Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Scheduled Release Date: June 16, 2010
Box Configuration: 5 cards per pack, 20 packs per box
SRP: $6.00 per pack
4 Memorabilia or Autograph Cards (at least one autograph), 4 Rookies, 1 Parallel, 1 Zoning Commission, 1 Prime Targets, 1 Stars, 1 Elite Series, 1 Chain Reaction, 1 NFL Shield, 1 Team Logo, 2 Others
Look for one or more of the following autographs: Peyton Manning, Joe Namath, Brett Favre, Emmitt Smith, Drew Brees, Jimmy Clausen, Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, C.J. Spiller, Ryan Mathews, Jonathan Dwyer and/or Rookie NFL Shield/Team Logo.
-Top 2010 NFL rookies with autographed parallels # to 499 or less.
-Rookie NFL Shield & Team Logos featuring parallel on-card autographs.
-Passing the Torch & Throwback Threads dual autograph cards.
-Super Bowl XLIV autographs and material cards.
If Tebow is picked with the #9 pick by the Bills will the collectors take to him? He seems polarized by many collectors, pointing out that he was playing in a QB system that does not translate well to the Pros and some collectors have been turned away because of his beliefs and that he promoted them in the Super Bowl commercial.
He would not have a very good system of support in Buffalo, the teams four Receivers had a total of 665 receiving yards, the three Tight Ends had 207 yards receiving and while Running Back Fred Jackson had his best year with 1,062 rushing yards, Marshawn Lynch had his worst year producing only 450 rushing yards. Given recent high level draft pick QBs Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco and Mark Sanchez came in to similar situations with teams that were expected to play poorly, I think most collectors would expect Tebow to produce like JaMarcus Russell and Matt Stafford in this situation.
Friday, March 26, 2010
This now gives Panini licenses with the NBA (exclusive), NFL and NHL plus FIFA for the upcoming World Cup (and the 2014 World Cup). Are they going to be taking over the collecting world in just a short time of existence in the US?
Topps can survive on baseball, that is for certain, but can Upper Deck survive? There is the current rumor that they will be dropped from the NFL license, and if that is true will the NFL reward Topps with their license back or will Panini become the NFL’s exclusive brand? Can Upper Deck survive on the NHL and NCAA or will the potential loss of the NFL license be the death strike to the company? Also, can the NHL/Panini agreement mark the beginning of an exclusive license for Panini? Now that would almost certainly mean a quick end for Upper Deck if they loose the NFL too
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I guess having faith in a redemption card can pay off. On March 6th I redeemed my Taj Gibson NBA Team Patch Signature card that I pulled out of a box of 2009 Panini Rookie & Stars. I know that the cards had already started shipping because I have seen a couple up for auction on eBay, but I was expecting at least a minimum of 4-6 weeks before processing. Well, today I received an email from Panini saying that my card’s status has been updating, hoping for the best but expecting the worst I looked at my account and sure enough my Taj Gibson card shipped today. I will never complain about an 18-day turn around. To bad all redemptions are completed this quickly. I have heard of people waiting for well over a year for their redemptions to be filled only to receive a completely different card.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Last Monday I decided to finally take part in Chemgod’s Monday Night Contest over at Bad Wax. The prizes were a Bazooka Rookie Threads Frank Gore jersey and a LaDainian Tomlinson Gridiron Kings #/100. I want to thank Chemgod for the holding his Monday Night Contests, and if you are not regularly reading Bad Wax you should take a look. Also, if you are a custom card maker or just a fan of custom cards Chemgod also hosts The Custom Card Blog.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Not familiar with Jeremy Tyler? Here is a run down of this young man’s basketball career to give you a little insight of what he has the potential for in the future:
-He quit high school in his senior year at San Diego High School to go play professional ball in Israel where he signed a $140,000 1-year contract.
-In 10 games for Maccabi Haifa he has averaged 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per game
-He walked out of a game at halftime leaving his team to play on without him because he was upset about not getting more playing time.
-Maccabi Haifa suspended him because they are tired of his immature bullshit
-He quit the team yesterday, without telling his agent, and is returning to San Diego
This kid has pre-mature Diva written all over his face and funny thing is that his agent actually is “positive” about Tyler’s experience in Israel. Does he not realize that the kid played like shit, has a bad attitude and just walked out on a legal contract? Not to mention he can not be drafted or sign with an NBA team until after next season, he can not play in the NCAA because he has played professionally and his actions are damn well sure to be noticed by NBA scouts. This kid just showed another reason why high school players should not be drafted. For every Kobe and LeBron you find a good 5-10 other kids who failed.
Will he ever make it to the NBA? Who knows, there is a chance that he may never play professional ball again, but that will be up to him. This kid was expected to do big things, he was constantly ranked in the top 2-3 of his recruiting class and supposedly has awsome skills. But, can those overcome a poor attitude? As an after thought, Maccabi Haifa, his ex-team, is in a title race in the Israel Premier League, a title could have helped this kid's potential future too. He quit a title contender, imagine how he would play for Minnesota, Knicks or the Bobcats, I wouldn't imagine that the teams would take kindly to an unproven rookie walking out in the middle of a game.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
So, does this new found release move him up the draft boards or is he still a project pick in the Second or Third Rounds? Do we see a team like the Colts or Saints pick him up with the intent on molding him in to the QB of the distant future? As a follow up question, if Tebow does some how squeak in to the First Round does that change his collectability? One thing that I have noticed is that most late First Round QBs rarely draw in the collectors, examples such as Brady Quinn, Jason Campbell, JP Losman and Rex Grossman can be found stacked in the “Commons” bin for a quarter apiece now.
This years QB listing does not seem to have any definitive standouts, people are talking about Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy and Jimmy Clausen but what is expected of these players? Do we see Bradford bringing the Rams out of obscurity? Would Clausen jump in for Jason Campbell and make the Redskins a playoff team? If either of those players is available at the #6 slot I do see the Seahawks picking them up as a QB of the future, even considering the recent Charlie Whitehurst trade. I could also see the Browns picking up one of the 3 QBs, but that still leaves Tebow sitting in the Green Room all alone at the end of Day 1.
Personally I have hopes for Colt McCoy making it in the NFL, which comes from my wife being from Texas, but otherwise I will not be hunting down cards from this year’s crop of QBs.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I have never been interested in trading card games like Magic or Pokemon, but I have been collecting long enough to see those trends come and go and I think that the artwork in some of those trading card games is pretty awesome. I decided to grab up a couple of packs tonight of the Panini NBA Adrenalyn XL while I was out at Wallyland. I figured at 98 cents a pack I wasn’t really wasting money and I would get a first hand look at the set. I hate to say it but I am hooked and while I don’t see myself working on a set, there are 450 base cards, I may pick up a few packs here and there to look for my favorite players. The set actually reminds me of the Fleer NBA sets from the early 90s.
In Panini fashion they managed to create 4 parallels not counting the All-Star set. Besides the Base set there is the Special parallel, Extra parallel, Extra Signature parallel and Ultimate parallel. Honestly I am not totally sure of the differences between most of the parallels it looks to be foiling, imprinted autographs and the NBA logo. If anyone has any additional information I would appreciate the help so I know what the differences truly are between the parallels.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Consider how some recent QBs scored and you really have to wonder how much the test really shows about the players. Here are the reported scores of this year’s crop of QBs; Sam Bradford- 36, Colt McCoy- 25, Jimmy Clausen- 23 and Tim Tebow- 22. So why exactly are the sports casters making a humongous deal about Tebow’s 22 out of 50? If Tebow fails, I can guarantee it will not be based on his Wonderlic score.
You may ask how these scores compare to other QBs? Starting at the highest reported score:
Alex Smith- 40 out of 50
Eli Manning- 39 out of 50
Omar Jacobs- 38 out of 50
Matt Leinart- 35 out of 50
Brian Griese- 29 out of 50
Peyton Manning- 28 out of 50 (Ryan Leaf scored 27)
Dan Marino- 15 out of 50
Jim Kelly- 15 out of 50
Vince Young- 6 out of 50 and then 15 out of 50 on a second test
Jeff George- 10 out of 50
Do you notice a pattern? Yes I did cherry pick to prove a point but feel free to take a look at a larger selection of Wonderlic scores to see I am not to far off base with my small sample.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
If the Browns do release Quinn they will only have 2 QBs on the depth chart, former Seahawk Senaca Wallace and untested Brett Ratliff. As a Seahawk fan I had the opportunity to see Wallace play often and I have to say that seeing Wallace line up behind center still makes me wince. As a wide receiver or playing QB on a trick play he is fine but you do not want to see him take a majority of the snaps. Ratliff went undrafted and spent his first couple of years on the practice squad and then as 3rd string QB for the Jets, his biggest claim to fame was that he was included in the trade that sent the Brown’s 2009 First Round to the Jets in which they used to draft Mark Sanchez. He has never taken a snap in the NFL and went a whopping 10-5 in college for the Utah Utes.
Given, the Browns do hold the #7 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and there are a couple of prospects at QB in the draft this year including Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen or Colt McCoy. Take in to account that Mike Holmgren has already said that the Browns are not interested in Tebow (which could just be a talk).
What inside information do the Browns have to really want to pursue Delhomme? He did put up more yards then Quinn last year but he was sacked more often, he had more INTs and his overall rating was worse not to mention Delhomme just turned 35 in January. Well, I hope that if Quinn is released that he finds he way up to the Pacific Northwest and signs with the Seahawks. With the Seahawks having 2 picks in the top 15 you can expect a QB to be drafted, some mock drafts have the Hawks taking either Bradford or Clausen (depending on the Rams draft at #1) and Quinn could fit in nicely with the change over from Hasselbeck to the new QB.
Garciaparra was once considered one of the top 3 or 4 Shortstops during his early days, often comparing him with Jeter and A-Rod, but then he fell out of favor with the team and seemed to go in to obscurity. He ended his career hitting .313 avg, 229 HRs and 936 RBIs, not a bad career when you look at it.
Surprisingly enough, the eBay trolls have not begun to overload the site with overpriced cards just yet. You can also find plenty of Nomar autographs and relics for under $10 and even a handful running around $1.00 each.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Not long ago I wrote up a post about Early Doucet coming around as a viable receiver for the Cardinals but I do not know if he is ready to jump up in to the #2 slot just yet. This is going to leave a lot of situations where Fitzgerald is going to be double covered and possibly triple covered. Toss in that Leinart just became the starting QB, depending on how the draft plays out, and the Cards just dropped in the standings without even playing a game.
Adding Boldin to a team with QB Joe Flacco, RBs Ray Rice and Willis McGahee, WR Derrick Mason and TE Todd Heap, you can expect a better result then last years surprise playoff run. I have been drifting towards being a Ravens fan (I will never stop being a Seahawks fan…ever); this just adds another piece to the fan puzzle for me. I look forward to Boldin wearing the purple and black next season.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I originally posted each hat individually over at the Custom Card Blog.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
The cards themselves are pretty basic, the backgrounds are removed and the player is imposed over a patterned background. Most players are in an action pose with the player’s name and team logo on the bottom left. I do not care for the font that was used, I understand that the designers were going for a grunge style to match the background but it just looks sophomoric and poorly designed.
The set is 165 cards consisting of 100 Current Stars, 15 Retired Stars, 15 Rookies (lower round picks) and 34 Rookie Team Patch Signatures. Each card has 3 parallels; Gold #/500, HoloFoil #/250 and Materials #/250.
There are also a whole slew of inserts including Gold Stars, Moments in Time, Sharp Shooters, Studio Combo Rookies and Team Leaders. I like the Gold Stars and Moment In Time inserts, the font on the sets suck too, but otherwise the designs are pretty sharp.
What I Pulled:
Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 5
Cards pulled: 124
Base set completion:
91% of Commons
62% of Entire Set (counting Common, Retired, Rookies & Rookie Patches)
Materials: Dwyane Wade
Rookie NBA Team Patch Signatures
#134 Tyreke Evans
#154 Taj Gibson – Redemption Card
2 Gold Stars
3 Moments in Time
4 Sharp Shooters
1 Studio Combo Rookies
1 Studio Combo Rookies Materials Hasheem Thabeet/DeJuan Blair
5 Team Leaders
I love that the set contains a mixture of current jerseys, alternate jerseys and throwback jerseys; it shakes things up a bit when working on a set. The Vince Carter card caught me odd, he does not have a jersey number and I am not sure why. Gotta love the Artis Gilmore card, rocking the ‘fro before Ben Wallace sported it.
I pulled 3 of the 4 Dwyane Wade cards, I am only missing the Gold #/500 parallel card. Not a bad player to get the entire parallel set with.
Besides the Wade jersey swatch I pulled 3 other “hits” from the box. I got an interesting match of Hasheem Thabeet and DeJuan Blair on a Studio Rookies Combo jersey card. We got Blair, the #37 pick, who is arguably one of the top 15 rookies in the NBA this year for a playoff bound Spurs team. On the other side we have Thabeet, the #2 pick, who was just delegated to the NBAD league from a Lottery Pick team. You wonder who makes the selections for the match ups.
- A large selection of current stars, retired players and rookies
- Large variety of inserts
- NBA Team Patch Signatures are just kick ass auto/relics
- Some signatures are on relics
- Plain backgrounds
- To many parallels
- Sticker Autos
- Poorly designed relic cards with dime sized relics
- Redemption cards
Overall I really was happy with this box. I completed 91% of the base set (cards 1-100) and 62% overall of the 165 cards. The only duplicate I pulled was a Magic Johnson Moment in Time insert card, but lets be honest… pulling 2 Rookie NBA Team Patch Signature cards well made up for just the one duplicate. For under $70 and free shipping from Blowout Cards I might consider picking up another box or two if I have the cash to work on completing as much of the set as I can.