Saturday, June 08, 2024

2023-24 Panini NBA Hoops Value Pack


Hope everyone's doing well.  When I started this post the NBA Playoffs were just about to start.  Now it's Finals time.  I don't know if I wasn't following the West that closely, but I was surprised Dallas made it.  In any event, I don't think they have enough to beat Boston, but hey, make it exciting and it's all good to me.

It's the Thompson twins!  No, not those Thompson Twins.

Santa left a pack of Hoops in my stocking as well as my eldest's, so let's see what he got:

#129 - Russell Westbrook
#37 - OG Anunoby
#213 - Michael Porter Jr
#93 - Eric Gordon

Standard Hoops-like design of the past few years.  If you put out a Hoops card from the last 5 years on the table, I doubt many collectors would know what year each card came from.

#56 - Myles Turner
#10 - Kenyon Martin Jr
#182 - Davion Mitchell
#193 - Bojan Bogdanovic

There's 300 cards in the set.  Here the link to the checklist if anyone's interested.

#248 - Jett Howard (RC)
#299 - Dwyane Wade (Hoops Tribute)
#268 - Andre Jackson Jr (RC)
#253 - Kobe Brown (RC)

Veterans take the first 230 cards in the set.  Rookies take spots 231 - 280.  The last 20 cards are for Hoops Tribute, reserved for Superstars of yesteryear, Superstars of today, and hottest of Hot Rookiez.

#124 - Jaxson Hayes
#68 - Josh Green (Purple Parallel)
#57 - Cameron Johnson (Teal Explosion Parallel)
#5 - Luka Doncic (Dynamos)

Since Panini never gives us the odds, your guess is as good as mine for the Purple and Dynamos.  I'm guessing Teal Explosion comes one per Value Pack, because I've gotten one in each pack I've picked up.

#1 Victor Wembanyama (RC) - Rookie Greetings
#3 - Dorian Finney-Smith
#210 - Wendell Moore Jr

The kid was pretty excited to get the Wemby card.  I was able to pull the base RC later on; it's not a Jordan RC but good enough.

#26 - Zach LaVine
#132 - De'Anthony Melton
#154 - Christian Braun

The eldest didn't follow Zach and the Bulls as much this year since LaVine has been getting hurt more in recent years and the team hasn't lived up to expectations.  Most unfortunate.

#215 - Luguentz Dort
#207 - Jarrett Allen
#195 - Bam Adebayo
#141 - Dejounte Murray

#142 - Cam Reddish
#239 - Maxwell Lewis (RC)
#55 - Max Christie
#231 - Toumani Camara (RC)

Wrapped up the pack with 3 Lakers out of the last 4 cards.  Here are some backs because Finals:

Anyway, that's the pack.  Apologies for taking so long to get this post out of drafts, but that's how it goes when life gets in the way.  Enjoy the Finals (and the Stanley Cup Final too), and thanks for reading!

Monday, June 03, 2024

1995 TCM Associates Santa Around the World


This is a pack of 1995 TCM Associates Santa Around the World. This is from the Series 2 (aka "Bonus") set. The wrapper is gold foil and shows a hand-drawn Santa peering over his glasses. In the upper left corner, the "SANTA Around the World" logo appears. This set is also referred to as the "Santa and Snowflakes" set due to the snowflakes on the wrapper. Each pack contains 8 cards and there are 73 base cards (1 unnumbered), 12 foil chase cards, 4 "Children's cards," 4 gold foil "Children's cards," several phone cards, and at least 2 special mail-in redemption gold cards in the set.

Each card features a green border with white snowflakes. The "SANTA Around the World" logo sits in the upper left corner. The center of the card shows the main version of Santa being represented. At the bottom, a red banner with white lettering provides the caption of the subject depicted.

These first three show 1930 Europe, Grandfather Frost from Russia, and 1910 Europe:

In addition to the numbered base cards, there is one unnumbered card showing the completed puzzle:

This pack also contains a promo card showing off a bunch of "SATW" merchandise:

Next up, we have 1920 Germany, Christkindl from Germany, and another variation of 1910 Europe:

In the next scan, we see yet another 1910 Europe, a Father Christmas, and I have provided a scan of the back of the cards. The backs each feature a puzzle piece:

The link to the checklist not only provides the cards and their numbers, but also a lined out placement for each of the puzzle pieces. It is a very handy reference for how the completed puzzle should fit together.

Checklist can be found here:

Saturday, June 01, 2024

1995 Panini Winnie the Pooh


This is a pack of 1995 Panini Winnie the Pooh Stickers. The wrapper is sealed paper and features a colorful image of Pooh and his friends. In the upper left corner is the POOH logo and the PANINI logo adorns the lower right corner.

The pack contains 5 stickers. Each sticker appears to be a still frame from either Winnie the Pooh movies or TV or books. There are 120 base stickers and 24 "inserts." The base items are standard 2.5" x 3.5" sized with the full color image surrounded by a white border. 

In some packs, there are "clear" insert stickers, like the tea set shown below. The clear stickers are die cut around the subject of the sticker:

The stickers are very thin and flimsy. In addition to the stickers, Panini offered a book into which one could apply the stickers if they so chose. Below, we have Christopher Robin with Pooh and Pooh afraid of his own reflection:

The final sticker is actually part of a puzzle. There were several puzzles to assemble in the base set:

A checklist of the full set with inserts can be found here:

Friday, May 31, 2024

1991 Starline Hollywood Walk of Fame


We are looking at a pack of 1991 Starline Hollywood Walk of Fame cards. The wrapper is foil and features the word "HOLLYWOOD" in a "Broadway" style font at the top. This is touted as the "Premier Set" and as the "Official Hollywood Walk of Fame" trading cards. The center of the pack has a sample star with yellow floodlights in the background. Each pack contains 12 cards and the "Starline" insignia is displayed centered at the bottom.

The set contains 250 total base cards, including checklists. In addition to the base cards, there were seven promo cards which had the word "PROMO" across the back of the card. There were several errors produced in th emaking of the set which were corrected or removed (See checklist link below).

The fronts of the cards feature a colored gradient (different cards have different colors used for this) serving as the border. The word "HOLLYWOOD" in the same Broadway font as the pack sits large and centered at the top. The majority of the card features an image of the star being portrayed. At the bottom, the left corner shows the "Walk of Fame" logo and the person's name is centered in yellow text on a light purple background. Next to this, at the lower right, is the "Starline" logo.

The first three cards show Connie Stevens, Danny Thomas, and Gale Storm:

The first three cards above all have orange/yellow gradient, however the Mike Douglas card below uses yellow/blue/green. I don't know if the colors are significant or just what Starline used at their whim. We also have Jan Murray:

Seeing a young Betty White (and in this photo, she is not THAT young) brought a smile to my face. One of the greats. We also have Jose Feliciano and Julie Andrews. I know these are the "Walk of Fame" stars, but having all of them in a collection like this back in the 90's is a huge journey into the land of nostalgia:

Speaking of nostaliga, we have Jane Russell, Michael Jackson, and Liberace. I can't imagine what the licensing costs were for this set:

As we finish out the pack with Anthony Quinn, we also see the back of the card for Gale Storm. The backs feature a small inset photo of the featured star on the top left. Next to this, the name, "occupation," and biographical information. The center of the back of the card is filled with "Career Highlights." At the bottom, a Trivia Quiz question is asked with instructions on where to find the answer on another card. The card's number and the word "HOLLYWOOD" in a different font from the front appears in a banner near the bottom. Below this, the answer to a trivia question from another card is revealed. The very bottom of the card contains copyright information. 

As mentioned above, there were several errors during production. These consisted of name misspellings and/or card numbering issues. Corrections were made after cards were recalled, though I suspect copies of the errors made it into the wild. 

A complete checklist (including errors and corrections) appears here:

Thursday, May 30, 2024

1987 Zoot U.S. of Alf Stickers Series 1


In this post, we're showcasing a pack of 1987 Zoot U.S. of Alf Stickers. The wrapper is a paper/wax combo whose seal let loose many year ago. The wrapper features ALF in the lower left corner telling us to "Collect all 50 states!" This is the 1st Series, though it appears there were no subsequent versions. The wrapper also shows the Zoot branding at the top and the middle is dominated by a rough liine art outline of the United States filled in blue with a thin black border and a soft white glow.  Each pack has 5 stickers. Theoretically, one could complete the set with just 11 packs (including the title card).

There were 50 stickers (one for each state) plus a Title Card in the set.

The first three stickers include Washington, Nevada, and Florida. Each sticker is full color with the state's name at the top in various fonts and colors. The stickers each highlight something about the represented state as ALF has a witty/sarcastic phrase to go along with the image shown. In some cases, the state's shape is shown, but not all stickers have the actual state outline. 

Some of the stickers show off the state's "claim to fame," as shown in the South Carolina sticker:

Still, other stickers provide tourist attraction suggestions, like the one from Virginia:

The backs of the stickers show the sticker's number in the upper right corner along with the "Bend & Peel" instructions for folks who aren't sure how stickers work. The artwork mimics that of the wrapper, though the U.S. is filled in red instead of blue. A list of state facts about the featured state displays the Capital, motto, attractions, and other information. The left side of the card is dominated by ALF. 

For a complete checklist, visit:

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

1981 Amurol Chu-Bops Album


You are looking at a "pack" of 1981 Amurol Chu-Bops. Each album measures 3" x 3" and is a miniature replica of actual album covers. The one above is Pat Travers Band "Crash and Burn." The original release featured Volume 1 and Volume 2 sets consisting of 16 different albums. Each of these packs had a bubble gum "record" inside as well as lyrics to the featured song.

The back of each pack features the Chu-Bops logo with the "card" number displayed at the top between the "P" and the "S." Ingredients and other information was included on the back as well, however, not e the lack of copyright dates. The series ran from 1981-1983 and featured a huge variety of artists.

Once you removed the cello wrapper, the pack unfolded to reveal an offer for a folding album cover binder and the lyrics to the featured song. As mentioned, inside the album, a round bubble gum record. Unfortunately, the one from my pack did not stand the test of time.

You can see the record has grooves and a spindle hole. Very cool novelty back in the day.

When I bought mine from eBay, the seller included several empty albums as well. 

These are readily available on places like eBay, though unopened packs and full display boxes fetch a pretty penny. Special edition sets included multi-album compilations of Elvis, The Beatles, and the Rolling Stones.

There are two websites worth mentioning here:

Chu-Bops "Official" Website -

Jeff's House of Checklists -

As a GenXer, I remember these being a thing, but I do not specifically remember collecting these or even actually seeing them in the store. Like much of the 80s, we just seemed to have "known stuff" without knowing HOW we knew stuff.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

2019 Topps Clear Travel

Today's pack was originally intended to be passed out at participating ballparks and airports to using the Clear Travel service.  That's not how I acquired it though.  I purchased a bunch of these at a local flea market last month and noticed nobody had reviewed it yet.

Inside of the clear cellophane package you'll find six cards.  The top card is a player:

On the back, there's an advertisement card for Clear, which is a membership program at airports that allow people to get through security faster:

If you're wondering if these cards are the same as the ones pulled from 2019 Topps flagship packs... the short answer is no.  But let's use this pack to point out the differences...

2019 Topps Clear Travel #CP-4

Based on the packs that I've opened so far, the card fronts look almost identical to the ones issued in the flagship packs. 

2019 Topps Clear Travel #CP-59

However if you look closely at the Topps logo, it's printed in white.  The logo on the flagship cards are printed in silver foil.

2019 Topps Clear Travel #CP-34

The easiest way to differentiate these cards from the ones in the flagship base set is to flip them over.  There's a CP- prefix in front of the card number.

2019 Topps Clear Travel #CP-26

And if you look closely, you might notice that these cards lack the CMP code under the stats that the flagship cards have.

2019 Topps Clear Travel #CP-10

Other than those three things, I didn't spot any other differences.  All five player cards utilized the same photo Topps used in the flagship set.  That being said... there's always a chance that one of the other ninety-five cards in the set has a different photo.

The final card in the pack is the Clear ad card:

For those who are curious... I had two packs with Freeman on the front and wanted to know if players were inserted into packs randomly or if there was a pattern.  Both Freeman packs contained the exact same cards.

However it should be noted that I opened up two packs that featured Trea Turner on the front and the results were different.  The first two cards in both packs featured Turner and Justin Verlander... while the final three cards were different.

If you're interested in checking out the entire 100 card checklist, click here.  Based on my brief research on this set, these cards seem to be in much smaller supply compared to the flagship set.  But considering the state of our hobby, that's not too surprising.  But I am curious if any of you have been able to track down any of these cards for your own collection.

Happy Wednesday and sayonara!