Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Review: Score Hockey 2011-2012 Hobby Packs

I wanted to give some hockey a try. Didn't do too bad. Purchased about 10 packs. Got a few good rookies that are inserted 1:2 packs. And some inserts too. No Nugent-Hopkins though.

Packs: Didn't hold onto any so have no pics. But eye drawing. Especially the price.

Base Cards: I always love products with subsets. Not many products do this anymore. The subsets and base cards all look nice.

 Inserts: They look nice. Design not too bad.

Rookie Cards: I don't normally separate these..but they have a unique look to them that stands out. I like rookies that are different looking than the base cards.

Autos: N/A

Memorabilia: N/A

Overall: For a product that will run you 99 cents a pack and gives you the chance to hit an auto you can't go wrong. The rookie cards look nice and some are very hard to find and are valuable. Nugent-Hopkins books for $60 right now for a 99 cent a pack product.

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: 3
                Base Design: 4
                Insert Design: 3
                Memorablila/Autographs: 2
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 3

Review: Topps Series 2 Baseball 2012 Hobby packs

This is a round-a-bout number of 13 packs. The review is based on that many.

Packs: Albert Pujols..that catches me!

Base Cards: I still don't care much for the bigger border, but the photography makes up for that. Just look at this Ichiro!

Inserts: Inserts aplenty!!! This product is loaded with inserts, inserts and more inserts!!! Seems like every pack you get one or two. I like the Cut Above insert. Glad Topps brought back die cuts. The Gold Standard insert looks nice as well. The Jed Lowrie Gold shiny parallel is my favorite insert out of all of them. And don't forget the Golden Giveaway code cards inserted 1:6 packs and we got two that we unlocked that turned out to be virtual items. That was a little disappointing. Can't do much with those. Would be different if you could trade those for cards with other people.

Autos: N/A Either one auto or jersey per hobby box

Jerseys: We didn't get an auto, but did pull this. I like the base cut out with the jersey piece in it. The design is quite sharp as well.

Overall: We bought the product with the intention of trying to pull a Bryce Harper rookie. We did not. Overall, not a bad product. Nice looking inserts, parallels and jersey/autos. Still wished Harper was in there, but overall pack wise would try this product. I don't think I would buy a box. With only one hit and around a $60 plus dollar limit, your money might be spent better elsewhere not unless you are in it for the inserts.

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: 4
                Insert Design: 4
                Memorablila/Autographs: 3
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 3

Review: Panini Father's Day packs

I was lucky enough to get my hands onto 10 of these. I didn't hit it very big like I have seen others do...but the cards were for free and they still look nice!

 Packs: Silver and shiny. Yay!

Base Cards: Nice touch of silver.

Inserts: The Elements inserts are cool showing what elements the players play in. And the 2 red inserts above are numbered to 499.

This is a short review. The base cards look nice, the inserts look nice, and if we had actually pulled something from the 10 we busted the jerseys and autos are really, really sweet!! There were 2 cards per pack, so overall we ended up with 20 cards but we showed the best we got. But cards that were free with purchase, can't argue with these. They made a already great Father's Day even better.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Star Wars Galactic Files preview

For all of us who consider ourselves, nerds and geeks...and those of us who collect not only sports on cardboard then this is the product we have been waiting for!!!

Topps released images of its new Star Wars product that will include all 6 movies. They put this set together to honor the 35th anniversary of the original movie.

Its scheduled to come out in September with a suggested retail price of $4.99 a pack with 24 packs in a box. There are two hits in every box including a sketch card, an autograph or embroidered patch relic.

Check out the gallery below and try not use your light-saber on the keyboard while scrolling down.



Sunday, June 24, 2012

Nice Set!!!

A card shop that I had gone to had a couple of extra sets of these kicking around. They were freebies in apart of a Topps redemption promo. Due to the fact they got double orders on it, they had extras to hand away. I ended up with 2 of the sets. They are absolutely beautiful with the Chrome refractor look! It's a nine card set mixed of retirees and vets.