Thursday, March 31, 2022

Last Post

Today's post has been a long time coming and some of you may have been expecting it but most of you may not have.

I have always been someone who never likes to take risks or roll the die as many may say. I have always been a "if it's working, go with the flow" person. Well, that can't always continue, can it?

Ten times the last three years I have typed this exact post up and deleted it. I couldn't pull the trigger for whatever reason and kept making excuses for myself and continued on because it was working.

Well, today is finally the day I hit that publish button. As of today, this is the final post on Sport Card Collectors. 

This isn't even all of the news yet.....hope you are sitting down.

Not only am I retiring this blog, but I am also retiring Cards Over Coffee and Big Blue Cardboard.

By now, I expect you to be shocked.

I have many reasons for doing this.
  1. My schedule has changed a lot and will more this summer. It is too hard to keep up with content on three blogs, not to mention daily content on this one. I can't just stop daily posts on here as that is what Sport Card Collectors strived and is known for.
  2. The content on here isn't what it used to be and I don't want it to continue to decline. I also can't stand that it has fallen so far.
  3. I have mentioned for years on here wanting to start over with a new blog with new fresh ideas but never could quit what I started so I could start over.
  4. Why get rid of all three and not keep one of those? The fresh start I want. My nephew posted today, if you do not step forward, you will remain in the same place. Exactly.
For those of you who enjoyed the content on all or one of the blogs, don't worry. I am not retiring from blogging. I will soon be working on a new blog and that is where I will be putting posts going forward. I will also be taking some of your favorites from each blog with me along with some fresh stuff. This blog will be a "post when I can" blog. Some weeks it could be every day, others it could be a couple of posts, and sometimes it may be a while in-between posts. It's going to be based on whatever time I have to do so. I just don't want to throw content up just to have a post, which is what this blog turned into. I want good content which is also why I am in no hurry to start up the new blog. I want to make sure I have everything in place first and I could use a short break.

I don't look at today as a sad day, I look at it as a fresh start celebration which is what I have been wanting and finally getting to do now that I am taking a risk. Also, I know these three blogs will always be here in case I ever decide to revive them.

In comments today, I ask you guys for a couple of things. One, I want you to throw a name out there you think the new blog should be called based on what you know about my content and collecting. I may or may not take one of your choices. Two, I want to know what kind of content you hope to see on the new blog. And three, I know I said a couple of things, but I also wanted to mention I don't want any kind of negativity or questioning over my decision. 

Thank you everyone for the past 10 years on here and for the couple of years on the other two blogs. I hope I see you follow the new blog. An announcement on that blog will be made at some point when it is ready to go.

(By the way, the first post on here was called first post so found it only right to call this one final post)

Random Card Of The Day:2012 Crown Royale Autograph Patch David Wilson

Show Me The Way:1998 Topps Stars Silver

I have introduced Rodney's Cardboard, Kerry's Cardboard, then Eli's Cardboard yesterday and today I am Showing You The Way!

The fourth major player I collect gets his own segment on Big Blue Cardboard as well.

One of my three newest Charles Way pickups from Burbank Sportcards is this Topps Stars Silver parallel.

The set comes with Base, Silver, Gold, Bronze and Gold Star Rainbow. 

The only difference between the cards is the foil used on the front.

 
And the numbering on the back. The silvers are numbered to 3999.

Thoughts on my latest Charles Way addition welcomed in comments.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Eli's Cardboard:2014 Elite Aspirations Die Cut /90

Welcome to the first Eli's Cardboard post on here.

I have picked up quite a few Eli's recently but wanted to start out with a decent one to kick off this segment on here.

Panini has been known never to put odds on their inserts, parallels or hits like Topps does, so I don't know the odds of pulling today's card, I only know it can't be easy with only 90 of them in existence.

This is a 2014 Elite Aspirations Die Cut numbered to 90. I really like the blue shine it has and any cards that match team color are spectacular.

However, I see I will need to be very careful with the corners on this one when I transition it to my Eli Manning binder.

Back of card shows one-year stats and a write up.

Thoughts on my latest Eli Manning add or the card design always welcomed in comments!

Super Collections:@Hudsonfan15 Tim Hudson Collection

I have followed Tom a long time on Twitter and have watched his pickups for Tim Hudson over the years and am happy he wanted to join in on this series and probably Series finale since I don't have any more of these to post and haven't had time to promote or want to do anymore of these.

Collection In His Words:
I have been collecting Huddy for more than 20 years. Sadly due to the metrics used by the current voters I don't believe he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He played on too many offensively anemic teams with poor bullpen arms and was not a strikeout artist. He was a pitcher, not a thrower, who induced contact to be more efficient and stay in games longer wherever possible. He and Pedro Martinez were the top 2 in no decisions in the 2000s, which hurt their win totals. I am always looking for rare Huddy cards and was pleasantly surprised to see he was in a couple new releases in 2021.

COLLECTION:
 



Thanks goes out to Tom for sharing his collection with me to post today. If you have any Tim Hudson's you don't think he may have, contact him via Twitter @Hudsonfan15.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

WINNER OF THE BOX OF 2021 BOWMAN INCEPTION!!

That was quite a month of giveaways!! There is still a couple more to go so don't fret if you don't win today's. This was probably the biggest of all of them, but a couple more nice ones will end this 10-year celebration.

Before I can get onto those, let's see my latest winner.

There were 25 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

  1. Kelly Smalls
  2. Fuji
  3. ajg
  4. Trevor P
  5. Jacob Stonehammer
  6. Jafronius
  7. Brett Alan
  8. Dion's IP Autos only
  9. Oren
  10. Matt
  11. O'sFan21
  12. Johnnys Trading Spot
  13. hudsonfan15
  14. @SportsFan88427
  15. John Sharp
  16. Tony Hudnell
  17. RJ Sahl
  18. @CChase313
  19. RUFFCUTT
  20. The Diamond King
  21. Sean Johnson
  22. @Jake1725
  23. Dennis
  24. bbcardz
  25. Pennsylvania Tiger

IP: 2001:5b0:2c76:16a8:50e8:f260:63e1:17c1
Timestamp: 2022-03-29 12:15:10 UTC

You have randomized this list 7 times.

Congrats to Kelly Smalls. Kelly, please contact me via social media where you found my blog or contact me via email at sportcardcollectors@gmail.com.

Thanks to everyone that entered. There will be a BCW supplies contest coming up along with a numbered Joe Burrow card giveaway.

Mission Possible

*takes a sip, sits down and tries not to look outside at the new fallen snow, but instead focus on today's post*

My birthday came and went 8 days ago and this was the first year I had a few surprises for it. First, my buddy Wes sent me an eBay gift card, my wife got an eBay gift card and a carrot cake (don't worry I still stuck to my diet and kept it under control), and my sister-in-law sent me a one-of-a-kind gift I was not expecting.

*takes another sip before continuing on while also thinking back to that carrot cake*

Tim Tebow was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played a couple seasons there struggling on and off before being traded to the Jets where he played one year in the backup role. After that, he failed to make the Patriots and Eagles rosters before trying a baseball career and playing in the NY Mets minor league system for five years before retiring from pro baseball. He didn't give up on the NFL dream yet after his MLB retirement as his college coach Urban Meyer was hired by the Jaguars and he was signed to play the Tight End position instead of quarterback. It didn't work out in the end for either Meyer or Tebow, and he ended up on the sports talk show First Take while Meyer ended up on the news.

Tim may not have been a Hall Of Fame NFL QB, though he did throw a game winning touchdown  pass to win an playoff game that many QB's have not done, but he is a Hall Of Fame person we all should look up to.
 
His devout Christian faith, willingness to always help others and showing to never give up on your dreams should be a life we all should live. I know I try my best, but I am not even close to his level. I do believe though, that every little bit helps and hopefully those of you reading this today do your part as well big or small.

This is what made me a fan of Tim Tebow and though I have never mentioned it on a blog before, I do collect his cards and add what I can.

One of my biggest wants was an autograph of his to be the centerpiece of my collection and this tidbit of info must have slipped out to my sister-in-law at some point.

Because for my birthday she bought me Tim's latest book that was a signed copy version.

Inside a few pages in was this. So cool!

Definitely a centerpiece for my collection and a book I will actually read.....when I am not on here writing a post or busy with life.

Thanks again to my sis for this awesome gift if you happen to be reading this post today.

*takes a sip before finishing up today's post*

My next plan is to get an autograph card of Tim, however, those don't go for cheap despite his pro career. His college career holds his values along with what he stands for.

Tim, if you happen to be reading this, I just want to thank you as well for standing up for what you believe in, your faith, and for being an inspiration to this blogger.

In comments today, thoughts on this addition, Tim Tebow or anything positive.

*gets into Tebowing stance*

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Genesis

I must apologize right off that if you clicked this link hoping to see a post about Phil Collins songs, this isn't it. I do enjoy listening to I Can't Dance, Land Of Confusion and Hold On My Heart.

Today's post is about my first Mosaic Genesis parallel thanks to a trade with @NekBone860.

I have been wanting one of those parallels for a while as they look really sharp from what I have seen and when I saw that @NekBone860 had one from my beloved Giants, I needed it. 

Luckily for me, @NekBone860 and myself have a long history of trading and quickly worked out a deal.

Along with the centerpiece of the trade, I also landed a couple more Golladays.

Swagger insert Prizm parallel

Silver Prizm base card parallel

Mosaic Mosaic base card parallel

And now onto the biggie from the trade....
GENESIS! Giants blue against the Genesis background is stunning.

Glad I finally have one of these! I have one more of these than Golladay had touchdowns last year. Let's hope for a better 2022 season for him.

Thanks to @NekBone860 for the trade and hope we can do another soon.

Thoughts on my newest addition is welcomed in comments along with your favorite Genesis song.

Breakin Wax:2021 Leaf Multi Sport Trading Card Blaster

I know it may appear I am a big Leaf fan, I am not.....at least for their sport items. I absolutely love Leaf Pop Century.

For some reason I can tolerate Panini logoless products but I can't stand any other product that doesn't have logos. I don't know if it's because Panini does a better job hiding the non logos or if I just never got a good feel on the other companies.

Either way, I bought another Leaf blaster box to open and show off today.

Just like with the last Blaster Box break of Leaf I did, this product has a 10 card set along with an autograph or 1/1 slab per blaster. The boxes are a bit steep at $40.

This product also includes many sports and not just football. I made the final decision on grabbing this one when I saw a few cards on the checklist I wanted from the base set and then the autographs had some big ones to find.
A new Jasson Dominguez for my PC

Franco, Tyson, Curry some big names in this set.

And here is hopefully a Joe Montana autograph....
 
Nope. It's a blue 1/1 Proof of Chris Evans. Beautiful card!

Thoughts on this break welcomed in comments.

Monday, March 28, 2022

Which Blog?

If you were only to read one of my blogs forever, which blog would you choose? 

Sport Card Collectors 

Cards over coffee 

Big Blue Cardboard

Let me know in comments!

Drop It Like It's Hot

*takes a sip to get ready for today's post. memories are coming back as I look at today's card*

I think we all go through phases in our lives.

This can be a variety of things. It can be the food that we eat, I sure know I eat a lot of things I didn't used to like asparagus and have gotten rid of foods like tuna fish I used to enjoy. It can be what we drink, I used to enjoy soda a lot but now you find me drinking water when I am not having coffee. It can even be TV, I used to love watching horror movies and raunchy comedies but now I am into dramas and non rated R comedies. I guess it's toning down your life as you grow older.

I even went through a lot of phases in music in my life.

Childhood Age 1-17: I listened to whatever was on the radio especially songs I felt were cool like One Week by Barenaked Ladies or Kiss From A Rose by Seal.

Age 18-20: I hit a weird stage where I really enjoyed listening to female singers. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Mandy Moore (who I had a mad crush on), Spice Girls, TLC, and some under-the-radar groups.

Age 21-24: As I began my career in a meat room, most of my co-workers were into Rap Music so they got me hooked. Every day headliners included Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, 50 Cent, and Nelly.

Age 25-33: My career had started to change and I started to back down from a lot of the rap music. I did some Linkin' Park and Paramore for awhile but mixed in a lot of other stuff as well.

34 til now and probably beyond: I strictly listen to what some would call "the oldies". Music from the 70's, 80's and 90's. Nostalgia driven songs I remember listening to with my father growing up or ones that bring me back memories from childhood. Artists include Elton John, Chicago, The Eagles, Michael Bolton, Rick Astley, Huey Lewis and The News, are among the 100's of artists I listen to now.

Actually, I am listening to Simply Red, "Holding Back The Years" as I am typing this.

Something tells me I should switch up the song today to match what the card featured today.

*takes a sip before moving on with today's post*

To keep those memories in my life, I use cardboard to hold onto them as you have seen in previous posts.

When I saw that Snoop Lion, AKA Snoop Dogg, had a card included in the 2014 Allen Ginter base set I had to have it. By the way, Snoop Lion was Snoop Doggs short stage name in 2012 when he was rechristened Snoop Lion by a Rastafari priest in Jamaica and for the release of his new album at the time, Reincarnated.

Front of the card

 
Back of the card

Even though I don't agree with Snoop's lifestyle, I did enjoy some of his music during the rap time in my life. I always listened to songs like Let's Get Blown, Beautiful and Drop It Like It's Hot.

Thanks to my buddy Shane who landed me a copy of this card.

*takes a sip before finishing up today's post*

I can't remember the last time I listened to any Snoop Dogg songs or any rap music in general. I guess it would have been an appropriate time to have at least put one song on while I typed this up. But I will just listen to my oldies, sip my coffee and not eat my tuna fish sandwich instead.

Let me know your favorite Snoop Dogg or Snoop Lion song in comments. Also, let me know if you have had any changes in your life over time.

Have a great Monday!

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

A Mosaic Addition!

It's a dreary Monday both in weather form and the fact that it's Monday, but on Big Blue Cardboard, I am trying to brighten things up some.

In a shiny way of course.

I was in trade talks with someone for my very first Kadarius Toney Mosaic card and the trade talks fell through as I didn't have quite what the trader needed. However, this wasn't the end of me landing the Toney. Being the kindhearted person @lordremix876 was, he ended up sending me the Toney along with a few friends as well.
Here is the Toney, it's the NFL Debut subset and a silver Prizm. These look so sharp in person!

 
Mosaic Camo Pink of Giants legend Tiki Barber.

Andrew Thomas Optic silver. Thomas is still the anchor and the best player on the Gmen's offensive line. I hope he can continue his growth this year, Daniel Jones needs it.

Speaking of Daniel Jones, a pink camo Mosaic of him. This is a big break or make year for Jones under the new regime. He has got to show something or he will be gone.

Thanks again to @lordremix876 for the newest additions. It made my week.

Thoughts on these additions or the players welcomed in comments.

Breakin' Wax 2021 Pro Set College Football Blaster Box

Pro Set made it's return for the 2021 football season and seems to have come back again for 2022. This form of Pro Set is not even close to the original we all loved. This is Leaf's version of the product and it doesn't turn a lot of heads....yet.

I saw a blaster box recently sitting on a shelf and said, hey, why not?

In every blaster box of 2021 Pro set College football comes with a 10 card set and two autographs. Boxes run $35.

The box says 2021, but it's actually a 2022 product with the newest rookie class in there.

Here is the 10 card set. They all have this unique rookie card logo on them. The set includes top rookie QB's Malik Willis and Matt Corral.

Now my autographs. The checklist for autographs goes beyond the ten cards so you don't know who you will land,

 
They may not be big names but pulling a QB and RB is never bad. Maybe they will become studs someday or go into my other pile of Leaf and Sage junk autographs.

Thoughts on this product welcomed in comments!

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Not At First Glance

*sits down on this sunny Sunday and get's ready for a new post on Cards Over Coffee. Let's dive on in shall we?*

My eyes aren't what they once used to be. 

I guess aging is a part of that and probably using my phone and also reading fine print (DARN THOSE TOPPS SP CODES) has put the strain on them over the years. For a good portion of my life, I had 20/20 vision. Not anymore as I find myself having to wear glasses all of the time with astigmatism setting in. I can't stand glasses, but also refuse to put contacts in because I just can't picture putting my finger anywhere near my eyeball.

For the most part, with the glasses I can still see 20/20 but there are times I make an "old people" mistakes and miss something.

Like with my recent Oren mail day.

*takes a sip before moving onto the card portion of today's post*

With all of our trades we have done, Oren sends me a list of cards he is looking to send my way while I send him back a surprise. It has worked really well over the past year. In our latest trade, he sent some 2000 Topps Perennial All-Stars cards. These cards fell 1:18 packs and consisted of a set of 10. I already had a couple of them myself and was thinking about a set chase.

When the cards came in, I took my pictures for today's post then tossed them on my desk for the sorting procedure. When I went to take care of the cards a day or two later, I noticed something on these ones that were different than the ones I already had.

In fine print above each players name was a Limited Edition stamp. I hope you can see it on this Sammy Sosa.

I didn't know Topps had made a parallel to this insert set, now-a-days I would expect it but not in late 90's-early 2000's. Come to find out after some research, these inserts were seeded at one complete set per sealed Topps Limited factory set.  The card stock is also thicker along with the gold lettering and supposedly there were only ever 4000 sets were produced.

Each of the ones that Oren sent in this trade featured the stamp.






I assume this is still a 10-card set and now I will need to chase down both versions of the Ken Griffey Jr for my collection now that I know these exist.

Also in this trade were these cards,
Upper Deck Power Deck CD Barry Sanders

Fleer Tradition Zone of Juan Gonzalez

Upper Deck Extended Series rookie of Pius Suter. I can't turn down rookies, especially shiny ones. Oren knows this and his pushing of hockey cards to get me hooked continues!

 
And a 2021 Topps Allen&Ginter mini Derek Jeter. Not sure if I have this one or not.

Thanks again to Oren for the trade.

*takes a sip before finishing up today's post*

I know I must not be alone in missing things the first time around, especially in today's hobby where they are flooded with short prints and small writing.

In comments today, let me know if you knew about this parallel set or the cards in general. And if you missed any print on cards before (be honest!)

Have a great Sunday!

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Rodney's Cardboard: 2021 Panini Illusions /5

Another week, another NEW Rodney's Cardboard!

So far, this segment hasn't fared too well on here but this is the permanent home either way. Hopefully I can build this blog up some.

Today, I am showing off another Panini Illusions add.

Last week I showed off the /10 Illusions card and today I am tackling one that is a bit tougher to find, the /5.

This card has like a fireworks kind of look to it in the background.
 
The card back remains the same.

Once again, here are the ones that I know exist and I will cross off the ones I have with every post. The ones that are offered are, /35, /25, /10, /5 and 1/1. If there is any others outside of those, that information would be new to me.

Thanks to my buddy Shane for the assist on landing this card.

Thoughts on today's card and the Illusions parallels welcomed in comments.

Breakin Wax:2020-2021 Mosaic Basketball Hanger Box

Today's break was easier to get my hands onto than football. Usually, basketball cards are completely impossible to find but lately my Walmart has had them. 

Mosaic was sitting there from my previous visit two weeks prior. For some reason it wasn't moving, maybe it's because it flooded the market or maybe it's because the rookie classes the last two years were weak.

I didn't quite have the funds to pull off a blaster, so I picked up a hanger box instead. These cost $20 and comes with one pack of 20 cards. No guarantees.

Base

More base

Rookies

Orange Parallel. The Lillard is nice.

And my inserts.

Ugh. Another rough break. Why do I buy wax at all with the luck I have had? I know this addiction to opening won't stop. At least some of this I can turn into other cards with trading.

Thoughts on today's break welcomed in comments!

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Single Card Mail Day:2021 Playoff Rookie Wave Red Kadarius Toney

Welcome back to another Playoff Rookie Wave mail day of Kadarius Toney!

Hopefully by now you are not bored with these.

Today's colored parallel took a while to arrive as I am not sure if the seller took forever to ship or is USPS took forever to get it to me. It made me nervous for a little while but it's in hand and all good now.
So here is the red which matches parts of the Giants away uniform. Looks really sharp. You can tell the differences in parallels for these by looking at the sand color.

Back of the card as well which also tells us it's a Prizm parallel.

So far, I have the following, Base, Blue, Die-Cut, Pink, Purple, Red, Silver, Gold /10, and Touchdown 1/1.

Here they are all together, and yes, I forgot to showcase the blue on here, but check it out below.
Don't tell me you don't think these look cool whether you are a Giants fan or not.

I actually have at least one more on it's way and more updates to come. If you see any of these I don't have, please let me know. I am hoping for the rainbow, but I never get my hopes up for that.

Thoughts on today's addition and my rainbow beginning is welcomed in comments!