Trip To The Card Shop

This morning I headed over to Sports Zone Memorabilia which is one of my local card shops and picked up another box of 2009 Topps Finest baseball.  I had a lot of luck with the last one so I thought I would give another a try.  I also tried a pack of the new 2009 Bowman Draft football jumbo that has 32 cards, the best card I pulled was a Sanchez RC and a parallel #’ed/50.  Here is what I pulled from the Finest box.  Everything is for trade except the Phillies stuff.

Here is what the inside of the store looks like:

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2009 Topps Heritage Blaster Box Pulls

I went to Wal-Mart today looking to see if they had any ’09 UD Series 2 or ’09 Topps Series 2 but they didn’t, so I decided to try a blaster box of 2009 Topps Heritage.  Everything is for trade except the Phillies stuff.  I tried the gum that comes in each pack, and it was terrible.

2009 TRISTAR TNA Knockouts Review

Yesturday I received a box of 2009 TRISTAR TNA Knockouts Wrestling cards to review.  When they asked if I wanted to try something new, they sure weren’t kidding.  I personally wouldn’t purchase a box of this stuff because I’m not a huge wrestling fan but for those collectors that are fans, I’m sure you would enjoy this product.  Here is what I pulled and think about this product.

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The design of this product seems simple.  Most of the cards I pulled featured action shots, but some were closeup profile images.  The names are easy to read and do not blend into the background like some other products do.  I like how TRISTAR changed the colors of their logo to match the color scheme of each card.  The serial number on the Lauren Event-Worn Memorabilia card is difficult to see because the back is purple and so is the stamp used to print the number.  I didn’t see the serial number until the second time I looked at the back.

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Boxes can be purchased for under $50.00.  In today’s market, you don’t see many products under $50.00 that guarantees at least 4 hits.  With only 3,600 boxes produced, you have a decent chance of pulling some stuff that could pay for the box, but I wouldn’t count on it every time.  

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On the front on each box it states “4 Hits Per Box” – 1 Event-Used Memorabilia or Knockout Kiss, plus 2 autographs and 1 parallel numbered to 40 or less.  My box contained 5 hits:

  • Roxxi parallel #’ed/40
  • Sharmell autograph #’ed/75
  • Velvet Sky autograph
  • Lauren Knockout Kiss #’ed/75
  • Lauren Event-Worn Memorabilia #’ed/10

I actually pulled some decent hits and its always good to see boxes providing more than what the average would be.  The relic card contains a sequin from her dress which is something I’ve never pulled before (probably because baseball & football uniforms don’t have them).

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This box gets an overall score of 3 hearts (1=poor 5=perfect).  The quality of hits when correlated with the price seems like a good product for wrestling fans to open.  I wouldn’t say that every box will have more than 4 hits, but it looks as if there is a slight chance of it happening.  This product isn’t like other wrestling cards.  It focuses solely on the hot women of wrestling, which I don’t think is a great aspect to focus on for an entire product.  I would suggest that they include some more famous names in wrestling.  I’d like to see a baseball or football product that costs less than $50.00 and guarantees 4 hits be made.

PHOTOS: Card Show with Kyle Brady

The Capital City Mall located in Harrisburg held a sports card & memorabilia show promoted by CAC-Shows today.  When I was there Kyle Brady and LeSean McCoy were signing autographs.  Later in the day Ryan Clark and Tyrone Carter of the Steelers showed up to sign autographs too.  I busted a few packs and picked up some stuff for my collection.  Take a look!  

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This is the setup where you would get your autographs.  It was right inside of a closed Disney Store.  It really is the happiest place on Earth 🙂

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They had a ton on items to purchase if you needed something to get signed.

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Kyle Brady signing my new Rawlings Black/Gold Penn State football.  It doesn’t get more authentic than this.

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LeSean McCoy signing autographs.

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This is the first time I’ve gotten something signed in gold.  I think it turned out nice.

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The main center of the show.  I’m glad to see it so packed.

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I had to pick one of these up for my collection.

 

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I give this show a total of 4 hot dogs out of 5 (1=poor  5=perfect).  There were more dealers than what I thought there would be.  It had a great combination of vintage and modern cards which appeals to different collectors.  There was only one dealer really selling wax, and they had a great selection.  He only had two tins left of 2007 UD Sweet Spot Classic and I snatched them up quick.  CAC-Shows handles the autograph signings very well.  If you don’t have anything to get signed, they provide a wide array of items to get autographed.  They also have an informative setup showing autograph seekers where to go for each athlete.

’09 Topps Finest Break + Show Pickups

My local mall had another small show this weekend.  I wanted to give the new 2009 Topps Finest a try even though I’m not a fan of the manufactured patches.  Overall, I think it was a decent break.  I know I got my money’s worth.  What do you think I should do with the redemption?  I sure was surprised to see one like this.

2002 Playoff Piece of the Game Football Box Break

Last weekend I ordered a new football cube from Dave & Adam’s Card World.  Browsing through their inventory, I saw they had a box of 2002 Playoff Piece of the Game football.  I opened a ton of this stuff back in ’02 and loved it, so I decided to try another.  After ripping this box, maybe I should open some more.

U.K. Mailday 4-24-09

I received a package today from John over in the U.K.  Anyone remember Bobby Estalella??  Thanks John!

Cardboard Connection Mailday!

Today in the mail I received a package containing a bunch of Phillies, Scott Rolen, and Dan Marino stuff for my personal collection.  I have been sending some stories over to Mike Smeth, who operates The Cardboard Connection  for the last few months and he sent me this stuff as a thank you.  Mike has put a lot of time, effort, and money into this new social network specifically made for collectors.  It would be wise for you to check it out.  Thanks Mike!  For those collectors that haven’t joined yet, click here to sign up.  Its totally FREE!

Quality Control Problem

Now thats what I call a quality control problem.  Watch this video and see what happens with the second box of 2008 UD Ultimate Collection Football.

Ephrata Rec Center Sports Card Show Report

Its not the size of the show, its the content that counts.  This is one simple phrase that I could use to sum up the 2009 Ephrata Recreational Center Sports Card & Memorabilia Show put together by the Lions Club.  

The show opened Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. and as I was pulling into the parking space I could see the line going all the way out the front door.  The line moved pretty fast and within a few minutes I had my hand stamped and purchased an autograph ticket.  After attending the Philadelphia Show and the 2007 National, I knew this show wouldn’t seem as big.  Before making any purchases I browsed around the 30 plus tables of cards and memorabilia.  The major reason I go to this show is because it always has a ton of Phillies stuff, and this time it really delivered.  

Check out some of the Phillies and other single cards I picked up for my personal collection.  I did bust a few packs, but after seeing all the Phillies stuff I decided to stick with singles.

Around 11:00 a.m. they started calling ticket numbers for autographs.  This year the autograph setup ran mucher smoother unlike two years ago.  Darren Daulton was signing autographs in the old room they use to hold the card show in.  I think the last time I was in that room was 11 years ago when I got Garo Yepremian to sign my Dolphins pennant.  Having the autograph guest outside of the card show and in another room, really helped keep the traffic down around the show entrance.  

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The line to get in went all the way out the front door.  Waiting in line may not seem fun for some people, but I think this is a great sign that so many people still enjoy this hobby.

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Inside the show there were about three dozen dealers.

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Here is Darren Daulton signing my bat.  He has to be one of the nicest athletes I have ever met.  He really enjoyed talking with his fans and taking photos.  He wanted to know who else signed my bat.

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Championship ring

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As I was passing by one dealer, they were putting these bobble heads out for display.  I had to pick one up for my collection.

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How could I not pass this up?  Its a dual bobble head of Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn.  I also purchased a 2004 Philadelphia Phillies Inaugural Citizens Bank Park pin & 2008 World Series Champions button.

Overall, I think this was a successful show, especially if you’re a Phillies fan.  I can’t wait to go back next year.

The next event Sports Card Info will be attending is the Tailgate at the Dome dinner with former Penn State stars Blair Thomas, Shane Conlan, D.J. Dozier, and Kenny Jackson on April 23, 2009.  Be ready for more photos!