Wednesday, October 29, 2014

2014 Topps Valor Football Hobby Pack

I recently celebrated my 5th blogaversary over at Collector's Crack and I thought what better present to the blog then to sign up to be a contributor to this one.  I mean I've been reading a A Pack To Be Named Later for years and contemplated joining up for just as long.  So I took the plunge.  I won't say I buy a ton of packs anymore, mainly because there are so few reasonably priced packs to buy.  I really miss the time I could go into to a hobby shop and walk out with a hand full of packs of lots of different brands for $20.  But that's a rant for another place and time.

My first offering is this pack of 2014 Topps Valor Football Hobby.  Valor has been available in Topps 2014 Football Mega boxes at retail stores for a while now, but Valor Hobby came out only about a week ago.

So lets get to the cards.

#26 Odell Beckman Jr - Rookie card.  So far Odell has 3 TD receptions on the year.

#104 NaVorro Bowman

#36 Carlos Hyde - Rookie Card  Backing up the aging Frank Gore, Carlos has amassed 2 rushing TDs and 161 yards so far in his rookie season.

#70 Darelle Revis

#195 Sheldon Richardson

Our lone insert was the Speed parallel of Vernon Davis, I guess this was a Niners hot pack.  These Speed parallels come one per hobby pack.

Overall a pretty terrible pack for a Packers fan like myself, but the cards don't look terrible. Although they do look more like a Panini product than Topps.

1990-91 Hoops Basketball Series II

Basketball season started last night and time open packs. This is a pack of 1990-91 Hoops basketball series 2. Series 2 consists of draft picks and players who changed teams. Cards from Series 1 mixed in it as well.

415 - Sam Perkins
205 - Mark Jackson
355 - Dominique Wilkins - Team checklist with artwork of Human Highlight Real slamming down from the sky.
276 - Quintin Dailey
110 - John Salley
118 - Sam Mitchell - what's annoying eyesore? This rookie logo or current rookie logo?
399 - Rumeal Robinson - draft bust; currently in prison for fraud
136 - Chuck Person
238 - Kevin Johnson - mayor of Sacramento who saved the Kings from relocation
207 - Charles Oakley
116 - Chris Mullins - Dream Team member
413 - Wayne Rollins - they put his nickname on the card
391 - Gary Payton - can you hear me? Yeah, I got drafted and went on to Hall of Fame career
117 - Jim Petersen
299 - Charles Jones
370 - Pooh Richardson
297 - Harvey Grant - I'm the other Grant that's not named Horace

Enjoy the season

Saturday, October 25, 2014

2002 Topps Series 2 Jumbo Pack


Hope everyone's ready for the weekend.  As I type this, the Royals have just locked up Game 3 of the World Series.  I hope it's an entertaining Series and while my heart says Kansas City (because why not?), my brain says San Fran (because somehow I think it's more logical to watch a team develop and take gradual steps to win it all as opposed to a "Cinderella" scenario).  But hey, if KC wins I have no problem with that, because why not?

When I did my anniversary post I noticed that my first sports pack post was uploaded 3 years ago today.  Not only that, but I noticed I uploaded a pack from the same set last year.  Well, I have one more from 2002...from the scan folder, it's a 2002 Topps Series 2 Jumbo Pack!

I believe I did pay $5 for the pack, purchased from the LCS near where my parents live.  I figured it was a good deal, since I didn't have many 2002 cards in the collection, and it's 2 more cards than what you get for a $5 Topps rack pack nowadays.  Let's see what I got:

No# - Ticket To History Promotion
No # - Checklist (4 of 4)
#483 – Chris Carpenter
#537 – Luis Sojo
#514 – Mark Grudzielanek
#421 – Felipe Lopez

Since this is the third 2002 Topps pack on the site, there's no need to comment on the cards themselves.  I 
will give bonus points for the Checklist not counting as part of the 38 cards.

#456 – Eric Owens
#372 – Willis Roberts
#586 – Nate Cornejo
#402 – Kyle Loshe
#538 – Brent Butler
#468 – Rusty Greer

I didn't notice until now that the trusty scanner did not eat up the borders here.  Maybe it's a white border 
thing.  Moving on...

#377 – Nick Beugebauer
#439 – A.J. Pierzynski
#434 – Bill Mueller
#559 – Sun Woo Kim
#448 – Kevin Millwood
#506 – Wilton Guerrero

#432 – Erubiel Durazo
#697 – Ivan Rodriguez (Gold Glove)
#713 – Larry Walker (Gold Glove)
#99 – Gene Woodling (1952 World Series Anniversary)
#610 – Scott Rolen
#550 – Ken Griffey Jr.

That Woodling is shiny, but not Chrome-shiny.  Airbrush that C from Junior Griffey's helmet and you've got 
5 great base cards for one of them Panini sets.

#425 – Frank Thomas
#633 – Jermaine Dye
#470 – Lance Berkman
#385 – Fred McGriff
#367 – Mike Lieberthal
#640 – Alex Rodriguez

The last 11 cards ain't so bad for 2002 standards.  And ignoring A-Rod, more Panini goodness.  I think 
that's the problem...Panini's offerings are so tightly cropped, the lack of logos is too obvious.

#613 – Ray Lankford
#570 – Ryan Klesko
#530 – Brian Giles
#599 – Preston Wilson

Nice Giles and Wilson shots.  Moving on...

#585 – Miguel Tejada
#455 – Barry Zito
#516 – Sterling Hitchcock
#522 – Steve Finley
#505 – Ben Sheets
#565 – Andres Galarraga

Oh, it's the horizontal portion of the Jumbo pack.  Nice Big Cat card to end it.

Here's the obligatory backs:

Anyway, that's the pack.  I'm out of 2002 Topps packs, so I have no idea what I'll post next year.  Anyway, enjoy the rest of the World Series...thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2008-09 Upper Deck Champs hockey

Another run through and we are posting a pack of hockey. Specifically, Champs from 2008-09. This was the inaugural release of this brand, and we posted the second year before. Just two years on this set, which is a shame because of it's look and it's subject matter. With the NHL license exclusive, let's hope UD gives this set another go around.

Hobby release. I need to get a box of this before my LCS sells them out. If you have never seen Champs, think of Gypsy Queen for hockey. Both releases ties the prehistoric world with the hockey world. Sounds corny, but it works really well. Five cards in the pack, and there are possibilities of hits with relics and signatures on the mini cards.

First out is actually a mini of Simon Gagne. The only complaint I have with the design in the just slightly too much space where the name is located. Bring that a few pixels in and it would be perfect.

How Allen and Ginter is that? BEAUTIFUL!!!! I would put this up against 2008 A&G and it would make for a hell of a vote. So simple. So perfect. Now you know why I want this set.

Base set is just 100 cards. From cards 101-200 are Rookies, seeded 1 per 8 packs. So in a box, you are only getting three on average.

Champs is a set that even Luongo looks good. If the set was called "Hawks", well.... not so much.

Here's the card back. Nice gray chipboard for this set. Just five years of stats. Still - this is nothing to take away from this pretty set.

Well looky here! Got a hit out of this pack with a Kronwell mini auto. Three hits per box, 2 autos and a relic, so I pulled one out of the box with this Niklas. No sticker either.