Saturday, July 23, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Topps Factory Set Baseball Hobby Box

Set collecting.

There isn't as much of it around as there once was, but it still does exist in the hobby. I, myself, still collect and put together sets that catch my attention or are a challenge.

There are many ways to collect sets and no way is wrong.

One, you can build it yourself by buying pack after pack hoping to land that last card or two you need. (I have done this many, many times. The chase is what makes it fun)

Two, you can buy a hobby or retail box or two, then fill your set needs through trading/buying singles. (Done it that way too)

Three, you could simply cut to the chase and buy a complete set. (Have done this too if it's something I really need)

That's where today's review comes into play. This is a complete set of 2016 Topps Baseball with both Series 1 and 2.

In every hobby complete set box of 2016 Topps baseball, you get 700 cards and a bonus 5-card special "limited to these sets 'foil pattern' numbered card pack."  These cards are numbered to 177.
The cost of the sets run around $50.

Other than this hobby set version, there are also retail versions of this set that come with a 5 card pack of rookie variations and an All-Star version that comes with 5 card pack of All-Star cards.
But, today's is the hobby version so let's get to opening!

Once you open up your set, this appears:

The bonus pack is set to the back. My only problem with the set was the cards were not put in order which seemed a bit off to me. I like to have my sets all in order and now will have to number it by hand myself. Which for a set this big it can be a time consuming pain lol.

Before I tackle that project, I took out the cello pack. Here is what the cello pack looks like:

After busting the cello-pack, you get some really slick looking foilboard patterned parallel cards. I know I like what I see.

First one, as you saw already was Kurt Suzuki

Second one, Yasmany Tomas

Third one is a rookie of Ketel Marte,

Next up, Giovanny Urshela

And finally, Cleveland Indians Team Card.
Really sharp looking parallels and now I want more.
Overall, this is a solid buy in my opinion. And if I had to choose one of the versions, I would choose this one. Not that the rookie variations aren't tempting, but these I think will be worth more in the long run as they can be anyone from the 700-card checklist and are limited to just 177 for each card. So there is value to find in this $50 set.

Thanks to Topps for the set to review. You can check them out, HERE
Look for some of these parallels in a future contest. Can you say World Series.....

Thoughts on the set are welcomed below and thoughts & sharing of this review (leave your sharing link in comments) left may earn you some extra brownie points down the road....

The 90's Collection:1997 Finest Michael Strahan "Hitmen"

1997 Finest was broken into many parts/themes and into two series. There was Bronze, Silver and Gold base cards. Today's card is of Michael Strahan. It's the bronze base card with the theme Hitmen which covered a lot of defensive players who knew how to Hit.

I not only think the design is cool, but I still dig the non-peel on the card. I have never once peeled one off and if I have, it's only on the Mystery Finest.

Thoughts on today's card or the theme of Finest is welcomed in comments!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Kolten Wong 2016 Tier One Relic Winner!!

First off, thanks to everyone who entered the contest. There wasn't a big turnout but that just means you all had a 1:14 chance of winning the card.

Also, thanks for the feedback on your favorite segments. It seems Random Card On My Desk is the biggest hit followed by Reminiscing 90's and Hobby Topic.

Let's get to a winner now, shall we?

There were 14 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Jupiterhill
  2. @EEFFL
  4. Justin S
  5. Weelo Wheeland
  6. Tracy LeVeaux
  7. Bradley Defreitas
  8. Wilson
  9. michael wardrop
  10. Tim B
  11. Adam Kaningher
  12. Nick Frank
  13. defgav
  14. Scott N.
Timestamp: 2016-07-22 10:10:11 UTC
You have randomized this list 7 times.

Congrats to Jupiterhill on the contest win! Please email your addy to and claim within 48 hours or it will be re-given away...again. Please also give a shout out to Topps when you receive the card.

More contests ahead!

Random Card On My Desk:2015 Upper Deck Industry Summit Autograph Georges St-Pierre

Brand:Upper Deck
Card Type:Autograph
Card Numbered:21/45
Sorting: Will be placed in a Toploader

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Nuttin But The Hits:2015 Certified Football Hobby Box (Nice Box)

2015 Certified wronged me the first time as I hit a really poor box, this time however, it treated me much better.

There are 10 packs per box of Certified and boxes are still running roughly $70. There are 4 hits per box and some colorful parallel treats sprinkled in as well.
Some numbered parallels here. Hit some solid players too.

Inserts with Mariota and a numbered Fitz.

And even landed a Mirror Gold of Marcus Allen /50.

Hits. This Greyson guy keeps stalking me.

Twice in this box. This one however is /25.

Nice three-color patch auto of David Johnson. Great design, layout and player. He could be a beast next season.

And if the rest of the box wasn't enough, a sick 4-color patch of Devante Parker numbered 10/10
 A much better box break of Certified this time around. Lot's of color, sweet patches and decent players.

Thoughts on Certified or my box break?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


This card is crying out for a Caption.

Leave a caption below for this card. Please keep it free of language and clean please for our younger audience

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

This Mail Day From Breakdown Cards Smells, But In A Great Way

Yesterday I received a PWE in the mail from Baseball Card Breakdown from a contest win for his Pull Tab Awareness Week. Both a great cause and a great contest.

This PWE prize lot offered a lot of variety and fun cards. Some Yanks (with a 90's PC card in here too)

A NY Giant. If only Sinorice lived up to Sanata's talents...

Some cool customs that he does. I have no idea how he gave these such a vintage feel, but spot on. Vigoda was actually a thank you note on the back but I am keeping it as a PC card to.


More shiny. This time the Grandy man!

My first Nick Johnson autograph. It's also a Yanks PC piece and serves as a 90's PC card too. Card is a bit odd designed. So much empty space makes the autograph get lost. Funny how the teams symbol is a ship cause now you can say the autograph is lost out in the sea ;)

And the final card in my winnings, a new Griffey PC piece (also I like the Simpsons) a SuperDuper Fractor Magnet. Gold bordered and seems to have a scent to it. Not a cardboard scent, more like a cologne scent. I would actually call this a SuperDuper Scent-Fractor. But, a really cool piece that combines two of my favorite things. It also goes along with the base version I have of this.
A big thanks goes out to Gavin on the winnings and new additions to my PC.
Thoughts on today's mail day are welcomed!

Nuttin But The Hits:2015 Gridiron Kings (Some Boom)

Very artistic as a dedication to past Donruss designs, Gridiron Kings is very bright and bold. It only has two hits per box and runs roughly around $45 for 12 packs.

This is my second break which was much better than my first.

Insert pulls:

My jersey card pull. Not too bad if this guy can catch some passes from whoever is the Jets QB next year.
And a small boom, Studio Signatures autograph /5 of Randall Cobb (this break was done in January and this card has already been traded away as I am far behind on posting these)

Overall, Cobb saved the break. My rookie card pulls were weak, jersey card wasn't the best but luckily that Cobb found its way in here.

What are your thoughts on Gridiron Kings and my box pull?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Random Card On My Desk:2003 Fleer Hot Prospects Bat Swatch Hank Blalock

Year: 2003
Brand:Hot Prospects
Team:Texas Rangers
Card Type:Memorabilia
Card Numbered:N/A
Sorting: Will be placed in a top loader 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

CONTEST! Win This Kolten Wong Relic /199!

Yes, this contest may seem familiar, well, that's because it is!

This year has been the year of unclaimed prizes and this one is on the list. I will let you know ahead of time that I don't have the time to chase you down for prize winnings. Please subscribe to the blog or become a follower so you never miss out on winner announcements or you can find these announcements on my Twitter and Facebook pages too.

But, like I always say, if unclaimed, it gets re-given away in the future and here it is. Hopefully this time it finds a home :)
It's as easy as can be to enter to win the card above. Just read and follow these rules:
  1. ***VERY IMPORTANT***MUST BE A U.S. RESIDENT to enter or have a shipping address in the U.S. Shipping costs have gone haywire and I can't afford to ship everywhere.This is always hard to do as I appreciate all readers but I hope you all understand non-U.S. readers.
  2. Random winner will be chosen after 7 randoms
  3. Card may be shipped PWE. I like to forewarn on this.
  4. TO ENTER, I am remodeling my segments in September pretty much leaving everyone of them behind. Segments in general are leaving. However, LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling me ONE of these segments (listed below) you liked the most that way I know a direction on a few posts and what you liked to read
  • Uniform VS
  • Sunday's With Rodney
  • Forgotten Places
  • Mail Day Saturday (haven't done these cause I don't get much mail now-a-days
  • Hobby Topic
  • Caption This Card
  • Random Card On My Desk
  • The 90's Collection
  • Nuttin But The Hits
  • The Beckett Files
  • Top 5 Base Cards
  • Collectin' Griffey
  • Reminiscing 90's
5. Sport Card Collectors or it's owner (person who runs the blog), WILL NOT be held responsible for lost, stolen or damaged mail. Sorry had to add this in since someone tried to scam me once about this.
6. Contest starts today, ends on July 21st 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on June 22nd 2016. 
 Good luck to all that enter and thanks for reading!

Sunday's With Rodney:1993 Upper Deck Pro Bowl

As most collectors know that read my blog, not only do I enjoy new Giants cards, but ones that are shiny are a bonus.

Randomly inserted at a rate of 1:25, this is a 15 card set that highlighted the top NFC and AFC participants in the previous years Pro Bowl.

At the time, the technology used on the card was new from Upper Deck. They called it their "Electric" printing technology. The card has a rainbow appeal that includes two different pictures, one big as the background and one thats inset into the card in the front.

As always, Upper Deck put out some incredible looking cards.

The back had the typical background from UD.