Birdsong Elusive Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest will be for an Otis Birdsong 11-12 Past & Present Elusive Auto.  Good luck!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, June 15, 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!!!
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Hawks Past & Present Relic Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Steve D. on being the lucky winner of the Al Horford 11-12 Panini Past & Present Gamers Jersey.  Once Steve D. sends me his mailing address, I will this card ASAP.  Thanks!

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Hawks Past & Present Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

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

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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

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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!

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Boxes are currently selling for $100.00.

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

Autos

  • Bo Outlaw Elusive Ink Auto
  • Otis Birdsong Elusive Auto
  • 2011 Draft Pick Autograph Redemption XRCP
Relic
  • Al Horford Gamers Jersey
SP
  • 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
Breakout
  • Wesley Matthews #18
  • Brandon Jennings #5
  • Ricky Rubio #30
  • Eric Bledsoe #24
Fireworks
  • 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

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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.

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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.

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Red, White, and Blue

With the newly released 2009 Upper Deck USA baseball sets, I thought I would share one of my favorite stories about a USA card.  

Back in 1998 I was fairly new to collecting, and didn’t really have a lot to spend on cards.  Whenever I would go into the local card shop at the time, I usually would purchase a few $1.00 packs and maybe some commons from the boxes.  During the 1998 season, collectors saw a huge increase in price with the Mark McGwire 1985 Topps USA rookie card.  Near the beginning of the season this card could be purchased for about $15.00 at a card shop, and probably less on eBay.  As the season went on, McGwire kept belting homers one right after another and the price of his rookie just kept going up.  A once $15.00 card was now selling for over $200.00.

During this time in my collecting career, I had not really defined what I liked to collect.  I was just collecting any baseball and football cards.  Just like all new collectors, I wanted what everyone else was after, and that was this card.  I knew that I probably would never get it because they were way too expensive for me.  When Christmas came that year, I opened up a very small present.  As I ripped off the paper and looked at the back, I could see that green cardboard with the number 401.  When I flipped the card around it was the McGwire rookie.  That was the first “big” card that I ever added to my collection.  Little did anyone know that McGwire would be accused of taking steroids.  As of today this card can be purchased for less than $20.00 online.  Talk about the rise, and fall of a baseball card.

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