I like posting about accomplishments. The reason being when I look back on the blog and look at my posts I’ve made, I like to look back and just remember certain occasions. I guess I am just a very nostalgic person in general. Maybe you have to be a little nostalgic to be the type of sports card collector I am.
The day started off great. I opened up my email and received a nice letter from Adam of Dave & Adam’s Card World. This was completely unexpected, although I had noticed on my “site meter” that I had a few hits from Buffalo and Tonawanda. I was hoping I would catch the attention of DACW or Blowout on my recent comparison between the two companies. Well I definitely caught Adam’s eye and I received a nice letter from Adam. It looks like I’ll be interviewing him with some questions about DACW in the near future. Hopefully, when I am back in Connecticut I can take a nice drive up to Buffalo and tour their facilities. By the way, if anyone has any questions they would like to ask Adam, please email me or post a comment. I would like some questions other customers may have for one of the giants of the online hobby retailers. So yeah, definitely a good start to the day.
I ended up writing 3 posts throughout the day. Sometimes I just get so excited I want to post something that I see as important. So I just kept on writing. Next, I was also informed that Freedom Cardboard had their new blog system set up. Chris Gilmore, the owner, had set up WordPress blogs for anyone to use through their site. I thought it was a great opportunity to expand my viewers and get more input. So I created Sports Card Blog – Freedom Cardboard Edition. I’m not entirely sure what I am going to do with it yet, but I thought it would be fun to have some added commentary on things every once and awhile, especially in the baseball area where Freedom Cardboard is popular. Why not, right? Plus I’m sure I’ll hold exclusive Freedom Cardboard member contests over there on that blog because it’s so generously hosted by them. Check it out every once and awhile. I can’t guarantee anything over there, but why not give it a try?
Finally, after a ton of people asking me about the 2011 Upper Deck Legendary Cuts checklist I was able to get it emailed to me the night before the product came out. I’d like to thank Upper Deck and Chris Carlin for getting that out to me so I could share it with the hobby community. Oh, and share we did. Almost 600 people visited Sports Card Blog late yesterday afternoon and evening just to catch a glimpse at the “checklist heard around the world”. Obviously, a new record in a day for the site. I love numbers and just seeing them pile up is great for me and the hobby. People were questioning whether Upper Deck would have the guts to put the checklist out and they delivered. If you like historic baseball and Americana autographs I would totally check out 2011 Upper Deck Legendary Cuts.
So I would like to say thank you to the hobby community for embracing this blog and taking your time to read what I have to write and say. With that, I will be posting a contest either later today or tomorrow to thank everyone. Prizes will not be announced, but you will soon find out why. Don’t worry, I won’t be giving out redemptions. When I said I was building something for this site, I really was. I’ll leave you with one word until I post the contest. Spin.
Again, thanks. I’ll have some more hobby news shortly.
The night before 2011 Upper Deck Legendary Cuts is set to release we at Sports Card Blog have received the checklist. Dare I say “First!”?
Every autograph is in the box and there are no redemptions. That is legen…..(wait for it)….DARY!
Here is the 2011 SP Legendary Cuts Baseball Final Checklist
If you’re a video game fan, you know the importance of the date that Madden comes out. I know that everyone wants to see 2K Sports give it a shot again but since Madden is the only game in town, its the only option.
But this year, Panini has put out a great promotion if you wish to buy Madden.
Madden 12 Hall of Fame Edition features Marshall Faulk on the cover instead of Peyton Hillis in celebration of his Hall of Fame induction. It will be bronze embossed and look like this:
Pretty sexy if you ask me.
Buy Madden 12 Hall of Fame edition and pick up these goodies:
- 1 of 4 autographed Panini Marshall Faulk cards celebrating his NFL Hall of Fame induction
- A pack of Madden Ultimate Team cards to use on your ultimate team. A real pack. Did I mention they are all 99s?
Just like some of Panini’s products, inserted in one PS3 version and one XBOX 360 version is the hallowed 18 karat gold card featuring Marshall. Will Panini have more goodies for us that purchase the Hall of Fame edition?
There will only be 125,000 total copies of Hall of Fame edition so if you want a Marshall Faulk autograph and your pack of Ultimate Team cards you better act quickly. The added price bump for this edition is a total of $89.99. Not bad for a Hall of Fame autograph and the pack of cards, which in Madden would cost some extra dough anyway.
I know a certain Rams fan in this household that would love a Marshall Faulk autograph and it’s not me.
Secretly, I love to get Through the Mail (TTM) autographs. I’ll be honest, I am usually too lazy to send out a picture and fill out postage and return postage to get it out to the post office. The wonderful thing about today’s celebrities and athletes is you can always find information online how to contact them through email.
Personally, when I want to email someone or send something TTM I use Sports Card Forum’s TTM Manager. You can register for Sports Card Forum here and then go to the TTM Manager and look up thousands of athletes and celebrities for free. Included is both mailing addresses and email addresses!
This is how I found Tony Dungy a couple of weeks ago. Well, the wait paid off and yesterday afternoon I received this.
A free autographed 8×10 by a Super Bowl winning coach and great mentor to people around the world. You can’t complain about that. The autograph is centered and is crisp and beautiful. It is not a pre-print or auto pen as I’ve compared it with others. It really is a great piece of memorabilia.
Thank you Coach Dungy and keep up the good work you are doing outside of football and I hope to see you on the sidelines again one day (especially back with my Buccaneers).
2010-11 Panini Luxury Suite hockey is one of last hockey products I have yet to preview that is set to come out this season. But rest assured, your preview is here hockey fans!
Your next mid-high end product from Panini is Luxury Suite and boy does it look luxurious from the what I can see. Each box will deliver 8 autographs or memorabilia cards. That’s right 8! At least two of them will be autographs, but I’m sure it’s safe to assume that you will find more. This product will be loaded with the hits you want.
There will be 4 packs in a box. Each pack will contain 2 autographs or memorabilia cards. But that’s not all. Every pack will also contain a rookie card. This product will contain a ton of rookies. 125 different rookie cards have made it into Luxury Suite making it one of the biggest crops of rookie cards. All rookies will be numbered to 899 copies so make sure you grab who you want for your collection. 50 of the rookies will contain an autograph or memorabilia on them. Some of these players are the highly collectible Taylor Hall, Jeff Skinner, and Tyler Seguin.
Did I mention yet some of the cool memorabilia cards you can pull from this set? Every base card has a memorabilia insert associated with it. You can pull game used swatches of jerseys, patches, and sticks. Sticks have been under used for the most part when it comes to the hobby and Panini is right there by including game used sticks in their memorabilia pieces. The possibilities of hits in this product are definitely up there with higher end products, but for about half the price. Plus the base parallels numbered to 10 and 1 make it a chase for your favorite players more rare cards.
Now a lot of people have been criticizing the designs by Panini on some of their products. However, those critics will be speechless for some of the designs in this product. In my opinion, this is probably one of those most visually appealing designs that Panini has put together across all their products. Luxury Suite looks great. Nice big patch windows, looks to be on card autographs, and fluid designs featuring the player first and foremost. I would put the designs along the lines of SP Authentic of old with Panini’s own twist to it. It’s definitely a good thing. The rookie patch/autographs look amazing and I really enjoy most of the designs. Good work design team.
The end of June will bring you the most luxurious set to come to Panini hockey for a little under $200. I can’t wait to see some of the cards to come out of this product.
Want more? Check out the Panini Peek: 2010-11 Luxury Suite hockey
And as is mandatory in my hockey previews, ladies and gentlemen, Taylor Hall.