Saturday, August 8, 2015

NETted Some Goods:Trade With JBF Blog

For the third time, I pulled off another trade with Jaybarkerfans Junk blog who was hosting a trade-a-thon where he was trading stuff in return for mail days to open on his vacation. A concept I had never thought of. Can you imagine spending the week busting open packages????? Boo yah!

Before I continue on with this post, in case you missed my first two epic trades with him, here they are:

AWESOME Trade With Jaybarkerfan's Blog

Incredible Upper Deck Trade Mail Day From JBF

This trade filled a few more wants in my collection. Not particularly ones off my Want List, but ones I have had my eye on.

Like one of these. I have always wanted one, I didn't care which team, I just thought they looked cool. They were even cooler in person and very heavy.

This caught my eye. It's unique and something the hobby has only seen once. Not to mention how often do you see jeans being used as a relic???!!

Then came the big nets. Net Fusion cards from two different brands but of both Indians Manny Ramirez and 

Roberto Alomar.
I think the Net Fusions are pretty awesome and these are the first baseball ones I have.

Overall, a pretty solid mail day. I am already looking forward to the next as we worked out yet another deal so stay tuned for that post. There are some pretty cool things on the way!

Thanks again to Jaybarkerfans Junk blog for the great trade. If you haven't yet, go check out his blog as he has been in the blogging circuit for awhile now.


WHAT'S IN THE BOX??!!!! I yelled, well, quietly yelled to myself making a movie reference from the ending of Seven. Cause honestly like Brad Pitt, I had no idea what was inside this shoe box.

So cautiously hoping not to find a head, I opened the box and found many scrap papers, trash and some hobby items. Yes, buried within this box were some hobby items I had forgotten about. So for fun, I thought I would come up with a new segment to show you what I found.

The fourth hobby item I found in the box was this 2002 Upper Deck Sweet Spot NFL Player Patch Collection card of the great Randy Moss. These were inserted as over-sized box toppers in 2002 Sweet Spot. I was fortunate with pulling a good player out of the 50 in the set.

This is similar to today's manufactured relics, except back then they were called Souvenir patches. I think it looks really cool. Sometimes I don't mind pulling these if they are done right but overall I prefer something game used.

Thoughts on this card and other manufactured relics? Are you a fan? Yay? Nay? Let me hear it!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Breakin Wax:1995 Zenith Baseball Box (Project Pedro Mail Day Part 2)

Yesterday I posted the first half of my mail day from Shane over at Project Pedro Blog showcasing the Griffey trade portion of my mail day, up today, is my contest win portion of it.

One of his Cheap Wax Wednesday segments asked readers to RT his post on Twitter for a chance to win a Cheap Wax Wednesday box of your choice. Well, sadly only 7 participated and lucky me that the random actually fell my way.

My choice was a 1995 Zenith Baseball box. I have always been a huge fan of Zenith and wished it still existed in today's hobby. But, I guess that is a decision that Panini will have to make.

Let's see how this break went.

In every box of 1995 Zenith baseball are 24 packs with 6 cards per pack and a price point depending on where you buy, between $30-$40 per box. You will find one "rookie" on average per pack.

I love the layout that Zenith always had when you opened a box. So pretty.

Speaking of pretty, I really like their base cards. They have a high end feel to them. The 1995 design wasn't their best, but it still was nice. Also, speaking of nice, welcome home Griffey #566.

Speaking of rookies, here is the high kicking rookie card of Hideo Nomo. I also pulled a Jeter like this as well except Jeter's isn't a true rookie. I like this design.

The subsets looked nice as well. This one is all in another language though I noticed they used the same photo. Naughty lol.

This was a sharp looking card as well. Congrats Eddie!

Now onto my inserts. I didn't pull a Z-Team like I had hoped, 1:72 odds doesn't make them easy, but I pulled a few cools ones. Here are the All-Star Salutes that fall 1:6 packs. Gwynn was a nice find.

And on average you will find one of these Rookie Roll Calls per box with odds of 1:24. I wished I had pulled the valuable Jeter version but instead got one of the worse. However, the design is spectacular with the glistening with dufex!
Overall, not the best break in terms of value. But, unlike a lot of collectors, I don't care as much about value as I do having fun. So, I would put this a 10 in terms of fun on a scale of 1-10. If I get the opportunity again, I would love to open another and some of the other years as well.
One, what are your thoughts on Zenith? Are you a fan?

Two, Have you checked out Project Pedro Blog?

90's Flashback:1999-2000 Upper Deck Century Legends Jaromir Jagr

Upper Deck pounded out a ton of excellent products as we headed into the 2000's. One of the most popular was Upper Deck Legends/Century Legends. The product packed fun inserts and top notch autographs.

I acquired this card from my father when we did a trade last spring.

I like the design, but gotta say that Jaromir doesn't appear to. Look at that face!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Project Pedro Mail Day Part 1: #MissionGriffey

For a few weeks, me and my buddy Shane over at Project Pedro Blog have been working on a trade deal. We finally came to a deal and he was able to get a few things for his collection and I was able to add some more Griffey's to mine. Also being the great guy he is, he also added some bonuses in as well.

In this post we take a look at the trade end of my mail day from him. I also have a Contest win from his blog which will be posted tomorrow.

So hold on some new Griffeys to show!

First up, I will show off the bonuses. He threw in this '85 Donruss Oversized card of Winfield. It's something new for the Yanks PC!

Then a sweet 1997 Topps Screenplays Tins set!

Speaking of the tins, there was also the missing Premium Tin and Card I was missing.

Card inside

Now onto more Griffey's! Love the Summitt one!

Circa is the BOSS! Some fun Fun Pak cards as well.

More fun!

I really like the Emotion base card. Very cool. Upper Deck Ovation was a nice add as well showcasing that amazing swing.

Pinnacle Mint takes the stage here and closes out the Griffey part of my mail day.
I believe that 19/22 are new which brings my new Griffey total up to 565 different ones.

And to finish out the trade mail day overall, some Jeter. Can't go wrong when Jeter is found.

Overall, a great mail day. I am looking forward to my next trade with Shane as I know he has more Griffeys I need. If you haven't checked out this blog yet or added it to your read list, please do. It's Project Pedro Blog.

Stay tuned for the second half of my mail day from him which is a prize I won from his Cheap Wax Wednesday segment, a box of 1995 Zentih Baseball.

Throwback CARDSday:1976 Topps Chris Fletcher

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Breakin Wax:1997-1998 Topps Basketball Series 2 2-Box Break (2 HITS 1:144)

Yesterday I showed you a break that didn't turn out as well as I thought it would have. So next up in my auction lot Breakin Wax was a bit of a surprise. One thing you gotta love about buying basketball in the 90's was finding MJ. If you found any insert of his you know you were getting your money back.

So did I get any MJ's in this break? Well, as you have heard a million times on here...READ ON!

In every box of 1997-1998 Topps Basketball Series 2 are 36 packs with 11 cards per pack. There is a mixture of rookies and vets in every pack and the occasional insert.

The base cards had a simple design and some pretty impressive photography. Just look at this Jordan shot.

Back of the base card

Even the Rookie Cards have good photography. My only issue with it was not having the rookie logo. I had to check the back of every base card I pulled to see if they were rookies or not.

Minted In Springfield parallels. They fall1:9 packs. I pulled the four per box as they should fall.

New School inserts fall 1:36 or one per box. I got McGrady which isn't at all a bad find.

Inside Stuff inserts fall 1:36, one per box as well. Best I got was Shawn Kemp.

Destiny is pretty cool. The words pop off the card like braille.These fall 1:36 but I only pulled one in two boxes.

Topps 40.These fall 1:12. I got some decent players including 2 Shaqs.

And now for the bigger hits of my box. Box number one came with 2 Generations inserts. One was a base, 1:36, of Stockton and the second was a Shareef Abdur-Rahim refractor version that falls at 1:144!! Toughest pull of the product.

Box number two was as similar as box one. One was a base, 1:36, of Mourning and the second was a Stockton refractor version that falls at 1:144!! Once again, the toughest pull of the product.
Overall, I felt great about this purchase. Great inserts, tough pulls and competed three base sets and brought in 5 Duncan rookies. Lot's to brag about here.

Now for the breakdown. I took the inserts, star players and rookies and got a rough Beckett Book Value for it:

Here is what I paid: $8 for both boxes
Here is what I roughly got in Beckett Book Value from it:$120

These two boxes blew the rest so far out of the water!! However, I must say, the best is still to come!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Breakin Wax:2015 Prestige Football Hobby Box

Prestige is one of my yearly buys. I must get my hands onto some for the new rookie class. It's been a staple in my collecting for many years. So when 2015 released, it should come to no surprise that I needed a box.

Speaking of box, sorry for no box pic. I forgot to take one. So I will just give you the breakdown.

Every box of 2015 Panini Prestige football comes with 24 packs with 8 cards per pack. You will find three autographs and one jumbo patch card per box. Boxes fall around $85.

Every box also comes with a beautiful box topper, I got a great one to kick off my box.

The base cards in this years Prestige are a bit different. I felt they had more high gloss than usual and they have wide open photography other than the name. I like it.

Photos have been updated as well putting players who changed teams in the offseason in their new uni's. Another plus.

My best rookies of my break. You will find one rookie card per pack.

Variations this year are an improvement as well and I like how Panini did them. Instead of the usual left pose or right pose or draft day photos, these are easy to define. The rookie cards are college unis and the Sp variations have them in their NFL uni's. The variations on the other hand are much easier to pull as well falling at a rate of 1:6.

I pulled four Extra Point parallels including a Frank Gore numbered to 25.

It seems the staple inserts for Prestige got a facelift as well. I like the new designs.

Acetate makes a strong appearance again in this years product as well.

Some zazzy upgrades to Prestigious Picks and I like the Super Bowl heroes etched ones as well.

Now onto my hits. Nothing big, which is my usual luck, but some much needed ink to my 2015 rookie collection. These two are Extra Point auto parallels. The Lockett is numbered.

I think this is my favorite pull of the box. Really like the addition of these rookie patch cards and they look nice.
Overall, a great update to the product, I just didn't feel like I had the best break. But, that doesn't mean I wouldn't suggest trying a box because there are some great pulls to be had. I just hope your luck is better than mine :)