Saturday, August 6, 2011

2010-11 Panini Gold Standard Basketball NBA Trading Cards Box Break Recap and Review

You know it when you see this box, even before you open it, that 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard is going to be a thrill ride.  Panini has paid attention to the details here, investing heavily in getting this release right.  This time and effort has produced dividends that pay off.  We, as collectors, are the beneficiaries of those dividends.

Gold Standard is a perfect candidate for our premium cards category.  Each golden bar box contains 12 cards, which breaks down to 3 Autographs, 2 Memorabilia Cards, 3 Insert cards and 4 Gold Commons, all of which are numbered to 299 or less

Here are the cards we pulled from the box.

 Gold Base of Joe Johnson #/299, Front and Back

 Our other Gold base #/299, Aaron Brooks and Glen Rice

Dan Majerle Platinum Gold Base #/25

Eric Gordon Gold Nuggets Insert #/299

 Derrick Rose Gold Bars Insert and Andrei Kirilenko Gold Stars Insert both #/299

 Tim Duncan Gold Rings Swatch #/299 and Dwight Howard Gold Medalists Prime Swatch #/25

Eric Gordon Gold Base Auto #/299

And we pulled two redemption cards, but they were huge hits.

We've done Photoshop Mock-Ups, envisioning what we think these cards will look like based on similar cards we've seen.   We will update this when the actual cards arrive.

Amar'e Stoudemire Gold Team Logos Auto card #/10

Kobe Bryant Twenty Four Karat Kobe Signatures Auto card #/49

Overall Look
These cards look great, top-notch design.  Every card, base and inserts alike, is tied into a golden theme.  The photography is excellent, a task that is particularly difficult when you are taking the background away from players and just isolating them.

Quality and Variety of Players
This is amazing collection of players.  It is overflowing with legends of the game, the stars of today and tomorrow.

Do the Hits satisfy?  Are the cards too base heavy?
Because insert auto and memorabilia cards are so desirable, a small percentage of the base auto cards feel  a bit overshadowed.  Mind you, this is an embarrassment of riches, because in any other product, these autos would be highly valued.  It is a minor knock to an otherwise stellar collection of hits. As it stands now, Gold Standard is an amazing product. Legends autos, single and dual, a huge pool of Kobe Bryant autos, Gold Rush cards with actual 14K gold inserts and Solid Gold cards made entirely of 14K gold combine for must have hits.  Add to that Golden Tickets for your chance at 1 of 5 amazing prize packages (see a description of the prizes with this link) and it is clear this is an awesome collection of hits.

Will you keep coming back for more?
100% yes.  It is a special product that is a thrill to open.   An amazing job for a first time product.   If you can get your hands on a box, do it.   For those with deeper pockets, buying Gold Standard by the case is an easy purchase. Each 10 box case contains one Gold Rush insert, two Auto Gold Logoman Patches, two Auto Gold NBA Team Logo Patches, one Dual-Signed Autograph card and at least one auto of either Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant or Bill Russell.  No doubt someone with excessively deep pockets will pull a Veruca Salt, busting cases of Gold Standard to find a Golden Ticket, but as the story goes, even those of us that are Charlie Bucket can catch a break.

5 out of 5

2010-11 Panini Gold Standard Basketball has raised the bar, providing an exciting box break for premium collectors.

Review box provided by Panini

Friday, August 5, 2011

Fully Updated Player Movement and Team Changes Since the NFL Lockout Ended

We told you about all the player movement in the NFL post lockout.   Here is an update on even more team changes.

Kevin Kolb from the Eagles to the Cardinals
Chad Johnson (Ochocinco) from the Bengals to the Patriots
Reggie Bush from the Saints to the Dolphins
Greg Olsen from the Bears to the Panthers
Donovan McNabb from the Redskins to the Vikings
Sidney Rice from the Vikings to the Seahawks
Matt Hasselbeck from the Seahawks to the Titans
Daren Sproles from the Chargers to the Saints
Vince Young from the Titans to the Eagles.
Nnamdi Asomugha from the Raiders to the Eagles.
Mike Sims-Walker from the Jaguars to the Rams
Plaxico Burress from the Oneida Correctional Facility to the Jets
Tim Hightower from the Cardinals to the Redskins
Todd Heap from the Ravens to the Cardinals
Vonta Leach from the Texans to the Ravens
Jason Taylor from the Jets to the Dolphins
Zach Miller from the Raiders to the Seahawks
Jerious Norwood from the Falcons to the Rams
Kevin Boss from the Giants to the Raiders
Braylon Edwards from the Jets to the 49ers
Ronnie Brown from the Dolphins to the Eagles

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Trying to Crack The Code? Here is a Little Free Help to Solve the Topps Allen & Ginter Puzzle.

I love puzzles but nothing frustrates me more than coming close to finishing and finding there is a piece missing.  Trying to crack the yearly code included with Topps Allen & Ginter can be quite a task, having to gather the various pieces to solve the puzzle.  Many people actually try to actually charge for a look at parts of the code they acquire.   That's not in the spirit of All About Cards, so we are giving away what we got in a recent box for free.   No... this is not a contest, we are not shipping these cards to one person.  We are posting these for all to see, setting a level playing ground.   So here is what we have, hope it helps.  And if we do become a part of helping you get to the solution, come on back and let us know how you put it together.

 We pulled these four A&G Crack the Code cards

 Reid Brignac Ginter Code Card

 Ryan Ludwick Gold Ginter Code Card

Tim Howard Gold Ginter Code Card

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Our Must See Video Box Break of 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard Basketball Cards

I could go on about the importance of gold, the gold standard as a monetary system and the parallels to these cards, right down to the details of the packaging.  But on this, the first day of the 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention, the yearly celebration of sports cards and the people that collect them, I'm going to let the cards do the talking.  After all, that is what all of this is about, the cards and the thrill of collecting them.

Here is our must see video box break of 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard Basketball.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Still Missing The Captain, Thurman Munson, 32 Years Later

You can tell who are the die-hard, long-time Yankees fans by mentioning one name, Thurman Munson.  He was the subject of one of my first blog posts, a permanent fixture of the All About Cards logo and a good luck charm when busting boxes of Baseball Cards.

But others start to show there Pinstripe Pride on this day.  For example, you should check out the great write up over at From The Cheap Seats which should give you an idea of what it was like to be a fan at that time.

If he were alive today, he would have been in his 64th year, twice the amount of time he was alive, and, most likely, a member of the Hall of Fame.

Monday, August 1, 2011

After 13 seasons in the NFL, Randy Moss retires

It was announced today that Randy Moss is retiring.  We’ve had a lot of fun at the expense of Randy Moss here on the blog, but just like on the field, when you see an opening, you have to take it.

We shared lots of 70’s and 80’s bad football hairstyles when Moss got into a girl fight with Tom Brady.  After Moss was dealt to the Vikings, things got a little melancholy a month latter in an emotional press conference where Randy professed his love for Bill Belichick and was waived by the Vikings a day later.

In spite of his personality that often invited ridicule; there is no denying what he did on the field of play.  Moss retires tied for second in NFL history with Terrell Owens having caught 153 career touchdowns as a receiver and is fifth in career yards with 14,858.  Those numbers are worthy of the Hall of Fame. Time will tell if his attitude during his playing days will prevent him from getting there.

The Topps Prime 9 Redemption Card For Week 3 is Jackie Robinson!

We told you about the release dates for the Prime 9 redemption cards found in 2011 Topps Baseball Series 2 hobby and jumbo boxes.  Week 1 was Johnny Bench.  Week 2 was Albert Pujols.  Week 3 has begun so if you have one of these...
...its time to go visit your HTA Local Hobby Shop and redeem those cards.  Here is what you will get.
A Jackie Robinson Prime 9 limited edition Chrome Refractor card.  Sweet card!  Robinson’s “Prime 9 Moments” include First MLB African American player since 1880’s and 1949 NL MVP and batting champ (.342).  You have the week to get to your participating LCS and redeem those cards.  And don’t forget to fill out the back of your redemption card to be entered into a sweepstakes.  You could win a trip to the 2012 World Series.

Check in next week to find out who is on the card for week 4.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Prize Descriptions for the Five Golden Tickets Hidden in 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard Basketball Cards

If you have read Roald Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or you've seen either of the two film adaptions Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder, or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp you know the meaning of a Golden Ticket.  It stands for once-in-a-lifetime kind of opportunity, exposure to the inner workings of a company that few others have seen, and walking away with the ultimate prize that the company can offer, the best of its product.  Panini has their own version of the Golden Ticket it offers the same things.

Hidden inside boxes of 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard Basketball there are 5 Golden Tickets to be found, the same number of tickets that Wonka issued.  For a sports card collector and fan of the NBA, the prizes to be claimed are amazing.  Here is a short description of all five.

1 - Your own Meet and Greet with Kobe Bryant.

2 - A shoot around with Wes Johnson.

3 - Attend the upcoming NBA Rookie Photo Shoot and work the event with Panini.

4 - Attend the NBA All-Star Game as a guest of Panini.

5 - Build your own box of National Treasures with the cards of your choice.

No doubt, someone with deep pockets will pull a Veruca Salt, busting cases of Gold Standard, but as the story goes, even those of us that are Charlie Bucket can catch a break.