Friday, May 31, 2013

Review: Bowman Baseball 2013

Being a rookie card collector and with Topps having the only MLB rookie cards, I had to take a dive. Especially with Bowman that is loaded with them. As the box states, its truly the home of the rookie (prospect) cards.

Here are my thoughts on this product. Let me know what you think in comments!

Box Break Down:
  • 24 Packs Per Box, 10 Cards Per Pack
  • Look for One Autograph Card Per Box!
  • One Silver Ice Parallel Per Box!
  • $65 per HOBBY box


BASE CARDS: I will call them the usual Bowman look. Meaning a wrap around border sometimes white sometimes black and the photography in the middle. I do wish they would lessen the border and show more photography, but this isn't one of the worst ones I have seen. The prospect borders are a little too thick. They should have stuck with the base card one. I do wish they did more of the Stadium Club type of design with little border and great action photography.

Above, take note, that I also included the State/Hometown parallel and compared it to its base. If you are not paying attention to the cards when you sort you might not even notice you have one. I almost passed right by this one. I think a different color to the card itself, maybe a silver cardboard will help stand these out more.

INSERTS:  A huge upside to this product is the rest of the inserts. Especially if you are a chromie like myself. You find refractors of multiple colors (only plain in this box), colored parallels, Silver Ice parallels (I really like these) among prospect inserts. I was totally excited to see chrome refractor minis (Will Myers above) added to this product. They are called the Cream Of The Crop. I also like the Blue Sapphire reprint refractors as well and for some reason our pull of Tim Lincecum isn't shown. The one negative (not really too much of a negative) with the inserts is the gold parallels that fall one per pack. I would prefer a bonus rookie card or prospect card instead. They are just an boring insert and are worth as much as a base card.

The one thing I haven't figured out yet is if I will bother playing the prospect challenge or not. You can win prizes, but I don't usually fare well at those things.
AUTOGRAPHS: We hit an autograph refractor parallel numbered to 500. Have heard this guy might have a chance in the majors someday so hopefully by sitting on this card he will be worth it. With so many prospects in this product you never know who you are going to land. So not every break will have a shining star in it.
JERSEY/PATCH CARDS: N/A In this break. They can be found at very hard odds.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: With this being rookie loaded, insert and parallels at a decent rate and one prospect auto..I think this is a decent price for the product and would probably recommend it. Even if you don't hit it big with a Buxton still might be sitting on an MLB star. Other than the base cards, the gold parallels, the final negative was the fact I didn't hit a Buxton prospect card of any sort. That was disappointing. But overall, give it a try and let us know how you do!

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. Ratings based on a 1-5. 1 Being the lowest and 5 being the highest.
                Packaging: 4
                Base Design: 2.5
                Insert Design: 4
                Memorablila/Autographs: 4
                Blaster, Hobby Box, or Pack Value: 4

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Rack Pack Break: Panini Past And Present Basketball 2012-2013

I loved last years Past and Present product and with this years product loaded with rookies it was very tempting. However, can't say I was overly impressed with a rack pack breakdown. Was happy to get 8 rookie cards, but no big names. Didn't hit a single insert either. I would have liked to seen an insert or two. Maybe one big name rookie. I am sure with the 8 rookies I got my $5 worth. But wanted more.

Let me know your thoughts on this break and if you have given this product a try yet.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

FANdom Card Of The Day: 2012 Prestige League Leaders Materials #4 Tony Romo/Matt Ryan

2012 Prestige League Leaders Materials #4 Tony Romo/Matt Ryan 232/249

Thanks to Jammin JDcards for providing us with the FANdom Card Of The Day. If you have a FANdom Card Of The Day you would like to share. Just email us at and tell us what your card is and send us a pic.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rookies And Stars Coming Back for 15th Season

For the past 14 years, Rookies and Stars has been out on the market and this year it makes another solid return in late August.

2013 Rookies & Stars Football Foster
Each hobby box  will have eight cards per pack and 24 packs per box. Each hobby box will pack out four autograph or memorabilia cards (at least two autographs guaranteed), 24 Rookie Cards, six parallels, two Statistical Standouts, two Touchdown Club, two Game Plan, two Crusade and two additional inserts or parallels.

 2013 Rookies & Stars Football Rodgers  
The absence of the Crusade insert makes its stunning return. I think the design looks great and will be one of those late 90's reminders of how great inserts looked back then.

2013 Rookies & Stars Football Geno  

This years rookie design is different then past years that had a manufactured patch signed. This should greatly improve an already great product. But I know a lot complained about the manu patches. Not me, I actually like them. But this should cut down on those complaints. The only problem I had with the manu patch was sometimes the autographs would run.

Let us know your thoughts on Rookies And Stars 2013!

Panini Bringing Back Cooperstown for 2013

Panini is heading back to Cooperston in mid August with its release of Cooperstown baseball 2013.

2013 Cooperstown Baseball Jackie Robinson 
In this years product, each hobby box has 24-packs and should deliver one on-card autograph, two Cooperstown Lumberjack wood cards, six Green Cracked Ice, one Gold Cracked Ice , three Blue Cracked Ice, two Red Cracked Ice, two Base SPs, 24 Colgan’s Disks, four Historic Tickets, three Museum Pieces and one 5 by 7 Cooperstown Lumberjacks Die Cut or Pennant box-topper.

2013 Cooperstown Ripken 

2013 Cooperstown Baseball Ty Cobb

I think from the early stages of this product it sounds like a good sequel to last years hit. I like the fact there are many Cracked Ice variations in the product. That was a great addition to a lot of their products this year and will be to this one as well.

Let me know your thoughts on this years Cooperstown and last years if you tried it.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Tips On Collecting: Everything Else Card Sorting And Finale Notes

Bloggers Note: This is a bonus edition of a series of 4 Tips On Collecting Sorting edition. So technically it makes 5. Now remember, this is how I sort my cards. These tips are to give you some ideas on what you may want to do with your own collection and not what you have to do. Since I don't sell any cards and keep what I get, there is a lot to sort and this is how I break it all down.

It starts with a pack or two of NASCAR, Soccer, MMA, Wrestling, Golf, NASCAR, Big Bang Theory or many others. This is how I would break down all of them. These are on and off collections so these won't break down as much as the 4 main sports I collect.

For Non Sport Cards, for the most part they just go straight into a white box by number depending on what they are. The only exception is the Big Bang Theory. Those go into a binder. I love that show and obviously treasure the cards so they have a special place. If I happen to pull any hit, I put those into a top loader than into a tote of its own.

For MMA and wrestling, those actually go into a small binder by themselves. A lot of MMA cards have glimmer and shine and I think those look outstanding in a binder. So for me, those get a binder to themselves. The hits I get from these, meaning gear or autographs get placed into penny sleeves and top loaders or the 25 count boxes.

Golf, I take out the rookies, inserts and Tiger Woods and those get put into a binder. The rest I put by number into a white box along with the other sports. Soccer, i just take out the inserts and the rookies and put them into a binder with Golf. And the rest of them get put into a white box along with the other sports.

And finally for NASCAR, I take out the inserts and hits meaning material or autographs get placed into penny sleeves and top loaders or the 25 count boxes while placing the inserts into a binder of their own. The one thing I like about NASCAR cards is that Press Pass does great things with their innovations for the cards. So after the hits are taken out, I take all of the inserts and put them into a binder by themselves. The remaining cards get placed by number into the white boxes along with the other sports.

I also take all duplications out from these except for the rookies. The duplications I use at my yard sales for cheap to keep the hobby alive and the double inserts and some of the other stuff I use for giveaways on here.

All of these sports are on and off. I always have a place for cards and if I get the hankering to try a sport or product I will proceed with it (as long as the funds are there to do so) There are other odds and ends I collect as well but these ones stand out the most to talk about. My expansion into a more complete sorting of these sports may happen in the future once I get more so its a ways down as my focus will be on hockey first. But with these I might be pulling out more of the star players could be a possibility.

I also hope you have enjoyed this 5 part series (though marked 4) on sorting. I hope some of my sorting techniques helped you decide on a way you might want to organize your collection. Here are the other 4 parts if you missed them:





Also, one of the things I didn't post about is at one time we used to keep all of our Jersey cards and Autograph cards on a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet. When I was doing that, I would type up what year, brand, player, card, number, and value. Then use Beckett every other month to progress the cards value up or down. After awhile of back-stocking a lot of jersey and auto cards and not getting it typed up we saw that time was against us so we quit this part of sorting.

Also, having to search for something isn't always a bad thing. All of our autograph and jersey card totes are marked by sport and its sometimes fun to make a travel into them to search for something you are looking for. You never know who you will find.

Let us know what other Tips On Collecting you would like to read about in comments below and let us know how you sort the cards we discussed above for everything else sorting.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Tips On Collecting: Hockey Card Sorting

Bloggers Note: This is the fourth of a series of 4 Tips On Collecting Sorting edition. Now remember, this is how I sort my cards. These tips are to give you some ideas on what you may want to do with your own collection and not what you have to do. Since I don't sell any cards and keep what I get, there is a lot to sort and this is how I break it all down.

It all starts with a pack or two of hockey cards. After opening them up, you may ask, what do I do with them now? Some of you may toss the base cards in the trash or off to the side. Then you may take out your PC stuff and then the rest is for sale. As for how I would sort these, this isn't how I would do it.

Now, my form of sorting is a little time consuming. But I am very well organized. Here is how I would sort the hockey cards:

After opening up hockey cards, I know there is a long road to sorting. But not as long as the other two sports I collect more of. hockey is an occasional sport for me. It all depends on the rookie class whether I buy in or not. Or the product. First I search for rookies and rookie inserts and those make up Pile One. I then take out the remaining inserts or hits for Piles 2 and 3  is if there is a jersey or auto hits. Pile 4 will consist of Wayne Gretzkys. And that leaves pile 5, which are base cards. There is even a Pile 6 but that will come later on.

Now with Pile 1, I actually use a binder marked Hockey Rookies right on the cover. I put them all together in the same album inserts and all. (my future project is to get all of them organized by team)

Pile 2,All of the inserts, unless Wayne Gretzky, get placed into a binder. If they are valued at $20 or above, they get placed into penny sleeves, then top loaders, then into a tote marked inserts.

Pile 3, jersey or thick cards are placed into a 50-100 count plastic box. If I happen to have a 25 count box, perfect size for jersey cards without damaging them, I use that so they are all in their own cases. The autographs I place into penny sleeves then into top loaders and into a separate tote.

Pile 4 are just Wayne Gretzky's. I don't have many but he gets put into a very small binder. At some point I hope to expand my hockey stars folder and do what I do with the other sports. I used to be a huge hockey card collector then backed off a little. Recently I have added a few more hockey cards to my collection so maybe as time goes on I will get them sorted more and pull stars out like Sidney Crosby, Taylor Hall, Alex Ovechkin and others. Thats another future project. I would like to expand in this area.

Pile 5 can be the most time consuming of all. I take all of the base cards, sort them by number. I then place them into 800 count white boxes. I label them by brand and year. The outside of the box I put a number depending on what box I am on but for an example 7. I then take the number 7, write it into a book. And write the contents inside for easy searching. Depending on how many I have of each product, every box holds between 6-7 different brands.

And finally this leaves us with Pile 6, which is the duplications. The inserts I use for giveaways on here among other cards :) The double base cards and star players I use to build the Yard Sale boxes I spoke of on here a couple of times.

Now this seems like a lot of work and yes it is. So don't ever fall too far behind on sorting. But I find this sorting really efficient and easy to find stuff you need or are looking for.

Let me know your thoughts on this crazy sorting. And how you sort your hockey cards.