Sunday, July 16, 2017

EBay Pickups From The Last Month

I haven't had a pickups post in almost a month and a half so I gotta lot of catching up to do! In between ripping all these boxes, I have some Ebay pickups. Here they are from the last month!

97-98 E-X 2001 Tim Duncan RC BGS 9.5

The E-X is one of my favorite basketball series of all time, especially the first three years of the product. I absolutely love it. I owned the non graded version of this card when I first collected, but this time around I decided to get a nicer 9.5 Gem Mint version. Can't go wrong with a graded Timmy Rookie!

1990 Score Supplemental Emmitt Smith RC PSA 9

Another card and I needed to reacquire (I believe I used to own a PSA 8). It's Emmitt's best rookie card and I've wanted it back ever since I decided to start collecting again.

1994 Finest Ken Griffey Jr.

A card I've always wanted ever since I was a kid, but never bought it until now. Such a cool looking card! Well worth the 4 bucks I paid for it!

2016 Topps Undisputed A.J. Styles Autograph (#40/99)

Here's my "once in every few months" wrestling purchase. I've been wanting an A.J. Styles autograph for a while now and jumped at the chance to add this nice on card auto of him from the highest end wrestling product there is. A great autograph of "The Face That Runs The Place".

1979-80 Topps Julius Erving PSA 8

I love picking up Graded Hall of Fame Vintage Base  Cards. They don't cost much and are just cool additions to the collection. Here's a nice late 70's base card of Dr. J.

97-98 Fleer Ultra Ultrabilities Superstar Kevin Garnett

NOTHING BEATS 90'S INSERTS!! I mean look at this beauty. Shiny foil, die cut design, just a visual masterpiece. I absolutely love this KG.

97-98 Metal Universe Titanium Kevin Garnett PSA 10

But not as much as I love THIS KG! I've been wanting to add a Titanium insert card for a LONG time. It's one of my favorite 90's inserts made. Such an awesome looking card. I was locked on this card from the moment I saw it for auction. There was no doubt in my mind I was going to win it!

95-96 Flair Michael Jordan PSA 9

This card is too cool looking to be just a basic base card. I think Flair cards are underrated and this card is just so slick. Can never go wrong with MJ, even it's just a base card.

92-93 Topps Gold Michael Jordan PSA 9

I think my obsession with gold cards started at a young age, because I used to love Topps Gold and Topps BlackGold cards. It's not like they are rare or anything, but still, I just love the simplicity of the card. Classic Topps 90's design and the greatest of all time. Great combo!

95-96 Collector's Choice You Crash The Game Gold Michael Jordan PSA 9

Again...that dang gold foil finish is enough for me to have to have this card! I used to love the You Crash the Game series in Collector's Choice. In fact, I won a couple times in football (I remember winning with both Errict Rhett and Dan Marino). I definitely think these are underrated as well, as this is the tougher Gold Set version.

16-17 Gold Standard Karl Anthony Towns AU Autograph (#08/79)

Yep..it's GOLD Standard lol. Gold Standard is one of my favorite Panini Basketball sets, but instead of gambling on a box for $75 why not just a card from the set that I actually want for $20 less? A nice bold on card signature of KAT!

1998-98 Fleer Brilliants Illuminators Dirk Nowitzki PSA 9

Another thing I love picking up is graded Vince Carter and Dirk Rookies. They don't cost much and are really cool to own. This is a nice rookie insert of Dirk from Fleer Brilliants.

98-99 Skybox Molten Metal Dirk Nowitzki RC PSA 9

Another graded Dirk rookie! Molten Metal are really cool looking cards and for under $10 you can't go wrong with this Dirk!

02-03 Topps Pristine Gold Refractor Tracy McGrady (#41/50)

Seems like Gold is a running theme here! Pristine is a kind of forgotten Topps brand, but the Gold Refractors are NICE in person and this was a must have for me!

16-17 Donruss Optic Anthony Davis/Russell Westbrook Pickups

Got all three of these for less than 4 bucks. Just cheap additions to the PC.

99-00 E-X Genuine Coverage Grant Hill Game Worn Jersey

Back when game used cards MEANT something! This was a $7 pickup and well worth it. I remember paying $75 for a similar Grant Hill (99-00 Fleer Focus Feel The Game) when they first came out. Now..nobody cares about plain 1 color swatches (especially white colored swatches). Back in 1999 though? These were still high in demand. If I ever come across older school game used cards, I do my best to make a run at them. I still love em!

2017 Topps Tribute Autographs Red Parallel Aaron Judge (#172/199)

Yeah..I had to do it. I wanted to add a Aaron Judge Autograph to my collection but didn't wanna pay an arm and a leg for it. Though this wasn't cheap, it's still cheaper than the other alternatives. I think it's an underrated on card rookie auto and I love it!

16-17 Gold Standard Golden Pairs Vince Carter/Kevin Garnett (#1/15)

Ok...couldn't go a few cards without another GOLD card lol. This card is absolutely stunning and though I own full game worn jerseys of both guys, I just had to have this card. The even better thing is I only paid $5 for it because I had EBay bucks to use up!

98-99 Topps East/West Michael Jordan/Kobe Bryant BGS 9.5


And finally last but not least...this cool dual sided insert of MJ/Kobe. If you recall, I bought a box of 98-99 Topps Series 2 looking for one of these cards. Although I did pull a couple, it wasn't the MJ/Kobe so I decided to just buy one graded. One day, I hope to add the refractor version of this card as well, but for now, this will do!

And that's it!! Phew, finally done!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Box Breaks: 4 Hangers and 4 Blasters of 2017 Topps Archives

 
So this will be the 2nd time around I'm busting some Topps Archives retail. I fared fairly decent the last time around pulling an auto. I also picked up the hanger packs because you get one 1960 Topps Rookie Star insert in every pack so hoping to get a Judge out of one. Can I just say again how much fun it's been opening baseball cards? Even if it's retail and even at the end of the day you lose your shirt value wise for the most part, it's just been a fun experience ripping packs and hunting for Aaron Judge. As long as the experience is great, to me that's part of the cost of ripping packs. Anyways, here's what I got this time around

4 Hanger Packs

1960 Topps Rookie Stars (1 per pack)
Yoan Moncada
Orlando Arcia
Alex Reyes
Dansby Swanson


1959 Bazooka (1:3)

Omar Vizquel
Ozzie Smith

2016 Retro Original (1:6)
Francisco Lindor

Peach Parallel (1:7)

Troy Tulowitzki (#69/199)

Light Blue Parallel (1:19)
Adam Duvall (#11/75)

Blaster #1

Topps Coins
Alex Bregman
Manny Machado

1959 Bazooka (1:7)
Ivan Rodriguez


Derek Jeter Retrospective (1:7)

2000 Topps

2016 Retro Original (1:14)
Carlos Correa


Peach Parallel (1:18)

Jose Ramirez (#87/199)

Light Blue Parallel (1:46)
Ivan Rodriguez (#28/75)

Blaster #2


Topps Coins

Mookie Betts
Noah Syndergaard

Derek Jeter Retrospective (1:7)
1997 Topps

1959 Bazooka Insert (1:7)
Bryce Harper

2016 Retro Original (1:14)
Giancarlo Stanton

Soft Red Parallel (1:137)
Nomar Garciaparra (#14/25)

Derek Jeter Retrospective Green Foil Parallel (1:513)
2001 Topps (#92/99)

Blaster #3

Topps Coins
Aaron Judge
Mike Trout

Derek Jeter Retrospective (1:7)
1999 Topps


1992 Topps Winner Variation (1:137)

Miguel Cabrera

1959 Bazooka Insert (1:7)
Kris Bryant

2016 Retro Original (1:14)
Bryce Harper


Blaster #4


Aaron Judge RC

Topps Coins
Clayton Kershaw
Alex Bregman


Derek Jeter Retrospective (1:7)

2002 Topps

1959 Bazooka Insert (1:7)
Paul Konerko

1960 Topps Rookie Stars (1:14)
Aaron Judge

Overall Thoughts: In my opinion the definition of a solid, fun enjoyable break. Nothing earth shattering, but 3 Different Judges, A Trout coin, inserts of Bryant and Correa, a Low Numbered Nomar parallel, a couple Bryce Harper inserts, a Miggy Gold Parallel Variation and pack wise the Jeter Green Foil was a super tough pull (really surprised those don't sell for more..I mean I'm not saying it should be a $20 card or anything, but I expected it to be selling for at least $10 and they seem to go for $5). Basically full of stars and I had a blast opening it all! Since I've pulled what I wanted (i.e. the Judges for my PC), I'm probably done with Archives for the year. So next on the horizon will be 4 boxes of Stadium Club (should be in Monday, but probably won't open until next weekend because of work) and 6 boxes of Allen & Ginter (again, it'll come in Friday, but might have to wait on opening it until the next weekend depending on how much time I have). Here's pics of the better cards!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Top 5 Pulls of 2017 
#1- 2016 Donruss Optic Superfractor Cam Newton (#1/1)
#2- 2017 Bowman Platinum Platinum Cuts Gleyber Torres Autograph (#14/25)  
#3- 2017 Topps Tier Prodigious Patches Platinum Eric Hosmer (#1/1)
#4- 2017 Bowman Platinum Autographs Gleyber Torres Green Parallel (#16/75)  
#5- 2017 Topps Heritage 1968 Topps Game Rookies Aaron Judge

Friday, July 14, 2017

Box Breaks: 2 Boxes of 2017 Topps Tier Baseball

 
So this was the "Grand Finale" of my weekend of busting boxes. Now I was terrified of this break after seeing NUMEROUS brutal breaks of this. I thought after the luck I had all weekend I was FOR SURE going to end on a rough note. My only saving grace is I had preordered these boxes at below $100 per box instead of the ridiculous over $130 a box it is now. So did I get totally hosed? Let's find out!

Box 1


Autos
Danny Duffy (#127/300)
Break Out Auto Redemption Ken Giles


Jersey Relic

Alex Bregman (#238/331)


Prodigious Patches Platinum

Eric Hosmer (1#1)

Box #2

Jersey Relic
Freddie Freeman (#169/331)

Auto
Jharel Cotton (#245/300)

Auto/Jersey
Nomar Mazara (#39/75)

Overall Thoughts: So I'm not going to lie, I slowly started uncovered the first card on box #1 and saw "One of One" and my heart started RACING. I thought...man NO WAY this could possibly be better than everything else I had pulled throughout the weekend. I saved the card for last and the rest of the break was....BRUTALLLL. Man, it was pretty much as bad as advertised with my only saving grace being this mystery 1 of 1 I was holding on to. Then I unveiled it and it was....Eric Hosmer. Cool pull, but honestly deflating as I was hoping for a MONSTER.  The crazy thing is this is the 2nd Royals 1 of 1 I've pulled since coming back to collecting. The first one was the Alex Gordon Topps Tribute Superfractor Autograph if you recall last year. Just like the Gordon, the Hosmer didn't stay in my collection very long as literally not even an hour later  I sold the card to a member of Blowout Cards for $100 bucks. The 1 of 1 did not end up saving the entire break, but it could've been MUCH worse. The Hosmer still will end up making my top 5 pulls, which shows how great this weekend was as 3 new cards ended up making the list. Here's a pic of the cards I pulled and boy was it a fun weekend!! I'll be busting some Topps Archives Retail Hangers and Blasters tomorrow. 

 
 
 
 
 


Top 5 Pulls of 2017 
#1- 2016 Donruss Optic Superfractor Cam Newton (#1/1)
#2- 2017 Bowman Platinum Platinum Cuts Gleyber Torres Autograph (#14/25)  #3- 2017 Topps Tier Prodigious Patches Platinum Eric Hosmer (#1/1)
#4- 2017 Bowman Platinum Autographs Gleyber Torres Green Parallel (#16/75)  
#5- 2017 Topps Heritage 1968 Topps Game Rookies Aaron Judge



Monday, July 10, 2017

Box Break: 2017 Donruss Elite Football

 
So after a pretty successful Bowman Platinum break, I felt like I was due for a letdown and typically football does that to me. Elite looked like a fun product to bust and so I bit the bullet and ordered a box and finally got to open it yesterday. Here's what I got

Rookies
Amara Darboh (#442/499)
Deshaun Watson (#418/499)
Sidney Jones (#387/499)

Red Parallel
Todd Gurley (#118/149)

Purple Parallel
Thomas Rawls (#36/99)
Zach Cunningham RC (#13/99)
Adam Shaheen RC (#34/99)

Orange Parallel
Taco Charlton RC (#10/25)

Aspirations
Jameis Winston (#54/97)

Face to Face Purple Parallel
Tom Brady/Ben Roethlisberger (#6/49)

Fired Up
Tom Brady (#281/299)

Family Ties
Travis/Jason Kelce (#219/299)

Rookie Elitist
Christian McCaffrey

Man Coverage
Ronnie Lott

College Ties
Jimmy Graham/David Njoku

Title Waves
Terrell Davis

Home Field Advantage
J.J. Watt


Pro Bowl Standouts Jersey

Eli Manning

Turn Of The Century Auto
John Ross (#44/99)

Pen Pals Auto
John Ross

Overall Thoughts: Well, very satisfied with the break! I usually complain about getting multiple hits of the same player, because usually the player sucks but I'll take two autos of John Ross (one of them on card) over some of the other guys in the set all the time! I really like the look of the base set (sooooo shiny!!) and inserts too. It was cool pulling a couple of Brady inserts (one numbered to 49) and then of course pulling the DeShaun Watson rookie was nice. The Eli Jersey is filler but overall a very fun and successful break! I kept the mojo going! Here's pics of the cards!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Top 5 Pulls of 2017 
#1- 2016 Donruss Optic Gold Vinyl Cam Newton 1/1 
#2- 2017 Bowman Platinum Platinum Cuts Gleyber Torres Autograph (#14/25) 
#3- 2017 Bowman Platinum Autographs Gleyber Torres Green Parallel (#16/75)  
#4- 2017 Topps Heritage 1968 Topps Game Rookies Aaron Judge
#5- 16-17 Donruss Optic Jaylen Brown Rookie Signatures



Sunday, July 9, 2017

Box Breaks: 8 Hangers, 4 Blasters, and 2 Collector Boxes of 2017 Bowman Platinum

 
So as I stated on Friday, Bowman Platinum has been on of the hottest products of the week thanks to it A)Having Cody Bellinger's first rookie card and B)Being a Wal Mart Exclusive. Everyone is wiping out Wal Marts clean all over the country buying these up. I was lucky that my Dad took a trip to our local Wal Mart and was able to buy it the inventory as they were stocking. I just got finished ripping it all and here's what I got!

8 Hanger Packs


Aaron Judge RC

Exclusive Prospect Cards (1:1)
Willie Calhoun
Ian Happ
Brady Aiken
Anthony Alford
Jorge Mateo
Joe Jimenez
Yadier Alvarez
Dylan Cozens


Bowman's Next Generation (1:2)
Anthony Alford
Jahmal Jones
Nick Gordon
Anderson Espinoza

Bowman's Next Generation Purple (1:43)
Brendan Rodgers (#206/250)

Rookie Radar (1:2)
Orlando Arcia
Yulieski Gurriel
Manny Margot
Jose De Leon

Platinum Presence (1:4)
Mickey Moniak
Tyler Glasnow

Purple Parallel (1:13)
Nick Gordon (#66/250)

Orange Parallel (1:127)
Tyler Austin (#7/25)

Blaster #1

Rookie Radar (1:7)
Yoan Moncada


Bowman's Next Generation (1:7)

Anthony Alford

Platinum Presence (1:7)
Josh Donaldson


4 Card Parallel Pack

Brendan Rodgers
Mitch Keller
Nelson Cruz
Danny Salazar

Blaster 2

Cody Bellinger Base RC

Rookie Radar (1:7)
Yulieski Guerriel

Bowman's Best Next Generation (1:7)
Nick Senzel

Green Prospect Parallel (1:79)
Thomas Szapucki (#64/99)


Platinum Presence (1:7)

Orlando Arcia

4 Card Parallel Pack
Matt Chapman
Fernando Romero
Tyler Austin
Jorge Alfaro

Blaster #3

Cody Bellinger Base RC


Bowman's Next Generation (1:7)

Cody Bellinger

Green Parallel (1:79)
Mark Trumbo (#90/99)

Platinum Presence (1:7)
Trevor Story

Rookie Radar (1:7)
Tyler Glasnow

4 Card Parallel Pack
Andrew Benintendi
Anthony Alford
Joe Jimenez
Brandon Belt

Platinum Cuts Auto Black Parallel (1:841)
GLEYBER TORRES!! (#14/25)

Blaster 4

Rookie Radar (1:7)
Hunter Renfroe

Rookie Radar Purple (1:156)
Jorge Alfaro (#174/250)

Bowman's Next Generation (1:7)
Cody Bellinger

Green Parallel (1:79)
Trevor Story (#42/99)

Platinum Presence (1:7)
J.P. Crawford

4 Card Parallel Pack
Mickey Moniak
Brendan Rodgers
Corey Seager
Mookie Betts

So 1 Judge, 2 Bellinger Base and 2 Bellinger Next Gen in the Hangers and Blasters, oh yeah and the Torres Auto lol. Not too bad I must say. Onto the collector boxes!

Collector's Box #1

Aaron Judge Base RC


Bowman's Next Generation (1:5)

Josh Staumont
Eloy Jimenez
Victor Robles
Kyle Lewis

Rookie Radar (1:5)
Hunter Renfroe
Yoan Moncada
Jose DeLeon
Yulieski Guerriel

Platinum Presence (1:11)
Anderson Espinoza
Dansby Swanson

Purple Parallel (1:33)
Jose Bautista

Green Prospects Parallel (1:84)
Max Fried (#82/99)

Autograph (1:19)
Alex Kirilloff

Autograph Green (1:158)
GLEYBER TORRES (#16/75)

Collector's Box #2

Aaron Judge Base RC


Bowman's Next Generation (1:5)

Ozzie Albies
Nick Senzel
Harrison Bader
Brendan Rodgers


Rookie Radar (1:5)

Tyler Glasnow
Alex Bregman
Dansby Swanson
Cody Bellinger

Platinum Presence (1:10)
Paul Goldschmidt
Corey Seager


Purple Parallel (1:33)

Francisco Lindor (#248/250)

Purple Prospect Parallel (1:121)
AJ Puk (#132/250)

Autographs (1:19)
P.J. Conlon

MLB Autographs Orange Parallel (1:1,186)
Jacob DeGrom (#12/25)

Oh man was this a fun break. I think I did pretty good Autograph wise to say the least, two different Torres and a DeGrom numbered to 25! Pulled 3 Judge Base, Two Belly Bases, and 3 total Belly inserts, not to mention multiple copies of other rookies such as Bregman, Swanson, Moncada etc. I never do prospect driven products but I had a BLAST with this! I actually went to another Wal Mart today and they had 4 blasters still. I picked them up but will try to flip them on Ebay and see if I can make a little money. Definitely worth picking up!! Here's pic of the better cards! 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Top 5 Pulls of 2017

#1- 2016 Donruss Optic Gold Vinyl Cam Newton 1/1 
#2- 2017 Bowman Platinum Platinum Cuts Gleyber Torres Autograph (#14/25)
#3- 2017 Bowman Platinum Autographs Gleyber Torres Green Parallel (#16/75)
#4- 2017 Topps Heritage 1968 Topps Game Rookies Aaron Judge
#5- 16-17 Donruss Optic Jaylen Brown Rookie Signatures