November 28, 2011

2011 Panini Threads Box Break: Packs 1-4

Oh yeah, time to delve into this hobby box of 2011 Panini Threads that I picked up on Black Friday.  The box contains 24 packs with 8 cards per pack and 4 relic or autograph cards on average per box.  Let's see how this baby plays out:

Pack #1

Holy horizontal, Batman! I didn't realize that all of these cards are of the horizontal persuasion. Personally, I think these are some really well designed cards. I like the full-bleed, sharp action photos and that fabric looking banner on the right. The team logos do look a little out of place in the upper left corner of the card but overall these are pretty sweet.  The Gridiron Kings insert on the bottom left of the scan is pretty cool as well.  It was printed to look like watercolors on a canvas.

My only real gripe so far is the rookie card of Baron Batch.  If your gonna show a rookie in his college uniform, make sure you have the license to show college logos as well.  Geez, it looks like he is in a practice uni.

Pack #2

Although the rookie in this pack has a studio photo on it, at least he is wearing an Eagles hat.  Plus I got my first Dolphins card of the box, sweet.

Pack #3

Oh no!  The dreaded combine rookie card rears it's ugly head.  Whoever thought these would be a good idea should be tarred and feathered in my opinion.

Pack #4

This pack is full of Charlie Sheen (or "win" for those of you living under a rock).  First, I find it kind of amusing that Terelle Pryor has a rookie card with no team.  Second, I got two cards for my Hurricanes collection in Santana Moss and Frank Gore. And thirdly.....

....I pulled the first hit of the box.  Just like the Gridiron Kings insert in the first pack, this one is made to look like it was printed on canvas although this one looks more like a photo than the Bo Scaife insert and this one is numbered 119/299.  I think the jersey color matches the color on that little panel on the left to well and doesn't stand out well enough.  Not the best hit to pull but there are 3 more hits to go in this box (hopefully).

I think I'm gonna add a new page to the blog chronicling the hits I pull from products from now going forward. 

November 27, 2011

The Big Pile Contest

Josh D. over at Royals and Randoms is holding a contest for some free cards.  Everyone likes free cards, so get your butt over to his blog, give him a follow, and sign up for the contest.

November 26, 2011

Back in Town

Just got back home after a quick trip to Charleston to catch a Daniel Tosh stand up show.  I don't have a local card shop in my hometown so I took advantage of my trip by stopping by Hooked on Cards in Charleston to pick up a hobby box on my way home.  I picked up one hobby box of 2011 Panini Threads and a couple of hobby packs of 2011 Topps Gridiron Legends.  Plus, I was able to pick up some of those bonus Black Friday packs that Panini was nice enough to give out with their products.  I met the owner of the store, James, and he was a real nice person.  So if you happen to be in the Charleston area drop by his shop and see what he's got to offer.

I'll save hobby box for future posts but today I went ahead and ripped the Gridiron Legends packs as well as the bonus Black Friday packs.

First lets look at the two hobby packs of 2011 Topps Gridiron Legends:

Here are some of the notable non-rookie base cards I pulled from both packs.  Campbell was the only legend that I pulled.

These are the rookies from both packs with Locker being the obvious big name of the bunch.

Here are the two parallels I pulled.  These are the blue versions and they are not serial numbered.

Each pack contained one of these Gridiron Legacies inserts.

So I got unlucky with these two packs but I had fun ripping them.  Now onto the Black Friday packs:

Each of these little packs contained only two cards.  One card in each pack was a "base" card and these can be seen above.  That Sidney Crosby card is the first hockey card I have ever held in my hand in my whole life.

I guess these can be considered the "inserts" of the Black Friday packs.  That Josh Hamilton might be a preview to Panini's upcoming baseball release.   The Aldon Smith card is numbered to /999.  These packs were a great idea by Panini to give collectors a reason to visit their local card shops on the busiest shopping weekend of the year.

But, no cards for the personal collections from this rip so it deserves a:

Keep an eye out as I will be ripping into that hobby box of Panini Threads in the near future.

November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope all of you enjoy a fun and football filled Thanksgiving celebration with all your friends and loved ones.  Stay safe and eat plenty.

And one more thing....

November 20, 2011

The WAR Set: Card #9 and The First Completed Page


2008 Upper Deck Timeline #9 Mark Teixeira
7.3 Wins Above Replacement
(total from both leagues)

2008 28 MLB 157 685 574 102 177 41 0 33 121 2 0 97 93 .308 .410 .552 .962
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 11/20/2011.

It may be surprising that Mark Teixeira did not lead the league in any major offensive category despite enjoying one of the best seasons of his career in 2008.  That's because Mark started the season in the National League being a force in the Braves lineup and ended the season being a force in the American League while a part the Anaheim Angels lineup.  Teixeira's combined stats for 2008:  .308 batting average, 33 home runs, and 121 RBI all while playing stellar defense at first base.

Loves to hit against Bruce Chen:  9 for 19 with 6 homers (2.003 OPS)
Loathes to hit against Freddy Garcia:  0 for 16 with 4 strikeouts (.143 OPS)

Woot!  The first page of the WAR set is complete.

 The Fronts

The Backs

I'm really having fun with this set by seeing what I have stowed away by card number and looking up how each player performed that season.  I'm excited to see how page 2 is gonna turn out.

Back at it Again

Sorry for the delay in between posts but once again work got in the way of blogging by draining my motivation for posting.  But back to it and today I finished off ripping the 2011 Topps Football value box I picked up last week.  Here's the highlights (and the lowlights):

First the rookies:

I'm showing these off first because I want to state my disgust with them.  I really do not like these rookie cards at all and I do not understand Topps' thinking on these.  I don't want any rookies with pictures of them at the combine.  Football players need to be pictured in football gear not in workout gear.

Now this is how all of the rookie cards should look.  The players are decked out in the gear of the team that drafted them.  I think that Topps is trying to cram too many rookies in this set and they are having to resort to workout pictures in order fill those rookie spots.  Maybe Topps should run two series of their football set so they can avoid doing that.

Just a few of the inserts that you have all seen before and a gold parallel.

These are the 1950 Bowman inserts.  I really like these as everybody knows I have a soft spot for mini cards.  Vick is the only one not showing off his stiff arm technique.

Now these are some quality inserts.  I love the look of these cards and subtle team color tint of the background.  Kudos to Topps on this insert set.

And the most of important part of any pack ripping endeavor is getting cards for the personal collections.  I got 2 Dolphins and 3 Canes in this box although two of the cards are of the hated combine picture variety.  Reggie Wayne is looking somewhat angelic with the white aura on his card.

November 13, 2011

I Love the Thrill....

...of ripping packs.  Some collectors focus on buying singles solely for their personal collections and view pack ripping as a waste of time and money.

Not me.

I absolutely love opening packs and it is my favorite part of this hobby.  I win some and lose some but the chase is the real thrill.

Okay, enough of my gushing.  I'm rippin' some packs.

Today I picked up a value box of 2011 Topps Football.  The box contains 11 packs, 2 exclusive Chrome refractor cards, and 1 Super Bowl Legends code card.

First pack

#27 Phil Taylor RC
#38 Mike Tolbert
#132 Julius Thomas RC
#156 New Orleans Saints
#220 Michael Turner
#242 Jon Baldwin RC
#264 Shane Lechler
#268 DeSean Jackson
#380 Jamaal Charles All-Pro
#392 Clay Matthews All-Pro
#435 Matt Hasselbeck

Faces of the Franchise
#FF-SF Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley

Pack 2

#42 Philadelphia Eagles
#72 Jacquizz Rodgers RC
#97 Brandon Lafell
#98 Zach Miller
#104 Ndamukong Suh ROY
#190 Miles Austin
#216 Pittsburgh Steelers
#258 Randy Moss
#363 Donte Whitner
#402 Shane Vereen RC

Topps Town
#TT-23 Josh Freeman

Faces of the Franchise
#FF-NS Joe Namath and Mark Sanchez

The Bonus Cards

Exclusive Rookie Refractors

         #TMB1 Cam Newton                                               #TMB2 Blaine Gabbert

I entered the Super Bowl Legends code into the website and I got a digital jersey.  Bleh.  Topps should give away a card with every code even if they are just a lowly base card.  It was bad enough that the Diamond giveaway has the virtual rings but the Legends giveaway has virtual coins, rings, and jerseys.  So you have a better chance of getting virtual junk than actual cards. What a sham.

November 10, 2011

The War Set: Card #8


2006 Topps Heritage #8 C.C. Sabathia
4.7 Wins Above Replacement

Year Tm W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP SO WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards
2006 CLE 12 11 3.22 28 28 6 2 192.2 172 1.173 8.5 0.8 2.1 8.0 3.91
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 11/6/2011.

In 2006, CC Sabathia finished with a 12-11 record but it was still a solid season for the southpaw from Cali. He led the American League in complete games and shutouts while finishing in the top ten in ERA, WHIP, strikeouts, and strikeouts per nine innings.  2006 was the last season that CC Sabathia was considered a "good pitcher" because after 2007 he was considered a "great pitcher"

Loves to pitch against Jose Lopez:  2 for 24 with 2 strikeouts (.237 OPS)
Loathes to pitch against Miguel Cabrera:  9 for 18 with 2 homers (1.481 OPS)

November 09, 2011

Box Break Pimpage

Kyle over at Juust a Bit Outside is hosting a group break.

He will be busting:

2011 Allen & Ginter Hobby box
2011 Lineage Hobby box
1991 Stadium Club Series 1 and 2 and Upper Deck jumbos
1991 1953 Archives
1981 Donruss

That's a lot of cards for only 15 bucks.  There are still a lot of teams available so head on over there and take a peek.

November 07, 2011

Nacho Usual Questionnaire

Nachos Grande posted a questionnaire on his blog to get some feedback from readers about autographs.  I figured I would oblige his requests for some answers.

Here are the questions:

1.  What is the best autograph you own?
2.  What is the best autograph that you've ever pulled from a pack of cards?
3.  What is the worst autograph you've ever pulled from a pack of cards?
4.  Do you try to get autographs through the mail?  If so, what sort of success (or failure) stories do you have?
5.  Who was the subject of your first ever autograph?
6.  Do you actively collect any autographs (certain players, teams, brands, etc)?
7.  Which is better:  Autographs or Relics?
8.  What do you think of cut autos?
9.  What is your favorite autograph design (say in the last 5 years)?
10.  If you could get the autograph of any five people (dead or alive) who would you want a signature from (and why)?

And the answers:

1.  I would say that my 2006 Playoff Contenders Devin Hester Rookie Auto is the best autograph that I own.  If Hester continues to return kickoffs and punts for touchdowns, he should be in consideration for the Hall of Fame at the end of his career.  Plus he is a former Miami Hurricane.

2.  The best auto I ever pulled was a Ken Griffey Jr. auto from 2006 Ovation.

3.  I can't narrow this down to one.  I always have bad luck pulling auto's from boxes.

4.  No, I don't try to get autos through the mail.

5.  My first ever autograph card was signed by Mark Lemke in person in 1992.

6.  I do actively collect autos from my favorite teams.......when the price is right.

7.  Definitely autographs.

8.  I like the cut auto idea.  Just wish they would put pictures on some of the cards as well.

9.  Anything with on-card autos.  I don't mind sticker autos too much if they fit the card design but most of the time they make the card look trashy.  I wish all autos were on card so you would know that a star actually handled the card you received.

10.  Five people that I want a signature of:
  • Hank Aaron - The greatest Braves player of all-time but most of his autos are at a premium
  • Dan Marino - The greatest Dolphins player of all-time but most of his autos are at a premium
  • Edgar Allan Poe - My favorite writer of all-time
  • Thomas Edison - An amazing mind and a man who thought nothing was impossible
  • Abraham Lincoln - The president who had to handle the greatest turmoil to ever hit this country.

November 06, 2011

One Year Baby!!! +Contest Winners

Today I celebrate the one-year anniversary of The Card Hobbyist blog. 

I started this blog last November as a way to accentuate my rebirth into card collecting.  I really struggled with the blog for the first few months and nearly shut it down altogether back in May as I was just not enjoying blogging at the time.  I am a naturally quiet, introverted guy so I've always had a lot of trouble trying to type out my thoughts (still do to an extent).  But then I discovered the missing link that would help keep this blog rolling for the months to come......

All of the other great card blogs out there. 

I was so focused on trying to write on my own blog that I was totally oblivious to all of inspiration that would come to me from all of you bloggers out there.  But sometime during the spring I gained a follower named "Core Contrarian".  Up to that point I had never read a blog from any other card collector and when I first visited the Core Contrarian blog and saw the blog list on his sidebar, I was opened up to a whole new world and it rekindled my interest in blogging.

So to all of you bloggers and readers, for keeping this blog alive for a whole year and hopefully years to come, I want give you all a very big thank you...

And a Big Kiss

Now onto more pressing matters, FREE CARDS!

Thanks to everyone that participated in the contest.  I learned a lot about about some of you out there thanks to all of the comment responses.  There sure are some characters around these parts.

All of the cards have been randomed and 15 readers were winners.

Here are the winners listed in order of most cards won:

2010 Topps Heritage Chrome #C51 Adam Jones
2010 Bowman Chrome Rookie Preview Inserts #BCR2 C.J. Spiller
2010 Topps Chrome #C60A Dez Bryant RC
2010 Topps Chrome #C70A Colt McCoy helm RC
2010 Topps Magic #54 Tony Gonzalez SP
2010 Topps Magic Mini Black #174 Adrian Peterson

2007 Upper Deck Future Stars #172 Kelvin Jimenez AU RC
2009 Philadelphia #278 Phil Simms
2009 Philadelphia #364 T.J. Houshmandzadeh IA
2010 Topps Legends Platinum Chrome Wal Mart Cereal #PC8 Jimmie Foxx
2010 Topps Magic Mini Black #89 Dustin Keller SP
2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary #202 Jose Bautista\Paul Konerko\Miguel Cabrera LL

Stealing Home
1959 Topps #78 Pedro Ramos
1980 Topps #540 Pete Rose
2006 Upper Deck Ovation Spotlight Signatures #TR Matt Treanor
2007 Topps Own The Game #OTGPM Peyton Manning
2010 Topps Peak Performance Relics #PPRTP Taylor Price
2010 Topps Magic #25 Tim Tebow RC

1965 Topps #553 Rookie Stars Dan Coombs\Gene Ratliff \Jack McClure RC
2007 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection Relics #CJ Conor Jackson Bat B
2007 SPx Winning Materials 199 Bronze #JR Jose Reyes/199
2007 SPx #123 Juan Salas AU (RC)
2009 Philadelphia #225 Jeremy Maclin RC

1987 Fleer All-Stars #11 Roger Clemens
1996 Collector's Choice #20 Ray Lewis RC
2007 Topps Running Back Royalty #TP LaDainian Tomlinson\Walter Payton
2009 Upper Deck Game Day Gear #GD Glenn Dorsey
2011 Topps Allen and Ginter Relics #CG Carlos Gomez

Ryan G
1980 Topps #580 Nolan Ryan
2007 Topps Gold #45 Andre Ethier
2007 Topps Heritage #411 Ian Kinsler SP
2010 Topps Chrome Refractors #C44 Mike Williams

Trey J
2007 Topps #634b Alex Gordon (No Sig Version)
2007 Topps Chrome Blue Refractors #166 Jason Bay
2009 Upper Deck Game Day Gear #ED Early Doucet
2010 Topps Anniversary Reprints #19 Gale Sayers

The Diamond King
2006 Upper Deck Ovation Center Stage #KG Ken Griffey Jr.
2007 Fleer In the Zone #AR Alex Rodriguez
2011 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP93 Brandon Belt

Greg Zakwin
1962 Topps #114 Howie Koplitz RC
1996 Collector's Choice #183 Dan Marino
2010 Topps Chrome Retail Exclusive Rookie Refractors #TMB1 Sam Bradford

The Dimwit
2008 Upper Deck Timeline Memorabilia #RG Ryan Garko
2009 Upper Deck Goudey #211 Ryne Sandberg SP

Jeff Laws
1982 Topps #486 Ronnie Lott RC
2007 Topps Heritage #356 Bernie Castro SP

1996 Stadium Club Extreme Players Gold #423 Norm Charlton
2011 Topps Lineage 3-D #T3D25 Albert Pujols

Play at the Plate
1967 Topps #81 Eddie Stanky MG
2007 Topps Co-Signers #99a Ubaldo Jimenez (RC)

Captain Canuck
2010 Topps Magic Mini Black #140 David Reed SP

2008 SP Authentic Retail Rookie Authentics Jerseys #RA29 Limas Sweed

Congrats to all the Winners!

Winners, please drop me an email with your address so I can get your winnings to you.  Thanks again everyone for participating.

November 05, 2011

A New Blog

With the anniversary of this blog tomorrow, I decided it was time for me to start up a second blog.  Thoughts from a Fanatic is the title of my new blog and it will encompass posts about my favorite teams, sports, and whatever I feel like writing about at any given moment.  I did this so I can separate my rants and raves to another blog while leaving the focus of the Card Hobbyist blog for my collecting stuff.  Not much to look at since I just started it today but head on over to check it out every now and then for s*!ts and giggles.

Don't forget I will be doing the contest randomization and announcing the winners for the October contest tomorrow so stay tuned.