Random Review: Pack Rip #2 & Panini Crusade

My second foray into PackRip.com sees me going beyond the trial packs and actually testing out a product. I didn’t count how many offerings the site had, but I would be willing to be that it was probably close to a dozen or two dozen. My goals for this crusade was to open a pack that delivered on quality and had a video. I was looking for several things in the video: how long it was, if you saw the cards well, and if the pack opener talked at all. My main critique about breakers is that they linger when they open packs. Dude, just open the pack; we aren’t paying you by the hour.
I chose two packs of Panini Crusade Basketball from 2012-13 for $19.50. I am very familiar with this product, as my favorite hobby shop always has it in stock.  I was excited because I have been told of the hits that I have come out of the product. Like Certified, it has a hit per pack.

The video came up instantly after my purchase. It looks small in the screenshot, but it is clearly designed to be maximized for full screen use. The video was short and sweet, last a little over a minute. This is a not insignificant point to me and a major plus in my book. Still a little longer than I would take to open a pack but not much.

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My hits sucked but that is not the fault of PackRip.com. The redemption was hard to read on the video but the person opening the pack was very clear in who it was. Another selling point is that you don’t have to watch the video if you don’t want to. You can just click the ‘Click to reveal your hits’ button.

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Expect another post or two about PackRip.com. I am leaning towards doing a giveaway when I finish off my spending spree on the site, so sign up with them we can do some trading.

This is what’s great about the hobby: Blowout Buzz

One of my favorite weekly reads is a blog that the people from Blowout Cards do called ‘Blowout Buzz.‘ Like a lot of blogs, they review products from around the hobby and specifically what Blowout Cards sell. With access to the Blowout inventory, they are able to put together some great content on the site. Their site is worth a visit; as well as their Twitter being worth a follow. They occasionally give away some hits from their reviews. I won this Kenny Lawler autograph from their 2016 Panini Certified Football break.

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Check them out. https://blowoutbuzz.wordpress.com/ and https://twitter.com/BlowoutBuzz

Also I posted a contest for a Misery Pack this week on my Twitter

 

 

This is what’s great about the hobby: Steel City Sports Cards

Steel City Collectibles has blessed me again, this time in the form of a Twitter contest. On top of their low prices, they are always doing something for collecting fans. I won a hobby box of Panini’s 2015 Americana release. I previously won a box from their football pick em contest where I pulled an Odell Beckham autograph. Getting the Americana box was a pleasant surprise as I actually have bought a few retail packs of this release; some of you can attest to this as I have slipped some of the base cards in ‘Misery Packs.’ The box offered 4 hits and was a blast to open.

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I didn’t pull anything in the galaxy of the Beckham autograph but I did have fun. The hits were horse racing heavy as I pulled the ‘Danica Patrick of horse racing’ and the most recent derby winner. I also pulled a WWE diva and a sweet Tiffani Thiessen cell insert; how can you go wrong with her. I will be honest the autograph sucked, as I can walk into any local store and bump into an actor with better credits. Sorry, Gary Owen, but you weren’t even credited in your last movie and even the caterer gets credited. The inserts overall were fun and the true gem; even the parallels were a beautiful shade of blue. The music lover in me loved the album inserts.

 

If I had the money, I would pick up a few boxes and try to put together a base set. At $45, you can’t go wrong. I would imagine that the majority of boxes are a lot better than the one I got; I mean you can’t get a worse autograph. I am positive about this box and willing to buy another one if the funds present themselves.

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Random Review: Lone Star Box Breaks

Lone Star Box Breaks is a place that I have had my eye on since I came across them on Twitter. If you are a reader of this site then you know that I document the struggles of being a collector on a tight budget. Lone Star Box Breaks is right up my alley. They constantly post cheap cards and packs.
I have been wanting to buy from them but when they post cards, it never aligns with my availability; they are known to post on Saturday nights. I finally caught a break on Saturday, and bought from them – I may or may not done this purchase as I was sitting waiting for church to start. When I was browsing, I asked myself: ‘would I regret passing up on this deal?’ The answer for this Court Kings Charlie Scott autograph was yes.
When you shop on their site, you will see some cards listed as free with purchase if you add them to your card. I grabbed, an albeit expired Jordan Hamilton redemption.  Panini redeems expired redemption cards so I got two autograph cards for one. Did I mention the free shipping? I literally paid a buck.20160310_172541

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Random Review: 2 hockey blaster boxes

Hope that everyone had a great weekend everyone. I was busy this weekend helping a friend move – something I will probably be doing a few more times. After helping my friend move, I could really use a glass of wine or two. Unfortunately, but probably fortunately for my body, I gave up alcohol for Lent. So I traded one vice for another and bought two clearance blaster boxes from Target on my way home.

The boxes:
2013-14 Upper Deck Hockey Artifacts
2013-14  Panini Score Hockey

The big grabs the boxes:
An expired Artifacts Rookie Redemption for Capitals – if anyone knows if Upper Deck will redeem this, please tweet me – https://twitter.com/angryccollector.
Emerson Etem Rookie numbered to 999
Bryan Trottier numbered to 399

Countless Score gold cards with the highlight being a Nail Yakupov Rookie Gold
Michal Jordan Hot Rookies – sorry had to
Martin Brodeur Netcam insert
Brandon Yip Black

Overall:
I finally got to open an Artifacts box, which is something that I have been wanting for a while. I would say my opinion hinges on the redemption being valid but the reality is, it is probably a crappy rookie. I am very disappointed and could still use that glass of wine. I am over blaster boxes as their is no value in them. I saved a Christmas gift card specifically for a time like this so at least I didn’t lose any money from it. I have a hunger for an Upper Deck box so I can try for a Jack Eichel or Connor McDavid Young Guns card, although I did pull an Oilers number one pick rookie card.

Random Review: Panini Innovation 12/13

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This is the second of my two boxes from my post Christmas gift card cash in. I finally opened the box last night and it has taken me that much time to develop a true opinion of it. Lets run down my hits before I delve in:

8 cards per pack, 1 pack per box. 2 autographs and 1 game used

The cards:
2 base cards: Evan Turner and Tyson Chandler
Allen Iverson Innovators
Manu Ginobili stained glass (well plastic) – by far my favorite card in the box
Andrew Nicholson rookie #ed to 349
Kevin Murphy rookie autograph
Greg Monroe Fine Print autograph
Andre Drummond Authentic Material rookie card #ed to 199

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Random Review: Totally Certified Basketball, Christmas Present

It’s New Years Eve and I just now opened one of the two boxes that I got for Christmas. As I stated, I have pretty good will power and waited until I had a hunger to open a box.
I opened my Panini Totally Certified 2013/2014 box. It had 6 packs with a hit in each pack. The price point wasn’t too bad as I bought the box for $50 from Valley Sports Cards – no they don’t sponsor the site, I just love namedropping them when I can because of how awesome they are. This is actually my second foray with Totally Certified as the very first Random Review that I ever did was the football version of the same year – found here. I was underwhelmed with that box but I chalked it up to a poor rookie class; plus at my price range, I don’t really have many options when I go into the store. I am a basketball collector anyway so I didn’t mind taking a chance.

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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.

 

Random Review: 2014 Panini Certified

Just when I thought I had run out of birthday cards, my brother gave me $50. Naturally I took it and a few days later, I headed to Valley Sports Cards. This time I grabbed a 2014 Panini Certified football hobby box. I tend to shy away from football hobby boxes but this rookie class has done me good, remember that Beckham I pulled? I had a hunger for a Blake Bortles, Kelvin Benjamin,  Mike Evans, or pro bowl lineman Zack Martin. I didn’t any of those players, not even a base rookie with the 50 cards in the box. What I got instead was well…

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I opened the box and immediately this comes out:
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Basically it says we are probably going to screw you out of the card in the box that you were looking for. I was hoping against hope that this wouldn’t be the case, but this note was a dead giveaway.
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So now, I have to pay shipping on a birthday gift. If I wanted to do that, I would’ve put this money in the bank and bought a box online. I wanted instant gratification.

Bad news aside, I did like the rest of the cards in the box.
20151127_193116Even though I didn’t get flashy players for the numbered cards, I did like how they fell to almost one a pack. I even got one a numbered card in a pack with one of my hits. The cards ranged from 249 to 999.

20151127_193043The autograph that I did get is a current Panther. He isn’t playing right now the team gave up a draft pick for him so they will inevitably give him a chance to stick. The Bronco swatch is Julius Thomas.

I can’t get past the fact that I got points instead of a hit. I have never had rewards points so I hope the shipping isn’t too bad. I am very disappointed in this box.

Random Review: 2014 RS Longevity

I got lucky and won 2nd prize in one of the NFL pick-em contest over at Steel City Collectibles. See it does take skill to win stuff sometimes. This was actually my 3rd win in as many NFL seasons and I usually get a blaster box as a prize, so I wasn’t expecting anything special. I received the box after week 1 and it promptly sat on my desk until this week when I rewarded myself after writing a mind numbing 5 page paper for one of my classes – who am I kidding, I love writing papers, no joke. The box had a sticker that said ‘Target exclusive’ on it so I wasn’t expecting anything.

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