Saturday, July 31, 2021

Burbank Pickups Of The Month: July 2021 Edition

This NEW segment will capture most of my monthly pickups from Burbank Sportcards Beckett Marketplace, unless they are NY Giants ones or specific special cards and then you will have to check out Cards Over Coffee and Big Blue Cardboard to see those. I would suggest you follow those blogs in that case.

This month, I targeted some of my sets that need to finally be knocked down from the 90's.

Such as 1996 Pinnacle Pinnacle Power. This is one of my newer chases.

E-X2000 baseball, they only had 4 of the cards I needed of the 9 remaining. At least only 5 cards remain so I can finally complete it. I may try to tackle the EX-2001 next month.

1995 Pinnacle Museum Collection football. This one is a big one to tackle, I am in no hurry.

However, I am in a bit more of a hurry to finally finish up this two year project in 1995 Summit Ground Zero. I finished grabbing the ones I needed on Burbank.

The final card was 1995 Summit Ground Zero Steve McNair which was one of the final two tough cards I needed. The other, I still need in Curtis Martin.

If you like the 90's, I would suggest you continue checking out these monthly posts as most of my additions will be of that.

Let me know in comments below which cards or set I am chasing is your favorite.

Also 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.

Friday, July 30, 2021

RAK Monday Adds

 Every Monday on Twitter, I run a RAK Monday where you post up wants and others try to help you out. If you are chosen to be helped out, you must pass it on to someone else. Or just give and not take, that's always great too.

Usually the thread goes pretty well and I see a good amount of both. I also join in and receive as well as the administrator of the thread.

One of my last Monday's I got a solid haul from @dtgordo.
Odell Beckham Jr. I really miss Odell, just not his antics. I am hoping their top pick in this years draft Kadarius Toney can be of similar in play style.

Anyone miss Upper Deck NFL cards yet...(I miss Osi's pass rushing)

Because I do.  They were always creative with their products.

Thanks again to @dtgordo for the mail day. I appreciate it. 

Summer Of Wes Card #39

Breakin' Wax:2021 Panini Prizm Draft Football Blaster Box

 Finding football cards in retail outlets is like finding that onion ring in your Burger King fries order, it doesn't happen very often. But, it can.

I have been fortunate on and off to be able to open some of the newer products because of my father and some trading. But, believe me, I am not or will not give up my soul to get something to rip. Even though sometimes it is very tempting. 

Today, I am ripping one of the latest football releases in Prizm Draft. I am not an overly huge fan of college football products, but I like to chase the top rookie cards so I will take it for that reason alone. And the Giants drafted a first round WR I am collecting cards of as well.

Every 2021 Prizm Draft football blaster box only comes with 30 cards which is 6 packs of 5 cards. There are no hit guarantees and only thing you can find is a Purple Wave refractor which falls one-per-blaster. Blasters cost $20 per unless you buy from a flipper, then it's $40.

Daniel Jones! This was my only NY Giants base card in my break.

Justin Fields All-American, this was the best base rookie (yes I know it's a subset so technically not rookie) I found.

Best Crusade I found was Micah Parsons.

This was my purple wave find. Not anyone I know but I do know some Texas fans I can probably trade this to.

Green Prizms I found.

Daniel Jones green parallel. Nice PC find!

And finally, probably the "best pull" of the box was this Mac Jones Crusade Silver. I believe this guy will be the best QB of this draft. He is by far on the best team and situation out of the rookie QB's. Not that I want any Patriot QB succeeding.

That's it for this break. I won't complain too much with some Daniel Jones cards and the Mac Jones.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

It's About Time

Every year, there are certain things I look forward to.

Family coming up from afar.


My garden and flower garden.


The first snow.

Football season.

The first football card release.

The first NFL card release.

The first football card release where new players are in their uniforms.


Here comes 2021 Prestige that puts the Giants biggest offseason acquisition into Big Blue,
Kenny Golladay finally wearing the right uniform. No more of those Lions colors. I was finally able to acquire one in a blaster box break I did.

I also added these two as well.
Jabrill Peppers

and Pro Bowl TE Evan Engram. I still don't get how he got that vote when other Giants were much more deserving and were snubbed.

I also found that Golladay is also featured in 2021 Luminance in Giants colors that I will need as well. I just hope Panini will hurry up and get Kadarius Toney in blue as well.

Do you guys like seeking new players in your teams colors like me?

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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 :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2021


In the last part of my Dave Brown pickups from the 90's, today we are tackling one my first 1997 Collectors Edge Marauders.

This was one of those inserts I had hoped to find in packs but no such luck.

When I got this card in from Burbank Sportcards Beckett Marketplace, where I saved 10% off by using code 15Burbank, I didn't know what to expect since I had never seen one before.

It was actually a really nice surprise.

The card is super thick and features a motion background that gives out a 3D vibe. 

There are two players on the card, one on each side, that I don't know what the connection is yet to them. Maybe there isn't one.

There are 25 cards in this set falling 1:20 in the Super Premium Packs only.

I am not sure if this would be a fun set to collect or not, but since I liked this one so much, who knows what I may do. But, for now, I plan to focus on grabbing some more 90's Giants inserts.

Summer Of Wes Card #45

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
Quad Relic

Each Master Box is $320 or so.


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 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.

Sapphire /150

Amethyst /99

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

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)

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.