Random Review: 2019 Contenders Draft Picks blaster for basketball

I finally found some out in the wild. I offered to pick some of these up for the card shop but it looks like they had their day as a quick scan of eBay sold listings can see people dumping these for $15. That said, I love basketball and am looking forward to seeing Zion and Ja Morant this season. I also have a few other rookies that I am high on. So let’s see what this box is made of.

 

 

The autograph wasn’t anything special but I did pull inserts of players that I am excited about in Cam Reddish and Dylan Windler. My autograph is of a guy who will probably be cut in training camp but it is so early that you never know. I will never forget the year that I pulled a couple of Paul Millsap autographs and look at what he turned into.

I see Target has raised the price on these to $29.99. I feel that is just greedy. Then again, I see people grabbing these out of greed and not because they want them or will open them. This is a solid product at $19.99 but with the amount of filler autographs this isn’t worth much more, even if hobby packs are selling for $60.

I am very disappointed about the base design this year as I feel that Panini is coasting by having it be too close to past years versions. Perhaps it is time for an update there.

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Random Review: 2019 Topps Heritage Minors Hobby

Let’s post a quick break. I picked up a Topps Heritage box of the current season for $60 when it came out and just opened it. Truthfully, I cannot stand Heritage as a standalone but as a player collector, I always chase these cards as they tend to be more expensive when sold as standalone base.

A fun rip. I knew most of the players. Jake McCarthy auto. I didn’t open the Box Topper but because it was yellow, you could see through it. It was a Wander Franco one.

Random Review: 2012 Upper Dek USA Football Box

I have been pretty big into building sets for about a year now. I have also enjoyed Upper Deck a ton lately. I also enjoy cheap products. I also….

So this box is currently on sale at multiple places for under $20. The selling point on the checklist was Jameis Winston. I personally grabbed it for Devin Funchess and Todd Gurley. I also like the patch cards coming out of this. We aren’t talking about a deep checklist. It is 2019 and we have seen the players develop already. USA Football is good for┬ásome signers in the CFL who just don’t sign that often; specifically offensive lineman. So let’s take a quick peak into what I grabbed.

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The cards were protected pretty good. I didn’t get any names but if this was 2012/13, I would have been ecstatic as I got an offensive lineman auto. That said, look how beautiful the cards are.

 

Random Review: with Random People, 2017/18 Premier League Gold hobby box

Today one of my Danish brothers joined me as we opened up a soccer product.

 

The box did not give anything close to a full set. Most people are not buying this product for a set though. For a $30 autograph chase, you could do a lot worse. I personally feel that soccer, especially European products are an underappreciated market. You could easy stumble into some big names at a low cost box here.

Random Review: 2019 Panini Chronicles Basketball rack box

Today we have a $10 rack box of Panini Chronicles that you can find at your average big box retailer. No guarantees but a fun product. I enjoy this product so much that I was surprised to learn that the majority of card shop owners and dealers do not like it. I guess no one is doing a Chronicles set. Regardless, I love it.

Random Review: Loot Locker July hockey

If you aren’t familiar with Loot Locker, you get 3 hobby packs of your chosen sport for the price of a blaster. In the back of my mind, I told myself that I wanted to grab a pack of Artifacts before they dried up. When the lineup of packs was released and I saw Artifacts I jumped.

I have horrible luck with the Loot Locker and the streak continued.

Random Review: 2019 Topps Baseball Card Day WalMart

WalMart has its own version of the National Baseball Card day packs. I pickes this up so I could scratch my itch for Bowman Platinum. These were sold out at my WalMart but I did see a display for them. I didn’t hit anything super great so I am going to let the pictures do the talking. I had to order this fronm WalMart.com for $12.98.

Random Review: 50 hockey packs Walmart

About a month ago, Walmart.com restocked their random hockey packs and I grabbed one figuring the fun grade was worth the $20.

Here is the pack breakdown:

7 – 1997-98 Leaf
5 – 1997-98 Pinnacle Hossa, Marleau rookies
3 – 2007-08 Fleer Ultra Price, Kane rookies
9 – 2006-07 Victory Malkin, Kopitar, Kessel rookies
6 – Pinnacle Mint
7 – 1991 Score Series 1 Weight, Hasek
6 – 1991-92 Series 1 Pro Set Weight, Hasek
4 – 1990-91 Series 2 Pro Set Jagr, Fedorov
4 – 1990 Pro Set

Here is some of the notable items that I pulled from it:
Coins: Daniel Alfredsson, Saku Koivu, Paul Coffey, Chris Osgood, Jeremy Roenick
Leaf: Banner Season Teemu Selanne , numbered to 3500
Joe Thornton Pinnacle rookie, not treated as his rookie by collectors but the card says rookie; also got a Chris Phillips rookie from that set
Ovechkin Fleer Ultra gold
Sergei Fedorov Pro Set rookie
Victory yielded a Matt Carle rookie, Ryan Miller Next in Line, and Daniel Alfredsson Game Breakers
Quebec Nordiques Team Facts from Pro Set
2 Wayne Gretzky cards

As a collector it was a fun trip down memory lane. My teams have evolved but I was reminded just how much I loved watching the Ottawa Senators growing up. The Daniel Alfredsson coin was something that I would have bought on my own as a collector. If I pulled the Wayne Gretzky cards when the set came out, I would have been over the moon.
If I opened the packs when they came out, I would have done amazing. As a result, I can’t complain. However this is modern collecting and this was full of junk packs. I got exactly what I paid for.