Get Your 2018 NSCC T-Shirts Now

Thousands if not millions of packs will be ripped open during the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention that takes place 8/1-8/5 in Cleveland.  Will you be wearing the right attire when that pull of a lifetime comes along?  I’m happy to announce (4) new t-shirts that commemorate the National this year.  They’ve got one for baseball, football, basketball, and hockey.  According to the National, these will only be sold online.  As of this writing, using discount code “CLEVELAND” at checkout will get you $5.00 off your order.

I’ve already got my order in!!!

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BCW Shoe Box House Makes Storing Your Collection Simple

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With the 35th National Sports Collectors Convention just on the horizon, collectors are always on the lookout for new ways to store their collection.  My friends over at BCW have created a new Shoe Box House that can hold up to six boxes.  Each box can hold 1,600 cards.  That’s a total number of 9,600 cards in all.

It took a bit longer than I had expected to put the whole thing together, but that’s mostly because the boxes I purchase are already assembled.  The main benefit to the Shoe Box House is that you can stack boxes on top of each other with ease.  You can easily go straight to the box you need and pull it out.  No unstacking needed.  I do think some short instructions would help, especially for those people that may have never assembled something like this before.

BCW offers collectors two ways they can purchase their Shoe Box House.

If you already have the white boxes, BCW sells the house alone.  But if you need the boxes, BCW offers a complete package deal tooBCW even offers houses that store 800-ct boxes.

BCW should hold a contest during the National to see who can put these Shoe Box Houses together the fastest.

The New Man Of Steel Trailer Is Here

Man Of Steel which is due out on June 14th is suppose to set the scene for future DC Comics movies.  So far I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen in all of these trailers.  In this new one, we get to see a glimpse at his heat vision.  The rumor around town is that Wayne Enterprises, Batman, and other DC Comics characters could be referenced in this movie.  I’m really looking forward to this one as DC has a lot of catching up to do when compared to Marvel.

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Card of the Day: Wayne Gretzky ’99-’00 UD MVP Draw Your Own Card

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Upper Deck had a good idea with this set.  Collectors could send in their own artwork, and the winners had their drawing placed on a card.

Design Your Own Refractor

The refractor has been a major figure within the hobby ever since it was introduced in 1993 Topps Finest.  Since then, the refractor has taken on new forms in the way of colors and serial numbering.  Collectors rip into packs and boxes in hope of finding that low numbered refractor they can show off to their friends or potentially sell for a major profit.  Below is a list of just a few of the most popular refractors that flood our modern day hobby:

  • Regular Refractor
  • Blue Refractor
  • Green Refractor
  • X-fractor
  • Gold Refractor
  • Red Refractor
  • Orange Refractor
  • Black Refractor
  • Superfractor

I know there are a ton missing from that list, but then its just a few.  I particularly like it when manufacturers run out of names and start combining other refractors together, for example the Gold X-fractor.  My question for you is this.  If you could design a new type of refractor, what would it be called?  

If I could design a new refractor, I’d probably stick with the color theme and go with a violet refractor numbered to #15.

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What was your first box break?

Do you remember your first box that you ever opened?  Mine was a box of 1998 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice baseball cards.  Up until that point I hand only opened single packs, but I received a sealed box as a gift and couldn’t wait to open it.  I completed the entire All-Star insert set and pulled a Cal Ripken, Jr Frontiers insert card.  At that time I went by “book value” and couldn’t believe that the Ripken was worth $40.00 which was the value of the whole All-Star set.  After the whole box break was over, there was one card that stood out to me.  It was a bobblehead card of Scott Rolen.  Have you ever seen these?  If you pop out the pieces you can create your own bobblehead.  I kept my Rolen together and still have it to this day.  I don’t think these bobblehead cards were inserted ever again, but they make for an interesting conversation piece.

Do you remember your first MOJO?

Do you remember your first major card pull that made you jump in the air screaming MOJO?  In March 2003 I was a junior is high school and I took my second trip to the Fort Washington Expo Center card show.  I remember preparing the night before because this was a large show.  I had to get my wallet, hat, and a few cards out that I planned to take for grading.  That day I wasn’t really looking for anything special.  I just wanted to see what the dealers had and open up some wax.  When we got there we went over to one of the dealers that owns a local shop where we live to say ‘hi” and check out what he had for sale.  After a few more moments of browsing I came across a dealer that had a huge wall full of boxes.  I refered to it as the “Wall of Wax”.  I saw that they had packs of 2002 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts baseball cards, which I was familiar with because a few months back I pulled out a Mark McGwire game used bat from that product.  I decided to purchase a few packs and go over and eat lunch.  After we ate lunch I started to open the five or six packs I bought.  When I was a few packs into the break with nothing but base cards I noticed something a little different.  This one card stood out to me.  On the back it said “Redemption Card” in big bold letters, and on the front it said “Priority Signing Mark McGwire”.  I wasn’t too familiar with cards like this and almost threw it out because I thought it was just an advertisement.  When I was done ripping through the remaining packs we put the redemption card in a penny sleeve and top loader and took it over to the dealer we knew and asked him if he knew anything about it.  He, his wife, and other collectors took one look at it and started going crazy.  He told us that if we scratch off the front and get the code we could send in any item we want to Upper Deck and they would have Mark McGwire sign it.  He also said that the card was worth probably $500.00 – $1,000.00.  That was the day I had my first MOJO card pull.  I never redeemed the card.  A few weeks later I sold it on eBay.  Never in my life did I think that I would pull a card so rare and valuable.