Saturday, February 3, 2018

Long Overdue

The phrase "long overdue" wasn't something I had ever dealt with when it came to books, back when I read them. I was always right on time with getting them back to the school library if not before time just to take more out. I loved to read.

Now I simply don't have the time to anymore.

But, reading used to be my thing. In sixth grade our teacher would set "page reading goals" and those of us who reached them would get an A and some special prizes. Well, I would beat the 2,000 page read goal and shoot for 20,000. That's just how I rolled.

I was even apart of a book club known as DCF or in other words from where I live, Dorthy Canfield Fisher who was a famous author in my state. You would read a specific list of books offered and discuss them. You also got lucky at the end of the year and got to meet an author of one of those books you read.

I was only lucky enough to go once and met Barbara Park who wrote these two books and the Junie B Jones series.



She also signed this and stuck it in the books we got for free.


It was a great experience and something I will never forget.

I just wished I could keep up with my "long overdue" posts like I did with my books. I fell behind and lost this draft in the process for a double mail day including my first one from the legendary Night Owl Cards.

I finally acquired his address and started sending cards his way which I still have many more to go of. I for some reason have plenty of Dodgers to distribute his way and even more after starting my binder project.

So in return I got this surprise mail day from him.

Tyler Austin rookie card. The Yanks have probably the most young talent in the league right now maybe besides the Astros. I can't remember a time when I was able to say that. Usually the Yanks go after old overpriced players. Things have certainly changed.

 
Here are two more of those young studs. This will make quite the potent lineup this year.
And then I was graciously sent some Hamptons. I have now downloaded the Google Docs app and update my Hampton list so easily as I get them in. So if you are ever looking to trade any my way, just look at the want list as it's always up-to-date.

A couple of Action Packed cards

 
It took me awhile to decipher what parallel this was from 1997 Action Packed then I finally figured it out. The back had such tough descriptive writing on it.

 
No. No I won't peel off the protective coating. Never! Cool insets from Playoff called Hot Pursuit. I know many defenders back in that day had trouble chasing Rodney down.

 
And finally, another Collectors Edge Excalibur parallel knocked down. There were so many for that year. But, none as crazy looking as this Prism one. So cool front...

 
and back!
Here is my long overdue thanks to Night Owl for the mail day. Much appreciated my friend. I have more to send your way soon!

Speaking of overdue thanks, here is another. Once again my buddy @JGfan24ever sent along some PWE surprises for my mail box.

All threw were Panini Phoenix cards I didn't have. Eli and Strahan were both numbered. I really dig the look of these.
 
And the possible future of the Giants backfield even though Barkley from Penn State has been rumored to be heading their way in the draft. I do like Gallman however and he would make a great complimentary back to anyone.
 

Well, I finally got through with my long overdue shout outs. Hopefully this won't happen too often as I have been trying to keep up with it all. 
 
At least I won't be charged a fee or be spoken to by a librarian if it does happen again.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Living The Americana Dream Part 4:Box 3

In my latest trade with the great Shane from Project Pedro Blog, I was able to trade for some boxes from him from the Black Friday sale on Dacardworld.

I could have chosen baseball, football, basketball, hockey or any other sport. But what did I end up with? Well, three boxes of 2015 Panini Americana.

My love of non sport cards continues to grow and my love of this product has as well. The price of a box being around $25 and under along with four hits is so enticing you just can't ignore it. The checklist of autographs and wardrobe relics you could hit has a good mix of superstars and people you may not know as well but it was enough to entice me to want more.

Today is the finale of me Living The Americana Dream. I really hope to live this dream again and would accept trades/gifts of any of these cards or hits. Especially if they are just collecting dust at your house.

I start this post off with another Freeze Frame. This time it's Katrina Bowden who is best known for her role as Carrie on 30 Rock.

 
Ginger Rogers!! What can you say about this starlet you starred alongside Fred Astaire in so many films. She is a well known legend, that's for sure!

 
Another Ali Larter hit, this time a relic to partner up with my autograph. This is one crazy relic too. Look at the multi-colors on these swatches. Another one of my favorite things about collecting non sport.

 
Rev Run  is one of the founding members of the hip hop group Run–D.M.C. Very cool autograph addition here. Interesting he signed it as Rev Run and not his real name.

 
And finally, Corbin Bernsen. He has been in a lot of things such as the movie Major league, LA Law and one of my favorite shows, Psych. This is my second autograph of his since I own the one from Psych. But, I don't mind having another.
 
 
Well, those were some fun breaks and it was fun to show them off on here. I really want more!! A big thanks goes out to Shane for the boxes and the good mojo he sent along with them. 
 
There are more boxes from our trade to show coming up. Those are from the late 90's and football. But, they will not disappoint.

Let me hear your favorite hit in the three box break in comments below!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Living The Americana Dream Part 3: Box 2

In my latest trade with the great Shane from Project Pedro Blog, I was able to trade for some boxes from him from the Black Friday sale on Dacardworld.

I could have chosen baseball, football, basketball, hockey or any other sport. But what did I end up with? Well, three boxes of 2015 Panini Americana.

My love of non sport cards continues to grow and my love of this product has as well. The price of a box being around $25 and under along with four hits is so enticing you just can't ignore it. The checklist of autographs and wardrobe relics you could hit has a good mix of superstars and people you may not know as well but it was enough to entice me to want more.

Today and Tomorrow I will break down the hits for the final two boxes I opened. Now we are onto box number 2.

Once again we kick it off again with another Freeze Frame. This one is of Hulk Hogans daughter, Brooke,



This box actually had a bonus parallel I hadn't ever seen in five boxes I broke, a green parallel. These are numbered to 25 and this one is of Audrina Patridge who was best known for her role on The Hills.

My first autograph find was of Alexis Knapp. She is best known for her roles in the trio of Pitch Perfect movies. Which by the way are pretty funny. I was thinking a corny girly singy type movie, not at all. Well worth the watch.

My next pull was this Laura Prepon relic. I best know her from her red head days on That 70's Show. She is now on the hit show Orange Is The New Black.



My next find was Ali Larter autograph.  She was in Varsity Blues, if you lived in the 90's you definitely have seen that film, and played on many sitcoms of the 90's.


And finally, you don't have eyes like her. She has Bette Davis eyes. How cool is it to pull a legendary relic like this?
 
Once again, another solid box break for the price.  The autographs I found in this box were well signed as well. Sharp, readable autographs.

Box three will be posted tomorrow so come back for one more!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Living The Americana Dream Part 2:Box 1

In my latest trade with the great Shane from Project Pedro Blog, I was able to trade for some boxes from him from the Black Friday sale on Dacardworld.

I could have chosen baseball, football, basketball, hockey or any other sport. But what did I end up with? Well, three boxes of 2015 Panini Americana.

My love of non sport cards continues to grow and my love of this product has as well. The price of a box being around $25 and under along with four hits is so enticing you just can't ignore it. The checklist of autographs and wardrobe relics you could hit has a good mix of superstars and people you may not know as well but it was enough to entice me to want more.

Over the next few days I will break down the hits of each box I opened and today we kick it off with box #1.

I absolutely dig these Freeze Frames and consider them hits more than I do inserts. The inserts were very boring and plain but these look fantastic with a "slide" inserted in them. I am chasing this set as well. My childhood was revisited some with Winnie find
 
My first autograph is Tony Sirico. He is best known for his role on the Sopranos. I think he has a really nice signature. Maybe he should give others some lessons.

 
Next autograph is DJ Kool. Let me clear my throat, see what I did there, before showing his card off. He was a late 80's rap singer. The DJ is really cool looking on his signature.

 
Next autograph is of Vince Neil. I think he could have used some work on his signature that for sure. He was the lead singer for Motley Crue.

 
My last hit was these nice swatches from Eva Marie. The card is numbered 7/10. She is best known for being a professional wrestler but has had other professions as well.
 
 
For $22 you really can't go wrong with a break like this. Honestly, it's foolish that this product is still sitting on the shelves so cheap. 

Box 2 will be posted tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Living The Americana Dream Part 1:The Inserts

In my latest trade with the great Shane from Project Pedro Blog, I was able to trade for some boxes from him from the Black Friday sale on Dacardworld.

I could have chosen baseball, football, basketball, hockey or any other sport. But what did I end up with? Well, three boxes of 2015 Panini Americana.

My love of non sport cards continues to grow and my love of this product has as well. The price of a box being around $25 and under along with four hits is so enticing you just can't ignore it. The checklist of autographs and wardrobe relics you could hit has a good mix of superstars and people you may not know as well but it was enough to entice me to want more.

Over the next few days I will break down the hits of each box I opened. Today's post I combined all of the inserts from all three boxes to showcase them. And before you ask, yes I am trying to build the base set and all of the insert sets including the blue parallels. I will update my Set tab with needs as I go along in putting them together.

For now, just enjoy the gallery of the inserts I found in three boxes.

Winners Circle Die Cuts:

 
Winners Circle dual

 
On The Tube featuring stars and some I haven't ever heard of:

 
Lots of big names here for Silver Legends. Sadly I ended up with a couple dupes.

 
Same goes for the Silver Legends Duals

 
More On The Tube but this time it features legends of Hollywood.

 
It took me awhile to see that these are actually two sets not one. There are silver singles and silver albums. Makes my chase just a bit more.

 
The blue parallels just look spectacular. But, I have a good amount of dupes of these as well. However I was able to add some key ones like James Earl Jones and Roger Moore.
 
 
I will try to update my needs on all of these by the weekend I hope.
 
Tomorrow kicks off Box #1 so come back to see the hits!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Binders Reorganization Update #2

Last year it was the Super Box Attack that took me a year to do. A few weekends ago I started digging into my biggest hobby project in since then and one that may take even longer....The Great Binder Reorganization!

I showed you part 1 of my reorganization of football inserts, football rookie inserts and rookie cards that took me a couple of weeks to do. I know the post was only four days ago, but I got that up a bit later than I should have. But, this one is a as-of today post.

Today's post takes us to my next step in my project, baseball inserts.

I had originally wanted to put these by-team, but then decided that would take way too long. Than I thought about putting them by product and then incomplete set, but thought it would take up even more binder space that way and my real purpose was wanting to condense them. So I took the same approach with baseball as I did with football.

I pulled out the star players, sets I wanted to finish, missed rookie cards, and more cards for my "Sets Of My Childhood."
 

The sorting got so in-depth that it overflowed my card trays so I went to a backup idea, a deep cardboard box.


This project has been very tedious but rewarding at the same time. Not just from the sorting aspect but from some of the treasures I have found.

I didn't give an update on my football finds, but these gems I found in the football rookie insert binder,


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And so far I found this gem in my baseball insert binder I didn't know I had. I heard these are numbered to 56 and are tough finds. I know I busted many boxes of Golden Age and this was the only one I found.
 

This is still just the beginning of this possible year long project. I can only fit in doing this when I am not busy or need a blog post to do instead. Which has been kinda restricted with my new blogging format of blogging daily instead of once-a-week. But, it seems the new approach is working in terms of views and comments on the blog.
More updates on the completion of the baseball insert stage as I will move on to the toughest and longest stage of the project, baseball rookie cards to come when I get there.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The 22-Year Search Is Over!

The year was 1996.

The setting was the local card show hosted by the LCS owner.

My father and I had been walking throughout the show checking cards out and kept hearing great things about a product called 1996 Pinnacle Zenith football. We didn't always have a lot of funds, but we tried to purchase a new product here and there when we could. We mostly spent time at cards shows interacting and trading with other collectors. I miss all of these things today as there is no LCS, card shows or other collectors in-person to trade with in my area.

So we headed for the LCS owner's table, he was the only one to set up with boxes and packs of cards, to find us a few packs to open. Sadly when we had gotten there, the card show king Ted, who seemed to had have endless money, had bought the last few packs of the box. As we started to walk back awaym Bubba, as we all called the owner, asked us if we needed something and we explained how we wanted to open a few packs of Zenith but it was gone.

Luckily for us, it really wasn't as he opened up a brand new box for us to buy packs from. I am not sure which one of us was more giddy, my father or I.

So we each snagged a couple of packs, my strategy was to take one from the front and one front the back and we began to open. It was a tradition for our small local card show that purchasers did their opening there for others to see.

The foil wrapper was fun to peel and was the most unique thing I had opened to that time. I slowly took the cards out and was immediately in love. The base cards looked superb. The black background with a nice gold football touch. This is like nothing I had seen before.
 

   

The rookie cards didn't look as impressive, but still had a nice design and technically they were not rookies since they were from the 1995 class.
 

As I started going through the cards in my second pack, my father went hitless in both of his, I noticed something a bit shiny in the middle. It's always been a thing if I see a hit of any kind in the middle of a pack, I always go around it leaving it for last to have a slow reveal with. As I slowly peeled back the card that was sitting on top of the pull, I saw the words Z-Team...then it had a blue/white uniform and then when I fully revealed the card, holy moly! I had hit an Emmitt Smith Z-Team!! It was not only of the hottest player of that time, but the card was not an easy find. 1:72 packs or 1:3 boxes. I was blown away. It was by far my biggest hit of my young hobby career at the time.

I immediately had offers from Ted, what a surprise, and my best friend Brian's uncle who was a big Cowboys fan really wanted the card as well but I wouldn't budge. It was my big hit. It was a sweet looking card. I vowed never to let it go.

Well, that was all fine and dandy til I moved out of my parents house and mistakenly left it behind. My father suspected I no longer wanted it and sold the card. I didn't think of the card once I moved out, I was in my hobby dark years of not collecting because I thought a girl was more important-bad decision by the way- and pushed the hobby to the side. But, after a couple of years , I came back.

So I went back through my collection and realized that the Emmitt was missing and my father apologized and let me knew it was gone. The biggest problem was after I found that out, there was no more LCS, no more card shows, and no collectors around. The person he had sold it to had moved as well. I didn't have internet access or even knew of eBay. I just had to take the loss and realize the card was gone possibly forever.

Years had passed and I had actually forgotten about the card. I had come on here to start blogging back in 2012 and as I was retelling some of my stories, I started to remember the Emmitt Smith that got away. Which also brought back my love of my favorite collecting era.

So I began a journey of trying to find it.

There were still no LCS or card shows, but at least this time I knew about eBay thanks to my wife. So I began to search. Some were overpriced, most were the promo versions. There were very few of these out there and I wasn't going to overpay for one even though I desperately wanted one. Then I looked to trading, nobody had one available. It started to look like I wasn't going to be lucky finding one at all.

Earlier last week however, one popped up at a fairly reasonable price. I checked, double checked and even triple checked to make sure it wasn't the promo version and was the one I had wanted. It was the correct version and I felt a huge sigh of relief.

So here it is for the very first time in 22 years in my hands to now officially stay there. I present you the 1996 Pinnacle Zenith Emmitt Smith Z-Team!!
I know this isn't the hottest card on the market today or even has the value it had years ago, but to me, none of that matters and never has. What does matter to me most in this hobby is the memories and nostalgia attached to those. Those are things much more valuable and this Emmitt Smith card even from a Giants fan will always have those.