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Friday, January 28, 2011

Topps missing autograph mail day.

Just got this in the mail from Topps today. I purchased a box of 2010 Bowman Draft Pick and Prospects and it didn't have an autograph in it. So I went to the Topsp web site and followed their directions for submitting the required information to get the missing autographed replaced.  It's easy and painless and Topps did an excellent job sending the missing autograph quickly.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lousy pack wars luck but some nice cards. Hockey edition.

I just got back from the Thursday night pack wars at Price's Sports Cards. I didn't have much luck getting any big hits but came out with a few nice cards.  The shop didn't have a lot to choose from the the Hockey department this time. Hockey is a slow seller here for the most part so I'm happy with what I can get sometimes.

First up was some 2010-11 Score hockey packs.  Panini America brought back the Score brand from the dead.  For a $1.00 per pack it's a steal for the price. The photography is good and getting one glossy card per pack is a nice addition. I ended up getting 2 Hot Rookies out of 3 packs and 1 Playoff Heroes insert. I was hoping for a Snoglobe insert but no luck this time.

The other hockey round we did 2009-10 Upper Deck series one since they where out of 2010-11 for now.
These shop was selling packs tonight for $2.50 a pack so it was another great rip for the price. The one thing Upper Deck hockey always has going for it is the photography. The images always look great and with the glossy coating on the cards makes them really pop.

I ended up with 2 Young Guns and a Martin Brodeur Hockey Heroes insert. I also scanned in the Ryan Miller base card to show off the great photography.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A box of Donruss Hockey from about a week ago.

Just to show I don't just do baseball cards. I used to be a huge hockey fan pre-strike by strayed away since then. I've been slowly getting back in to the groove and with a bunch of nice products and a new player the the hockey card game this year with Panini America (Donruss) making cards I've had a bunch of products to choose from.

I really like the look of the base cards and rookie in the first edition of Donruss Hockey. They look clean and crisp and they done a great job with the photography.  The inserts are awesome looking.  My favorite is the Ice Kings set and the Goalie acetate cards are a close second.  For the GU and autograph hits I ended up doing very well and had no complaints other than I didn't get an autograph but the Taylor Hall RC jersey made it for that. 

Here are some scans:

2010 Bowman Platinum Baseball box break.

So I stopped by the local card shop and picked up a box of 2010 Bowman Platinum baseball to rip. 
The base cards look good in hand with a foil finish to them. They don't scan well on my scanner though.
The different color parallels and refractors really look great.   I ended up with a Justin Morneau gold /539,  a Hak-Ju Lee green /499, and several refractors all /999. 

The other hits in the box where the bonus box topper redemption autograph. I redeemed it and this popped up: congratulations, you unlocked a Gorkys Hernandez - BONUS - Refractor Autograph.  The other versions are, Refractor Autographs, Green Refractor Autographs, Blue Refractor Autographs, Red Refractor Autographs, Superfractor Autographs and Printing Plate Autographs.

My other hits where a Keyvius Sampson Refractor autograph, and a Scott McGough Autograph Jersey /740.  So according to the box and the sell sheet I was supposed to get two on-card autograph Refractor cards and (1) autographed relic card per box. So I was shorted one of the autograph refractor cards. 

So it look like I'll be contacting Topps customer service and emailing the required information for the missing autograph.  

All and all a nice looking product but a little disappointed in the missing autograph. 
Here are some scans of the cards. 

Monday, January 24, 2011

Topps Million Card mail day.

I finally got around to getting some of the cards in my Topps Million Card Giveaway delivered.
Some of them are pretty beat up but that's expected due to the age. I'm not sure with a promotion that large that Topps had much to pull from.
I got 18 cards delivered and it cost just over $11.00 shipped for them. Topps did a nice job packaging them up and each card was sleeved with a penny sleeve and then put in a top loader.

Here is what I got in today.

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