Tuesday, January 26, 2021

CAPTION THIS CARD!!

 
Let's give this card a clean caption shall we?

Here is mine,
"The slide tells the Story"

Post yours in comments!

Monday, January 25, 2021

MMMB:RAK Had More Than I Expected

 
A few Friday's ago, I started a Want/Need thread on Twitter to help out collectors looking for specific cards. On that thread also, others can pipe in if they have said card you are looking for and try to trade, sell or RAK it to you.

It's a fun concept that led to a lot of collectors getting what they wanted in some form or another.

At the time, I was looking for Topps Update rookies of Kyle Lewis and Randy Arozarena since I couldn't find any Topps Update locally and needed both for my rookie card collection.

That's when @JrNoble1 jumped in and said he would RAK them to me.

Before this, I don't recall having any prior conversations with him so it's always a surprise when new followers come out of nowhere to help. The hobby community is full of great people like this.

The mail day arrived a few days later with a nice stack of cards including the two I needed,
 

And so much more! 

I was surprised and excited to see what else was sent.

The other cards he sent covered the other big rookies from Update that I was stoked about,
Gavin Lux

Aristides Aquino

and then there was a small stack of Giants cards too. Wow!




Very cool! Always dig having Prizm parallels of Giants.

Big thanks to @JrNoble1 for the superb surprise-filled mail day. I really appreciate it and glad we now have daily interactions.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Rodney's Cardboard:1997 Pacific Invincible Copper

 
Another Sunday, another Rodney.

Today's Rodney is made possible by @CardpocalypseNC in our last trade.

Pacific Revolution was an attractive product with a foil based card and an acetate head embedded into the bottom of it. These type of cards always look better in person then on here.

They also offered an assortment of parallels falling at different odds. Today's parallel, Copper, fell 2:37 packs. Which was how Pacific did their inserts and parallels instead of 1 in something. The only difference in this card from the base is the copper colored foil embedded on the front and on the name.

 
Back of the card is no different.

And that does it today for Rodney. Thanks again to Tim for helping me add this one and more Rodney to come next week!

Saturday, January 23, 2021

The Week In Pictures: Foodworthy!

This weeks pictures are brought to you by the letter F, as in Food yo!

Kicking it off with this early birthday present my wife got me...a pizza oven. Now my birthday isn't until March but when you see a deal and can't hide something this size in the house you just have to give it as an early gift. It's not a huge oven, only 13 inch pizzas, but it does an amazing job and even somebody like me who isn't tech saavy can run it.

 
Somewhere under the pile of tortilla chips is my salad. The only way I can eat salad is extra cheese, extra meat, and these tortillas or croutons.

 
My wife surprised me with a delicious breakfast as well this week. Veggie Omelet, homemade white toast and bacon. SOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD.

 
I tried to make a new recipe from a Facebook ad known as Olive Garden Cheesy Chicken Noodles. It turned out okay but was extremely salty from the ingredients. Guess that's how you tell it's from a restaurant ;)

To end the week, I tried a baked "fried" pickle recipe with the coating being Cool Ranch Doritos. Turned out really good. Whoever would have thought Doritos and Pickles?

I hope to have made you hungry this week as I made myself hungry again. Thanks for stopping in and more pictures to come next week!

Friday, January 22, 2021

CARDBOARD REVIEW:2020 Stadium Club Chrome Baseball (A SUPER SURPRISE)

2020 Stadium Club Chrome is a new, but old product, as it was in the 90's for a very short period. It appears they are finally understanding collectors love of chromed items as they have now in 2020 put chrome on Stadium Club, Allen and Ginter (really wanted to open some of this) and even came out with a second round of Topps Chrome and called it Topps Chrome Black.

I guess if chroming things works, stick with it!
Every hobby box of 2020 Stadium Club Chrome baseball comes with 14 packs per box with 6 cards per pack. Each box also comes with one autograph and boxes currently are running $135 each.

BASE:
The base card design is the same as Stadium Club except it has a nice layer of chrome on it. Up close, these look superb when you have that photography and open non border design as well. I actually liked it more than Topps Chrome which says a lot for me who is a die-hard "chromie". It's like a groupie but for Topps Chrome.

The base set is a pretty big sized one at 400 cards, which is really large for any chrome products and includes veterans, legends like Wagner above
And Al Kaline,

Randy Johnson

And the Key rookies like Randy Arozarena.

PARALLELS:

When I saw another chrome product, I expected a year long list of parallels like all the other products. The good news is, there isn't a lot of parallels to seek out. You can find Base Refractor, X-Fractor, Wave, Gold /50, Orange /25, Red /5, and SuperFractor 1/1.

 
My base refractor pulls. The cards look great alone but with refractor power its ups the ante

Orange refractor. Took me the longest time to figure this out. The refractor part isn't what is orange, it's in the Stadium Club Chrome name that gives it away. This is /25.

And for the first time in my collecting career.....
 
Can't see it on the front that well unless your vision is awesome....

but I pulled my first EVER SUPERFRACTOR!!!!! This is only the second SuperFractor I have. You better believe I screamed like a little girl getting a pony. I do wished though it was more aimed towards my collecting but I still plan to chase the rainbow regardless. Because once you have the 1/1 nailed, it only gets easier from there I have been told.

INSERTS
Inserts have the following parallels to search for in Gold /50, Orange /25, Red /5, and SuperFractor 1/1.

Emperors Of The Zone has 25 cards in the set and has all of the top pitchers in the game.

And the always exciting and included Beam Team. These fall 1:4 packs and have 25 players to collect.

 
And finally, Power Zone. There are 25 of these to collect as well.

HITS:

 
I only know this name because of my buddy Jake but Mauricio Dubon is my autograph. Not a household name...yet.

The autographs are on-card at least and the checklist is a mix of players both top notch and not so much. There are parallels of Gold /50, Orange /25, Red /5, and SuperFractor 1/1 to find as well.

FINAL THOUGHTS
This was a solid box break. Can't guarantee that every box will be this good as I have seen some exciting breaks and some hide the box from your wife ones.

The super was really exciting but I really enjoyed this break. Stadium Club Chrome I hope continues to be a yearly release. I definitely want more!

Speaking of wanting more, there are a few cards I am specifically looking for in the product I may need help landing,
  • 2020 Stadium Club Chrome Refractor Ken Griffey Jr
  • 2020 Stadium Club Chrome X-Factor Ken Griffey Jr
  • 2020 Stadium Club Chrome base Ken Griffey Jr
  • 2020 Stadium Club Chrome Inserts Ken Griffey Jr
  • 2020 Stadium Club Chrome base Derek Jeter 
  • 2020 Stadium Club Chrome Refractor Derek Jeter
  • 2020 Stadium Club Chrome Kyle Schwarber
  • 2020 Stadium Club Chrome Refractor Kyle Schwarber
  • 2020 Stadium Club Chrome X-Factor Kyle Schwarber
  • 2020 Stadium Club Chrome Orange Refractor Kyle Schwarber
  • 2020 Stadium Club Chrome Wave Refractor Kyle Schwarber
  • 2020 Stadium Club Chrome Gold Refractor Kyle Schwarber
  • 2020 Stadium Club Chrome Red Refractor Kyle Schwarber
RATINGS BASED ON THIS BOX BREAK
Design ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Inserts ⭐⭐⭐
Parallels ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Hits ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Value ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Breakin' With Cardboard Collections

 
I recently saw a break on Twitter that Cardboard Collections, @flywheels, was hosting with a box of 1996 Sportflix baseball and wanted in. 

Only problem, there wasn't many teams left to get in on. So as a Yankees fan (Mariners fan just to land some Griffeys) I sinned and grabbed the Red Sox in the break.

I can feel you all shaming me now.

But, I did it to score some Mo Vaughns despite the team, I always liked watching the big dude hit. And it was also a brand in my favorite time to collect which was the biggest draw.

Let's see how I did.
Roger Clemens. I really liked Roger and would always pretend to be him when I was pitching in backyard baseball against my friend Brian. Then came the steroid talk and he was no longer my favorite pitcher.

 
I ended up with 2 of these UC3 subset cards of Vaughn, I like the 3D appeal which is hard to capture in a blog post.

John Valentin

Mo Vaughn flexing on his card.

Jose Roidseco. I always forget how many teams he bounced around to and always forget he even played for the Red Sox. I associate him more with the Rays than I do the Red Sox.

Overall for the cost, that was fun and I landed a couple of cards for my players collection.

Cardboard Collections is always hosting these affordable break spots for a variety of fun products. If you haven't tried it out yet, please do and check it out HERE for new breaks. And no, this wasn't sponsored this is just speaking the truth. Though I would be more than happy to have Cardboard Collections as my break sponsor. *hint* *hint*

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

CARDBOARD REVIEW:3200 Ct. BCW Card Bin

 
A beaten up old two-row shoe box has been what I have been storing my Rodney Hampton collection in for awhile now, which is only the better/rare cards as the rest are in a binder.

It was time for an upgrade and what better upgrade then a new product offered by BCW Supplies.

The BCW 3200 Card Bin is an upgraded version of their monster boxes and instead of being made out of cardboard, it's made out of very durable plastic.

These bins also have dual locks on top so if they were to tip over (and as long as you remember to lock it when you are done) the cards won't spill out of the box and onto the floor. I have experienced this way too much with the cardboard versions. WAY TOO MANY.

Inside there is a lot of space, I thought about hiding in there myself but then there wouldn't have been room for Rodney so I stayed out. The box has four rows and each row comes 

with a partician that is moveable throughout the bin if you have more cards of one player, team or set than another.. You can buy extra particians if you need them on the BCW website or just by clicking HERE.

And here is the final project. Luckily for me since it holds so much it only took half of the bin to store my Rodney Hamptons. The rows are wide enough to hold toploaders, magnetics, and deck boxes. 

The other half of the bin I plan to store my better Eli Manning cards in. Maybe get an Eli bin all alone at some point as these bins are stackable which is really handy for those like me that don't have much room for storage. This is just as handy as the card sorting trays to me so I hope to get a few more of these down the road for a variety of my projects.

You can find your own 3200 Ct. BCW Card Bin by going HERE. I will mention ahead of time that there may be some wait on these from what I see, but get your order in now anyways if this is something that interests you.

Let me know your thoughts in comments!

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Giants Cardboard:Rooting Them On

  

It's always hard to watch the NFL Playoffs when your team is not in, but I usually find a player or team I root on. A lot of the time these players or teams may have former Giants on them or are simply players I collect or enjoy to watch.

This year there is one team in each conference I am keeping my eye on.

In the NFC, Tampa Bay is slowly rolling through the playoffs and beat the Saints yesterday. Yes, they are led by one of the greatest QB's to ever play the game but my eyes are on Jason Pierre Paul. 

Pierre Paul was drafted by the Giants in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft and played 7 seasons, won 1 Super Bowl and played in 2 Pro Bowls for them before they traded him in 2018 to the Bucs for a third round draft pick and a swap of 4th rounders. Seems like a loss for the Giants in that trade and was the beginning of their house cleaning and downward spiral. JPP had a big first year with the Bucs recording 12.5 sacks something the Giants could have definitely used with their lack of QB pressures until this year.

In the AFC, I am rooting on the Chiefs. Actually, I am rooting on the Chiefs to win it all. It would be okay to see JPP win another title but I don't think it would be to see Tom win another as he has enough. I am a big Patrick Mahomes fan but I also like the Chiefs defensive coordinator Spags as well.

Steve Spagnuolo, was hired in 2007 to be the Giants defensive coordinator by coach Tom Coughlin. The season started out tough for his schemes but once the players bought in, they bought in. He led that defense to beat the undefeated Patriots team in Super Bowl 42 in which he sacked Tom Brady so much Tom forgot what game he was in. A couple years later he earned a job as head coach of the STL Rams that didn't go well. He then bounced around different teams before returning to the Giants in 2015 where he led the Giants to one of their worst defensive outputs in team history before the 2016 turnaround where they ranked 10th in the league.

When the Giants began their house cleaning job in 2017, Spags was apart of it. He became the Chiefs defensive coordinator in 2019 and turned their defense into a Super Bowl winning one.

My hope this upcoming weekend will be that the Chiefs and Bucs prevail and set up a Super Bowl where I can just sit back and not care who wins.

As for the Giants, there seems to be some hope. They have a young nucleus, a good head coach and I feel just a few players away from a playoff spot.

Their biggest issue is not having enough offensive weapons with their two only bright spots being
Darius Slayton who was drafted in the 5th round of the 2019 NFL Draft has put up decent numbers with 98 receptions for 1491 yards and 11 TD's in just two seasons. He also has a lot of chemistry with QB Daniel Jones. If he could have stayed healthy in 2020 those numbers could have been higher.

The other bright spot is Super Star RB Saquon Barkley who was drafted 2nd overall by the Giants in the 2018 NFL Draft.

His rookie year was astounding and he was amazing to watch. He put up 1,307 rushing yards, 721 receiving yards and 15 total (11 rush, 4 rec) touchdowns. He looked unstoppable.

A high ankle sprain in 2019 lingered throughout the season but he still managed to put up another 1,000 yard season and had some impressive runs.

In 2020, Week 2 against the Chicago Bears he tore his ACL ending his season. He ended with 34 rushing yards on the season as it was a rough start to begin with. I think if he had stayed healthy, the Giants may have won a few more of those close games they lost later in the season when the offensive line started to gel.

I am looking forward to the 2021 NFL Season. I say this every year that I feel the Giants are a team on the rise but it took til this year to actually feel it. If they can build more offensive pieces around Jones to go along with these guys next year could finally be the take off year I have been waiting for. Maybe for once I will actually have my team to root for in the playoffs.

Thanks also to @CardpocalypseNC for this Giant mail day.

Monday, January 18, 2021

CARDBOARD REVIEW:2020 Parkside 2020 NLBM Centennial Draft Class Set

Enters to the front of the SCA (Sport Cards Anonymous) meeting.

"Hi, I'm Matt and I am a card collector."

"Hi Matt." Replies the group choir.

"Sometimes I gotta admit, I grow a little tired of seeing the same products over and over again and sometimes it's nice to see something a little new. You know, like the 90's! The good ole days of variety!"

But how do we find such products you may wonder? Well, you sometimes have to do a little looking.

My searching was handed to me on a silver platter by Twitter. I saw an interesting product when scrolling. A product that had some meaning behind it. A product I felt was an appropriate post for Martin Luther King Jr day that celebrates the civil rights activists life.

That product, 2020 Parkside NLBM Centennial Draft Class Set.

Parkside is a newer company that produces anime stickers, Major League Lacrosse, National Women's Soccer League, and something called Founder's Choice where they make a card of anyone they want. Wonder if it's time to see if they will make a series of blogger/hobby celebrity cards....I have tried with other companies for years.

The 2020 Parkside NLBM Centennial Draft Class Set celebrates Negro Leagues that were founded 100 years ago during a time when men were banned from competing based solely on the color of their skin. To honor them, they took fifteen men selected in the 2020 Major League Baseball draft placed them in appropriate Negro Leagues uniforms.

Let's take a look,
The outside of the box. Each set comes with 15 cards, a random autograph of one of the players and costs roughly $40. There are only 1500 sets produced.

What caught my eye immediately was the box they came in. Not the cover but the sides when I was about to open it.

One end.


The other end.

Rainbow foil with some writing and stats.

You slide open the box up and this is what you see first.

 
Underneath.

The writing is older newspaper articles of games played, stats and standings from a variety of sports including baseball. What a cool collectible in itself.

BASE:

The base cards LOOK SPECTACULAR. This is professionally done and may be one of my favorite designs I had seen of 2020. The gold foil is also touched with rainbow foil which stands way out beautifully with the black background. The player is done in a black/white approach which also sets a nice tone for the overall base card.

The Astros selected Daniels in the 4th round of the 2020 MLB Draft. This is card 12 in the 15 card set.

Here are the other cards in the set,



Before we get to the autograph, here is the list of names on the 15 card checklist,
  • Ed Howard
  • Jordan Walker
  • Mac Wainwright
  • Carson Tucker
  • Tink Hence
  • Al Soularie
  • Masyn Winn
  • Sammy Infante
  • Jordan Nwogu
  • Zavier Warren
  • Werner Blakely
  • Zach Daniels
  • Baron Radcliff
  • LJ Jones IV
  • Isaiah Greene
HITS:
 
All autographs in this set are on card. My pull was Tink Hence of the STL Cardinals who was there second round draft pick.

This is a base/gold autograph but there are parallels to find as well, There are 69 Gold Signatures, 20 Silver Signatures, 10 Blue Signatures, and 1 Purple signature from each player.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Looking at the box alone was fun, but these cards overall look great. I can't tell you how great because the pictures can only show so much.

I can however suggest you grabbing your own set which you can snag one of HERE.

RATINGS BASED ON THIS BOX BREAK
Design ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Inserts N/A
Parallels N/A
Hits ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Value  ⭐⭐ ⭐
Fun Factor ⭐⭐⭐⭐