Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2015-16 Panini Prestige Basketball

I had to venture way out into the suburbs, but I finally found a Target shelf with new basketball cards on it. I don't know why in this one horse sports town (two if you count the Portland Timbers) it is so hard to find NBA stuff on the big box store shelves. I'm not wild about paying more than $3 for a pack of anything, so at $4.99 this will likely be the only pack of this stuff I buy this year.

77 - Eric Gordon - The design is foil heavy, which means scanners hate it. It would be a lot nicer if the Prestige logo was the foil and there was no weird foil polygon on these things.

52 - Jared Sullinger - The backs of the cards are a bit better, with an eye-catching design and a second photo making up (a bit) for the lack of stats. Sullinger is one of the younger players from the Eastern Conference that I don't get to see play a whole lot.

48 - Robert Covington - The Sixers are tanking for something like the fifth season in a row. I wonder how they're selling any tickets? There's been much buzz about Golden State's record tying 15-0 start, but has anyone noticed that the Sixers are 0-15? It might be fun to wager a little something on whether the Warriors will win more games than the 76ers lose this year.

43 - Derrick Williams - Williams is sort of a role player and hasn't done much this season, but his team has gone from a laughing stock to shoulder shrug so far this season. That's progress!

155 - Chris Bosh - As a huge fan of craft beer, or just beer in general, it was heartening to learn that Bosh is a bit of a beer nerd. Any fan of Dogfish Head knows what he's doing.

146 - Andre Drummond - Drummond is torching the stat sheets with his crazy rebound totals and spurts of offense early in this season.

 141 - Chandler Parsons

24 - Joakim Noah Prestige Pros - On to the inserts portion of the pack. I saw this picture from the SI Vault on Twitter the other day and...

31 - Pau Gasol Brilliant Beginnings - A couple of things here. #1 - Could the Grizzlies jerseys have looked any more generic and college-y when they first moved to Memphis? #2 - As everyone knows, Pau Gasol was sent to the Lakers in one of the most horrifyingly lop-sided looking trades in NBA history, with LA getting an All-Star for some roster flotsam and a couple of draft picks. As it turns out, one of that bunch of players too insignificant to mention on a ticker if he wasn't a blood relative ended up being a future All-Star of his own and one of the cornerstones of a playoff team. It's funny how that worked out for the Gasols, Pau and Marc.

238 - Jarell Martin - I'm guessing that rookies are a one-per-pack deal. Wikipedia tells me that Martin hasn't seen the court yet due to multiple injuries suffered since the Grizzlies drafted him.

- Panini Dunk! App Ad - I downloaded this a week or two ago after seeing some stuff about it on Twitter. It's pretty much a non-evil version of the Topps digital card apps, with more in common with Panini's virtual sticker album apps than the moneygrabbing Topps things. It's a perfectly fine time waster if you like virtual collecting. And basketball, of course.

2014-2015 Upper Deck Black Diamond

Wow I totally forgot I had this cued up.  Enjoy a pack of last year's Black Diamond.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

2014 Panini Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man


Hope everyone had a great weekend and are ready for the Thanksgiving festivities.  Got a quick one for you all tonight, a sticker pack of 2014 Panini Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man!

The Easter Bunny put some packs of this in one of the boy's baskets this past year.  While they did have a fun time putting the stickers in the album, it didn't cause them to ask for more packs to try to complete the set.  Oh well.  Anyway, I grabbed one and scanned the stickers for the site.  Let's see what they got:


There's no backs to scan. They just have the sticker number, Spider-Man logo, and legalese.  There's a poster in the middle of the album that you can take out and put those "S" stickers on.  


There you go, short and sweet.  Here's a page from the album with one of the stickers:

As one would expect, the sticker album's full of bright colors and action pictures, perfect for little ones to stare at.

If anyone's wondering, the packs and album were found at Dollar Tree, and then of course the information was relayed to the Easter Bunny for the kids' baskets.

That's all for now...have a good week and thanks for reading!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

1990 Topps Baseball Stickers

Here's a pack of stickers that I found in a recent repack box. I love putting together sticker albums, but I'm still working on a 1990 Panini album. The Topps stuff is going to have to wait for now.

264 - Bo Jackson - This one starts off with a bang, with a full-sized Bo Jackson sticker.

58 - Nolan Ryan Superstar Back - For a few years, Topps got the bright idea of putting another player and design on the sticker backing, making these things a little confusing for player and team collectors.

36 - Ken Dayley / 226 - Greg Briley - Lesser players got the half-sticker treatment as usual.

16 - Von Hayes Superstar Back

266 - Bret Saberhagen - I wonder if there were any Saberhagen jerseys in the house when the Royals won the World Series this year.

38 - Steve Sax Superstar Back

83 - Rob Thompson / 251 Steve Buechele

9 - Tim Wallach Superstar Back - Tim Wallach, Superstar.

60 - Kirk Gibson / 201 Teddy Higuera - Two very good players of the era.

57 - Mickey Tettleton Superstar Back - I'm not sure I ever remember Tettleton being considered a superstar.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

2015 Bowman Chrome Baseball

I'm not a big fan of Bowman is any of it's forms. I'm not a prospector, but it's not the inclusion of prospects that makes me dislike this product or any of the other Bowman products.  It's Topps' numbering system for the set.  I understand that Topps probably has to seperate out the prospects due to it's contract with the MLB and what constitutes a rookie, yada, yada, yada.  

But Bowman Chrome is a set that just seems pointless.  I mean Topps already puts Chrome cards in the regular Bowman set.  As a matter of fact they look just like these cards, with a few minor differences.  But I do like to pick up a few packs of new stuff, not that this is new anymore.  

Four whole cards in the pack I scanned all the backs.  Let's see who I got.

My insert in the pack was this Prospect Profiles, I had to look that up since the set title isn't anywhere on the card.  These are mini tall boys in the cut.  They're 3 inches high but only about 2/3 of the width of regular card.  Robert's been in the Cincinnati farm system since 2012 and was promoted to AAA this year. Who knows maybe he'll get a call next year.

Friday, November 06, 2015

2013 Topps Chrome Update Baseball

I've been snagging deeply discounted 2013 Topps Mega Boxes at Wal-Mart.  It's hard to pass up with each box containing two exclusive packs of Update Chrome and 5 packs of Update.  I lucked out a few weeks ago and pulled a gold refractor Yasial Puig rookie card.  I went back a few days ago and there were two more discounted Megaboxes so they came home with me.  I might have enough cards now to consider putting the set together.  This was the best pack of the bunch. Let see what I got.

Unlike regular Chrome, Chrome Update only has two refractor parallels, the gold (numbered to 250) and black (numbered to 99)  It nice to see one of the serial numbered refractors pop out of the pack.