Random Review: 2018 Threads Basketball Retail box

June 14, 2018 § Leave a comment

While everyone was talking about Bowman baseball, I feel like collectors in the know was busy buying all of Threads. I went out of my way, albeit not too much out of my way, to find a box and couldn’t. Thankfully Target.com had it, and said that it was sold out in every store.

At $19.99 you get an oversized jersey card, and a pack of cards.

I got excited when I saw Jazz but it was Tony Bradley and not Donovan Mitchell. Still a fun rip regardless.

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Random Review: May 2018 Hockey Loot Locker

June 9, 2018 § Leave a comment

I was on the hunt for SP Authentic packs for a while so I bought a Loot Locker last month. Didn’t pull anything of note and got my least favorite flavor of Starburst in the box; pink.

Random Review: 2004 Pacific Heads Up Sweater Edition

May 23, 2018 § Leave a comment

As a low budget collector, the best way to find value is in the fun of aspect of the hobby. As I was perusing Steel City Collectibles clearance bin, I came across a product that looked so fun that I couldn’t pass it up. I bring you my Random Review of ‘2004 Pacific Heads Up Sweater Edition.’

I was drawn in for a few reasons. The biggest is that the sweater included looked awesome and I looked forward to displaying it. The other is the fact that it included Dustin Brown and Marc-Andre Fleury rookies. Dustin Brown, eh? Well, as someone living in Los Angeles, he captained our two Stanley Cup teams. He is also my favorite player because of his grit. He is not the best player in the world but he is a bridge from the old time hockey to the new speed game.

As I have been doing for a lot of my Random Reviews, you can find them on Twitter if you follow me.

In this batch, the Jokinen and Lombardi were numbered. All 3 numbered cards were to 250 or 299.

I had all the Tweets written out and sent on my phone but I think that I bugged out the application on my phone from all of the Tweets so I had to do the last one there. It made no difference to me as it was the end of the box since I pulled the two jersey cards and only had the big sweater to pull.

I may have been chasing Fleury’s but this Yzerman was a pleasant surprise. He is the architect of Tampa Bay’s current roster. Detroit is one of my secret favorite teams as my mom is from there and she told me stories of going on dates to see Red Wings games.

I will be real at $30, this product is probably overpriced. Like I said, I do not chase value. I bought this for fun. The fun grade on this was out of the park. 90% of these cards are PC cards.

Random Review: 2016 Donruss Optic baseball rack pack box

May 16, 2018 § Leave a comment

I am at the point in my collecting journey where I have very few things on my (attainable) collecting bucket list. Things are getting to be pretty inane for the list because other than adding some cards in my collection, I can’t think of anything after this. I pulled a one of one, I pulled a hall of famer’s autograph, I opened a case. One thing on my list though was I always wanted to open a rack pack box.

So I wanted a product who had base cards that I cared about. One that I would be excited about if I went hitless. So when I saw that I could get an Optic box that featured Corey Seager rookie cards, it was an easy call. It cost $25 plus shipping. I am notorious for not opening boxes for ages but because this was a bucket list item, I opened it immediately.

I was so excited that I didn’t take a picture of the layout of the packs but it looked a lot like the normal retail pack boxes, and not rack packs, making me wonder if sometimes they are laid out like that.

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The rookies I hit: Sano, Bird, Severino, Turner, Peraza, Shwarber, and others. Of course I didn’t hit any Seager cards in this, despite that being the reason why I bought the product. I also had several chances with inserts and still struck out.

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There were four purple parallels per pack. I feel like I hit more than that. Notable is the Story parallel. The only card that I hit duplicates of from this box was the Conforto purple Rated Rookie. I believe other base duplicates are Prizms.

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I went hitless, although this is not a hit based product. Samardzija and Tulo are numbered to 99, so is the Tyler Duffey rated rookie. Franco and Braun are numbered to 299. Crawford is numbered to 149. You also see the ROY variation for Bryant and Correa with other inserts.

Overall, I was disappointed at first. I mean if I wanted a bland product I would have been better off buying a rack pack box of Contenders football that you can grab for $12. After sorting and seeing that only half or less of the cards are true base cards, I felt better. This isn’t a hit based product and sorting it ended up being immensely fun.

Speaking of bucket list items: hey Panini, how about inviting me to the rookie premiere? Los Angeles is my backyard.

Random Review: 2018 Panini Stars & Stripes blaster

May 1, 2018 § Leave a comment

So buying this product started on a sour note. I used a Target card to get 2 day shipping for it and it did not get to me in 2 days. In fact, the start of the shipping process took 3 days just to get a tracking number. Then this came via UPS, who I have completely lost faith in to begin with. When the package with the blaster box arrived, it came like this:

This was the first time that I videotaped opening a package – I didn’t include the video or post it anywhere because the box was fine. The box was fine but the air bubbles in the box were popped from the damage.

So let’s move on to the box itself.

I want to make clear that my feelings about the shipping of this item are not clouded by what I have to say about the product itself. My judgement on this product is that it is a hit based product. Fun if you are a chasing hits but let’s be honest, that is all this product is for. It takes years for USA baseball products to show their potential. Unless you are a die hard baseball prospecter who happens to be a collector then you are pretty much hit chasing this product. It’s why I bought it. Heck halfway into it, I reminded myself that I was looking people who I had no idea of. When I bought it, I convinced myself that I was chasing beautiful cards. These are beautiful cards though. People say that they are chasing the veterans on this product but the odds of vets in these is not good to begin with.

Random Review: 2007 Just Minors Pack

April 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

A lot of you still are unaware of the beauty and legacy that is Just Minors. Before the current prospect rush that we are seeing, Just Minors was blazing the trail. Unfortunately it is not always good to be early to the party as they did not last, even though they would dominate the industry now. For under $10, I picked up a pack to show the beauty of one of my favorite all time brands; and this is coming from someone who isn’t much of a prospect collector other than trying to buy low on future superstars.

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Nobody that lasted but still a fun rip. 2007 didn’t have a lot of star power to offer to begin with.

Random Review: Another Fairfield Product

April 15, 2018 § 1 Comment

On Thursday, I stopped into Rite Aid to check if they had Easter candy. As some card collectors can relate too, I ending up spending more on cards than candy even though cards weren’t on my radar going in. For what it’s worth, that is not saying much because I bought a $5 product. It would have never happened if I didn’t embrace the fact that I had time. As I have been doing, I posted on Twitter a few days before.

While I didn’t hit a blatant coach card in this, I did get a few coaches from their playing days.

I got super lucky with this. I know that, you know that, the universe knows that. It is still Fairfield so I wouldn’t go out running to get one of these products. If you are in a Rite Aid or other related store, it wouldn’t hurt to check out. I have seen these with Mike Trout on top.

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