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.
And now the article that I wanted to write this week. In the short time that they have been around Loot Locker have made a name for themselves. They have been the first annual mail day place in the hobby that has stuck around. Despite thinking about buying one ten times over, I have never pulled the trigger.
I lucked into one in a Twitter contest. I chose basketball because that is the sport that I prefer to buy packs from. Despite a hiccup where I worried about it getting ‘lost in the mail,’ it did come. ALLSWEATY is actually running another contest this month for a Loot Locker.
SP Authentic 2014-15 pack
SPx 2014-15 pack
Panini Totally Certified 2014-15 pack
top loaders of two different sizes, penny sleeves, candy, and the most important perk of all: lots of BUBBLE WRAP
Despite pulling a ‘board of death’ in one of the three packs, I did pretty well. The Dirk card is numbered to 299 and came from the same Totally Certified pack as the Griffin hit. The autograph is Jordan Adams, made more beautiful and trade-able where I live by the fact that he is in his UCLA attire. My personal favorite, and one that is going on my PC wall, is the Reggie Theus base card with his huge Afro from his playing days. For those unaware, Theus is the coach of CSUN- my now alma mater.
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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A few weeks ago my favorite hobby shop posted about a sale for a hobby box that I could actually afford to buy from them. I had a credit card gift card from coaching my nephews baseball team and finally found an excuse to use it. I sat on the box for about a month before I opened it to celebrate a recent event in my life.
At $40, 2013 Panini Totally Certified is a hobby box a lot of budget collectors can afford. On top of that it has 6 hits per box. The only caveat is the absurdly awful draft class behind the product.
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