricky Williams and Jevon Kearse.

Now onto the inserts. Unlike other boxes from the 90's, Rookies and Stars or any Donruss product didn't put odds on their inserts. They just randomly stuck them in there. So who knows which ones were rare or not but all were numbered. Which I think helped with their value.

Let's see what I pulled.
Great American Heroes Of Terrell Davis #d to 2500

Game Plan of Doug Flutie #d to 2500

Cross Training of John Elway #d to 1250

Greatest Hits #d to 2500 of Terry Glenn

Ticket Masters featuring two of the teams top players. I got Seattle with Watters and Galloway #d to 2500

Freshman Orientation of James Johnson #d to 2500

Woooooooo. Nice hit alert folks! Longevity parallel numbered to 50! I can't imagine these were easy pulls.

Well, no hits but a whole lot of fun still. Once again this trade for 90's wax left me wanting more. A big thanks goes out to Shane for another fun trade and I hope we can do this again!