Saturday, July 27, 2013

2013 Press Pass RedLine NASCAR Racing Box Break Recap And Review

Don’t judge a book by its cover.

At first glace, 2013 Press Pass RedLine NASCAR Racing appears to be scaled down from last year.  Gone is the gorgeous tin box presentation, replaced by a rather ordinary black cardboard box.  But open that simple box and you quickly see that these cards still shine.

In what might be their best premium release of the year from design, execution and delivery of value, RedLine has it all. This year might even better than last year with stunning base cards and relic cards that rival the signatures found within.  There is no question, Press Pass does racing right.

Press Pass RedLine falls into our premium cards category.  Each hobby box contains  2- 10 card packs with one memorabilia and one autograph card in each pack.

Here are of the cards we pulled.

Friday, July 26, 2013

2013 Topps Tribute WBC Baseball Box Break Recap And Review

The Topps Tribute line of products thrives most in baseball form.  Now the baseball line has been expanded to include a new release, 2013 Topps Tribute WBC Baseball.  Based on the World Baseball Classic, this release features some big name players representing their home counties.  This includes past and present players so the checklist includes autographs from names like Ripken Jr., Koufax, Mays, Cespedes, Darvish, Cabrera and Reyes.  There is even a redemption for a full sized Jersey from the 2009 World Baseball Classic.  All of this makes for a great first release.

2013 Topps Tribute WBC Baseball fits into our Premium Cards category.  This Hobby Exclusive comes with 6 packs per box, 5 cards per pack and 1 autographed card or relic card numbered to 99 or less in every pack.  Collectors should expect 4 Autographs and 2 relics per box.

Here are some of the cards we pulled.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Great Mailday Thanks To Topps

My wife signed for a rather large envelope from Topps today.  When I got home, this is what I found inside it.
Its the fulfillment of the redemption I pulled from 2013 Topps Archives Baseball. (To see the box break recap and review, use this link.)  This is a game used dugout scorecard from the Phillies / Brewers September 25, 2009 game.  It measures 17" x 11"  and is MLB authenticated. From the certification it seems like this card was used by the Philies.  This was the year Cliff Lee came over from Cleveland and one of the rare games that season that he got shellacked pitching for Philadelphia.  He gave up 4 runs in the first inning, 7 runs in total as Milwaukee beat the Phillies  8 - 4.  Getting whole pieces of memorabilia is very cool.

Monday, July 22, 2013

2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball Cards Box Break Recap And Review

There is no question that a huge part of Baseball is its history.  The more you know, the richer your involvement in the game.  Most Baseball fans hope to some day visit the sport’s museum, The National Baseball Hall of Fame.  Not everyone can make the trip to Upstate New York, but 2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball Cards captures the experience perfectly.  From the postcard pictures of the town to the museum pieces relics to the famous bronze plaques of the Hall, this set is perfectly executed and should be a part of every Baseball card collection.

Cooperstown falls under our trading cards classification. Hobby Boxes contain 24 – 5 card packs with 1 Autograph card per box.

Here are some of the cards we pulled from our hobby box.

Everything You Need To Know About Topps At The 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention NSCC In Chicago

Collectors are set to hit the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago at the end of the month.  Sure to be one of the more popular places to visit will be the Topps Booth that will have plenty of exclusive collectibles in the offering.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

2013 Bowman Inception Baseball Box Break Recap And Review

Without question I was a bit harsh when it came to my review of Inception this year when it came to the football version.  But there were issues, edge chipping, the vast majority of hits coming from a small number of unproven players, along with some others. With 2013 Bowman Inception Baseball, Topps has made some smart moves in dealing with these issues, which allows this version of Inception to reach for its full potential.

By shifting Inception from the Topps to Bowman, it signals collectors that they are dealing with a prospecting product, which it is most definitely, something they should do for the future release of 2013 Inception Football.  Edging on these cards seems much cleaner.  The use of background cloud patterns instead of solid black bordering also helps matters.  Bowman Inception Baseball also has a really great lineup of players for autographs.

Inception Baseball falls into our premium cards category.  Each hobby box contains 1 – 5 card pack with 4 On-Card Autograph and 1 Auto Relic cards per box.

Here is a look at the cards we pulled.