Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Summer Of Wes Card #1

Summer Of Wes Card #1B

Summer Of Wes Card #2

Summer Of Wes Card #3

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Summer Of Wes Card #5

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Summer Of Wes Card #7

Summer Of Wes Card #8

Summer Of Wes Card #9

Summer Of Wes Card #29

Rodney's Cardboard:2020 Select Tie Dye Prizm Autograph

With the blog revamp, I have decided to play around with new days for this series. I know most expect their Rodney intake on a Sunday, but being one of my higher viewed posts, I figured I would move it in the middle of the week where things seem to be a bit slower.

Expect a new series kicking off on Sundays instead.

Today's Rodney pairs up with an earlier one from the Select series I showed in the Tie Dye die cut.

This card comes with a big thanks to Shane in our latest trade which will be shown off in chunks on here. But, a lot of the upcoming Rodney's are thanks to him.

Here's today's Rodney,

The tie-dye adds a mystical look to it.

 
I actually like the full cards more than the die cuts when it comes to these. Usually I am a die cut freak.

Here is the complete chase below. With each card I reveal, I will be crossing it off on this list. You can find my complete haves and needs HERE. (if you want to blow the fun )

57 Signatures Black Prizm 1/1
57 Signatures Black Prizm Die-Cut 1/1
57 Signatures Green Prizm /5
57 Signatures Green Prizm Die-Cut /5
57 Signatures Gold Prizm /10

57 Signatures Gold Prizm Die-Cut /10
57 Signatures Tie-Dye Prizm /25
57 Signatures Tie-Dye Prizm Die-Cut /25

57 Signatures White Prizm /35
57 Signatures Light Blue Prizm /50
57 Signatures Maroon Prizm /75
57 Signatures Blue Prizm /99

57 Signatures Prizm /199

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

Summer Of Wes Card #35

Summer Of Wes Card #10

Monday, August 30, 2021

REVIEW:2021 Topps Chrome Baseball

For days now I will admit I have been sulking over the news of Fanatics taking over the card world grabbing up all of the licenses like they were the Grinch at Christmas time. I just hope their heart isn't two sizes too small and that they will give us what we all want, more Topps and especially more Topps Chrome. How they will be able to do that, well that's easy, buy Topps. If you want to keep long time collectors like myself happy, it's the best decision you can make.

I am not sure how I feel otherwise about one company monopolizing the hobby I am ever so passionate about. It's probably comparable to how I felt when Upper Deck lost all of their licenses, which made me feel like a little kid who had lost their favorite stuffed toy. I am still sad about that.

All we can hope for is the best from all of this news as the hobby has been in my life and probably yours a long time. Rooting it on otherwise would mean you aren't a collector in the first place. We want only success here.

In the meantime, I am going to try and enjoy my favorite Topps and Panini products like they are on their last life. And one of those products I get to review today in Topps Chrome.

Topps Chrome has been a yearly staple in my house since 1996 and it's a product my wife has heard me talk her ear off about since we got married. It's like that one favorite family member you look forward to seeing every year.

In every box of 2021 Topps Chrome baseball you will find yourself immersed with 24 packs of 4 cards. Hobby boxes like this one come with 2 autographs and boxes currently run around $220.

BASE:
Topps Chrome is simply chromed up Topps flagship cards, just a much more shortened checklist. It involves veterans and

Rookies in it's checklist. Topps Chrome rookies have been my favorite rookie cards, move over Bowman Chrome, since 1996.

There is 220 cards in this years base set to chase.

PARALLELS:

If you collect Topps Chrome, you know as well as I do, it's all about the refractors and this years edition there is no shortage of them.

Find the following parallels, Refractor, Sepia, Pink, Prism, Negative, Magenta /399, Magenta Speckle /350, Purple /299, Aqua /199, Aqua Wave /199, Blue /150, Green /99, Green Wave /99, Blue Wave /75, Gold /50, Gold Wave /50, Orange /25, Orange Wave /25, Red /5, Red Wave /5, SuperFractor 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.


 
Refractor

Blue Wave /75

Purple /299

Magenta Sparkle /350

Prism

INSERTS:

Have you had enough refractors?? Most likely not, so here are some shiny inserts with the following parallels you may find! Green /99, Gold /50, Orange /25, Red /5, and SuperFractor 1/1.
Prismic Power falls 1:24 packs with 15 cards to chase in the set


Future Stars fall 1:8 packs and has 20 cards to collect. These are probably my favorite insert from Chrome every year.

1986....yawn....inserts again fall 1:6 packs. There are 25 to collect if you aren't sick of their over usage yet lol.

And finally, a new Chrome insert in Beisbol that falls 1:12 packs with 15 cards to chase.

HITS:
2 autographs and they were....

Both rookie pitcher autos....sigh.....at least one was a refractor /499.

OVERALL THOUGHTS:
For $220 this box fell way short of value, but it was so much fun to open. I hope to find some retail which is a cheaper option for that thrill.

Or you can jump in on a box break and land the team of chrome you want, may I suggest a breaker? Try out Coffee Breaks and save $10 off when you use the code, CoffeeBlog.

I sure hope to continue to see more Topps Chrome in my life. You got a friend in refractors.

Leave me your thoughts on the Fanatics deals and/or my box break below!

Sunday, August 29, 2021

It Starts With One

The great Linkin' Park started out the song In The End with (It Starts With) One Thing.....and today I am bouncing off from that section of the song.

It starts with one, one post on this blog that kicks off a new beginning. I have eliminated all older posts on here (other than yesterday's that was the technical kick off to this event) to give it a clean and refresh make. Probably similar to what Subway just did, except mine is more in-depth and not just saying my tuna is real.

My goal is to bring back the glory days of Sport Card Collectors by adding in the fun that Cards Over Coffee brought. So in a way it will be combining them, but not really. Confused? I guess you will have to check out the posts as they publish to see the difference.

 
Did you also know that It Starts With One...one card to put you on a wild goose chase?

Especially when it Starts With One....of one.

In one of my latest trades with blog reader Oren, he offered up this 1/1 Bowman Gridiron Ice parallel of Aaron Colvin and I took it. I had no reason to specifically take it other than it sounding cool. I am not a fan of Colvin nor have any connection to him as he never played for my Giants. He is currently a free agent and played for the Jags, Texans and a small training camp stint with Washington.

When I originally had taken the card I had no intentions of chasing a rainbow, then I saw it and how stunning it was so I went after it.

Here is what I had to look for,
RAINBOW FOIL REFRACTOR PARALLEL CARDS: Base Foil, Purple Border, Silver Ice, Blue Border /499, Gold Border /399, Orange Border /299, Red Border /199, Orange Ice /50, Green Border 1/1, Gridiron Ice 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.


Here is my progress so far with it.

RAINBOW FOIL REFRACTOR PARALLEL CARDSBase Foil Black, Purple Border, Silver Ice, Blue Border /499, Gold Border /399, Orange Border /299, Red Border /199, Orange Ice /50, Green Border 1/1, Gridiron Ice 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

So still a few away from chasing the full rainbow. It may be near impossible to find that Gridiron Ice 1/1.

Then I decided while I was chasing the foils, might as well seek out the paper versions as well.

This entitles chasing all of these,

BOWMAN PAPER PARALLEL CARDS
White Base, Black Border, Purple Border, Blue Border /499, Gold Border /399, Orange Border /299, Red Border /199 , Green Border /99, and Silver Border 1/1
Here is what I was able to land so far.

Which breaks down to the following,
BOWMAN PAPER PARALLEL CARDS
White Base, Black Border, Purple Border, Blue Border /499, Gold Border /399, Orange Border /299, Red Border /199 , Green Border /99, and Silver Border 1/1.

All that remains is the impossible 1/1 to finish up that one.

Here is a group photo. Quite a charming group I think.

Thanks again to Oren as always for the trades. It Starts With One.

Will I ever be able to complete either or all of this rainbow? In the end, it doesn't even matter......as I am happy with what I have acquired.

Gallery Of Players

Not only did Wes send all of those amazing cards you saw in the Summer Of Wes countdown, but there was tons of others that didn't even make the cut.

Some of those better ones are today in what I am calling my Gallery Of Players.

The players below are side PC guys I collect. My main guys are NY Giants obviously but these are some of the names you can find in my side PC's and Wes knew exactly what I would be looking for. Here is the full on gallery grouped by those players,

















































Keep in mind this was only the top or favorite ones from each group. There was other cards in each of these guys piles especially Favre.

Thoughts on any of the cards and players above appreciated in comments!