Sunday, February 10, 2019

1995 Flashback Group Break Results

Thanks for everyone that participated again. Each time I go into hosting one of these breaks I wonder if there are enough people out there that even care to help make them happen...and you guys keep supporting me and I appreciate that.

All packages have been packed up and labels printed. Everything will go out tomorrow morning so keep your eyes on your mail box for later this week.

If you weren't able to watch last night on Twitter (@flywheels), here is a quick breakdown of the hits pulled from the boxes. Overall most of the teams had a nice stack of cards when it was all said and done.

Up first was the box of Sportflix and all of it's lenticular goodness.

Hammer Team fell at 1:4 packs so we had plenty of those divided up amongst the participants.

Detonators were 1:16 packs

Double Take were 1:48 packs. This one featured Mike Piazza and Carlos Delgado. It was randomly given away between the Dodgers and Blue Jays and ultimately went to the Blue Jays.

The Artist Proof parallels were 1:36 packs and went to the Dodgers.

Next up was the box of Summit. This was Pinnacle's effort at taking their Score brand to the next level with a thicker card stock and a more "premium" overall feel.

Nth Degree parallels were 1:4 packs and feature a sparkly rainbow sheen.

Big Bang fell 1:72 packs so we beat the odds with this one. Beautiful card in hand of Mike Piazza of the Dodgers.

New Age were 1:18 packs and we ended up w/ former ROY Billy Ashley...again of the Dodgers.

21 Club inserts were found 1:36 packs and this card goes to the Reds as we pulled Pokey Reese.

The last box would be Zenith, Pinnacle's first foray into the ultra premium level of cards (at the time). The black and gold look great together, especially in hand. Ripping this box was a lot of fun.

I know this card of Jeter isn't a RC, but I found it fun pulling a card of the future hall of famer from earlier in his career.

All-Star Salute inserts highlighted various efforts in the 1995 All-Star game. These were seeded 1:6 packs.

The Rookie Roll Call checklist features a lot of young players that never did much in the majors, but thankfully we got one of the better players. Love all the Dufex technology.

Last but certainly not least is one of the best looking cards I've pulled from 90's product in while. Z Team cards were a tough pull at 1:72 packs and this Griffey is an absolute beauty!

I wish I had felt better last night when I ripped the boxes, but it still was a lot of fun. Hopefully everyone will be happy w/ their stack of cards once it arrives. Until next time...

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Affordable Group Break 2nd Team Randomization

Now that all the slots have been filled it's time to 1) say thank you again to those who signed up to participate and 2) randomize the unclaimed teams and assign them to each slot. As with in the past, trading is encouraged...just please post your trades somewhere public so that I know. I'd hate to send the wrong cards to the wrong person!

As a refresher, here are the teams that have been claimed:

01 - Braves - Cardboard Collections
02 - Royals - Royals & Randoms
03 - Giants - Nick Vossbrink
04 - Red Sox - Bulldog
05 - Cardinals - Cards on Cards
06 - Astros - The Dimwit
07 - Cubs - Matt Pederson
08 - Pirates - Wade Fisher
09 - Rockies - Adam Kaningher
10 - Orioles - Nick Dusenberry
11 - Indians - Ken Kinsley
12 - Yankees - Lost Collector
13 - Mariners - Tim B
14 - Athletics - Bulldog

So now let's take the teams that went unclaimed and load them into the list randomizer on and we'll see which teams go to which participants. Teams will be assigned in the order of this list, so the first team will go to me and the last team will go to Bulldog. Got it?

01 - Expos - Cardboard Collections
02 - Blue Jays - Royals & Randoms
03 - Twins - Nick Vossbrink
04 - Brewers - Bulldog
05 - Padres - Cards on Cards
06 - Tigers - The Dimwit
07 - Reds - Matt Pederson
08 - Angels - Wade Fisher
09 - Phillies - Adam Kaningher
10 - Mets - Nick Dusenberry
11 - Dodgers - Ken Kinsley
12 - White Sox - Lost Collector
13 - Marlins - Tim B
14 - Rangers - Bulldog

Alright, trading is open! Again, just make sure I know once your trade is confirmed so I can update it on my end and make sure you get the proper cards! See everyone on Twitter (@flywheels) Saturday night at 9 PM Eastern.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Google Shutting Down Google+ - How Will This Effect Blogger?

A few days ago I received an email from Google that they were closing their own Social Media platform, Google+. No surprise really, I mean who can complete with the likes of Facebook and Twitter? At first I didn't give it much thought, but then it dawn on me that I was using Google+ as my commenting system here on Blogger. It was an easy change to convert back to using Blogger for comments, but I thought I'd share the info with others just in case you hadn't heard.

Now back to your regularly scheduled baseball card blogging...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

1995 Flashback Affordable Group Break

02/05/19 UPDATE - We are full!! Thank you so much to everyone who signed up and help spread the word. Boxes have been ordered and I'm hoping they'll ship today. We should be able to open these live this Saturday night for those of you who want to join in. I've done them on Twitter in the past, but I'm also open to YouTube. Let me know what you prefer!

1995 was full of memories for me. I graduated High School, started a new job at the local theme park...but most importantly it was the year my Atlanta Braves finally won the World Series! While I'm hoping they can return to their former glory with this upcoming season, let's celebrate 1995 with a break featuring 1995 Pinnacle product!

First up is Sportflix. I love lenticular cards and this was one of the first sets that really caught my attention. This hobby box has 36 packs and features some great 90's inserts like Hammer Team among others.

Next up is Summit. These premium cards are printed on a white background and still look pretty slick today. This hobby box has 24 packs and featured insert sets around some of the young talent at the time.

Finally we have Zenith, one of Pinnacle's first super premium cards (of the time). Slick black backgrounds w/ gold make for some nice looking cards. Who says everything from the 90's was junk? This hobby box has 24 packs and features a few inserts with Pinnacle's patented Dufex technology.

With any Affordable Group Break there will be surprises as well...

Interested? All you need to do to claim a slot is to leave a comment on this post with your desired team(s). All cards pulled for your team will be shipped. The rest of the directions are as follows:

INFO (Please Read Carefully)

* 2 team slots - choose your 1st team, 2nd team will be 
randomized from all unclaimed teams

* Each slot will be $12 (shipping included)

* As the host, I claim the Braves

* Payments (goods & services please) can be sent to:

* Boxes will be ordered once half (7) of the slots have been claimed. 
I hope to break the evening of February 9th?

* I can do a live break either on Twitter or on my YouTube channel
...whichever platform that gets the most votes

01 - Braves - Cardboard Collections (PAID)
02 - Royals - Royals & Randoms (PAID)
03 - Giants - Nick Vossbrink (PAID)
04 - Red Sox - Bulldog (PAID)
05 - Cardinals - Cards on Cards (PAID)
06 - Astros - The Dimwit (PAID)
07 - Cubs - Matt Pederson
08 - Pirates - Wade Fisher (PAID)
09 - Rockies - Adam Kaningher (PAID)
10 - Orioles - Nick Dusenberry (PAID)
11 - Indians - Ken Kinsley (PAID)
12 - Yankees - Lost Collector (PAID)
13 - Mariners - Tim B (PAID)
14 - Athletics - Bulldog (PAID)

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Pack Break: 1981 Fleer Baseball Star Stickers

Last summer when I was hosting several of my Affordable Group Breaks, I grabbed a few loose packs from the Baseball Card Exchange for myself just for the fun of it. One of these packs were 1981 Fleer Baseball Star Stickers. I'm not sure why it's taken this long for me to share this, but here we go!

To be honest I had no idea these existed as I didn't dip my toes in the collectible cardboard pool until late 1990. However the pack was cheap so I thought I'd give it a try.

As the pack declared, these cards were also stickers. With the "peel" in each corner, I imagine the sticker would have an odd look w/ the concave like corners once peeled? Design is on par with the 80's. Backs at least are crammed full of stats for those number geeks.

I believe I ended up grabbed several of these packs and if they are still available I may grab a few more to feature in a future break...that is assuming there are people still reading the blog that would like to participate in a break.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Pack Break: 2019 WWE Road to WrestleMania

Just in time for tonight's WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view event! If you're a wrestling fan then you know each January WWE's marketing department kicks off their Road to WrestleMania campaign. Of course with tonight's Royal Rumble match, the winning male and female of their respective rumble match will earn a title shot at WrestleMania. Topps uses this marketing campaign as a way to chronicle the previous year in the WWE on cardboard.

This isn't a product I usually buy a lot of packs of as I really only care about the base set and opt to buy a hand collated set. The base set is comprised of 100 cards with another 20 update cards. I'm not sure if the update cards are only found in hobby or retail, but essentially you have 120 cards to chase if you're building the set.

I love opening packs and featuring the contents on my blog, so I grabbed a fat back from Walmart last week while I was out of town traveling for work. Apparently in the Walmart packs you get one exclusive Women's Revolution card and a chance for autos too. Tons of parallels and inserts to be found. Check out Cardboard Connection's page for the complete run down. Like with previous years, events from both weekly televisions shows (RAW and SmackDown Live) as well as pay-per-view events are chronicled.

Hey look, it's John Cena before he let his hair grow out and looks like JBL's love child!

While I love the New Day and their antics, is anyone else starting to get a little tired of the push they've had in the tag team division?

I can't even tell you what night 205 Live comes on anymore, but I do love watching the Cruiserweights work the ring and fly through the air.

AJ Styles was standing high as the WWE Champion at last year's WrestleMania event. The title looked good around his waist and it's odd seeing it on Daniel Bryant now. Wonder if that'll change this April?

I ended up w/ this card of Charlotte Flair (whooo!) as the one per pack Walmart exclusive. I remember watching this particular Beat the Clock Challenge match on RAW. That was back when RAW was more entertaining. Lately it's been a snooze fest.

The WrestleMania insert set returns with 50 cards in the set. While they just feature posed shots, this is a set I usually try to complete each year to go hand in hand w/ the base set.

I get why some WWE card collectors skip this set, but I like the way the set chronicles events from television and PPVs. The rosters and landscape are always changing so it's cool to look back and see what happened.

Well that's it for me. Time to wrap up this post so I can finish getting ready for tonight's Royal Rumble. Looking forward to this PPV as it always offers a few surprises and the card looks pretty good tonight. Here's hope my hometown R-Truth can pull out a win in the Rumble!

Monday, January 21, 2019

How cold is it outside?

It's been hard for me to come up w/ content ideas for the blog during this off-season, but new 2019 baseball cards are just around the corner, then Spring Break and finally the kick off of the new baseball season.

While I'm still searching for new ideas, let's talk about this crazy weather we've all been having and football. Well unless you live under a rock then I'm sure you've heard about the questionable calls...or no calls, from the referees in this weekend's AFC and NFC Championship games.

My team (Carolina Panthers) had an off year so I really don't have a dog in the fight this year, however that doesn't mean that I've stopped watching football or buying football cards. I've got a stack of cards that need to be scanned in order to share, but part of the problem I've been so sporadic in posting new content is this cold weather. You see my office is above our garage and is the coldest room in the house. While I can take my laptop elsewhere, my scanner and all my cards are in my office. 

To answer the question in the title of this post, "How cold is it?", it's so cold my latest NC State alumni purchase has to wear a toboggan! No seriously, check out this awesome booklet.

The card is from 2013 Topps Prime and is a RC of then Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon. Mike was drafted out of NC State and the 3rd overall QB selected in the draft, behind EJ Manuel and Geno Smith. He would start in 2013, before being "replaced" by Josh McCown in 2014. In 2015 Mike wouldn't even find the field, playing backup to Jameis Winston. He would fill in for Winston for 2 games in 2016, before signing w/ the Chicago Bears in 2017. At the beginning of 2018 however, he was released from his contract and would eventually sign a contract w/ the Arizona Cardinals.

While his NFL career may not have gone as he envisioned it would, it hasn't stopped me from picking up some super nice cards of his. Granted he may not get as many cards now as he did in his first few years, this RC card of his has to be his nicest. Serially numbered 3/5 and featuring a (sticker) auto and a large piece of a player worn toboggin...or do you call it a beanie? Either way, this beautiful booklet card needed a one touch so I made a quick run to my LCS, Grand Slam in Rock Hill, SC. 

With new product coming and hopefully warmer weather (eventually) I do plan on gearing up and making this blog a little more active. Until then you can always find me hanging out on Twitter (@flywheels). 

BTW, I picked up some new trade bait while I was at my LCS today. Stay tuned as I'll be posting this stuff soon.