Saturday, March 3, 2018

Nuttin But The HIts:2017 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions

If you didn't know by now, I am apart of a special club and have been since 2011. It's called The Upper Deck Volunteer Alliance.  This "club" takes on missions designated by Upper Deck to help make the hobby a better place. In exchange for our hard work, we could be chosen to receive an Upper Deck mail day.

I was a lucky recipient with the latest mission receiving two boxes of 2017 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions along with a few other cards including one that knocks off a want list card. Yup, pretty stinkin' cool club to be apart of.

Today I will showcase box number one in my break. As an early hotline tip. box two was much, much more exciting.
Let's get to the break! There are 20 packs per box and 6 cards per pack. Boxes have 3 hits in a mix of things and boxes run about $100 per.
The one thing that is always a draw-in for me with Goodwin, is its quirkiness. Love the oddballs you won't find elsewhere. One of those newest additions was Stephen King who I idolized and wanted to be as a kid. I grew up with a horror movie mom. He also had autograph and memorabilia cards. I didn't pull those in either of my breaks so they will be added to my want list if any of you come across one. The product also has Trey Griffey cards in them. My first ones of my heroes sons cards.

Up next are some minis. These fall 1:4 packs.

Also pulled this canvas mini as well.

These are the black and white base card Sp's that fall 1:4 packs.

Absolutely loved the bold colors on the Goudey inserts. Found myself a Wayne Gretzky! If only I could find his autograph.

Now onto the hits. Well, despite how cool they look, I will say it's a tad disappointing to find a lenticular card of space as two of my three hits.

These, like other hits in the box, have different tiers of rarity.

Comet Galaxy is in Tier 2 and falls 1:120 packs. So not a bad pull per say.

And Neptune is a base one falling at 1:64 packs.

My last hit was this Kevin Maitan relic card. The relics also have levels of rarity but Maitan was a base one at 1:51 packs.
I loved busting this stuff even though my hits were not the best. But, the oddballs of finding a horse card as base or former presidents add a pretty cool dimension to the product.
More to come from this mail day and from another box break.

Friday, March 2, 2018


Kicking off a month long of giveaways to celebrate my six years of blogging, here is a nice prize pack offered up by my friends over at BCW Supplies.
 It's pretty easy to enter to win this sweet card storing prize pack. Just read the simple rules below.
  1. MUST BE A U.S. RESIDENT or Have a U.S. shipping address to enter.
  2. Comment below telling me your favorite segment or favorite part of reading Sport Card Collectors.
  3. Comment ALSO with how many views you think this contest post will get in one week. This is how I will pick the winner so please don't forget this step!!!!!!!
  4. Enter by March 8th 2018 and you are entered to win. Winner will be announced on March 9th 2018.
  5. Thank BCW Supplies for their generosity when and where you can!
Even if you aren't lucky enough to win this prize pack, you can still pick one up for yourself from BCW Supplies right here,
That's simply it. Good luck to all that enter and thanks to everyone who reads this blog.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

SCC 6-Year Blogversary!

Six years ago today, I started sport card blogging, wow.

I had just started my journey in learning the new age of collecting via social media as I wasn't much of an internet fiend up to that point. I set up the The Cardboard Fans Facebook page-one I failed to mention last year when I did this post- that went flat fast for a short period which drove me to do a Sport Card Collectors one. I never knew it would grow so much over the years and have a blog add on after a year of running it.

How did I discover blogging? As I expanded my internet collecting, I read/joined forums and had discovered a couple of sport card blogs along the way and because of them, one was The Knights Lance by Panini and the other was the now retired Sports Card I am not sure what it was, but something to do with the posts on The Knights Lance in February and the contests that Sports Card was running, it was one of those instant "duh" moments that I needed to start up a sports card blog. Something simply led me to it and I just can't explain it fully.

So began my journey in figuring out how to blog and what platform. It seemed blogspot was the easiest to use, so I set something up, put in an obvious name (I regret the name still as creativity was not in my books at the time but guess I am stuck with it FOR NOW) and tried to figure out all of the nooks and crannies on how to post. With lots of help/guidance from the one and only Tracy Hackler, who I consider my main inspiration for blogging and my Yoda on getting me going, I was able to put up some posts and get underway. It definitely didn't come easy as I was still a rookie making rookie mistakes. You know, taking poor pictures, copy and pasting pics from my Photobucket that disappeared over time and simply not understanding what/how to fully post with many errors.

None of that got me down however and it only drove me to work harder at it.

My sophomore blogging year things improved but I still ran into rookie mistakes. However, with that year and each one after, I continued to tweak things up to try and keep readers interested. I ran many, many, many contests and surprise mail days as I love giving back to the hobby community that has given so much to me. Glad I am still able to do that today and hopefully beyond.

I sometimes can't fathom how long I have been blogging on here and the many changes and shifts I have made over these amazing six years and the many great people I have met in the online community.

I think going into year six with the recent changes I have made at the beginning of the year, I feel the best I have felt about the blog yet and don't feel I need to make anymore changes. I just wished it hadn't taken me this long to figure it out. I am sure in another year this feeling may change. It's all apart of the blogging process.

So let's see how Year 6 matched up to previous years, here is the breakdown:

Year One, Sport Card Collectors blog had 68,169 overall views. 695 Twitter Followers and 118 Facebook LIKES.

Year Two, Sport Card Collectors blog grew to 205,240 overall views, 2,206 Followers on Twitter and 147 Facebook LIKES.

Year Three, Sport Card Collectors blog grew to 340,841 overall views, 3,576 Followers on Twitter and  159 Facebook LIKES. 

Year Four, Sport Card Collectors blog grew to  483,217 overall views,  4,494 Followers on Twitter and 431 Facebook LIKES. 

Year Five, Sport Card Collectors blog grew to 679,331 overall views. 5,325 Twitter Followers and 541 Facebook LIKES.

Year Six, Sport Card Collectors blog grew to 952,540 overall views. 6,272 Twitter Followers and 627 Facebook LIKES.

Year Six has seen amazing success and huge growth. I have also noticed a jump in my blog followers since the beginning of the year picking up 8 new ones. I haven't seen that many new ones in forever. Thanks for following!

The blog has also grown a lot in 2018 per views. They have doubled per day since the end of 2017 going into 2018 with my new writing revamp. I hope you guys can also tell the difference with longer posts, tips on collecting, an inside look at my collecting and pieces of my past with pictures, relics and toys.

I was surprised how well Facebook has grown however. I only post my links on there now. I used to interact more, but it felt the more I interacted, the likes went down. Same goes for Twitter and that has really grown.

I have had many highlights that I am very proud of among the six years as a blogger, include being named a 3-time Panini Player Of The Day Blog Champion (2 years co-winner), receiving a tremendous UDRAK (Upper Deck Random Acts Of Kindness) for all that I give back to the hobby, and finishing second out of hundreds of blogs for the 2014 Blog Of The Year in the Bip Award and finishing second place in The #HasAVote #BestBlogger Hobby All-Star Award On CollectorSaurus Site. I finally won a Blog Of The Year contest beating out many great ones in 2017 claiming the first ever Best Collecting Blog award from GoGTS Live/ Beckett #Fatpacks. Not to mention being contacted by Pawn Stars to help spread the word on them.

I have also had a 4200+ view day on here as well, which far exceeds my average of now 900 but even this number has gone up double since last year. Another proud moment is also never missing ONE SINGLE POST DAY on here in 6 years even after some tough health years. I have totaled over 3850 published posts and feel I have accomplished a lot for something I did on a whim.

Before I close up today's post, I want to say a few thanks as well to those who have played a role in the success of Sport Card Collectors. 

Thank you to Tracy Hackler and the Panini crew for their continued support of six years with providing prizes with reviews.

Thank you to BCW Supplies as well with providing prizes for contests and their support over 5 years.

And a HUGE thank you goes out to Topps who has been a tremendous support in year five and six giving you guys a chance at some pretty sweet prizes and fun contests through reviews.

Make sure to check all of the companies above out and give them a follow on all social media sites and let them know the many thanks for the support of Sport Card Collectors. Also, go buy their products ;)

Not all cards in the past six years that have been given away on here have come from companies either as I thought I should clarify that. A lot has come from my own personal breaks as well and cards that I have picked up specifically to be given away. I just love to make others happy and to grow the hobby anyway I can. The card companies help with what I started myself.

I also wanted to thank the other sport card bloggers who added me to their blogroll this past year and that I have added to my trading circle. I hope to add more blogs to my blogroll and I hope others will add me to theirs in this next upcoming year. It's a very nice community to be apart of and one that I hope to get to know more of and be more apart of this year.

I wanted to also take a minute to thank all of the new traders I have added in 2017. All of you helped support my hobby addiction in another year I couldn't afford to do much in. Thank you.

Finally, I also wanted to give an extra shout out to my top trading buddies Shane over at Project Pedro Blog and Bryan over at 90's Niche Football Card Blog and of course top reader that is always overly generous and a good guy, Grady M. I truly appreciate what you guys helped me with over the years and especially 2017. @JGfan24ever deserves a throw in here to with all of his generosity towards me. I appreciate every surprise you send me in my mail box.

And one last thank you to @Jake1725 for listening to my thoughts, opinions and being there for me to bounce ideas off from. Also for those who take a minute and RT/Share my posts. I truly appreciate all of it.

In closing, I wanted to thank you guys, the readers. If it wasn't for you, why bother posting. Thanks for reading and checking out Sport Card Collectors blog. I hope you find what I post interesting, inspiring, fun and informational as that was my aim when I started up this blog. Hope to see you back here again tomorrow or again today :)

Now that my Golden Globe speech is done and I can picture all of you in my mind giving a standing ovation and hopefully not a middle finger, God Bless all of you and have a great day. A contest celebration will be posted soon as the giving continues here.

All the best,

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Nuttin But The Hits:1996 Pinnacle Football Hobby Box

The late 90's. Is there truly any better time in the hobby?

The variety, the brands, the innovations, the value.

It's all in there.

For me there is also a bonus, the memories. This was and always will be my best time in the hobby. Nothing will ever change that.

So when I pulled off my last trade with Project Pedro blog I got the opportunity to take a trip back down memory lane with some packs/box breaks from my past. I loved every aspect of our trade, but these breaks were truly what hit me the hardest and what I enjoyed the most. With every pack I busted a smile can be seen for miles across my face and the next chance to open the next pack brought me joy like no other.

There will be multiple breaks coming up on here. So get ready to take a trip back in time!

Today. let's go back to 1996 shall we? That's the year I was currently starting to post about for Origins Of A Cardboard Addict blog. I had thought about busting these boxes over there, but instead I decided to keep them here and maybe this will be the future site of that blog as well and will continue my story of collecting here.

Even though it felt like only yesterday, when you actually think that 1996 was 22 Years ago, it starts to add some grey hair to your head if you grew up in that era. Which I am so glad I did looking at today's era both in the real world and in the collecting world. In the collecting world, we had marvelous Pinnacle. In 1996 it released another impressive brand with it's flagship football cards. I already had fallen madly in love with the 1995 version so when I saw it on the shelves it was a no-brainer to try.

Each box of 1996 Pinnacle football has 24 packs of 10 cards each. You can find rookie cards of Eddie George, Keyshawn Johnson, Marvin Harrison, Mike Alstott, Derrick Mayes, Tim Biakabutuka, Karim Abdul-Jabbar, Stephen Davis, Eric Moulds, Tony Banks, Terry Glenn and many others!

When you open up the box you will find a paper envelope with a box topper inside. It is a Private stock parallel. I thought I did pretty decent finding a Faulk.
When it comes to the base, they look like....well....I am not going to show you today. I have an individual post for that for a reason. You will be amazed I promise and that will be the next upcoming break post for my series from Project Pedro Blog.

So let's jump right to the hits!

Trophy Collection parallels fall 1:5 packs. I found five of them in my break. Gotta love some dufex. There are also Artists Proof parallels that fell 1:48 but not so much luck for that for me.

321 are fun die cuts of a players jersey and a player in the forefront fall 1:24 packs or one per box. I really dig the design. Wished it had been a better player, but either way, still a nice touch for my 90's insert PC.

The box really promoted the insert Double Disguise that fall 1:18 packs. They are similar it appears to Mystery Finest. However, I have yet to get myself to peel them. It's a double sided, double protective coating card. I can say however, I can see a G through one side which leads me to believe that one side or maybe just the card in general is a Packer and possibly Brett Favre.

The only other hit I could have found was but didn't was the epic Team Pinnacle that fell 1:90.

I felt I did pretty solid with the box break and maybe even better if I decide to unpeel the card. But, when I do breaks like this it has nothing to do with value to me. So if Edgar Bennett is unpeeled, I am fine with that as well. These kind of breaks are for fun. And yes, fun still exists in this hobby and we all just have to reach down within and find it. Cards weren't always about money and value, they were collected for fun once. Something I still do to this day.

CONTEST ATTACHED! I will be giving away a few KEY rookie cards from this break via PWE. Please read this carefully to be considered in the drawing!
  1. Must be a U.S. resident or have a U.S. shipping address. Sorry but I can't afford to ship outside the U.S.
  2. I will be pinning this tweet to my Twitter, YOU MUST RT it on Twitter or you can share this on my Facebook page to be entered.
  3. I will be tweeting out the cards you can win and the instructions to as well.
  4. Comment below-this is very important step-that you have done so.
  5. You are in to win! Winner will be announced in a few days so make sure you RT AND COMMENT BELOW!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Some Things Need To Be Bought Twice

There are some things in life that you simply can't replace.

Like these ageless artifacts from my football playing years. A flat high school practice football along with my practice jersey-with a tear down it's side seam-from Pop Warner. These are items that I don't want inflated or seam sewed or ever want replaced with new ones They are a rare piece of my history and nostalgic memories.

However, a damaged rare card on the other hand, I had to recently re-buy again.

Last summer I discussed buying this rare 1997 Stadium Club Monday Night Football redemption card for $5 and that I was happy to add it thinking if others knew how tough these were for that price they would be scooped up fast.

Well, sadly during my re-sorting project, I had left it on the floor and stepped on it giving it a slight bend. 
Unlike the flat football or tear down my practice jersey, this really bothered me. But, I didn't really want to fork out money to buy another either as I saw the seller still had one. I would rather keep what I had and deal with it and use the last $5 I had left on my eBay gift card from an early Christmas gift on something else. As you all know, I like to make every dollar stretch.

A week passed, I hadn't spent my last $5 and I continued to have my hobby OCD eat away at me. So I took it to Twitter to ask opinions on what I should do.

The responses were, buy it again. I had a feeling they were gonna say that.

So I swallowed my pride and knew what I had to do even though it ate me up inside knowing that I caused the damage to it, had to spend $5 I could have gotten other Hampton or PC pieces with and re-bought the card. It gave me a mixed bag of feelings. Both joy and disappointment.

So here it is again, this time in mint condition, and this time put away out of harms way.


And I know I better make sure that nothing ever happens to this card again. There were only three listed ever on eBay. I bought the two $5 ones, the last one is listed at $60 and was one I have watched for 3 years with the price remaining the same. That one would be a very costly mistake.

Have you guys ever been through this with having to re-buy a card? Let me know in comments!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Binders Reorganization Update #3

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. Part 2 I showed off sorting baseball inserts. Part 3 should have been showing off my baseball rookie card progress, but I had to take a break from it. It's by far the toughest and longest part of my sort. I am closing in on finishing it, but I had to jump to doing basketball rookies in the meantime.

So today's post is all about the basketball rookie cards.

I only had a few binders to sort through so I knew it wouldn't take me long but give me enough of a break from sorting baseball rookies by team. Originally I had always sorted my basketball by rookies by tossing them into a binder, but no more! It was too hard to find players when they are not being sorted by team so that's exactly what I did.
Along with doing the sorting, I uncovered some gems in the process which I was pretty excited about. I was also able to pull out some cards for my Sets Of My Childhood chase.

Here is one of the gems I found, a Russ Westbrook rookie. I found this and the parallel.

Then came some tremendous Prizm finds I had long forgotten about. 

Draymond Green,

Isiah Thomas,

Kawhi Leonard. This card last year was hot, hot hot!! I believe it is still on the Top 20 hot list in a Beckett.

And then this bad boy.
Other than feeling more organized, part of the fun with doing this project is uncovering gems like these and finding other cards that brought back many memories. Some cards I can tell you where I bought them, busted them, who I was with, and maybe more depending on the card.
More updates on the completion of the baseball rookie card stage to come. I am hoping the next post in this series will be an update about that.

There is still so much to go in this project. Because what gets taken out, still has to go back in!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Player Profile 3: Paul Konerko

Player Profile is a series that breaks down players I have pulled from my collection and designated as a player collection. These are mostly stars from the past and present and only include base cards and inserts. Hits and rookie cards are not counted. Some players I pulled because I was a fan of their game, others are obvious because of their play. Some players I actually look for cards of in packs while others get just placed in these boxes. This series will break down how many cards I have of the player, what my Top 5 favorite cards are of the player and why I pulled the player for a player collection.

This series will also cover all four sports I collect. 

Player By The Numbers For Paul Konerko: 55 Different Cards.

Paul Konerko was a very underrated player in my opinion especially in the hobby. A guy who went about his business without a lot of recognition for doing so. Sometimes those are the guys I like the most which is another reason I like Rodney Hampton so much.

Paul quietly was a 6x All-Star, won a World Series in 2005 and was the ALCS MVP that year as well. He also won the Roberto Clemente award in 2014 before calling it quits at the end of that season as well. He was also a captain and leader of that team as well from 2006-2014.

So here are my Top 5 favorite cards for Paul.

#5. Most of us only remember his time for the White Sox, but Paul did play for the Reds for a short time as well. I like having a variety of cards for one player if they played on multiple teams. Paul got traded from the Reds to the White Sox and the rest was history after.

#4 I just enjoyed the photography angle of him getting someone out on base.

#3 speaking of photography, Upper Deck had to make this list as I assume they will with any of my Player Profiles. There isn't much to say about this photo as I think it speaks for itself.

#2. Paul also played for the Dodgers who were the team that drafted him before he got traded to the Reds. I chose this card as number two mainly because of the nice design from Omega, but slightly because it features the team he originated from.

And finally card #1 is this Donruss Studio base from 2005 This design was pretty well done. Paul's stance and the city in the backdrop looks pretty cool. Card also has a "White Sox" tint to it.
Paul has been well celebrated by the White Sox since his retirement. They retired his number, built a statue of him and celebrated his Game 2 World Series grand slam in their 25th celebration of their stadium.
Which Paul Konerko card above to you like the most and which card do you own is your favorite of his? Let me know in comments!