Sunday, October 22, 2017

MLB Pick Em:World Series

Okay, here are the picks for MLB Pick Em's WORLD SERIES MATCH UP!!!

Here is the WORLD SERIES Match up (my Yanks fell just short so go Astros!)

This should be a good matchup for both MLB and MLB Pick Em as two of the leagues best and hottest teams for both are facing off.

Astros
vs
Dodgers

Irondequoit36 vs @funtocollect
Pick the winner of the series, pick how many games. The Tie Breaker is how many runs in the series.

ENTRIES ARE DUE BY....Tuesday October 24th by 8pm E.T.

PICKS MUST BE MADE BEFORE TIME DEADLINES OR YOU WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY ELIMINATED.

Good luck to you both! I will announce the winner in another post and details on how to claim their prize once the series is over.

TTM:Tom Selleck

There is one place I go to for all of my TTM address wants, that's The Autograph Blog.

As many of you know, my Mother-In-Law really is a big supporter of my hobby and picks up cards whenever she finds them at yard sales, auctions and thrift shops.

One thing you might not know about her is that one of her favorite actors is Tom Selleck.

Tom to me will always be known as Magnum PI. For her, it means Jessie Stone and Blue Bloods.

So I thought it would be fun to surprise her and get this autograph for her birthday. So I contacted The Autograph Blog who hooked me up with an address to mail to and in three months, Tom returned it.
All I had was an index card sadly as I don't have the creative mind like Breakdown Cards, but it's still Tom and she was still really excited when I gave it to her. That's all that really mattered.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

ANOTHER Winner Of The 10 MORE NFL POD Packs

Not a bad turnout for 10 FREE NFL Player Of The Day packs even though I did expect a bit bigger. I think this one was even less than the last. These packs can have hits and parallels so please spread the word.

Here is our winner for the next 10....

There were 30 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Corky
  2. Chad Rasner
  3. Fitchjr1
  4. @JGfan24ever
  5. Alec Petrelak
  6. Brad Jorgensen
  7. RAZ
  8. James Baurle
  9. Brad B
  10. Dion's IP Autos only
  11. John Sharp
  12. william carter
  13. B money
  14. GRADY MALACHOWSKI
  15. Scott N.
  16. Taylor Gapsch
  17. Straight Munchin'!
  18. Trevor P
  19. Nick Frank
  20. Michael Nolan
  21. Tracy LeVeaux
  22. Travis Guerrero
  23. Steve Wright
  24. Phil Varckette
  25. the bowl cut kid
  26. Justin S
  27. Paul Ender
  28. irondequoit36
  29. Stephen Radford
  30. hudsonfan15
IP: 72.169.80.82
Timestamp: 2017-10-21 10:58:02 UTC
You have randomized this list 7 times.
Congrats to Corky on winning 10 Player Of The Day packs. You will have 48 hours to claim or the second place winner will have their claim on them. Please email your address to sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com. PLEASE REMEMBER THERE WILL BE A DELAY ON ALL PACKAGES IN THIS PROMO DUE TO HOW MUCH I WILL HAVE TO SHIP AND MY FUNDS.

For those who didn't win this round, don't forget about the 2017 Panini Player Of The Day CONTEST Main Promo I am running. There are more than 10 packs of these, shirts, poster of Leonard Fournette, Panini America cards and so much more packed in a box for you to win. Not to mention, every entrant WINS!!!!

Collecting Hampton

I found out recently that I was a bonus winner in Collecting Cutch's 200th Home Run for Cutch contest. The prize was going to be some Rodney Hampton needs off of my want list you can find, HERE.

It was only the second time this year I was able to knock some off from that list due to finances. So I was pretty stoked.

I was even more stoked when the mail day arrived as Cutch's selections from my want list were perfect.

Up first, a couple 1997 Pinnacle Certified needs with this Mirror Red


And Certified Red parallels.


The next needs were from 1995 Excalibur which I have a ton of needs from.

Sword And Stone Brozne


22K Silver Prism.


The silvers are numbered to 750. Which doesn't mean diddly today but back then was a lot.

Next up another needed parallel, 22K Prism Gold Both of these cards look so good in person.


The gold is much, much tougher with being numbered to 250.


Crown Royale looked so much better in the 90's than it does today. This is a gold foil parallel. So shiny! I am still missing a few of these as well.


Speaking of shiny, this 1996 Playoff Illusions parallel is downright trippy!


I always enjoyed this Select design and remember busting many packs. However, I was never fortunate enough to pull an Artist Proof so this is a first on two levels for me.


Acetate plus bold design, that's what Pacific Invincible brought to the table. Pacific really put out some good creative stuff. Wished they were still around. This is a blue parallel. I still have others to chase.


1994 UD Collector's Choice Crash The Game Gold winner card. Still lacking a few of these as well.


One of my favorite designed base products in the late 90's 1996 Playoff Trophy Contenders. This was the Playoff Zone insert.


And my final card, which turned out to be a double because a lot of people don't list these correctly, is this 1996 Playoff Contenders Leather. I am okay with this being a double as I was a big fan of cards printed on everything but cardboard. This is actually my third one of these because I bought another one myself that was listed wrong as well.


The one I am looking and missing falls 1:200+ packs and has the words, Accents printed on the back which I think is a lazy parallel.
 
A HUGE thanks goes out to Collecting Cutch for this amazing mail day. If you haven't checked out his BLOG and his amazing collection of Cutch's, you are missing out. Seriously. Also another thing you are missing out on are his Breast Cancer Awareness posts for October which features....well...you will have to check them out.
If any of you are looking to trade or just wanna mail me a gift, checking out my Rodney Hampton needs is one place to look. Once again, you can locate that, HERE. I always have this up to date just like the rest of my want lists.

Friday, October 20, 2017

My First Bellinger

Back when 2017 Bowman Platinum first released, I really wanted my first rookie card of Dodgers Outfielder Cody Bellinger. I collect at least one rookie card of every player but I just couldn't find any Platinum anywhere. I also looked for trading partners including my father willing to give him up and most wouldn't without asking for an arm and a leg and possibly some innards as well.

I know he is a hot rookie at that time, but no way I was going to give up the world to get him. Especially since he plays on a team I don't care much about.

So I saw a contest for a Bowman Platinum rookie from PalmStateSportsCards on Twitter and I jumped on it. There wasn't much requirement for entering other than commenting on their very interesting blog posts so I commented away and seemed to have been the only one who did. Their blog posts are written by a buddy of mine who writes Inception Baseball:A Very Simple Idea blog which made them intriguing to me.

A week later, I found out I was a winner winner chicken dinner and this arrived a few days later....
 
A big thanks goes out PalmStateSportsCards for the mail day and I apologize big time for the much, much long delay on this thank you. I do really appreciate this card!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

15

It's been 15.



Yes, 15 Brandon Marshall years I have been married to my wife.
 

15 years that my wife has put up with my hobby addiction. 15 years my wife has joined in on busting packs and boxes with me. 15 years of my wife having to stare at pictures of Ken Griffey Jr, Derek
Jeter and many NY Giants on the walls. 15 years of hearing my hint about new product releases and what I would want for Christmas. 15 years of listening to my eBay wants and needs. 15 years of listening to all of the hobby terms. 15 years of listening to me cheer and scream at my television set when the Giants are on.

Most importantly, 15 years of love.

Happy
my love! Here's to many more!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

TTM Legends

Once again, my mother-in-law came through with another awesome snag at an odds and ends store.

First up, a couple of plaques from the 90's I assume with some 90's cards included. Can't ever go wrong adding a Michael Jordan card.

The plaques are nicely done as well.


She also found a couple of autographs she thought I would appreciate for my growing non sports PC. They were signed on larger index cards of two of the bigger names in Hollywood. I guess the shop owner had quite a few of these index cards signed from a collection he had bought. 

For $7 each I think she did pretty well picking two I would like.

The first is from the great Alex Trebek! He has been the Jeopardy host for what...100 years??


The second is from the legendary, well I am pretty sure you can read it, Dick Van Dyke. I remember watching Diagnosis Murder with my grandmother. Of course Dick has been in many shows and movies as well and and is a legend.
 
I was pretty stoked to add the two autographs to my non-sport PC especially of legends that you may not get signatures from every day.

Thoughts on the adds are welcomed below!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

U Can't Touch This

Today's mail day post is a double header as I am trying to catch up on some posts. I have many drafts over the next few months that have been pushed off so many may discuss the Giants winning the Super Bowl or may be cards I received even a year ago. But, they are coming and I don't have time to change some of the writing on them so appreciate them as is.

Today's however is fresh off the press with mail from Puck Junk and Buck City Breaks. Let's take a gander shall we??

@PuckJunk from puckjunk.com had thrown up some of his doubles up for grabs for those who wanted them a couple weeks ago. Once again it was a fun selection and one that I had to snag a couple from.

This time they were a bit different.

I think his PWE's are pretty cool as he always includes some great reading material. This time it was a selection of articles of his he did for Beckett Hockey.


In 1991, Pro Set came out with a SuperStars MusiCards set that included a bunch of musicians from different eras. There was 340 cards in the set with multiples of each singer or groups. I never owned any of them til I snagged a couple from his offerings. As I have said before I am really expanding my non sport PC.

The Doors weren't a group I listened to but made me think of my father as he did. So a cool add.


However, MC Hammer was someone I listened to for a short time. Who hasn't heard U Can't Touch This??? Or have used the phrase, "Hammer Time." I know I have, maybe not so much today however. Also, who could ever forget his choice of attire, just check out the on this card....

A big thanks goes out to Puck Junk once again for the cool cards!

@BuckCityBreaks have got to be some of the most generous breakers out there. They have done multiple case breaks for free for their followers among other charity breaks along the way. They also have pulled some sick cards for their followers in both the free and paid breaks.

I was fortunate enough to get into one of their free breaks and ended up with the Lions. Not my favorite landing spot but it would do. I was hoping for a Giants spot obviously or at least wished I had gotten the Chiefs spot that actually landed someone a Kareem Hunt auto/patch card along with a Tyreek Hill auto. But, I didn't go empty handed as I brought this home.
 
Golladay started the season out well then has slipped recently mostly due to injuries. It's still my first decent card of the guy and I am always happy to fill some 2017 rookie needs when I can.

If you haven't yet, I suggest you go check out @BuckCityBreaks on Twitter and give them a follow. You can also check out their website, BuckeyeCitySportsCards.com.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Just Encased You Had A Redemption....

I cannot remember how long ago I got today's card. It was not long after the 2016 Panini Encased product released but I have been so backed up on blogging that it's taking me this long to get it posted.

But, remember when I told you I don't mind redemption cards because I let them go the 4 months so I can actually get something I would want more, well, this was the case. Or I should say, the encase.

I had two some-what decent redemptions end after 4 months and just like I normally do, I contacted Panini Customer Service Via Twitter to get them replaced. You can ask to get them replaced on Twitter which makes the process much faster.

At the time I had no idea what was arriving in their place, then this bad boy showed up a few days later...
Wow! What a beaut! Now you see what I don't mind redemptions too much? What were the odds I actually pulled this in a box instead of have gotten those redmeptions...astronomical. I never pull PC stuff.
So when I see a redemption card in my box, I just smile and wait.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Review:2017 Bowman Chrome Baseball

All I need to see is the word chrome and I will come running.

But, when it has chrome to the Bowman power, it makes me run a bit faster.

Combining the power of chrome and the Bowman baseball is a beautiful thing. Not only do we get to see our favorite rookies in chrome action, but we get to search for their many parallels and autographs within the product. Prospectors dream!

This is one of my many breaks over the years of Bowman Chrome. Let's see how 2017 went.


Every Hobby Box of 2017 Bowman Chrome has 2 mini boxes. Each mini box come with 6 packs and one autograph. Each hobby box comes with Two Autographs, One Prospect Shimmer Parallel Card, and Two 2016 Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Chrome Insert Cards. Boxes are currently running $105. Not to bad in my opinion.

The base set is built up of veterans and rookies. There are only 100 cards in the base set with not a ton of rookie but the normal group of, Cody Bellinger, Aaron Judge, Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi, Alex Bregman, Yulieski Gurriel, Alex Reyes, Jharel Cotton, David Dahl, Ryon Healy, Carson Fulmer, Jordan Montgomery, Manny Margot, Josh Bell, Tyler Glasnow, Dansby Swanson, Hunter Renfroe, and Amir Garrett.
 
My box only had 6 total rookies with the best being Alex Bregman.



 
Speaking of the rookie cards, there are also photo variations. Luckily for us chasers of these 1:119 variations, we can tell them apart once again by the digits on the back. Base cards end in 927.The SSP variations end in 953.

To go along with a 100 card base set, there are also 100 prospect cards to chase. Like I said, this is for the prospector!

 
As I mentioned above, parallel chase is part of the chrome fun. Both prospects and base cards have them.

Base have the following refractor parallels, Refractor /499, Purple /250, Blue /150, Green /99, Gold /50, Orange #/25, Red /5 and SuperFractor 1/1.

Prospects have the following refractor parallels, Refractor /499, Bowman 70th Logo Blue, Purple Shimmer, Purple /250, Blue /150, Blue Shimmer /150, Green /99, Green Shimmer /99, Gold /50, Gold Shimmer /50, Orange /25, Orange Shimmer /25, Red /5, Black Shimmer 1/1 and SuperFractor 1/1.
 
I like how the refractors are numbered including the regular refractors like this one that falls 1:18 packs,

 
Purple refractors I found one in each mini box. These fall 1:36 packs.

 
And my shimmer refractor for the box was this tough-to-pull orange shimmer /25. These fall 1:356 packs.

 
Just like refractors, the inserts in the product shine as well. These were my promised 2016 Arizona Fall League Fall Stars inserts. Bellinger was a nice find. There are parallels of Orange Refractor /25 and SuperFractor 1/1 for these.

 
My Bowman Scout 100 pulls that also have Orange Refractor /25 and SuperFractor 1/1 parallels.

 
Now onto my autograph finds.

My first was of Mariner Braden Bishop.

 
My second one has a family name, Torii Hunter Jr.
 
 
The autographs have the following parallels, Refractor 499, Purple /250, Blue /150, Blue Mojo /150, Green /99, Gold /50, Gold Shimmer /50, Orange /25, Orange Wave /25, Red /5, Black Limited Edition 1/1 , and SuperFractor 1/1.
 
Hits not found in my box include, Chrome Rookie Autographs Set Checklist, Chrome Autograph Relics, 2016 AFL Fall Stars Autographs ,2016 AFL Fall Stars Relics, 2016 AFL Fall Stars Autograph Relics, All-America Game Autographs ,Bowman Scouts’ Updates Autographs, Chrome Sensation Autographs, Prime Chrome Inscription , Refractors that Never Were , Refractors that Never Were Autographs

OVERALL: I love chrome and will always pick up chrome when I can. Especially since I didn't get a Judge in this break at all. This box may not have had the biggest stars in the game for autograph hits, but they could be some day. That's truly what anything Bowman is about. Whoever thought Aaron Judge would be Aaron Judge this year. Very few I am guessing. So who knows if there is a future Aaron Judge hiding in this box or in any boxes of this product. That's the fun aspect of Bowman Chrome.

Another fun aspect is the Refractors That Never Were and Refractors That Never Were autographs as it brings some veteran and legend presence to this usual prospect heavy product.

Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Topps for providing this box for me to review as they help provide prizes for me to giveaway in the MLB Pick Em Promotion! Follow Topps on all social media sites and visit their SITE, as well