Random Review: Contenders Draft Picks blaster box 3

August 31, 2017 § Leave a comment

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Blaster box 3 of my effort to stock up on a rookie product with the goal of completing all of the insert sets.

How I did: 8 duplicates of the 20+ base cards. Not bad. I now have a shade over half of the base 100 done. I have 2 more blasters to rip and would love to hit 75%.
Insert sets:
Rush Week: 2/10. I needed both and am now up to 4 of the 10.
Game Day Tickets: 3/30. I needed all of them and am now up to 11 of the 30.
School Colors: 3/20. I needed all of them and am now up to 9 of the 20.
Old School Colors: 2/20. I needed both and am now up to 8 of the 20.
Passing Grades: 2/10. I needed both and am now up to 4 of the 10.
Collegiate Connections: 2/10. I needed both and am now up to 6 of 10

The autos: Shock Linwood, left college early and appears to be undrafted and not even signed.
Jaleel Johnson, 2nd pick of the 4th round by the Vikings. Not really doing good in camp right now as he failed at a position switch. My guess is that he will make the main roster because of what the team has invested in him.

I am going to paste my review of this product from the last post as I just noticed my WalMart added 5 more blaster boxes of it, so my guess is that it will be around for a while:
Most collectors will probably rip this just because it has 2 autographs per blaster. If that is you, I suggest that you take your chances with Sage which has a shorter checklist and less of a bust rating. After looking at the checklist and seeing what the autographs are going for, despite the multiple hits, the bust rate is huge in this product as you are looking at a checklist with about 250 different autographs. Then again, I can’t see anyone buying this product for set building unless they are crazy like me.

Overall a solid product but if you tell me that in five months, it will be hitting clearance shelves, I will not be surprised at all.

(Since I am putting a collection together for this product, I will not entertain any trade offers.)

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Impulse Buy: Shinsuke Nakamura auto

August 25, 2017 § Leave a comment

During Summerslam Sunday, I did something extremely out of character for this budget collector. Right before the Smackdown world title match, I bought an autographed card of the match favorite Shinsuke Nakamura. I thought that it was a great proposition. Betting sites had him heavily favored. I would buy the autograph before he won the belt and make about $20 when I resell it after. The only thing that I was worried was the card being shipped. Card values are volatile. Why not take advantage for once.

So right before the match, I check several sites for his auto. Only one site has them in stock. There were 2 on Ebay, both for $40. One was lower numbered but had a massive ding in the corner so I took the one that was in better condition.

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Betting sites are usually dead on with these type things. How can they get it wrong? The match is pre-determined. Well naturally he lost. The one time that leaks get plugged is the one time that I do something out of character.

So now, I have the card in hand. I thought no big deal, I will put the card up on Ebay. There can’t be that many cards if there were only 2 available before and I grabbed 1 of them. So naturally there are several of the autographs listed right now. I can probably take a $10 bath right now on it if I want to but when I do stuff like this, which is once in a blue moon, I buy stuff that I wouldn’t mind keeping if the worst things happen. Well the worst happened. I have confidence that he will get the big belt soon and if not I got an autograph of a wrestler that I like.

Misery Pack Twitter Contest, ends 8/27/17 9 pm

August 22, 2017 § 1 Comment

It’s been awhile since I did one of these. Retweet the Tweet below for a chance to win the stack. You must follow, blah, blah, blah. Don’t unfollow me if you lose, at least have the audacity to mute me from your timeline instead.
Top card is autographed, and there is one thick card in it. Because of the sheer size of the stack, it will be shipped in a bubble mailer.
An honest note: condition may vary on a few cards as I toss cards in my giveaway pile that are too good to toss out but not worth much more.

Random Review: 2- 2017 Contenders Draft Picks blasters

August 17, 2017 § 1 Comment

So, I was looking for a football set that I could get into this year loaded with rookies, and by virtue of elimination Contenders is it. I was looking for a few things: rookies, availability of blaster boxes, a great insert set, and something that would realistically not break my budget.

I don’t like that the base rookies are all autographs but I wanted a set with inserts that excited me. Contenders hits that mark. Seriously Panini, this is the best you can give me? You are releasing several dozen products and this is the only one that is loaded with rookies and realistic for a budget collector, that isn’t the flagship set.

Goals: base cards numbered 1-100 which is the non autographed base & complete the insert sets. I’ll probably accumulate a bunch of autos 101-300 over the next 5 years but I can’t see myself doing what I did with 2013-14 Prestige basketball.


Since I am going to collect this, I must say that I really like the base design. When I do sets, I plan on holding them for a long time. I like sets like this: nothing flashy with a timeless look that should hold up well with all facets of designs in this product.

How I did: 46/100 cards with 6 duplicates. Not bad
Insert sets:
Rush Week: 2/10
Game Day Tickets: 8/30
School Colors: 6/20
Old School Colors: 6/20
Passing Grades: 2/10
Collegiate Connections: 4/10

The autos: Charles Walker, left college early and appears to be undrafted and not even signed.
Joseph Yearby, great autograph but he clearly has time on his hands as he followed the exact same path as Walker.
Rushel Shell, blue parallel autograph undrafted, caught on with the Steelers, was cut Monday.
Carlos Henderson, a College Bowl Ticket REDEMPTION, 3rd round by the Broncos.

Most collectors will probably rip this just because it has 2 autographs per blaster. If that is you, I suggest that you take your chances with Sage which has a shorter checklist and less of a bust rating. After looking at the checklist and seeing what the autographs are going for, despite the multiple hits, the bust rate is huge in this product as you are looking at a checklist with about 250 different autographs. Then again, I can’t see anyone buying this product for set building unless they are crazy like me.

Overall a solid product but if you tell me that in five months, it will be hitting clearance shelves, I will not be surprised at all.

(Since I am putting a collection together for this product, I will not entertain any trade offers.)

Random Review: Fast Break Walmart Hobby RePack Product Round 2

August 10, 2017 § Leave a comment

(Insert bad joke here about this being my second post this week of items that I have reviewed for a now second time.) So I thought that these were sold out as I haven’t seen them in a while. Maybe someone hid one and I found when it was put on the shelf. At $12.99 with 2 jumbo packs, I took the flier again. You can find my first review here: Random Review: Fast Break Walmart Hobby RePack Product Knowing that I would get what is pictured, and being a fan of Pinnacle and Prestige this was an easy choice for me.

The Hoops pack was, as usual, loaded with inserts. Nothing flashy to my knowledge but not much junk either. The Steve Nash Lakers card is a proof. I separated it into my commons pile but caught it.

Like last time, I was expecting a jersey card from this pack when I picked it up – after I opened the box as it otherwise unsearchable. Unfortunately what I felt was a decoy card. I didn’t know that they put decoy cards in jumbo hobby packs. Another artist proof was pulled in this pack; actually two proofs.

Like this proof numbered to 25 of one of my all time favorite players ever.

I know that most of you are tired of the Prestige act and so am I to be honest. I have no reason to open more packs, even with the following hit. This is consciously one of the last posts of my Prestige collection.

I opened the Prestige pack first, not expecting anything at all. What I ended up was a case hit of a premium player. I didn’t have this card and thought that it was out of my price range. Realistically if I found the right buyer I could get $18 to $50. This isn’t going anywhere though.

I know that most of you are tired of the Prestige act and so am I. Despite this hit, I have no reason to open more packs. This is consciously one of the last posts of my Prestige collection.

Random Review: eBay hot pack round 2

August 7, 2017 § Leave a comment

After the amount of chatter my last post about eBay hot packs got, I figured that I would try it again.

I bought the last Prestige 13-14 hot pack on eBay for $14. It was one of those where I asked myself if I would regret passing up on it, because there was a 0.0001% chance that it contained an autograph of value that I needed.

As I said, I have bought hot packs in the past and never had any luck – until my last post. I was open to spending the $14 because even if I failed, it would show you readers, how most hot packs are.

This would’ve been a bust when this came out. At $14, this is a major bust. An undrafted player who played 2 career games in the NBA- side tangent, this goes to show you how bad the rookie class was with the fact that he was one of the 40 rookie autos in this set. Having bought hot packs, I can tell you honestly that this is what you should expect. Probably something a little better but this is right in line with the hot packs.

Random Review: Ebay hobby packs

August 1, 2017 § Leave a comment

Last week I reviewed hot packs from Ebay, this week I will take a stab at hobby packs. Will lightning strike twice? I could have bought anything but I chose what I know, mainly out of desperation to pull hits I need from it. This was a $7 exercise for 3 packs.

One thick pack but this product is heavy on spacers. You could  I think hits in this product are one in 6, but it could be lower as some boxes in a case have 5 hits as opposed to the usual 4. Truthfully, I wasn’t about to pay for 6 packs knowing that they would probably be searched through.


As expected, I got junk. My best chance at a pull was a Giannis rookie or a case hit insert anyway. Overall, I suggest no one buys hobby packs online. I would go as far as to say not to buy Father’s Day/National type packs as well. If you want a hobby pack and can’t find a place, go to PackRip.com or buy a Loot Locker.

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