Saturday, December 8, 2018

Annnnd Some More Cardfest Additions plus PRIZMPALOOZA NEWS!

Alright so before I show off new additions to Cardfest, I got some news on another event that will happen directly after Cardfest. The 2nd PRIZMPALOOZA! I did Prizmpalooza last year concurrently with Cardfest and if you remember, Prizmpalooza is just a massive break of Basketball Prizm. I decided to do it again this year but I have a TON more to open this go around (including Hobby and FOTL Prizm, which I didn't have last year) so between Cardfest and Prizmpalooza, it's going to be INSANE ripping so much product. I'll show off the contents of that later, but for now, more Cardfest additions!
 2017 Donruss Optic Football Blaster Boxes
I need supplies big time, since I've got so much stuff to open so I bought some off Steel City and to complete my purchase I decided to get 5 Optic Blasters at 10 bucks a piece. It's a cheap low risk way to chase some lower end Mahomes rookies.

2018  Sportkings Blaster Box
This was a Blowout Cyber Monday Pickup. Again, needed to get to $200 for free shipping and this hit the spot for $15. I figured for less than the price at a Wal Mart or Target (19.99 plus tax) this product was intriguing enough to try one blaster of.

2018 Topps WWE Then Now and Forever Hobby Box
Very surprised how cheap these were out of the gate. Only $45 for a hobby box. I have to get my wrestling fix so here's the lone Wrestling box out of the group.

2018-19 NBA Hoops Hobby Boxes
I love Hoops..I just don't love paying original MSRP on Hoops boxes ($65-$70). Hoops is a low end brand and although in today's era of collecting $65-$70 IS considered low end.. I still am stuck in the olden days where Hoops was a $2 a pack product. So when Blowout's Cyber Monday sale had this at $50 a box, I jumped at it and got 3 boxes. Totally on board ripping it at that price.

2018-19 Absolute Memorabilia Basketball Hobby Box
And finally for this post, Absolute Memorabilia is a fairly recent product that I wanted to try. This is actually the first product that has Lebron James in his Lakers uniform so that's an added chase.

Let's see, so I still have one product that I have in hand that I'm waiting to show off, and at least three more products that I bought stuff of that was a presale that I'm hoping to get in before Christmas. I didn't think I would top last year product wise, but it definitely looks like I did. I can't WAIT to start ripping everything!!


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Some More Cardfest Additions!

So Black Friday has come and gone and I did pick some stuff up on BF and Cyber Monday, a lot of it has already come in, so here's a look at the numerous additions I have added to cardfest!

2017 Prizm Retail Blasters and Value Packs

This wasn't a Black Friday Purchase really, but D&A Cardworld had these for sale at basically retail price (and cheaper than Blowout) and I wanted to go Mahomes hunting so I decided to grab 12 blasters and 24 Value Packs. It's a very risky purchase and could be a bloodbath, but it's probably the cheapest way to hunt Mahomes Prizm Rookies.

2017-18 Prestige Basketball

This was a BF Friday from Steel City Collectibles. Prestige is a lower end product and was waiting for a price drop to finally try a box or two. At $47.95 I decided to grab 2. Should be a fun lower end rip with a chance to pull autos from last year's loaded rookie class.

2018 Topps Update Jumbo Case (With 12 Silver Packs)

Probably the best deal of any deals offered on any sites on Black Friday. D&A Cardworld had these for $440 and included 12 Silver Packs with the purchase. The Silver Packs Alone are probably $8-$10 packs so to get this case for that cheap is pretty amazing to me. The closest deals were Blowout offering Hobby Cases for $499 and Jumbo Cases for $449 but neither came with the bonus silver packs. The D&A deal sold out in minutes and I was lucky to get one.

2018 Topps Gallery Baseball

I broke this Wal Mart Exclusive last Cardfest and was initially going to stay away from this year's version because of it's $79.99 price tag. Wal Mart had these marked down on BF to $65.99 which is more around what I was willing to pay to try a couple boxes.

2018 Topps Gold Label Baseball

This was technically a BF purchase, but Blowout spread out there sale to last the entire week instead of just BF. I didn't actually buy anything on BO on Black Friday, but what I did buy was on Monday. These were $39.99 and the limit was 2. I like Gold Label though I've never broken a box, so I thought at the price it was well worth it.

2017-18 Status Basketball

The 2nd part of my BO Monday BF Friday purchase. Status was something I always wanted to try as it has a early 90's Skybox vibe to it. For $29.99, you can't beat that price for a hobby box so I got 4 which was the limit for this product. Another fun low end basketball product to rip.

2018 Topps Archives Baseball

This was a BF Purchase from D&A Cardworld. Eventually Steel City and Blowout matched their price but at the time it was cheapest on D&A. I like Archives but the price point initially was ridiculous. Luckily because of delays with Hobby, the price quickly went down and at $69.99 on BF it was definitely at a price I wanted. I got two boxes.

2018 Bowman High Tek Baseball

Another D&A BF Purchase (another product that Blowout eventually ended up matching, but it was cheaper here first). I don't really know much about this product, other than the fact it's basically Topps Tek but catered towards rookies and prospects. Figured for $59.99 it was worth the rip two boxes.

2018 Topps Tek Baseball

This is why I favored D&A over Blowout for BF purchases. D&A at least offered discounts on more recent products. Again, Blowout would eventually match the price, but too little too late as I already got them from D&A. I've seen some pretty good breaks of this stuff, and even though the patterns can be a tad confusing, it still looks like a fun product to rip. I got two boxes to try.

2018 Topps Five Star Baseball

And the last product I'll show off today is a familiar face. I've already busted two boxes of this a couple months ago, but D&A had them at $109 on BF and I liked the product enough to give it another whirl. I sound like a broken record, but eventually Blowout lowered their prices to match D&A.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

More Cardfest Additions

Here are some of my most recent additions to cardfest!

2002 Flair Baseball

This will be probably be the last old school box I buy after everything I spent so far. Last year I had 1 Baseball and 2 Basketball boxes, this year it'll just be two baseball. This goes back to a time where game used were JUST beginning to get overprodruced as evidenced by the odds of a game used card (1 out of 6 packs). I thought it would be a fun cheap rip because there is possibilites of Derek Jeter autos in the oversized Sweet Swatch card you get in every box.

2018 Prizm Football Mega Box
I had absolutely TERRIBLE luck with FOTL Prizm Football, but I'm going to give retail a go with these Mega Boxes. The reason I like these particular boxes is a)The Price ($35 as opposed to the Target Pink Refractor boxes which are $50) and they have Green Pulsar Parallels, which look AWESOME from the breaks I've seen. The only downside is...yep...there's basically a 90% chance I get points in at least one of the boxes which SUCKS but it's still a risk I'm willing to take.

2018 Rookies And Stars Football Longevity Box

I tried this product last year as well, and if you recall I had ordered two boxes, but only got 1 shipped. I also got these when Target was having their 20% off sale so I didn't pay $50 a box which helps.

18-19 Certified Basketball

My 2nd 18-19 Basketball Product, Certified replaces Totally Certified for Basketball (which sounds confusing, I know, but it is two different products). Should be a fun mid end rip as I hunt for Luka Doncic cards

Saturday, November 24, 2018

My Thoughts On The Black Friday Sales From "The Big 3"

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 I wanted to address yesterday's "Black Friday" Sales that Blowout, DA Cardworld, and Steel City Collectibles had going. Overall it was very underwhelming in my opinion as far as card deals go. First of all, Blowout decided to change their format and instead of making an all day event (which I thought was part of the fun) they spread it out for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and then had a "Case Extravaganza" on Friday. It just wasn't the same at all plus the majority of the deals were just either totally underwhelming or it' the same old crap they've been discounting for 5+ years that never sells. I hate when people use the excuse "Blowout doesn't have to do this for us" or other excuses that come up to defend how poor Blowout's Black Fridays can be. They aren't doing it "for us"'s an inventory dump, plain and simple. You think giving us $20 case specials on Elvis retail stuff or Webkins stuff is some kind of sacrifice? It's the same stuff year and year, and it can get really tiring. I mean how many times do you have to see the same 2013 football product on sale for the same amount (sometimes even HIGHER)? I'm not trying to be ungrateful, but it's just the honest truth. If you market something as a Black Friday sale, than it should look like a BLACK FRIDAY SALE! And the "well everyone knows that's how it goes, so why be mad" isn't a valid excuse either. There were deals to be had, no doubt, but the majority of the deals had been available all week and even one notorious one (2018 Heritage High Number Baseball case) actually went UP on Black Friday even though, the whole point of Friday was highlighting a Case Extravaganza! What was the point of pumping Friday up, if the best product of the entire sale was going to be cheaper earlier in the week?! Also, there was literally ZERO advantage of waking up early for the start of the sale, which is really my biggest gripe of it all. The first 2-3 hours of deals most of the deals were either rehashed box deals from earlier in the week that hadn't sold out, or just utter crap retail cases, or stuff like non sport/racing/soccer. There was no reason for me to wake up at 6 A.M  when the best "doorbuster" deal wasn't offered until around 11 or so my time. Were there a couple of decent deal, sure, but nothing that made waking up at 6 worthwhile. A total waste of time. The least they could do, was either have some kind of early bird exclusive sale (even it's just something like hey 1 box of Football Prizm or Basketball Prizm at MSRP) to reward those who decided to wake up earlier than usual for your sale. Or even having one of the better doorbuster sales that early, so those people could take advantage of that sale, instead of competing with everyone else waking up at a normal time. It's just terrible business in my opinion how that happened. I spent more time on Blowout's sale than any and only bought stuff on the Monday wave. I spent a lot of time in the Blowout Cards Black Friday thread and it provided more entertainment than the actual sale. Of course, I didn't understand why people would take offense to others being so upset and disappointed to how underwhelming the sale was. There was a lot of complaints in that thread, but to me all were justified. I'm usually a Blowout guy, but to me, Dave and Adams blew Blowout away in regards to sale prices on products people might be actually interested in. It seems they had a LOT less filler, and they actually had 2018 baseball stuff slightly discounted lower than anyone. And that's my complain about Blowout...even a $5-$10 on some of the most of the recent stuff would've been nice. Yes Blowout had some current stuff marked down, but I felt D&A had the same stuff discounted (and also cheaper) and then a few other different products. The best deal of the day to me was on D&A. A case of 2018 Topps Update Baseball with 12 silver packs for $440. Blowout had the same deal, for $60 more with no silver packs. I dunno, maybe it was just because I literally spent like i dunno 15 minutes on D&A's black friday sale, instead of the hours I spent on Blowout, that my opinion is skewered, but this year, Blowout was the worst Black Friday experiecnce I've had since geting back into the hobby  in relation to the anticpation and hype. At the very least, they should discount the stuff they have every year even more to sell more. Otherwise we'll see the same exact stuff next year at the same price. Steel City Collectibles's sale had a ton of stuff but nothing that caught my eye, but overall my expectations for them are lowest of the 3. Overall there were NO good footabll deals ANYWHERE. A little understandable I guess because of the Mahomes craze, but like really Optic Hobby for example is so marked up as it is (I think its $160-$170 a box) that you couldn't have a doorbuster of it for like $120 (Still WAY above MSRP)? I don't even know if people would buy it at $120, but it'd be nice to see SOMETHING decent for football and this isn't a Blowout specific complaint, nobody had anything worthwhile Football wise. I know this seems mainly like a Blowout Bash Post, but they pump their sale as this grand thing more than anyone else and I just think Blowout "could" do a better job with this sale. Do they "have" to? Nope..of course not, and it'll never be perfect, but I definitely was disappointed and I definitely wasn't alone.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

More Additions To Cardfest!

Here are some additions to Cardfest!

2018 Topps Chrome Update Value Packs
So I ordered 10 Mega Boxes from Target, but this past weekend was able to find the Value Hanger Packs. I bought all 20 packs. They come with Pink Exclusive Refractors and also Target had them on sale for 20% off!

1999 Fleer Ultra Baseball
I always like to add a little old school to Cardfest, so here's a box of 1999 Fleer Ultra Baseball. It was cheap enough and maybe I can pull a cool insert or two or even better a Platinum Medallion.

2018-19 Donruss Basketball
This is the first product of the new basketball season that I have bought. Should be a fun low end rip with 10 packs of 30 cards. Hoping to pull a Luca Donicic Auto!

Friday, November 16, 2018

It's time for the return of...CARDFEST!!

So last year was the return of something I like to call Cardfest. If you recall, I bought a TON (and I mean A TON) of product and saved it all up and opened up in basically the entire month of December. It was a BLAST (well until the anticlimactic end ha) and I decided I'm going to try to do it again! It's verrrrry tough to hold unopened wax, and I'm doing it a bit different than how I did it last year. Since I've been at my job over a year now, I have more vacation time to work with, so I'll be taking Christmas week off. It's that week off that I plan on opening everything I've accumulated. I'm not sure I can duplicate the sheer volume of product I had from last year, but I'll sure try! In fact, I've already started hoarding so here are officially the first two products for Cardfest 2018!

2018 Topps Chrome Update Mega Boxes
So here's a familiar face from last year's Cardfest. Last year, I tried a couple of boxes of this stuff. With this year's super loaded rookie class, I decided to try 10 boxes. These boxes can definitely be feast or famine, but it'll be fun to see what lurks in these Target exclusive boxes!

2018 Topps Archives Snapshots
A new face to Cardfest, but not to breaking, I opened 4 boxes of this stuff last year and I decided to grab 8 boxes this year. At $25 a pop, it's a fairly low risk product with one auto per box. Maybe we'll get lucky and get a hot rookie auto here!

So just a couple weeks in and I've already got a bit of start on the Cardfest. I'm hoping to add a ton next week through Black Friday sales. I'll be updating this throughout the next few weeks with new additions and then December 26th, the day after Christmas, Cardfest WILL BEGIN!

Friday, November 2, 2018

October Mailday

I only bought one card in October but it's a doozy

2000 Bowman Chrome Tom Brady RC BGS 9

I've been wanting this card for a long time and finally went ahead and pulled the trigger. eBay Bucks helped me make this purchase. Brady rookies are pretty expensive but this one of his more "affordable ones" so to speak. I've always wanted his Bowman Chrome Rookie as Bowman Chrome is one of my favorite sets. Definitely happy to add this to my collection!