Saturday, January 17, 2015

Micro Collecting Eddie Giacomin And New York Rangers With Retired Numbers Autographs

This is the second of eight posts where I’ll detailed for you one of my latests adventures in the hobby, Micro Collecting certified on-card autographs of all of the New York Rangers with Retired numbers. There are eight players and they are Eddie Giacomin, Brain Leetch, Harry Howell, Rod Gilbert, Andy Bathgate, Adam Graves, Mark Messier, and Mike Richter. 

Totday we will take a look at Eddie Giacomin, number 1.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Micro Collecting Rod Gilbert And New York Rangers With Retired Numbers Autographs

I detailed for you one of my current adventures in the hobby, finding smaller collecting projects to tackle. I referred to it as Micro Collecting in a post just before the New Year. 

The project I first presented was all of the New York Rangers with retired numbers. In this case that’s eight players, Eddie Giacomin, Brain Leetch, Harry Howell, Rod Gilbert, Andy Bathgate, Adam Graves, Mark Messier, and Mike Richter. My favorite cards to collect are certified on-card autographs and luckily all of these players have very nice choices available. 

Now, over eight posts, I’ll detail each player, include some of their biography and the thing we all care about the most, their cards. I’ll explain what was available and why I choose the card that ended up in my collection

Today I’ll start with the first Ranger to has his number retired, #7, Rod Gilbert.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2014 Topps Triple Threads Football Cards Box Break Recap And Review

Last year Topps Triple Threads Football came on strong with some major design changes, almost all of them for the better.  The design started to mimic the much higher end Five Star line. For 2014 Topps Triple Threads it appears they have backed off on some of those deisng elements, making the cards visual impact somewhat more subtile with still retaining its high end feel. This seems closer to what collectors expectations and memory of what Triple Threads should be. The iconic die cut sayings that overlay the relic pieces still remain for some of the cards, because it just wouldn’t be Triple Threads without it.

2014 Topps Triple Threads Football fits into our premium cards category.  Each master box has two mini boxes.  Each mini box contains 7 cards with an autographed relic and a relic card, one of which is a triple relic.

Here are all of the cards we pulled.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Why Tug McGraw Is My Walletcard or Taking The Game To A Whole New Level

Currently I am participating in The game of Walletcard. To play along I had to select a card I like, put it in my wallet and do occasional “check ins” as I travel with it. I’ve already booked trips to New York, Miami and Hawaii. (not looking too good for Chicago this year) I also work in “the entertainment capital of the world” which is right next to “the happiest place on earth” so my walletcard should see plenty of sights this year.  

2014 Topps High Tek Baseball Cards Box Break Recap And Review

There were some good things to come out of the 1990s, some not so good things. Ask any collector who remembers opening packs from that time and they will give you a wide variety of opinions about the cards. So it makes sense that present day collectors have a wide variety of opinions about a call back to that time, 2014 Topps High Tek Baseball. As a matter of fact, its reasonable that the same collector have differing opinions about High Tek, as do I.

With cards that look different than anything out there on the plus side to the wide variety of swirls and geometric patterns that make up the foil accents sandwiched in the acetate which sometimes comes off as distracting and render the stat back pointless on the negative side.  But this solely acetate product does have a strong checklist.

2014 Topps High Tek Baseball cards fall under our premium cards category and come in a hobby exclusive box with 8 cards, one of which is a base parallel and one of which is an autograph.

Here are the cards that were in the box.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

I’m Not Worthy Of Getting Bipped

Throughout the collecting ages the act of getting Bipped has evolved, from the origins of pulling multiples of the same card out of one pack to the fine art of sending another collector an overly large stack the same card as an unsolicited mailday surprise. At this moment the good folks of the collecting community are nominating those they feel are the most worthy of getting Bipped, but this time it will mean something entirely different.

Sooz over at A Cardboard Problem as taken on the Herculean task of hosting The 2014 Bip Awards. As she describes them, the awards will honor “the best of the blogging community” and “a couple of social media awards.”  There are 11 categories that range from Best Blog of the Year to Most Generous Blogger to Best Twitter Feed.

I can tell you from my own personal experience running things like this, it is time consuming and comes with a fair share of headaches. But it is all worth it IF… and that’s big IF, lots of people participate. The other benefit of copious amounts of participation is the results become closer to a real representation of the truth, instead of just a select few pushing their favorite into first place.

So I encourage you to go to the 2014 Bip Award Nomination Form, by following this link, and take a moment to give your input. And when you do, please keep in mind I’m not worthy.

No… really… I’m not worthy.

I’m serious here. I am not sending you there in hopes of you nominating All About Cards because I truly believe that I’m not worthy, and I’m good with that. Looking at the list I, myself can think of a dozen others who devote a lot more time or do a better job at this than I do, and that’s not me being modest.

So please, head on over there and let your voice be heard.