Thursday, July 24, 2014

3 More Blue Wave Refractors for my 2013 Football set!




Couldn't be any happier with a mail day than this. I got two Broncos cards, one of the best defenseman in the league, the other of a rookie QB. You never know with quarterbacks, one day your scrub can be worth tons, just depends on where they go and how their career pans out. With the Dysert card there really are no collector expectations at the moment so his cards can be gotten for next to nothing. All it even takes is one good preseason game and speculation goes through the roof.

With these three blue waves added today my "needs" count has dropped to 201. 79 in the bag and 201 more to go. I'll be on the lookout for my next card (or cards) tonight.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Box of cards broken from several months ago, this one was disappointing!


This is the result of a 2013 Touchdown Super Box break that I did at the beginning of 2014. The results were actually pretty bad. I think anyone would have been happy with the Cadillac Williams back in 2007, especially because this is a Gold version autograph numbered to 25. The Jimmy Clausen was also a highly touted draft pick back in 2010 but with the drafting of Cam newton collectors realized that his cards would likely never be worth anything. The only piece in here that I'm somewhat happy with is the AJ Green RC refractor  that is a PSA 10. While I may have only recouped about half of the box cost with this break I think the AJ Green will probably be worth quite a pretty penny in 10-15 years. You could look at this one like an investment card, the fact that it's a PSA 10 of a pretty big star (and it's a rarer refractor version, not just the base RC) made this card really the one to keep. Of course I'll keep them all but the Green will be a nice card down the road as long as Green keeps up his insane numbers, even for a few more years.

My main complaint here is that the cards were not chosen in 2007 or 2010. The Williams and the Clausen have to be viewed as nearly worthless except to set collectors or player collectors (if they have any). Certainly these cards should not have been considered worthy of putting in a high end gambler's type of box. I would have much rather gotten some vintage cards that maybe were not worth as much but had more historical meaning. A Marcus Allen RC? Sure! A Howie Long Topps 1984 RC? These would have made much more sense. I don't expect very many boxes to make money but with this product one should expect at the very least a 65-70 % return on investment instead of what I estimate to be about a 40% return. This SuperBox (and many breaks I've viewed) was essentially a dud. I would not recommend this product to anyone. Most repackaged products are pretty bad although the idea is pretty exciting. The "Heroes of Sport" that is an interesting mix of cards and game used memorabilia seems to be better although with the money you spend even that's an insane gamble that I'm surprised collectors take.  

Friday, July 11, 2014

Been a little bit but another Blue Wave refractor comes home!


Staying true to my promise, I'm not going to bore you with all the base 2013 Topps Chrome cards I've added to my collection in the past week. Today this cool card came in the mail and I'm off to find the next one to add to this set collection that I think will take a very long time. Luckily there are not all the variations as one finds in the regular set. These are noted by A or B at the end of the card number. The only way of telling the short prints (and there are short prints of many of the big stars as well as the big name rookies like Geno Smith and Marcus Lattimore) is to search on Ebay at this point. The only thing that differs is the photo used and the rarity of the card. The "B" cards I believe fall at one per case so they are very tough to find. They've been doing this in baseball products very successfully over the years. This is an interesting wrinkle that I have not seen in a football set yet. People love rare cards and having a SP makes for an interesting collector's item, especially down the road as this set gains some age. I really like the other subsets like the 1986 and 1969 rookie designs as well. This appeals to long time collectors like myself that have an appreciation of history when it comes to the football cards of the past. Although I'm a set collector that enjoys opening new boxes I enjoy nods to the past such as these very much. Last year's 1984 rookie subset was very cool since 1984 was such an iconic football set. The diecuts numbered to 50 were even sweeter.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Today's "Hit" addition, a 2013 SP Authentic Basketball Ryan Kelly Auto


Today's addition is a beautiful SP Authentic autograph of Ryan Kelly, a RC for the LA Lakers. This card is significant because it's my first non-football autograph I've added to my collection in a long time. Despite the fact that UD does not have any NBA licensing this card looks really striking. It could be the way the blue and the gold offset each other. It could also be that gold used to be the color normally reserved for cards of a lower print run and so it just has that "special" look to it even though it's just the base autograph. I mentioned before that I got a 2 for one special on this card so I figure I'll try to flip the other one and maybe get a free card out of the deal. If not, I'm not too worried about it because it's a cool card! I've always been partial to the Lakers ever since the late 1990's when I was chasing Kobe Bryant cards like mad. I wished that I had kept on that route because Kobe is one of the premier players that has ever played the game. He's one of those rare players that actually lived up to the draft hype.

Got another blue wave refractor from 2013 Topps Chrome Football coming in so I'll post that when I get it in the mail!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Danny Amendola Blue Wave refractor in the books!


Another sweet card came in the mail today, #38 Danny Amendola from the Patriots. While I'm enjoying this card I really didn't enjoy the horrific letdown this guy had for me when it came to fantasy football. The hype at the beginning of the season was that he'd fill in nicely for Welker being Brady's number one target. If I would have looked at the long-term stats I would have realized that he has a hard time staying on the field.

 I'm now down to needing 205 cards from this set (so 75 down) with this addition. I added a few more regular Topps Chrome RCs and base cards but from now on I'll just be documenting the cards needed to build this particular set as well as any autos or game used I add to my collection. Got a surprise basketball autographed rookie card coming in the mail. Had to jump on this because I got two cards for about the price of one so I'll just sell the other on Ebay and hopefully get a free card. That's the way to do it right? I'm sure you all know that buying lots is the way to go because most people don't want to take the time to sell on eBay, even if they are avid collectors.



Thursday, June 26, 2014

New cards in the mix. Going to 2 a day!







Here's 6 more cards I'm adding to my collection. We have 4 rookies here and 2 of the better Quarterbacks in the game today. I especially like the Manning. I've noticed that I always disliked him before because he always seemed to bounce the Broncos from the playoffs. Now he's on our team I can't help but enjoy the fact that one of the best ever is now in Denver. he's produced far better than what many critics including myself thought was possible.

I figure I've got so many cards waiting to be added I better step it up to a couple of cards a day. I may even be adding some cards from the other 3 sports in the future. I've got some really old cards from the mid nineties that I broke that somehow never made it as part of any sets and have been gathering dust. I really enjoy basketball and hockey (baseball not as much but it is fun going to games). Baseball is where I started out as a kid and I'll always love the 1987 wood bordered Topps set. I may end up breaking some other boxes from other sports in the future. It has been at least ten years since I've broken anything but football. If you look at basketball there are some cards that are worth so much more than anything but the highest order of football cards (like Walter Payton 1/1's jersey patch cards, Unitas hardsigned cards) can be purchased for about the same price as some of the top basketball high end rookies. There's really nothing that compares to Jordan auto jersey cards or Lebron James Exquisite rookies in football. May be time to check out some other boxes sometime soon.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

2 more Topps Chrome Base!



Two more cool cards go into the collection today! Unfortunately Darius Slay isn't one of the hottest players from last years draft as evidenced by this auction. If your 1/1 contenders printing plate auto is going for less than 50.00 it's safe to say that most of your rookies are going to only be worth 50 cents or so. Autos will be going for 1.00 to 2.00 plus shipping. Good action photography from the combine and as a set collector I value all cards pretty much equally unless we're talking about something truly extraordinary. The Smith card I like because I've had him on my fantasy team 2 out of the three years he's been playing. As far as truly great cards it's obviously great to pull an autographed hall of fame card out of a pack or to find a great lot on Ebay with those hidden gems that you can sometimes find. I've stuck to my plan of always having a blue wave refractor card in the works and this weekend I won another one. Should be here in a couple of days.