Sunday, January 31, 2021

Like Free Money?

 Do you like to earn free money? Free money you can use on cards? I know I do.

@onemillioncubs has tweeted out a few times an app called the Fetch Rewards App where he said last year he earned $700 in eBay gift cards for free. FREE.

Let me spell that out for you. SEVEN...HUNDRED....DOLLARS....E....STINKIN....BAY FOR F..R..E..E.

Instead of going by his article on the Fetch Rewards app like I usually do yesterday, not an app kinda guy, this time I read his article and said you know what, I am going to give this a try. At this point with the look of my hobby funds this year, I will try anything especially for free. So I did and downloaded the app.

I am not a tech kinda guy so I was worried about figuring out the app. But, it was so easy.

To earn points, just upload receipts. That's it. There is a camera in the app, you just click on that, and take a picture of the receipt, hit submit and that's it. If you need to take a picture of long receipts there is a plus button where you can chunk it up and take pictures of the whole thing. You earn points for every receipt from anywhere. Local grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, Walmart, Target, and even that quick Dunkin run. Any receipt and even online ones if you don't go to the stores. 

The app reads your receipt and gives you points based on what you buy. Some may be worth 5 points, some may be worth 1000 and some up to 5000. It all depends on what items you buy or what specials they may be running that day where you can earn extra points. Either way, you can achieve some kind of goal. We all get receipts.

If you're going to get a receipt for shopping, why not download this app and take a picture of it before throwing it away and earn yourself some money for cards? It's a win-win.

You can also get points for referring a friend and even using their referral code. That's where I am hoping because I gave you this info that you will use my referral code WHICH IS 8TB9M. Earn BOTH OF US some points by using it please :) Oh, and you must upload one receipt before either of us earn it. Thanks in advance!

The only thing I haven't figured out is when they distribute the rewards out. I am guessing it runs like eBay bucks where you gather your points for a few months before they give them out. Also, if you are curious how many points you have to earn to land let's say an eBay gift card, there are tons of other choices as well to restaurants and stores and apps, it's 5,000 points (you get 2,000 just for doing my referral code) for a $5 eBay gift card and 50,000 points for a $50 one. There are $10 and $25 options as well.

So to sum this up, FREE CARD MONEY, FREE APP, EASY TO USE, TAKE A PICTURE OF A RECIEPT YOU ARE TOSSING AWAY ANYWAYS. FREE CARD MONEY. FREE MONEY FOR SOMETHING YOU THROW AWAY. Can I just keep this one repeat??? 

Join today and PLEASE USE MY CODE and help us both out!!!

The One

*it's time for a fresh cup of coffee and some cards. Sounds like a great start to the morning don't you think?*

Every Friday on Twitter, @collect_sport, I put up a I Want/Need Thread where you comment a specific card need and I will retweet it in hopes someone will Sell, Trade or even RAK (I have seen this) the card to you. Some people use the thread the way it was intended while others make a team/set demand. I just go with the flow regardless as long as it helps the collectors commenting.

On the thread every week, I also give an example of a specific cards I Want/Need. I have had some success in doing so, but one card I have tried a few times without any luck up I put up again and this time to my surprise had a response.

That's when I met @MattyBW who had what I wanted and so much more.

*takes a sip, gets excited about showing off these cards and takes another sip before doing so*

It wasn't too long after he had replied to my tweet about that specific card need that we had a nice conversation. The biggest point of the conversation was to make sure I got that card but we talked about much more that led to a trade as well.

I recently just started collecting more Jasson Dominguez for my Yankees PC. This was my second add to the collection.

This along with a few newer Cal Ripken Jr cards I forgot to take pictures of were the "newer" cards of the group. The main focus was on the 90's basketball. And if you know me, that hits the sweet spot and in comparison to coffee is the king of the cups.

John Starks adds. I always find it both saddening and odd to see John Starks in any uniform that's not a Knicks one. He was a fan favorite and a favorite of mine.

Finest Shaq. Don't ever let him post up, guy was unstoppable unless he had to shoot free throws.

Hakeem with the block!

And then Hakeem with the shot. Well, the Best Shot. These fell 1:12 packs and also had refractor parallels as well.

My first picture wasn't the greatest at showing how cool this card actually is. So I held it up to a window.

Now rolls in a beauty....

1996-1997 Bowmans Best Honor Roll Refractor! These bad boys fell 1:192 packs but it's not only the beauty of the card that grabs my attention, its the players. Patrick Ewing was one of the trio of Knicks I liked and Karl Malone I enjoyed his game and tried to mock it when I played with my friends back in the 90's. If I was to try that now, my body would ache for weeks.

*takes another sip before the coffee gets cold. I like Iced Coffee okay, but not my hot coffee getting iced. While I am it, I might as well toast a couple of english muffins*

I haven't even gotten to the main card of this post yet and I bet you are sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for me to show it off. Hold your mugs, we are almost there.

For now, I will tease this card as an intro....

Yup, a 1995-1996 Spx Gold Jason Kidd. Anyone who has followed me knows my deep passion for 90's Spx. I own set all three NFL Sets, one MLB Set, Both NASCAR sets, One and a half Hockey sets, and now......

Hold that thought.

*takes a sip of coffee*

I don't normally like jelly on my english muffins, I am a fan of bland so butter is my usual choice, but I will take a bit more excitement today when I show off the exciting card.

*takes a few bites, sip of joe and now onto the big reveal*

I think I have made you wait long enough to finally show the main card of this post. Not that the other cards above aren't sweet.
To finish up where I was with my Spx set chase, I also have one and a 49th basket....hold your horses...

What's this...
BOOM! You guessed it. The MJ has finally come home to finish up my second basketball set. He is smiling like I was when I finally got to hold this card.

 
And here he is resting peacefully among his Spx teammates.

With this set finally now complete, I am only missing the 1996-1997 Spx basketball set to complete the trio. That one also has my favorite design of the three but is also a dream set. I don't ever imagine myself being able to complete that one.

An obvious huge thanks goes out to @MattyBW for helping me finish up this set. It was a long time coming and it feels good to finally get there.

If you have Twitter, check out my Friday Thread and see what project you might be able to complete. You just never know what you may complete or who you may meet and become friends with. Isn't that the point of this hobby?

Coffee Card blogger out.

Rodney's Cardboard:1995 Collectors Edge 22K Gold Die Cut

@CardPocalypseNC has been a huge help of recent in helping me add some Rodney's I don't have.

Today's is a "rare parallel" by 90's standards as there are only 500 made of them.

The card has a zig-zagged die cut top, 22K gold foil on the  front 

 
and on the back of the card is it's numbering.

I don't have a lot of info such as odds on finding this card as Collectors Edge wasn't really straightforward on those, but, since this is the only one I have ever seen I can't imagine it's easy.

Thanks to Tim again for the assist on this Rodney.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

The Week In Pictures: More Snow

 
This week in pictures is brought to you by the letter S again, as in more Snow.

Another round of snow came through, once again not as much as we have seen in past storms, not that I am complaining, but it was enough to cover more ground. So far this year I have yet to shovel any of the white stuff off from my deck....knock on wood it stays that way.

If you look closely you can see the flakes falling.

My wife had to drive through the storm on slippery roads to work but made a stop along the way and snapped this amazing picture that captures the storm.

 
At least I had these to end the week to distract myself from the snow. These are chicken wontons with chicken, sauce, red cabbage, green onions and plenty of cilantro. I am not sure if I am alone with this, but more cilantro the better. It brings out any dish.

I am only doing one more week of this segment which is next week as this segment hasn't taken off that well and I have another idea to replace it. It doesn't mean the segment will be gone forever, just taking a break for awhile.

Leave your thoughts on snow or cilantro in comments!

Friday, January 29, 2021

CARDBOARD REVIEW:2020 Playoff Football

Playoff football is here and so isn't Playoff football.

I may or many not have saved this review for this time of year. Nothing is more exciting than the NFL Playoffs, especially when the Patriots are out of them.

Let's see if this box break ended up being just as exciting as that,

Every box of 2020 Playoff football comes with 12 packs of 8 cards each. There are 4 hits in every box and boxes are currently running around $220. Which is probably twice what they normally would but looking at how the hobby is going, I can only imagine where these prices are hiking to next.

BASE:
The base set is built up of 300 cards that feature veterans

Legends of the past

And stars of the future. Speaking of stars of the future, you only find one-per-pack and it feels like long odds of actually pulling the bigger stars. Love was my by a mile my best player of the box.

PARALLELS:

You can find the following parallels, Goal Line, Kickoff, Red Zone, 1st Down #/99, 2nd Down #/49, 3rd Down #/25, 4th Down #/10, Touchdown 1/1.
 

1st down is /99

2nd down is /49

3rd down /25

INSERTS:
Inserts offer the following parallels, Blue, Pink, Purple, Red, Silver, Gold #/10, Touchdown 1/1.

I like the chrome technology used on this years inserts. They really stand out, though in some ways, feel out of place with a non base chrome product.

Behind the Numbers has 30 cards to collect. Can't go wrong with the three guys I landed.

Call To Arms has 20 cards to chase

20 cards to fill up Thunder and Lightning set. That Saquon and Slayton is pure fire.

30 cards makes up Rookie Wave. I really like these, especially finding a Burrow.

HITS:
Changing Stripes is made up of players who played for multiple teams. I dig this Dickerson.

Turning Pro. Tua played well and almost led them to a Playoff game up until they met the Bills in Week 17. Wowzah.

Harrison Bryant Rookie Auto

And a really tough SSP pull of a Preview Contenders Rookie Ticket auto. This one is /23

There we have it!

FINAL THOUGHTS
The hits were fun, but for me, Playoff was all about those shiny inserts. I really liked those and looked forward to finding them.

When it comes to box price vs what I pulled however, it isn't pretty. Now if that Higgins had been a Burrow that would have changed the story on this one.

RATINGS BASED ON THIS BOX BREAK
Design ⭐⭐
Inserts ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Parallels ⭐
Hits ⭐⭐
Value  ⭐ 1/2
Fun Factor ⭐⭐⭐

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Quick Blogging Notes

Hey! If you are reading this, I hope you are, here are some updates on blogging.

  1. I have pulled down my want lists for now for sets, players, etc. They need updating badly. If there is anything specific you need to ask me about in the meantime, just email me at sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com or message me on Twitter. I can provide that info.
  2. I finally decided that having two emails was a pain when it comes to trying to blog. So I have brought Cards Over Coffee into the fold with my this blog and my NY Giants card blog that way I can just sign into my main email and control all three blogs.
  3. Speaking of Cards Over Coffee, I haven't done many posts with that blog recently as I am trying to decide what to do with it and whether I want to continue on with that blog. I like how that blog gets the comments, but it doesn't get the views. It also is a lot of work compared to running this one for such little success. I kept hoping the more content I added the better it would be, but with only an average of 15 views a day, not sure it's worth it. Have considered other options with the blog as well.
  4. Speaking of my Giants card blog, Big Blue Cardboard, I have revamped the blog, deleted all older posts and have been putting up new material when I have time. I am using it now to celebrate big PC completions, show off player PC's and to seek help on projects. Check it out if you haven't yet, add it to your blogrolls to and find the blog HERE.
  5. For the first time since the pandemic, this blog has taken off in January in almost doubling the total views from December and most months of 2020. It feels like old times again but hopefully the bubble doesn't pop for February. It has motivated me to stay on this blog and continue it for now.
  6. Backtracking some to pages, I have added some new ones I think you should check out as well to see what you may be able to help me out with so we can possibly do some trading. I have started some fun new projects.
I think that's it for now. As always, I welcome all feedback in comments on any of the topics I covered today and/or maybe some stuff you have been working on with your own blog(s).

Houston's Cardboard:1999-2000 Fleer Mystique


 
Shiny Houstons are always the first cards I want to add to my Allan Houston PC. In my last trade with @CardPocalypseNC I was surprised with a stack of Houstons in my trade package. All of which will make an appearance with this segment.

Fleer Mystique was a fun product in the late 90's, but I do remember one problem with it. Sometimes the foil on the card would peel up. Hopefully I can store this one in a great place so it doesn't.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

CARDBOARD REVIEW:2020 Panini XR Football

XR has been a few year running product that I have liked. It's not one of my top favorites produced by Panini but it's one I don't mind seeing yearly.

And for the third year in a row I was able to rip open a box.

How did this box break go? Only one way to see, keep on reading.

Every box of 2020 Panini XR football comes with 2 packs of 7 cards. So you get 14 cards per box. Three of those cards are hits so you are left with 11 cards of inserts, base and parallels. Boxes are running close to $300.

BASE:

The base design is very similar to years past.
There are 200 cards in the base set made up of veterans and of course

Rookies. 

The base set is split 50/50 between the two with 100 rookies and 100 veterans.

PARALLELS:

You can find the following parallels in XR, Red /249, Blue /199, Orange /99, White /75, Teal /49, Purple /25, Gold /10, Green /5, Black 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

White /75

Orange /249

Blue /199. Really solid find!

INSERTS:

Overall there are 4 insert lines to find. I only found one in my box break which I would guess on average that's what you would find as well.

Inserts have the following parallels, Red #/149, Blue #/99, Orange #/49, White #/25, Gold #/10, Green #/5, Black 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1.

Xtreme Rookie red parallel /149 of  Ke'Shawn Vaughn

HITS:
Rookie XL Threads of Patch gold /10

 
XR Rookie auto of Dalton Keene

 
Triple Swatch Autograph of Antonio Gibson who had a solid season but a lame auto. These are the end part of the base set and can come with some pretty sweet memorabilia parallels such as Glove 1/1, Hat Seam 1/1, Jacket 1/1, Laundry Tag 1/1, Laundry Tag NFL Shield 1/1, Laundry Tag NFLPA 1/1, Laundry Tag Nike Swoosh 1/1, NFL Shield FB 1/1, Football 1/1, Shoe 1/1, Sock 1/1, Team Logo 1/1.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Price point is a little crazy but there are some really nice hits to be found in here. I may look up for fun to see what the memorabilia parallels look like. I bet they are pretty stunning.

RATINGS BASED ON THIS BOX BREAK
Design ⭐⭐ 1/2
Inserts ⭐⭐
Parallels ⭐⭐
Hits ⭐⭐ 1/2
Value  ⭐⭐
Fun Value ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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.