Thursday, September 27, 2018

2018 Donruss Football Retail


Hope everyone is doing well.  Thanks to everyone's favorite Alaskan Buddha, we've had the most September posts since 2010, the first full year of the blog!  I doubt we'll break the record, but it's been certainly fun reading about his haul from the Anchorage LCS.

A few days ago the Hobby version of this pack was posted.  Here's the retail version of 2018 Donruss Football!

While Buddha paid just $.50 for his pack, I paid a little more (though it was 25% off on the Target Cartwheel app).  Since Hobby packs have 2 more cards, he obviously got the better deal.  Oh well, let's see what I got:

#64 - Alex Smith
#259 - Jimmy Graham

There are 400 cards in the checklist, with the usual plethora of unknown-odds inserts.  The checklist is generally organized by team. 

#18 - Deion Sanders
#140 - Kareem Hunt

Retired stars are in the mix too. 

#125 - Jack Doyle
#172 - Kenny Stills

I don't mind the design, but I can do without the extra white curving lines at the bottom of the card.

#1998-4 - Jordan Howard (1998 Tribute Set)
#381 - Jordan Wilkins (RC)

Not pictured:  Super Bowl LIII Kid Reporter ad and thick (3 cards think!) fake card

There are 15 cards in the 1998 Tribute Set.  Wilkins isn't a "Rated Rookie" (half of the 100 rookies in the set are designated "Rated Rookies") but he's doing OK in his first year so far.

Here are the backs:

Standard Panini back.  Not a lot of stats, but a lot of mini footballs.  I do like the colors being based on team colors, but what's with the birthdate getting it's own line at the bottom?

Anyway, that's the pack.  Have a good week and thanks for reading!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

1994-95 SkyBox Premium Basketball Series 1

The new NBA season is rapidly approaching, with preseason games coming at us by the end of the week. Life moves fast, etc. Let's check out some hoopsters from the '90s.

107 - Chris Morris - This is a prety solid action shot of Chris Morris dunking the ball, complete with the signature SkyBox orange glow trailing the ball.

36 - Jim Jackson - Here's a look at the back, with a full color photo taking up the entire right side of the card. Not bad.

186 - Hardaway vs. Smith Dynamic Duals - Penny vs. the 6'8" Great from Michigan State. There's an interesting idea for a subset in here, but it's diminished by the cropped photo.

98 - Stacey King - King was a bench guy on those early '90s championship Bulls teams.

73 - Harold Ellis - This name doesn't ring a bell.

68 - Reggie Miller - On the other hand, here's a Hall of Famer. He essentially has his own ESPN 30 for 30 episode.

I probably didn't win. It looks like if you sent in 40 (!) of these, you got some 3-card promo panel.

177 - Charles Oakley NBA on NBC - It's weird to think about now, but the NBA on NBC was a huge deal back then. Does Sunday Night Football have its own subset? I doubt it!

136 - Tracy Murray - Murray was a lethal outside shooter, at one point leading the league in 3 point percentage, but he didn't exactly have a well-rounded game.

165 - Karl Malone - The Mailman, in one of the few moments where he wasn't elbowing someone in the face or neck.

64 - Otis Thorpe - Is that Charles Barkley lurking back there?

80 - Vlade Divac - The current Sacramento Kings GM.

88 - Rony Seikaly - Seikaly's excellence on the court somehow did not touch off a boom in babies named Rony.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

2017-18 Panini NBA Player of the Day Promo Pack

The last of my Labor Day cheap packs from Don's Sportcards here in Anchorage, Alaska.  I'd say I didn't save the best for last.  Mixed in pile of cheap packs were a bunch of old NBA Player of the Day promo packs.  I picked one up simply because I had never opened one, I don't usually collect or buy basketball.  Each pack comes with two cards.  Mine actually came with three.  Not pictured is the blank decoy card.  I didn't even realized I had picked a fatter pack.  It was also interesting that almost none of these cards had been scanned over at the Trading Card Database.  From the look of the pile of promo packs I'd say the promotion wasn't all that successful.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

2018 Donruss Football Hobby

Still slowly working through the cheap 50 cent packs I picked up on Labor Day from Don's Sportcards here in Anchorage, Alaska.  I was really surprised to see a couple packs of 2018 Donruss Football sitting out with the other junk wax and I promptly picked up both packs I found.  This is the better of the two.

Ended up with two inserts. First this Rookie Gridiron Kings.

But much to my surprise was this sweet Silver Die Cut Press Proof of Done Bucannon.  Sure he's a defensive guy on a the Cardinals, but the scan doesn't do the shineyness justice and numbered to just 75.

Monday, September 17, 2018

1990 Topps Hockey

I won a couple of these packs on twitter so I decided to open them.  Oh remember the days when you would get 14 regular cards 1 glossy insert and a stick of GUM and the packs were actually WAX.....
Below is the players I got.  In action pictures and full career stats on back! I have this complete set but haven't looked at it in a while not a bad set for how over produced and near worthlessness lol

Wax Wrapper

Yzerman, Lemieux Glossy & 28 Y/O Gum.

Card backs and a look at the Wax & Gum stains.

1996 Fleer Baseball '96 Dodgers Team Set Pack

Yet another cheap pack I picked up way back during Don's Sportcards Labor Day sale.  This is the third pack of the different 1996 Fleer team packs that Ifound.  Here is a link to the checklist over at Trading Card Database.  There a couple guys just about everyone should recognize, but the Piazza would be the money card for the set.  Let's have a look at what I got.

And finally an example of a Logo card in the checklist.