Random Review: 2019 Contenders Draft Picks blaster, Round 2

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Angry: 2019 Contenders Draft Picks blaster…a points rant

 

I was originally going to have this be a few sentence ‘Random Review’ like past ones but this took a life of it’s own. Instead, you are getting a rare ‘Angry’ post. I am so Angry that you aren’t getting a picture of the box because I destroyed it.

Readers of this site know that I love Contenders Draft Picks football. In 2017, I put together all the non auto sets. I also have a healthy chunk of the autographs down as well. This year, I really liked the design of the product. I wanted 2 of those autographs in my collection like the box promised. I would have much rather pulled a redemption than points.
This leads me to the following: I like pulling autographs of random people. That is a selling point for me. This is a time where a lot of hits sell for cheaper than boxes, and even packs. If I wanted an autograph of a certain player, I would have bought it. I am not pissed that I missed on a Daniel Jones card, okay I am mad about not pulling him because I like him, but I am not mad that I missed on Joey Bosa or Dwayne Haskins; I am mad that I was robbed of a player to cheer for. Even if I did pull a Bosa or Haskins, I would now have a reason to cheer for them. Fact is, the average collector is like me and doesn’t flip cards anyway. I would much rather get a redemption for a random player, and not just because I don’t want to pay the shipping cost that you have with points. Heck in most of my cases, the shipping cost more than what I paid for the points.
Also let’s focus on the production run. Contenders has a ton of autographs in it’s checklist. I get that athletes don’t always send in their autographs in time for production. However I have pulled redemption cards specific to a player in Contenders before. So what does it say that Panini puts in points? My takeaway from this is that maybe they are making too many of these.

Now normally, I really like points. I used to love it when collectors rejected points because a bottom feeder like me can pounce on them for cheap. I have grabbed some cool stuff from the program. I grabbed a Walker Buehler autograph on there for 150 points before he became huge. I also finished off random cards for my Prestige college. However now that so many people have been exposed to points, I am finding the benefits to them few and far between. Those examples are 2 to 3 years old. I feel that points have run their course. I feel that Panini needs to do something to freshen up the market for little guys like me who don’t have tons of points laying around for the bigger offerings. They definitely need to get rid of the shipping cost because in most cases the shipping costs more than the card is worth and I hate the concept of paying twice for something.

Let me end this with rant about the offerings on points:
I don’t like the Kaboom or White Sparkle packs either. First they are too expensive for my taste. Second, I feel like they ruin something special. What used to be case hits is now dumbed down to a pack. Just because people are paying as if they are case hits, doesn’t mean they are. Who know’s how many Panini produces because they don’t release the production numbers. To me, those feel like the most blatant money grab possible. Sorry for my poor grammar in this paragraph, that is what happens when I get angry.

Random Review: 2 more football Contenders blasters

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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: 2- 2017 Contenders Draft Picks blasters

So, I was looking for a football set that I could get into this year loaded with rookies, and by virtue of elimination Contenders is it. I was looking for a few things: rookies, availability of blaster boxes, a great insert set, and something that would realistically not break my budget.

I don’t like that the base rookies are all autographs but I wanted a set with inserts that excited me. Contenders hits that mark.¬†Seriously Panini, this is the best you can give me? You are releasing several dozen products and this is the only one that is loaded with rookies and realistic for a budget collector, that isn’t the flagship set.

Goals: base cards numbered 1-100 which is the non autographed base & complete the insert sets. I’ll probably accumulate a bunch of autos 101-300 over the next 5 years but I can’t see myself doing what I did with 2013-14 Prestige basketball.


Since I am going to collect this, I must say that I really like the base design. When I do sets, I plan on holding them for a long time. I like sets like this: nothing flashy with a timeless look that should hold up well with all facets of designs in this product.

How I did: 46/100 cards with 6 duplicates. Not bad
Insert sets:
Rush Week: 2/10
Game Day Tickets: 8/30
School Colors: 6/20
Old School Colors: 6/20
Passing Grades: 2/10
Collegiate Connections: 4/10

The autos: Charles Walker, left college early and appears to be undrafted and not even signed.
Joseph Yearby, great autograph but he clearly has time on his hands as he followed the exact same path as Walker.
Rushel Shell, blue parallel autograph undrafted, caught on with the Steelers, was cut Monday.
Carlos Henderson, a College Bowl Ticket REDEMPTION, 3rd round by the Broncos.

Most collectors will probably rip this just because it has 2 autographs per blaster. If that is you, I suggest that you take your chances with Sage which has a shorter checklist and less of a bust rating. After looking at the checklist and seeing what the autographs are going for, despite the multiple hits, the bust rate is huge in this product as you are looking at a checklist with about 250 different autographs. Then again, I can’t see anyone buying this product for set building unless they are crazy like me.

Overall a solid product but if you tell me that in five months, it will be hitting clearance shelves, I will not be surprised at all.

(Since I am putting a collection together for this product, I will not entertain any trade offers.)

Bid Board Finds #11

When I went to pick up this haul, a nostalgic tear came to my eyes. I have been attacking the bid board at Northridge Sports Collectibles for the past 2 years because it was so close to my University. This semester was my last as I have officially earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from California State University Northridge. Unless I get a job or move close by, I probably won’t be going there as much.

Knowing this was potentially my last visit, I loaded up – probably not my last, I will just be infrequent.

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The haul for $14:

Wade Boggs 1986 slabbed by Fanatics
Markel Brown Panini Threads auto
Stephon Marbury & Allan Houston dual warm ups
Kevin Garnett & Sam Cassell dual warm ups
Kendall Marshall Prestige autograph
Paul Lo Duca Prizm autograph
Isiah Thomas autograph from NFL Pro Line 1992
Laken Tomlinson Contenders autograph
Cobi Hamilton Magic autograph
Jeff Fuller Contenders autograph
Tony Boselli autograph

Probably a bit more than I should’ve paid but I wanted to go out with a lot. My favorite and possibly favorite card that I got all year is the Isiah Thomas autograph. I love how it’s an NBA Hall of Famer in an early NFL set. I come away with another Boselli autograph from the bid board.
In all this is the perfect way to go out as I came away with a little of everything. A prospect autograph in Markel Brown, a few autographs who are nobodies in Fuller and Hamilton, a Dodgers autograph in Lo Duca, and some great dual cards. If you have read past Bid Board Finds segments, this has almost everything that I have encountered; very fitting.