Random Review: 2015-16 Euroleague Hobby Box

No this is not the box with Luka in it but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worthy. This is definitely worth a look for $30. Give me this over an AAF product.

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Angry: Thoughts while helping on Scammers database

As some of you may know, I picked up a minor side gig the past few days. I was doing data entry for Sports Scammers Exposed. I added a dozen pages of from the feedback list to the searchable database. A lot of people have many ideas of them. I figured that I would share some of my thoughts that came during my data entry.
I am not affiliated with them. I do endorse them. I had limited editing power on the site and my guess is that I no longer do as my work is finished with them.

  • There were two different labels: scammer and negative feedback. For the most part, negative feedback was for people who didn’t pay for cards they claimed and people whose ethics were questionable but did not scam. For example I put people under negative feedback who were reported for calling someone’s wife to report a scam when they were not involved in the deal.
    I am sure that some of you will question this but I personally like this. If someone is stirs the pot, then I would have no interest in dealing with them. I block a ton of people who comment on entries because of how they act. One of the entry’s that I added was of someone who trolled an autistic person who was guilty of scamming.
  • I like that the listings say things like ‘kid’ and ‘autistic.’ I added a lot of kids.
  • I personally took a liberty and removed words like ‘weird guy’ when they were with someone’s accusations unless there was an example given.
  • There are some people who do a ton of reporting. So when searching the database, you should search who reported them. Some of the people who report a lot might be room administrators but they will be easy to weed out. Taking out the admins, there are a ton of people who report a lot.
  • Which leads me to this, for all the entries, there is a ton of things that would be on this list that are not reported. For example, I know that I have been guilty of not paying for a card I claimed. I know that if Dan at DMN Takeover reported everyone, the list would be longer.
  • My favorite entry that I added was this:
    Denny McClain – Former MLB pitcher for Tigers – Negative feedback for not showing up at an Indianapolis card show autograph signing event he’d promised and confirmed on. Texted the promoter on the day of the show, saying that his wife was in the ER. Then seen later that day tweeting, promoting a different show he’d gone too in Columbus. Reportedly he’s done this several times to different show promoters. (5/2/18 – Brian Mayne – SSE). Has been imprisoned for drug trafficking, embezzlement, and racketeering. Also known for gambling, and addiction. Also sells signed memorabilia from other players at shows he sets up at. (SSE). https://www.facebook.com/denny.mclain.9
  • Most common names I added: Brad (and variations like Bradley), Kyle, and Rob (and variations like Robby and Robert). Not as many Daniel’s as you would think. Not a scientific guess but an educated guess based off the names I entered.
  • None of my friends in the hobby were on the list. Interestingly, people that I knew elsewhere were on the list. Wrestling community, I am looking at you. Also, one relative of my former neighbor.

 

Sports Scammers Exposed is bashed a ton. A lot of the reservations are actually understandable. However after working with it, I see it more as a Wikipedia. For example, Wikipedia is put together by people. There will be people with certain agendas on there. The majority of people who are behind it are good people. You cannot use it as a definitive source it but you use it as a guide. You should use it as a guide.

Hobby Question: Kronozio?

I am on the hunt for a decent card site that sells base cards. I use SportLots a lot for that reason but am curious if any of you have ever used Kronozio? Are they more of an alternative to the Beckett marketplace than SportLots? COMC is really missing the boat on base cards.

I am asking this question because I was trying to find Clerks base cards and SportLots doesn’t even have a category that fits the cards. If anyone has a lead then let me know.

Random Review with Random People: Clerks hobby box

This is a brand new segment where I do something card related with the people in my life. This is in an effort to show people who are important to me that the hobby can be fun.

If you threw a bunch of things in a randomizer what would come up: how about a gay pastor opening a Clerks hobby box? I started with Pastor Curtis because he is one of the most colorful characters in my life. Before doing this, I thought that he was a blank slate when it came to card collecting but as I learned he collected as a kid. My goal with this was to bring myself closer to people by showing them the joy of collecting. I feel that comes across with our banter. I hope you guys enjoy because this was a fun time.

 

Curtis is an author as well as currently leading the United Church of Christ in Simi Valley. Check out his book on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D9G3S60/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0

Random Review: 2019 Donruss Baseball

The past 3 years, I have committed to putting together one set together. This year, I am going with Donruss baseball. I know that it is random but I have my reasons:

Positives:
More hits per box than Topps flagship
Better checklist in regards to hits and rookies
I know you hate it when I say anything about design aspects but compared I prefer the Donruss design to the Topps flagship. If they had team logos then it would be perfect.
Emphasis on the Japanese phenom and current Seattle Mariner Yusei Kikuchi
Variations like Heritage; except they are easier to identify – and probably more readily available.

Negatives:
Domingo Ayala autographs; Some of you may like him. For some reason he just ticks me off. https://www.domingobeisbol.com/

 

Only got 2 duplicates. About 35 to 60 percent of the base set. I am working on the camera angles and realize that I need to hold the cards at a better angle to the camera. Good thing I am not a breaker.