Thursday, October 16, 2014

Topps Gets Exclusive Autograph And Promotional Deal With Mike Trout

I could have gone with "Topps Reels In A Huge Exclusive" but that wouldn't do justice to the news that today Topps and Mike Trout announced a multi-faceted partnership. This exclusive deal means Trout’s autographed trading cards will only be found in Topps products. In addition, Trout will continue be the face of Topps BUNT, the mobile sports app for iOs and Android, in 2015.

Trout’s cards will be available in many Topps 2014 and 2015 Baseball products including Topps Chrome, Triple Threads Baseball, Dynasty Baseball, Five Star Baseball and more. Topps BUNT 2015 will launch in late March of 2015.

2014 Topps Finest Baseball Cards Box Break Recap And Review

What a difference a year makes.  Topps played with the Finest formula last year and got some things right. Unfotunately what they got wrong was the card design. This year all of those added elements remain and 2014 Topps Finest Baseball comes on strong with a sharp looking design.

While Finest Baseball falls under our classification of premium cards, there is enough here to keep set builders interested so there is some cross over into our trading cards category.  Hobby exclusive master boxes contain 2 mini boxes, with each mini containing 6 - 5 card packs.  Each master box contains 2 On-Card Autographs.

Here are some of the cards we pulled.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2014 Donruss Baseball Cards Box Break Recap And Review

I have always been outspoken with my opinion that team logos do not make or break a card, that great cards can still be produced without a league license. Just the same, having a league license does not guarantee every set of cards will be fantastic. Unfortunately for 2014 Donruss Baseball, the thing that hurts the set is not the absence of a league license, it’s photo selection, or lack thereof. Here is an example.

That is a lot of cards that look pretty much the same.  As a matter of fact, the vast majority of photos are from 4 vantage points, one for right handed hitters, one for left handed hitters, one for right handed pitchers and one for left handed pitchers.  

Even with team logos, these cards would be uninteresting and repetitive.  Add the “throwback” backs that are about as dull as humanly possible, short of the full names, and now you have an entire base set that is not worth collecting. (I can’t believe I just said that.) The only collectors who might be interested in this base set would be those people who collect a player or two that MUST have every card ever published to complete their collection.

The only thing that saves this set from being a complete write off would be the inserts, not even the hits. Clearly the most desirable cards to come out of this set are the Diamond Kings, a collector favorite. These are a prime example that no license is needed to produce a good looking card.

Still, will any of this stop true Donruss fans from gobbling up these cards, especially with the return of the Rated Rookie? Probably not.

2014 Donruss Baseball fits into our Trading Cards category.  Each Hobby box includes 24 packs with 8 cards per pack, one oversized Diamond Kings box topper and 2 autographs and one game gear memorabilia card per box.

Here are some of the cards we pulled.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

2014 Bowman Chrome Baseball Box Break Recap And Review

Change is difficult for some people, but a little bit of change can go a long way. Not much has changed with Bowman Baseball for some time now and collectors have been good with that. 2014 Bowman Chrome comes with some change. Change that collectors should like.

Initially Bowman Chrome seems very much the same. Same Retail price as last year. Same Bowman look and feel. Leaving this working formula alone should put change averse collectors at ease. But then you start to notice the first change, more hits per box. iNow there are 2 autographs per hobby box versus last year’s one per box, 5 autographs per jumbo versus last year’s 3 per box.

Second change can be seen with the card backs. Instead of simply carrying over the backs from the regular Bowman Baseball product, these backs add more scouting information about the players.

Last change is with the variety of inserts. Minis, 1989 Bowman is Back, standard die cuts and the Dali -esque die cuts.  

All of these changes elevate Bowman Chrome to a set of cards worthy of collecting on their own merit and not just a compliment to collecting Bowman Baseball.

2014 Bowman Chrome Baseball fits into our Trading Cards category.  The Hobby box we broke includes 18 packs with 4 cards per pack and 2 chrome autographs per box.

Here are some of the cards we pulled from our box.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

2014 Topps Finest Football Cards Video Box Break

Pulling a Sandy Koufax Rookie Reprint Autograph from 2014 Topps Finest Baseball was quite a thrill.  Now Football is up.  Take a look at this video box break of 2014 Topps Finest Football to see what we pulled.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

2014 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Card Video Box Break With Some Big Hits

When it comes to Triple Threads, booklets are all the rage. Unlike in 2011 when we hit a gorgeous Mat Kemp booklet there was no booklet to be found in our display box of 2014 Topps Triple Threads Baseball. But as in other years prior no booklet is no problem. the box we opened was very satisfying.

To see what was inside our two mini boxes, check out the box break video below.

You can also visit our YouTube page for all our box breaks.

Win An Entire Case Of Topps Fire Football Cards

Today, Friday, September 19th, is officially Topps Fire Friday. What does this mean? It means that starting today collectors around the county will have a chance to win a case of Topps Fire Football trading cards, which hits stores in January. 

Starting today and running all weekend long, through September 21st, to enter for a chance to win, just walk into your local hobby shop and ask that the store order Topps Fire Football. Next, take a picture of you in the hobby store “asking for Topps Fire” in a creative way such as holding up a sign that says “I want Topps Fire” with the store manager. Once you take the picture, tweet it out using both the hashtag, #ToppsFireFriday &, Topps' Twitter handle, @Toppscards OR post the picture to Topps' Facebook page at using the the hashtag, #ToppsFireFriday .

The entrant who submits the most creative photo will win! The winner will be announced on Tuesday September 23rd on Topps’ Twitter and Facebook accounts. The lucky winner will receive a CASE of Topps Fire Football upon release of the product in January 2015!

Good Luck and get out there and demand your Topps Fire™ Football! See complete official rules at