Random Review: September Loot Locker

October 12, 2017 § Leave a comment

Congrats to Joel on making it to a year with the Loot Locker. I think its safe to say that the whole community was pulling for the Loot Locker to be a success and it looks like it is.

I wanted to help him celebrate so I bought a Loot Locker for myself. Being that basketball is the main sport that I collect collectively I bought a basketball locker. In it was a pack of Excalibur, Aficionado, and Totally Certified; all from 2016-17 season.

I am pretty sure the second Excalibur pack was a bonus. The Aficionado pack was very thick. I thought that I was going to hit a patch.

I didn’t get any hits per se. I did get a bunch of parallel cards and two spacers. The Diamond Stone rookie is numbered to 10. He’s at the stage in his career where he is probably a D-League player but he is only 20 years old so he can still turn into something.

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Random Review: old SP Authentic Ebay Hot Pack

October 12, 2017 § 1 Comment

I didn’t want to do another hot pack review. Ebay suggested it to me and I put in a low bid. Next thing I know, I got it. Altogether I spend four bucks and change with shipping. Worth the flyer, I suppose.

Here is what I got:

An autograph that isn’t even worth the pack. Some things are better left a mystery; like this pack.

Random Review: Ebay blaster 2017 Absolute

October 6, 2017 § Leave a comment

I had Ebay credit burning a hole in my pocket and it caused me to make an irrational decision on Ebay. Nevermind, let’s say I did it for the sake of the site. I can say that I bought it to test blasters on Ebay from a seller who isn’t a reputable dealer.
Truthfully between wanting a box with this great NFL rookie class, the look of Absolute base cards, wanting the Blitz pack code, and the price falling into my lap, I took the chance. I paid about $12 with free shipping.

Let’s get this out of the way, blasters of Absolute have been less than stellar. It feels like they took a set for hit chasers and made it one for set chasers. If I would have realized this, I would’ve collected Absolute instead of Contenders; especially because Absolute base cards are beautiful this year. I don’t care if McCaffrey busts, I will be stocking up on his rookies, and every Panthers rookie, because the cards are beautiful. I don’t know how you feel but when I see my favorite teams colors, I get a little excitement in my heart – Panthers, Dodgers, and the occasional Grizzly do it for me; I have opened enough basketball so I should know that feeling. I have seen people buy multiple blasters and go hitless. At $12 it was worth the price of one of blaster boxes from 10 years ago when they had blasters at this price point.
Unfortunately the free shipping cost me. The seller showed little packaging care and sent it just covered with brown paper. That Blitz code was nothing special either. I thought that I would have to pull a card inserted in packs but the code was written on every pack – my heart wants to share the code but my head says not to do that to Panini.

One pack was extremely damaged. Unfortunately it also included a rookie parallel in the top 15. Here is what I don’t get though. How can one pack be damaged and not the others? I wonder if it was via pack searching on the seller’s part. The bottom corner is dinged severely and there is fraying in an L shape in that whole said bad corner.

These are beautiful inserts though:

I will be more than happy to share the name of the seller via messaging. I left him positive feedback with a scathing comment on the packaging. Hey I got what I paid for and he didn’t offer to refund even a little bit of money. I made the mistake so you don’t have too. Don’t buy blasters on eBay unless it is with a reputable dealer, not an average Joe.

Random Review: $11.99 Fairfield Hockey repack

September 27, 2017 § Leave a comment

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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.

The packs:

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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:

My personal favorite pack from the box:

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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.

Random Review: 2 National VIP Gold Packs

September 24, 2017 § Leave a comment

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:

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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.

Random Review: 2 more football Contenders blasters

September 18, 2017 § 1 Comment

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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.

 

Random Review: Panini NFL Blitz app

September 13, 2017 § Leave a comment

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.

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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.

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