Thursday, March 22, 2018

REVIEW:2017-2018 Panini Prestige Basketball (NICE HIT!)

Other than Hoops, Prestige is another one of those all-time favorite lower end products for basketball card collecting.

There is just something about the allure of Prestige for me. Is it the one rookie card per pack? Is it the base card photography? The shiny inserts? Well, hard to tell. All I know is that I have always been a fan of the product since the 90's. Especially for football.

Let's take a dive in and see what a box of 2017-2018 Prestige Basketball provides.
Each box of 2017-2018 Prestige basketball has 24 packs per box with 6 cards per pack. You will find two autographs per box and boxes are running roughly $95.
The base set is 200 cards. The first 150 cards are veterans with some solid photography. The base set design is the same one used for football.

I am showing off a few of my favorite shots, see what I did there, in the base set. There are others that are great as well.

Rookie cards that fall 1 per pack, make up the last 50 cards in the set. With so many rookies, it's hard to find the top names. This was the best of my box. At least the rookie shots are mostly done in game play.

Except a couple of them. I would guess these were guys who haven't hit the court yet.

If you liked Cracked Ice parallels, you will be in total love of this product as Panini upped the anti putting the parallel all throughout. In Prestige however they call it Crystal parallel. These base card parallel  is exclusive to just hobby and can be found as, Crystal /199 (all below), Crystal Gold /10, and Crystal Blue 1/1.
There are a good amount of insert programs in Prestige that have stars of today, tomorrow and yesterday. In hobby, these to have Cracked Ice/Crystal parallels of Crystal, Crystal Gold /10, and Crystal Blue 1/1.

Stat Stars focuses on players with Star stats. Hence the name.

Hardcourt Heroes has some of the underdog names in the checklist that you may not always recognize but are heroes of the game for their respective teams.

Highlight Reel covers big nights in the NBA. This is only my second Ball card.

All Time Greats features those big time names in the past of the NBA

Rookie Class covers this years rookie class

And even has the parallels like this,

Stars Of The NBA takes a stars and features them.

Micro Etch rookies. This may be a set I chase because who doesn't love some micro etching technology? These are pretty cool. They also have parallels but I think I would just chase the red.
Now onto my two autographs from the box. Both were base ones but pretty decent.

First was Chris McCullough from the Wizards. He could use some work on his auto lol.

Not as much as Giannis does, but nice pull of Giannis none-the-less.

Other hits not found in my box are,
Prestigious Picks, Playmakers,Old School Signatures Set and Prestigious Signatures.
OVERALL: If you liked Prestige before in the past, you won't be disappointed with this years either. Panini kept everything the way it has always been besides the new tweaking of cracked ice. To be honest, I think it was a tad overdone on that part. I think another parallel or two would have offset so much of it. That's my only complaint of the product.

I do think the product could be a bit of a gamble for the price point and only two autographs, but, there are some big names to be found and with the 17-18 rookie class being as hot as it is, it's probably in the long run going to be more of an investment especially if you pull the key rookies.

You can find the checklist for 2017-2018 Panini Prestige basketball, HERE.

Most of the hits, if not all, from this break will be given away for #SCC6YR celebration. Please, please tell Panini America and Tracy Hackler thanks for the shot at these cards. Without their support with these reviews giveaways wouldn't be possible. Check them out at Panini America website and all social media sites.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Ring

As a kid who grew up in the 80's and 90's, if you wanted to grab a girls attention on recess, you would buy them a ring.

Yes, a ring...pop.

Ring Pop is still a popular candy that was invented in 1979 from a guy who was trying to help his child no longer suck her thumb. His little idea blossomed into so much more. I tell my wife everyday all it would take is one little odd idea and we could be rich. We just need that starting point first.

What I didn't know about Ring Pop is that Topps produces the product and has been for quite some time.

And one of their newest releases of the product is unique and saves you a trip to the dentist.

Ring Pop Puppies is a toy collectible that was recently released. It takes the Ring Pop concept except it's a toy.

Here is the packaging for it front and back,

After you open it up, you pull out the plastic ring so please no sucking or licking it.

The ring has a small flap you lift up and BOOM, a cute little puppy can be found. The puppy isn't made of plastic like the ring. It is much more durable being made of rubber based.


According to the 22 pup checklist for Series 1, the one I pulled is named Niko. There are rare versions to chase as well of Goldy and Sparkles. They are gold and silver versions. You can find packs of these at Walmart and Target stores and find more information on these on the Topps website, HERE. Pack usually run a little under $3 each.

I think this is a pretty cool idea and one that could get kids excited especially trying to collect them all with the mystery packs and chasing the rare versions.

Can you imagine how popular I would have been back in my youth had this product came out then? What girl didn't like puppies and rings?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

You Know How To Make A Grown Man Cry

**I can't give you an update on how I feel since my wisdom tooth removal yesterday for this post because I typed this up on Sunday. I really wanted to make sure this got published on Tuesday**

It was a cold blustery Saturday the 17th of March 2018. While others were celebrating St. Patrick's Day, I was at home sorting cards and nervously thinking about my wisdom tooth removal for Monday. There wasn't much else to do when the temps were below zero with a wind chill factor. Some days recently I feel like I had moved to the Arctic with no spring in site.

I had stuck a few PWE surprises in the mail that morning including one to my father for his birthday and stuck up my flag to the mail box up telling the postal deliverer that something was being mailed for pickup. I usually watch on and off throughout the day to see when the flag goes down to run out to get my mail. But, I wasn't really expecting anything so I didn't bother staring out my window.

Later on in the day, I did look out and notice that the flag was down so I bundled up head to toe so I wouldn't end up looking like Jack Nicholson from The Shining and continued my way out to the mail box. I opened it up to two packages and some junk mail. I usually bust the packages open as soon as I see them, but in those temps, no way. So I carried them inside.

One of the packages I had forgotten was coming from Angus who blogs Dawg Day Cards (I will post your sweet mail day later this week) and another I only recognized from the address but I knew I wasn't expecting anything from him.

What could my buddy Shane from Project Pedro Blog be up to....

I opened up the bubbler and placed inside was a cleverly hidden envelope. In that envelope was something amazing and completely surprising.

I opened up the envelope revealing a birthday card. That alone made me smile knowing my birthday was Monday.

Then opened the card up and saw this. I was blown away.

Then behind that, fell out this......

Some of you may just look at this as a regular card, but if you looked up prices for this card, you would understand the shock on my face. I never thought I would be able to add this card to my set I was chasing. Ne...eee..vverrr.

I was already smiling ear to ear and teared up. Yes, grown men can cry and I for one am not afraid to admit to it. Even if it's over cardboard. I was overwhelmed with both joy and shock that someone would take their time and put something together like this that it formed tears.

Then I saw a list of names that put this together for me.

A big thanks goes out to @SteveWrightOne, @Batcavel, @breakdowncards, @chunk34, @Astrosfan78, @LostCollector, @CardpocalypseNC, @TomSOlson, and Scribbled Ink for your parts in making this amazing tearing up moment happen.  If only you guys could have been a fly on the wall when I opened it up. It was a feeling like no other and I wanna say thanks times infinity to you for your kindness.

I also found out it was @Jake1725 who put this all together for me. A huge thanks goes out to you buddy. You're an amazing friend. Another huge thanks to @ShaneSalmonson for getting me the gift card, the birthday card, for shipping and assisting in pulling off this major surprise. You are also an amazing friend. I am blessed to know both of you.

It simply amazes me the great people we have in this hobby. None of you I have ever met and may never, but you all have shown me kindness like we were all best friends for years. I think the phrase #CardboardFam comes into play here as you guys are all like an extended family. I also hope you all consider me that way as well.

This birthday gift will be one I will never forget and will always treasure. The Roday autograph card will always have a backstory to it and if I can somehow complete the last 6 cards I need in the set (they are reasonable, but not cheap), it will always be the one I keep closest to my heart. You guys may never understand and I will never be able to explain how much this all meant to me. The gift card I plan to use wisely and will post what I get with it.

I will take this happy day momentum with me to the oral surgeons office and I am sure it will help ease some of the pain from the removal and from the bill I will get afterwards.

Thank you all!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Happy Birthday Tooth Me

Today is my birthday. So thanks in advance if you comment Happy Birthday as it may take me a few days to respond as this won't be my ordinary birthday of doing nothing. This year, today, I am getting my last wisdom tooth pulled out finally. Sadly it was the only day they had available to squeeze me in so I had to take it. I am dreading it big time.

Fortunately, I was able to focus on someone else mouth so far today instead of my own. One of the more famous "mouths" in sports. The one with a gap in their teeth and one that played for the New York Football Giants......

figure out this mouth yet....

he is a Hall Of Famer....

You got it! Mr. Michael Strahan!!
For my birthday this year my wonderful wife picked up my first ever autograph of his. It's a beautiful card with lots of shine. I also really like his signature.

It is also numbered 2/25 so not an easy find but was found at a more than reasonable price.

I am not sure how many days it will take for me to recover from this tooth pull, but I will try to check in time to time on here and Twitter. This tooth is impacted and close to the bone so it won't be the best of times I will be experiencing and depending on what time you are reading this, I may already be done with the procedure. 
At least I have this card to stare at for a few days to try and distract me and my wonderful gift from my hobby friends I am posting about tomorrow....

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Stepping Stone Into Collecting Baseball Cards

I sat down the other day with a 2018 Topps Sticker album with stickers and wondered if this is a stepping stone for kids into the hobby of collecting baseball cards.

First off, it's very affordable. At most the albums alone cost $2 each. The 2018 album cover features a catchy/hot player in Aaron Judge.

Sticker packets usually cost $1 per pack for 8 stickers. Kids could easily do some chores or earn money for the holidays to buy packs. Even boxes of the stickers are affordable at $35 that has 300 stickers in it with 50 packs.

Inside of the album offers kids 6 free stickers to kick off their albums and also introduces them to Opening Day, which is a very kid friendly product. It also teases them to buy some packs to find 4 special edition stickers to finish their album only found in packs of Opening Day. Pretty sneaky but smart of Topps.

The back of the free stickers inside was also very genius. It's an ad for the kids to print their own baseball cards with themselves on it.  Bravo!

Each page takes the 9 best recognizable players for each team that I think kids would know the names of. I do wished they were updated with newer acquisitions but you can't win it all. It does on the other hand include top rookies. As you can see Judge isn't included on this page. He is sticker #1 in the set and is on the back inside-cover for his sticker which is odd as I would have chosen the front, but it works I guess as the front inside cover had the Opening Day ad.

In the middle of the book, there is every team to collect and you can fill in the brackets at seasons end for the champion. Or if you choose fill in your early predictions.
I thought while I was breaking this all down, I would rip into a couple of sticker packets to show the contents. An immediate plus is how easy the packs open and any kid of any age should be able handle these.

Pack one. This one was lacking a sticker. Uh oh.

Pack two had all eight and a solid lineup of players.
A couple of observations on the stickers themselves. The stickers are bendable, so no damage can be done to them like it would be done to cards. They will still even go in the albums but just don't look as nice as they would have been if they stayed flat. I think the stickers are affordable enough to use as a teaching point for showing kids how much better things will look if you take care of them which can cross over to cards.

I know most kids today are mostly excited about things being electronic and some suggest that using digital cards would be the way to go to get them interested in the hobby. I don't see a problem with that idea, but I think the stickers are more of a physical approach to help guide them. Sometimes digital things are more of a problem in this world then a help in my opinion.

I must also mention in closing, these stickers are not just for kids or being kid intended. I know this adult kid who writes this blog is one who enjoys piecing these together as well.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Winner Of Panini Status Autograph!

Another #SCC6YR contest comes to an end with only one more left but it's a biggie with lots of cards to score including a  card numbered 2/5!!

But first, let's find a winner for this card

I was actually a bit disappointed with the sad turnout on this one. ONLY 16 of you entered this contest to win this autograph with some bonus cards too. There wasn't even that many views on this contest as opposed to past contests so let's check out what the final tally was.....
296! Wow. Not even 300. 
Most of you went over this and some way over. I expected at least 400 myself but one of you was pretty darn close and you are the winner. A big congrats goes out to Dennis who came up with 287 views as his guess. 
Dennis, please email me your address to or DM on Twitter @Sportcardcollec if that's easier. You will have 48 hours from today to claim your prize. If it goes unclaimed, I will throw this card into the prize lot for the big contest that I expect to start in a couple weeks.
Thanks to everyone that entered and be ready for the next contest coming up soon!!

REVIEW:2017 Panini Plates and Patches Football

Coming off from a successful 2016, Plates and Patches makes another return with more plates and patches.

I was extremely happy to hear Panini brought this product back as it may be small but can pack a punch.

With only five cards you are really hoping that each card is something good for the price point. Let's check out what the 2017 version provided me

In every box of 2017 Panini Plates and 
Patches comes five cards. Those five cards are 1 base, 1 parallel, 1 printing plate, 1 patch auto and one relic. Boxes are $110 per.

The base cards are thick and team color coded for top and bottom borders. There are 100 veterans all numbered to 99, followed by 80 Legends numbered to 75 and ending with 20 rookies numbered to 50. Would be quite the set chase that's for sure.

There are parallels to be found of the base sets of Blue (below) /50, Green /25, Red /10, and Gold 1/1.

And this product has no inserts. So we are off hitting up the hits!

Most all of the hits have parallels of, Blue /25, Green /10, Red /5, and Gold 1/1.

Up first was this slick looking Josh Reynolds Quad relic. has some really sweet patch swatches and football swatches as well. I like the layout and design of these.

Plates and Patches also has rookie autograph patches. I think Kenny G had one of the best rookie signatures in 2017. These are numbered to 99 and also have parallels of Blue /50, Green /25, Red /10 and Gold 1/1.

And my final hit the Plates form Plates and Patches, a sick black LT one from Prestige! That's one thing unique about this product. That plates come from multiple products. Last year I found Bo Jackson as my plate.
Other hits not found in my box but could be in yours include,
  • Award Winners Autographs
  • Canton Calligraphy Autographs
  • Double Coverage Relics, Full Coverage Relics
  • Gridiron Gear Relics, Gridiron Gear Autograph Relics
  • Marquee Marks Autographs
  • Marquee Marks Blue Autographs
  • Plates and Patches, Plates and Patches Autographs
  • Playmakers Autographs 
  • Rookie Quads Material Autographs
  • Signal Callers Autographs 
  • Super Bowl Autographs
  • Team Supreme Relics
  • Team Supreme Autograph Relics 
  • Upper Echelon Autographs and Printing Plate Autographs
OVERALL: Even though this was a very short break, I still had a good time. I feel the value in these boxes like any box varies but the 1/1 printing plate should help with some. There is a ton of varitey hits to be found in a break and with it ranging from players from the past, present and future you never know what's hiding.

I definitely suggest breaking a box but if you can't afford to do so, get into a box break of it to help save you on funds but give you a shot at some of the magic.

You can find the full checklist for 2017 Panini Plates and Patches football, HERE.

Most of the hits, if not all, from this break will be given away for #SCC6YR celebration. Please, please tell Panini America and Tracy Hackler thanks for the shot at these cards. Without their support with these reviews giveaways wouldn't be possible. Check them out at Panini America website and all social media sites.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Guess The Autograph #3

Before I announce the latest Guess The Autograph, let's reveal the last one I posted....
Last weeks terrible signature was no other than Tyler Anderson and two of you were right.

Now onto the next part of this series.

Guess the autograph is as easy as it goes. I will throw up an autograph "swatch" and you guys have to simply guess whose autograph it is. There are no prizes involved, it's just for fun to test your autograph knowledge and give you bragging rights.

The autographs will spread across multiple sports and non sports so it should be fun to see the challenge it presents and see how many of you can correctly guess it. If you really want to take it a step further, try guessing the brand of card as well.

I will reveal the "answer card" and the autograph in the next post of this series.

So here is the next autograph to this series,

Can you guess it? Good luck.
Let me know in comments!