A Gift From Jim Irsay – Owner of the Indianapolis Colts

So I really wanted to do a video of me opening the package. I didn’t want to have to break out the camera and film from there so I tried from my laptop. FireFox wasn’t cooperating so I used IE. Halfway through, boom-pow! IE blows up in my face effectively losing the video.

But thanks to voodoo technology, I was able to take a picture with my cell phone camera!

Jim Irsay is definitely now a dear friend to the blog. He has probably never read the blog, nor ever will unless he Googles himself all the time. The guy is a billionaire, he probably has minions do it for him. I would express all my gratitude toward him in this blog post, however, I am going to hand write him a letter so he knows how much this means to me. I am doing it because it really does mean a lot to me. It’s not the alcohol or the Red Bull that I am most appreciative of, it’s the single Benjamin. Just know, this generosity does not go unnoticed.

The Colts have moved up in my personal favorite team Power Rankings and will likely stay in that position for as long as Mr. Irsay owns the team.

  1. Bucs
  2. Patriots
  3. Colts (+8)
  4. Seahawks (-1)
  5. Broncos (-1)

Mr. Irsay, again, thank you. Expect a handwritten letter to arrive on your desk sometime soon.

I Want A Day Off

Being unemployed has it’s benefits. Every day is a day off. That’s about the only benefit it has. Well today I want a day off from blogging something actually useful. I haven’t slept well the past couple of nights and my mind is completely fried. It is so fried that I have made numerous spelling mistakes and have already worn out my backspace button in these few sentences.

But I must keep the Ironman posting alive. I’ve posted every day since I started this blog and I’m not going to let two days with lack of sleep stop me now. I know there is a lot of time left in the day but I can’t nap. I have to stay up for a number of things. FedEx will be arriving and I need to sign it off and show ID. I may have another package coming today as well. And I have to stay awake since my fiancee’s sister is visiting and she doesn’t have a key to the house. I never leave a door in my house unlocked. Just a habit I guess.

So to make this somewhat meaningful, I am going to say a couple of things.

Gint-A-Cuffs III should be amazing. This is the last time I am pimping this battle of the bloggers contest so if you have the money and want to join in the fun, it will be fun. Just prepare to lose. Especially you Cardboard Junkie. I saw that smack talk to everyone on your blog. The Braves and Jason Heyward? I will beat that with a blaster box of A&G that has been pack searched. When I’m done? You’ll be thrown away like most of Pro Debut. SO YEAH!

In the words of my boy Vinny Mac from the Jim Rome Show:

And for those who can’t view the YouTube, “To all those double talking jive turkeys out there, you better watch out because their about to get their asses ragged on. And all these Raggedy Ann and Andys out there…I’m the bottle on the top shelf. I’m the steroid….*AARRRRR*” Seriously, you need to listen to this guy calling in and trying to talk smack back in 2009. Hilarious, especially listening to Rome berate him after the call.

Gint-A-Cuffs III: Release the Kraken! …. Catch the fever!

Maybe I’ll post later if something exciting happens. Maybe a video of my package from FedEx. That should be exciting for some of you.

Preview: 2011-12 Upper Deck Parkhurst Champions Hockey

I am still in a hockey mood. The NHL Draft was last week and my two favorite teams picked up vital pieces to their organizations that they need to succeed. The Oilers picked up the number one pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and a solid defenseman in the first round and my Hurricanes also picked up a much needed defenseman. I’m excited for the future of both of my favorite franchises.

But this product isn’t about the rookies. It’s about what those rookies may become someday. Legends. Lemeiux, Gretzky, Orr, Howe….they were all rookies at one time but evolved into some of the greatest players to ever put their metal on ice.

2011-12 Parkhurst Champions is going to bring you the legends of the winter like no other hockey product has before. With 20 packs a box and 5 cards a pack you are going to find some great cards. One of those cards is going to be a Champs mini. I know many people in the hockey collecting community missed Champs this past year, so Upper Deck is reviving it as a subset in this product. Remember how the last Champs product you could pull fossils and other artifacts? It’s back with Parkhurst Champions.

The main selling point of this product though is the autographs. You will find 2 autographs per box, unless you pull an artifact or fossil which would then make it one autograph a box. 100% on card autographs too on these beautifully designed cards. With base parallel autographs, wire-to-wire autographs of the players in original black and white newspaper photography, Rendition autographs with an artistic style photo, and Champs mini autographs this product is going to be loaded with beautiful autographs.

You can also find those inserts in standard non-autographed versions as well and they look sharp.

An average box break will have 2 great hits with at least one being an autograph, 5 wire photo cards, 2-3 Rendition inserts, and 20 Champs mini cards. A case will have at least one of the following: fossil/artifact, a Champs red ink auto numbered to 5, Parkhurst Masterpiece sketch, Renditions autograph, or Wire Photo multi-signed card.

2011-12 Upper Deck Parkhurst Hockey looks to be one of the best collections of hockey legends I’ve seen in quite some time. Look for this product arriving sometime in the Fall of 2011.

I’m going to beg Upper Deck for a checklist as this product looks amazing. Just look at this Super Mario base parallel autograph.

Custom Card: Pocket Aces

So today I decided to have a little fun with Photoshop. I had an idea for a card for awhile now and decided to put it down in Photoshop. I don’t do these at all, so I thought it would be fun to try since I’ve seen a few other bloggers create their own custom cards. I don’t know how it would look printed up and everything, but it looks pretty cool as a concept.

2011 – Sports Card Blog – Pocket Aces – Josh Beckett/Jon Lester

I don’t have any graphics formal training. I make signatures for people on forums sometimes and did all the graphics on the blog, but I think this ended up looking really cool. No room for a signature version, sorry!

What do you think?

Site News: A Week In Review

This past week I’ve been trying to catch up with previews for all the releases in July. That meant a little more Panini previews than anything else because of their large July lineup. Most are looking pretty good however in the design and value department so I am definitely happy to see the improvements that many people have been bothered by with this year’s earlier releases. In other Panini news, I heard that they have hired a new Customer Service person to man the phones, so if you haven’t heard about your Panini redemptions, they will be easier to contact.

Speaking of redemptions, for those who didn’t know why they couldn’t get a hold of Upper Deck this past week, it is because they were moving their facilities down the street to a smaller building. They have also been shipping their redemption team and supplies out to North Carolina to expedite the process. It’s been a busy time of changes at Upper Deck and they should be settling down completely soon. Hold off on calling them about redemptions, they’ll be there.

As far as the blog goes, the top post of the week was my interview with Adam of Dave & Adam’s Card World. I learned a few things from Adam and he answers some questions from me and his consumers about issues they may have. His responses were extremely well thought out and is probably one of the best interviewees I have seen in the industry. I couldn’t have asked for a better response from him and from the community by reading the post. I thank everyone from Adam to my readers for taking their time for that post.

Finally, Sports Card Blog has put in it’s application for the Ginta-cuffs Battle of the Blogs 2011!  Open a box of 2011 Allen & Ginter baseball and you score points based on your favorite team and favorite player. Plus the Commish picks a series of other ways to get points or lose points based off the cards in the box. I am very excited for this as the winner receives a hobby box of 2011 Allen & Ginter for free provided by Topps, bragging rights, and it’s just a ton of fun to open Allen & Ginter. Someone had already chosen my favorite player, Jon Lester, so I couldn’t go with him. Instead, I am going with Adrian Gonzalez of my Boston Red Sox as he has a ton of cards in the set. It’s a good thing I couldn’t get Lester, it turns out he is a SP in the set. It will be my first year in the battle when approved, so I’m hoping I can make headlines like Bryce Harper as a rookie. If there are any bloggers out there who want to play along you can join us for a rousing game of Ginta-Cuffs. May the best blog win! Believe me, if I do win, there will be a giant spectacle and I will bribe the Commish with amazing bribes to get that win.

So that has been the week that was. Next week brings on some more interesting things. I’ll be sending off some questions to Thomas Fish of Blowout Cards as he has emailed me recently (so if you have any questions for him please send me an email or leave a comment), a couple more product previews, and I’m really hoping I can get a couple reviews in. How about some 2011 Donruss Elite football and 2010-11 Panini All-Goalies? A little birdy told me I may have a package coming with those boxes in it. Did I mention when I do reviews from Panini I will be giving out fabulous prizes? Sounds like a good week ahead for you the awesome reader and me.

Again, thanks for reading and make sure you check back soon. Maybe I’ll pull something awesome to give away.