Friday, May 25, 2012

Sweet Mail Day!!

Found these in the mailbox today from some recent winnings from:

If you haven't checked them out yet you are missing out!! They do great giveaways, awesome reviews, previews, and opinions. Not to mention they are great to talk to!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Fan Favorite Card Thursday: Joshua Hlavaty's "Sweet" UD Booklet auto

"My new favorite card (wich is for sale) lol. Got this about a week ago. Christian Ponder Leonard Hankerson dual helmet auto 2011 sweat spot."

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Favorite Card Thursday

New York Giants will always be under here. This was a contest won card and chosen for today! Though Andre Brown is not a Giant and did not pan out, Still has a nice autograph and Topps Platinum are nice cards.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Panini presents: Father's Day And I am excited!

Panini released some info on a Father's Day promotion that's just like the Black Friday one they ran. Where its a wrapper redemption program. And you buy certain Panini products and in exchange you get a special pack that can contain any of the cards below or more that you can find on the link.

I missed out on the Black Friday one, but I did pick up a couple of the cards off from eBay. Prices for most ran way high




Do you have any thoughts on this promotion?

TTM Auto Sucess: Part 1 John David Booty

This was the very first card I ever got back signed from a pro athlete using through the mail process. I sent it to Minnesota Vikings team address not much longer after the draft. A couple of months later my patience was worth it as I checked the mail and found this.

John David Booty at the time I thought was going to be the next Vikings starting qb.I thought I landed an autograph of a future superstar. I guess you can say I was wrong, but either way, it was nice to receive his autograph and it was nice of him to sit down and sign the card to be returned with a busy rookie schedule.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

2012 Upper Deck Soccer

Here is a just a one pic of what Upper Deck Soccer 2012 will be all about. Looks like some great stuff. For those who are fans of the other kind of Football, these cards are right up your alley.

Each box will have
5 Hits in every box!
Including At least one autographed card! At least one multi-swatch or Premium Series game-used card!

There are 12 cards per pack and 20 packs per box.  Boxes will run you a little over $90.

Review: Upper Deck Football 2012 Blaster

Well..with my impatience for some new football cards..I went out and gave Upper Deck Football 2012 a go. In some ways, I should have waited for an NFL licensed product. But, I did get some good rookie cards. Here is the reveiew:

Box Design: I like the box design. Good coloring. RG3 on the front. Stands out on the shelf. Another reason why I picked it up.

Pack Design: The pack itself has a different feel. Feels like its more likely to keep the cards protected before they are opened. I like that. As for design, see box above.

Base: I found it strange not to hit any veterans or legends. All of the cards were rookies. I did hit some of the top ones in Wheedon, Richardson, Wilson and Tannehil. I like the design with the photography and the silver Star Rookie name standing out and the name put in a blue section. Upper Deck has always done a good job with their photography and not adding too many borders.

Inserts: Shiny and bringing back an old design. However, two no name players didn't help this break. The design is nice though.

Bonus Inserts:   Though we got no names with the inserts, Upper Deck inserted a 5 card Rookie exclusives pack in every blaster box. There are 10 cards in the set to collect. But we landed 3 of the big ones. RG3 anything is a nice find. Trent Richardson as well. The design and feel to these are a little on the low end, but they are much needed added value to this blaster break.

Autographs/Jerseys: We wished to have hit something..but didn't. Odds are way against you. But with popular Mascot patch cards and Signed Letterman cards to chase it may be worth the risk.

Overall: We hit some good rookies. It doesn't have much in insert terms. And the rookie exclusives really needed to be in there. I missed veteran and legend players being included. But, in order to find out how much this product is worth we will have to wait til the Beckett comes out to see if any of the rookies we pulled were Sp's or not.

Ratings:  Bloggers Note: Our ratings are based specifically on the blaster, box or packs we opened and do not express what the overall product could bring.
                Packaging: 4
                Base Design: 3
                Insert Design: 3
                Memorablila/Autographs: N/A
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 2 1/2 for now. We will have to see how top rookies go and if we got any Sp's. With lack of inserts and really hard odds of hitting it big it could be hard to get your $20 back.

Monday, May 21, 2012

NBA: What it is now to what is was then

I gave up watching the NBA back in the 2000-2001 season. Maybe its because my Knicks are awful, but maybe its because the game is not what it used to be.

My favorite years was the late 90's. Jordan, Miller, Malone, Stockton, Ewing, Starks, Mourning, Hardaway, Olajuwon, Pippen, Rodman to name a few. These were players that were both excited and frustrated me. Obviously we know Ewing and Starks got me excited. The other players were frustrating by knocking the Knicks out of the playoffs all of the time. But I still liked the way they played.

But it seemed like the players had more emotion and more heart for the game back then. Now it seems players are just in it for the money. And to show them selves off. What happened to the game I once loved to watch?

Back then, if you shot the ball, you actually went for your rebound if you missed. Now players just run back to play defense. A ton of teams now can't score 80 pts and I bet even some NCAA teams can beat them. Big point scorers are gone. Loyalty from a player to his team was always there. No big name players left for more money to another team. They stayed put.

So called rivalry teams are not existent anymore. If anyone remembers the Knicks and Heat in the playoff in the late 90' thats basketball. They fought (and really fought) it out on the court. Each possession mattered. You passed the ball and got it to the open player. You could feel the heart, emotion and hard work pay off as each player put in 100 % effort. Today's NBA just doesn't have that.

I have tried watching today's NBA multiple times. I get bored. Maybe I am wrong and maybe I am missing something, but the game is so much more different now. Let me know how you feel about today's game compared to then.