Friday, December 31, 2010

Fun Video

Ran across this on the Extra Mustard page at Sports Illustrated and had to share. Neat video on how Wilson makes every football for the NFL and for retail stores.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas to all!!!

(And thanks to Steve and 5finity for the amazing card)

Monday, December 13, 2010


Finally got my scanner up and running so here are some pictures of recent pulls and purchases.

If you see something you like let me know. The Philly Edwards is already spoken for.

Friday, December 10, 2010

New Link

Wanted to let you all know that I have a new link over to the left. It leads to my CheckOutMyCards page and what I have up for sale there. If you see something you'd like and it seems to be high shoot me a (reasonable) offer and I'll take a look. I have baseball, football, hockey and basketball up right now and will be restocking from time to time.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Break Results

So UPS delivered my two boxes of cards about 15 minutes before I left for work on Thursday morning. I had an event at church that evening after work and didn't get home until 8:30 which means I didn't start breaking until close to 9:00 that night! My scanner is still down but I wanted to post some results tonight. I'll have a post coming soon that will be NOTHING but pictures to go with the post that I've previously made.

2008 Razor Letterman

Five packs of one autographed manufactured letterman card. Possible numbered cards of /1, /5, /10 and /20.

As I mentioned before I got two boxes of each product. In Letterman I was looking for a Hosmer or two and whatever else I can use as trade bait. I don't think I did too bad in the long run here. The non-numbered cards are single colored while the /20 have a dual blue border with a red letter. I got six regular and four numbered to 20. The best one I pulled is probably Pedro Alvarez of the Pirates. I did get one Royal, but not the one I was looking for. I pulled a Tim Melville #1/20. Also got Yonder Alonso (Reds), Michael Inoa (A's), David Cooper (Blue Jays), Justin Smoak (Rangers), Brian Matusz (O's)....I'm looking at you Beardy!! Jeremy Beckham #19/20 (Rays), Bobby Lanigan #7/20 (Twins) and Carlos Gutierrez #2/20 (Twins). The only two going in the PC are the Melville and the Alvarez (for now) and the rest are available.

2009 Razor Ink Vault

One unopened Inkworks box and three sealed Inkworks autographs.

I LOVE this product. The main problem is I can't justify spending $55 a box to get it. At $30 a box I wish I could have ordered a case. My two inner boxes weren't the best but were fun to open. I got Journey to the Canter of the Earth 3D and 4400 Season 2. I opened both and got from JttCotE a pieceworks card of Anita Briem as Hannah. From the 4400 box I pulled a Jeffrey Combs auto and a pieceworks of Sean Tyson as Gabriel. The Combs is a great pull as he has appeared in every Star Trek series and the Re-Animator movies. However I already had one so this one is again some nice trade bait and is already spoken for. My six sealed autos were the highlight by far. I got two from Smallville of Sheriff Nancy Adams (A17) and Jerry Wesserman (A45), one from Charmed of Dorian Gregory as Darryl (A2) and one from The 4400 of Natasha Gregson Wagner as April Skouris (A15). The last two are for the PC.... from Firefly and Serenity I got a Gina Torres as Zoe and the hit of the boxes Jewel Staite as Kaylee! The Gina is the Serenity version and the Jewel is the Firefly version. Firefly is one of my all-time favorite TV shows and I now have half of the main casts autographs. The Jewel Staite is actually a double for me but I'm hard pressed to put in on the trade block. If I was offered say a Nathan Fillion in return I wouldn't turn that down but it's going to have to be a good offer for me to think about parting ways.

2009 Upper Deck Philadelphia

Got two of the 5x7 box toppers like I was supposed to. The second box actually had a case hit! An autograph 5x7 of Malcolm Jenkins. Not a bad start. I pulled 31 SP's and should have only pulled 30 so got an extra one there. I got the correct amount of the mini cards at 8. My jersey cards are nice as well. Philly at least used some color in their swatches. The only white one is of Brandon Edwards. I also pulled red jersey pieces of Tony Gonzalez and Lee Evans and a purple swatch of Chester Taylor. The first autograph I pulled is actually a redemption. This made me a bit nervous since the last one I tried to redeem had to be replaced. Upper Deck won't have to replace this one as they still have autographs of Brandon Marshall in stock. The second autograph is even better since it's another case hit! I managed to get a 1935 National Chicle rookie autograph of Darrius Heyward-Bey. OK so not the best rookie but still a hard pull. If you're keeping track that means I pulled BOTH case hits out of the same box. The 5x7 and the 1935 autograph! Thank you Blowout Cards!! Everything but the Taylor is available out of the Philly.

I'm still waiting for my sketch packs from Sadlittles but that's not a bad thing since I don't have a scanner right now and it's hard to just describe a sketch card! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Group Break

Hey guys, I know most of you probably already read Dennis' blog Too Many Grandersons and know about this but I'm putting in a plug for his group break. We are doing 6 boxes of 2010 Donruss EEE. One slot in $38 and gets you three teams, one you pick right away and the other two to be drafted right before the break. Click HERE and see all the details and teams available.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thursday....or Friday Preview

So I'm here this week with a quick preview of what I'll have later this week. I managed to take advantage of some of the Black Friday sales on both Blowout Cards and D&A Card World and have six boxes of cards coming. From Blowout I grabbed 2 boxes of 2009 Philadelphia football and 2 boxes of 2008 Razor Letterman. From the Philly I'm hoping to get some of the shortprints that I need after the case split I did over on IAmJoeCollector and I would love to pull a mini-autograph, or two! With the Razor I saw a recent break on Blowout boards and for the price it looks fun. Hoping for an Eric Hosmer auto as he has an exclusive deal with them. Over at D&A I had 4 boxes in my cart and decided to dump two at the last minute. I dumped the 2008 MLS boxes that were $10 each and kept the two boxes of 2009 Razor Ink Vault. These have been a great deal as they come with 3 autographs and one sealed box. On Friday these were almost $20 off and I couldn't pass them up. I've gotten extremely lucky with these boxes before and we'll see how I do this time around. I also have a few E-bay winnings coming in and four packs from Sadlittles own Black Friday sale. Hopefully I'll have a working scanner soon that way I can actually show you some of the cards I get!

Hope your Thanksgiving was as great as mine! We'll see you later this week.......

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Problems (A Public Service Announcement)

Thanks to our friendly Captain from the north I just realized that the e-mail connected to my profile was an incredibly old address that isn't in use any more. I have updated this to the correct address now. If you have tried to e-mail me in the last oh... month or more and gotten it returned I apologize. Please resend anything you would like or if you had any offers that you were interested in. Now back to your regularly scheduled blog reading!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Finally Something New

Hey guys, and gals, out there in blogger land! Finally got some cards in to show off and a couple boxes to review. Gonna apologize for the bad pictures right away as well. My scanner fried today so I had to go to my backup camera and it just isn't the same! I'll start with the saga that was my Philly redemption. After calling UD and waiting for only a couple minutes I talked with a customer service rep who verified that my redemption was out of stock and asked what my favorite team is. I replied the Vikings and was told a like valued would be sent. In less than three weeks I already have my replacement. A 2009 SP Authentic on card autograph of the former Vikings lineman Ron Yary. I honestly can't complain, Yary was the first player selected by the Vikings in 1968 and played for 15 seasons becoming a starter in his second. He was voted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.

I also picked up a card form the now retired Sadlittles set Essence of Fairyland. Artist Mel Uran did several fairies in a steampunk style. Now I'm not a huge steampunk fan but these cards looked great and when one came up in Nathan's clear out sale I had to try an get it. My luck held and here she is in all her beauty......

Now on to a couple loose packs I grabbed. I wanted to see what all the hype was about with the Topps Update and I love the 2010 Topps football so I got a jumbo of each. No hits out of the Update but did manage to get one of the SP variations of Reggie Jackson. Out of the football I got a player worn jersey card of the Browns rookie Colt McCoy. Nice thing is I can sell both and get most of the money back on the packs.

So now onto the boxes. The first is actually a mini box from the new Press Pass Legends racing. Not much to tell here but oyu do get one auto and one memorabilia card per mini box. Plus a numbered card in the other packs. I did pull everything I was supposed to. My memorabilia is a super thick race-used firesuit of Dave Marcis and the autograph is a on-card of Dave Pearson. My favorite two cards were actually regular pulls, with one being numbered. I got a Motorsports Masters of Darrell Waltrip, has a UD Masterpieces texture to it, and a Make & Model #11 Mountain Dew numbered 92/99 which is Darrell's old car. Darrell is my favorite driver and I love listening to him call races. My overall thoughts on the Legends is it's a great product for a decent price. An actual full box is three of the mini boxes and will net you three autographs, three memorabilia cards and a bunch of numbered cards. I've seen some really nice stuff pulled on other forms and if you like racing it's a good product to get behind.

The last box is something from last year. I wanted to try a maximize my hits for my money and also try something new. I finally settled on 2009 Topps Chicle. Now there have been remarks about how the players look due to the fact that it's an entirely painted set. But it offers some good autographs at two per box and has a subset that I've been trying to complete through E-bay and the like. The base cards were done by 11 different artists including Brian Kong, Mike Kupka and Dave Hobrecht. I have a sample of what I think are both the good a bad here. One of my favorites has the be the Roy Williams and the Jerry Rice. The Jacobs show amazing emotion and Montana looks ready to play. Several of the artists did old throwback uniforms on the players and they just look strange, like the Sanchez. Trent looks way to happy to be passing the ball and I'm not real sure what Moss is thinking!! But for all the fact that I make a little fun of the cards I wish I had a tenth of the talent these guys do.

Each pack also has a mini card in it. The regular version is gold bordered while the SP backs have white borders with three different backs: Chicle, Bazooka and Topps Umbrella. I pulled four Chicle backs, two Bazooka backs, Matt Ryan and Percy Harvin, and one of the Topps backs numbered to 25 of Pierre Thomas.

I actually did excellent on the hits, I was supposed to get two autographs and one relic. Instead I got three autographs and a one in six box relic hit! Even though I got three autographs none of them were huge, I pulled a Pat White first, then a Ramses Barden and lastly and probably the best auto of the group Hakeem Nicks. Like I said nothing to get too excited over.

The final hit is a great card for my PC. A year or so ago I found on the bid board at my local card shop an Amelia Earhart Authentic Stamp Relic card and got it for something like $5.00. I looked up the set and decided that I wanted to put it together. According to the outside of the box there are seven different cards to get. I've picked up four of them cheaply and today out of the VERY FIRST PACK I pulled the Franklin Delano Roosevelt version B!! Couldn't believe my luck in pulling a stamp card let alone one that I needed!! This leaves the FDR version A, which I can't seem to find a picture of anywhere, and again according to the box one of Fort Knox which I haven't seen a picture of either. The Topps website doesn't even acknowledge that this set exists so I don't know if the last two cards were ever made. If anybody sees wither one please e-mail me, I'll throw together a package of your favorite team or something as a reward!

I don't think I would buy another box of Chicle but it was fun to open and I'll see how much of the set I actually have when I sort it in a day or two. The packs mentioned SP's so I'll have to try and find those as well.

I should be getting a package from Steve at 5FINITY for a March of Dimes promotion that he had going sometime in the next week or so and I'll show that off when it gets here. In the meantime take it easy and start saving room for Thanksgiving dinner!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Big (Art) Love

I wanted to show off my newest piece of large, 8x11, art that I was able to commission. Over on Deviant Art one of my art friend last month did a special where for $20 he would do a full sized ink 8x11 for you, if you managed to get in on it on the day he offered, 24 hour window only. Well as luck would have it I missed out the first time but promised myself I would watch in case he did the offer again. So this last month Randy put the offer back up. I jumped in and requested two pieces. The first I can show you and is of my girl Boomer from BSG. The second is actually for the Scoundrel Secret Santa so I'm not going to show that one off right now. I mentioned the artists first name is Randy or Randy Kintz also known as rantz. Some of oyu may recognize the name from the last Sadlittles release of Rantz's Angels, same guy. He does great work both in color and in inks only. I've been getting more larger pieces for my collection. Some original art but mostly prints as they are usually cheaper. I hope ot get most of them matted and framed and up for display soon. In the meantime here is Boomer.

More cards coming later this week....

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Contest from the South

Check out this contest over at Georgia Mindset... you could win a box of Topps Chrome Baseball.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Redemption Update

As I mentioned in the previous post I received a redemption out of our Philly case split for Joey Porter. Well today I put in the code to see when I would get my card. Scrolled down and see the infamous words..... "Inventory depleted. Please contact customer service for exchange." So now I get to call UD in the morning and see what they can offer me instead of Mr. Porter. I'm going to shoot for a current Viking, maybe Allen, Greenway or Gerhart. I'll keep you guys updated on the progress.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Week In Review Cardboard Style

So this has been a fairly fun week for me with all the stuff I've gotten. I had my three boxes of the new Star Wars release that I had pre-ordered get here on Friday. I got my packs of the new 5finity release Hack/Slash on Monday and today I got my box from I Am Joe Collector with the results of the Philadelphia case split. Good Lord I'm not even sure where to start.... ok, let's go from today backwards.

Philadelphia case results. As I'm sure many of you saw we got an amazing case of Philly. It included autos of Harvin, Allen and Sanchez. Unfortunately in the randomization process I didn't end up with any of them, oh well. I did get the 5x7 box topper auto of Brandon Pettigrew and regular autos of Matt Forte and Jerry Porter, who is a redemption for some reason. No huge names on the jersey cards but I did get one of the buybacks. A 1964 cards of the Giants Dick Lynch. It's not a valuable card by any means but I love buybacks. I'm hoping to either get in another case split or save up enough to get a case for myself sometime. I really like the design of the '09 Philly, and I have a bunch of short-prints I still need to finish out my set.

So now on the Friday. I had pre-ordered three boxes of Star Wars The Clone Wars: Rise of the Bounty Hunters a couple months ago and they finally showed up. The cards to look for are the one per box sketch cards and if you're lucky you might get an extra hit of an animator sketch. I pulled everything I was supposed to and no extra cards. My sketches were all nice but I would have liked more color in them. I pulled a Shelli Paroline, a Lawrence Snelly and a Brent Engstrom. Brent's card was my favorite but was also damaged by the infamous roller at Topps. No damage to the sketch itself but something like that should NEVER happen. I'm not sending the card in to be replaced instead selling it as is on E-bay. I might pick up a few favorite cards but I'm not planning on any more boxes of this. I'll be saving for the Galaxy 6 release coming in 2011.

Now back to Monday and Hack/Slash. This is 5finity's newest release based off of a comic series. It's not a series I'm very familiar with so I actually picked up a couple back issues last month to see why Steve and 5finity chose their subject. The main characters are Cassie Hack and her partner Vlad who hunt slashers, click here for more info on the comic. I ordered five packs and pulled five great cards. 5finity gets some of the best artists and work out there for their sets. I pulled cards by Mike Norton, Josh Flower, Jon Riggle, Robin Thompson and rare artist Tony Scott. The Thompson and the Scott are my favorites. The Riggle made me laugh when I pulled it since Jon is know for his female drawings more then his male. I mentioned this to him the other night and he commented back that he figured he'd get that response to the Vlad's that he drew. It's a great card either way and I can't wait to see more of his work for official sketch card sets.

I also picked up a few more of the Topps Chrome football value packs and a couple blasters. Nothing real huge in the value packs but do now have a completed page of the orange refractors. In the blasters I got all kinds of x-fractors and managed to pull a purple refractor of Percy Harvin then in the last pack I got a great surprise, one MOJO should be familiar with, an Aaron Hernandez autograph! Can't argue with that at all. Hernandez is playing well and I got a hobby box hit at less then half the price. Here's a look at the auto and a couple completed pages of joy from Chrome.

Hope everybody else had as good of a week as I've had this past one. Now if the Giants can finish out this last half inning I'll even had the World Series I want to see. (Thanks to the Rangers for beating the "Best Team Money Can Buy"!!) Oh.... and GO VIKINGS!!