Saturday, December 17, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Bowman Draft Baseball (Nice Auto Find)

When you hear the name Bowman and hear the name Draft, you know it means its a prospectors dream. Especially when the entire product is just prospects besides one insert set.

Let's see my take on my very first break of the product.


In every box of 2016 Bowman Draft hobby jumbo baseball you will find 12 Packs Per Box and 32 Cards Per Pack. So you get a crazy number of cards. You will also find 3 on-card autographs per hobby jumbo along with a Top Of The Class box topper (I didn't get one) and boxes will run you $125.

Just like with the other Bowman releases, there is a paper and a chrome base set with matching players. The design is the same as well. One of the better designs in years in my opinion. It includes top 2016 Draft Picks including Mickey Moniak, Nick Senzel, Ian Anderson, Riley Pint, A.J. Puk, Braxton Garrett, Cal Quantrill, Matt Manning, Zack Collins, Kyle Lewis, Jason Groome, and Alex Kirilloff. One of which I pulled an auto of so you will need to continue on to see it.

There are also 200 prospects in the base set. So lots of depth.

Both base and Chrome have parallels as you would expect.

Paper parallels are Silver, Blue (#'d), Green (#'d), Gold (#'d), Orange (#/25), Red (#/5) and Black (1/1). I pulled two silvers and a blue here.

Chrome parallels, which you will find at least two per pack, goes as follows, Refractor, Sky Blue Refractor, Purple Refractor (#'d), Blue Refractor (#'d), Green Refractor (#'d), Gold Refractor (#'d), Orange Refractor (#/25), Red Refractor (#/5), and SuperFractor (1/1).

I loved the look of the sky blue. That teal color really stands out.

Being a refractor guy, I wasn't disappointed with such a loaded box of refractors. I would imagine the regulars probably don't hold much more than base value, but the parallels will and they are pretty sharp.

The parallels aren't the only impressive thing in Bowman Draft. The inserts are probably the best I have ever, yes EVER, seen in a Bowman product.

These Draft Dividends look amazing. They are chromed, refractored and simply stand out. These are of players who were originally drafted out of high school, opted to pursue collegiate careers instead of jumping right in, and in the end paid dividends for their efforts.

These have parallels of Gold Parallel, Red Parallel: sequentially numbered to 5 and SuperFractor numbered 1/1.

Fantasy Impact are future players that will make a fantasy impact. Once again, chromed and refractored.

These bad boys give the product some Veteran and legendary depth in MLB Draft History. These have parallels of Gold #/50, Red #/5, and SuperFractor 1/1. Also includes Griffey which now I gotta own.

Other pulls not found in my box was the box toppers. Those also have parallels and autographed versions.

Now onto the on-card autograph pulls!

My first two are from division rivals.

My last one is from the box cover boy. A.J. Puk that is numbered to 250.
Parallels to find include,
  • Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Purple Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Blue Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Green Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Gold Refractor: sequentially numbered.
  • Orange Refractor: sequentially numbered to 25.
  • Red Refractor: sequentially numbered to 5.
  • SuperFractor: numbered 1/1.
Other autographs not found in my box are, Draft Night Autograph, Draft Dividends and MLB Draft History.

Overall, I think my first break went pretty well pulling one of the top picks autographs. With all of the parallels to find there is some good value in every box. The overall product looks really nice from the parallels to the inserts. On-card autographs are a big plus. Veteran autograph content of some top players helps to. 

There is a lot of depth in the autograph checklist so not sure if every box will provide a "current star" but with prospecting products you are not always looking for the current, you are looking for the future.

Thoughts on this product are welcomed below. You will find some of these cards in an upcoming promo that will be announced tomorrow. Thanks to Topps for providing me the box to review. Please check out their website for all MLB products and give them a follow on all social media sites.

HOBBY TOPIC:Christmas!

The Hobby Topic segment is all about you guys. Leave your opinions and thoughts (clean of language of course) on the topic chosen.

Here we go and comment away!!!

With the holiday's just around the corner, I want to know, what's would be the ONE card you hope Santa puts under the tree for you? Also, how many of you give out cards for presents? Singles? Boxes?

Friday, December 16, 2016

Craft Fair Cards

I have seen cards in some pretty odd places before, but when my mother-in-law went to a local Christmas Craft Fair to check things out, she was surprised at what she found.

The Craft Fair held a raffle which my mother-in-law entered just because that's who she is. Well, she won and was shown where the prize table was to pick a prize from donated prizes. There was the usual craft items, homemade baked goods, a couple cool antiques and then this......

She hesitated a second only because she kind of wanted the antique jug that was available, but being the nice lady she is, she snagged up the sports card lot for me instead.

Obviously I was happy.

Inside of the bag, was a half broken box of 2013 Topps hobby football, which I busted and wasn't anything worthy of showing.

Two packs of 2016 Topps Star Wars Rogue One. Here are those images of the soon-to-be released movie.

Three packs of 1992 Stadium Club Football that I will bust at a later date.It's too bad it wasn't the high series for the Favre.

Two packs of 1991 Pacific The Andy Griffith Show. I started to whistle while holding these. I don't have any intention of opening them however.

And 6 packs of Stars Wars Episode One. I didn't pull anything but base from.

But, overall, you can't go wrong winning a prize like this. 

Where's the oddest place you have found sports cards?

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Etch-A-Sketch A Trade With Baseball Card Breakdown

I recently sent a few things to my most frequent blogging trader buddy Baseball Card Breakdown and in return was sent some pretty sweet things. Let's take a look!

Up first, some new New York Giants.  The Ottis Anderson is wack, I like the design execpt I think Panini could have made the top a tad bigger. A new Nicks rookie for my PC and a Eli blue Platinum parallel.

Up next, a couple of autographs of players I expected to pan out better than they did. 
Greg Jones was drafted in the 6th round of the 2011 draft made an early on impression before injuries took a toll on him with a season ending injury and he lost his starting job. Since then, he hasn't stuck in the NFL but has had an okay Canadian Football League career.

Da'rel Scott, made an impression in the 2011 preseason enough to gain a roster spot behind Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. Then was injured and signed and re-signed a few times  before heading to play in the Canadian Football League.

Up next, Ken may not be impressed, but I am to get this Gold Medallion knocked off my Griffey list. It may be a checklist version, but it's needed and the picture is fun. Many captions could be in play.

And an insert card I never pulled back when I was busting 1998 Topps that I always wanted was an Etch-A-Sketch insert. Now to own one of my favorite all-time baseball player is awesome.
Just glad it wasn't an actual etch-a-sketch of him that I would have to keep that way. Those things were treacherous. I was lucky to draw a line.
I will also throw in, not picture though, that I was a lucky recipient of one of his amazing custom cards to. It's definitely a Pretty Girl (some of you may read between the lines on that last part)
A big thanks goes out to Baseball Card Breakdown on the mail day. I look forward to future trades with you as well! (already began setting more stuff aside)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Topps Museum Collection UFC(Giveaway)

One of the newer products to the UFC lineup for Topps in Museum Collection, a hit brand for other sports. So let's see if this is HIT or miss.

In every box of 2016 Topps UFC Museum Collection is 1 pack. That one pack has 8 cards and a hobby box will run you roughly $80. Much cheaper than the other sports. Each box features one relic, one on-card autograph and one autographed relic card.

The base cards feature the same design to this years baseball. The only big difference is, the thickness of the base cards. The UFC ones are much thinner but not too thin. If found three of the possible fifty in the set in my box. It would obviously take you a few boxes to fill a set.

As with most products, there are parallels. I found two in my box. One of UFC great Anderson Silva, one of the featured fighters on the box. He is a ruby parallel /25 and the Miocic is a gold numbered to 75.

  • Copper
  • Sapphire (#'d to 50)
  • Emerald (#'d 1/1)
The product does have an insert set as well. But, they are tough to pull and rare. Canvas Collection Originals is artwork of top UFC fighters from leading MMA artists and is numbered 1 of 1.

Now onto the hits! Let's start out with the memorabilia hit first.

My first pull is a single-fighter Primary Piece Quad Relic.There are 30 different fighter cards each featuring 4 pieces of fighter-worn or event-used memorabilia..

Base versions are sequentially numbered and there are parallels of: 
  • Copper Parallel #'d to 25.
  • Gold Parallel #'d to 10.
  • Emerald Parallel #'d 1/1.
There is also Single-Fighter Primary Pieces Quad Relics Legends that has 15 different legendary fighter cards each featuring 4 pieces of fighter-worn or event-used memorabilia with the same parallels and Four-Fighter Primary Pieces Quad Relic that has 10 different cards featuring 4 fighters, each with their own piece of fighter-worn or event-used memorabilia.Same parallels as above.

You can also find Prime Relic cards featuring prime pieces of fighter-worn or event used material. 
 Meaningful Material Relic features up to 25 fighters with a 1/1 emerald parallel and
Museum Memorabilia where all of the cards are 1/1 and up to 20 fighters.

I now move onto the autographs. Some are on-card, some are not.

My first one is an Archival Autograph which is on-card for the one I pulled. Some are, some aren't! The checklist is of UFC fighters veteran, retired and newly debuting.This one is numbered to /99. Each base version is sequentially numbered.

There are also parallels:
  • Gold Parallel #'d to 25.
  • Ruby Parallel #'d to 10.
  • Emerald Parallel #'d 1/1.
There are Dual Autographs as well that featuring up to 5 different fighter combinations. Cards will be signed on-card and #'d to 10.

There is also Museum Collection Framed Autographs.These specially framed cards feature on-card  autographs with Gold Frame #'d to 15, Silver Frame #'d to 5 and Black Frame #'d 1/1.

Up next, is my autographed relic card. The best pull of the box in my opinion.

This is a Single-Fighter Signature Swatches Relic Autograph of Chris Weidman. These feature
 a jumbo piece of fighter-worn memorabilia and an autograph.I like the design on these, I just wished they were on-card like the other auto I pulled.

Parallels to these include, 
  • Gold Parallel #'d to 25.
  • Emerald Parallel #'d 1/1. 
There are other versions of the autographed relic cards such as Single-Fighter Signature Swatches Dual Relic Autographs that includes2 relic pieces of fighter-worn memorabilia and an autograph with parallels of Gold Parallel #'d to 25.and Emerald Parallel #'d 1/1. There is also Single-Fighter Signature Swatches Triple Relic Autographs: with 3 relic pieces of fighter-worn memorabilia and an autograph and parallels of Gold #'d to 25 and Emerald Parallel #'d 1/1.

Overall, I love the appeal and design of the product and I think it was a great idea to bring this to the UFC stage. Imagine if Topps was to move this to the Star Wars stage.....take note of this Topps!

I think when buying this product you must also keep in mind that it's just as much of a risk as with any product in this price range. Some breaks will provide big booms while others will be okay and others may be a bit shocking. Mine was an okay of a break from my research. 

But, with the price range being around $80 and not close to $200 like with the other sports carrying the Museum Collection name, I say if you like UFC and don't mind a bit of a gamble, I would roll the dice here.

Now onto the giveaway. 

You will find some of the other cards in an upcoming promo beginning soon. Details to come on Sunday!

But, for now, you can enter to win these:

Here is how to enter: 

  1. Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Topps for providing this box for me to review and to host this/these nice giveaways with. Follow them on all social media sites and visit their site, HERE, as well.
  2. ***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.
  4. Make sure to come back to see if you are a winner as I will not hunt you down to find you. I don't have time to do so. Over 10 prizes this year have not been claimed due to people not coming back to see if they had won (they will be re-given away soon). Please subscribe to the blog for the posts, become a blog follower or keep it bookmarked so you will not miss out!!!!!! You can find these options on the right hand side of the blog.
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  9. Contest starts today, ends on December 18th 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on December 19th 2016
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Good luck to all that enter and thanks for reading!

Forever Young

We have finally reached my finale of my trade with 90's Niche Football Card blog (or have we as I pulled out some Hampton's I am posting at a later date) It was a big trade between us ending up in many new card additions. We decided to end the trade where it was and keep what we were accumulating more of for future trades which I have already begun finding a ton for him in my sorting project.

But, I am sure to be posting that one later on when we complete it. So for today, let's finish this latest one on a good note.

As you all know, I am a big 90's collector and over the past couple of years I have been nailing down rookie cards of players I watched growing up. Rice, Ripken, McGwire, Bonds, Sosa, Marino, Montana, Smith, Sanders, among many others including today's guy, Steve Young.


I am very happy to nail down this one off my want list. I need to do some research to see who I am missing in my want list update. But, Young has been on it for awhile. I will admit it's a bit funky seeing him in a Buc's uni. It's like making that trade for you favorite player to put on your favorite team in Madden. i do that all of the time.

Thanks again to 90's Niche Football Card blog for this top notch trade and I look forward to our next! Hopefully soon.

If you visit his blog and have any of the cards he needs, I strongly suggest trading with him. Great trader and person.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Pat,Can I Get A Letter?

So we continue my trade recap with 90's Niche Football Card blog on the second to last day. We have officially ended the Giants run on cards yesterday and take our turn to a few cross-offs of my Wantlist which I hope to have updated by January 1st.

So today, we cross off a couple more letters towards my lettering out of Sport Card Collectors. This is something I have wanted to do for years but never put the efforts into.

Here are L and S of Luke Stocker to fill in  a couple of gaps. I didn't care if they are signed or not and don't care who they are.

I will hopefully have another update on this soon!

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Griffey Want List

Finally after 23 years, I have a complete and updated checklist thanks to a buddy of mine for hooking me up with it.

Now it's time to highlight all that I have, so I know what I need. Also so it will help me from getting repeats as I have done a couple of times this year. It gets harder and harder to remember after you hit a certain number.

With over 16,000 cards for Ken and I only having 830 or so, I know there are plenty of needs but at least now I will know for sure which ones.

While I work on the highlighting project, something I expect will take me a couple of months, I have put up a Griffey Want List tab on top of the blog of the current cards I want the most. Go check it out if you haven't yet, HERE.

I will keep you all updated in 2017 on how the highlighting is going while also adding new wants to the want list as I go. So if you have been an ongoing trader with me, it will give you an idea of what my top wants are. I am only putting down ones I think are reasonable to trade/acquire.

Hope everyone has a great rest of the week and thanks for stopping by!

Winner Of Joey Bosa Autographed Memorabilia

Well, well, well.

I don't see my timeline on Twitter or Facebook full of Dak or Zeke talk this morning. Or the expected Cowboys Super Bowl run...maybe there is a reason for that....oh yes, that's right....#GiantsWin.

It was a great game to stay up for, though I am needing a coffee injection today, but it was worth it. I know a lot football fans like an offensive showdown, but give me a defensive one like that any day. Both teams played really well on defense and the game came down to the wire as expected. The Giants simply just made one more play than Dallas. Wonder how round 3 will go if they meet up again in the playoffs??

Anyways, since the Giants won that means someone wins this....


And since the score of the game was so low and that everyone was over in their predictions, I had to fire up the ole randomizer and make it fair. So here's the winner after my usual 7 randoms.... 

There were 25 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Matthew Chrisman
  2. Ben Hansen
  3. JoshuaSchleicher0411
  4. william cooley
  5. @EEFFL
  6. RAZ
  7. Brad Jorgensen
  8. Jafronius
  10. Highlight Heaven
  11. Trevor P
  12. Anthony Pizzo
  13. Sam Zozaya
  14. Cameron Towe
  15. Nick Frank
  16. hudsonfan15
  17. Bryan McCarter
  18. Tread Willis
  19. Cody Cook
  20. Tracy LeVeaux
  21. Jamie B.
  22. Scott N.
  23. krsp370
  24. Ryan Sawyer
  25. @JGfan24ever
Timestamp: 2016-12-12 14:26:19 UTC
You have randomized this list 7 times.

Congrats to Matthew Chrisman on winning. Please email withing 48 hours to claim or it will be re-given away. Please also share your winnings when they arrive so I can continue to host contests like this.

Thanks to everyone who entered and please be on the lookout for more contests ahead including a biggie that will be announced on Sunday.

The Giants Shepard

So we end my Giants end of my trade recap with 90's Niche Football Card blog today as I will finish up the last two parts of trade the next couple days.

Today, we focus on Giants rookie stud WR, Sterling Shepard.

Shepard has proven he was worthy of his early picking in the draft as he has had some great games this year. He developed pretty quickly into the Giants number 2 WR on the team moving past veteran Victor Cruz. He has moved up so much that it's actually tough to pickup any of his rookie autographs without paying first round money. Luckily this trade happened.

Up first, two new additions.

A really nice auto card here, very shiny and my first autograph of him in a Giants uniform.

And just like with Perkins, a nice Unparalleled pickup. My first auto/jersey of him.

These were probably my most impressive pickups of the trade even though all of the trade was really nice. I still have more to show the next two days of things on my want list I finally can cross off.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Perks Of This Trade

So we continue my trade recap with 90's Niche Football Card blog and we are closing in on the end of the NY Giants portion of this mail day with today's and tomorrow's the finishing touches.

Today, I am showcasing some Paul Perkins additions. This guy has shown he has some talent, but I think the Giants oline holds him back a bit. If they can improve the oline, I think this guy could be a spark plug in that offense.

Here is is Rated Rookie from Donruss

A sweet looking /50 Certified autograph. These are my first signed cards of him in a Giants uni.

A really slick looking card from Unparalleld. That product was pretty interesting all around but I think their memorabilia autographed rookies looked really nice.

And to finish this up, a really nice auto?patch

Some great additions of a player I think can be the Giants future at RB. 

Tomorrow I will show off some cards of a rookie WR who is already showing what he can do on the field.