Saturday, June 3, 2017

Big 'Ole Box Of Goods

Once again, the great Sport Card Collector reader Grady M has struck my mail box with box of goodies.

And I can tell you that this bad boy was packed full of inserts, rookie cards, and a few hits. There was so much in here I can't even post it all or it would have to be a 100 part series. However, I will post key components of what I find in here.
I haven't quite sorted it all out yet and taken pictures. This may be another month process and the posts for this mail day are looking to be started in August at this point. But, it will be well worth the wait!

An early thanks goes out to Grady M for such a monstrocity of a mail day and I look forward to showing it off!

WINNER of Cryptozoic's Flash Season 2 Lot

I was pretty impressed with the turnout for this contest with almost 40 entrants. So it took awhile to transfer the info over to this morning but I did and fired it up.

If you haven't thanked Cryptozoic and @georgenadeau on Twitter yet for this contest, please do so. I would love to do more review/giveaways down the road and I am sure you guys would like me to as well. I try to provide the most in-depth information I can in my reviews so you can decide whether a product is attractive and so you will know what it provides ahead of time. It usually takes me at least an hour depending on what the product is to put together one of my review articles as I research the products I do endlessly.

But, enough with me going on about that. Let's get to a winner!

After 7 randoms....

There were 37 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
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  8. Scott Coakley
  9. Tracy LeVeaux
  10. Jason Zastrow
  11. fanboy101
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  13. @funtocollect
  14. Daniel Wilson
  15. natalie
  16. Rob0822
  17. Scott N.
  18. StoneRain
  19. Peter Freeman
  20. P-town Tom
  21. Brad B
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  23. Jacob222
  24. Claudia Talbott
  25. @akashathedamned
  26. william carter
  27. Nick Frank
  28. Amylia Hood
  29. defgav
  30. JT Woodworth
  31. hudsonfan15
  32. Megan Hassel
  33. Seth Ward
  34. Ashleigh P
  35. Lucas Corso
  36. Scuzzort
  37. @JGfan24ever
Timestamp: 2017-06-03 11:15:02 UTC
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Congrats to RobertoGuest03! You have won the following:

RobertoGuest03, please email me at with your address to claim within 48 hours or the person second on the random will be announced as the winner.

Thanks to everyone who entered this contest and look forward to more contests ahead. Week 10 of the MLB Pick Em will be tomorrow and I may have another contest coming up soon after that as well.

Wrappers Of Collecting Past:2002 Bowman Baseball

Let's go back to 2002. A year I must remember quite well as it was the year I met my wife. Those of you that are married know it's not good to forget important dates and years especially in the first year you were together.

Well, the one thing about my wife is that she likes to bust cardboard. She isn't one that collects, but loves to open and find the hits or my favorite players. So more than likely we busted some 2002 Bowman.
The wrapper does look familiar but as for what I may have gotten, it couldn't have been anything too big as I forgot about it. It's probably the only thing I forgot about in 2002.

However, it was a product loaded with a good rookie class with players like Joe Mauer and Fransico Liriano.

So I pass it on to you remember any good hits or pulls from 2002 Bowman? What was your favorite rookie/prospect card from the set? Let me know in comments!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Wrappers Of Collecting Past:1996 Collectors Choice Baseball Series 2

If this wrapper does not scream the 90's at you or doesn't make you think about Saved By The Bell at least, you were born in the 2000's.

At least in my opinion.


I remember busting this stuff because it was not only cheap, but I was chasing down my Griffey needs. I also liked chasing down the Cal Ripken Jr Collection insert cards.

So how bout you guys? Bust any? 

Let me know in comments!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Perking Me Up

I have met some incredible giving friends on Twitter and one name continues to pop up in posts on here, @JGfan24ever. I can't even count the amount of times I have seen this guy give out #HobbyLove and #PayItForward to so many.

This time once again, he gave to me and couldn't have come at a better time. Recently I have had some health struggles landing me in the ER a couple of times and an overnight stay in the ICU. A new med I was taking to help prevent future kidney stones since I am prone to them had an adverse reaction  causing my potassium to slip among other electrolytes and leading my heart to pound out of my chest among many other scary effects. I was hooked up to heart monitors and put through many tests to make sure all was well. My pulse rate hit 150+ a few time and stayed steady at 125 most of the time for someone who usually has a 70-80 rate. It's something I hope I have moved on from now but I can say I don't completely feel 100% yet.

Well, anyways, time to move my mind away from that and get PERKed up.

Just like with my post about Dub Mentality, I was instructed to contact @NickLcitycards
who was running a Twitter card sale with my address so I can get the card that @JGfan24ever had just picked up for me from Nick's sale.

This time it's a sweet 2016 Panini Certified auto-patch of Paul Perkins.

@NickLcitycards even tossed in these extras. Really nice of him and appreciated.
A big thanks goes out to @JGfan24ever for picking the card up for me and to @NickLcitycards for mailing it my way. I really appreciate your generosity as always @JGfan24ever. You are truly a great person.

Random Card On My Desk:1987 Kmart Willie Mays

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

You Get In, You Score!

I posted not long ago about my break results from Top Shelf Breaks and mentioned at the end of that post I had gotten a pretty nice pull from 2017 Score football in a break with them, well it's time to show it off!

Since then, I have been in two more Score breaks and all were included in this mail day.

My first Score break I had the Raiders and my second I had the Broncos and Steelers. Both went really well in my opinion landing me low #d cards and an autograph for only $12 a spot. But, I will let you decide that.

Up first, the possible beginning of a Ware rainbow. Got the /20 and /50 here along with Amerson and Osemele gold.

Mr. John Conner.  /20 parallel and a gold /50 autograph. This guy could really step in when Bell is down or is off the field.

And finally, the biggest pull, a 5/6 Derek Carr End Zone parallel. I consider this the biggest pull of the group.
If you wanna pull some hits like I did or even bigger "monsters" as they have pulled plenty, check out Top Shelf Breaks, HERE. You can also follow them on Twitter for break updates and for giveaways. Good people who look out for collectors and trying to make breaking affordable and fun.
Thoughts on my mail day is welcomed below!

NYG PC Spotlight 36:2014 Panini Certified Rookie Retro Blue Odell Beckham Jr

Odell Beckham Jr.
Insert Parallel #d 16/99
Card #RR30 

NYG PC Spotlight 33:2013 Prestige NFL Shield Die-Cut Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz
Card #17

NYG PC Spotlight 34:2016 Donruss Press Proof Red Paul Perkins

Paul Perkins
Parallel Card
Card #389

NYG PC Spotlight 35:2016 Panini Certified Mirror Red Ereck Flowers

Ereck Flowers
Card #d 1/99
Card # 200

BASEically Awesome Part 13:1994 Collectors Choice Baseball

Are you surprised to see another Upper Deck set on BASEically Awesome? Probably not. As I have discussed in prior parts Upper Deck=photography and their special photography makes their base cards stand out.

Even on a low-end brand such as Collectors Choice.

Where else do you see Larry Walker making a catch like this?

Or Kevin signing autos before a game

Or Nigel just smiling away

Or how Olson had this on the field

Or Phillips getting caught in midair and the ball being shown that way as well

And finally a focused stare by Dante

I only selected a few of my favorites. Most of the 600+ cards in this set look like this. 

What are your guys thoughts on this product and which one of the cards above is your favorite shot? If you wanna caption one as well, you are more than welcomed!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Defense Is Swarming!

In the final part of my trade with @DJSeneseiNJ, I showcase some defensive card adds. I don't normally focus on defensive adds unless it's something cheap or something I didn't have.

That's today's mail day.

First up, dominating shut down corner Jack Rabbit Janoris auto add. He was so much more than I expected last year. Such a great signing for the Giants. Hope he is even better this year.

Then Vernon. I mentioned awhile back that I wanted a Vernon auto after the Giants signed him. This is also a gold parallel as you can tell by the gold sticker. These are /99.

Well, I showed off one end, here is the other. JPP auto that brings me back to the 90's with the design that Panini used from the Cramers Choice awards that were released in the late 90's. This card is also low numbered 4/10 so not an easy find.

Next is what I think was one of my coolest adds from the trade, a /25 Eli Apple Draft Day hat swatch. I think it's awesome it has a pretty sweet swatch. Nothing I have which is why I loved adding it.

Finally, my first Giants plate. I have one that's autographed, but this is my first that's not. This is of possible starting LB BJ Goodson.

Overall, a really great first trade with @DJSeneseiNJ. If you haven't followed him yet, please do. He does giveaways and may be someone you want to start a trade with especially after seeing my non-stop gallery of goodness. I know I had a great trade experience and was shocked by the freebie he threw in.

Thoughts on my new adds are welcomed in comments. 

Random Card On My Desk:1999 Upper Deck Black Diamond Derek Jeter

Monday, May 29, 2017

Offensive Attack

In the second part of my trade with @DJSeneseiNJ, I go on the offensive side of the trade. So you know what tomorrow means.

We kick it off with a new Shepard relic. I like the combined look of Contenders and relics.

This David Wilson card combines one of my favorite designs and my favorite team I am still wondering how good this guy could have been.

 Here is another Wilson add. I wonder how much it would cost to do a full nameplate. Possible next hobby adventure??....

Unlike Wilson, we may find out soon how good this guy could be. A well designed /49 autograph memorabilia card of the Perkerlator, Paul Perkins.

And to finish this part up, what appears to be just a base Elite Eli Manning. That's until you look a little lower and see it's a 2016 National Parallel. Then you flip it over to see it's a rare 2/5 parallel. Pretty awesome!

This card actually was a surprise in our trade. I had no idea it was arriving.

Two parts down and tomorrow we go on the defensive side that has a couple of pretty solid low numbered card!


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  
Mine would be....
"Can you touch up my lip gloss too?"

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Foundation

In the beginning of a trade there is always a foundation you start off by and then build up more as you go. Well, I recently pulled off my very first trade with @DJSeneseiNJ and I am breaking it down over the next 3 days to show this build up. Some amazing stuff in the finale.

Today, we are starting with that foundation. It also may take me awhile to update all of my NY Giants PC numbers to match the new pickups as I will be very busy over the next few days and typed these up ahead of time.

Up first, three new Eli's for the PC along with a new Strahan. Digging the Optic shiny.

Up next, 5 new Odell's. Whether you like the guy like me or not, he is Top 3 WR in the league. You gotta at least respect the talent. Anytime I can add to that PC I will.

Die-Cut shinyness!

Speaking of shiny....groovy new Shep rookie. This guy could make a even bigger impact on the field in 2017.

My first Davis Webb cards for my PC. Could someday be leading the Gmen. Still need to find myself an autograph but glad to have at least a couple cards. Once again, I am digging the Peak Performance insert from SAGE.

Speaking of the 2017 Draft, a couple of autographs from the Giants picks. Bisnowaty was a 6th round pick but could make a huge impact on a weak oline.

And to finish it off, well, not a Giants card. However, a 90's designed card on a team I watched a ton of in the 90's, the Yankees. Charlie Hayes on-card autograph from Archives caught my eye as soon as I saw it. I also found the base tossed into the mix as well.

Overall, a great foundation but it only gets better from here. Stay tuned for tomorrow's post where I go and showcase the offensive part of the trade including a card /5! 

2017 MLB Pick Em Prize For June

Two months are over in this promo and two prizes have been giving away while the other is building up big time with inserts and hits galore! That prize will be for the one who can MLB Pick Em Champ. But, it's never too late to join to be that as some twists and turns later in the game may take place. So spread the word.

Anyways, I posted the picks for the first week of June earlier today. Everyone has a clean slate for the June prize but have their points from April, May saved for the overall promo in those standings. June and beyond earned points will be added to those.

But, with a clean slate, that means anyone can enter to win this prize pack for the month of June,
A Kellyn Acosta autograph along with BCW Toploaders and sleeves for Thick Cards along with some team set bags. Quite the prize if I say so.

There is only one way to win it however, join in on the June MLB Pick Em!

MLB Pick Em Week 9

Below are the picks for this weeks MLB Pick Em challenge!

The rules are simple, pick a winner, earn a point. Pick a loser, earn nothing.

The only other rule is you must be a U.S. Resident to enter or have an address in the U.S.

You will play 4 weeks like this and person with the most right at the end of April will win a prize!

Here are this weeks games to pick winners of:
STL @ Chi
Boston @ Balt
SF @ Phil
NYY @ Torn
Chi @ Det

Here are my picks for the games

Leave your picks in comments below. You will have til 6:30 pm Friday, June 2nd 2017 to enter. Any entries after that will be disqualified for this week. If you missed Week 1, don't fret! You can enter Week 2 starting on Sunday. Even if you miss Week 2, enter Week 3. So on and so forth. I will slot those who enter in late even Week 20 in divisions that give them the best chance to win. Just remember even if you enter later in the contest and miss many weeks, there is still a monthly prize to win.

Standings should be updated Saturday!

Good Luck to all that enter!