Random Review: 2019-20 Upper Deck Parkhurst Hockey blaster

I could easily do a post just on Kobe. I don’t want to do that. I will take a few moments on him though. I have lived in Southern California all of my life. I know the area well where he died. The hills are where my sister went to middle school. How can kids at AE Wright Middle School attend classes this week? I didn’t think that I would cry over a sports figure until Vin Scully or Tommy Lasorda died. 
I am not a Lakers fan but when they succeed SoCal succeeds and it brings a great energy to the area. I didn’t think that I was a huge Kobe fan but I cried over his death. I got to see him become a man and it was a pleasure. I saw his 81 point game on television. I have amazing sports memories because Kobe’s prime was local. I know this is bias but I genuinely thought that he was the best player to ever play in the NBA. People my age and a little younger grew up with Kobe as their main idol. I am worried about a few friends mental health because of this. When, I am about to send a text to see if someone I know is okay because he needs strength to get through this.
I helped in the closest hobby shop to the tragedy on its first day open since the tragedy. Kobe cards were bought out of the shop on Sunday before news hit it. The vultures were out.
Helping out Tuesday in the shop was hard but it needed to be done. The volume of phone calls regarding Kobe was insane. The amount of calls made me excited to take a call trying to sell the shop junk wax from the 80s and 90s; those happen a dozen times a day and have been the bane of my existence. I am not a retail mind and I only help in the shop as a friend helping another friend. Seeing people try to monetize off a death made me want to puke. A guy came in with Lakers stuff from the 99 cent store trying to sell it to the shop for $7. I wanted to kick him out. A customer came in who saw the chopper as it was turning before it hit the mountain. He said enough and incriminated himself enough that I know it was genuine.
The worst though was when someone wanted to get their autographed Kobe jersey authenticated. His mom paid $6,000 for it on Sunday after the death. It was the worst fake autograph that I have ever seen in my life. Again, the vultures were out and preying on the vulnerable. I can only hope that the lady had money to burn.
I am proud to be friends with a shop owner who was above it. His stance was that he made so much off Kobe that he didn’t want to disrespect him. 
Kobe was a true legend. His daughter was about to become a legend and together they were going to help propel women’s basketball. I am sad that we lost that future more than anything.

 

Lets move on to happier times. I usually have to order hockey blasters online but when I saw this in my WalMart, I grabbed it and stuck it on a credit card, afraid that I would miss my chance to bust a product that I covet so much. Parkhurst is one of my all time favorite sets. I put together insert sets from this last year.  

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Kudos to Upper Deck for getting traded players in their right jersey. Something that Panini didn’t do in Hoops which frustrated me.

Random Review: NBA Hoops Holiday blaster 2019

One of the few products that is usually left at WalMart after being picked over is the Hoops holiday boxes. I don’t understand as this is probably my favorite product since I discovered it.

Random Review: 2019/20 NBA Panini Prizm blaster

A few weeks ago, I found Prizm in the wild. Yes, I grabbed them all but that was to give to my local hobby shop because they can’t get them from their distributor. As I was leaving, someone else came to the card aisle looking for it. I gave him a box.

Random Review: 2019 Chronicles hobby box baseball

My birthday was on Wednesday and I was lucky enough to get a hobby box for it. One of my favorite products of the year is Chronicles and I was lucky enough to get a box that.

I was puzzled to find a Donruss card in here. Does anyone know the reasoning? As someone who opened more Donruss baseball this year than any product, I think that I might be ticked off unless this is an updated rookie set.

So my first 3 hits probably didn’t even amount to the value of a hobby pack. I opened the above hits first and by that point, I had given up on the box until:

This is a dream card for me. Tom Glavine is one of my all time favorite players in any sport. He is one of the greatest left handed pitchers of all time and was drafted as a hockey player, for my Kings. The Braves are one of my least favorite teams; I loathe them as much as a rational person hates the New England Patriots. Despite this, Glavine somehow found a way into my heart.

Random Review: Random current reatil packs

I haven’t been buying much retail unless it is an impulse buy or something that I really want. These would fall under the impulse category.

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Both pretty underwhelming but we are talking about one off retail fat packs. I was more curious about Unparalleled. Hockey is in my blood and was an impulse buy. It feels like MVP is more of a set builders product. I am past the point where I  want cards just to have cards. If anything, these will be given to a kid for Halloween.

Random Review: 2019 Player of the Day NFL

Player of the Day is back and better than ever; well worth trying if that is your cup of tea. I figured why not and went for it. I am glad I did as the Minshew rookie card is awesome. The other pack is fitting that I got it from an SoCal sports card shop with Rivers and Gurley. I heard that their were autographs and memorabilia cards in here but I have yet to see any. There are definitely decoy cards.

Guess what? I have a pack to give away of this. RT the Twitter link below. Open to everyone in the USA; and if you are outside and willing to pay shipping then enter as well.

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.