Saturday, September 6, 2014

2014 Topps Football review as seen through a relic card guaranteed hanger box

That's new.
Had to stop into Wally world to pick some stuff up and noticed an odd looking hanger box on the hook.  A hanger box with a guaranteed hit! For only 5 dollars more! Gotta be worth it right?  Well we'll see.

Topps Football is one of the three sets I'm putting together this year, along with Topps Baseball, including the update series, and Allen and Ginter.

If you're buying retail and looking to put a set together the hanger boxes really are your best bang for you buck.  If your looking for more inserts I'd say the rack packs are the way to go.  A hobby jumbo pack is running about $13 in my neck of the woods so paying $10 for 72 cards is a better deal than $13 for 50.  But I digress....

I know that this year's Flagship set has been pretty well dissected already, but why not cut it up a little more?

I've seen a lot of hate for this year's design. I'll agree it's pretty busy, looks more like a Bowman design, but it could be worse. After sorting through my pack this is by far the best card I've seen in the set.  You can argue, but you would be wrong. Just an awesome photo and like usual the photography is great throughout the set.

There are a ton of inserts that hasn't changed.  What has changed is that Topps added 3 completely useless, pointless, and uncollectible inserts this year.  OK maybe that's a little rough, but really...
Do we really need these cards?  What really pisses me off is that these inset count toward my card total in a pack. Don't get me wrong I think the Play 60 program is a good thing, but these cards are not.
These Play 60 Mentor cards have a little more collectability.
I have no words.
OK rant over let's get back to football.
I'm glad to see the 1000 Yard Club and 4000 Yard Club inserts are back. They look much better than last year.  I still think these would look great if Topps did something special with them. Chrome, acetate, something.

 This years mini's are in the 1969 design.  I'm not sure why the numbering starts at 200 though.

Topps also has two inserts Fantasy Football themed.  I wonder why two?
But these Fantasy Strategies cards look good.  As a matter of fact if you take away the background and put the field back there this wouldn't have been a bad base design.

 And the Fantasy Focus insert.

 Topps is continuing it's Power Player promotion. I have no idea what this is about since Alaska is void from participating.

 My favorite insert this year are the Greatness Unleashed cards.  I'll be putting the set together along with the mini's.
 I'm not a big fan of Topps labeling the cards instead of numbering.
 Now I know you're all eager to see the relic I pulled..

 Um..well not the most exciting rookie, but at least Marqise made the team.

Over all it's pretty par for the course for flagship football. True to formula. I'd probably have a few more nice things to say about it if there weren't 3 inserts that leave a bad taste in my mouth.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

3 packs of 2014 Topps Chrome Baseball for the heck of it.

I'm back and I figured why not try to get a post in before the month is over. I hate having that empty spot in my post history you know.

I ended up stopping in at Don's Sportcards to see what treasures he had dug up.  He's currently helping sell off a big collection from a guy who use to own a card shop.  Most of the stuff is from the late to mid 90's, but there always seem to be a few treasures buried in the stacks.  But this isn't a post of what I found. I'm saving those for later.  

 While there I did pick up 3 packs of  the new Topps Chrome Baseball.  Chrome is one of those products you either really love or not.  I'm probably in the not category. Don't get me wrong the cards look cool, but all the set really is is a paired down shiny version of the flagship. At least Topps doesn't insert Chrome cards in it's flagship product and then put out a whole separate chrome product like it does with Bowman.  But that's a rant for another time. Lets see what I got.

Pack 1 was pretty uneventful. Except for the Puig.
 Pack 2 had a little more variety with the addition of the Paxton refractor and a former Brewers outfielder.
 But Pack 3 surprised me with something even better. Sure there was a Mauer, Castro and D'Arnaud, but also ....

  I've never heard of Onelki Garcia, but it is an on card autograph card and a blue parallel numbered to 199 too boot.

Over all not to shabby when I pull one of the two autos per box.  Still not my cup of tea, but always worth a few packs.  Everything is up for trade. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I think I'm in love...with a Ginter insert set!

Alright, I promised myself I wasn't going to do a Allen and Ginter post till I had something to really post about, but...

I will make no bones about it Topps' Allen and Ginter has been my favorite set to come out for at least the last 6 years (since I finally took notice of it).  The reason I like it so much isn't the look or that they look great autographed, both of which is true, it's for the oddballs included.  Both in the set and the inserts.  Every year I find at least one insert set I really like and this year is no different.  While I like a few of the mini inserts sets the one set I'm really gaga over is the Air Supremacy set.
As a kid who grew up an army brat and liked to build model air planes this set is awesome.  There's a great mix of old and new aircraft.

Here's the whole checklist

AS-01 B-17 Bomber
AS-02 F-22 Raptor
AS-03 Supermarine Spitfire
AS-04 P-51 Mustang
AS-05 B-52 Stratofortress
AS-06 AC-47 Spooky
AS-07 F-16 Fighting Falcon
AS-08 F/A-18 Hornet
AS-09 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
AS-10 Sea Harrier FA2
AS-11 Sopwith Camel
AS-12 F-86 Sabre
AS-13 F-15C Eagle
AS-14 EA-18G Growler
AS-15 V-22 Osprey
AS-16 Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
AS-17 B-25 Mitchell Launch
AS-18 MiG-15
AS-19 Hawker Hurricane
AS-20 F-15 Eagle

I've managed to pull 3 of the 20 cards in the set.  There is the blatant omission of any enemy aircraft except maybe for the MiG-15 and my favorite WWII aircraft somehow got left off the list.
Props if you know what plane this is.

Still by far the best insert set in the issue this year.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What a post??!!??

Well as July comes to a close and I realize I haven't posted once this month I figured I'd try to get something out.  I've been a busy beaver with work and it won't get any better till the end of August.  Mix in with that that my home time is occupied spending time with the wife and little guy.

While I was gone Series 2 and Ginter has come out and some of the early football releases from Panini. I've opened a few packs and do plan to put the sets together.

 Anyways I found time to pop into Don's Sportcards and he's been helping to sell off a guys collection.  Don told me he literally has a storage unit packed with cards.  Sadly most of those cards are early to mid 90's stuff, but he does have a few gems hidden here or there.  I've been picking up cheap old hobby boxes of non-sports cards stuff.  I'll feature those sometime later, but this trip I found something baseball related to take home.

A sealed 1993 Toys R Us Baseball set.
 Not only do you get 100 cards, but the bonus set of Stadium Club Master Photos too.

 Very interesting packaging.
The set comes seated in a little bitty store.

The main reason I picked up this set was it was cheap and it also featured one of my favorite players and new HOF inductee and a couple cards of his I don't own yet.

 Plus I'll get the Brewers team set from the box too.  You can see the full checklist here.

 I also got a Frank Thomas Master Photo, but since I don't have a good way to store these yet, I could bring myself to open the pack, but the the pictures are the same from their base cards.

Neat stuff. Anyone know what these went for new back in 1993?

Anyway, I'm heading back to work tomorrow, so we can probably expect the same blogging output for the next month or so.

cb out.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

2014 Topps Series 2 Gold Label Inserts - Did Topps really listen to me?

I keep bring this up, but I swear to god I told Topps they should do this, really!  A while back Topps asked for suggestions and ideas for upcoming products. I tried, but couldn't find the post or my comments, but rest assured I am all for sending feed back to the only MLB baseball card producer.  One of my ideas was bring back some old goodies like Stadium Club, Topps Tek and Gold Label.  But I suggested that instead of putting out a full series of each that they should include them as inserts in upcoming sets.  Well we all know that Topps is going to bring back Tek and Stadium Club as their own releases, but to my surprise when I started looking through the listings and checklist of Series to I saw these pop up.

It kind of made me laugh that Topps would actually use one of my ideas.  And to be honest I'm sure I'm not the only one who suggested this, but still cool to see.  I haven't seen one in hand, but from what I have seen these look like the framed rookie card reprints from last series.  But the difference is there are no parallels to these cards.  Just one set numbered to 99.   The checklist has a nice mix of active and retired players.

GL-1 Greg Maddux - Atlanta Braves
GL-2 Rickey Henderson - Oakland Athletics
GL-3 Albert Pujols - Angels
GL-4 Mike Schmidt - Philadelphia Phillies
GL-5 Joe Morgan - Cincinnati Reds
GL-6 Randy Johnson - Seattle Mariners
GL-7 Tom Seaver - New York Mets
GL-8 Steve Carlton - Philadelphia Phillies
GL-9 Johnny Bench - Cincinnati Reds
GL-10 George Brett - Kansas City Royals
GL-11 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
GL-12 Derek Jeter - New York Yankees
GL-13 Roberto Clemente - Pittsburgh Pirates
GL-14 Ken Griffey Jr. - Seattle Mariners
GL-15 Nolan Ryan - Houston Astros
GL-16 Mike Trout - Angels
GL-17 Andrew McCutchen - Pittsburgh Pirates
GL-18 Miguel Cabrera - Detroit Tigers
GL-19 Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers
GL-20 Joey Votto - Cincinnati Reds
GL-21 Max Scherzer - Detroit Tigers
GL-22 Manny Machado - Baltimore Orioles
GL-23 Felix Hernandez - Seattle Mariners
GL-24 Dustin Pedroia - Boston Red Sox
GL-25 Robinson Cano - Seattle Mariners

Luckily for me there are no players that I collect to chase down.