Unboxing The 2018 Topps NOW Philadelphia Phillies Road To Opening Day Team Set

And now I’d like to show off the newest addition to my collection.  Take a look at my 2018 Topps NOW Philadelphia Phillies Road To Opening Day Team Set.  I think the Topps NOW cards get better looking every year.  Not only do they look good, but they feel nice too.  The cards are printed on thicker than normal stock.  Both the front and back have a clear coating as well.  Probably my favorite feature new for 2018 is the hologram backs.  All card backs have this Topps hologram printed on them.  It doesn’t stand out that much.  In fact, the only way you’ll see it is if you rotate the card just so the light hits it correctly.  Almost like how a basic refractor works.

According to Topps, (411) copies of this set were printed.  That’s a lot more than what I was expecting.  Some sets didn’t even crack (100).  The Phillies do have a lot of young talent, and those rookies most likely increased the demand.

I like these cards so much, I might go for the autographed version next year.  On a side note, after all of my tweets, Topps decided to make a Topps NOW card to commemorate the Phillie Phanatic’s 40th birthday.  Boomer and Swoop even made it in the picture.

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Unboxing The TeenyMates NFL Series 4 Collectors Tin

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Its no surprise that the TeenyMates people decided to put together another collectible tin product this year.  Especially when it comes to their Series 4 NFL figures.  Last fall, TeenyMates released their first packaged tin product with their line of Series 3 NFL figures.  That tin became one of the most popular products that TeenyMates ever released.  For some reason the production run was low, and they were eventually difficult to find.  What once sold for around $15.00 skyrocketed to almost $100.00.  Today those Series 3 tins have settled at $50.00 if still found sealed.  The Series 4 NFL TeenyMates tin is popular with collectors, but I highly doubt you’ll see it reach the price range of last year’s product.  I’m sure production is up after seeing the popularity of Series 3.

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Inside the Series 4 NFL TeenyMates tin you’ll find a bunch of stuff.  You’ve got a stand, (4) packs of Series 4 NFL TeenyMates, and an exclusive referee figure.  All figures look like tiny linebackers.  Rare figures to look for include Robomate (1:37), Glow-In-The-Dark (1:64), Seattle Seahawks Throwback (1:128), Crystal Ice Figure (1:171), Washington Redskins Throwback (1:256), and Metallic Gold Finish (1:512).  These rare figures can command major dollars on the secondary market.

I think its safe to say that The Party Animal, Inc. (makers of TeenyMates) have a winner on their hands.  When collectors are willing to spend hundreds on a tiny rare figure, you know you’re doing something right.  Series 4 tins can be found for $18.00… for now 🙂

I opened a tin and pulled the following figures:

  • (1) Saints
  • (1) Cardinals
  • (1) Packers
  • (1) Lions
  • (1) Jets
  • (1) Texans
  • (1) Giants
  • (1) Broncos
  • (1) Referee

Unboxing The Uncle’s Cards #4 – The Final Unboxing

Its been over five months since I’ve given an update on the uncle’s cards.  Its not that I stopped going through them.  I just hadn’t found anything really worth talking about.  This past weekend I worked my way through the last few boxes.  There were lots of base/inserts from the 90’s and 2000’s, but nothing that carried a whole lot of value.  Even if I had found an individual card, it most likely would have been damaged.  Many of the cards in these final boxes were beat up pretty bad.  The most promising stack of cards I came across was a ton of 2001 Bowman Baseball.  I was hoping to find an Ichiro or Pujols rookie, but it never showed up.  The only note worthy card was a Miguel Cabrera #299 error, but it wasn’t in the best condition.

The last bin I went through was stuffed with loose cards, extremely thick holders which were empty, and old albums.  Working my way through the clutter, I did find three sealed boxes worth trying to sell:

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1995 Fleer

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1993 Topps Traded Factory Set

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2010 Topps Factory Set w/ 1958 Mickey Mantle Gold Chrome

There really isn’t much to look for in the box of 1995 Fleer.  The 1993 Topps Traded Factory Set has Todd Helton’s best rookie, but that’s about it.  All the value is in the 2010 Topps Factory Set which has a 1958 Mickey Mantle Gold Chrome card.

Don’t forget to check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of Unboxing The Uncle’s Cards.

Inaugural CollectorCrate Unboxing

UPDATE

I would like to thank CollectorCrate for sending over one of their inaugural boxes for me to break open.  CollectorCrate is a new business that for a monthly fee will send you a box of sports related items each month.  I did a write-up about them a few weeks ago.

They sent over a bronze level baseball box for me to bust.  This would normally cost $29.99.  It was jam-packed with stuff.  Take a look!

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  • (1) Pittsburgh Pirates decal
  • (1) Chicago White Sox mini pennant
  • (1) Mini foam finger
  • (1) Arizona Diamondbacks plastic baseball
  • (1) Big League gumball
  • (1) Mike Wright 2012 Bowman Platinum Auto
  • (1) Matt Kemp 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter Jersey
  • (1) 2013 Topps Mini pack
  • (1) 1993 Bowman pack
  • (1) 2007 Upper Deck Future Stars pack
  • (1) 2009 Upper Deck Series 2 pack
  • (1) 2014 Topps Series 1 pack
  • (1) 2012 Topps Series 2 pack
  • (1) 2008 Donruss Elite Extra Edition pack
  • (1) 2010 Upper Deck Series 1 pack
  • (1) 2013 Topps MLB Chipz pack
  • (1) 2014 Topps Chrome pack
  • (1) 2014 Topps Heritage pack

If CollectorCrate really takes off (and I hope they do) I would like to see some exclusive merchandise being made for these boxes.  Sorta like what we see companies doing with Loot Crate.

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Unboxing The TeenyMates NFL Series 3 Collectors Tin

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The 2014 NFL season is officially underway!!!  There are new rookies to watch, and new TeenyMates figures to collect.

The Party Animal, Inc. (makers of TeenyMates) have put together a nice collectors tin for those fans interested in starting their own TeenyMates collection.  This tin includes the following:

  • NFL Standings Stadium Display
  • 4 Packs of NFL Series 3 TeenyMates
  • (1) Glow-in-the-Dark Neon Orange figure (this is the only place you can get this figure)

In all, NFL Series 3 contains eight chase figures – camouflage, glow-in-the-dark, Patriots Throwback, Broncos Throwback, NFL Line Judge, and Metallic Gold Finish.  Then you have the neon orange glow-in-the-dark figure found in the collectors tin, and a Target exclusive Monster figure.  It still amazes me as to how much some of these chase figures sell for.

From the tin I opened, I pulled figures of the Patriots, Browns, Bengals, Texans, Cowboys, Bears, Panthers, and Rams.  Plus the neon orange figure.  These are the nicest looking TeenyMates they’ve released.  The arms on the figures are away from the player’s body, and the team logos are much larger.

The MSRP on the TeenyMates Collectors Tin is $19.99.  This item and lots of other cool stuff can be found in the Lil’ Teammates Shop.

Unboxing The Uncle’s Cards #3

Here we go with Part #3 of Unboxing The Uncle’s Cards.  This time was a lot like the last.  A mix of modern day cards with some vintage thrown in.  Then you have rookies of great players, but the card companies kept producing them as if they were printing their own money.  Nevertheless I usually find something worth showing off.  No Mantle rookies yet.  Expect me to scream like a little girl if I find one.

Don’t forget to check out Part #1 and Part #2.  Part #1 was by far the best… for now.

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Deion Sanders 1989 Topps Traded RC #110T

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Don Zimmer 1973 Topps #12

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Mike Sweeney 1997 Donruss Signature Series Auto

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Shannon Stewart 2001 Donruss – Class Of 2001 Dominators Bat Relic #’ed/725

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Pat Burrell/Scott Rolen 2002 Flair Power Tools Dual Bat Relic

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Omar Vizquel 1989 Topps Traded RC #122T

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Scott Rolen 1998 Pinnacle Mint Collection #30 w/ brass coin

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Joe Niekro 1974 Topps #504

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Matty Alou 1971 Topps #720

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Eddie Mathews 1974 Topps #634

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Todd Helton 1996 Topps Draft Pick #13

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Juan Gonzalez 1990 Topps RC #331

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Garret Anderson 1997 Donruss Signature Series Auto

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Derek Jeter 1993 Upper Deck Top Prospect RC #449

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Al Oliver 1973 Topps #225

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Darrell Conner 2009 Bowman MLB Scout Auto

Unboxing The Uncle’s Cards #2

Welcome to Part #2 of Unboxing The Uncle’s Cards.  Part #1 can be seen here.  This time around wasn’t quite as successful.  In reality, the best thing I found was $52.00 in loose quarters.  I did come across a handful of notable cards that aren’t worth too much because of their condition or they were just overproduced.  I’ve still got a bunch to go through.  No Honus Wagner T206s yet.

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Chipper Jones 1991 Topps RC #333

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Roberto Clemente 1994 All-Star Game Topps Reprint #4 of 5

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Cal Ripken Jr 1998 Pinnacle Mint Nickel/Silver Coin

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(3) Pinnacle Mint Brass Coins – 1997 Ryan Klesko, 1998 Alex Rodriguez, 1998, Hideo Nomo

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Jake Scott 1971 Topps RC #211

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Willie Lanier 1971 Topps RC #114

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Curley Culp 1973 Topps RC #167

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Jim Otto 1971 Topps #151

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Fred Biletnikoff 1971 Topps #178

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Paul Krause 1971 Topps #158

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Lance Alworth 1971 Topps #10