Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Auction Full Of Unopened Boxes......

Living in an area where the hobby is non-existent can be both positive and negative. The negative being you have nobody to discuss the hobby with or any place to find cards. The positive being you can land some wicked deals when you do find cards and today's post I did just that....

For about three weeks I waited for what I called "THE AUCTION". The walk-thru preview was so massive I knew I had to go, but I also knew that with my budget I would be limited in what I got. There was just so much that I knew I wouldn't be taking it all home and would have to turn a cold shoulder on some.

There was a variety of stuff from completed sets to unopened packs to a few singles. Some of the eye catchers were 1985,1989,1990 and 1993 Topps Completed sets, but they were something I really didn't need. Then there was the drool-worthy TON of unopened wax from 92-99 from three major sports with big names such as Trophy Contenders, Fleer, Upper Deck, Collectors Edge and Topps. Those were something on the other hand that really caught my eye. I can't even begin to list all of them but my main targets were anything 95 and newer since I had so much of the older 90's.

So the day of the auction came and other than having not much spending money, the hardest thing for me was the FOUR HOURS I waited to bid on the specific items I had wanted. The cards. I had started to wonder if they were going to even auction them off with all of the junk they dug out. But, after much patience, I landed everything I had hoped for other than a box of 1998 Topps Football that just slipped by.

Here is my score...

Broken down even more...
And here it is literally broken down. All 10 sweet boxes of it.
  • 1995-1996 Topps Basketball x 2
  • 1997-1998 Upper Deck Series 1 basketball
  • 1997-1998 Topps Series 2 Basketball x 2
  • 1996 Stadium Club Football
  • 1995 Fleer Ultra Football
  • 1995 Fleer Football
  • 1996 Playoff Trophy Contenders Football
  • 1999 Topps Series 2 Baseball
I won't tell you what I paid for the lot. Instead I thought it would be fun for you guys to guess it. You will find out what I paid for each when I do my Breakin Wax breaks of them.

So in comments, for fun, I want to know what you think I paid for these and what YOU would have paid for them. I am very curious by your answers just comment away!

Friday, June 12, 2015

90's Flashback:1993 Fleer Ultra Jerome Bettis (RC)

"The Bus" was always entertaining to watch. Especially later in his career for the Steelers. The guy could plow over just about anyone including some Seahawks that helped lead the Steelers to a Super Bowl victory before he retired. There are not many running backs like him and not any in today's game that I can see.

Glad that I found his rookie amongst a stack that I picked up a few months ago. I like the Fleer photography as well.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

WIN This Upper Deck USA Football Auto!

  • This contest will end Wednesday, June 17th 2015 at 11:59 pm e.t.
  • To enter, please leave a comment on this post.
  • You can enter once per day. You may win only having one entry, but if you have more, the better chances you will have.
  • The winner will be selected at random and announced in comments. Please check back in! Last three of four contests held on here the prize went UNCLAIMED!
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, email me your address to so I can ship this card out. The card will be shipped in a PWE
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  • Due to increasing shipping costs, this contest will be for U.S. Residents ONLY or for any residents with a U.S. Shipping address. This means if you live out of country but have a U.S. shipping address you can enter. I am truly sorry about this! I feel awful but I don't want to pay more in shipping than what the card is worth. I do hold random contests for those outside the country for redemption codes or Panini Point cards, but I haven't pulled any recently.
  • Failure to follow any of these rules you will be asked to forfeit the card(s). 

  • Please continue to spread the word. The more entries, the better chance I continue giving stuff away. The prizes will change weekly from baseball to hockey to non-sport. Also some weeks could be team/player lots, inserts, or jersey or autographed cards depending on what I have to give.
  • Last week we reached a total of 49 entries. Let's outdo that!

Have You Ever Seen One Of These From Topps?

I am back at it again with a new post from the lot I bought off my former teacher's son. Today's post is based around a unique find I never knew existed....a remake of a 1989 Topps Traded Ken Griffey Jr card made out of porcelain.

Since I had found the card I did a little research to see what I could find out about it. For one, they are pretty much worthless. But to me, it's pretty stinkin cool and isn't about the value. Two, they were produced back in the early 90's by R&N China that had acquired a license with Topps to produce porcelain versions of many of Topps' iconic cards from the previous 50 years. Three, those iconic cards would be spread out over many years and many series and players. From what I understand this Griffey is from 1993 and the Series, "Tomorrow Hall of Famers".

Here is what the outside of the box looks like it came in. I was surprised how great the condition the outside of the box was. Seems her son or someone had also picked it up at a reasonable price.

Here is what lies within the box. A wooden stand, the official Limited Edition certificate and card at the bottom.

Here is what the porcelain card looks like..

The back and limited edition number.

And the card set up on it's display.
 The overall item is pretty sweet, the stand is a little cheesy, so I will probably keep mine stored within the box or find a solid toploader to protect it in. Either way, a unique addition to my #MissionGriffey collection.

So what are your thoughts on this find? Have you seen one before? Do you own one and who? Do you have more info then I do on these? Let me hear your thoughts!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

THIS vs THAT Battle 4

Time for Part 4! In Part 3, Topps Fire burned down Stadium Club taking the victory and ending the streak at 2. Can Topps Fire take down the mighty Flair of the 90's?  Who will win is ALL UP TO YOU!!

So here is the lowdown on this NEW fun card game!

I thought it would be fun to do a BATTLE OF THE..... CAAAAAAAAARDS (picture a deep voice and drawn out ending). If any of you watch SportsCenter, you would know they have a segment called the Best Of The Best where they pin two of the best plays against one another. One play may have been from previous days in a row against a new one. The goal is to narrow down the best. Well, I want to do a Best Of The Best card version but mine is called This vs That.

Here is how this is going to work.

  1. I will put a post up such as this one and you will have one week to vote on one card or the other by telling me in comments which one you like more. 
  2. There will be one card from the 90's, one card from the 2000's. 
  3. There will be a variety of sports versing one another. This contest isn't to pin sport vs sport. 
  4. Voting is based upon the OVERALL card and looking at things such as design, creativity, photography and eye appeal. Don't judge a card because it's an autograph or jersey card vs a base card. This "contest" is to see which card is OVERALL better and not just because it's signed or has someone's memorabilia. Same goes for the inserts vs the base. I will try my best to make them the fairest I see possible.
  5. After a week of voting, the card with the most votes moves on to face another card. 
  6. A card that loses cannot be brought back nor can its design.Example is if I use the 1993-1994 Stadium Club hockey card design, I cannot use the 1994 Stadium Club football card design later on as they are most likely the same thing. The designs on the cards must be different.
  7. I will keep a tally on which cards have won and how many times they have won at the top of the next weeks post.
I am not sure when I will end the overall "contest", maybe by the end of the year, let's see how many voters show up first. But, the goal is to see which card ends up being the best and which era gets more wins.

Now let's move onto the next round of This vs That!

90's vs 2000's
90's 2 Wins
2000's 1 Wins

1993-1994 Stadium Club First Day Issue        2
2014 Topps Fire                                                  1

1994 Flair



2014 Topps Fire
Put your vote in below in comments on which card you like best, OVERALL.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Breakin Wax:1995 Pacific Prism I Football 10-Pack Break

What amazes me is how long ago it was when I opened some of these retro packs. 1995, 20 years, what?! I felt like I just ripped into one of these just yesterday. Well, it literally was just one and definitely wasn't yesterday. But, when the opportunity arose to open up more than one and give it another go, I couldn't say no.

You must be wondering why I only opened one that many years ago. Well, I was shopping and came across a pack down the towel aisle. Yes, sounds strange, but that's where I found it. It was not only out of place, but when I picked it up I wanted it and possibly more so I checked the card aisle and found it was the only pack. Also sadly, this wasn't not only the only pack, but it had already been open. Luckily for me, the card was still inside and the player, a Joey Galloway rookie, was enough for me to buy it. At that time the book value for the Galloway was $10 so it was worth it in my mind.

So let's fast-forward to now where the packs came sealed and came with more than one.

In every pack of 1995 Pacific Prism football, came one card. Packs now run just under $2. At the time I bought mine I believe they ran around $5. You could say this was a high-end product in the 90's.

The base card designs looked spectacular. It was a split view card with an up close pic of the player on one side and the action shot of that player on the other. The cards were printed on rainbow foil line-embossed card stock. They look spectacular in person.

Back Of The Card

Here are some of the other players I got. Was a bit disappointed to get a double, but a couple of nice player hauls in Marcus Allen, Elvis Grbac and a rookie of Michael Westbrook not to mention the Seau above.

Also in the packs were these cards. Probably just fillers, but I kept 'em!

Overall, I liked the break. Nothing too huge for hits, but the reminiscing and the great colorful cards brought joy enough to me and that's all that matters.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Breakin Wax:2014 Sage Hit Low Series Blaster

When you are checking out the card aisle at Walmart and find a markdown box at $12 with three autographs in it, how do you keep on walking? I stopped in my tracks and grabbed it.

Now, the Low Series didn't have my boy Odell, but it did have enough on the checklist worthy of a buy especially with the strong 2014 rookie class.

If you missed the first time I broke one of these, well, here is what a base card looks like as a refresher.

Now onto the autograph hits. Once again I didn't hit it too big with Sage Hit, but still can't argue with the price.

Overall, a lot of base cards and low end autographs but can't go wrong with the price and having extra base card rookies. I must reiterate however that every time I open one of these I wished that Sage had packed the autographs in the packs as opening up a lot of packs of base is not very exciting.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

1997 Upper Deck Collectors Choice Football Factory Set

Awhile back, I posted an ARTICLE that mentioned how one of my former teachers contacted me and asked if I was interested in some of her son's cards and no doubt I was.Yesterday, I showed off a few more and today I am breaking down a set that I found in the lot. But believe me, there is still plenty more to show! I am just taking my sweet time.

Now onto today's post.

Collectors Choice. I will just come out and say what you and I are already thinking, boy do we miss it. In today's market options, there isn't a fun product for kids like Collector's Choice once was. A product that combined fun photography, stickers, shiny inserts, deep checklist, and most importantly a great price point.

This is a product ideal for all children to get interested in the hobby with and even one us adult collectors could appreciate the goodness of. I know breaking down this set brought me back. It also brought back the fury of Upper Deck not having an NFL license anymore, but we can save that topic for another day or a few.

Each set of 1997 Upper Deck Collectors Choice comes with 330 cards including 20 cards from the insert set, Turf Champions. You can find these sets under $10 unsealed or under $25 sealed.

Even with this being a very low end brand, Upper Deck as always never disappointed with the photography. This is just card #1 in the set.

Even the back has better photography than most of today's cards

After the base cards in the set, you find the rookies and 1997 wasn't too shabby with those. You can find big names like Corey Dillion, Warrick Dunn, and Jake Plummer.

After the rookies was the checklists. That's right, remember when Checklists in a product were a thing? Made it much easier to see who you were missing in your set and gave you an extra card of your favorite player.

One of the next parts of the set were the Names Of The Game subset. Obviously it was made up of...well....names of the game.

And as the outside of the box stated, there were 20 "Turf Champions" inserts. These two were my favorite....

Must say I like the design as well! A mostly wide-open approach with good photography and a touch of foil. Nice for a low-end brand.

I think this was just another great find within the lot I bought. A great looking set, good rookie cards and some bonus inserts. You also gotta throw in the 90's appeal to me and you have a definite winner for sure.