Saturday, March 17, 2018

Winner Of Panini Status Autograph!

Another #SCC6YR contest comes to an end with only one more left but it's a biggie with lots of cards to score including a  card numbered 2/5!!

But first, let's find a winner for this card

I was actually a bit disappointed with the sad turnout on this one. ONLY 16 of you entered this contest to win this autograph with some bonus cards too. There wasn't even that many views on this contest as opposed to past contests so let's check out what the final tally was.....
296! Wow. Not even 300. 
Most of you went over this and some way over. I expected at least 400 myself but one of you was pretty darn close and you are the winner. A big congrats goes out to Dennis who came up with 287 views as his guess. 
Dennis, please email me your address to or DM on Twitter @Sportcardcollec if that's easier. You will have 48 hours from today to claim your prize. If it goes unclaimed, I will throw this card into the prize lot for the big contest that I expect to start in a couple weeks.
Thanks to everyone that entered and be ready for the next contest coming up soon!!

REVIEW:2017 Panini Plates and Patches Football

Coming off from a successful 2016, Plates and Patches makes another return with more plates and patches.

I was extremely happy to hear Panini brought this product back as it may be small but can pack a punch.

With only five cards you are really hoping that each card is something good for the price point. Let's check out what the 2017 version provided me

In every box of 2017 Panini Plates and 
Patches comes five cards. Those five cards are 1 base, 1 parallel, 1 printing plate, 1 patch auto and one relic. Boxes are $110 per.

The base cards are thick and team color coded for top and bottom borders. There are 100 veterans all numbered to 99, followed by 80 Legends numbered to 75 and ending with 20 rookies numbered to 50. Would be quite the set chase that's for sure.

There are parallels to be found of the base sets of Blue (below) /50, Green /25, Red /10, and Gold 1/1.

And this product has no inserts. So we are off hitting up the hits!

Most all of the hits have parallels of, Blue /25, Green /10, Red /5, and Gold 1/1.

Up first was this slick looking Josh Reynolds Quad relic. has some really sweet patch swatches and football swatches as well. I like the layout and design of these.

Plates and Patches also has rookie autograph patches. I think Kenny G had one of the best rookie signatures in 2017. These are numbered to 99 and also have parallels of Blue /50, Green /25, Red /10 and Gold 1/1.

And my final hit the Plates form Plates and Patches, a sick black LT one from Prestige! That's one thing unique about this product. That plates come from multiple products. Last year I found Bo Jackson as my plate.
Other hits not found in my box but could be in yours include,
  • Award Winners Autographs
  • Canton Calligraphy Autographs
  • Double Coverage Relics, Full Coverage Relics
  • Gridiron Gear Relics, Gridiron Gear Autograph Relics
  • Marquee Marks Autographs
  • Marquee Marks Blue Autographs
  • Plates and Patches, Plates and Patches Autographs
  • Playmakers Autographs 
  • Rookie Quads Material Autographs
  • Signal Callers Autographs 
  • Super Bowl Autographs
  • Team Supreme Relics
  • Team Supreme Autograph Relics 
  • Upper Echelon Autographs and Printing Plate Autographs
OVERALL: Even though this was a very short break, I still had a good time. I feel the value in these boxes like any box varies but the 1/1 printing plate should help with some. There is a ton of varitey hits to be found in a break and with it ranging from players from the past, present and future you never know what's hiding.

I definitely suggest breaking a box but if you can't afford to do so, get into a box break of it to help save you on funds but give you a shot at some of the magic.

You can find the full checklist for 2017 Panini Plates and Patches football, HERE.

Most of the hits, if not all, from this break will be given away for #SCC6YR celebration. Please, please tell Panini America and Tracy Hackler thanks for the shot at these cards. Without their support with these reviews giveaways wouldn't be possible. Check them out at Panini America website and all social media sites.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Guess The Autograph #3

Before I announce the latest Guess The Autograph, let's reveal the last one I posted....
Last weeks terrible signature was no other than Tyler Anderson and two of you were right.

Now onto the next part of this series.

Guess the autograph is as easy as it goes. I will throw up an autograph "swatch" and you guys have to simply guess whose autograph it is. There are no prizes involved, it's just for fun to test your autograph knowledge and give you bragging rights.

The autographs will spread across multiple sports and non sports so it should be fun to see the challenge it presents and see how many of you can correctly guess it. If you really want to take it a step further, try guessing the brand of card as well.

I will reveal the "answer card" and the autograph in the next post of this series.

So here is the next autograph to this series,

Can you guess it? Good luck.
Let me know in comments! 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

REVIEW:2017 Panini Limited Football

Another year, another Limited football release.

Limited has always been popular among collectors and has always stuck to a basic layout for the overall product with just a few tweaks here and there. Which isn't a bad thing.

The point of Limited is to make all of its hits and parallels,well, limited. Each one is numbered.

Let's check out the 2017 edition.

In each box of 2017 Panini Limited football has 3 packs and 5 cards per box. There is 2 autographs and 1 memorabilia card per box and boxes are currently running $99 per. Not many cards per box so you are banking that those hits will rock.

The base card design sticks with it's norm with just a fresher layout. But, it's a bit thicker cardstock with a white background. The base set is 100 cards and has players of the past and present.

There are parallels to the base set which are pretty easy to spot as the lettering how you spot them. They include, Silver /99 (below), Gold /49, Ruby /25, Emerald /5, Sapphire 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

Limited doesn't have any inserts so let's get straight to the hits.

My first pull was this Limitless relic which also has Prime /25 and Super Prime 1/1.

My next pull was this rookie autograph of Aaron Jones. These make up the final cards in the "base set". These rookies have parallels of Silver /35, Gold #/25 (the Jones), Ruby /10, Emerald /5, Sapphire 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

My final pull was this Darboh auto patch card. These cards make up cards 101-140 in the base set. These also have parallels of Silver /75, Gold /50 (my pull below), Ruby /10, Emerald /5, and Sapphire 1/1.

Other hits not found in my box include,

Limited Ink Autographs, Limited Combos Autograph, Limited Trios Autograph Jersey, Limited Quad Autograph Booklet, Draft Day Signatures Booklet, Game Day Swatches, Limited Partnership Dual Autographs, Limited Partnership Trios Autographs, Prime Time Jerseys , Ring of Honor Autographs, Rookie Phenoms Jerseys and Team Trademark Signatures.

You can see the full checklist for 2017 Limited football HERE.

OVERALL: My box wasn't a hot hitter, but there is plenty of hot hits in limited. The checklist is full of superstars of today, tomorrow and the past. The card design is solid throughout the product and with each of the hits and parallels being numbered it helps add a bit extra value.

Most of the hits, if not all, from this break will be given away for #SCC6YR celebration. Please, please tell Panini America and Tracy Hackler thanks for the shot at these cards. Without their support with these reviews giveaways wouldn't be possible. Check them out at Panini America website and all social media sites.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

TMNT Episode 2: Sticker And On-Card Autographs

Deep in the sewers of NYC, lived the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Most have forgotten about them living there. Some remember and shrug it off. Others still recognize them as heroes that saved their city from the foot-clan.

What have the turtles been doing all of these years in hiding.....

Sorting sports cards.

Does it truly ever end?

Nobody knew of the turtles and their collecting sports cards except for Casey Jones who would bring the turtles packs to open and card supplies to store their items.

Once in awhile the turtles run into a card-related problem that could use some help solving before it got messy.

Today Donatello and Leonardo were comparing autographs when a discussion broke out about sticker autographs and on-card autographs.

Leo: Check out this totally rad on card autograph Donnie.

Donnie: Does it really matter that you point out it's on-card every time. That's no better than my sticker autograph dude.

Leo: Are you kidding me right now? This is on-card. Ooooooonnnnnnn caaaaaaaarrrddd. This athlete totally touched this card.

Donnie: As if! The dude touched this sticker autograph as well.

Leo: Talk to the hand! There is no way that card is equal with mine.

Soon Mikey and Raph joined in and each of them took sides. Mikey agreed with Leo that on-card autographs are so bangin as opposed to sticker autographs because the athlete had to hold the card in hand. He also liked the fact that on-card autographs can't be messed up by companies sticker autograph messes they have.

Raph on the other hand, was very vocal in his agreement with Donnie and saying that all autograph cards are created equal.
The turtles continued to be at a standstill on the topic. 

Leo: I am sorry but I am right on this.

Donnie: Well, we like what we like but there is no way you are right this time. 
So not all was calm in the sewers as the turtles continued to take sides on who was right. What they needed was some guidance, some help from some knowledgeable collectors. That's where you guys come into play.
The Turtles need your help to solve this problem. Let them know in comments which side you choose and why. Hopefully by the time the next episode happens there will be a solution.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Last year I tweeted out this photo on Twitter of my desk,
Immediately I had a comment of "wow that's such a disaster someone please help this guy sort things out." 

I responded with, "that's not a mess, that's how I sort. It's a bit complex."

I made a promise to that individual that I would do a segment to explain my sorting and here I am.

It really isn't as complex as it looks, at least to me. But, it is a bit in-depth with as much as I collect and as many sports as I collect.

So I thought I would make this series breaking down everything I collect and how I sort it. I hope this will explain the picture I tweeted and maybe give you some ideas for your own collection on how to sort.

Today I am showing off how I sort hockey cards.

When I take a stack of hockey cards, I split them into many sections. This is something I have done every since I have been in the hobby. 24+ years of the same thing.

Just like my last sorting post with basketball, I don't pull out a favorite team. Back in the 90's I was a fan of the NY Rangers and the Colorado Avalanche. But as I got older, I became less and less interested in the sport. So I no longer watch it, but I still do collect it to a certain extent. My main hockey focus right now is trying to put together the late 90's Spx hologram sets. I currently have half of a set for 95-96 hockey but none of the 96-97 version. I am also on the lookout for a Wayne Gretzky rookie card and autograph. Won't be cheap adds, but maybe I will find someone with one for trade.

So for hockey I kick it off with the hits, Anything I feel that has good "book value" for inserts, $25+, and any hits get set off to the side to be placed in penny sleeves, toploaders or 10ct plastic boxes for jersey cards or thick cards. These all get placed into 2-row shoe box houses by sport. There are boxes I mark for hits and another for inserts.

The next stack is a player binder stack. This is where I put Wayne Gretzky and Mario L. I don't bother much with other players but I do set aside a few of my favorites from the 90's that get placed into 4 row boxes by player. There roughly is 10 total players I pull out as opposed to football that has almost 100.

The next stack is rookies and rookie inserts. For hockey they all go in the same binder and at this point they all fit in one three inch three ring binder. I thought about putting them by team during my binder reorganization project, but decided against it as I don't plan on adding a lot more hockey.

Hockey inserts, less-valuable ones and excluding star players, find themselves in a binder by themselves. In my binder reorganization project I will be pulling out 90's sets I enjoy. I had considered putting all of the card by the products they were, but that would take me forever. Maybe that will be a later on project.

Once I get everything bindered, they get stacked on shelves. Not standing up of course as that damages cards in the long run as the pages start to fold overtime. They are stacked alternating so one side doesn't get squished and so I can fit many on one shelf. You may notice numbers on the outside of the binders. At one point I used to number them and keep what's in them in a notebook but that got too complicated with the alternating as I can't see all of the numbers now.

And finally, the scraps. This is everything I don't collect or put into binders or set aside into boxes by-something. The base of the base like this Allison. Though this was my all time favorite hockey base card product.  
These are put into big ct boxes marked NHL, sorry for the lack of picture on this, by team and fit nicely under my desk. These cards I used to put by brand, year and number but I dismantled them last year in my box resorting project. I feel it's easier putting them by team as I don't ever plan on putting together most of those sets I had once started. 

And that does it for hockey. Like I said, I am not a die hard fan like I once was. Everything I sort in the sport is pretty simple unlike football my next sport in this series.

As for hockey sets I used to collect or have bought, they stay in their original boxes or in 800 ct boxes if I hand collated them.

Another part I failed to mention above, is my giveaway/trade pile. I pull that stuff out and set it aside as I go along for people I normally trade with and which giveaways I run. I only currently have one hockey trading partner. I wouldn't mind another or unloading some of mine for a sport I care more about.

Well, that's it for Part 3 of this series.There is only a couple more sections left to this series.

Thanks for reading and your thoughts on my sorting are welcomed in comments.

Monday, March 12, 2018

REVIEW:2017 Topps UFC Museum Collection

Hard hitting UFC makes it's appearance again for 2017 Topps Museum Collection.

It used to be just a standalone insert, but went full time product in 2016 and carried it's popular momentum into 2018.

What did this years product look like and how did I do, well, read on.

Each box of 2017 Topps Museum Collection UFC, you will find one pack with 8 cards per pack. You will also find two parallels and three hits for five of those cards. Boxes are currently running for $90.

The base set takes on the baseball design from last year with a clean black background with a featured fighter and silver border. The base set is only 50 cards but with three cards per pack that are base, it would take some effort to build still.

As with any product, there are parallels to chase. There are Copper /109, Gold /75 (below), Sapphire (below) /50, Ruby #/25, and Emerald 1/1. These are easily defined by the border color change.

With this being a mainly hit product, there are no inserts. So let's see what I pulled.
Most hits have patch parallels of Gold /25 and Emerald 1/1.

Single-Fighter Primary Pieces Quad Relic Legends. These include multiple pieces and can come as really nice patch parallels.

Single-Fighter Signature Swatches Relic. Another well done design hit. He has a very unique autograph as well.

Museum Autographs look really sharp with on-card autos jumping out at you. They have parallels also that are defined by the color behind the fighter. These include, Copper /25 (below), Gold /10, and Emerald 1/1.
Other hits not found in my box but could be in yours include,
  • Museum Dual Autograph
  • Museum Collection Framed Autographs (case hit)
  • Meaningful Material Relics
  • Museum Memorabilia Set
  • Single-Fighter Primary Pieces Quad Relics
  • Four-Fighter Primary Pieces Quad Relics
  • Single-Fighter Signature Swatches Dual Relic Autographs
  • Single-Fighter Signature Swatches Triple Relic Autographs
  • Single-Fighter Signature Swatch Reebok Logo Autographs 
Here is the full checklist for 2017 Topps UFC Museum Collection HERE.

OVERALL: Nice looking product, which is what you come to expect from the Museum Collection line, and some pretty decent hits in this box including the nice bronze Pettis. I don't think the price point is too terrible for a higher end hit based product with plenty of big hits to find. See what I did there.

I think if you are a UFC collector you will be pretty happy with this product whether buying boxes or singles.

Please take a minute out to thank Topps for providing the box to review. Some of the cards you see above will be included in my Fantasy Baseball contest! Follow Topps on all social media sites and check out their website HERE for cards and more! 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

REVIEW:2017-2018 Panini Status Basketball (CONTEST!!)

The red hot rookie class has helped carry a lot of basketball products this season and bring out some new ones along the way. One of these new ones is Status basketball. I wasn't too familiar with the product originally, but upon doing some research, the product caught my attention. It also may have been one under the radar til now.

So let's see how a break of it goes, shall we?

In each box of 2017-18 Panini Status Basketball there is. 10 packs with 6 cards per pack.Each box has one autograph and a fairly reasonable, for this rookie class, price point of $60 per box

The base set is 150 cards with 100 veterans and 50 rookies. The base cards have a weird but attractive colorful shapes background with lots of sparkly shine. Not a design I have seen used before.

The rookies are designed the same way except they have the rookie symbol. My box was a little weak on the big name rookie front but with 50 to chase and only roughly one per pack, it won't be always easy to land the big names.

There are parallels to the base set as well for both veterans and rookies. You can define the insert y the bottom right corner of the card. These include Aqua, Foundations, Orange, Pursuit, Red /299, Blue /199, Purple /149, Green /75, Gold /10, Kaleido 1/1. My best find was the Kuzma Green.

The inserts for the product stay true to it's shapely fun shiny design. Each of the inserts also have parallels of Red /299, Blue /199, Purple /149, and Gold /10.

Status Quo was my favorite designed insert of the group. I love the shooting player in the forefront and player layered in the background.

Rookie Credentials has all of the top rookies from the class

Symbols takes players from the past and the present and puts them in the spotlight.

Factions takes a trio from each team that stands out the most.

Now onto the one promised autograph pull. 

I pulled a Freshman Signatures of Derrick White of the Spurs. He was drafted by the Spurs in the first round and currently he is in the D-league.

Other hits and pulls I didn't find in my box but you might are, Base Aspirations / Status Parallels, Draft Night Autographs, Inscriptions, Draft Night Hat Relics, Elite Signatures, Elite Signatures Pink Parallel, Swatches Relics, Legendary Signatures, Materials and New Breed Autographs

OVERALL: I like the design of the product as a whole. The base, inserts and hit alllooked nice. There are some big hits to be found and the price point isn't too shabby. I believe this product is also available to those in retail to buy so availability is great as well. If you collect NBA, I can't see why you wouldn't take a gamble here.

My hit wasn't the best, but there is solid mixture of veterans, legends and rookies to find. You can view the checklist for 2017-2018 Panini Status basketball right HERE.
Now onto a CONTEST!!
To win this,
To win this card, read the following rules. 
  1. MUST BE A U.S. RESIDENT or Have a U.S. shipping address to enter.
  2. Comment below telling me what you think of this product.
  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!!!!!!!
  5. Sport Card Collectors or it's blog owner, WILL NOT be responsible for lost, stolen or damaged cards in the mail. If something happens to the card after I safely ship it, it is as it is. You agree to Sport Card Collectors and to it's blog owner if anything happens to the card once it has left my hands that I will not be held responsible for the damaged card when you enter below.
  6. Enter by March 16th 2018 and you are entered to win. Winner will be announced on March 17th 2018.
  7. Please, please tell Panini America and Tracy Hackler thanks for the shot at these cards. Without their support with these reviews giveaways wouldn't be possible. Check them out at Panini America website and all social media sites.