By Don White aka Doniceage
This product was just released on November 27th so I was more than happy to receive a box to review. At first glance I see that the packaging states 11 hits per box, with the claim of “four autographs, 2 crystal ballers, 2 parallels, 2 short prints, and 1 Obak update per box.
The cards are simple and aesthetically pleasing as they do not try to be anything they are not. I do enjoy the look of the Crystal Baller cards as I will explain d further below. Also, it is worth to note that Tri-star uses More >
By Matt McNabb aka ISONJ30G
It’s been six days since football card collectors received quite a shock with the news that 2009 would be the final year, for the foreseeable future, of Topps-branded football cards. But still, more questions than answers remain.
On November 9 the NFLPA’s marketing arm, Players Inc., announced it would not renew Topps’ license to produce officially licensed NFL football cards, starting with the 2010 season. This announcement caps a rollercoaster series of months for collectors:
- Topps has the exclusive MLB license starting in 2010; - Panini has the exclusive NBA license starting in October 2009; - Panini More >
By Karine Hains aka Pheebs888
Nowadays there are fewer and fewer local card shops and more and more Internet sellers. From eBay to local stores that also have a Web site to stores that are exclusively online, the consumer has many options. Presented with all those alternatives, who should you buy from? This article will take a closer look and review one of the big players in the hobby – Blowout Cards (www.blowoutcards.com). To give you as complete a picture as possible of their Web site, we will examine it using eight criteria:
- First Impressions - Navigation - Content - Attractors More >
By Andrew Long aka Samuwry7
Mississauaga, Ontario – 9 A.M., inside the Hershey Center. I alternate my stare between the vacant rink and the rumpled, dog-earred paper with my Upper Deck-approved lines on it. I know them backwards and forwards, and I also know I’ll almost certainly improvise beyond them, but for now, it’s the only thing to do from being overtaken by nerves.
Nearby, middle managers and minnows of Upper Deck scuttle, making preparations. In just an hour, 14 NHL rookies will arrive to begin shooting the 2009 Upper Deck NHL Rookie Debut Boot Camp, and on the first “action” call More >
By Darcy Ryan Brooke-Bisschop aka bb_bros
I wrote an article recently that identified five factors that I take into account when I enter into trade discussions that allow me to go beyond the book value of a card in an effort to maximize my return in a deal.
The first factor that I identified was what I refer to as the White Whale Effect. The term “white whale” is often used by collectors in reference to a card, or cards, on their want lists that seems to elude them endlessly.
Cards can become white whales for a number of reasons. Some of those More >
By Karine Hains aka Pheebs888
There are plenty of great sporting traditions in England; the annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge (rowing), the Grand National (horse racing), the Ashes (cricket), the Premier League and the FA Cup (Soccer) however these mean a lot less to me than what has become the newest tradition on this side of the pond; the NFL International Series. For the third year running, the NFL brought its “A-Game” to Wembley and this time, we were treated to none other than Tom Brady and the New England Patriots taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Once again, I More >