Hawks Past & Present Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest will be for a Al Horford 2011-2012 Past & Present Gamers Jersey.  Good luck!!!


Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Saturday, June 9, 2012 @ 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!!!

2011-12 Panini Past & Present Basketball Box Break & Review

Design: Photobucket

The design has an old school look with today’s appeal.  On the Bread for Life, Bread for Energy, and Bread for Health cards, the images look a little blurry.  It almost reminds me of what a picture would look like if you used a dot matrix printer, but I’m taking that as a vintage look.  The Fireworks cards look really cool, even though I don’t see actual fireworks like you would see on the 4th of July.  Instead you see the athlete engulfed in a fireball like setting.  The Fireworks cards have a neat effect when you reflect light off of them.  Try it!

Price: Photobucket

Boxes are currently selling for $100.00.

“Hit” Quality: Photobucket

For a product geared towards set collectors, having at least (4) “hits” is a nice thing.  I pulled the following:


  • Bo Outlaw Elusive Ink Auto
  • Otis Birdsong Elusive Auto
  • 2011 Draft Pick Autograph Redemption XRCP
  • Al Horford Gamers Jersey
  • Magic Johnson #30
Bread for Life
  • Magic Johnson #18
Bread for Health
  • Amar’e Stoudemire #47
  • Luol Deng #14
  • Steve Nash #40
  • Anderson Varejao #50
Bread for Energy
  • Andrea Bargnani #4
  • Carmelo Anthony #1
  • Mario Chalmers #8
  • Wesley Matthews #18
  • Brandon Jennings #5
  • Ricky Rubio #30
  • Eric Bledsoe #24
  • Chris Paul #19
  • Dwight Howard #5
Changing Times
  • Marc Gasol #29
  • Dirk Nowitzki #26
  • Oscar Robertson #2
  • George Mikan #8
Raining 3’s
  • Robert Horry #16
  • Steve Nash #14
  • LeBron James #9

Overall: Photobucket

Overall, I give 2011-12 Panini Past & Present 3.5 basketballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  This is one of the better “set collecting” products Panini has released.  The Elusive Ink autographs contain a lot of players that have never had an autographed card before, or have not had one in a long time.


The Best Phillies Painting Ever

This has to be one of the coolest Phillies paintings I’ve ever seen.  It was painted by Jamie Cooper and is currently hanging in the Phillies Hall of Fame.  This painting features a ton of Phillies from the past and present all in one shot.  It looks as if they just got finished playing a game and someone popped their head inside the locker room and took a picture.  Imagine getting signatures on something like this.  Click on each picture to enlarge.




Flashback Product of the Week: 2005 UD Past Time Pennants

2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants was just another attempt by Upper Deck to try and get collectors excited about collecting something other than cards.  Within each box you’ll find 2 autographs and 1 Mitchell and Ness wool pennant.  This product reminds me of Upper Deck’s Mini Jersey and Classic Portraits boxes.  I don’t know how many failures its going to take, but it just doesn’t seem like collectors are interested in having mini jerseys, busts, or pennants popping out of their boxes.  ’05 Past Time Pennants hasn’t been seen since 2005 and it sure doesn’t look like its coming back anytime soon.  It does have a nice selection of autographs, but nothing too exciting.  Today you can find these boxes for about $50.00 on the secondary market.


R.I.P Sammy Baugh 1914-2008

Sammy Baugh, who was the last surviving member of the 1963 Hall of Fame class, past away yesturday at the age of 94.  Baugh was one of the best quarterbacks the NFL had ever seen.  His 1948 Leaf rookie card is one of the most notable vintage football cards in the hobby.