Friday, December 19, 2014

2013-14 NBA Hoops Retail


Hope everyone's ready for the last weekend before Christmas.  This time of year always seems to zoom by.  Anyway, it's time for another pack from the scan folder.  At the time it was scanned, cards from the set were not up here on APTBNL, but there has since been 2 posts.  I guess I'm the opposite of the busy Christmas season.  It's a pack of 2013-14 NBA Hoops!

The pack was picked up at Target.  10 cards, possible insert, cut-off borders (thanks, scanner!).  Let's see what I got:

#59 – Paul George
#7 – Steve Blake
#267 – Ben McLemore (RC)

Paul George is the player who suffered a horrific leg injury over the summer during an exhibition scrimmage.  When I first heard that an NBA star broke his leg, I automatically assumed it was Derrick Rose.  George wants to try to come back this season.  Probably won't happen, but he gets bonus points for trying.

#3 – Andre Iguodala (Above The Rim)
#20 – Chris Paul (Courtside)

Two nice looking inserts.  Too bad I couldn't tell you the odds of getting one.

#249 – Devin Harris
#285 – Reggie Bullock (RC)

I wonder if Panini just had all the rookies line up on front of a black curtain and then had them drive in for a slam one at a time.

#46 – Goran Dragic
#158 – Austin Rivers
#53 – Jameer Nelson

Jameer was on the Mavericks at the start of the year, but was traded to Boston for Rajon Rondo this past week.  Mark Cuban apparently finalized the deal while serenading Stephen Colbert.

Who wants backs?

Anyway, that's the pack.  More later.  Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading!

Monday, December 15, 2014

2014 Topps Update Chrome Baseball

I was out doing some Christmas shopping and passed by the card rack and notice that Topps once again put out a "value" box of Update with Chrome Update bonus packs.  I use quotations because you get 5 eight card packs of Update and 2 four card packs of Update Chrome for $15. Which really isn't that great of a deal, but since it's the only place to get packs of Update Chrome you have to pay the piper. They also didn't call it a Megabox this year.

The checklist is small.  Just 55 base cards and only 2 parallel refractors, but there is the chance of relics and autograph relics.  There also is only one insert set, but more on that later. 

This shouldn't take so long with only 4 cards in the pack lets take a look.

One of the two rookies I would have wanted to pull.

And I got one of the only inserts in the set.  I have to say I really like the look of these verses their unchromed counterparts.

My team, the Brewers, only has one card in the whole set and that's Jonathan Lucroy's relic, no base cards, no auto relics, so I don't have much to chase and really no reason to buy anymore.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

2013 Upper Deck SP Authentic football

While you still get football cards produced by Upper Deck, you only get your NFL players in their college colors. But that doesn't stop UD from using it's license when it can.

A pre-Manziel release, being from 2013. Andrew Luck as the poster boy (I had to look it up on Google). Nice plugs for Nike, with 3 prominent views of the mark of the beast on the wrapper. If you have seen any SP Authentic (ummm.....sidebar?), you will not be very surprised by the look. But in the motto of we rip everything, here we go. Five cards total in the pack.

Not too much to say about the layout that hasn't been said before. That being said....what's with that SP logo in the lower left? Have I never noticed those before? SP Authentic always has a look that gives it a clean, high end feel.

The one thing you get is all the college costumes. And yes, I call them "costumes". College football is far less about tradition and more about dressing up like morons each week. Hell yes I am looking at you Oregon. And pretty much all the rest of the schools.

If you can't tell, the only foil is the logo, the names and that bar above the names.

Purple and gold do not go together.

And that's the end of the pack. The flipside?

College stats, recycled B&W photo, short bio and college logo. But the rear layout is nice and simple.

Friday, December 12, 2014

2007 Upper Deck Series 1 & 2 Combo Pack


Hope everyone is doing well.  I am (unfortunately) wrapping up my week off (use those PTO days or lose them) and of course, all the things I had planned to do haven't been done yet.  For example, this post...wanted to put something up at the beginning of the week, and here I am doing it today.  Geez.  Not only that, but these scans have been sitting in the Scan folder the longest!  Talk about lazy!  AND, it's from a set we've seen 5 times on the site.  Go ahead, look it up on the right.  Such a disappointment.  Oh well, it's a 2007 Upper Deck Series 1 & 2 Combo Pack!

So Upper Deck had this great idea of sticking 30 cards from the two series into a fat pack.  After all, they had over 1000 cards to choose from.  A THOUSAND CARDS!!!!!!!  And as for a gimmick, all UD had to do is create an exclusive insert set.  Well, it was enough for me to get a pack off the clearance rack at some point.

I didn't scan all the cards since we've all seen them before (and if you haven't, you have 4 other chances on this site alone), so here's what I got:

Top Pack
#20 – Jose Diaz (Royals RC)
#44 – Shawn Riggans (Devil Rays RC)
#32 – Sean Henn (Yankees RC)
#82 – Rob Mackowiak (White Sox)
#335 – Brad Ausmus (Astros)
#270 – John Smoltz (Braves)
#390 – Chris Coste (Phillies)
#121 – Mark Teahen (Royals)
#254 – Carlos Quentin (Diamondbacks)
#451 – Chris Carpenter (Cardinals)
#325 – Dontrelle Willis (Marlins)
#264 – Willy Aybar (Braves)
#207 – Ty Wigginton (Devil Rays)
#129 – Mike Sweeney (Royals)
#494 – Carlos Beltran (Mets Team Checklist)
#TP-KG – Ken Griffey, Jr. (Reds)

Bottom Pack
#719 – Roy Oswalt (Astros)
#639 – Jeff Conine (Reds)
#575 – Hideki Okajima (Red Sox RC)
#860 – Adam Melhuse (Athletics)
#710 – Lee Gardner (Marlins RC)
#724 – Mark Loretta (Astros)
#689 – Vance Wilson (Tigers)
#621 – Darin Erstad (White Sox)
#1010 – Shawn Hill (Nationals)
#858 – Joe Kennedy (Athletics)
#789 – Carlos Villanueva (Brewers)
#658 – Mike Rouse (Indians)
#1016 – Christian Guzman (Nationals)
#604 – Cliff Floyd (Cubs)
#851 – Jason Giambi (Yankees Team Checklist)
#TP-GS – Grady Sizemore (Indians)

Here are some of the cards and a back for you:


And here's the Triple Play inserts.  You could see the card on the back of the pack, so yes, I got this pack for the Griffey:

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

Thursday, December 11, 2014

1993-94 Leaf Hockey Series 1

Leaf first venture in to hockey with 14 cards a pack. Mario Lemieux on the cover of their set. Series 1 consist of 220 cards and inserts 1-5. Their insert sets feature Lemieux, All-Stars, rookies, goalies, and hat tricks split in two series. At the time they offer Lemieux poster after sending 10 wrappers to them.
6 - Pat Elyniuk - I like how on back of the card they put city landmark as background behind the player. It brings out "They represent this city" outlook. Back of Elyniuk card has statue of Abraham Lincoln from Lincoln Memorial in DC. Strange seeing Elyniuk in different jersey other than Winnipeg Jets. Another note one of my favorite cards was his 92-93 Topps Stadium card.
206 - Darryl Sydor - LA skyline in the background. He spent 15 years in the NHL. Currently assistant coach of Minnesota Wild
220 - Martin Straka - I remember that skyline of downtown Pittsburgh. Having been there few times I know it was taken on top of Mount Washington Incline. Straka last played in NHL in 2007-08 before spending his remaining six years of his career in Czech league.
181 - Craig Janney - St. Louis Arch in the background. This his first full season with Blues the fans sang the blues over Janney/Adam Oates trade which Bruins got the best deal.
191 - Patrice Brisbois - defending Adam Graves at the Rangers zone. Montreal skyline on back of his card.
190 - Stephan Lebeau - different Montreal skyline shot on back of Lebeau. I like they put him firing a shot as he was trying break one of glass windows.
 68 - Grant Fuhr -Hall of Fame career with multiple All-Stars and Stanley Cup wins. During this time he split time between Toronto and Buffalo. Back of his card featured lovely Niagra Falls.
174 - Rob Pearson - I like how they put him celebrating behind Toronto downtown skyline with CN Tower
51 - Chris Chelios - one of greatest American players to play in the league. Hall of Famer played 27 years in the league. By time he called it quits he was 48. Recently put out his autobiography. He's in faceoff zone behind downtown Chicago skyline.
108 - Scott Young - looks to be skating down the ice with a puck. Quebec City skyline on back of his card.
153 - Calle Johansson - Another Capitals card, but with different background. Capital building featured on back of his card.
75 - Nelson Emerson - background on back of card same of Craig Janney. He's looking to pass the puck.
131 - Petr Svoboda - back of card same as Grant Fuhr
92 - Ulf Samuelsson - different shot of downtown Pittsburgh this time from north of the river. He's known for knee-on-knee check on Cam Neely in 1991 playoffs effectively ending Neely's career.

 Leaf fires a shot and into the goal for this design.