And The Winner Is…

Congrats to Justinrowdy18 on being the winner of the 2010 Press Pass Wheels Main Event contest.  As soon as you send me your mailing information, I will get these cards out to you ASAP.  Thanks to everyone that took part in this contest!!!

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’10 Main Event Contest!!! – NOW CLOSED

Its time for a contest!!!  It has been such a long time since I’ve held one.  This time you can win some of the contents from my box of 2010 Press Pass Main Event.  This contest includes the following:

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  • (1) Joey Logano / Kevin Harvick Head to Head Dual Hat Relic #’ed/75
  • (2) Tale of the Tape inserts – Joey Logano, Mark Martin
  • (3) American Muscle inserts – Clint Bowyer, Tony Stewart, Martin Truex, Jr
  • (2) Blue Parallels – Justin Allgaier, Juan Pablo Montoya
  • (2) NASCAR Hall of Fame – Bill France, Jr, Wendell Scott Victory
  • (1) Danica Patrick Mini Fight Card

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end on 9/18/10 @ 7:00 p.m. EST
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post
  • You can enter once per day
  • When entering, please provide a valid e-mail address
  • When the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so these cards can be shipped to them for FREE

2010 Press Pass Wheels Main Event Box Break & Review

FedEx dropped off a box of 2010 Press Pass Wheels Main Event this afternoon.  20 packs per box with 5 cards per pack.  You can find (1) autograph and (2) relics per box on average.  And here we go………………………..

This year’s Main Event has a fighting theme to it.  Last year it was poker.  I’m just glad that Press Pass didn’t load-up a perfectly good racing product with autographs of MMA fighters or anything like that.  MMA is not something I’m into.

I had a good time busting this box.  Yes there are a lot of base cards to sort through, but the inserts look really good.  The Tale of the Tape and American Muscle inserts have that rainbow foil finish which I’ve always enjoyed looking at.

I think the DeLana Harvick relic is one of the more interesting pulls.  She doesn’t race, but she is one of the most influential people in NASCAR.  It also doesn’t hurt to pull a few Danica Patrick mini’s.

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Overall, I give 2010 Press Pass Wheels Main Event 3.5 tires out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  If your a racing fan, I’d check it out.  A sealed hobby box will run you around $70.00.

’09 Main Event Poker Redemption Updates

A lot of collectors who opened boxes of 2009 Press Pass Main Event last year were rewarded with a redemption stating they were do to receive an autographed card of a poker star.  One year later, Press Pass is still having trouble getting those redemptions filled.  In fact, today in the mail I received a letter stating as of right now Doyle Brunson is the only person that have come to an agreement with.  Collectors can continue to wait and find out if Press Pass can come to agreements with the other poker stars or you can call them at 704-942-3060 or e-mail info@presspassinc.com and ask for a replacement.

I decided to go for the replacement.  The redemption I pulled was for Phil Ivey and they said they would replace it with a card of equal value from ’09 Main Event.  Be sure to check the redemption status page of Press Pass’s website.

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Preview: 2010 Wheels Main Event

Due out in September, 2010 Wheels Main Event looks to have a fighting theme to it this year.  Each hobby box will contain one on-card autograph and two relic cards on average.  Collectors can even look for two-sided dual autographs featuring some of the best match-ups of the season.

FYI – For those collectors who redeemed their poker autographs from last year’s Main Event, you still have to wait.  Press Pass had an issue with the person who was suppose to get those cards signed.  Who knows when they’ll arrive?

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The Winner Is…………………………….

Congrats to NASCAR Fan for winning this week’s Press Pass contest.  Please send me your mailing address so I can get your cards mailed out ASAP.  Be sure to check back for more contests in the future.

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2009 Wheels Main Event Box Break/Review

Out of all the boxes Press Pass has sent me, I think ’09 Wheels Main Event was the most entertaining product to open.  While leading up to the release date, Press Pass displayed images of some of the relics they obtained to cut up and insert into Main Event.  I always like it when companies show you stuff like that.  Alright, check out what I pulled and what I thought of the box.

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Each card in this 90-card base set has some type of poker theme to it.  Many of the cards feature good photography, but it seems like Press Pass got a little excited with some of the graphics.  A lot of the base cards seem a little busy to me.  The least busiest cards in the set would have to be the “Rounders” which you’ll receive the most of.  As far as inserts go, I think the “High Roller” cards look the best.  Each has a refractor like finish.

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Each hobby box costs around $87.00.  The average collector will receive (3) hits, but having the chance to pull (4) makes this product even more attractive.  Getting 3-4 hits for $87.00 isn’t that bad at all.

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I’m glad to see that Press Pass decided to include an average of (3) hits with this product.  In the past, most of their products only contained 1-2 hits per box.  ’09 Main Event promises at least (3), but I was able to pull a bonus Poker Pro autograph that they have randomly inserted.  My Poker Pro autograph is a redemption, so it will be fun to see how long it takes to receive the actual card.  I pulled the following hits:

  • Michael McDowell Blue Ink Auto #’ed 4/10
  • Phil Ivey Poker Pro Auto Redemption
  • Kyle Busch Triple Hat Relic #’ed/99
  • Juan Pablo Montoya Pit Sign Relic #’ed/120

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Overall I give 2009 Wheels Main Event 3.5 tires out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  The design on most of the cards seems to be quite busy which in my opinion takes away from the photography.  I am happy that they included at least (3) hits with this product versus the standard (1) or (2).  I like the wide range of relics that you can pull too.  Getting all this for $87.00 is a pretty good value when you compare it to some of the other products on the market.

’09 Wheels Main Event Is LIVE

Even though its not due out for another few days, Press Pass sent over a box of their new 2009 Wheels Main Event for me to break and review.  I’ll probably bust it on Friday and hold a contest this weekend for some of the stuff inside.  Each hobby box contains (1) autograph and (2) relics.  The entire set has a poker theme to it.  Looks like fun.  I would like to thank Press Pass again for supporting the card blogosphere.

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2009 Wheels Main Event Sneak Peak

Below you’ll find new images of Press Pass’s newest product ’09 Wheels Main Event which is due out at the end of the month.  Each hobby box will include (2) NASCAR relics and at least (1) autograph.  Some hobby boxes will include autographs from professional poker players, and if you’re really lucky you’ll find race-used spark plug relics too.

The autographs in Wheels Main Event features a poker theme and has four different levels – club, diamond, heart and spade.  You can also find autographed printing plates as well.

You have to give Press Pass a lot of credit.  They continue to find new types relics to insert into cards.

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PHOTOS: Lou Marson / Card Show & Eagles Summer Event

Yesturday I made my way down to the Park City Center, located in Lancaster, PA, where they had a sports card & memorabilia show.  A little after 12:00 p.m. Lou Marson of the Phillies arrived to sign autographs.  This was the first time I had been to a show at the Park City Center and I didn’t know what to expect.  The dealers were really spread apart, but thats probably because they wanted customers to walk all over the mall.  I did pickup a few things:

  • Carlos Ruiz 2005 Donruss Classics Auto #’ed/1200
  • (1) 2008 Upper Deck Philadelphia Phillies World Series Box Set
  • (1) Hobby Box of 2009 Upper Deck Draft Football – will post the results later

One dealer had a really nice Richie Ashburn Cut Signature, but he wanted $200.00 for it and wouldn’t negotiate on the price.

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Lou Marson signing my bat

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I think this looks really cool.  I hope Marson makes it back up to the Phillies soon.

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I give this show an overall rating of 3 hot dogs out of 5 (1=poor  5=perfect).  The dealers were really spread out, and PAC Signatures who got Marson to come to the show said he would be signing in the Center Court, but I later found out he was going to be near Sears.  The person working at the mall information desk had no idea what was going on and I think PAC Signatures should have communicated a little better with the mall.  Other than a few miss communications, I found a lot of wax and Phillies stuff.

Across town over at the Rockvale Outlets, the Philadelphia Eagles had a summer event where they had the cheerleaders, SWOOP, and a few players signing autographs.  The players included: Stewart Bradley, Juqua Parker, Todd Herremans, and Quintin Demps.  Driving in you could see the line people were in to get autographs.  It must have been over 200 yards long, so I decided not to wait in line.  I stayed for a little while and got a few pictures.

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Stewart Bradley throwing footballs into the crowd

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Eagles Cheerleaders 🙂