Pickups – $25 from COMC

Someone on Twitter is doing a ‘Better than a Blaster’ series. I recently received a $25 gift in the form of COMC credit. I thought that it would be worth sharing how far the $25 went.

I purchased $2 worth of Deathlok cards. Most were numbered. No need to show them.
Now at $23

2018 Panini Immaculate Collection Collegiate - Immaculate Gloves - Prime #17 - DJ Chark /84 - Courtesy of COMC.com
2018 Panini Immaculate Collection Collegiate – Immaculate Gloves – Prime #17 – DJ Chark /84
Purchased for $2.89
Now at $20.11

2003-04 Upper Deck UD Top Prospects - [Base] #55 - Lebron James - Courtesy of COMC.com
2003-04 Upper Deck UD Top Prospects – [Base] #55 – Lebron James
Purchased for $2.32
Now at $17.79
Can we pause here for a second. I picked up a Lebron rookie card for under $5, wow. I know it isn’t ‘the rookie card’ but how is this affordable?

2018 Panini Absolute – Head to Toe #HT-15 – Dede Westbrook /93
Purchased for $2.78
Now at $15.01
Helmets are not easy to put in cards. So a piece of one for a player that I think has potential; heck yes. This is a gift and I try to buy things with them that I wouldn’t normally spend money on. This qualifies.

2018 Panini Chronicles – Phoenix Signatures #PS-CT – Chris Taylor
Purchased for $1.95
Now at $13.06
I had to grab a Dodger autograph.

2018 Panini Immaculate Collection Collegiate - Immaculate Gloves - Prime #20 - Mike White /80 - Courtesy of COMC.com
2018 Panini Immaculate Collection Collegiate – Immaculate Gloves – Prime #20 – Mike White /80
Purchased for $4.20
Now at $8.86
I already have one of these cards but these cards are so beautiful in person. As you see, this is my second purchase from 2018 Immaculate and I can tell you that they are quality cards. Both are players that I am stocking up on for my personal collection.

2005-06 Press Pass - [Base] - Blue #B26 - Chris Paul - Courtesy of COMC.com
2005-06 Press Pass – [Base] – Blue #B26 – Chris Paul
Purchased for $0.59
Now at $8.27

2018 Panini Plates & Patches - All Hall - Blue #AH-MA - Morten Andersen /50 - Courtesy of COMC.com
2018 Panini Plates & Patches – All Hall – Blue #AH-MA – Morten Andersen /50
Purchased for $6.00
Now at $2.27
I made a point to grab an autograph that I normally wouldn’t grab. It was between Morten Andersen and Alex Verdugo. I went with the one that I have been chasing for longer.

2018 Panini Donruss - Diamond Collection - Gold #DC-AG - Amir Garrett /99 - Courtesy of COMC.com
2018 Panini Donruss – Diamond Collection – Gold #DC-AG – Amir Garrett /99
Purchased for $0.96
Now at $1.31

2017 Topps Update Series - [Base] - Gold #US254 - Amir Garrett /2017 - Courtesy of COMC.com
2017 Topps Update Series – [Base] – Gold #US254 – Amir Garrett /2017
Purchased for $0.39
Now at $0.92
Why Amir Garrett? He was supposed to play on my college’s basketball team when I was attending; that is why. Yes, I said basketball and not baseball. He has a great story.

2012 Rittenhouse Marvel Bronze Age - [Base] #31 - Deathlok - Courtesy of COMC.com
2012 Rittenhouse Marvel Bronze Age – [Base] #31 – Deathlok
Purchased for $0.92
How is that for perfect?
This is one of the rare cards that has my uncle’s name on it. It is not shown above, but he is credited as the creator on the back of the card.

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Anyone have any Deathlok cards on Upper Deck e-Pack?

As readers of this site know, my uncle created the Marvel character Deathlok. Now that I am on e-Pack I am looking to stock up on Deathlok cards.

If you have any that you are willing to trade then hit me up on there. My name on it is pandanwh, and I have a Dallas Stars avatar. I will trade numerous digital items for one physical Deathlok card. I would also consider any non autographs, unless it is for a printing plate.

As for e-Pack, I got lucky yesterday. I bought 2 Black Panther packs because it was buy one get one free. I got lucky.

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It’s a $6 auto but I am ecstatic about it. I am also pumped about the Vibranium card.

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.

Video: Mail-day from breaks

This season, it seems like I have picked a rookie in each major sports to personally collect. I was chasing my basketball rookie in Anfernee Simons. I chose him by picking a draft pick that was universally lauded but whose pedigree that I liked; hence Anfernee Simons. I can see him coming in and becoming a Tracy McGrady type; a good scorer who just needed a few years to develop.
This was pretty much a test video. I learned that I need to angle to cards to the camera better; as it seems like I held them at and angle so I could see them but barely cared about the audience. These will get better before they become consistent.

This Week in the Hobby: End of January 2019

3 notable things have happened in the hobby that I find worth commenting on. I am going to go in order of what I think you want to hear:

1. Retail stores have been putting out packs and blasters of 2019 Topps Series 1 baseball early. This isn’t a new phenomenon but with the advent of social media, we are seeing just how prevalent it is. For the most part, this is not happening at an alarming rate but the isolated places that are doing it are adding up. As a collector, I think this adds to the enjoyment and excitement surrounding the release. As someone who used to be in the music business when CDs were all the rage, I question how this is happening at the bigger chains. Some products give an error when the barcode is scanned nullifying the purchase. I don’t recall their being a major cost on the business end for this to happen so perhaps it is something that companies have not thought to do yet.

2. Topps has announced that they will be the exclusive distrubutor of Alliance of American Football cards. You can find a link to information here: https://www.blowoutcards.com/blog/alliance-of-american-football-opts-for-topps-football-cards/.
Let me start by saying that I want the release and the league to succeed but I am just not seeing it. The name players, and players with a chance to make a name for themselves, in the league will have already had cards put out. Unless they put energy in coach cards, I don’t see a huge market for it. It will be a distant 3rd to Panini and Upper Deck (USA). Yes, the CFL has cards out but they have a country behind them. With the XFL coming back into the picture, I worry that Topps is investing in the wrong minor league. Speaking of CFL, in December blaster boxes were going for $3 on major card retailer sites; so are their cards even doing that well to begin with?

3. The entire 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame class has just 15 rookie cards. The link will take you to the Beckett article telling you what to look for if you are chasing them. This worries me. It makes me wonder if companies are not learning from the mistakes of the 90s.
Let’s take a player that I personally collect this year and use him as an example. As of this writing, Ozzie Albies has 41 rookie cards when you put in his name in the COMC filter for rookie cards. This is not counting cards cards in his rookie year; when you account for that you get a whopping 425 cards. Only 1 of those rookie cards is an autograph; so in context you can say he has 40 rookie cards available. That is over-saturation times a 1000 to me.

Bonus: Crown Royale basketball was released this week. The cards look great. I wish that the price point came down because I would love to do a set of them.