Quality Control Problem

Now thats what I call a quality control problem.  Watch this video and see what happens with the second box of 2008 UD Ultimate Collection Football.

YouTube Group Break Scam

Chris from Cards Infinity posted a video talking about a group break scam that has been taking place on YouTube.  Thanks to Wax Heaven for finding this video.

 

2009 TRISTAR PROjections Series 1 Review

I would like to thank TRISTAR for sending over this hobby box of 2009 PROjections Series 1.  It was very fun to open, and I pulled some great stuff.  Now lets review it!

Key:

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1 Baseball = Poor

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5 Baseballs = Perfect

 

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I enjoy the design of this product.  Some card manufacturers can make a design to busy and complicated, but the design of ’09 PROjections is quite simple.  The plain white background makes the players standout more.  This being a minor league product, I thought it was interesting to see all the different logos of the of the various minor league teams printed on the front and back.  This makes it easy to research a particular team you might be interested in learning about.

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A hobby box will cost around $70.00.  I think that is a reasonable price considering you get 9 hits per box.  I don’t think a lot of collectors would pay much more than that, especially in this economy, for a box of minor league cards.  

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Every hobby box contains 20 packs with 5 cards per pack.  It states on the box that you will recieve 9 hits per box: 4 autographs, 1 memorabilia, and 4 parallel cards numbered to 50 or less.  My hits included:

  • Lance Lynn base autograph
  • Christian Friedrich base autograph
  • Jordan Zimmermann Green parallel autograph #’ed/50
  • Jarrod Parker Yellow parallel autograph #’ed/25
  • Mike Lyon Yellow parallel #’ed/25
  • Dusty Coleman Yellow parallel #’ed/25
  • Craig Kimbrel Yellow parallel #’ed/25
  • Che – Hsuan Lin Yellow parallel #’ed/25
  • Shane Peterson Tailor Made Jersey #’ed/144 

The biggest hit of the box would have to be the Parker Yellow parallel autograph #’ed/25.  TRISTAR only produced 75 cases, which means there are only 1,800 boxes floating around.  Each box is serial numbered, mine being 378/1800.  This indicates that you have a good chance at getting some decent hits.

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Overall, I give this box a total of 4 baseballs out of 5.  I received all the guaranteed hits, which included some very nice prospects.  If you’re a prospect collector, I think you would really enjoy opening this product based on my results.  2009 TRISTAR PROjections Series 1 is a good alternative to the standard Bowman Chrome product.

Remember to check out Sports Card Info this weekend.  I will be posting a new contest Sunday evening.

2008 Tristar Prospects Plus Blaster Review

On Thursday I received my first package from Tristar.  Inside was a blaster box of 2008 Tristar Prospects Plus.  There are 5 packs per box with 6 cards per pack.  Lets review it!

Key:
1 Baseball = Poor
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5 Baseballs = Perfect
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The borders have a chrome or foil finish which makes them visually appealing.  The border design looks as if every card is die-cut, but when you move in closer you’ll find thats not the case.  There are a variety of die-cut parallels in this product, but I don’t think the base cards should have a design that resembles the parallels.  I do like how each team’s color is worked into the borders.

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A blaster box of 2008 Tristar Prospects Plus can be picked up for $19.99.  If you’re looking to make your money back its not likely going to happen.  You could get lucky and pull an autograph of Tim Beckham or Buster Posey, but there will be a bunch of lesser known players collectors are going to pull.  The hit I pulled has an eBay value of about $1.00.

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Every blaster box guarantees 1 autograph.  I got the stated average and pulled an autograph of Edwin Quirarte who is a RHP for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.  Last year he went 3-3 with a 2.12 ERA.  The autograph is on a sticker, but I am glad to see that Tristar used a white background which really makes the signature standout.  The Farm Hands set seems to be popular with collectors.

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I give my blaster box 2.5 baseballs out of 5.  I got the stated average, but there wasn’t a big hit.  If you pick up a box at Wal-Mart or Target, you’ll probably get the same results.  If you enjoy collecting prospects, you should have a blast opening one of these boxes.

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On Wednesday Tristar sent me an e-mail saying that they will be sending a box of 2009 Tristar PROjections Series 1 for me to review.  For more Sports Card Info videos click here.

2009 Press Pass Element Racing Review

2009 Press Pass Element Racing has to be one of the most educational card releases in history.  Not only does it educate the collector about the sport of NASCAR, but also the science.  Did you know that some cars are fitted with a radiator intake that channels cooler outside air through the radiator flues to keep the water temperature at an acceptable level?  If not, these are the types of things you will learn when busting a product like this.  

Every hobby box contains 24 packs, with 5 cards per pack.  Each box should have at least one autograph and one relic.  Now, lets break this box down and see what Sports Card Info thinks.

Key:

5 Tires = Perfect
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1 Tire = Poor
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This is the first trading card set that I have seen which brings a lot of science to the hobby.  Almost every base card in the set looks like an element on the periodic table.  I have never seen this design used before.  The rookie cards are very easy to locate because the word “rookie” is stamped right on the front.  That may sound like a very common sense thing to do, but in today’s hobby some manufacturers still make finding the rookie cards difficult.  2009 Element Racing contains a ton of inserts and parallels that will keep collectors hunting for years.  The Combustion set looks very nice, but since it has black borders that makes them easy targets for being chipped and could hurt if a collector wants to get them graded.  My favorite insert design within this product would have to be the Kinetic Energy cards.  They all have a refractor like finish that gives the card a special glow.

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A hobby box of 2009 Elements Racing can range in price from $70.00 to $85.00.   If collectors are looking for that huge hit that will pay for the box, I don’t think the odds are going to be with you.  This product is made for set collectors, and it seems to be within the price range for that type of product.  Even though my box contained three hits that almost would pay for a full hobby box, there will be those boxes that may just have two basic hits and might pay for half.

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On the outside of the box it states that you should receive one autograph and one memorabilia card per box.  My box contained three hits which makes me think that there could be other boxes out there with better than average hits.  The box I received contained:

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Jimmie Johnson Race Used Tire #’ed/48

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Greg Biffle Blue Ink Autograph

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Jeff Gordon Race Used White Flag #’ed/75

Since ’09 Elements is a set builders product, the hits you are most likely going pull aren’t going to pay for the box.  Some collectors may like that and others may not.  I think my box contained some really nice hits.  I would be careful when placing a Race Used Tire card in a penny sleeve.  When I did it, I found that the window around the tire was slightly raised higher than the average relic placed into a card which resulted in the sleeve catching the card.  I don’t think that tire relics should be placed on a dark background.  I almost didn’t recognize it when I opened the pack.  The same goes for white flag cards.

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Overall, I give 2009 Element Racing 4 out of 5 possible tires.  It was very fun to open and the set design is unique.  The box I received contained three hits instead of the normal two.  Set builders will love going after all the parallels and inserts.  Even if your not that big of a racing fan, I would suggest stepping out of your “element” and giving a box of this stuff a try.

THANKS PRESS PASS, INC.

Thats What I Call A Box Break

Check these two boxes of 2007 & 2008 Donruss/Playoff National Treasures.  The second box break is just sick.  (These are not my cards, but I sure wish they were).

2008 Bowman Sterling Baseball Pack Break

I look forward to Bowman Sterling every year.  You never know what your gonna pull.  This pack seemed pretty normal to me.  I wish Topps would have done to baseball what they did to the ’08 football.  With the ’08 football, all the rookie autographs had thicker card stock, and were printed with a gold refractor like finish.  With 2008 Sterling baseball, the base autographs look just like the un-autographed cards.  Topps should have designed ’08 baseball like the ’08 football.  Overall, I still like the product and plan to keep looking forward to it for many years to come.

2008 Topps Updates & Highlights Blaster Box Break

This box wasn’t too bad.  I did get a few things for my collection.  I probably wouldn’t go out and purchase a full box.  What I am excited for is 2009 Topps baseball.  Lets hope I can track down one of those Phillies 2008 World Series relic cards.

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Football Blaster Box Break

I went to Wal-Mart this morning and picked up a few blaster boxes to open.  Here are the results of my 2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces football blaster.  Since I’m a Dolphins fan, I think it was a great box.  I hope you don’t mind that I’m just a little slow getting some of the cards to the camera.  Enjoy!

 

Whats In My Personal Collection?

Yesturday my new shiny webcam was dropped off by the UPS guy and I thought I would give it a try.  Since I didn’t have any packs or boxes to open I thought I would share some cards from my personal collection.  You can check out Sports Card Info’s profile here if you want to subscribe.  Hope you enjoy the video 🙂