Tuesday, February 24, 2015

6th card for my 1998 Topps Chrome Refractor set comes in

Here's card # 6 out of 165 cards that I need to complete what I think is an iconic set. I really like how the base cards and the veteran cards are easily identifiable by the side bar (rookies get a wave in the name bar and vets get the curved name-bar as you see above.) This set will take quite a while complete as I'm waiting to get a card in the mail before I bid on the next. Right now I'm knocking out the cheapest ones to allow my funds to build up enough to get the higher dollar cards like the Manning and the Moss. Keeping in mind that these cards came 2 per box I've already gotten the equivalent of 3 boxes worth of these refractors. Westbrook is shown as a second year player here. He was a pretty good rookie as evidenced by being included in such a small set but went on to only have a short career (5 years) before injury or some other factor forced him out of the NFL. Unfortunately Google isn't too much help on what happened to him but this card pictures him as a young star on a Lions team that was pretty decent at the time.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Working through the 2014 Contenders base set

    Today's card is a cool looking 2nd year card of Eddie Lacy. With rabid Packers fans everywhere and this dynamic shot, despite the fact that base cards are rapidly losing their place within the collecting world, this is a pretty cool card to own. With the release of Immaculate this week (1 base card per pack at 375.00) Panini has made come big strides in catching up to Topps and Upper Deck. I initially believed that they would tank hard but it looks like they have finally gotten their collective shit together and started making some really cool cards. The hat cards, nike swoosh cards and locker sticker cards are some of the most colorful and collective pieces I've seen from any company so I'm starting to get my hopes up. The only complaint I have so far is guys who have opened boxes and gotten a 150 point card as one of the hits. To put this in perspective, the redemption store doesn't really have any cards that I would want, this goes all the way to the top item possible. To get any points then is pretty bad because any desirable cards that get put up are snatched up, leaving autographs of undrafted scrubs and has-beens. You have to pay for shipping on top of that. My feeling is that the store will get better with time (We can only hope) and this program will become more widely accepted.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Been a little while but here's today's posting.

Today's card is nothing special, just a base card from the 2014 Contenders that I bought a couple of weeks ago. I do rather like the design on these cards. I even like the large writing for the "SEASON TICKET" even though usually this would be a design no-no, in this particular instance I think it works well. The faded logo in the background looks perfect; couple that withe the flag type pattern and gradient and to me this is a home-run of a design. I think there may be hope for our friends at Panini after all. We had better hope so because in 2016 we may have to rely on all of their brands or just buy vintage. I hear that many people say they won't buy wax when Panini has the sole license but I think many of these collectors are full of it. We'll see what happens at that point but I really don't think wax sales will suffer all that much. Keep putting out cards like this and we won't have to worry about it! 

Monday, February 2, 2015

The hits from my 2014 Contenders box break.

This weekend I decided to open up a box of 2014 Contenders. Here's my review. The fun factor was not as high as some brands like Topps Chrome or other brands where the inserts really stand out. I thought the inserts were rather ugly and or pointless. I did enjoy the base cards. They are a bit thin as Panini likes to do, I think a thicker card stock would have given these a more premium feel to them. 

The inserts, as I said are poorly designed with gigantic letters gracing the front of the card. The parallel autographs are more than a little confusing this year. There are variations and then parallels of variations. All of this is the same tired stuff that Panini has been trotting out the last couple of years. I did enjoy the "Round Numbers" autograph and this was the best card out of the box although I can hardly say that value wise it "saved" the box. I was one of the few buyers that got a mediocre to bad box. I even got a redemption as one of my main hits which annoys me to no end. I already have one open from 2011 that they refuse to answer emails on. We'll see if I ever get this one back.

I understand you can't make your money back on every box but around 50.00 worth of value for a 134.00 box kind of leaves a bad taste in your mouth. I struggle with disparity between the fun and risk reward aspect of opening wax and what I usually pull from boxes as I'm sure many collectors do. I don't sell my big hits though and only buy what I can afford so I wouldn't exactly call it an addiction at this point. Anyone else crack any contenders and if so what was your take on the box (case) or whatever you decided to open?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Could this card be worth big money someday?

To answer this posts title is I guess it could if he reaches even half of the hype he is being given right now. The Patriots, even though they are hated by most NFL fans are possibly one of the bigger bandwagon teams due to the success they've had over the last decade. This sweet die cut rookie card of Jimmy, heir apparent to Tom Brady could possibly be a card worth a ton down the road. It's from a popular set, it's shortprinted and is condition sensitive. It's shiny and well designed, much better than most Panini cards with the exception of their super high end (see Flawless and their upcoming Black Gold and Immaculate). Any middle of the road Panini cards look like garbage. This one looks fabulous in person. Just in time for the Superbowl too! 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Another Clinton Portis card!

      Breaking off from the standard cards I've been adding is a 2009 Bowman Chrome Xfractors card of Clinton Portis numbered to 250 copies. This is my 121st card of Portis. I started collecting him in 2002 but have mostly concentrated on sets. This design is a bit busy for my liking with the stripes going through the design AND the xfractor pattern showing in certain lights but Bowman Chrome has an intense following, mostly for baseball collectors. The seller with the Grant Wistrom 1998 Topps Chrome Refractor rookie had some Broncos cards and this Portis card that I picked up for cheap. Combined shipping is the way to go, especially on individual cards like this that don't sell for very much. If you pay for shipping card by card often you are having to pay too much.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Three more days of cards, another 1998 Topps Chrome Refractor!

Here are a few more additions to my collection. We have a couple of base cards from 2014 Topps Chrome, two stars of the game for sure. The one I was really waiting on was my third 1998 Topps Chrome Refractor RC of Grant Wistrom. Largely forgotten in all but Rams collectors minds he was a member of the 1999 Super Bowl winning team and was also a member of the Seahawks 2005 Super Bowl appearance. He was instrumental in both of those seasons and really was a great player. These old Ram uniforms changed the very next year but as anyone who watches this team knows, they occasionally go to these throwback unis every once in a while. Perhaps one of the ugliest uniforms in football it was apparent why they made the change. The 1998 card is my third of the 165 card set so, I have quite a ways to go. I thought I had tracked down a checklist this week. I hit the BIN on eBay but then was informed that the card was no longer in stock. We'll see if I can find that damn checklist because as I said in an earlier post, I think it's going to be very hard to track down.