Monday, December 31, 2018

Cardfest Day 11 Recap

We last left off pulling that SWEET Luka card. We're down to three products left, two before the big Revolution master case. So let's get going!

I really love the Booklets in this product. Hoping for a sweet one of Baker or Saquon!

Rookie Signatures Platinum Lamar Jackson (#46/49)
Mike Hughes (#36/49)
Deontay Burnett (#44/49)
Ronald Jones II (#7/49)

Rookie Jumbo Memorabilia Prime
Anthony Miller (#14/25)

Fabled Fabric
Warren Moon (#28/299)

Mammoth Materials

Anthony Miller (#22/50)

Rookie Jersey Auto Gold
Kerryon Johnson (#39/99)

Well, it's no Saquon or Baker, but getting a Lamar Jackson auto is pretty perfect timing as he led the Ravens to a playoff berth yesterday! It's a sticker auto, but still numbered to 49 and still a great enough card to be the 3rd best pull of Cardfest. I REALLY love the booklet cards and though they aren't of the top tier rookies, Anthony Miller and Kerryon Johnson aren't bad at all. Very fun break!

Ok...and now..the big one..a lot of hype around this one

So initially I was going to hold this for last, but decided to open this before the Revolution case. Last year's "big" product was Topps Luminaries baseball and that was a total bust. I'm really hoping we can avoid a repeat of that for this year. Let's pull something awesome!

Emerald Base Parallel Peyton Manning (#10/14)

Numbers Jersey
Rob Gronkowski (#79/87)

Gloves Brand Logo
Dante Pettis (#14/15)

Eye Black Auto/Patch
D.J.Moore (#98/99)

Honors Signature
Carson Wentz Redemption (# to 18)

Premium Patch Rookie Autographs Emerald

Ronald Jones II (#3/12)'s not Luminaries bust but it wasn't great either. The Wentz however is the #2 pull of cardfest as of now so there's that. Regardless of value, the cards are AMAZING looking. I really love the Glove Nike Logo of Pettis and Eye Black/Jersey auto of D.J. Moore.

That will actually do it for this post, as I'll be dedicating a final post to the Revolution case I have!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Cardfest Day 10 Recap

I think I'll be able to knock out everything but the master case of Revolution today. The only lengthy break I see coming is the 2 boxes of Bowman Draft Jumbo. Let's get started! We're going to start with a product that I've already opened in the Cardfest alone on two different instances. It's also our first football product since opening a variation of this product Christmas Day.

We've opened the collector boxes and the blasters already, it's now time for the FOTL Hobby Boxes. Should be a short and sweet break with only 6 cards per box. Really hoping I pull a nice exclusive rookie out of here!

Base Cards Josh Norman
Tom Brady
Keenan Allen

Base Rookies
Braxton Berrios
Mark Andrews
Bradley Chubb
Kurt Benkert
Jaire Alexander
J'Mon Moore

Purple Stars Base Parallel
Kerryon Johnson RC (#13/25)
Josh Allen RC (#23/25)
Sean Lee (4/25)
Golden Tate III (#19/25)


Bo Scarbrough (#31/125)

Silver Holo Autographs

Danny Etling (#48/99)
Ito Smith (#24/99)

Red Autographs
Kurt Benkert (#29/50)

Purple Autographs
Nick Chubb (#19/50)
Jaylen Samuels (#37/50)
Justin Jackson (#40/50)
Tyler Conklin (#11/50)

Gold Autographs
Deon Cain (#5/10)

It was short...but not that sweet. Football is always a tough product to break..just soooooooooo many terrible rookie autographs. The Chubb Auto is the highlight of the break, and that's really not saying a ton. The Josh Allen Purple Stars parallel is cool too. The other autos outside of possibly Jaylen Samuels...GROSS. The type of players where parallels don't matter because they sell for crap regardless of numbering. 
 next on deck let's do Bowman Draft
Franchise Futures Anthony Seigler/Josh Breaux
Jake McCarthy/Alek Thomas
Jarred Kelenic/Carlos Cortes
Nick Madrigal/Konnor Pilkington
Jonathan India/Mike Siani
Grayson Rodriguez/Cadyn Grenier
Ryan Weathers/Xavier Edwards
Brady Singer/Jackson Kowar

20th Anniversary
Triston Casas
Travis Swaggerty
Jarred Kelenic
Brady Singer

Recommended Viewing
Anthony Seigler/Noah Naylor
Cole Winn/Matthew Liberatore
Nolan Gorman/Triston Casas
Simeon Woods-Richardson/Braxton Ashcraft
Grant Lavigne/Greyson Jenista
Nick Mardrigal/Jonathan India
Owen White/Tim Cate
Casey Mize/Brady Singer

Bowman Sterling
Jonathan India
Triston Casas

Bowman Sterling Atomic Refractor
Casey Mize (#44/150)

Sky Blue Parallel

Raynel Delgado (#413/499)
Alek Thomas (#367/499)
Mitch Keller (#233/499)

Purple Parallel
Heliot Ramos

Blue Parallel
Nate Pearson (#33/150)

Bowman Chrome Refractors

Anthony Seigler
Matt Mercer
Simeon Woods-Richardson
Brandon Marsh
Shane McClanahan
Jesus Sanchez
Lawrence Butler
Alec Hansen
Ford Proctor
Sean Guilbe
Joey Wentz
Mitchell White
Jon Duplantier
Bo Bichette
Bryan Mata
Jo Adell
Nolan Gorman
Monte Harrison
ONeil Cruz
Jackson Kowar
Triston Casas
Michel Baez
Lolo Sanchez
Lenny Torres
Grant Witherspoon
Kris Bubic
Travis Swaggerty
Keibert Ruiz
Trevor Larnach
Alex McKenna
Adam Hill
Hunter Greene
Calvin Coker
Brusdar Graterol
Jeremy Eierman
Nick Dunn
Grant Koch
Matthew Liberatore
Jeren Kendall
Nick Madrigal
Jonathan India
Taylor Trammell
Ian Anderson
Jarred Kelenic
Thomas Ponticelli
Ryan Rolison
Michel Baez
Logan Gilbert

Chrome Sparkle Refractor
Kyle Isbel

Chrome Sky Blue Refractor
Kole Cottam (#104/402)
Noah Naylor (#314/402)
Jeter Downs (#310/402)

Chrome Purple Refractor
Jawuan Harris (#61/250)

Chrome Blue Refractor
Drevian Williams-Nelson (#35/150)

Chrome Gold Refractor
Connor Scott (#50/50)


Jackson Kowar
Osiris Johnson
Kris Bubic
Noah Naylor

Refractor Autograph

Trevor Larnach (#165/499)

Blue Wave Autographs

Josh Stowers (#70/150)

This was a VERY time consuming break, knocking out basically the whole day. Just like Elite Extra Edition, this is a wait and see kind of product with a ton of speculation on these prospects. From my brief, limited research the Stowers and Larnach aren't too bad of pulls.  The Larnach will at this time end up a Top 10 pull for Cardfest as it sells in the $40-$50 range. We'll see what happens with these guys down the road.


Next up will be Topps Tek

Pattern 1 Rainbow Foil Roger Clemens
Sandy Koufax
Dustin Fowler
Andy Pettitte
Dominic Smith
Charlie Blackmon
Freddie Freeman
Giancarlo Stanton
Mookie Betts
Pedro Martinez
Anthony Santander
Max Scherzer
George Springer
Alex Verdugo
Mike Trout
Jeff Bagwell
Francisco Lindor
Chipper Jones
David Ortiz

Pattern 1 Orbit Diffractor
Greg Allen
Yadier Molina
Rafael Devers
Paul DeJong

Pattern 1 Magma Diffractor
Zack Godley
Andrew Benintendi
Amed Rosario
Alex Verdugo
Carson Kelly
Thyago Vieria

Pattern 1 Galactic Diffractor
Edgar Martinez
Shohei Ohtani

Pattern 1 Rainbow Foil Blue
Jose Canseco (#20/150)
Anthony Santander (#55/150)

Pattern 1 Rainbow Foil Green
Roger Clemens (#80/99)
Wade Boggs (#38/99)

Pattern 1 Rainbow Foil Green Magma Diffractor
Carson Kelly (#68/99)

Pattern 1 Rainbow Foil Orange
Jose Altuve (#14/25)

Pattern 1 Orbit Diffractor Black

Carson Kelly (#11/50)

Pattern 1 Magma Diffractor Black

Johnny Bench (#43/50)

Pattern 1 Magma Diffractor Red
Charlie Blackmon (#10/10)

Pattern 2 Rainbow Foil
Aaron Judge
Chance Sisco
Roger Clemens
Jordan Montgomery
Darryl Strawberry
Hank Aaron
Ozzie Albies
Tommy Pham
Noah Syndergaard
Matt Olson
Pedro Martinez
Gary Sanchez
Alex Verdugo
Jim Thome
Sean Doolittle
Cal Ripken Jr.

Pattern 3 Rainbow Foil
George Springer
Dustin Fowler
Paul Blackburn
Tom Glavine
Anthony Rizzo
Keon Broxton
Francisco Mejia
Whit Merrifield
Justin Upton
Noah Syndergaard
Mark McGwire
Jordan Luplow

Pattern 4 Rainbow Foil
Jordan Montgomery
Whit Merrifield
Alex Verdugo
Scott Kingery
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Mariano Rivera
Edgar Martinez
Ozzie Albies

Clint Frazier
Jose Canseco

Autographs Blue Parallel
Walker Buehler (#30/75)
Whit Merrifield (#16/75)

This was one of the most confusing, headache inducing breaks I've ever had. I did not enjoy it one bit and will never break High Tek again. Wayyyyy too many patterns and backgrounds within patterns to deal with. The only thing that could've saved this break were the hits and NOPE that didn't happen at all. This is the 3rd Buehler auto I've pulled during Cardfest (along with Jack Flaherty, tied for most) and he's not a BAD rookie to pull, but damn, would it kill anyone if I pulled a higher end name? Very disappointed to say the least.

And now the next 4 products are basically SUPER hit or miss. 

Now I didn't do TOO bad last go around with this stuff. Pulled a Pedro Jumbo Patch Auto and a Gary Sanchez Green auto. Let's hope for similar luck.

Base Autographs Jake Lamb
Alex Verdugo

Golden Graphs Blue Parallel
Dustin Pedroia (#3/20)

Five Star Silver Signature Redemption
Charlie Blackmon
Nope..crap break. Fake hope with the redemption and it's Charlie F'n Blackmon. Total bust


And with that, we are done with Baseball. Up Next

Encased Cards
Ben Simmons
Lonzo Ball
Anfernee Simons RC
De'Anthony Melton RC

Established Threads
DeAndre Jordan (#63/75)
Shawn Marion (#77/199)

Rookie Threads
Chandler Hutchinson (#19/75)
Mortiz Wagner (#28/199)

Past Autographs
Jalen Rose (#33/99)

Present Autographs

Thaddeus Young (#73/75)

Rookie Autographs
Kevin Knox (#62/125)

Tools Of The Trade 6 Swatch Level 2

So did Absolute deliver?? ABSOLUTELY IT DID! THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT! After a huge lull, we FINALLY a BIG card!!! That Luka is A HUGE PULL and it's such a great looking card! I needed that pick me up big time as it wasn't looking too good! Obviously the new #1 card pull for Cardfest and it's going to be TOUGH to beat, especially with only 3 more products left. Pics of the cards!


So, I'm actually going to end the day on a GOOD note and not press my luck since I'll doubt I'll top the Luka tonight. I'll save Playbook and Immaculate for tomorrow and also the Revolution case. WHAT A DAY!!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Cardfest Day 9 Recap

Ok, so I think the majority of the rest of the break shouldn't be AS time consuming (save for the Revolution 16 box master case of course) as a lot of the product left don't have a ton of cards per box outside of Archives Baseball. We're going to start with this for today

To be honest I have no clue what to expect here. I probably don't know 95% of the subjects in this product. I just bought it to get some prospects cards to possibly stash and 8 autos per box sounded like a good deal. Let's see what's inside

Base Cards Jose Mujica (#149/999)
Jarred Kelenic (#313/999)
Franklin Perez (#498/999)
Everson Pereira (#615/999)
Richard Palacios (#749/999)
Julio Pablo Martinez (#576/999)
Misael Urbina (#655/999)
Griffin Conine (#234/999)
Shane McClanahan (#877/999)
Victor Quezada (#256/999)
Jonathan Bowlan (#373/999)
Chad Spanberger (#685/999)
James Nelson (#351/999)
Steele Walker (#387/999)
Tristan Beck (#177/999)
Brice Turang (#719/999)

Connor Scott
Jose Siri

Collegiate Ticket
Kenyon Yovan

Collegiate Ticket Silver Holo

Durbin Feltman

Collegiate Ticket Gold Holo
Will Wilson (#10/10)

Aspirations Red
Jackson Goddard (#121/150)
Franklin Perez (#25/150)

Aspirations Orange
Sean Hjelle (#12/100)
Jose Cosma (#21/100)
Braxton Ashcraft (#57/100)

Aspriations Blue
Saul Bautista (#2/75)
Alec Bohm (#29/75)

Status Emerald

Osiel Rodriguez (#40/49)

Aspirations Tie-Dye
Mateo Gil (#20/25)

Dual Materials
Genesis Cabrera (#103/199)

Triple Materials
Lucas Erceg (#137/399)
Wander Franco (#252/399)

USA Materials

Luken Baker (#134/149)

Anthony Seigler
Alex Thomas
Yamal Encarnacion
Luis Castillo
Noelvi Marte
Saul Bautista
Ariel Almonte

Collegiate Ticket Autos
Drew Parrish (#70/99)

Aspirations Purple Autographs

Jonathan Bautista (#81/100)
Freudis Nova (#77/100)

Aspirations Blue Autographs
Ryan Rolison (#20/50)
Simeon Woods-Richardson (#18/50)
Danny De Andrande (#44/50)

Status Red Autographs
Blaine Knight (#67/75)
Adbert Alzolay (#32/50)

Status Emerald Autographs
Nico Hoerner (#13/25)

I think I did decent, but not really sure. The Hoerner is actually a solid card from what I've seen and what they sell for. It's actually a good enough card to make my top 10 pulls. It seems like Nova and Seigler could have some potential, and Wander Franco is a popular name and though I only pulled a mem card of his, it's still cool to have. We'll see down the line how this break pans out.

Sticking with Baseball and this is next

So these were a BF special at $39.99. Don't mind busting at that price. Let's see what I got

Class 1 Freddie Freeman (2)
Jose Altuve
Byron Buxton
Andrew Benintendi
Anthony Rizzo
Ian Happ
Justin Verlander
Clayton Kershaw
Mark McGwire
Max Scherzer (2)
Eric Hosmer
Luis Severino (2)
Michael Conforto (2)
Nolan Arenado (2)
Sandy Koufax (2)
Greg Maddux
Paul Goldschmidt
Trey Mancini
Nolan Ryan
Frank Thomas
Randy Johnson
Stephen Strasburg
Bo Jackson
Walker Buehler
J.P. Crawford
Derek Jeter

Class 1 Black
Sandy Koufax
Greg Maddux
Clint Frazier
Nolan Arenado
Jacob DeGrom
Robinson Cano
Josh Donaldson
Justin Upton
Scott Kingery

Class 1 Blue
Jackie Robinson (#57/150)

Class 1 Red

Noah Syndergaard (#58/75)

Class 2
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Trey Mancini
Paul Goldschmidt
Frank Thomas
Nolan Ryan
Bo Jackson
Stephen Strasburg
Ted Williams
Yu Darvish
Justin Upton
Francisco Lindor
Adrian Beltre

Class 2 Black
George Brett
Don Mattingly

Class 3
Hank Aaron
Adam Jones
David Ortiz
Nolan Arenado
Sandy Koufax
Michael Conforto

Class 3 Black

Adrian Beltre

Framed Autographs

Francisco Mejia

Framed Autographs Red

Matt Olson (#24/25)

Cards are cool looking, but very underwhelming break. Obviously, if you're only getting a box or two of any product, there's a good chance you'll strike out so to speak. Cool to  get a low numbered framed parallel (which the autos look SHARP, just wrong players) but the players leave a lot to be desired. Ah well, onto the next one!

Next up is Bowman High Tek, basically Topps Tek but more geared towards prospects.

Pattern 1 Heliot Ramos
Alex Faedo
Adbert Alzolay
Shohei Ohtani

Pattern 2
D.L. Hall
Sean Murphy

Pattern 3
J.P. Crawford
Jordan Hicks

Pattern 5
Jesus Sanchez

Pattern 6
Colton Welker

Purple Rainbow
Sean Murphy (#5/191)

Green Rainbow
Gleyber Torres (#89/99)

Heliot Ramos
Daniel Johnson
Jeter Downs
Alex Faedo
Shed Long
Keibert Ruiz

Purple Rainbow Autographs
Jeter Downs (#65/150)

Green Rainbow Autographs

Corbin Burnes (#59/99)

Another cards are cool but terrible break value wise.  The different patterns can get quite confusing as well. I'm hoping Topps Tek is a way better break than this was.

Alright, so the next break might be a slight more lengthier since it's the traditional 24 pack per box. It's 2018 Topps Archives.

Notable Base RC's Rhys Hoskins (2)
Rafael Devers
Gleyber Torres (2)
Miguel Andujar

Coming Attractions
Rafael Devers
Nick Williams
Victor Robles
Harrison Bader
Dustin Fowler
Amed Rosario
Rhys Hoskins
Ronald Acuna Jr.

Topps Rookie History
Cal Ripken Jr.
Tom Glavine
Ozzie Smith
Clayton Kershaw
Al Kaline

Future Stars

Acuna Jr./Albies/Gohara

The Sandlot

Michael "Squints" Palledorous
Timmy Timmons
Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez
Scotty Smalls
Alan "Yeah-Yeah" McClennan

Purple Parallel
Miguel Andujar (#97/175)
Luis Castillo (#87/175)

Blue Parallel
Jon Gray (#20/25)

Photo SP Variation
Kris Bryant

Topps Fan Favorites Autographs
Mike Stanton
Orlando Merced

Topps Fan Favorites Autographs Silver
Troy Percival (#27/99)

Sandlot Auto

Wendy Peffercorn

Archives is always a fun little break. Don't expect much autograph wise since it's full of lower tier "fan favorites" but I got lucky to pull an auto of the actress who played Wendy Peffercorn in one of the greatest baseball movies ever made, The Sandlot. This was a big selling point of Archives, as it's the Sandlot's 25th anniversary and they included autos of most of the cast. I pulled a photo variation of Kris Bryant as well, and although they are considering case hits, they don't sell too well. The Peffercorn auto is definitely a Top 5 pull of Cardfest now. Here's pics of the cards!

So after 4 straight baseball products, it's time to swing back into Basketball. We're getting down to the nitty gritty so to speak as I believe we have about 8 more products to go through which includes the 16 box master case of Revolution. Here's what's next on deck

Hoping to pull a sweet Luka!

Notable Rookie Cards
Luka Doncic (2)
Trae Young
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Mirror Silver
Robert Williams III RC
Rodions Kurucs RC
Enes Kanter
J.R. Smith
Andre Roberson
Joel Embiid
Will Barton

Mirror Red
Troy Brown Jr. RC (#261/299)
Jonathan Isaac (#117/299)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (#119/299)
Steven Adams (#41/299)
Rajon Rondo (#173/299)
LaMarcus Aldridge (#23/299)
Aaron Gordon (#199/299)
Jayson Tatum (#234/299)
Jordan Clarkson (#10/299)
Patty Mills (#23/299)

Mirror Blue

Lonzo Ball (#53/199)
Josh Jackson (#128/199)
Antonio Blakeney (#138/199)
Karl Anthony-Towns (#79/199)
Ricky Rubio (#106/199)

Mirror Orange
Andrew Wiggins (#78/99)
Allonzo Trier RC (#49/99)
Derrick Rose (#39/99)

Mirror Purple
Tobias Harris (#11/49)
Joe Harris (#34/49)

Hamidou Diallo
Bruce Brown
Elie Okobo
De'Anthony Melton

Lasting Impressions
Dennis Johnson
Larry Bird
Chris Webber
Hakeem Olajuwon
Magic Johnson
Drazen Petrovic
Stephon Marbury (2)
Pete Maravich
David Robinson (2)
Allen Iverson

Certified Stars
Jayson Tatum
Karl Anthony Towns
Stephen Curry
Goran Dragic
Devin Booker
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Dwight Howard (2)
Kristaps Porzingis

Gold Team
Lonzo Ball
Anthony Davis
Nikola Jokic

CJ McCollum
Damian Lillard
Lonzo Ball (2)
Ben Simmons

Certified Future

DeAndre Ayton
Kevin Huerter
Donte DiVincenzo
Miles Bridges (2)
Michael Porter Jr.

Special Delivery
Kevin Durant

Karl Anthony Towns (#2/149)
Goran Dragic (#1/149)
Zach LaVine (#6/149)
Jimmy Butler (#37/149)

Certified Potential

Omari Spellman
De'Anthony Melton
Collin Sexton
Anfernee Simons

Rookie Roll Call
Troy Brown

Choice Signatures
James Johnson (#46/199)

Choice Signatures Gold
Bam Adebayo (#2/10)

Freshman Fabric Auto/Patch Gold
Lonnie Walker IV (#10/10)

The problem sometimes with holding product to rip, is you buy way too early and the product ends up flopping and going down. Case in point, certified, I bought my boxes on presell and they were around $90 a box. Now? About $70. $20 difference and the secondary market shows for it. I did pull two Luka Base cards, and I do like the cards. Most of the autos were lower level junk, but I pulled my first Collin Sexton auto (and surprisingly this on card auto doesn't even sell for $10!) and the Lonnie Walker IV Patch/Auto is SUPER sweet looking. That could be a sleeper cards if he realizes his potential with the Spurs. Overall though, not too good and definitely looking back a regrettable purchase. Should've waited to buy this stuff. Pics of the cards and that will do it for Day 9!  We're almost getting to the end!