Saturday, December 6, 2014


Another post in our series Hobby Topics. This is not so much a post for us to comment about or give our opinions on, this is your chance to let your voice be heard on a variety of topics in the hobby. We are leaving the floor open to you! So comment away! But please no language and keep your answer clean as we do have a younger following as well.

Today's Topic: When did you start collecting? What got you into collecting? Did you leave the hobby at any point? What are your thoughts on today's hobby compared to when you first got started?

Let's hear your thoughts!

Friday, December 5, 2014

That 90's Card: 1993-1994 Topps Stadium Club John Williams

One of the nicer photographed set of the 90's was Topps Stadium Club. Topps did an amazing job capturing moments during games for MLB, NFL and this one for the NBA. The product also used a very clean design with its borderless photography.

I chose this card today, I am sure it's one of many Stadium Club ones I will post, because it's from my Knicks PC. The photograph used on it is pretty cool as well because it made me think back to the Knicks/Bulls rival days when Jordan would come to the Garden and always found a way to win. Funny thing is I couldn't stand MJ in the 90's because of that, but now I am a fan.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

What's In The Mail Box? @dpalagi518 Contest Mail Day!

I recently won a contest on Twitter from one of the hobby good guys, @dpalagi518.

Here is the prize that arrived today. I must note before you continue on reading that there were also six 1993 Upper Deck Ted Williams Best Hitters cards as well. For some reason, my camera decided that they looked best with a pink tint on them. I decided my camera needs to be replaced and didn't post the pics :)

Here are some sweet adds. Someone pays close attention to my posts and Tweets about my passion of 90's cards and Chrome. Especially refractors!

Then some sweet 1990's packs...did I won't know til January :) But, I am pretty stoked about these!

A nice autograph...

And I love this addition. This is only my second National Treasures card and I am a big fan of jersey swatches that aren't just from a regular NFL game.
Overall, some nice additions so a big thank you is deserved.

Thanks again @dpalagi518 for the mail day and I recommend you giving him a follow on Twitter if you haven't yet.

As always, thoughts on my mail days are always welcomed!


This is a fun card...let's put a caption on it!

Here is my caption:


There's my caption, let's hear yours! Keep it clean and no language please!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

What's In The Mail Box? Trade Day! 2 BASEBALL HOFer Rookies and MORE!

Once again, it's time for another tremendous Tim Yount mail day! This time Tim and I pulled off a great trade.

This is what he sent me stacked in a plastic box. I can't even begin to express to you the amazing stuff that was hidden in here and it will be awhile before I share the rest of it. A lot of 90's insert madness within! Wait to view it on the blog in January!

In the meantime, I will share some of the mail day with you. First off, here are some sweet early '00's inserts:

Then a new Jeter add, a SICK Yogi Berra and a couple more early 00's inserts.

A couple more great insert adds...

And here comes the BOOM SAUCE (before reading on note that the cards are not actually that bad centered, that's my horrible cropping from the pictures I took haha)...Cal Ripken Jr rookie!

Then a Robin Yount 75 Topps rookie!
Overall, an awesome mail day! Two rookies I really needed for my PC, tons of 90's inserts and other great PC additions. I can't wait to share the rest!

Thanks again goes out to Tim for yet another incredible mail day. Can't wait to exchange with you again!

The Card Bin: What Did I Find This Time?

I really enjoyed doing this post over at The Card Bin blog and I wasn't just going to leave you all hanging with it. So without further ado, another post from The Card Bin, which is what I call this this tote right here:

I think most of us collectors have that one place we store all of our extra cards that are not PC related. This is where I stick mine. I also use this as a once-in-awhile dig through to bring back memories or for a just for fun experience. I will start posting cards from this bin to show you what's hiding in there. I honestly have no idea what is in there, I only know its autographs and memorabilia cards from the past 14 years. So this should be fun for both you and I!

Onto today's find:
2003 Fleer Platinum Platinum Portraits Jersey Card Mike Piazza
Thoughts on today's find are welcomed!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

What's In The Mail Box? TRADE MAIL!

In the last few weeks I have been working on a trade with a new trading partner on Twitter in @badbrad1987.

We finally came to an agreement on a trade and sent each other the goods. On his end he knew exactly what he was getting, on my end, I didn't really. I knew the main three card focus, but as for the rest, I left that up to him to put together. I was really happy with the results!

I opened up the package and this was the first thing I found. An unopened pack of these:

I hadn't decided if I was opening yet or not...the temptation of seeing an unopened pack can sometimes be overwhelming.

Next was this nice lot of Giants including Beckham! I don't have many of his cards so adding any, especially one I don't have is awesome! I also seem to have a bit of a crush on Topps Valor. The Eli add is great.

 Some Yankees adds including a Jeter!

Another Giants add in Andre Williams I didn't have and an AWESOME Jose Abreu Bowman Chrome card! Been wanting that one!!

More Flair set adds!

Some really nice Yankees insert adds. Love anything chrome and refractored, the A-Rod was one of my favorite Panini inserts (I wish they would do them in football as well) and another Jeter add. This time a refractor.

And if anyone knows me and knows my posts on this blog, when I get my hands onto 90's inserts, my Giants to boot, it causes a mini celebration.

Cool Eli Manning jersey card addition and a nice Valor jersey card of Andre Williams. Its the Discipline parallel numbered to 25. One negative thing I will say about it is the lack of jersey. LOOK AT THAT SWATCH!

And another nice NEW Randle PC add. Really hoping this guy is legit!
Overall, a great trade and trade partner. I will definitely go back again!

Also, I will put in a little extra shout out to him. If you are not following @badbrad1987 on Twitter, please do so. He is a great guy to discuss the hobby with and overall, he does giveaways and is a well trusted trader.

Thanks again Brad for the trade. I really enjoyed everything you sent. It will all look great in my PC!

Upper Deck NPN Mail Day: 2013 DUAL Goodwin Champions Mail Day

There is nothing better than getting a unexpected mail day and when that mail day is an Upper Deck NPN (no purchase necessary) mail day, you know it's going to be good. This particular one is from the 2013 Goodwin Champions! This is one of my favorite Upper Deck brands!

When getting this bubble mailer, I found it odd that it was so thick. Come to find out, instead of mailing just one NPN card, they mailed two! They both are great ones as well! Let me know your thoughts.

Have you ever received an Upper Deck NPN mail day? What's the best card you have gotten?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hobby Break 'Em: 2014 Panini Hot Rookies Football

Unexpected is what comes to mind when I first ordered this box of Hot Rookies from Steel City Collectibles. I kept seeing the complaints line up on Twitter on how awful this product was and how unimpressed they were by it. But, despite the hearsay, I wanted to give a box a go myself and boy am I glad I did. I have no idea what they were complaining about as this product was probably one of my favorites of the year up to this point.

Panini Hot Rookies 2014 has a interesting opening experience. First off there are 4 packs per box. Each pack has a different amount of cards and what type of cards are in it. Here is the breakdown:
  • 32 cards per pack #1
  • 10 cards per pack #2
  • 5 cards per pack #3
  • 3 cards per pack #4
Pack #1: Hot Rookies Base Cards
  • Pack #1 contains 32 cards from the extensive 330-card base set including 2 or 3 cards numbered to 99 or less in every pack
Pack #2: Rookies
  • Pack #2 contains10 rookies from the highly touted 2014 draft class including at least one rookie card numbered to 99 or less in every pack.
Pack #3: Inserts
  • Pack #3 has 5 inserts including one autographed memorabilia card.
Pack #4: Autographs
  • Pack #4 features 3 autographed cards
This not only made it fun being able to save the hits for last, but made me look forward to opening every pack.

Right now you can find most boxes of Hot Rookies priced under $55 which is a STEAL by my standards.

When I saw the previews for Hot Rookies that Panini gave way back in the summer, I was curious but at the same time concerned that they used the same design from Score.

The base cards in my box were all numbered, they aren't usually, meaning I got what was considered a HOT BOX or HOT PACK. Only pack 1 and 2 contain HOTNESS where the cards are all numbered and I think this box was extra hot with the amount of parallels I hit! These boxes fall one to two per case.

The rookie cards I pulled.

ODELL!! And a numbered Scorecard to 99.

Showcase parallel numbered to 79

Gold Zone parallel numbered to 50

Artist's Proof parallel numbered to 35. Absolutely loved these!

Red Zone parallel numbered to 20. Three great players as well.


Hot Rookies. I think it would have been fun to had included these as the rookie cards in the base set.

My autographs. Mack was a nice one!

My autographed memorabilia card.
Overall, I was shocked. 4 hits, many parallels including three numbered to 20 and a price tag of $54. Not to mention every card is beautiful. I would like someone to point out a better product and pull ratio for that price. This was also a hot box so I am curious to see what a regular box contains and you will see such a break in the future.

Panini Hot Rookies left me wanting more and it should to you as well..

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Nostalgic 90's Cards

I PC many things as you all know, and one of those many things is 90's cards. Now when I say 90's cards, I mainly mean from 95-99 but I also collect some of the older ones as well. Why do I collect them? The biggest is because of the nostalgia they bring. But, there are other reasons as well.

90's cards bring me much nostalgia. They make me remember a time where there were card shows, card shops and places that sold cards EVERYWHERE. They also make me think about collecting with my father as that was a big bonding experience between us. It makes me remember a time where I had friends and neighbors who like to collect. It makes me remember a time when buying a box of cards didn't mean throwing the base cards off to the side because they were too stinkin cool. They also make me think about a time where it wasn't about pulling the big "HITS" and more about pulling one sweet insert at tough odds. It makes me remember the variety there was on the shelves such as being able buy from 5 different companies with an NFL license and I could try each one.

Today's hobby is still fun, I just find the hobby back then was A LOT more fun and that's why I chase down and acquire these cards for the memories and for fun. Yes, those cards don't have much value. But, that's not why I collect. I don't collect for value. I don't collect for an investment. I don't rip and sell, I don't sell cards I win from contests, I don't sell at all. The hobby to me isn't about values, investments and selling, it's about having fun. Isn't that why we all do it? (Yes, I can see some of you shaking your heads in disagreement)

This year has been a big year for my 90's collection as I have been trying to fill in pieces I have lost over the years. Things are a lot cheaper to replace now than it would have been back then. I have also been picking up pieces I have always wanted and have done this mostly through trading but I have bought some too. Some of the key pieces I have picked up so far this year have been the 1996, 1997 Spx football sets, the 1997, 1998 Ex2000's sets, 1996 Spx Football autographs of Joe Montana and Dan Marino, and the 1998 Flair Showcase Football Row 3 set. I have also picked up some rookie and insert singles that I once had. There is still a LONG ways to go.

So to finish up this post, I thought it would be fun to take a quick trip down that 90's memory lane to give some of you nostaligia and show others that didn't collect in that era how great it was. This is another reason why I do That 90's Card posts.

Wow. Just wow. Just makes me smile seeing these again. The only thing that is missing from this post is a song from Hootie and the Blowfish. So I recommend you looking one up and listening to it as you gaze at this gallery because I am listening to one as I type it. For those of you who may not know who they are, Google will be a great resource and you will be glad you found them. Just like you would be glad to have some 90's cards in your collection if you don't yet.