Tuesday, April 5, 2016

2016 Topps Opening Day Box Break Recap and Review

When I was kid I looked forward to my Dad returning from work because most of the time he would bring home a pack of Topps Baseball cards for us to open together. While I thought I was getting some neat cardboard of my favorite players, looking back on it now I realize what I really got was time with my father. It was a bonding experience.

Now I’m a Dad. Cards have changed as much as I have from the time I was a child. Now there are multiple, complex and sometimes expensive releases and it seems as if kids concerns can get lost in the shuffle, especially the younger ones. But 2106 Topps Opening Day Baseball cards offer a great collecting experience for children while taking it easy on a parent’s budget, satisfying both which is not an easy task. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

2015 Topps Strata Baseball Box Break Recap and Review

If you are following us on Twitter you might have caught our live box break of 2015 Topps Strata Baseball. It was quick, only two cards, but it sure did cause plenty of discussion.  And why not, the cards are sharp looking and take great strides towards addressing a concern many experienced collectors have had since the embedded material swatch became common place.

Almost all releases these days come with relic cards. Many collectors felt somewhat uneasy about these cards from a secondary market level and sometimes even straight out of the pack. Thoughts like "where did this jersey come from" and sometimes even "I don't remember that player ever wearing those colors" started to become commonplace. With the release of Strata, those thoughts have been put to rest.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Changing it up in 2016

Every once in a while you have to step back from something to see it more clearly.

That's what I've done here recently to figure out ways to make this blog work not only for myself, but for all you kind people who come here to check things out. No, this is not one of those "excuse" posts or "I can't fit this into my life" posts. I plan on All About Cards to be around for a long time. But social media and the collecting experience has changed a lot in the last year or two. So it's time to change things up a bit.

Instead of using other outlets to push traffic to this blog I'll be taking a more spread approach to covering collecting. I've noticed that using tools like Twitter lead to a more communal feeling, much closer to what collecting used to be about. Live streaming on periscope adds a bit more of an event feel to a box break than any YouTube video.

But each avenue, from this blog, to the YouTube channel, to Twitter serve a purpose.  What I've committed myself and All About Cards to for 2016 is to use each of these avenues more effectively to provide the best experience possible.

So if you haven't followed us on Twitter, now would be a great time to do that. Besides timely informational tweets we will continue to do live quick box breaks. I'd also encourage you to load Periscope onto your mobile device for streaming interactive live box breaks. SPEEDbreaks will still get loaded onto our YouTube channel.

Box Break Recaps and Reviews will be found here but with a change - less formal reviewing, more write up. It will still be picture intensive as I feel that separates us from the rest but it will be a little more informational, less opinionated and a little less rigid in style.

If something strikes me as a fun thing to write about I'll do it, but just trying to fill a Monday or Wednesday because I need something new to post will not be the norm anymore.

The focus of this blog will also lean more towards Baseball cards and autographs. Not dropping the other sports but with the change of exclusive licenses I think some time is needed to see how these cards are handled.  If a football, basketball or hockey release inspire me I'll write about it.

Feel free to leave feedback and continue to email me your questions. Hopefully these changes will make this a more vibrant experience for all.

Monday, October 12, 2015

2015 Topps Supreme Baseball Box Break Recap and Review

In the past Topps Supreme Baseball has come with expectations that are lower than some other premium products due to design and use of sticker autos. 2015 Topps Supreme Baseball way exceeds those expectations and is revamped to feature on-card autos and skillfully don't multilayer edging, thus ending the need for on-card hit seekers to wait for other high end products.

2015 Topps Supreme Baseball fits into our Premium Cards category.  This Hobby Exclusive comes with 1 pack per box, 2 cards per pack, both autographed cards. 

Here are the cards we pulled from our box.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

2015 Bowman Football Box Break Recap and Review

If you collect Bowman you are an early adopter, someone who needs the first of anything. That is mostly what this product has going for it. A prospectors’ set and designed for rainbow collectors and first card seekers, 2015 Bowman Football has a built in, very defined audience. One that doesn't care about rookies without team uniforms or even jersey numbers, mammal design element but consistently delivers what it is expected.  

For some the better option is to wait for Topps flagship football product, avoiding the role of the dice on players, some of whom don’t even make it past the draft. But at 4 autos a box, there is enough to compensate.

2015 Bowman Football falls under our classification of trading cards. There are several configurations of retail and hobby exclusive packaging.  We opened a hobby box of 10 jumbo packs with 25 cards per pack with the promise of four autographs and one relic card.

Here is a look at some of the cards we pulled.

2015 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Trading Cards Box Break Recap And Review

2015 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Cards is now in its fifth year.  While this is still a set builders look forward to putting together, some of the early elements that made it fun and different have been dropped leaving this just another option in a wide variety of cards to collect. Unfortunately without those elements (who remembers the original speculation about the Gypsy Queens and Kings?) there are many similarities to other releases so we might see GQ start to take a back seat to others.  What continues to make this a desirable product, and saves it in many ways, are the on-card autographs

Gypsy Queen falls under our classification of trading cards.  You can find it in retails and hobby form with Hobby Boxes containing 24 – 10 card packs with a box topper of 10 minis and 2 relic and 2 autograph cards.

Here are some of the cards we pulled.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

2015 Topps Series 2 Baseball Cards Box Break Recap and Review

For 2015 Topps has taken their flagship product, Series Two Baseball Cards, in what appears to be a different direction from previous years when it comes to design, electing to go with bold graphics and plenty of color. We like that direction. This also makes it way to inserts and base auto hits. Another change is the expansion of the base card set from 330 to 350 base cards. Manufactured relics return and look great as do Coin & Stamp cards and Photo Variations. With great photo selection and cropping this year all of this adds up to one of the better Series on sets to come along in a while.

For the purposes of this review, we classify Series 1 as trading cards.  There are a wide variety of configurations in both retail and hobby.  We opened a box hobby box which contained 36 – 10 card packs with a promise of 1 autograph or 1 relic card per box.

Here are some of the cards we pulled.