Monday, October 18, 2021


It's back and back with a fury in the latest Pack Wars post. There may be quite a few of these coming up so hope you have been enjoying this series, I am also trying to use up some of my backlogged posts.

Today it's the battle of chromed up Panini products, let's check it out.


We will go with the older product of the two and see how the Optic goes,

(PC Love card)

(imagine the value on the Stidham before they drafted Mac Jones)

TJ Watt silver

Ryan Finley relic

Now the Prizm.

(Cooper Silver)

(Not bad on the Evans)

(Best two rookie pulls from Prizm this year, well last year)

Now it's time to hear your vote on which break was better. The Optic had a hit, but the Prizm was lacking theirs. Optic had stronger base cards, but Prizm had better rookies.

Let's see where you sway in comments!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Jammin' To This New Card

Every week on Twitter, my long time amigo @JamminJDCards runs a Friday sales thread with some pretty cool cards from low end goodies to high end chasers.

Being the kind of collector I am, I am just looking for cheap low end additions to my Giants collection and one popped up in the sale.
Can't go wrong with a terrific looking on card autograph of Pepper Johnson.

He even mailed it out fast and threw in some swag.


These will be great additions to my hobby PC. Yes, I hoard some swag items that are passed my way.

Thanks to Jammin for the card and swag and I suggest you guys check out his weekly sales!

Saturday, October 16, 2021


Hello once again! Here is the latest installment of Pack Wars!

We have quite the battle going on today with the battle of Mega Boxes, one by Topps and one by Panini. There can only be one winner so let's check this out.

It's time to see if the Mega Box of 2021 Bowman I found at Walgreens can take down the Box of 2020 Optic Mega I trade for.

And it all starts now with Optic,
Carolina Blue Parallels

Mythical Inserts, Lindor is a silver Parallel

Alonso Silver

Daza Silver

Bart Silver

Inserts including a couple Gavin Lux and Acuna

Bo Bichette Rated Rookie

And a surprise auto....of a pitcher.

Now the Bowman Mega,
Prospect Parallels. Not too many big names in the mix

Rookies and Prospects I found

Top Players

Best Card?

I know many don't want to hear it or even see it, but Optic has gotta win here right? It had an auto, it had some good player parallels but is unlicensed. I want to hear your thoughts in comments below!

Friday, October 15, 2021

The Latest

I haven't made a lot of trades this year like I have in years past, at least in the variety of traders I use. But, I have made some and even those some have backed me up with posts on the blog to do.

As I try to get my mind in the right place with blogging, I am still undecided on my future with it still and the direction I will take, I still have lots to post about regardless if anyone is reading these posts or not. September was a brutal month for numbers on this blog despite my new direction for it which is not a good sign of it's future. September both views (especially views) and comments took a BIG DIP. I am not talking a few here and there, I am talking a ton. Comparing August and September on there, there was a 17,000 view difference and in terms of comments, that was cut in half. It's the kind of thing that drives you away some. It's probably the main reason I jumpstarted Cards Over Coffee back up again, knowing if I am not going to get the views or comments anyways, I might as well continue on with that blog.

Which by the way, if you haven't checked out Cards Over Coffee in awhile, it not only has a new jazzy look but has some new posts. I am still in the process of adding new content, a new look and more fun over there. Check out that blog HERE. Please add it to your blogrolls, use it in your blog posts when you refer to me, etc. Those posts take me hours to do so the more traffic to check it out, the better.

In the meantime for now, let's check out a new post on here and from blog reader Oren who happens to be the person who I have traded with the most this year.

A couple for the non sport PC.

I have always liked Kurt, his passion for the game and for his faith is someone worth looking up to. Not to mention his backstory which will soon be a movie.

90's inserts. I never complain about getting these, the more, the merrier.

Another nice Martin relic for that side PC. Think I have 4 of them now.

And finally...yes, I always save the best for last...
Batman Forever Built For Speed. Best card in my Batman PC currently. If any of you are sitting on any Batman cards that are collecting dust, I will send you my address :)

Thanks again to Oren for the trade. I am sure by the time this posts we would have done at least another trade.

As for the rest of you, check out Cards Over Coffee please and once again add it to your blogrolls and even a add onto your post would be appreciated as well!

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Rodney's Cardboard:1997 Fleer Metal Red PMG

One of the most rare, even at a numbering to 150, and coolest parallels of the 90's is by far Precious Metal Gems.

The first 135 PMG's were printed with a red foil and the last 15 were printed with a green foil making those ones even more impossible to find.

I bought a couple PMG's a few years ago at $1 each on eBay from a guy who had a boatload of 90's inserts just to have some. I can't remember who they were now, but they don't come close to the one I have today in my hands.

Ladies and Gents, here is the greatest card in my Rodney Hampton PC....





I am not sure if I will ever be able to locate the green version as this is the only red I have ever seen pop up. But, who knows with a lot of patience.

Until next time, keep an eye out on more Rodney's for me!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Show Me The Way:1998 Finest No Protector Refractors

When it comes to figuring out which cards to add next to my Charles Way Super PC, I always go for shiny first. There is nothing like 90's shiny.

Today's card was a weird parallel I thought from 1998 Finest. There was Finest and Finest Refractors that had the Peel and Remove coating and then there were the parallels that didn't have the peel and remove coating. There was both a base and a refractor version.

The parallel made no sense as they should have either made the set one or the other but who am I to say how they should do things.

I already had the No Protector base, but needed the refractor of Way. Here it is,

These refractors were shiny on the back and the front. They fell 1:24 packs which is roughly one-per-box.

I picked up this card over at Burbank Sportcards Marketplace. Please remember, at Burbank Sportcards Beckett Marketplace , you can save 10% by using code 15Burbank at checkout. Shipping is also free on orders of $50 or more. The more you buy, the more you save and the more you won't have to pay shipping on.

There are more Ways on the Way. If you have any, feel free to reach out to me and Show Me The Way.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

A Giant Haul

Like we always do. Shane and I pulled off a big trade in what will lead up to a much bigger trade by years end.

Today's haul was a Giant one...yes bad puns today. This isn't even all of the Giants cards as there were Rodney Hamptons involved as well, but most Hamptons I had except for one. That one will be featured on my weekly segment.

For now, enjoy the rest of my haul,

A trio of Julian Love autos

I have been wanting a Dungey auto and got my first Holmes Giants jersey auto

Numbered Shepard cards

A duo of Toney autos, one of these is /7

Red Zone Toney /20

A handful of Toney Score rookies

Slayton base rookies

A couple of Slayton relics

Slayton auto relic

A pair of nice Slayton Contenders autos, both are die cut and numbered to 86

A guy finally proving his worth this season, Danny Dimes.

More Dimes

And a relic of him

Up next, my winner for design of the year in 2019 for a Panini football product.

These Titans were included in Panini Chronicles. I was quite surprised that this didn't turn into a product. I am just glad two Giants were on the checklist.

Thanks again to Shane for the beginning parts of this mail day, more to come on this one soon!