When I buy a product, I ask myself: will I regret passing it up? If the answer is yes, I probably buy it; hey I can’t buy everything. This passed the test for 2 reasons: It had a pack that promised a memorabilia card, or redemption, and an O-Pee-Chee Platinum pack. It was also only $11.99 and I had a Target gift card to burn that I was sitting on since March. I grabbed 2 but only opened 1 so far. Knowing me, I will do a review in 4 months and someone will ask me why it isn’t available at their Target – sorry but instant gratification isn’t really my thing.
I didn’t open the O-Pee-Chee Premier 92 or Pro Set 91-92 series 1.
The cards, descriptions and how I did are with the pictures so you may have to click on the picture:
Score packs and O-Pee-Chee 16-17 pack. Pulled some exceptional rookies from the score packs and a Jagr card and its parallel.
Of course I pull a weird expired redemption with the pack that promised a hit. Stamkos Traxx card from Platinum.
My second Terry Sawchuk card from this box. The other was the weird redemption.
My personal favorite pack from the box:
Fairfield is Fairfield. You aren’t going to get anything great. Doing so is like trying to get blood from a rock. What they do give you is fun rips. That is what the hobby should be all about and that is what I got out of the box.
I was jealous of everyone that went to National this. They get a bunch of exclusive stuff and it looks like everyone gets decent pulls from it. So seeing that the past few years, National packs have been on my want list for ages. So when my favorite hobby shop, Valley Sports Cards posted that they had National Gold VIP packs, I had to grab a couple. I would’ve regretted it if I didn’t. So I bought 2 for $10 a pack. Here is what I pulled:
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! The Ferguson is a rookie although it doesn’t say it. I don’t regret it. I would’ve regretted not buying a pack. I have it out of my system and now will never go out of my way to get a National pack.
So here it is one of the first posts that show nothing pulled from these packs.
As a collector on a budget, I have to work the ends of the hobby to get good value on cards. Fortunately some are hidden in plain sight like my Panini points pickups from a few weeks ago. So in a similar vein of that post, I present to you a new segment on this site: Undervalued?
I have no idea why The Iron Sheik would be an undervalued autograph. To me he is an upper echelon WWE legend, up there with the likes of Triple H, Mick Foley, and Booker T. He is the man who Hulk Hogan owes everything too, as he was the villain that helped birth Hulkamania. He is a former WWE champion, and was a champion when it meant everything to be champion. He is a Hall of Famer. Yet for some reason, if you browse COMC, his autograph is buried in price with autographs of nobodies like Adam Rose, Aiden English, and the Usos selling for higher than his. I picked up these 2 gems for $9 a piece. One to keep and one to sell when people come to their senses. At the very least I think his autograph should be a $20 autograph. I hate to say it but watch when he dies, his autograph will probably quadruple in value – and in wrestling years he is probably about 200, considering most die before the age of 50. The time to get his autograph is now.
I opened this box live on Facebook Saturday. You can find it at https://www.facebook.com/angrycardcollector/
Box one kind of delivered. I pulled two drafted players, a Taco Charlton redemption and
I am pissed at the redemption. Ryan Glasgow. A lineman from a power conference drafted in the 4th round. The sticker was stuck on badly and I am thankful that it didn’t stick to the rest of the cards in the pack. This is by far the best box that I opened. Two players drafted in positions where if they get cut, there will be backlash.
Box 2 had another redemption in it. That peeved me. Jeremy Sprinkle redemption – who? Redskins 5th rounder with a gay porn star’s last name. Ejuan Price, a Ram drafted in the 7th round. What got me even more is the fact that I have 60 base cards of the 100 card non auto set, and I didn’t need any of the about 30 cards I pulled. You would think that I would get at least one I needed. Thankfully the inserts were good to me.
I feel like I beat the odds, pulling 4 drafted players in the 2 boxes.
I have never been one to try card apps. They aren’t my cup of tea. With all of the hype surrounding the new NFL Blitz app, I figured that I would give it a try.
First things first, I questioned if this was a Panini app. When I see a ‘b’ with sports cards, I think Bowman and not Panini.
Here is a sampling of the cards in packs. This is front and back. Trying to swipe the cards to see my whole pack has been impossible. Last night I couldn’t see more than one card, today I have been able to get through three before giving up. So clearly the app is a work in progress.
There are way too many things that I don’t like about the app. Between the fact that it is slow on my brand new phone, trying to add friends is glitchy, and I still can’t get past the fact that I can’t get these cards in my possession if I pull anything good.
For example, I pulled a Joe Mixon autograph. What are the benefits to this? What good is an autograph card if you can’t have it in person? Here is another thing, when I tried to find it to take a screenshot of it for you guys, I was unable to do so. All I could find was what cards I had in a checklist. With so many variations and scrolling in the app being a work in progress, I can’t even see my own cards unless I open the trade feature. I searched for five minutes and couldn’t without it thinking that I wanted a checklist that I was scrolling by opened.
Sorry Panini but you fail with this app. Even taking away digital cards being digital cards. It feels like they rushed this app and debuted it well before it was ready. Normally kinks are manageable and to be expected for the first few weeks but I can’t see myself having much patience as their isn’t a payoff for this collector unless there are drastic changes. The fact is that a lot of us are taking a flier on this app because of it being advertised in packs. The novelty will quickly wear off for those of us who are not digital collectors. At least the cards presented in it are nice but if I wanted to look at nice cards, I would stalk a live break. My professional duties are taking care of social media for organizations. This app will be the first to go the instant that I think it is affecting the rest of my phone. As it is I am running out of patience.
Until I run out of patience, you can add me: PanDanWH. If I stay on for longer than a month, I will do another review to see how much of what I said holds up. I know that things are fluid with the app. Perhaps it will get good.
2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Platinum pack – $2.99
2014 Elite Extra – $3
I get to keep two cards of the 2 packs. Not sure I would call the Luke Dykstra numbered card a keeper. I have no issue with the O-Pee-Chee not being kept but the Elite kind of bugs me. Granted we are a few years removed and none of these guys will pan out but these are still rookie cards that we are talking about. I do get to keep the so called hits of the product.
It is nice that PackRip has low end packs.
I personally would rather spend $6 on here than crappy retail impulse buys. PackRip is definitely a go to place. If you have the urge to buy a crappy retail product, you can go to PackRip on your phone and buy a pack in the store. Hobby packs are the way to go. Plus instead of supporting a business like Target or Wal-Mart, you are supporting a great startup shop run by great people. It’s a win win win situation. You support good people and get better packs.
I also want to commend PackRip on their card sales in the shop. I picked up and awesome Kenta Maeda relic for a good price.
Now onto a minor contest, if you can call it that. The first reader who uses PackRip and offers me a trade of any one card that you don’t want gets the following cards. 6 cards for 1 of your choice. I will update this when the trade is completed.
I have accumulated a bunch of Panini points. I finally put some to good use. I found 2 autographs that I would regret passing up on for the points. I still think that it is bullshit that we have to pay for shipping on these.
Walker Buehler – 150 points, Dodgers number one prospect just called up today. This was a steal and I am considering flipping it if I get a solid offer. At 150 points, even if he busts, I still got an autograph of a player from my favorite team.
Marc Gasol – 250 points, I am a Griz and Gasol brothers fan. I have a Pau auto and am ecstatic to finally get a Marc auto.