Random Review: 2017 Donruss basketball blaster

January 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

You can currently buy an Edmund Sumner autograph on COMC for 98 cents. I didn’t search too deep but I found 1 comparable autograph to the one I pulled on Ebay for $5 or best offer plus $3 shipping. Regardless, I am pulling for him.

I was really happy with this box. I got some rookies that I am missing, pulled a couple extra important ones. Encounting the Retro inserts was fun. I wish it was more plausible to pull more. Maybe when this rookie class comes crashing down to earth in the market, I will pick up a hobby box of this product.

This is actually me second Mitchell rookie but I can’t get enough. Even if he busts out, he will be in my personal collection.

When I open boxes, I will be doing more of this Twitter pack by pack. Not only is it easier on the website storage but more importantly to me, it is more engaging. I will still post the full results here but be sure to follow me.

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Random Review: Panini Blitz app Round 2

January 12, 2018 § Leave a comment

In my first review of the Blitz app, I said that I would follow up with my thoughts if I still used the app. To see my first one, you can find it here: Random Review: Panini NFL Blitz app

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Let’s start with my thoughts and relevant information on features.

Trade: I have caught myself trading just to trade. I wasn’t trading for cards I needed because searching for them is too hard, even with improvements. I have found that cards that fall under ‘Blitz Promo’ has led to my mass confusion. If that category was eliminated or streamlined, I would enjoy it more. I would like to see rewards expanded here; perhaps for team sets. That would stimulate trading.

Case Breaker: Nice idea in context but in function it is not great. When you buy into a break they show the sorting of cards which is too slow. The prices are unreasonable; and I am not just saying that because my team is a premium team with this draft class. With the way the app is designed, there isn’t a benefit to your collection and status by just collecting one team.

Pack Battle: Cool idea but naturally glitchy since it is new. When the bugs stop, I must say that they do a good job of translating different positions to each other.

Contest: This is where the fun is for me. It is probably the only reason why I have stuck around with this for as long as I have. It is like fantasy football redux with cards.

My Status: There isn’t a reward for updated statuses. I don’t get why decision makers seem to think that status levels being upped are a benefit for people. They are not. Me having a higher level than others I know means nothing to me, or any rational person. In fact I want a lower status because it means that I have a life away from the app.

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I do like how they give you options to earn money for packs instead of paying for extra coins. Since a lot of people are unaware of this feature, pictures of where to find it and what it looks like are included below.

Not enough emphasis on base cards. Autographs and game used are lost in the shuffle. It feels like they are treated with more value than base cards but less valuable than insert sets. One could argue that they are on par with inserts but to me that is a problem, as I feel they need to be treated with more value.

Overall the app does a good job of marketing current card products. Other than the fantasy like ‘contest,’ I feel the product is just another app. It does nothing else. Collectors don’t get any tangible benefits from it. Its great when I have a hunger for cards and can’t afford to buy them but that’s it.

I don’t see myself playing beyond the Super Bowl. I have said that I didn’t see myself playing much longer before and ended up playing more. Really though, I say this with a more level head. My usage of the app has gone way down. I really only open it for the contest and to claim more money for when I do want to open packs on it.

So if you want to add me as a friend on it, my username is PANDANWH. I add anyone that follows me on it and accept any trade for my doubles.

Random Review: 2017-18 Donruss rack packs, Round 3

January 5, 2018 § Leave a comment

In the time between the last round of these and now; I have officially committed to doing a set of this product. Although I am still hunting for that Donovan Mitchell rated rookie too. He was the man when I saw him against the Clippers last month. This week I bought two rack packs from two different stores. Just because I am building a set, doesn’t mean I can break the bank. When I am in Target, WalMart, or any other store that sells cards, I now have a reason to pick up a pack or two. So I picked up one pack from my shopping trip at WalMart and one at Target. These must have just been put out by Target as everything other current basketball product was still sold out.

Pack 1: Target, not that it matters because this isn’t a scientific experiment. My first autograph from this product. It is funny how when you are not hunting or thinking about it, things like this seem to find you. Another Lonzo Ball rookie. I believe this is my third. If you can’t make it out, that is a DeAndre Bembry autograph. A three dollar autograph but one I am happy to have none the less.

Pack 2: WalMart. A couple duplicate rookies. Still no Donovan Mitchell rookie.

Happy New Year #CollectFam

January 1, 2018 § Leave a comment

Happy New Year collect family. I hope to build on the direction that I have established with this site: navigating a giant world as a small budget collector. Moving forward I hope to push this site hard in an effort to grow because I love the card world. Some housekeeping:

I have a contest going that ends tomorrow:

New Year’s Day can get pretty boring. May I suggest reading my book. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/My-Life-Fiction-Coaching-Diaries-ebook/dp/B072S2YL6Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1514843174&sr=8-1&keywords=my+life+is+fiction+daniel+dubay For those that don’t know, it is my labor of love from coaching youth sports for several years.

In the next 24 hours, you can expect my Twitter-feed to be full of pictures from my PackRip.com mailday.

Random Review: 2017-18 Donruss Basketball rack packs round 2

December 30, 2017 § Leave a comment

Hello from sunny SoCal. I understand many of you are freezing in your homes, while I am not embracing the warm weather I have here – hey, I would like one month of winter. Anyway today we have 2 more Donruss rack packs for your viewing. I wasn’t going to buy these but I got caught up in the hype. You see I went to Target and Walmart yesterday for grocery shopping. During my perusal of the card aisle at the end of my visit at Target, I noticed that everything that they had, minus the Lakers team sets, of this year’s basketball was sold out. Even the crappy gravity packs were sold out. So when I went to WalMart and noticed that they had a bunch of Donruss I was caught up in the hype. I almost grabbed a hangar box but I went with what I knew. I wanted more rookies; plus hangar boxes almost guarantee no hit.

Pack 1:

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Pack 2:

At this rate, I might as well go for the set. At $5 a pack, I have been very happy with these.

Random Review: 2017-18 Upper Deck Series One Hockey blaster

December 27, 2017 § 1 Comment

When it comes time to get me presents, my mom has great taste. She collected cards with me as a kid, so it’s not surprising. For Christmas she got me a blaster of this year’s Upper Deck hockey and a factory set of this year’s Donruss football. Her goal was to get me something that I wouldn’t buy normally but wanted. She hit it on the head this year.


Pulled 2 inserts and 2 Young Guns cards. Young Guns were of Denis Gurianov & Samuel Morin. Inserts were an UD Portraits of JT Miller and Shining Stars of Zach Werenski. I was hoping to pull some Vegas Knights base cards but didn’t get any. I have only one Young Guns card on my wishlist in Adrian Kempe so it was unrealistic to expect to land that.
As for the oversized card, I pulled one of the best card’s possible in Nico Hischier.

Random Review: 2017/18 Donruss basketball rack packs

December 20, 2017 § Leave a comment

I don’t usually buy new products but with demand for this rookie class out of control, I was open to it if I came across a few packs. As most of you know, I collect basketball normally. After seeing some of the pictures of these rookie cards, I wanted some for myself. After seeing Donovan Mitchell light up the Clippers when I attended a game a few weeks ago, I knew that I had to get his rookie.
So at Target I came across rack packs of Donruss and picked all 5 up. I originally was going to treat myself to 3 but at $4.99 they were cheaper than I was expecting.

Pack 1: I scored what I wanted in the Mitchell rookie.

Pack 2: Dennis Smith and Lonzo Ball rookie in the same pack. Not bad. Who am I kidding, most collectors dream of this. My favorite pull of the pack: Jonathan Isaac.

Pack 3: It looks like packs with the green parallels have 2 less rookie cards. Josh Jackson and OG Anunoby are my highlights but I wouldn’t be surprised if any of these rookies from this pack make something of themselves. Something that I can’t say about rookies in other packs.

Pack 4: This is probably the pack that if I just picked it up as a one pack purchase, I would be the happiest to get. Kyle Kuzma, Jayson Tatum, and two Memphis rookie cards. The Grizz are one of my favorite basketball teams; then again I have a few favorites. Jordan Bell has been getting a ton of hype and the Rookie Kings cards are beautiful.

Pack 5: Another great pack. Ntilikina, De’Aaron Fox, and Markelle Fultz rookies. Plus a Harry Giles Rookie Kings insert.

Blaster boxes for this year are going for $29.99 so I paid less than a blaster box and got a ton of rookies. Truthfully, I am ecstatic for my pulls. I will be honest, if I was a betting person, I would bet on a ton of busts in this class. That said, it is nice to have nice things. At $4.99 for a rack pack, you cannot go wrong. Rated Rookie’s are the best rookie cards to get.

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