Thursday, September 30, 2021



Sorry, I think I use that Alicia Keys song every time I open up some Topps Fire. It just simply fits.

In the past I have not had great success with the product, both football (when Topps had the license) and baseball. In 2021, that has changed and it took to the last pack to change it.

Let's check it out:

Each retail exclusive 2021 Topps Fire hobby box comes with 20 packs of 6 cards each. Each box comes with 2 autographs and boxes run around $70-$100. Pretty cheap looking at today's standard.


The base set consists of 200 cards that includes veterans, legends and

rookies of the game.

The art designs done in Tyson Beck style. The designs the last few years have felt similar and kind of a drop off from when the product first dropped. That 2014 football design is still the best out there.

The following parallels can be found in this years Topps Fire:
Gold Minted, Flame, Orange /299, Green #/199 (1:30), Purple #/99 (1:60), Magenta #/25 (1:236), Onyx SSP (1:241), Inferno 1/1 (1:6,013).

Green falls 1:20

Orange falls 1:20

For me, Topps Fire is what brings the heat in fire. If only the base can bring the intensity the inserts do.
There are 15 cards to collect in Flame Throwers and they fall 1:13 packs.

Fired Up (my favorite design) falls 1:13 packs and has 15 cards to collect as well.

Smoke and Mirrors has 20 cards and falls 1:8 packs

Rookie Ignition falls 1:8 packs and has 25 cards to collect.

Falling 1:10, the We Have Liftoff set has 20 cards to collect

My first hit was my typical find, though not a pitcher, and I was ready for another disappointing break.

Then came the last pack mojo.......
What a beaut!

Well, the box was heading in the wrong direction until I hit the Vlad. I have seen many big hits from this product already this year but this was my first time ever landing one. I also really dig the design on the card and the fact its an on-card auto.

The design for most of the product, especially the inserts is nice. It's a fun rip if you can find any.

Leave your thoughts below.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The Good And The Bad

The last of my September pickups from Burbank Sportcards are in today's post.

I know many are very critical of Daniel Jones and compare him to former Giants QB Dave Brown, but I think many forget about Tommy Maddox.

Maddox's stint with the Giants was not impressive. Every time he hit the field he was a turnover machine, luckily he didn't make many appearances. Not that the Giants weren't already a terrible team in the 90's.
But, once a Giant always a Giant and since he wore blue, I had to have an autograph of him. My research led that he only had one auto featured in a Giants uniform and it was in 1996 Pro Line Classic. A product line that was famous for the lesser known players.

Up next, a Giant who was actually a Giant.
I went from having zero Burress autographs to have four. Anytime I can find a Plax cheap or trade for one, I will acquire it. His playoff run catches and then the famous Super Bowl 42 game winning catch will always be celebrated in my household.

So I suggest you check out 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

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Keep On Tradin'

One thing I have learned about social media, it never hurts to ask.

If you have a hobby question, reach out.

If you need help selling cards and where to sell them, ask for it.

If you see a card for trade, inquire about it.

I did that recently with @DadStuff11,

Who had this Mark Bavaro autograph up for trade. As you can tell by this post and by the actual picture of the card, I traded for it.

I not only traded for that, but I also traded for some other Gmen while we were at it.

Two more Rueben Randle autographs, I really need to count how many I have now. It's got to be close to 30.

New Kadarius Toneys

And then a bonus surprise,
The World Famous San Diego Zoo Cardz. I may open this soon, the possibility of a hologram or techchrome card is too tempting to keep it sealed.

Thanks again to @DadsStuff11 for the trade.

I also wanted to point out, it also never hurts to ask someone who has a card for sale if they would be interested in trading. Some get offended by it, some just say "just looking to sell" and others will actually say, sure. 

So next time you question yourself asking any question whether it sounds ridiculous or not, just don't be afraid to ask. Someone will help.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Nuttin' But The Hits:2021 Topps Chrome Hobby Box

I have yet to find any Topps Chrome retail as opposed to seeing flippers buying off shelves. So, here's another hobby rip. Let's hope for no more pitcher autographs.

There are 24 packs of 4 cards and two autographs per box. Boxes run $250.

Not too bad on the refractor front with Carlson and Dalbec.

Prism refractor

This is what I call the scary Halloween parallel.

Jon Lester purple

Not an A's fan but this is sharp with the green against the A's. I need to get this into a A's fans hands.

More of those 86 inserts.

Future Stars

Prismic Power


And now my two autographs,

PITCHER AUTOGRAPHS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay. Got that out of the way.

I would say this box was a tad better than my first break just from the parallels alone, we won't talk about the autographs again.

Let me know your thoughts on my break and your thoughts on this years Topps Chrome.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

REVIEW:2021 Topps Complete Set (Red Box)

I like to define myself as a set collector, but sometimes a sloppy lazy one.

The last five years or so, I have found myself adding a Topps Complete set instead of building one. It's so much easier and more effective for me. It also gives an extra side of fun with variations or parallels to chase within the boxes.

This years set add was a Red Box which has 5 hobby foil board parallels in every set.

Here is where the pack lays when you open up the set.

And here were my five from the set,

Nothing to exciting to shake a stick at but with over 660 cards to have the parallels from, it won't be easy to land the top players.

Overall, the parallels were just the bonus from this as the main want was the set. These sets range from $60 to $80 depending on where and what version of them you buy.

Let me know in comments if you buy complete sets or chase it by hand.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Burbank Pickups Of The Month:September 2021 Edition

My mood with my pickups at Burbank Sportcards changes month to month. Some months I am in the mood for the 90's and other months I am staring at set filling and now that it's fall, it's all about the NY Giants. Today's pickups are not all that I acquired, but a good chunk. I am saving the others for my Game Day posts.

Not only do I like using the code 15Burbank to save myself some money, but I love how fast their shipping is. Something that COMC needs to take note of.

Let's take a look at what I grabbed for the month of September.

2014 Prizm Parallels of Andre Williams.  I think 2014 Prizm has some of the best looking parallels out of all things Prizm.

I am not sure if this is a sign of things to come in a chase or if this is just a few adds for fun. Only time will tell. For now, I will enjoy these beauties.

Overall look at the Prizm parallels in 2014 Prizm,
BasePrizm, Blue, Green, Purple, Red, Red/White/Blue, Panini Red/Gold, BCA Pink Ribbon, Camo, Orange, Neon Green-Yellow, Red Power Prizm, Light Blue Wave, NFL Shield /75, Team Logo, Tie-Dyed /25, Gold /10, and Black Finite 1/1

Then my Andre Williams chase didn't stop there, added these two as well,

Then thought about adding a few more but switched things up to another former NY Giants running back in David Wilson. If he had stayed healthy, I can only imagine where his sky may have taken them.
And by sky..I mean his sky high flips.

And then another autograph add of his.

As I said above today's additions were brought to you by the Burbank Sportcards Beckett Marketplace , where 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.

Until next month!