Monday, July 26, 2021

2021 Panini Prizm

I opened a hanger box of 2021 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Football.  This box includes one 20 card cello pack that should include 3 Green Wave Prizm parallels. This box includes veterans and rookie cards of the 2021 draft class.  I did pull a Trevor Lawrence Crusade which is one of the draws of this product. As for the 3 Green Waves I got a Micah Parsons Crusade, Calvin Ridley & Joe Burrow.  Not a bad product very shiny and lots of parallels & a few different colors.

Front of the Hanger Box.

The cello pack can see front and back card.

Base veterans and rookies

3 Green Waves a Silver and couple of greens

2021 Panini Football Contenders Draft Pick

I opened an 18 card pack of the new football Panini draft pick there are lots of colors and subsets included in this release.  Wrapper says that you should get 3 non base cards per pack on average my pack was average and had the 3 non base cards I received a Game Ticket Purple of Chase Young, Mac Jones Draft Class & Kyle Trask Front Row Seat.  See below for the 15 base I got best probably the Justin Herbert.

Front of Wrapper

Back of Wrapper with the possible inserts and odds.

15 Base cards Season Tickets included in my pack.

These are the 3 non base cards in my pack.

Friday, July 16, 2021

2020 Topps Holiday


Hope everyone is ready for the weekend.  Today is ol' Jafronius's birthday...45 years of me!  It's a big birthday date in the family as well, because not only is it my birthday, but my sister-in-law's (The Wifey's sister) and my brother-in-law's (my sister's husband) too!  It is the best day for a birthday, in my opinion...I'm sure everyone of you disagrees with me, except Night Owl.

Anyway, I was at the LCS a couple of weeks ago to collect my auction winnings.  I hadn't been there since March so I had to make an appearance before the owner got too antsy.  Spent way too much money on things I normally wouldn't buy, like $2 for 10 Sterling Sharpe cards.  Money was also spent on various packs of 2020 releases The Virus-caused pandemic wiped from our stores.  Here's one of them:

Christmas in July!

Yes, I paid $4.50 for a pack that came from a regularly-priced $20 blaster box.  I'm not very proud of that, which goes for the other 2020 packs I picked up that day.  But here's what I got:

#HW66 - Cody Bellinger
#HW121 - Jake Rodgers (RC)

I did not see many posts out in the blogosphere with cards from this set (other than team-specific posts), so it's possible this is the first time some of you have seen images from the release.  Add some snowflakes and garland, change the box colors to red and green, and boom, Christmas!

#HW117 - Yoan Moncada
#HW159 - Victor Robles

Some of the snowflake placement ends up making the player fight the elements, like Victor here trying to make a catch before the oncoming blizzard.

#HW141 - Christian Walker
#HW198 - Mike Clevinger

At first I was bummed that my $4.50 was spent on a pack with no insert, but while taking pictures for this post I realized the Walker had metallic snowflakes.  It comes one in every two packs.

#HW197 - Keston Hiura
#HW33 - J.D. Martinez

There's 200 cards in the checklist.  Those who are interested can go here.

#HW193 - A.J. Puk
#HW96 - Ronald Acuna Jr.

We end on a nice image of Acuna giving bunny ears to the garland.  It stinks that he's done for the year.

Here are some backs because birthday:

Anyway, that's the pack.  It's a good thing Rebel Coyote picked up and posted a Flagship Series 2 pack so I didn't have to drop $6 on one of those, but hey, that's the spirit of the season, right?  Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for reading!

Saturday, July 10, 2021

2014 Panini Elite Extra Edition

Happy weekend! Let's check out some former prospects from the 2014 Panini Elite Extra Edition set. This was included in a repack box I found recently.

82 - Spencer Moran - No matter what, any time I see someone with the name Moran, it makes me think of the Cardinals t-shirt guy from this meme. This Moran topped out at A-ball and hasn't appeared professionally since 2018.

70 - Dustin DeMuth - DeMuth made it to the AA level but it looks like his pro career ended after the 2017 season.

69 - Brian Schales - Mr. Schales switched franchises in 2019, appearing at three different levels in the Twins organization but his career apparently didn't survive the COVID minor league shutdown.

14 - Reed Reilly - The former Cal Poly San Luis Obispo standout lasted just two seasons at the A level before hanging it up.

10 - Chase Vallot - Lastly, we have a guy who is still kicking around in 2021, albeit in an Independent League way as a member of the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League.

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

2021 Topps Baseball Series 2 (hobby)

What is this? It's a pack of baseball cards! After long stretch and wondering if any of us get anything in their hands I finally got a pack. It's a hobby pack of Topps Baseball Series 2 released not long ago. I picked it up at shop in Abilene. Here are the 14 cards


526 - Josh Fleming - they usually put minor league stats from the previous year on rookie cards. Well, minor league season got cancelled last year so they put their MLB stats from last season.

458 - Ben Gamel - started the season with Indians. Now currently with Pirates. On a hot streak with 4 homeruns and 8 RBIs in the last 6 games.

510 - Adonis Medina - currently with Phillies AAA club

489 - Jeff McNeil - Flying Squirrel alert

507 - Jahmai Jones - currently with Orioles AAA club

444 - Pavin Smith - despite .263 batting average at the moment he's leads the team in that department.
553 - Twins Up in the Middle - checklist card. A shot of Marwin Gonzalez and Jorge Palanco trying to recreate the logo
587 - Cincinnati Reds
608 - Kansas City Royals
500 - Ozzie Albies - didn't get his variation
384 - Andre Scrubb - got an Astros player! Bad news he's part of team's woeful middle relief corps. Been bouncing between main and AAA club.
627 - Eugenio Suarez - one of Reds top offensive players as he currently 2nd on team's HR and RBIs this season but is bating under Mendoza line and leads the team in strikeouts.
477 - Tyler O'Neill - currently 2nd in team's HR this season

559 - Edwin Encarnacion - is this his sunset card?

 All I can say I got a pack of this.