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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Entry #3 into Cardfest!



Without further ado...

2012-13 Panini Prizm Retail Packs (20)
 
Another retail product to add the festivities. One of Blowout Cards early November Wave Specials was packs of this for $5 bucks a pop. The 12-13 offering has a pretty loaded rookie class because it features rookies from the 11-12 and 12-13 season due to the early season lockout of 11-12. So rookie cards of Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Damian Lillard among others can be found here. The real chase though is hitting a retail exclusive green parallel of those rookies. There was a 20 pack limit, so got 20 and I figured it was definitely worth a shot at the price point.

 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Entry #2 into Cardfest!

Here's entry #2 into Cardfest

2017 Topps Chrome Update Mega Box

 
So the 2nd entry into my Cardfest is of the retail variety. This is a Target Exclusive and honestly because of Target's recent sale that nets you 25% any card purchase these have been really popular among baseball collectors. I wasn't going to crazy with these as there are a TON of dud boxes, so I stuck with two boxes. If they suck, it was basically only $15 a pop so not bad at all.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Coming Soon "CARDFEST"



Call me hokey, lame, geeky, all those labels really do apply to me but last week I decided that I'm going to have myself a good ol' Cardfest soon. What's a Cardfest? Well, when I was a kid, every once in a while I would buy different brands of a packs a week with my allowance, save them for a few weeks and open them all in one day. I coined the day "Cardfest" and I would actually put the different packs in a sort of tournament so to speak against each other to compete where the "winner" would be the pack I opened last. The order was determined by vote by my parents (who knew absolutely NOTHING about sports cards, but played along because they were and still are awesome) and myself. So for example if it was Topps Basketball vs Skybox Basketball in Round 1, who ever won the vote would "advance" to the next round and the loser went to the loser bracket etc. I dunno, it was something as a kid that I thought was fun. As I got older, packs turned into boxes, and I eliminated the tournament aspect of it (because even I as a 20 year old had geekery limits lol) and a "Cardfest" to me was just accumulated a ton of boxes to open in one sitting. As I got less into buying boxes and more into just sticking with singles on Ebay, Cardfests basically disappeared, but when I got back into the hobby last year, with a focus of busting more wax than singles, I figured I'd have a Cardfest or two every once in a awhile. If you remember last year, even though I didn't call it one, the first Cardfest I had was late in the summer where I spent all day busting boxes and pulled some pretty awesome stuff (Porzingis Auto, Alex Gordon Topps Tribute Superfractor Auto, Kris Bryant Game Used Ball to 10). Since then, I've had a couple more (Thanksgiving time last year comes to mind, with a case of Strata, 2 boxes of 16-17 Prizm,  5 Boxes of Basketball Elite, 4 Boxes of 14-15 Totally Certified, and 4 Boxes of 15-16 Prestige, though that ended up bleeding into an all week sort of thing) but I decided it was the perfect time to have another one again with Black Friday coming up and my birthday as well. I have pinpointed the day yet, because I'm still waiting to see what kind of sales happen on Black Friday, but there will be a Cardfest coming soon in the next couple of weeks, which makes me excited! I've already got quite a nice start. So I decided in anticipation to start showcasing what I plan to open when the time comes. So without further ado, the first entry into "Cardfest" is......

1998 Topps Gallery Baseball
 
So here's the 1st entry for the Cardfest Extravaganza. Kicking it off Old School with a 20 year old product. I love to open old school boxes, so if I have the chance to add something like this, I definitely will. Why Topps Gallery? Well, it coincides with the re release of Topps Gallery this year (it's a Wal Mart exclusive that just  came out) and this box was a whole $15, which is less than a price of a blaster. No brainer add for me. Throughout the week, I'll be unveiling what else I'm planning on opening! Should be fun!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Recent Ebay Pickups

I use the term "recent" loosely because some of these pickups were a month ago, I just wanted to wait until I had enough cards to make a pickup post and then I just..kept waiting haha so I have quite a few things to show off. Here's all my pickups from the last couple of months.

2017 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs Refractors Cody Bellinger BGS 9.5 (#407/499)

Technically my 2nd Bellinger autograph purchase but my 1st in hand (the other is a Topps Now auto). Bellinger didn't have the greatest of World Series, but still, he had a hell of a season and already has a 7 game World Series under his belt. He's only going to get better and I really love Topps Chrome autographs. Definitely an awesome add.

2017 Topps Triple Threads Unity Jersey Patch Andrew Benintendi (#4/9)

So many rookies in this class had excellent seasons and it's unfortunate for Benny that Judge and Bellinger's historic seasons made Benny's a mere blip on the radar. Still, a great young player on a high profile team, he's going to be a key piece to the Red Sox success in the future. This was a great pickup as it has a pretty nice patch and is numbered to only 9 copies.

17-18 Panini Contenders Draft Season Ticket Fame Parallel Russell Westbrook (#4/5)

I've been largely disappointed with the Thunder's super poor start to the season after adding high profile players such as Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. As of today, they sit under .500 and just got their first Western Conference win of the season last night against the Clippers. I'm hoping it's just early struggles to get acclimated playing with each other. Regardless, I'm still a huge fun and huge Russ fan and I'll always be excited to pick up a low numbered parallel of him.

2017 Topps Gold Label Blue Class 1 Aaron Judge (#137/150)

Topps Gold Label was one of my favorite brands of the early 2000's. The cards were just so super slick looking, I was excited when Topps brought the product back last year. Unfortunately from I heard it just wasn't the same and people were massively disappointed, especially in the thin card stock, which was the total opposite of the thicker card stock used in the original sets. Regardless, I still think the cards look nice and though I'm never going to buy a box, I don't mind picking up a single or two like this Judge. It's still a cool looking card.

2017 Topps Tier 1 Aaron Judge Autograph (#139/140)

I've never had so much fun following baseball than this season. Three main reasons this season was so awesome, Judge, Bellinger, and the Astros. Judge's historic season was a sight to see and though his cards have come down from their monstrous heights they were at before the All Star Game, his cards still sell very well. I just love the look of this card, a simple on card autograph. It's my 3rd auto of Judge in hand (have two Topps Now coming in later) and it's definitely a nice looking Rookie Card.

2016-17 Panini Preferred Vs. One On One Dual Patch Stephen Curry/Russell Westbrook (#4/10)


So hands down my favorite pickup of the past couple of months and quickly becoming one of my favorite cards in my collection. It's numbered to 10, features my favorite player (oh and Steph Curry isn't "that bad") and the patches are AMAZING...especially the Curry patch. Just a beautiful card period.

1983 Topps Nolan Ryan PSA 8

Here's my random vintage base card purchase of the month. I love combined shipping deals, so I put a $6 bid on this and won. It's a Nolan Ryan issued card from my birthday year and it just felt appropriate to buy with the Astros World Series run. I love the 83 set design too.

2000-01 Topps Stars Magic Johnson Game Used Jersey

So I bought this with the Nolan Ryan and Russ/Curry from a seller off Ebay. I'm a sucker for older game used jersey cards because even though they aren't worth much now, they are still from an era where game used jersey cards MEANT something. Case in point this card. These were still super tough to pull from packs back in 2000, yet because of the oversaturation of jersey cards, I picked this up for a mere $4. I'll pay that all day for these kind of cards.

2017 Topps Diamond Icons Clayton Kershaw Red Ink Signatures Purple Parallel (#7/10)

I recently got killed on a Diamond Icons group break but it didn't sour me on picking up a single off Ebay. Kershaw had an up and down World Series, but he's still hands down one of the greatest pitchers in MLB history and this Red Ink auto just stood out to me and I had to have it. Absolutely stunning card.

16-17 Immaculate Collection Dual Autographs Allen Iverson/Marcus Camby (#35/49)

I've added a lot of heavy hitters since my last pickups post! Even during my first run of collecting I never owned an on card auto of A.I. I had a Topps Sticker auto of him, but nothing directly on card..until now. Paired with #2 pick of the 1996 Draft Marcus Camby, this dual auto from Immaculate looks amazing and of course I love the fact that's on card. Glad I can check Iverson's auto off my want list.

2017 Topps Now Team USA Makes Finals Game Used Base Card Purple Parallel (#17/25)

So I've really gotten into the Topps Now brand and this is my first Topps Now purchase on the secondary market. The reason I love this card so much is look at that base relic! It's obviously been used as you see the dirt all around it. The base comes from the World Baseball Classic and it was from the March 21, 2017 game where the US  beat Japan by 2-1 to advance to the World Baseball Classic Finals. I love relics that have meaning and tie to specific games. This is definitely a unique addition to the collection.

2015 Topps Chrome Rookie Autograph Refractor Carlos Correa PSA 9 (#150/499)

And last but not least I had to get one of these to commemorate the World Series win of the Astros (I also bought some Topps Now cards as well). So Correa's Chrome rookie is a weird case in that his rookies were actually inserted in 2016 Topps Chrome and not 2015 Topps Chrome due to Topps not being able to sign Correa to an autograph contract in time for the 2015 release. I did buy a Jumbo box of 2016 Topps Chrome wasn't able to pull one of these so I went ahead and went the Ebay route to get one. It's a Topps Chrome Autograph refractor of one of the brightest young stars in the game today. How could I not add it?

And now...I'm allllll caught up!!



Friday, November 3, 2017

Group Break Hits: Topps Diamond Icons

So a couple of weeks ago I joined a Group Break for Topps Diamond Icons on Fire Hand Cards. The cards from that set for what I have seen look AMAZING and I thought I'd give it a whirl and go for 2 random spots in a Random Hit Group Break. Here's what I got.




Overall Thoughts: Well as great as the last group break was for me for Definitive, this was the total opposite. Just the luck of the draw and I got the short straw. There was some nice cards pulled in the case (autos of Judge, Hank Aaron, Koufax, Nolan Ryan, 2 Altuve Auto Patch cards off the top of my head) but I got basically the bottom of the barrel when it comes to the hits. Ah well, you win some you lose some.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Box Breaks: 8 Boxes of 2017 Topps Archives Signature Edition Active Player Edition

 
This seemed like an interested break and at $50 bucks a pop I thought I'd try my luck at some. Wish I hadn't...here's what I got

 
 
 
 

Overall Thoughts: This was the total opposite of yesterday's awesome break of Hoops. I dunno I'd be very lucky if these cards were worth 100 bucks combined? Total disaster. The Sonny Gray is a #1/1 but I don't think it's a big deal in this product where I'm assuming there's tons of 1/1. The only ones I'm interested in keeping are the Severino and Springer. Totally disappointed in this break.


Top 5 Pulls of 2017 
#1 2017 Topps Chrome Aaron Judge Autograph RC
#2 2016-17 Panini Revolution Galactics DeJounte Murray RC 
#3 2017-18 Hoops Rookie Autographs Red Parallel Kyle Kuzma (#17/25)
#4- 2016 Donruss Optic Superfractor Cam Newton (#1/1) 
#5- 2017 Bowman Platinum Platinum Cuts Gleyber Torres Autograph (#14/25) 


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Box Breaks: 3 Boxes of 17-18 NBA Hoops Hobby

 
So Hoops is the first product that actually features the new NBA rookie class in NBA uniforms. At first, I thought there was no way I'd be busting this because the initial pre sale for this was $90 a box. That's absurd for a low end product like Hoops. I was able to score 3 boxes (with the help of a 20% off promotion and some Ebay Bucks) on Ebay for about $67 a pop which is more in line on what I would be willing to spend. I love Hoops so I'm really glad I got a chance to break it at a reasonable price. Was it worth it? Here's what I got!

Box 1

Notable Rookies
Dennis Smith Jr.
Lonzo Ball
De'Aaron Fox
Malik Monk
Jonathan Isaac
Markelle Fultz
Lauri Markkanen


Red Back
Marvin Williams
Dennis Schroder


Silver Foil

Wilson Chandler (#170/199)
Patrick Patterson (#59/199)

Green Foil
Cody Zeller (#39/99)

We Got Next
T.J. Leaf
Malik Monk

Action Shots
Dario Saric
Justise Winslow


Picture Perfect

Goran Dragic

Highlights
James Harden

Backstage Pass
Marcus Smart

NBA Tip Off
Thunder/76ers


Road To The Finals Round 1

James Harden (#206/2017)
Isaiah Thomas (#353/2017)
Jimmy Butler (#1483/2017)

Team Leaders
Buddy Hield
Russell Westbrook

Legends Of The Ball
Shaquille O'Neal

Courtside
Brandon Ingram

Hoops Ink
JaKarr Sampson

Rookies Hot Signatures
Malik Monk

Box 2

Notable Rookies
De'Aaron Fox
Jayson Tatum
Lonzo Ball
Malik Monk
Frank Ntilikina
Josh Jackson

Team Leaders
Kemba Walker
Evan Fournier
Dwyane Wade

Legends Of The Ball
Scottie Pippen
Allen Iverson

Red Back
Wade Baldwin

Silver Foil Parallel
Tyreke Evans (#157/199)

Green Parallel
Wilson Chandler (#34/99)


Road To The Finals 1st Round
Joe Johnson (#266/2017)
Bradley Beal (#674/2017)

Road To The Finals 2nd Round
Manu Ginobili (#642/999)

Highlights
Giannis Antetokounmpo


We Got Next

Justin Jackson
Luke Kennard

Special Delivery
Larry Nance Jr.

Tip Off
Timberwolves/Knicks


Picture Perfect

Blake Griffin

Courtside
Kawhi Leonard


Action Shots

Buddy Heild

Backstage Pass
Kristaps Porzingis

Hoops Ink
Troy Daniels

Rookies Hot Signatures
Malik Monk (lol again!)

Box 3


Notable Rookies
Frank Ntilkina
Josh Jackson
Jayson Tatum

Backstage Pass
Kevin Durant


Action Shots

Klay Thompson

We Got Next
OG Anunoby

NBA Tip Off
Cavs/76ers

Legends Of The Ball
Kobe Bryant

Triple Double
Russell Westbrook

Courtside
Nikola Jokic

Special Delivery
Blake Griffin
Kawhi Leonard

Picture Perfect
Jure Holiday

Team Leaders
Kawhi Leonard
Karl Anthony Towns


Highlights

Stephen Curry


Red Back

Otto Porter

Road To The Finals Round 1
Stephen Curry (#970/2017)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (#360/2017)

Road To The Finals Round 2
Trevor Ariza (#241/999)

Silver Foil Parallel
Tony Bradley RC (#154/199)

Green Foil Parallel
Josh Hart RC (#48/99)

Hoops Ink
Demetrius Jackson


Rookie Signatures Red Parallel

Kyle Kuzma (#17/25)

We Got Next Holo Gold
Jayson Tatum (#1/10) 

Overall Thoughts: This was DEFINITELY a great break! I got all the main rookies plus doubles of Lonzo Ball and Jayson Tatum, this time collation on the autographs worked in my favor as I pulled two Malik Monk autos but he's one of the better rookies in this year's class so I'm totally fine with it. The Kuzma is actually a way better hit than I thought as he doesn't have much out there right now and the only card like mine sold for $250! The Jayson Tatum Holo Gold to 10 was just icing on the cake. It always feels good when you "beat the house" so to speak! This break over delivered and it was a fun overall break as well! Here's pics of the various inserts you can hit and the bigger hits of the break!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Top 5 Pulls of 2017 
#1 2017 Topps Chrome Aaron Judge Autograph RC
#2 2016-17 Panini Revolution Galactics DeJounte Murray RC 
#3 2017-18 Hoops Rookie Autographs Red Parallel Kyle Kuzma (#17/25)
#4- 2016 Donruss Optic Superfractor Cam Newton (#1/1) 
#5- 2017 Bowman Platinum Platinum Cuts Gleyber Torres Autograph (#14/25)  


Friday, October 27, 2017

Box Breaks: 4 Boxes of 2017 Topps Archives Snapshots

 
So Topps Archives Snapshots is an online exclusive set offered on Topps website. For $25 a box you get 12 cards which includes a black and white parallel and an on card autograph. I thought for that price it was worth a shot at buying a few boxes. Obviously since the price point is so low, the catch is the better autographs are super SP'd so odds are you're going to get a ton of autos from average major leaguers from the past, but still to me it was worth a shot. The checklist is super small (50 cards) so expect a ton of duplicates the more boxes you buy. So how  did I do? Here's my break

Black and White Parallels
Francisco Lindor
Andrew Benintendi
Dansby Swanson
Orlando Arcia


Gold Border Parallel

Ryon Healy (#10/10)

Autographs
Ryon Healy (#84/350)
Wally Moon (#270/350)
Mark Mulder (#91/265)
Mark Langston (#117/346)

Overall Thoughts: Well, this is probably what a majority of breaks look like just interchange guys like Wally Moon/Mulder/Langston with guys like Cleon Jones and Carlos Baerga. Honestly I'm not even that upset about the mediocre autographs because I'd rather have autographs of guys who had some kind of success in the majors over unknown prospects who may never sniff the majors any day of the week. It would've been nice to pull a big monster, but the odds are overwhelmingly slim. I did pull a gold border but of Ryon Healy. That would been nice to pull a better player since those cards are hand numbered out of 10. Benintendi was my best Black and White Parallel and like I said expect duplicates with such a small checklist. It wasn't too bad considering, but I did pull 3 Altuve base cards. No Judges unfortunately. Honestly I think 4 boxes is a good number of boxes to open personally because this is basically a no frills small set with little variety so I could see this becoming a super boring break after a while. Definitely worth a shot at $25 to try out. Here's pics of the cards.

 
 

 
 
 


Top 5 Pulls of 2017 
#1 2017 Topps Chrome Aaron Judge Autograph RC
#2 2016-17 Panini Revolution Galactics DeJounte Murray RC
#3- 2016 Donruss Optic Superfractor Cam Newton (#1/1) 
#4- 2017 Bowman Platinum Platinum Cuts Gleyber Torres Autograph (#14/25)  
#5- 2017 Topps Tier Prodigious Patches Platinum Eric Hosmer (#1/1)


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Throwback Thursday Set + Topps Now Card Of The Month

Back again with another Topps Throwback Thursday Set. This is the last of the 3 I have ordered (haven't been interested in the past couple of weeks) and it's another tribute to Record Breakers, this time using the 1988 Topps Record Breaker Design. Once again, it's an excuse to get another Judge and Bellinger in the PC, but the rest of the checklist is really strong with Mike Trout, Ichiro, Mark McGwire, and even Ted Williams rounding out the 6 card set. Here's pics of the cards.








I also got in my 2nd Topps Now card in the form of the Topps Now Card of The Month. I couldn't have picked a better time to redeem my Card of the month as the no brainer subject for September was Aaron Judge breaking the Rookie Home Run Record. Basically for every purchase you make on Topps Website you get reward points and one of things  you can redeem them for is to get the Card Of The Month. So not bad to get a cool looking Aaron Judge card for free! Here's the pic of the card




So I've made a TON of Topps Now purchases this month (Autographs and Autograph Relics) but since it's going to take a long time to get those in (not expecting those in for another 3 months or so) this will probably be my last post as far of Topps Now goes for a while, but rest assured when I get those cards in, I'll be showing them off here as soon as possible!