Random Review: 2019 Contenders Draft Picks blaster for basketball

I finally found some out in the wild. I offered to pick some of these up for the card shop but it looks like they had their day as a quick scan of eBay sold listings can see people dumping these for $15. That said, I love basketball and am looking forward to seeing Zion and Ja Morant this season. I also have a few other rookies that I am high on. So let’s see what this box is made of.

 

 

The autograph wasn’t anything special but I did pull inserts of players that I am excited about in Cam Reddish and Dylan Windler. My autograph is of a guy who will probably be cut in training camp but it is so early that you never know. I will never forget the year that I pulled a couple of Paul Millsap autographs and look at what he turned into.

I see Target has raised the price on these to $29.99. I feel that is just greedy. Then again, I see people grabbing these out of greed and not because they want them or will open them. This is a solid product at $19.99 but with the amount of filler autographs this isn’t worth much more, even if hobby packs are selling for $60.

I am very disappointed about the base design this year as I feel that Panini is coasting by having it be too close to past years versions. Perhaps it is time for an update there.

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Random Review: 2019 Topps Heritage Minors Hobby

Let’s post a quick break. I picked up a Topps Heritage box of the current season for $60 when it came out and just opened it. Truthfully, I cannot stand Heritage as a standalone but as a player collector, I always chase these cards as they tend to be more expensive when sold as standalone base.

A fun rip. I knew most of the players. Jake McCarthy auto. I didn’t open the Box Topper but because it was yellow, you could see through it. It was a Wander Franco one.

Angry: Brian Gray

Yesterday, Leaf CEO Brian Gray had a Twitter meltdown threatening to sue everyone who every had an opinion against him. Low End Cards has it all covered and I am not going steal their thunder. Check their coverage at https://lowendcards.com/articles/f/leaf-ceo-brian-gray-vs-sports-card-radio

Brian Gray lost me the second he made it known that he is Rick Probstein’s personal bag boy, reminding us of the cronyism the card community and the lack of checks and balances. I have refused to buy anything Leaf since he commented in support of Probstein. That said, his meltdown was so embarrassing it made Donald Trump’s Twitter use look normal. Despite Twitter being ethic-less hacks like Trump, Gray, and Probstein, no one deserves a public meltdown to the point that they delete their Twitter, as Gray showed. Just because Twitter meltdowns have become normal behavior in American society does not mean that this is right.

I pray that Twitter develops the balls to stop these public figures from melting down on their platform. It is embarrassing for everyone, especially the platform. There are those without any emotional intelligence or integrity who don’t see that these are humans breaking. We have this way too much and none of it is right. I don’t like Gray but I cannot stand with people who think that it is alright to see him at his worst. I purposely did not search for the name of a Twitter CEO because I have enough faces on my dart board.

What we can take away from his meltdown is that this magnifies a bigger problem: there the need for there to be checks and balances in places like the internet and the hobby.

Now allow me to put on my basic pre-law hat on for you. For those of you afraid to cover this because Gray might sue you, don’t worry. Gray positioned himself like a public figure and bloggers like myself who cover sports cards can talk about him freely. Public figures, especially the President cannot supersede years of law precedents. The law does not protect public figures. The law does protect media the places that put checks and balances on public figures however.

Random Review: 2012 Upper Dek USA Football Box

I have been pretty big into building sets for about a year now. I have also enjoyed Upper Deck a ton lately. I also enjoy cheap products. I also….

So this box is currently on sale at multiple places for under $20. The selling point on the checklist was Jameis Winston. I personally grabbed it for Devin Funchess and Todd Gurley. I also like the patch cards coming out of this. We aren’t talking about a deep checklist. It is 2019 and we have seen the players develop already. USA Football is good for some signers in the CFL who just don’t sign that often; specifically offensive lineman. So let’s take a quick peak into what I grabbed.

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The cards were protected pretty good. I didn’t get any names but if this was 2012/13, I would have been ecstatic as I got an offensive lineman auto. That said, look how beautiful the cards are.

 

Random Review: with Random People, 2017/18 Premier League Gold hobby box

Today one of my Danish brothers joined me as we opened up a soccer product.

 

The box did not give anything close to a full set. Most people are not buying this product for a set though. For a $30 autograph chase, you could do a lot worse. I personally feel that soccer, especially European products are an underappreciated market. You could easy stumble into some big names at a low cost box here.

Random Review: 2019 Panini Chronicles Basketball rack box

Today we have a $10 rack box of Panini Chronicles that you can find at your average big box retailer. No guarantees but a fun product. I enjoy this product so much that I was surprised to learn that the majority of card shop owners and dealers do not like it. I guess no one is doing a Chronicles set. Regardless, I love it.

Random Review: Loot Locker July hockey

If you aren’t familiar with Loot Locker, you get 3 hobby packs of your chosen sport for the price of a blaster. In the back of my mind, I told myself that I wanted to grab a pack of Artifacts before they dried up. When the lineup of packs was released and I saw Artifacts I jumped.

I have horrible luck with the Loot Locker and the streak continued.

Random Review: 2019 Topps Baseball Card Day WalMart

WalMart has its own version of the National Baseball Card day packs. I pickes this up so I could scratch my itch for Bowman Platinum. These were sold out at my WalMart but I did see a display for them. I didn’t hit anything super great so I am going to let the pictures do the talking. I had to order this fronm WalMart.com for $12.98.