Giants ’17 Bowman Auto Contest!

This contest is for a C.J. Hinojosa 2017 Bowman Chrome Purple Refractor Auto #’ed/250.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 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!!!

FC Dallas ’17 Topps MLS Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Mauro Diaz 2017 Topps MLS Auto #’ed/105.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 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!!!

2017 Topps Major League Soccer Box Break & Review

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Have you ever been to the National Soccer Hall of Fame?  I took a tour through it on one of my visits to Cooperstown.  Its located in Oneonta, NY which is very close to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Visiting it was kind of a last minute idea.  If I ever go back to Cooperstown or make my way up to Springfield, MA to the Basketball Hall of Fame, I’ll have to stop in Oneonta again.  The National Soccer Hall of Fame has a giant soccer ball bursting out of the side of the building.

Collectors opening boxes of 2017 Topps Major League Soccer will quickly notice a design overhaul compared to previous releases.  The best way for me to describe the base set is by calling it a clean white glow look.  I like it.  The color of the glow changes with the various parallels.  An entire base set consists of (190) cards.  Parallels you can pull include Blue #’ed/99, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, and Black #’ed/1.  This product also debuts cards for the Atlanta United and Minnesota United Football Clubs.

For the most part, Topps made it easy to spot the photo variations.  Variations have different card numbers compared to their base counterparts.  These too have Orange, Red, and Black parallels.

  • Giovani dos Santos – Base #5, Variation #103
  • Andrea Pirlo – Base #46, Variation #32
  • Tim Howard – Base #34, Variation #150
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips – Base #40, Variation #50
  • Ola Kamara – Base #113, Variation #47
  • Fanendo Adi – Base #58, Variation #149
  • Sacha Kljestan – Base #111, Variation #73
  • Ignacio Piatti – Base #74, Variation #138
  • Kaka – Base #145, Variation #154
  • Cyle Larin – Base #146, Variation #155
  • Jordan Morris – Base #148, Variation #157

Sebastian Giovinco, Clint Dempsey, and David Villa have photo variations, but their card numbers mirror the base.  Sebastian Giovinco’s variation pictures him in a white jersey.  Clint Dempsey’s variation has him in a blue jersey.  David Villa’s variation has a dark blue jersey.

Every hobby box promises (2) autographs and (1) jumbo relic.  Inserts include Back of the Net, Faces of the Franchise Autographs, Give + Go, Museum Collection Signature SwatchesThrowback Topps, and Throwback Topps Autographs.  All have their good share of parallels.

The 1987 Topps Baseball design sure is getting it’s share of coverage this year.  Rightfully so, given that its celebrating it’s 30th anniversary.  Applying that design to soccer cards looks cool.  These are probably my favorite cards in the entire product.

Something that I miss are the sketch and hand-drawn art patch cards.  These were found in the last two iterations of this brand.  Monty Sheldon’s contributions to the 2015 and 2016 sets were great.  I’d like to see those comeback.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Mauro Diaz Base Auto #’ed/105
  • Maximiliano Urruti Base Auto #’ed/469

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Relic

  • Chris Wondolowski Jumbo Jersey #’ed/60

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Photo Variation

  • Clint Dempsey #25 (Blue Jersey) Red Parallel #’ed/10

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Parallels

  • Harry Shipp Orange #’ed/25
  • Real Salt Lake Blue #’ed/99
  • Waylon Francis Blue #’ed/99
  • Darren Mattocks Blue #’ed/99

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Inserts

  • Emmanuel Boateng/Gyasi Zardes Give + Go
  • Quincy Amarikwa/Chris Wondolowski Give + Go
  • Marlon Hairston/Shkelzen Gashi Give + Go
  • Diego Valeri Back of the Net #9
  • Dom Dwyer Back of the Net #5
  • Fanendo Adi Back of the Net #7
  • Chris Wondolowski Back of the Net #13
  • Ignacio Piatti Back of the Net #4
  • Kei Kamara Back of the Net #14
  • David Villa Throwback Topps
  • Kasey Keller Throwback Topps
  • Andrea Pirlo Throwback Topps
  • Keegan Rosenberry Throwback Topps

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2017 Bowman Baseball Box Break & Review

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Seven decades ago in a galaxy far far away, the first Bowman baseball set was released.  It was a small set only consisting of (48) black-and-white cards.  The checklist is packed with rookies of Yogi Berra, Stan Musial, Warren Spahn, and Ralph Kiner.  Other notable Hall of Famers include Bob Feller, Johnny Mize, Phil Rizzuto, Red Schoendienst, and Enos Slaughter.  Despite being the first “Bowman” branded product, this same company under the name Gum, Inc. issued the Play Ball sets between 1939 and 1941.  Topps rose to power and purchased Bowman in 1956.  Over thirty years later in 1989 Topps revived the Bowman name and labled it the “Comeback Edition!”.  Its been a hobby staple ever since, and the #1 product to go to for a player’s prospect/rookie cards.

2017 Bowman has one of the nicest designs I’ve seen when it comes to this prospect-driven brand.  The core part of the set has completely gotten rid of the borders.  It gives the cards a very freeing and unrestricted appeal.  They almost remind me of something you’d see in Bowman’s Best.  Combine that with the on-card autographs, and you have some fantastic looking cards.

Given that this is the 70th Anniversary of Bowman, Topps included some cool nods to past sets.  First up are the 1948 Bowman Chrome inserts.  These pay tribute to 1948 Bowman.  Black-and-white photography on chrome stock looks amazing.  Its a perfect mix of old school and modern day.  Parallels include Green (retail) #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed/1.  You can also find autographed versions that have Superfractor parallels as well.

The homage to 1951 Bowman is my favorite.  That painted look on chrome stock is top notch.  Parallels include Green (retail) #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed/1.  Topps got artist Bob Hepner to hand-draw one-of-one sketches based on these.  Its not very often you see sketch cards in Bowman.  Sketch cards drawn to look like a vintage set with a mix of current and older stars was a great idea I’d like to see done again.  Check them all out!

1992 Bowman makes an appearance.  We all remember that set.  That’s the one which pictures many players in casual everyday clothes.  Parallels include Green (retail) #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed/1.  Autographs can be found too.

Buybacks are plentiful.  Most come with the Bowman 70th Anniversary foil logo ranging in a bunch of different colors.  John Smoltz, Mark McGwire, Frank Thomas, Chipper Jones, Randy Johnson, Mike Piazza, Pedro Martinez, Greg Maddux, and Roberto Alomar all have buyback autographs.

With the 70th Anniversary celebration, 2017 Bowman offers a great mix of new prospects and veterans.  This might be my favorite version of it.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto

  • C.J. Hinojosa Bowman Chrome Purple Refractor Auto #’ed/250

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Parallels

  • Cole Hamels Bowman Orange #’ed/25
  • Willy Adames Bowman Purple #’ed/250
  • Mitch Keller Bowman Chrome Purple Refractor #’ed/250

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Inserts

  • Brady Anderson 1993 Bowman Bronze Foil Buyback
  • Jeff Bagwell 1993 Bowman Bronze Foil Buyback
  • Yadier Alvarez/Willie Calhoun/Cody Bellinger Talent Pipeline
  • Justin Dunn/Amed Rosario/Brandon Nimmo Talent Pipeline
  • Aaron Judge 2017 Rookie of the Year Favorites #9
  • Alex Reyes 2017 Rookie of the Year Favorites #14
  • Tyler Glasnow 2017 Rookie of the Year Favorites #7
  • Brent Honeywell Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 #44
  • Sean Newcomb Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 #56
  • Cody Sedlock Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 #70
  • J.P. Crawford 1948 Bowman Chrome
  • Brendan Rodgers 1951 Bowman Chrome #20
  • Rafael Devers 1992 Bowman Chrome
  • Yoenis Cespedes 1992 Bowman Chrome

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Other Notable Cards

  • Aaron Judge RC #32
  • Dansby Swanson RC #57
  • Yoan Moncada RC #25
  • Andrew Benintendi RC #23
  • Mickey Moniak #135
  • Blake Rutherford #121
  • Blake Rutherford Bowman Chrome #121

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Card of the Day: Mitch Trubisky 2017 Score Auto

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2017 NFL Draft Pittsburgh Steelers Dan Rooney Tribute Pin

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Owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dan Rooney, passed away on April 13, 2017.  He was the son of Steelers founder Art Rooney.  Owners typically don’t have that many cards, but Dan Rooney had a few.

His most popular cards include:

  • 2000 Goal Line Art Hall of Fame #203
  • 2000 Goal Line Art Hall of Fame Auto #203
  • 2000 Goal Line Art Hall of Fame Gold Auto #’ed/100
  • 2000 Topps Hall of Fame Class of 2000 #4
  • 2000 Topps Hall of Fame Class of 2000 Auto

In honor of Dan Rooney’s passing, Steelers staff wore the above pin during the 2017 NFL Draft.  I don’t have a problem with the Steelers wanting to pay tribute to Dan Rooney with this pin.  From a collecting standpoint it could easily cause some problems though.

With Dan Rooney passing away only two weeks prior to the start of the draft, there probably wasn’t enough time to design a new tribute pin from scratch.  Instead they had to improvise with what they had.  The Steelers simply took one of their misty gold lapel pins and pinned it to a green ribbon.

Does anyone else see a potential problem here?  What stops someone from buying a misty gold lapel pin for $4.95 and pinning it to easily accessible green ribbon which can be found at any craft store?  The answer is nothing.  Anyone could do that while attempting to spin a tale that it came from a Steelers staff member during the draft.

The odds of an authentic one showing up for sale are slim.  I highly doubt a large amount were put together.  It would be in poor taste if someone from the Steelers did try and make money off of it.  But it has been known to happen before.  I can imagine an authentic pin would fetch quite a bit more than $5.  The only way I’d trust that one of these Dan Rooney tribute pins is authentic is if I received one directly from a Steelers staff member.  Otherwise you’d never know.

Marlins ’17 Topps Gypsy Queen Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Adam Conley 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen Auto.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 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!!!