Tuesday, August 30, 2016

TTM: Tim Allen Did Me Right!

If you read the blog last week, you would have known I sent out an TTM request to Tim Allen.

Well, he responded with a photo and a printed signature. I was happy just for the response, but still wanted more from one of my favorites. So I sent a few physical items that were more personal to a better address hoping for better results.

Well, looks like he did me right this time...
 
I just wished I could had lightened the color on the photocopies I had sent but this time he "on-card signed" them. That's right, Tim Allen, the legend, physically touched these and signed them. Well, saying it that way makes me sound creepy lol.
 
A big thanks goes out to Tim for taking a second out to sign these for me. They will be framed and added to the man cave wall as pieces of remembrance from my childhood. 

Have you guys ever sent a request to Tim? Have you ever re-sent in a request to actually get something signed after your first attempt was a fail? How did that go?

Monday, August 29, 2016

The 90's Collection:1995 Fleer Ultra On-Base Leader Paul O'Neill

Think my eyes are seeing things! Are there many Paul O'Neills running at me????

No. It's just Paul getting on base time and time again.

Back to when the Yankees actually could hit and were a good team, Paul O'Neill was one of their consistent guys both at the plate and in the outfield. After he arrived to the Yankees in 1993, all the guy did was hit increasing yearly with hits and hitting a consistent 20 homers a year.

These inserts were for those guys that seemed to be on-base a lot and the designed showed it. They fell at a rate of 1:8 Jumbo packs with a much tougher Gold Medallion parallel of it falling at 1:80 packs.
So what do you guys think of today's card design? Cool? Lame?

Sunday, August 28, 2016

2016 Bunt Code Winners! (BONUS WINNERS)

This was my first ever Bunt code promo and it went about as good as I thought it would. A few entries here and there on Twitter and on the blog. However, not one person on my Facebook page entered leaving me with 4 extras. So, I decided to split this up differently.

So everyone who entered on the blog, WINS!! There were 9 entries on here and I know one or more of those entries RTd on Twitter so I won't count their Twitter entries and just give them the win here.

So please the following entrants email me at sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com and I will email you back a code.

BLOG WINNERS:
God's humble servant

The Lost Collector

Adam Kaningher

Nick Frank

Tim B.

defgav

Admin


Scott N.

Wilson

3 more winners will be announced on Twitter soon!

Plenty more contests to come and more to enter on here to enter now. Just click on the current contest tab located on the right side of the blog.

Forgotten Hobby

I have discussed this many times, but where I live the hobby doesn't exist.

There are no card shows. There are no LCS'. There are simply no collectors.

You can go to yard sales and either find cards priced for too much because former collectors hadn't collected in years and didn't realize how much value their cards dropped or cards you could get for basically free. Like this one..
 
My sister-in-law had gone to a yard sale this summer and picked up this card along with some other items and went to pay. When she handed in this 1983 Drakes Cake card of Reggie Jackson the lady just brushed  it off to the side and added it to my sister-in-law's pile for nothing. Yes, nothing. 

Now, I know you can come across these cards on eBay for like $1, but still, in today's world, $1 is a $1.

This just continues to show me how much the hobby world in my area is continuing it's disappearance. Cards have become so irrelevant that even when I hand out freebies at my yard sales to kids (I try my best to get kids interested) you get looks from the parents like "you collect sports cards?" Had I handed the kids a free video game, they probably wouldn't have even took a second glance. I have also had other parents tell me no as they don't want the "clutter".
 
This is something 20 years ago wouldn't have been looked at this way. We had monthly card shows, 2 LCS' within reach and the hobby was booming with kids buying and trading. Pretty much every grocery store, gas station, pharmacy and even craft shops had some form of hobby relation. It was amazing.

Now I can only purchase cards at a Walmart an hour away or online. That's it. Completely a hobby ghost town/state.

It's a tough hobby world I live in physically. But, luckily, I have this online portion to feed off from. I have you guys the readers, I have Twitter and Facebook and I have other sites/promotions I visit and participate with. It keeps me excited and involved in the hobby. If I hadn't discovered the online world of collecting, who knows what would have happened.

How many of you experience this? I am sure I am not alone. How do you find ways to keep yourself involved in the hobby and excited to continue on collecting?

Saturday, August 27, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Topps Chrome Baseball (GIVEAWAY)

Since 1996, Topps Chrome has been a staple in the hobby and especially in my household. It's quite possibly my favorite product out on the market overall.

It is a sad year however without a football version, but I still at least get my taste of Chrome and keep my streak up of at least busting one sport or the other since 1996.

Let's see how this years stacks up against the rest.


In every box of 2016 Topps Chrome baseball is 24 packs with 4 cards per pack. You will find a ton of parallels and 2 autographs per box. Boxes run at a reasonable $65.
The base set design matches the same one you find in the flagship. The only difference is the back of the card numbering and the cut down to just 200 players. Other than that, a good design to begin with and you stick some chrome on it and it looks even better.

The base set also features photo variations that fall 1:423 packs with a limited amount of players. So not an easy pull.

Now time for the parallels.
Refractors!! There is a ton to find from this variety:
  • Refractor
  • Prism Refractor
  • Purple Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Blue Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Green Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Gold Refractor: sequentially numbered to 50.
  • Orange Refractor: sequentially numbered to 25. HOBBY ONLY
  • Red Refractor: sequentially numbered to 5.
  • SuperFractor: numbered 1/1
  • Printing Plates: numbered 1/1
Here are my refractor card parallels. I must also note the word "refractor" has made its presence on the back of the cards again.



Prism refractors. These look great but are unnumbered.

David Wright is a purple numbered /275 and Syndergaard is a blue numbered /150
Now onto the inserts. These bad boys looked great in flagship, but the power of these has been taken to the max! The chrome finish and rainbow refractor overly improved all inserts into ones some may collect sets of.

The next couple of inserts have parallels of Green #/99, Orange #/25, Red #/5, and SuperFractor 1/1.
Okay, just going to say it, these Future Star cards look amazing. The stained glass approach with a slap of chrome and refractor gives your eyes some candy for sure. Of course the First Pitch card I pulled of a Nina Agdal does that too ;)

Youth Impact is another eye stunner. This years Chrome inserts have really taken a great turn
Other inserts I didn't pull were ROY Chronicles Set Checklist that has 15 cards to collect with 1 card falling per case. Good luck putting this set together!
I should also mention before moving on.....2016 TOPPS CHROME BASEBALL will also have exclusive HOT BOXES that will replace base cards with all BLACK REFRACTOR PARALLELS!
Yeah, pretty sweet. I would love to bust a box with those in it.
Now onto the hits!

My two autographs were not the best, but I have never pulled the in-terms of hits in Chrome. To me, that's not what Chrome is about anyways.

The rookie autos are on-card though which makes plenty of collectors happy.

This is an orange parallel /25
 
Rookie autos have the following refractor parallels
  • Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Purple Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Blue Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Gold Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Orange Refractor: sequentially numbered to 25.
  • Red Refractor: sequentially numbered to 5.
  • SuperFractor: numbered 1/1.
  • Printing Plates: numbered 1/1.
Other fun autograph finds not in my box include, MLB DEBUT AUTOGRAPHS, YOUTH IMPACT AUTOGRAPHS, R.O.Y. CHRONICLES AUTOGRAPHS, TEAM LOGO AUTOGRAPHS (includes the Team Pin like in the flagship) and CARLOS CORREA ROOKIE AUTOGRAPH CARDS (The 2015 Topps Chrome Rookie Autograph cards of Carlos Correa were not available in time for last year's release so find them in 2016)

Overall, I am just as in love with chrome as I have always been. I feel every box comes packing with value with parallels and autographs and the retail versions are the best retail buys you can get. Others of you may have an opposite feel, but this is just my opinion and I am sticking to it!

Now time for the giveaway. 
This time a prize pack of inserts/parallels are up for grabs. 

ALSO, LET ME KNOW ONE OF THE PARALLELS OR INSERTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO FIND IN YOUR WINNINGS AND IT MAY BE IN THERE :)

RULES:
  1. Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Topps for providing this box for me to review and to host this/these nice giveaways with. Follow them on all social media sites and visit their site, HERE, as well.
  2. ***VERY IMPORTANT***MUST BE A U.S. RESIDENT to enter or have a shipping address in the U.S. Shipping costs have gone haywire and I can't afford to ship everywhere.This is always hard to do as I appreciate all readers but I hope you all understand non-U.S. readers.
  3. Random winner will be chosen after 7 randoms
  4. Card may be shipped PWE. I like to forewarn on this.
  5. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling me ONE PRO AND ONE CON OF THE PRODUCT.
  6. EARN AN EXTRA ENTRY FOR SHARING THIS CONTEST ON YOUR BLOG AND/OR ON TWITTER. Make sure to leave your link in comments too so I can count it. If not, I won't be able to give you the credit. Commenting with it is very important or you WILL LOSE OUT an extra entry!
  7. Sport Card Collectors or it's owner (person who runs the blog), WILL NOT be held responsible for lost, stolen or damaged mail. Sorry had to add this in since someone tried to scam me once about this.
  8. Contest starts today, ends on  2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on  2016
  9. Don't forget to thank the above sponsor of this contest and I won't mind a thank you as well :)
Good luck to all that enter and thanks for reading!

2016 TWD Winners Announced!

Well, for the second Cryptozoic post in a row we fell just short of getting an autograph giveaway but we did hit the two winner threshold. I guess the auto will have to wait for a future contest coming up!

But, two winners did score some cards so let's take a look at who takes these and others home.

 

10 entries=Base inserts
15 entries=Numbered inserts and base inserts (2 winners)
 
There were 26 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Dayton
  2. Brad B
  3. @JGfan24ever
  4. Footballcrdonly
  5. Scott N.
  6. Pete Salisbury
  7. Tim B.
  8. Bradley Defreitas
  9. Dayton
  10. Nick Frank
  11. Justin S
  12. Nick Frank
  13. Tracy LeVeaux
  14. Matthew Scott
  15. Ben Hansen
  16. hudsonfan15
  17. Tracy LeVeaux
  18. Jafronius
  19. Pete Salisbury
  20. JordyneNicole
  21. Brad B
  22. Marsha McVey
  23. Candy Sheets
  24. Marsha McVey
  25. GRADY MALACHOWSKI
  26. Scott N.
IP: 72.169.81.167
Timestamp: 2016-08-27 13:14:55 UTC
You have randomized this list 7 times.

Congrats to Dayton who takes home the numbered inserts and to Brad B who takes home some base inserts. Dayton and Brad, please email sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com with your address and claim your cards within 48 hours or they will be re-given away in a future contest.

Thanks to everyone that entered and stay tuned for a Topps Chrome review/contest coming up in an hour!

2016 Strata Vizquel Auto Winner!

Well, this very popular contest comes to a close today and a winner will be going home with this sweet card:

 

And that winner is.... 

There were 48 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Cyrus H.
  2. Archaeomatt
  3. Cross Cultural
  4. Scott N.
  5. michael wardrop
  6. Nick Frank
  7. The Lost Collector
  8. Scott Everett
  9. RAZ
  10. Scott Everett
  11. GRADY MALACHOWSKI
  12. Tracy LeVeaux
  13. The Lost Collector
  14. Trevor P
  15. @JGfan24ever
  16. Brad B
  17. CardMonster22
  18. ketchupman36
  19. Dayton
  20. Dayton
  21. Bradley Defreitas
  22. Cameron Towe
  23. M BOYLAN
  24. TheAdamTing
  25. Salgado
  26. Scott N.
  27. Justin S
  28. @fitchjr1
  29. Salgado
  30. Ed Gaeraths
  31. Tim B
  32. Nick Frank
  33. Matthew Scott
  34. hudsonfan15
  35. Justin S
  36. Tracy LeVeaux
  37. Anonymous(facebook)
  38. Cross Cultural
  39. JackInTheCardBox
  40. Anonymous(facebook)
  41. Jafronius
  42. defgav
  43. Brad B
  44. Marty Boylan
  45. Matt Stupienski
  46. Michael Lewis
  47. TheAdamTing
  48. Arrogant Observer
IP: 72.169.81.167
Timestamp: 2016-08-27 13:01:38 UTC
You have randomized this list 7 times.

Congrats to Cyrus H! Cyrus, please email sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com with your address within the next 48 hours to claim your prize. If not claimed by then, card will be re-given away in a future contest.

I will try to mail out this contest prize among others coming up as soon as I can. I have been dealing with a few health issues that may delay shipment on some.

Winners for the Walking Dead contest coming up soon and a new contest will be posted later among the many others already in process.

TTM Score!! The One And Only, Betty White!

A few months ago, I saw that Gavin over at Baseball Card Breakdown had scored an autograph I thought was really cool. It was from legendary, yes I will use that word here, actress Betty White.

If you don't know who she is, you must have been in hiding over the past 60 plus years as she has been and still is an actress, animal rights activist, author, comedian, radio host, singer, and television personality. You must have seen her somewhere.

Anyways, I grew up watching the Golden Girls with my grandmother and saw her on many other movies and TV Shows and thought hey, that would be one great autograph to have.

Well, I sent in a request with a handwritten note and white filler card (that's all I have to offer) and less than two weeks to my surprise, I got this bad boy back....
 Betty signed it to me from herself and added her dog's name. This doesn't get any better in my eyes to have an inscription from a great. 

A big thanks goes out to Betty for taking a second out to do this for me. I can only imagine the amount of mail she receives and how busy she is even at her young age of 94. 
 
Thoughts on my epic TTM and have you tried any legendary actors or actresses like Betty and who and how was your success?