Monday, May 23, 2016

2016 Score Football Jumbo Retail Pack

I do believe this is the first NFL product of the year and Panini's first as the sole NFL card manufacturer.  Panini taking a cue from Topps and making sure you know all about it with it being printed all over the pack.  By far the best value if your just looking for base cards and a few inserts are these retail jumbo packs.  Over the last couple of years Panini has transitioned Score from it's bottom of the barrel low end football product to it's flagship football set.  330 base cards and 110 "rookies".  I used the term rookies loosely as this product was released a week before the NFL draft so all the "rookies" are featured in their college uniforms with their college teams.  So I have a hard time calling their cards rookie cards until there listed under their NFL team.  Ahem.  Lets have a look.
Mr. Jones here was my lone Packer of the set.  Overall the design looks very Toppish.  Still probably a little too much border, but it's getting there.
The backs too have a nice clean look.  It would have been nice to have a second photo on the back instead of a crop copy of the front.  Here are the rest of the base cards.

You might have noticed that there were a bunch of player from the same team right next to each other in the scans.  That's how they came out of the pack.  You get 6 "rookie" cards per jumbo pack, at that rate I'd have to open 18.3 packs to get them all and hope for no dups. Yikes

There are a bunch of inserts to chase if you're a completist.  And there are a gazillion parallels as well.  First up the man of glass Tony Romo and his Signal Callers base insert.

Out of the 5 inserts in the pack 3 were parallels. I'm glad I'm not chasing any of these.  Here is Jarvis Landry's Green Chain Reaction insert.  All these insert parallels are unnumbered, but there are jumbo versions that I'll assume come as hobby box toppers that are numbered.

Here is a gold version of a Chain Reaction insert.

And a gold version of the Franchise insert.

I'm probably going to do the fool hardy thing and try and put this set together.  So if you have any "rookies" you want to get rid of let me know.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

2013 Topps Series 2 Rack Pack


Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying their weekend.  Long time, no type, but every time I saw no new posts on the site, there'd be a new one up from one of our esteemed contributors by the time I got around to accessing Blogger.  And as I said before, I'd rather let a new post have it's day in the sun.

Here a pack gathering e-dust in the Scan's a 2013 Topps Series 2 Rack Pack!

Borrowed from the Interwebs because I can't find my scan.  Thanks Interwebs!
You've all seen the cards before (and I apparently was the official poster for 2013 Flagship cards on APTBNL), so these won't be a big deal.  It's been gathering e-dust because apparently did not type up a card list when I first scanned them, so who knows if these are actually in order (I'm just going by the file number).  So, using the picture and a's what I got:

#506 - Andy Pettitte
#563 - Nate Eovaldi 
#389 - Phil Hughes
#548 - John Lackey
#644 - Ryan Lavarnway
#397 - Mike Aviles

Moving on...

#551 - Wellington Castillo
#592 - Nick Markakis
#343 - Alex Avila

#557 - Adam Lind
#661 - Hyun-Jin Ryu (RC)
#474 - Brian Omogrosso (RC)
#390 - James McDonald

#541 - Jon Lester
#652 - Jonathan Lucroy
#510 - Nate McLouth
#375 - Wilin Rosario

#484 - JohanSantana
#527 - Carlos Beltran
#553 - Josh Rutledge

#654 - Brandon Barnes (RC)
#359 - CC Sabathia
#CH-79 - Hank Aaron (Chasing History)
#CH-60 - Derek Jeter (Chasing History)

If I remember right, the Chasing History inserts in the rack packs had a tint to them.  The Aaron looks pretty nice.

#TM-96 - Jason Heyward (Topps Mini)
#430 - Josh Harrison (Target Red Variation)
#621 - Steve Cishek (Target Red Variation)
#594 - Carl Crawford (Target Red Variation)

#CH-59 - Fred Lynn (Chasing History)
#MM-10 - Wilin Rosario (Making Their Mark)
#CD-6 - Mike Moustakas (Chase It Down)
#419 - Matt Moore (Gold #???? / 2013)

My quest to organize my collection has taken a hit, so I have no idea where the Moore card is.  When I find it, I'll update the post.

#363 - Sergio Santos
#603 - Chris Perez
#415 - Leonys Martin
#403 - Hisashi Iwakuma

That took longer than I thought it would.  Finally, here are the backs:

Anyway, that's the pack.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend, and thanks for reading!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

2014 Cryptozoic Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1-3

If ever was a purchase for this site, this pack is it. I actually bought this pack the week they came out. For the record, the street date of this was May 21, 2014. Yes - almost 2 years TO THE DAY! Randomizer, you are a funny little minx.

When I saw these on the case of my LCS, I bought a pack just to post. I have watched a grand total of zero minutes of the series. And considering the series left the air 18 months ago, I'm in no hurry to catch up. Maybe in some lonely, half asleep condition I will accidentally click "watch" on Netflix.

Dean Ambrose-ish logo on the wrapper. :) Like other Cryptozoic releases, you have autos and relics in the packs. Premise is the same on the layout of the cards, so let's have at it.

Hellboy in a bandana and shades. Very basic design. I think Cryptozoic does not own a foil machine, and that is a very good thing.

Like other releases, the cards each talk about an episode of the series. This first release had the base set at 100 cards large. Here, half the pilot crew of Gipsy Danger is looking pretty intense.

Not sure what Elvis is talking about, but Agent Richard Sullins does not seem too concerned about it.

Vincent seems to have lost his head wear and sungalsses and may be in trouble with the law.

Nicholas Nickleby seems concerned about this strike by Silas Adams. And the back?

I heard Peg Bundy was in this!!! New photo than the front, and a little more information about the episode referenced on the front.

If you like the show, you may like the cards.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

1981 Topps baseball stickers

Before I moved last year, I bought a three box lot of Topps stickers ('81-83) on eBay. This purchase was made in the hopes that it would quell my strong urge, at the time, to open a box of something.

So, did it work? No. Did I end up getting any real enjoyment out of them? Not really. Which is evidenced by the fact that now, over a year later, a box and a half are still unopened. The good news is, even with the shipping, they were only around $5 a box. So it's not like they me back all that much.

I don't know why, but at this point in my life, I like the packages much more than the actual stickers.

I remember way back when, that the demented look on this kid's face used to creep me out if I stared at it for too long. Even now I find the gleam in his eyes, combined with the weird smile, slightly disturbing.

Ok, let's move past the homicidal child, and get to the actual contents of the package:
Paul Molitor #91: My apologies to Mr. Molitor for the god awful scan.

Rod Carew #49

Wayne Gross #18: Mr. Gross seems to be the odd man out in this pack.

Nolan Ryan #173: This particular box seems to be heavy on the duplicates. After opening only half the box, this is my third one of Mr. Ryan.

And one of the backs:

I think part of the reason why I haven't gotten too much joy out of these is that they don't seem to be as much fun without the accompanying album to stick them in. There was something very satisfying about attempting to complete those sticker albums, although thinking back on it, I don't know if I ever actually completed one.

So if anyone reading this wants any particular players or teams from the 1981-83 sets, there yours for the taking, with nothing expected in return.

Thanks for taking a moment to look at my pack.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

2015-16 O-Pee-Chee hockey

With how I have my Windows configured, when looking at a folder view, I officially have the scanned packs for APTBNL down to a single row. Finally. After this upload, I'll have just 6 packs left to post..Six scanned packs. There is still the roughly 60 packs that have yet to be scanned.

Bet let's get to it. I had both the retail and the hobby packs of this in my stash. Since neither pack was anything amazing, let's just combine the post to one general look. Here are the packs.

Toews is the cover boy for both releases - green hobby on the left and beige retail on the right. If you look close, you can see "hobby" in the upper left of the left pack. Whether you buy hobby or retail, though, you get 8 cards in a pack. Biggest hockey release of the year, in terms of set size, with a base set of 600 cards, the last 100 being short printed.

OPC is simple. Many like that. I like it too, but the recent designs have been pretty blah. This is another boring look. The team badging is far too large. And with the border all around, there seems to be a lot of wasted space top and bottom. Name is easy to read, as in the player's position. Just too much white.

Star of the Hawks 2010 Cup run, Antti ended up in San Jose when GM Doug Wilson tried to steal Ham Sandwich from the Hawks. We met the offer sheet and let the Sharks take Antti. We made the better choice.

Isles were a surprise to make the post season, in my mind. Then you think more and you realize they have some great youth in Brooklyn. Couple more pieces and then should be a mainstay in April games.

Nine teams in 13 years for Dominic. Let's see if he stays in New York during the off season. He did with the Bill Masterson trophy a couple years back. 

Taylor played 62 games with the Preds last year. He became a restricted free agent, rejecting the Preds offer and filing for arbitration. A couple days later, Beck was traded to the Maple Leafs and signed a one year contract with them. He never suited up for the Leafs, though, being traded to the Islanders at the start of the 2015-16 campaign. Taylor appeared in just 2 games. In Feburary, he was sent to the Avalanche and assigned back to the AHL where he has been most of this season. Maybe you should have taken that original offer.

This is not an insert. Anyone that was an All Star gets that badge on their card. Nice view of the Jean Beliveau memorial patch.

Nice try at an alternate, Calgary, but black is not part of your color scheme. Red and yellow. Just those two.

One of the Legends insets, of the great Marcel Dionne. Legends is the back 50 of the 100 SP cards of the set. The Kings wear these purple throwbacks just the right amount. Not too much, but not too little.

Full stats on the back, as is the OPC norm.