(2) 2018 NSCC Topps Wrapper Redemption Pack Break

Upon taking my box of Museum Collection to the Topps booth during the 2018 National, I received (2) wrapper redemption packs in return.  Inside each pack are (4) exclusive Bowman Chrome cards.  Parallels and autographs could also be found.  Although I didn’t get any autographs, I did pull two nice parallels.  Take a look!

If you weren’t able to attend, be sure to checkout my Day #1Day #2, and Day #3 coverage.


  • Michael Kopech Red Refractor #’ed/5
  • Walker Buehler RC Orange Refractor #’ed/25


  • Rhys Hoskins RC
  • Shohei Ohtani RC
  • Joey Votto
  • Nick Senzel
  • Noah Syndergaard
  • Bryce Harper


2018 Leaf In The Game Used Sports (2) Box Break

The 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention is now closed.  The final autograph has been signed, and the last pack has been opened.  But I’ve got a few more blog posts coming that highlight what I pulled from the boxes I opened while I was there.  If you weren’t able to attend, be sure to checkout my Day #1, Day #2, and Day #3 coverage.

One of the hottest products to debut on the National’s opening day this year was 2018 Leaf In The Game Used Sports.  It was released on August 1.  Each (1) pack box contains (5) cards which are all hits.  I usually don’t do much with unlicensed products, but something about this one made me want to bust a few boxes.  Its a good thing I did because I pulled some amazing cards.  Not every dealer carried this product.  The only two dealers that I saw selling it were Blowout Cards and Chicagoland Sports Cards.  I purchased a box from each.  At the time Blowout Cards was selling them for $165/box, while Chicagoland Sports Cards had them for $160/box.

Both of these boxes were opened at the Leaf booth, which got me a bunch of Leaf Originals Metal promo packs.  I’ll make a separate blog post about all of the promo cards I got.

Brian Gray and the folks at Leaf did a fantastic job with this product.  Very fun to open.  Feast your eyes on these hits.  I’m still in shock with what I pulled.  The Babe Ruth/Shohei Ohtani card came from Chicagoland Sports Cards.  They opened a new case for me and I picked the upper left box on the top.  Pelé is from Blowout Cards.  Cleveland continues to be the location where I have the best luck.  I think it has something to do with the same Burger King I stop at on the drive out.  Its my lucky Burger King.  And you can’t know where it is 🙂


  • Pelé Auto/Relic Red #’ed/3


  • Babe Ruth/Shohei Ohtani Reflections Bat/Jersey Gold #’ed 1/1
  • Vince Carter Jumbo Patch #’ed/3
  • Frank Thomas Enshrined Prime Relic Magenta #’ed/3
  • John Smoltz Enshrined Prime Relic #’ed/6
  • Ozzie Smith/Paul Molitor/Tim Raines Draft Class History Relic #’ed/12
  • Joe Namath/Mickey Mantle/Mark Messier/Walt Frazier/Lawrence Taylor/Mike Bossy City of Champions Relic Blue #’ed/6
  • Karl Malone Legendary Kicks Shoe Relic Red #’ed/3
  • Goose Gossage Nickname Hall of Fame Relic Blue #’ed/6
  • Yogi Berra/Gordie Howe All-Time Enshrined Relic Blue #’ed/6

The 2018 National – Day #2

Day #2 of the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention is in the books.  I was there right when the doors opened.  This is the first time in six years that I can remember the National having merchandise for sale.  I ordered a t-shirt a few months ago, but they have different shirts at the show to buy in addition to posters and pins.  Yes I said pins.  It use to be a regular thing that the National would issue pins, but its been a long time since those days.  This merchandise is for sale in the West Entrance.  I picked up another shirt and pin first thing this morning.

At 11:45 a.m. Jack Ham started signing autographs and taking photos with fans.  I had a little time to kill.  I went in search of a box of the new 2018 Leaf In The Game Used Sports.  Not every dealer/vendor has a box of this stuff.  The only two companies I saw selling them were Blowout Cards and Chicagoland Sports Cards.  I think Blowout Cards is buying up a lot of these boxes and cases from others to sell themselves.  I took the box over to the Leaf booth and broke the seal.  In return I received a special 2-card pack of Leaf Metal Originals.  These celebrate Leaf’s 70th anniversary and come in a variety of parallels.  Before I left, I handed two of the Leaf employees Sports Card Info pins.  As a thanks I was handed a stack of those Leaf Metal Originals packs.  Once I get back home I will go into full details about what I pulled from the boxes/packs I opened here in Cleveland.  I will say this.  From my box of 2018 Leaf In The Game Used Sports, I pulled an autograph/relic of Pelé #’ed/3.

Once I wrapped things up with Leaf, I headed up to the TRISTAR autograph pavilion.  This went a lot smoother compared to Wednesday night.  It only took me 30 minutes to get my Jack Ham signature.  Jack Ham is a really nice guy, just like Ickey Woods.  I got him to sign my black/gold Penn State football.  He was very interested to see which other Penn State signatures I have on the ball.  Its been a few years since I’ve been to the National, and I think TRISTAR’s employees are getting snippy.

I pulled the trigger on a vintage Philadelphia Eagles bobblehead from the 1960’s.  This is the second vintage bobblehead in my collection.  I purchased it from the same dealer I bought my vintage Phillies bobblehead from while attending the National in Atlantic City.

Marty’s Sports Card Exchange has some of the best deals on wax.  They are also one of the authorized Topps vendors who’s products are eligible for the Topps wrapper redemption program.  I purchased a box of 2018 Topps Museum Collection Baseball which got me (2) promo packs upon breaking the seal at the Topps booth.  Like I mentioned before, its better to show off what came out of my packs/boxes after I return home.  But I did get a Red Refractor #’ed/5, Orange Refractor #’ed/25, and an Ohtani from my Topps promo packs.

The rest of the day was spent wandering around checking out everything the National has to offer.  One of my favorite things to do is checkout what the auction houses have on display.  There are a lot of items here that once they’re sold will go into hiding and won’t be seen again for a very long time.

Friday, August 3rd is my last day for attending the 2018 National.  The big event of the day is the Topps Q&A meeting which I heard is already filled up.  All (125-150) spots were taken opening night.  I’m really interested in hearing the topics discussed.  I also have a feeling those attending leave with a special something.  We’ll see…

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker and 1988 HOF inductee Jack Ham

1971 LeRoy Neiman Signed Original Hand Drawn Sketch of Muhammad Ali

1921 E121 American Caramel “Series of 80” “Babe” Ruth

Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig signed baseballs

Tom Brady rookies

Circa 1906 Jack Coombs Game Worn Philadelphia Athletics Rookie-Era Jersey

VENOM – Official Trailer 2

Yankees ’18 Topps Series 2 Relic Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Gregory Zakwin on being the lucky winner of the Luis Severino 2018 Topps Series 2 Major League Material Black Parallel Relic #’ed/99.  Once Gregory Zakwin sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Yankees ’18 Topps Series 2 Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Luis Severino 2018 Topps Series 2 Major League Material Black Parallel Relic #’ed/99.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

2018 Topps Series 2 Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Baseball collectors get three flagship products per year.  Series 1 comes in the winter.  Series 2 arrives during the summer.  And then Update Series wraps up things in the fall.  All three series receive massive amounts of attention from set collectors.  From a timing standpoint I like Series 2 because it comes out during the summer, which is my favorite season.  When talking about a flagship set that has a lot of up-to-date content, an All-Star Game presence, and players in their new uniforms, Update Series takes the cake.

2018 Topps Series 2 continues right where Series 1 left off.  The main base set ranges from card #351 to #700.  Its important to note that card #564 will be of either Joey Rickard or the New York Mets.  Card #365 is the same way.  You’ll find #365 of either Mallex Smith or the Dynamic Dodgers.  Its a numbering error.  Neither card is rarer than the other.  Because of this error, you won’t find card numbers 364 and 565.

Parallels of the base set include: Purple, Rainbow Foil, Gold #’ed/2018, Vintage Stock #’ed/99, Independence Day #’ed/76, Black #’ed/67, Mother’s Day Pink #’ed/50, Father’s Day Powder Blue #’ed/50, Memorial Day Camo #’ed/25, Clear #’ed/10, Platinum #’ed/1, Printing Plates #’ed/1, and Negative.

Over (100) photo variations can be pulled.  That’s a lot.  Luckily the CMP codes help out, and Topps printed them in bold.

  • Base – #359
  • SP Variations – #412
  • SSP Variations – #414
  • Late RC SP – #249 (Gleyber Torres & Ronald Acuna Jr.)

Inserts are plentiful.  Almost all have parallels and autographs.  I really enjoy how the 1983 Topps inserts came out this year.  I wouldn’t mind a special parallel of these to be given out during the National Sports Collectors Convention this year.  The Home Run Challenge cards have been fun.  From my Series 1 box I pulled a Trey Mancini Home Run Challenge card.  I picked my birthday, June 16th, for him to hit a home run.  That didn’t happen, but I’ve got another shot thanks to this box.

Hobby boxes have (1) hit, while jumbos contain (3).  Out of my Series 2 box I opened last summer, I pulled an Aaron Judge RC parallel #’ed/25 from the very last pack.  That goes down as one of the biggest pulls I’ve had from a flagship product.  This box was quite solid too.  It marks the first time I’ve pulled an SSP Variation.

Set collectors should have fun!

Here is what I pulled:


  • Luis Severino Major League Material Jersey Black #’ed/99

SP Variation

  • Kenta Maeda #484

SSP Variation

  • Yadier Molina #544


  • Miguel Sano 1983 Topps Gold #’ed/50
  • Mike Napoli Gold #’ed/2018
  • Hunter Strickland Gold #’ed/2018
  • Devon Travis Gold #’ed/2018
  • Drew Smyly Rainbow Foil
  • Jose Osuna Rainbow Foil
  • Gerardo Parra Rainbow Foil
  • Manny Margot Rainbow Foil


  • J.D. Martinez Home Run Challenge
  • Josh Donaldson Longball Legends
  • Cecil Fielder Longball Legends
  • Ted Williams Longball Legends
  • Willie Stargell Longball Legends
  • Roberto Clemente Longball Legends
  • Jake Lamb Longball Legends
  • Robinson Cano 1983 Topps
  • Rafael Devers 1983 Topps
  • Shohei Ohtani 1983 Topps
  • Jose Canseco 1983 Topps
  • Miguel Sano 1983 Topps
  • Pedro Martinez 1983 Topps
  • Dillon Peters 1983 Topps
  • Ozzie Smith 1983 Topps
  • Mike Trout 1983 Topps
  • Cal Ripken Jr. Instant Impact
  • Chipper Jones Instant Impact
  • Willie McCovey Instant Impact
  • Albert Pujols Instant Impact
  • Francisco Lindor Salute
  • Nicholas Castellanos Salute
  • Ryan Braun Salute
  • (2) Kevin Kiermaier Salute
  • Alex Bregman Salute
  • Yoan Moncada Salute
  • Tommy Pham Salute
  • Reggie Jackson Salute
  • Eric Thames Salute