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2015 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Football 3-Box Break

Blowout Cards (www.blowoutcards.com) had these boxes on sale last week for $15.16 per box (limit 3). At that price, I figured what the heck. They have two autographs and 6 prizm cards per box. Even after paying shipping, it was still cheaper than buying 3 blaster boxes of something at Wal-Mart or Target.

I’ve always enjoyed Prizm products. However, I’d never buy them at full price. You can typically get a steep discount a year from release, except maybe on some years of basketball. The products are always loaded with numbered cards, parallels and at least an auto per box. That even goes for many of their retail boxes through the years.

Let’s see how we did on our three boxes.

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Well, you can’t win them all. It was cool that we pulled so many low numbered prizm cards. The two tie dyed are numbered /49, the blue is /75, the purple is /99 and the two camo are /199. This is what I was saying I love about Prizm. A non-autographed low numbered prizm can really save a break. That didn’t happen here, but player collectors will pay good money for the right player.

The other thing I enjoy about this set is the NFL players in their NCAA uniforms. I know that doesn’t appeal to everyone, but I enjoy it. There’s plenty of that in this set if you’re into it. It’s a whopping 250-card set with at least half of the cards being NFL players. The other half being players from the 2015 Draft.

The downside to this product is that the insert sets are huge, one of them (Stained Glass) being 100 cards. Those are one per box, so it’s not realistic for the average person to put a master set of this together from breaking boxes/cases. Even putting a base set together would take 6 boxes worth of base and hope for perfect collation.

Overall, I dig this product for the price. Anything over $15 to $20 per box, I wouldn’t touch it.

UPDATE (5/11/16): The Kam Chancellor tie dyed prizm sold for $16.50 on eBay via best offer, so that paid for one of the boxes alone. I sent all the other cards pictured into COMC with a recent submission, so it will be a bit for I sell any of those.

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2011 Bowman Chrome Eric Hosmer Autographed Superfractor Has Been Pulled

January 11, 2012 Leave a comment

In case you haven’t heard, the 2011 Bowman Chrome Eric Hosmer autographed superfractor was pulled from a Topps retail value box. You probably recall that the Matt Moore autographed superfractor was pulled from a value box a few weeks ago. Granted, the Bowman Chrome packs inside in the value boxes are hobby packs, but this is really defying the odds.

Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing big pulls come from retail products. Many collectors don’t have a hobby shop in their area and only have mail order as an option. It’s nice to see bigger hits coming from retail for that reason alone. People think this will take business away from hobby shops, but I sincerely doubt that. The reason that people shy away from most hobby shops is bad customer service and high prices. Period.

You can check out all the talk about it on the Blowout Forums. The card is a redemption.

My 10 Favorite Card Purchases of 2011: Number 1

January 2, 2012 1 comment


Card #1 on my list is a card that I’ve always wanted to add to my collection. When you think of iconic players in the history of baseball, who is more iconic than Babe Ruth? There’s plenty of stuff to choose from in the game used market from Ruth, but the first place I always think to look is Topps Triple Threads. The card here is his 2011 Topps Triple Threads Game Used Bat Unity Relic. I joined a group break on Blowout Cards earlier in the year and was lucky enough to get this from one of my slots.

We can debate all day long whether or not the piece of bat in this card was actually held and used by Babe Ruth. Topps certainly adds fuel to that fire with their “This piece of memorabilia is not from any particular game, event or season” message on the backs of their cards. My gut feeling is that it’s just another piece of wood, but a small piece of me hopes that’s not the case. I would really hope it’s not the case in a product that costs $180 per box. Especially when that box only has two packs and twelve total cards.

At any rate, I love adding this card to my collection and will always hold out hope that the tiny piece of wood in this card was from a bat that Babe Ruth used to crush one of his 714 career home runs.

2007 Leaf Limited Football Box Break

December 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Here we go with another break from the Blowout Cards Black Friday sale. This box was under $40 shipped as well, so I couldn’t resist picking one up for a shot at an Adrian Peterson or Calvin Johnson autographed rookie. It seems like I chase a Peterson every year on Black Friday and always come up empty.

This year was no different. I didn’t pull an Adrian Peterson or a Calvin Johnson. I pulled a Brandon Jacobs game worn prime jersey numbered 14/25 and a Matching Numbers dual jersey card of Tony Gonzalez and Marvin Harrison numbered 044/100. Two really cool card low numbered cards, but I think that the “prime jersey” numbered to 25 should at least be multi-color. What came next for my final hit left my jaw hanging. I pulled a Phenoms Rookie Patrick Willis autographed 4-color prime jersey card numbered 23/25. This card is beautiful. It’s also perfect timing seeing as the Niners are well on their way to the playoffs.

I always struggle with the decision to sell or hold my big hits. I’m pretty sure that this one is going to be staying in my collection for a while.

2007 Playoff Contenders Football Box Break

December 18, 2011 Leave a comment

The box breaks from Blowout Cards’ Black Friday sale continue. I couldn’t resist a box of 2007 Playoff Contenders Football for under $40 shipped. An Adrian Peterson or Calvin Johnson would have well made up for that low price. I also read that Panini will still honor redemptions (Patrick Willis) from this product, so that made it an even easier decision to rip it open.

I did not pull any of the players noted above. I didn’t pull anyone worthwhile at all. I did pull a redemption, but it was for Tanard Jackson. The player name is not on the redemption card, only the number, so it did make for a fun moment of suspense while I went down to number 226 on the checklist provided in the box. The fun was over when I saw it was Tanard Jackson.

Oh well, it was a small price to pay for a shot at some big time rookie autographs.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Today is my favorite holiday of the year. It’s filled with family, great food and NFL on TV all day long. What more could you want? I hope that everyone who reads this blog has a great day!

BLACK FRIDAY is tomorrow. There will be some great deals available online from several dealers. Here are all the sales that I know of listed below.

Blowout Cards Their sales starts at 6:00AM EST. They always have great prices, but you have to be very quick. Their site gets crushed on Black Friday.

Dave & Adam’s Their sale starts at midnight. From my experience, D&A gets less traffic on Black Friday and their sale prices are available longer than on Blowout. Not sure if it’s that they take longer to sell out or if they have more quantity available. Probably a mix of both.

Atlanta Sports Cards Their sale starts at 6AM EST. I have no experience with their Black Friday sale, but I know their prices are some of the best on the web throughout the year.

Topps Company Topps will be selling baseball factory sets Buy 1 Get 1 Free. They will also have one special per day plus 20-30% off everything on their site. Granted, everything is retail, but there should still be some worthwhile deals.

Basecall Card Exchange 10% off a single item $50 or more plus free shipping.

2010 Bowman Platinum 6-box case break

March 13, 2011 Leave a comment

If you read this blog often enough, you know that I’ve had pretty good luck with 2010 Bowman Platinum retail this year. The highlights have been a Jonathan Singleton blue refractor autograph and a David Wright, Mike Moustakas and Josh Vitters triple autograph.

I figured since I’ve had such good luck with retail that I’d venture into hobby. I bought this 6-box half case from Blowout Cards. Each box is guaranteed two chrome prospect autographs, a patch autograph and a redemption for an additional chrome prospect autograph.

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BASE CARDS
I was able to complete two sets from this case. Sets consist of 100 base veteran and rookie cards, 30 chrome prospect cards and 20 Team USA chrome cards. I also have 3 additional sets each of the chrome prospects and Team USA cards. The base cards are where I came up short of completing more sets.

REFRACTORS
The refractors were really disappointing. I only pulled regular and green chrome refractors and regular and gold thick refractors. The lowest numbering of any of those is /499. The best refractor (most valuable) I pulled was a regular thick refractor of Buster Posey.

CHROME AUTOGRAPHS
These were disappointing as well. Everything I pulled was a refractor autograph – no color at all. The best two autographs were both Miguel Sano. The last two boxes in the case were identical in terms of autographs, hence the two Sano’s.

PATCH AUTOGRAPHS
I only pulled five of these. That’s right, the last box in the case was missing the patch autograph. I alerted Topps and they responded on Wednesday, 3/9 to say would a replacement. The highlight from my five pulls was a redemption for a Jason Heyward multi-color refractor patch autograph. If you know anything about this product you know that the multi-color patch refractor autographs are not multi-color.

REDEMPTION CHROME AUTOGRAPHS
Unfortunately, my experience with these was similar to most I’ve seen. Of the six redemption cards, five of them yielded Mauricio Robles. The other one was a Kyle Wieland.

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Overall, I was really disappointed with this case. The lack of color was very surprising to me based on the other breaks I’ve seen on various forums. The missing hit was not a surprise. The horrible results of the redemption autographs were not a surprise. I can only hope that Topps will send me something nice for my missing hit.

Even though this review has been mostly negative, I love this product. The break was really fun. I love the design of these cards and the selection of players. You have all the good rookies from last year, the key veterans, up and coming prospects and Team USA. The autographs are also a nice mixture of Team USA, prospects, rookies and veterans. Even though my experience with this case wasn’t very positive, I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase another.