Friday, July 31, 2009
Sometimes sets come out that really don’t require much of a review, because the hit count speaks for itself.
This is the case with MLB Icons, which, with two Lettermen, two jerseys and one auto averaged out in a 10-pack box, you have a 1:2 chance of getting a money card. Add to that the high propensity to get a numbered rookie (1 in our packs), a low-numbered parallel (we got 3) or another numbered card (1 here for us) and you’ve got the recipe for a strong box break.
I say this not to sluff off my review, because I really did enjoy breaking open my 10 pack sample. Instead, I lead off with this because it’s rare to get essentially a hit in every pack for a $10-$15/pack product.
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I'll be providing a live Tweetcast from the National tomorrow and uploading pictures to Twitpic in real-time to bring those who can't attend an experience like never before. What I see, you'll see.
The initial buzz on blogs, boards, Twitter, and other news feeds seems to be centered on the new Sportkings and Razor, both of which are providing early looks at upcoming products. To me this clearly indicates that collectors are starved for new product, new designs, new ideas, and new creativity.
Our interview with Dr Brian Price earlier this week resulted in a scoop about their upcoming boxing release which looks awesome!!
Stay tuned tomorrow and be sure to follow the Tweetcast at http://www.twitter.com/votc or follow me @VOTC. Full image galleries, video, and articles will be posted in the days following for those of you who are anti-Twitter.
Untill tomorrow . . . Happy Collecting!!!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
"As many of you already know, the 30th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention is quickly approaching. Every year is special to us at TRISTAR because we like to bring you, as well as fans across the globe, the best autograph guest line-up every year. But, this show is particularly eventful for us, as we are debuting a new product on August 25th, TRISTAR Obak. This set commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 1909 Obak Minor League Baseball cards, as we pay homage to both the stars of yesterday and today.
But as a very important part of the baseball card industry, you will not have to wait until August 25 to see a special version of the set. TRISTAR would like to offer you some special National Obak promo cards that will be only available during the show to you. In addition to this, we have a special autograph card or numbered TRISTAR card from our other products to extend as well. To redeem your Obak promo cards and TRISTAR autograph/numbered card, you simply need to bring this e-mail to the TRISTAR Booth near the autograph pavilion and tell us your name and blog/publication that you are with.
We are really looking forward to the biggest National Sports Collectors Convention that the industry has ever seen, and I truly hope to have the chance to talk you at our TRISTAR Booth (in the Autograph Pavilion) just to make sure we are doing everything we can to make your lives a little easier and provide you with products that you can be excited about. See you in Cleveland."
First, killing someone with your car should be getting 100% of the vote and the fact that it isn't is obviously indicitive of our country being desensitized to violence and the de-valuing of human life. But that's a storyfor another day on another blog. What caught my eye is that more people believe that being caught using steroids is more disturbing than the sick and sadistic activity of dog fighting.
I have repeatedly said that people who casually pass dog fighting off as simply something unsettling have never really seen the results of this horrific activity.
Do a Google (or Bing) image search for dog fighting . . . go ahead . . . I'll wait.
Now tell me getting busted cheating in a game is worse than that?What's wrong with people?
Regular Set: Regular Cards (200)Signature Rookies (60)
Top Inserts: Signs of the Super Bowl (Varied #)
Signature MVPs (Varied #)
Signature ROYs (Varied #)
Signature Eight (Varied #)
Draft Years (Varied #)
Rivalries (Varied #)
Box Break: (on average)
One (1) Multi-Signed card OR Two (2) Individual Autographs in every Box!
All Multi-Signed Cards are foil numbered!
Case Break: (on average)Five (5) Triple, Quad, Six, and Eight Signatures per case!
Configuration:4 cards per pack1 pack per box
Product Arrival Date: November
Monday, July 27, 2009
I'm glad the market has moved away from Group or Shared RC cards. Jim Rice was an 8 time All-Star and league MVP in 1978. He hit for a career average of .298 with 2,452 hits including 382 HR's resulting in 1451 RBI.
Rickey Henderson would not have wanted to share the spotlight with anyone and didn't have to on his 1980 Topps RC card.Henderson retired (eventually) as the career leader in walks, runs scored and stolen bases. The best lead-off hitter the game ever saw. In his youth he was magical on the base paths. A 10x All-Star and league MVP in 1990. His 24 year career resulted in 3055 hits and 1406 stolen bases. Not devoid of power, he belted 297 HR's in his career and finished with an average of .279 and a OBP of .401
Congrats to both stars from my youth.
If you buy or sell on eBay and use PayPal I encourage you to read these in detail. Several changes are taking place but the ones that caught my eye as an occasional buyer AND seller are:
eBay Shipping Insurance- BUYERS will no longer have the option of choosing insurance on an item. It will be up to the SELLER to incude it in the shipping cost at their discretion.
PayPal's Seller Protection- Will no longer cover claims filed with eBay
PayPal Claim- If a seller loses a PayPal claim, his or her liability will include the full purchase price of the item and original shipping cost, AND in some cases, they may not receive the item back.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
As I follow the quest for the cup, I find myself having to defend my favorite driver Kyle Busch. I like him for many reasons. First and foremost, he is aggressive and doesn’t let anything short of a failing car stop him from trying to win. But I also like him for another reason, my 4-year old is a big fan of the M&M car and that’s Kyle’s ride. So on many Sunday’s were watching the M&M car zip around the track while playing with his die-cast replica. Now that’s he’s a little older, he wants to know more about what his dad does, so when I open a box of cards to review he’s right there with me. It’s especially fun when it is a racing set because he instantly scopes out his favorites (Busch and Kasey Kahne) and kidnaps them for his own little collection. So you can image how his eyes got giant when he saw my latest product to break – 2009 Press Pass Stealth.
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Saturday, July 25, 2009
So you are infatuated with the Chase for the Cup, no, not the Piston Cup, although my kids are much more interested in the happenings of Lightning McQueen these days, no I am talking about the Sprint Cup Series… Tony Stewart has a solid lead and has been stellar in the Office Depot car taking in over $4,000,000 so far.
If you can’t get enough NASCAR, there are plenty of ways to get your fix merchandise wise, but none are as fun as the awesome trading cards offered by Press Pass. It has been awhile since I opened up some racing cards and to be honest, I have missed it. I just got a box of Press Pass Premium and I’m pretty excited as it is one of my personal favorites to break.
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SportsCollector Abandoned Storage Locker Yields Sports Stuff: A moving company opened an abandoned storage locker and found a fe.. http://bit.ly/4mH3Babout 7 hours ago from twitterfeed
sk88z (EA SPORTS) Madden 10 Demo out NOW! http://maddennfl.easports.com/home.actionabout 18 hours ago from web
IGNcom Pics of the cheerleaders (and... car?) at the Heroes booth at Comic-Con: http://tinyurl.com/n49ltfabout 18 hours ago from web
sk88z (EA SPORTS) ESPN 5 Things to Know About NBA LIVE 10 http://bit.ly/o0zUMabout 18 hours ago from web
upperdeckblog Catching Up With Collecting: Tim Doull http://tinyurl.com/lobdwwabout 18 hours ago from web
chitown_sports A look back at Negro Leagues Baseball: Toni Stone was the first woman to play in the Negro Leagues and is consid.. http://buzzup.com/8nu1about 18 hours ago from twitterfeed
sk88z (EA SPORTS) NBA LIVE 10 First Look video tonight on GameTrailers http://bit.ly/jIYQnabout 19 hours ago from web
Marvel The Marvel Comic-Con hub is at http://marvel.com/sdcc09. Photos, videos, news and more live blog info can be found there.about 19 hours ago from web
Marvel We just uploaded tons of Comic-Con photos to our Flickr: http://bit.ly/vcJ7yabout 20 hours ago from web
sk88z (EA SPORTS) NCAA Football 10 Offense Gameplan Tips http://bit.ly/HJB5vabout 22 hours ago from web
versustv Indycar 101 Video - Suspension http://ow.ly/i0sTabout 22 hours ago from HootSuite
Marvel Want to see the Marvel booth in SD and so much more? Be sure to check out the videos at the bottom of this page: http://marvel.com/sdcc098:59 AM Jul 23rd from web
BLOWOUTCARDS 1917 World Series Game Used Ball Shoeless Joe Jackson (This is the crustiest looking ball I've ever seen !) http://tinyurl.com/naoa6s7:18 AM Jul 23rd from web
BLOWOUTCARDS BLOWOUTCARDS "Where Will It End Challange" ! Win a FREE 3 card limited edition commemorative ufc patch card set http://tinyurl.com/lbfjl25:53 AM Jul 23rd from web
tradercracks On-going San Diego Comic Con card swag list: http://bit.ly/3ZSbXp4:25 AM Jul 23rd from web
IGNcom Check out our gallery of all the cool Lost props and costumes on display at Comic-Con: http://tinyurl.com/5jsbbd @ericgoldmanign #SDCC3:09 AM Jul 23rd from web
SportsCollector I uploaded a YouTube video -- 1919 World Series program http://bit.ly/yDgxi12:44 AM Jul 23rd from Google
IndyCarNation [NEWS UPDATE] 7/23 :: Inside track http://ow.ly/15Iz1c11:30 PM Jul 22nd from HootSuite
chitown_sports Man says he hit left-and right-handed holes-in-one: An Ohio man who says he's not much of a golfer pulled off a .. http://buzzup.com/8lfi8:44 PM Jul 22nd from twitterfeed
CardInformant Do a video box break. Send CI a shoutout. Win cards. See the message boards for more info.5:33 PM Jul 22nd from mobile web
IGNcom Music Labels Gearing Up For Rock Band Network http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/100/1006149p1.html5:32 PM Jul 22nd from web
Marvel Watch the brand new Iron Man 2 Video Game Trailer NOW! http://is.gd/1HT1e1:21 PM Jul 22nd from web
TheCardTweet http://bit.ly/UKWl7 The Card Podcast Episode 28 with the guys who cracked the A&G Code is posted!1:18 PM Jul 22nd from Tweetie
upperdeckblog Collector of the Month: Jeff Silverman http://tinyurl.com/lwusse12:05 PM Jul 22nd from web
IGNcom New WWE RAW celeb hosts. Shaq next week and then...this Entourage star!: http://tv.ign.com/articles/100/1006142p1.html (@Fowler_IGN)12:02 PM Jul 22nd from Ada
Wax_Heaven A link to the video EVERYONE is talking about. http://waxheaven.com/11:04 AM Jul 22nd from web
BLOWOUTCARDS eBay Autograph Sales Draw Fire From Large NCAA Football Programs http://tinyurl.com/nc2v2j9:42 AM Jul 22nd from web
IGNcom Jason again: We review the Battlefield game that everyone's talking about http://pc.ign.com/articles/100/1005920p1.html8:40 PM Jul 21st from web
IGNcom Wrestling:TNA's gorgeous enforcer, Velvet Sky, talks to IGN about Wii Sports and hairy spiders http://tv.ign.com/articles/100/1005834p1.html7:46 PM Jul 21st from Ada
Marvel New Iron Man 2 Video Game Details http://bit.ly/CQV4R INVINCIBLE IRON MAN writer @mattfraction to write the game! Find out more now.7:14 PM Jul 21st from TweetDeck
sk88z (EA SPORTS) NHL 10's Be A GM with David Littman http://bit.ly/RRFAq12:10 PM Jul 21st from web
Marvel Preview all the Marvel comics, collections and posters coming out in October: http://bit.ly/13Fz2j See 'em first, only on Marvel.com!10:47 AM Jul 21st from TweetDeck
Marvel Punisher: RIP http://bit.ly/2lKD5S Things will never be the same for Frank Castle.10:20 AM Jul 21st from TweetDeck
IGNcom A custom Modern Warfare 2 controller is in the works. #MW2 Read more here: http://gear.ign.com/articles/100/1005614p1.html -- @SloweIGN7:02 PM Jul 20th from web
youtube What if man landed on the moon today instead of forty years ago? This is how the media might cover it: http://bit.ly/U6aVU11:24 AM Jul 20th from web
dacardworld Cool buy from our vintage team: http://bit.ly/5muCK8:13 AM Jul 20th from TweetDeck
SportsCollector A card more scarce than the T206 Honus Wagner...but not as valuable..right now: http://t206card.com/T206CobbWithCobbBackSuperScarce9:43 PM Jul 18th from web
sportscardinfo Inside the Little League Museum http://bit.ly/vluEq5:44 PM Jul 18th from web
sk88z (EA SPORTS) Check out info on NHL 10's new Be a GM mode http://bit.ly/1sY2w12:56 PM Jul 17th from web
IGNcom All of the details on the next Xbox 360 dashboard update: http://xboxlive.ign.com/articles/100/1004834p1.html12:46 PM Jul 17th from web
Marvel Check out the 27 newest digital comics available in Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited! http://bit.ly/4fwj3u Including 5 free & 2 exclusives.12:13 PM Jul 17th from TweetDeck
Friday, July 24, 2009
60 Regular Cards
22 Politicians . . . including Barack Obama
12 Celebrities . . . including Jeremy Piven and Mickey Rourke
26 Sports Icons . . . including Kobe Bryant, Randy Couture, Michael Jordan, Laird Hamilton and Kristi Yamaguchi
Cage Fighter Signatures
Cage Fighter Signatures Renditions
Cage Fighter Signatures - Premium Series
Hollywood History Material
Hollywood History Material - Premium Series
Hollywood History Dual Material
Prominent Cut Signatures
Prominent Cut Signatures – Duals
Prominent Cut Signatures - Quads
One (1) Prominent Cut Signature per box on average!
Two (2) Cage Fighter Signatures per box on average!
Two (2) Hollywood History memorabilia cards per box on average!
One (1) Group A Cut Signature per case on average!
One (1) Hollywood History Premium Series card per case on average!
Three (3) Hollywood History Dual Material cards per case on average!
Look for Dual and Quad Cut Signature cards!
Look for Cage Fighter Premium Series Signatures!
4 cards per Pack
5 packs per box
6 boxes per case
Product Arrival Date: November
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Pack SRP: $6.00
Direct Configuration: 5 cards, 18 packs, 8 boxes
PER BOX ITEMS
3 Autographs or Memorabilia Cards, 3 rookies, and 5 of the following:
Look for autographed Jumbo Swatch Rookie Cards, ON-CARD autographs
on the NFL Gridiron Fields and Pull-Out jumbo swatches, and team helmet
cards feature autographs of all the 2009 Rookie Premiere players including;
Matthew Stafford, Mark Sanchez, Josh Freeman, Pat White, Knowshon
Moreno, Donald Brown, Chris Wells, LeSean McCoy, Shonn Greene, Darrius
Heyward-Bey, Michael Crabtree, Jeremy Maclin, Percy Harvin, Hakeem
Nicks, Kenny Britt and Brian Robiskie
NFL Team Pro Gridiron Signatures:
Dan Marino, Joe Namath, Jim Brown, Don Maynard, Deacon Jones, Dan
Fouts and Chuck Bednarik
Jumbo Prime Swatches Featuring:
Joe Namath, Jim Brown, Steve Largent, Matthew Stafford, Mark Sanchez,
Knowshon Moreno, Chris Wells and Michael Crabtree.
Joe Namath, Jim Brown, Drew Brees, Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, Michael
Turner, Ryan Grant, Santonio Holmes, Steve Slaton, Tony Romo, Andre
Johnson, Ben Roethlisberger, DeAngelo Williams, LaDainian Tomlinson,
Marion Barber III, Peyton Manning, Steve Largent,
Look for HOT BOXES featuring additional material and autograph
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
See the Complete Checklist here.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
In addition, for those that follow me on Twitter I will be providing a Tweetcast in realtime. To make this work the way I want it to, I really need to locate a cell phone with a camera to upload pictures to Twitpics so you can see what I'm seeing. My work issued Blackberry doesn't have a camera unfortuantely. So keep your fingers crossed.
This is my attempt at bringing the National to You if You can't be at the National.
P.S. If anybody is willing to donate a "Beckett Sucks" T-Shirt printed on front and back in a size XL I will proudly wear it.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sponsored by Dick’s Sporting Goods Premiere’s Today on FOXSports.com on MSN
Back on Topps, the Emmy®-nominated original online series produced by Michael Eisner’s new media studio Vuguru (www.vuguru.com) and The Topps Company, Inc., a leading creator and marketer of sports and related cards, entertainment products, and distinctive confectionery, will kick-off its second season today. Comedy duo Jason and Randy Sklar (ESPN Cheap Seats, Layers) created and star in the critically acclaimed series exclusively at FOXSports.com on MSN (http://msn.foxsports.com).
Back on Topps is a fictitious and hilarious, behind-the-scenes journey into one of the world’s most recognizable and iconic sports companies. The second season picks up where the successful first season left off when a Christian dating service rents space at Topps, testing the brothers’ faith in restraint and making things even more unpredictable at the office. To escape the chaos in their lives, Leyland and Leif Topps (played by the Sklars) retreat to Dick’s Sporting Goods, their fortress of solitude where they can work through their problems while testing out nine irons and camping gear. Along the way, they enlist the council of stars from Major League Baseball and the WNBA in their quest to prove that their love of all-things sports will save the day.
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Sunday, July 19, 2009
BLOWOUTCARDS Blowoutcards Case Auctions starting at $1. No Reserves ! http://tinyurl.com/kw9dfgabout 4 hours ago from web
sportscardinfo http://twitpic.com/al3hw - Check out this poster that can be picked up at PSA's booth during the National.about 18 hours ago from TwitPic
Marvel Stream the 16th episode of the 1967 Spider-Man animated series for free on Marvel.com, featuring the Vulture and more! http://bit.ly/pdshFabout 19 hours ago from TweetDeck
versustv Check out the VERSUS youtube page for some really cool videos. http://ow.ly/htaIabout 20 hours ago from HootSuite
sk88z (EA Sports) Club Fight Night coming to EA SPORTS Complex http://tinyurl.com/kvc9kd Fighting Robots??? Nice!about 20 hours ago from web
Marvel Entertainment Weekly Covers Iron Man 2! http://bit.ly/Yc7rdabout 21 hours ago from TweetDeck
PlanetXbox360 Just posted an editorial titled "5 Things We Want in the Next Dashboard Update", what other features would be cool? http://tiny.cc/Buiv5about 23 hours ago from web
bbgeeks Check it out Early Risers - 50% off select BlackBerry apps for the next couple days: http://bit.ly/blHv37:44 AM Jul 16th from web
IGNcom Our list of the Best Worst IGN Game Reviews. Sometimes you just gotta laugh. -Geddes (@phunnel) http://twurl.nl/0phomx8:04 PM Jul 15th from twhirl
Upperdeckstore Boston Red Sox fans: Score a "killer" of a deal on this David Ortiz item - http://bit.ly/1ytopo . . . Hurry, offer ends in a few hours!8:00 PM Jul 15th from web
sportscardinfo Still looking for writers. Let me know. Thanks. http://bit.ly/VzgFL6:07 PM Jul 15th from web
Marvel Take 10: Monarchs http://bit.ly/I9L53 Bow down before the greatest kings, queens, emperors and rulers in Marvel history5:45 PM Jul 15th from TweetDeck
Marvel Watch this brand new Marvel Super Heroes: What The--?! Promo Video http://bit.ly/aOMxr3:35 PM Jul 15th from TweetDeck
BLOWOUTCARDS Brock Lesnar Gets Revenge, Collectors Get No Certified Autos http://tinyurl.com/monr272:09 PM Jul 15th from web
BLOWOUTCARDS 2009 SPx Baseball Rookie Redemption # 4 Matt Wieters http://tinyurl.com/lxof5812:33 PM Jul 15th from web
sportscards HOBBY NEWS UPDATE: Matt Wieters Named as Fourth 2009 SPx Baseball Rookie Redemption Subject http://tinyurl.com/nf4esl11:06 AM Jul 15th from API
sportscards HOBBY NEWS UPDATE: Artfest International Signs Letter of Intent With CBS to Operate Online College Sports Memorabilia Auctions http://ti/ ...10:49 AM Jul 15th from API
BLOWOUTCARDSTWITTER SPECIAL today ! http://bit.ly/1TY2Tr10:23 AM Jul 15th from web
jfinch27 (Jennie Finch)Help me pick! Vote for my walk up at bat/coming out song on the homepage usasoftball.org for World Cup!9:29 AM Jul 15th from txt
BLOWOUTCARDS Panini redemption set for The National http://tinyurl.com/lvtbgt8:43 AM Jul 15th from web
CardInformant Allen & Ginter Case Break: http://bit.ly/GkGf53:28 AM Jul 15th from web
IGNcom IGN AU has just posted a HUGE feature on the Top Ten Game Engines: http://tinyurl.com/lhls3f. Will anything from id make the cut? Click thru2:25 AM Jul 15th from web
SportsCollector Sox Scrapbooks Keep Collector Busy: Jack Donovan not only knows pretty much everything about White Sox history; .. http://tinyurl.com/nvqxaf2:00 AM Jul 15th from twitterfeed
TheCardTweethttp://bit.ly/qXs4n Razor Ink Vault Sell Sheet10:08 PM Jul 14th from Tweetie
Microsoft_Xbox EA has announced Madden NFL 10 public Demo will arrive on Xbox Live on July 30th.10:01 PM Jul 14th from web
SCUncensored CA-RAY-ZAY http://tinyurl.com/lx34yc - Reminds me of the hoopla surrounding JD Salinger's sig.5:43 PM Jul 14th from web
fwmediaRT @AntiqueTrader Take a break and play with some toys: Make plans to visit this show in Dove.. http://tinyurl.com/m6zxtu5:41 PM Jul 14th from twitterfeed
IGNcom God of War hits DC Comics - http://comics.ign.com/articles/100/1003469p1.html5:28 PM Jul 14th from web
IGNcomTV: The Con is, for lack of a better word, On. Leverage Season 2 premiere advance review: http://tinyurl.com/l9df87 5:27 PM Jul 14th from web
MarvelDo you use an RSS reader? Add this feed for all the Marvel Comic-Con liveblogs: http://bit.ly/cTal74:41 PM Jul 14th from TweetDeck
sk88z (EA Sports) Pics from EA SPORTS Fall Preview Event http://bit.ly/tgWRo2:33 PM Jul 14th from web
sk88z (EA Sports) Interview with Venus Willams at EA Fall Preview Event http://bit.ly/VNCBa2:31 PM Jul 14th from web
upperdeckblog The Diamond Club Summit: From a Member’s Perspective http://tinyurl.com/m7nhy32:25 PM Jul 14th from web
versustv Indycar Streets of Toronto highlights at http://ow.ly/hgmN1:41 PM Jul 14th from HootSuite
espn Commissioner Bud Selig denies claims that baseball owners colluded - http://tinyurl.com/ly5ua612:24 PM Jul 14th from API
Marvel Marvel announces brand new WEB OF SPIDER-MAN ongoing series: http://bit.ly/3vyoo3