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2019 Immaculate Collection Baseball – First Off the Line

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Manufacturer: Panini

Product: 2019 Immaculate Collection Baseball – First Off the Line

With the promise of a rookie button auto, I think I was sold… LOL

I got a box, I got some hits and of course the promised rookie button auto.

I have always like Immaculate Baseball and the huge patches. I also love the chance at old school relics. I was lucky enough to get a box that included all the stuff I love and no real duds. Enjoy the video above to see what I hit.

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2019 Topps Allen & Ginter

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2019 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball

This is one of those sets that people either love or hate for one reason or another. Me? I just like it. It has some weird stuff to chase like Upper Deck’s Goodwin Champions.

Topps did well to boost the different items you can find in A&G this year. I love the addition of the Box Topper Rip cards that hold three different minis inside. I saw All Star Case Breaks rip one and inside was the 1/1 Jackie Robinson Sketch Card. It was a gorgeous card.

I was lucky enough for this review to get the Gold Foil Hot Box, one per case if I am not mistaken and they are very cool looking although my cards all seemed to be miscut or OC left to right.

I did get a 4 hit box though and if you will have to watch the video to see the RIP card I ripped. The rip card came from another box my son and I opened at the local card shop, The Card Shop.

Hope you liked the video and the hits!

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Like, for its mix of weird and the overall card design.

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2019 Panini Contenders Optic Football

Manufacturer: Panini

Product: 2018 Contenders Optic Football

Keeping in line with making base paper product shiny and new with a chrome look, here comes Contenders Optic Football!

This set is great looking, I love the thickness of the cards, make me feel like they will hold up for a long time and not bend with age.

One thing I hope they do next year is punch up the color of the parallels, they just looked dull in some instances, like the red wasn’t as brilliant as it could be with the Aaron Rodgers parallel.

A quick rip that gets right to the point, from a box break perspective, if you are hunting for a big name hit, it was painful to keep digging into a case at the $150/box price point. I got lucky with my box and hit a Rosen Rookie Auto, considered to be one of the top tier QBs. Not sure if that held up and he may be second string come next season, when it is rumored that the Cardinals will draft Kyle Murray.

Only time will tell, in the meantime, I will enjoy the cards I hit.

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2019 Topps Gypsy Queen

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2019 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball

Ringing up at just under $100/box is one of my favorite annual products. If you had seen Topps Magic Football, a few years back when Topps still had the NFL License, I was big into this stylized look of the photos, the color pop and the homage to the old school design.

This year’s GQ guarantees 2 autographs (always on card with this set). I am not sure if it guarantees a numbered card or parallel, and the big addition of a box topper pack of 3 chrome cards and yes, you can hit a superfractor.

My lighting wasnt’ the greatest and what I thought was a shortprint, Matt Davidson, wasn’t. Taking all of that into consideration, the recap at the end of the video was good. I thought the two autos were decent and the shortprints were cool.

I don’t know if it is enough to get me to build a set again, price being what it is and the odds, they both are deterrents. I think I will call it good on buying boxes and peruse ebay and see if anything out there catches my eye and I have to have.

Side note, I did get into a break and hit a Shohei Ohtani Auto. Can’t wait to get it in.

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2019 Topps Inception Baseball


Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2019 Topps Inception Baseball

At $65/box or so, get ready, because you are paying for a one-hit wonder here. I love the fat packs but this year, their isn’t one particular player to chase. So if you are looking to flip, this product may not be one you want to dump a lot of cash into.

On the other hand, if you are wanting to build a set and get a hit while you are at it, you get four base cards, two base card parallels, normally one numbered and an auto or autograph patch card.

Is it worth it? I think on a personal box level, you are taking a bigger risk than normal. If you are sold on this set and want a particular player or card, I would steer you towards buying it outright on ebay.

The design is lacking some inspiration with its stylization and coffee stain look. I would think that using the same treatment on the players as GQ will run its course soon with collectors. I am hoping that they up the design game a bit next year… my guess is they won’t.

There are case hits with the product, a black card with silver or gold ink auto, then a jumbo patch auto which is vertical.

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2018 Bowman Draft Super Jumbo – Product Review UPDATE

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2018 Bowman Draft Baseball – Super Jumbo


Update!

I did send the Liberatore auto in for a replacement the day after this review. I now have the replacement in hand on February 22nd and it is clean! Thanks Topps.

Unscuffed replacement that came back pretty fast!

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2018 Panini One Football – Product Review

Manufacturer: Panini America

Product: 2018 Panini One Football

PRICE: $130/box

Brand new to the hobby from Panini America but it follows the format of Topps Dynasty and Upper Deck Splendor.

As stated on the sellsheet, 85% of the product will be patch autos. This is sure to be full of top tier rookies and lots of vets to go around.

I love the look of the cards and that they didn’t use image variations which is something I didn’t like much at all about Topps Dynasty.

Good job to Panini and I think the hobby is loving this stuff. I am one of those in love with it and look forward to its sophomore release and of course, I am waiting to see what they do with this in Basketball and Baseball. Should be great!

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2018 Bowman Draft Super Jumbo – Product Review

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2018 Bowman Draft Baseball – Super Jumbo

PRICE: Approximately $300/box

Bowman is THE product when it comes to chasing prospects and the big chase is always the superfractor autos of the 1st Bowman cards.

I was able to get my hands on a super jumbo case. It wasn’t cheap but was one of the things on my hobby bucket list to do. Purchase a case and rip it for me!

Apologies for the music being louder than my voice in the video. It is a long one so if you want to skip to the end about the 1:01:13 mark, you will catch the recap with all the autos.

I love the product and the chance to get my hands on some of the up and coming players that I will monitor after I get their cards on MLB.com. I like to watch how their value will rise and fall and where they are on the Top 100 prospect list.

There were some surface issues especially on the base Liberatore auto, so I plan to send that off to customer service and see what if anything can be done. If something happens, I will do my best to add an UPDATE to this post.

Now to sort the stack of base chrome and figure out what to do with all this paper base. I think I my local card shop might get some new singles for their shelves.

Oh if you are curious, I took all of the autos and checked all of the recent sales numbers. If I were to move them I could expect about $935, which by current box prices, is enough for a half case.

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2018 Panini Contenders Football – Product Review

Manufacturer: Panini

Product: 2018 Panini Contenders Football

PRICE: $200

One of the hobby world’s sought after product for football, this set is cool and the design this year is a hit for me. I like the large team logos on the bottom right of the base cards and I do enjoy the ability to scope out and find the variation autos just by looking at the front of the card. Kudos to the design staff at Panini for taking a stab at making it easier. In the video above, you will see me finally notice the difference, now I just need to confirm it, lol.

If you are an NFL fan and in the hobby, I would urge you to take your shot at a box and GOOD LUCK, sometimes, you may get a “who?” result, to find out later, the player is ridiculously good, of course it could be the other way around, but let’s stay optimistic!

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2018-19 Panini Prizm Choice Basketball – Product Review

Manufacturer: Panini

Product: 2018-19 Panini Prizm Choice Basketball

PRICE: $???

Got my hands on some Asia exclusive product. It was a fun rip. I liked the parallels and the quick rip. No base to worry about really after the fact. I hope they release this in the U.S. next season. I bet it will be a big hit with everyone depending on the buy-in.

By the way, the Tiger stripe? New favorite parallel.

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2018 Donruss Optic Football – FOTL Premium Edition – Product Review

Manufacturer: Panini

Product: 2018 Donruss Optic Football First Off The Line Premium Edition

PRICE: $100

I was lucky enough to land a box of this stuff before it sold out.

If you haven’t watched the video, here is a quick summary.

It is a “premium edition” boiled down to 6 cards per pack, 1 pack per box. 2 Autographs on average, so you get to the nitty gritty fast. Essentially, you are buying two hits.

The cards are what you expect from Panini’s chrome product, thicker cards with that awesome shine to the parallels. I landed a Purple Star Auto Parallel as promised. The parallel looks cool and the stars are pretty subtle but eye catching. I also landed what I believe to be a red parallel, which as usual, is a striking color to see.

I was happy to see that the autos I did pull were both on card.

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2018 Topps WWE Undisputed Wrestling – Product Review

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2018 Topps WWE Undisputed Wrestling

PRICE: $225.00/box

When I saw the two boxes of Undisputed arrive at Scott’s I had to ask if he was open to me busting them and doing a product review.

As you can see in the video above, I thought I would take a different route to the video, rather than show the pack opening, I just showed the results. I am not sure if this is a method I prefer, but it sped up the process and you could see the amount of cards you can get and the hits faster than if I had opened each pack.

Let me know in the comments below if you like this better, or if you prefer to see each pack opened.

I really like the thickness of each card, each comfortably fitting in a 100pt top loader.

The hit per pack style was awesome as was the guarantee of 8 autographs per box. It was good odds you would get a group of good names or a good chance at parallels in your box.

I like the design of the cards with the ink blot that made the card feel dynamic and rough which is what you want a wrestling card to look like. I also like the varnish on the photos on a matte card. The back of the card had short snippets of info about the wrestler and a key match in their career.

The subsets celebrating 30 years… man 30 years. Survivor Series and Royal Rumble. They were a walk down memory lane. It was really fun reading about the event after the video stopped and I put the cards back in my shoebox.

If you are interested in any of the hits, please check out my ebay listings. I had no idea what to price these at so based on checking out listings prior to posting my hits, I had some general figures to work with, they will be adjusted as cards complete sales.

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2018 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball – Product Review

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball

PRICE: $95.00/box

I got sucked in by the quirky and odd with Topps Allen & Ginter again. Not to shabby though, I got three relics, including a framed mini relic of Kris Bryant. I also was lucky enough to get the one per case box of silver gloss cards. I will have to look at the backs of all of them and make sure non of them are 1/1s, as they do exist. I actually saw one in a personal box break that All Star Sports Cards did.

I didn’t expect anything new here, but I am disappointed that I thought all this time there was the A&G codebreaker promo, to find out they haven’t done it in a few years… bummer.

Anyways, enjoy the video and should you do a box or two or more, I hope you hit one of the fun rip cards or a book or any other crazy hit available in the product.

Also, I mention it in the video and would like your opinion. Do you like the “Fake” relics of mythological creatures and stuff like that? Comment below and see you next time!

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2018 Topps Baseball Series Two – Blaster Product Review

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2018 Topps Baseball – Series Two – Target Blaster

PRICE: $19.99/box

I was able to get a blaster of this at Target and went in hunting for a short print of Torres or Acuna, came away with a Derek Jeter Legend SP. I can’t complain for the flagship product.

Again, I always hate the cardstock for this stuff, too flimsy, but it is what it is. The flagship base product has been including some great photography, I liked the team photos or at least the more candid photos of some of the stars of the game.

If you can get a hold of a blaster or more in retail, it is a cheaper way to get your hands on the stuff, always a fun rip in hobby or retail. Enjoy it, then get out and see a game live and in person.

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2018 Bowman Baseball – Mega Box (Target Exclusive) – Product Review

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2018 Bowman Baseball – Mega Box (Target Exclusive)

PRICE: $14.99/box

Like a lot of other in the hobby, I did my hunting at many Targets in my area and not only did I search up front with the cards in their normal spot, there was word that the cards were near end caps in the toy aisle, or even in the grocery aisle at different stores. Great move Target, getting me to walk the whole store on my hunt. Also, if I had a fitbit, I would have racked up even more steps.

I never did find any boxes, but thankfully, I have people willing to help me out.

I want to thank Brad, @dailywaxcards (give him a follow!) and maker of sortsof.com, download the sortsof (iphone|android) app for your phone today.

He did get me two boxes, one you see in the video above, the second box had these two beauties.

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2018 Bowman Baseball Retail Blaster Box (Target) – Product Review

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2018 Bowman Baseball

PRICE: $19.99/box

The Ohtani chase got a hold of me and the hobby box prices were skyrocketing so fast, retail was definitely the only way I was going to get any of this product to do a review. As you saw in the video above, I was lucky enough to pull an auto. Whether Aaron Knapp will be good or not, I don’t know. I will have to hit MLB.com and other sites to get a look into how the kid is doing. I still can’t believe I hit an auto. Oh and I also couldn’t believe I didn’t hit an Ohtani base.

Side note: I opened 5 total blasters including this one for the review. I hit a color parallel paper auto and one of the tough Big League Breakthrough redemption cards. Check the photo below.

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2018 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball – Product Review

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Panini

Product: 2018 Donruss Diamond Kings Baseball

PRICE: $72.00/box

I wasn’t able to get my hands on this product to bust for a video but I did take part in a couple breaks. I was also able to watch case breaks and watch the excitement from collectors, breakers, and flippers.

The excitement this year is busting baseball to chase Shohei Ohtani, the breakout star for the Los Angeles Angels, who is a dual threat and is being compared to Babe Ruth.

Watching cases of this, I can tell the cards are the standard card stock that has a texture, there are framed cards, the aurora insert is back, there are many other insert sets and from my observation, more than one Ohtani variation in each box.

For those chasing and flipping, I don’t know what kind of value will be had on ebay, or any other marketplace to sell your cards after busting packs.

Outside of the chase, I did see some great cards, the design is just as we have come to expect from Diamond Kings through the last few years, the price is right and will lead to a lot of the product being opened. I enjoy the chase for the cut autos, the patch auto cards, and the legendary players on the checklist.

If I hit an Ohtani auto or relic, cool. I will chalk it up to pure luck. I have seen some other cool cards, yeah, I did see a Private Signings of Ohtani, but I also saw a one of one patch of Mark McGwire and a one of one patch auto of Mariano Rivera. Both from different breakers, but man were those cards cool.

Get in while the gettin’ is good! Have fun, at this price it is fun and can bring some hefty rewards if you choose to sell.

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2017 Leaf Trinity Baseball – Product Review

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Leaf

Product: 2017 Leaf Trinity Baseball

PRICE: $125.00/box

Logos or not, this set is pretty cool. I know when I first ran across it a few years ago, I was blown away by the patches and the list of prospect autos in the set.

It is early in the 2018 MLB Season so this product is ahead of the likes of Bowman. This helps collectors get their hands on some hot prospects that everyone is clamoring for.

I really like the set, one of a few with a price point that won’t really put you in the poor house.

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2018 Topps Gypsy Queen – Product Review

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Topps

Product: 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball

PRICE: $100.00/box

Okay, so I have a confession.

I have been hooked on this product since 2012. I have been working on base sets on each year since then. I haven’t even finished the base set of 2012 and I need to just get that done.

So what do I like about it? Well, I am sure by now you can guess, I like the feel of these cards, the cardstock is nice and thick, and the look and feel? Forget about it. I love the stylized look of these.  I know I saw some early comments on other sites about people not liking the product design, but I am and always will be a fan. I liken it to Topps Magic, so I am glad this product line hasn’t disappeared.

Topps if you see this, keep this product line going.

If you are a fan of this product you will also have noticed the missing mini card boxes. I am on the fence about this set not being a part of the product this year. They were a pain to deal with and trying to build a set of those, good luck. I am sure some have done it, but I was not ready to fork over the money to do it. I guess, I am okay with dropping it.

The tarot cards, I will have likely mentioned it in the video above, I like this set and will be looking for lots for sale on ebay. I have tried to get some already, only to be outbid. I hope I can get this set done soon, maybe after the initial release excitement dies down, I may be able to get a deal on them then. Wish me luck.

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2017 Panini Contenders Football – Product Review

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Panini

Product: 2017 Panini Playoff Contenders Football

PRICE: $145.00/box

If you are a baseball collector, you know that there is a specific product everyone is buying and is THE brand of card to get when prospecting.

Well, this is what Panini Contenders is to the NFL sports card market.

I have a good time opening this product every year as there are some player autos you will hit that you never expected, some of players you never heard of. Plus of that, if that player does have a great career, there is a possibility you could be sitting on a future boom. If not, maybe it will be of a player from your Alma Mater, on your favorite team, from your hometown, or maybe is a player you can trade with friends and enjoy the hobby.

I like all of the inserts like the Legendary set that highlights players from the HOF or possible first ballot HOF’ers. Or Round Numbers, which highlight a pair of players, rookies and or vets, they leave ya wondering what’s up with that, and flipping the card over for more details, or hitting Google to find out information I was not aware of.

If you watched the video above and kept count, we only hit 4 autos in all, the box says there are at least 5 autos per box on average. Even with that, we did well in my opinion. Check the video out, speed through it if you have to, just have fun watching and comment on this post and let me know what you think!

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Short Report: Panini America Reveals More SPs, SSPs in 2017 Contenders Football

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Short Report: Panini America Starts Sharing SPs, SSPs in 2017 Contenders Football

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2017 Panini Preferred Football – Product Review

THE REVIEW

Manufacturer: Panini

Product: 2017 Panini Preferred Football

PRICE: $187.00/box

Well, no video this time as I opened some boxes of this at The Card Shop here in Omaha.

It was an interesting break as my first pack had 2 Rookie Silhouette Jersey Autos of OJ Howard, in the same pack, one right after the other… Not to be dissuaded, I opened more boxes. I have to tell you I hit some great cards but man, there was no way I was getting back what I spent on the box.

Here are the hits of note in no particular order.

  1. 3 Color Jumbo Patch Auto Silhouette of Doug Baldwin 06/10
  2. 1/1 Printing Plate Auto of Tony Dorsett (Magenta Plate) Sticker Auto
  3. Ted Hendricks 1 of 1 Signatures
  4. Christian McCaffrey Great X-pectations Rookie Auto Purple Parallel 06/10
  5. Morten Andersen 3/5 Prominent Scripts Emerald
  6. Dede Westbrook Great X-pectations Rookie Auto Gold Parallel 5/5
  7. Jason Witten Preferred Penmanship Red Parallel Auto
  8. Dan Marino Silhouettes Jersey Auto

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