Random Review:

In honor of today’s NBA trade deadline, I present to you today’s hot pack from eBay. It guaranteed an autograph from Past and Present basketball.

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The autograph was nothing special. Kyle Singler has had a quietly productive career so this is not that pathetic of an autograph. Still, I wish that I could do better. I know that there are some bad boxes so I am not going to blame the seller; especially because this was about $3; I am not even sure that covers the cost of the pack.

Random Review: Numbered eBay Hot Packs

eBay hot packs. The mystery. The misery. What do they offer? A lot of you don’t know. I bought a handful of them a few weeks ago and will be posting ‘Random Reviews’ of them. Today, you will get a glimpse into some hot packs that guarantee numbered cards.
Before diving in, the question is how people know what is in the pack if it is not resealed. In my research the only thing that is definitive is that the searchers can see through a pack. Usually this means seeing a card that is flipped or a different color than the other cards. Going by weight is too complicated. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t try this once. It was impossible for me to tell and I don’t even think about doing it anymore. Side tangent, my method now is that I touch the packs that I am thinking of and if any of them say ‘buy me’ while in my hand then I do that. Sounds a little out there but we are pretty much all sports fans and can understand crazy intuitions and stupidstitions.
Enough of me talking. Today you will see a 2017 Topps Heritage baseball that guarantees a numbered card and I will start with a 2017 Donruss Optic that guarantees a pink ‘Rated Rookie.’ These packs were in the $1.49 price range and were combined with future hot packs.

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The packs were nothing special. For as cheap as the packs were, the guarantees did not pay for themselves. While I cannot speak for the seller, you would think that the numbered cards would have a chance at money makers. I suppose that I cannot complain as they were less than a normal pack would cost and they came with a guarantee.

Hot packs are nothing new on this site. Below are past posts of eBay hot packs:
Random Review: Two Ebay Hot Packs
Random Review: old SP Authentic Ebay Hot Pack
Random Review: eBay hot pack round 2

Video: Mail-day from breaks

This season, it seems like I have picked a rookie in each major sports to personally collect. I was chasing my basketball rookie in Anfernee Simons. I chose him by picking a draft pick that was universally lauded but whose pedigree that I liked; hence Anfernee Simons. I can see him coming in and becoming a Tracy McGrady type; a good scorer who just needed a few years to develop.
This was pretty much a test video. I learned that I need to angle to cards to the camera better; as it seems like I held them at and angle so I could see them but barely cared about the audience. These will get better before they become consistent.

This Week in the Hobby: End of January 2019

3 notable things have happened in the hobby that I find worth commenting on. I am going to go in order of what I think you want to hear:

1. Retail stores have been putting out packs and blasters of 2019 Topps Series 1 baseball early. This isn’t a new phenomenon but with the advent of social media, we are seeing just how prevalent it is. For the most part, this is not happening at an alarming rate but the isolated places that are doing it are adding up. As a collector, I think this adds to the enjoyment and excitement surrounding the release. As someone who used to be in the music business when CDs were all the rage, I question how this is happening at the bigger chains. Some products give an error when the barcode is scanned nullifying the purchase. I don’t recall their being a major cost on the business end for this to happen so perhaps it is something that companies have not thought to do yet.

2. Topps has announced that they will be the exclusive distrubutor of Alliance of American Football cards. You can find a link to information here: https://www.blowoutcards.com/blog/alliance-of-american-football-opts-for-topps-football-cards/.
Let me start by saying that I want the release and the league to succeed but I am just not seeing it. The name players, and players with a chance to make a name for themselves, in the league will have already had cards put out. Unless they put energy in coach cards, I don’t see a huge market for it. It will be a distant 3rd to Panini and Upper Deck (USA). Yes, the CFL has cards out but they have a country behind them. With the XFL coming back into the picture, I worry that Topps is investing in the wrong minor league. Speaking of CFL, in December blaster boxes were going for $3 on major card retailer sites; so are their cards even doing that well to begin with?

3. The entire 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame class has just 15 rookie cards. The link will take you to the Beckett article telling you what to look for if you are chasing them. This worries me. It makes me wonder if companies are not learning from the mistakes of the 90s.
Let’s take a player that I personally collect this year and use him as an example. As of this writing, Ozzie Albies has 41 rookie cards when you put in his name in the COMC filter for rookie cards. This is not counting cards cards in his rookie year; when you account for that you get a whopping 425 cards. Only 1 of those rookie cards is an autograph; so in context you can say he has 40 rookie cards available. That is over-saturation times a 1000 to me.

Bonus: Crown Royale basketball was released this week. The cards look great. I wish that the price point came down because I would love to do a set of them.

 

Random Review: Panini Elite Extra Edition Blaster

What was once an under the radar favorite of many is now at the forefront with blasters and many breakers ripping a ton of retail in Panini Elite Extra Edition baseball.
The product is moving so well that I had to order box online from WalMart.com because I couldn’t find it anywhere else. The blaster that is covered below is your typical $20 blaster box, except it guarantees 2 hits. With the way that blasters are moving towards being hitless, I jumped on this.

The box is normally featured with Casey Mize. He is on the other side of the box above. I wanted to show you a side that isn’t in the typical pictures.

The box guarantees only 5 cards. Fortunately you get quality over quantity.

In deciding to buy this product, I did not see any patch cards pulled from YouTube reviewers. I feel like I did good in that sense. Reynolds was traded by the Giants to the Pirates in the McCutchen deal. MLB.com’s prospect rankings have him as their 8th rated prospect. The patch only says event used. Brito is currently ranked 12th on MLB’s Phillies rankings. The pink parallel is not numbered like the base cards which are numbered out of 999. The autograph was numbered out of 100 and patch to 25.

I am not the biggest fan of numbered relics but there is one thing that I can tell you about this product: I am now a huge fan of these guys. As a collector who occasionally buys prospect based products, I aim to get hits that will make me invested in a players future.

Everything that I have seen out of this product satisfies the fun grade. While my box appears to be a better box, I would still be open to checking it out again. The typical box from what I have seen offers an autograph and a dual relic.