Friday, January 30, 2015

Puppy Bowl Trading Cards

It’s Free Dress Friday here on All About Cards. That means anything goes. With this huge sports weekend just about to start we would be remiss if we didn’t share with you cards of some of the biggest names to be taking the field this weekend. Names like Bubba, Freckles and Mr. Fantastic. Of course we are talking about Puppy Bowl XI. Seen by 13.5 Million viewers, this canine contest has withstood the test of time. 
It's no small production. The Puppy Bowl uses 17 cameras, including the now famous water bowl cam to put viewers right into the action. Over 90 hours of footage is shot during two days of production. On the field there is a rotation of 95 rescue puppies between 12 and 21 weeks old, 21 kittens, 5 goats and 5 hamsters. There’s even an up to the minute Twitter feed run by a bird named Meep. There is also a Puppy Bowl Fantasy Game that you can play.

The main goal, besides providing cuteness overload, is to bring awareness to pet adoption through animal shelters. It’s impossible to accurately measure the impact this show has had but without a doubt untold fabulous pets have been placed in permanent homes thanks to the Puppy Bowl.

With all that goes into the making of the Puppy Bowl and the amount of fans that watch, how on earth are there no Puppy Bowl trading cards? It’s not such a far fetched idea. especially with this year’s introduction of two opposing teams, Ruff vs. Fluff.

That’s were we come in. Always looking to help collectors, we have created the complete unauthorized 2015 Puppy Bowl XI trading cards, at least digitally. The set comes includes base cards, SP variations, inserts and autograph cards. Enjoy this sampling for now.

Base Cards
(Information on the cards
Name
Age & Breed
Shelter)

Team Ruff
 Faulkner - Wants to be on Dancing with the Stars
Lewis - Can name every state capital
Kiaria - Loves car rides.
Falcor - Has a crush on Miley Cyrus
Boomer - Champion chess player
Titan - Fluent in English, Spanish and Japanese.

Team Fluff
 Savannah - Thinks Lorde is overrated
Pepper - Can't wait for the new Star Wars movie! 
Maggie - Was first in line to buy the new iPhone. 
 Aaron - Trained at the Royal Shakespeare Company
 Chicklet - Wants to visit all 50 states
 Drew Carey - Loves to bid $1 on The Price is Right.

SP variation
If other sets can have a Rally Squirrel, why can’t this set have a Flying Hamster?

Inserts  - In Action
Referee Dan Schachner
Keeping a close eye on the field for excessive cuteness.
Bowser
Did not know where he was supposed to be during this crucial play. 
His excuse - couldn't study because he ate his playbook.
Izzy & Marley
Izzy seems unruffled by Marley's illegal use of the paws.
Nigerian Dwarf Goat Cheerleaders
Yes... you read that correctly.
Meep the Bird

Autograph
Katty Furry Purrfect Penmanship Certified Paw Print

Who knows, maybe this idea will catch on and we will see actual collectable cards next year.


Hope you enjoyed this. Make sure you come back next Free Dress Friday for more anything goes trading cards.


note - all images, logos and screen captures used in the making of these virtual cards came from the Animal Planet website. Photo credits belong to Keith Barraclough/DCL, Animal Planet and Puppy Bowl XI.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Throw Back Thursday Vintage TBT Card for January 29, 2015

Here is our Throw Back Thursday Vintage TBT Card for January 29, 2015. Ernie Banks
The choice of Ernie Banks this week is an obvious one. When we lost Mr. Cub this week, we lost a large icon that represented the love and fun of the game.

This is as far as I can throw it back, for now, from my collection. It's the 1961 Topps Baseball Ernie Banks #350 which is slightly better than the look of the scan. It's still in a 4 screw down holder with  a bit of a scuffed up top.
Enjoy this throw back vintage and check in Thursdays for more Vintage TBT cards.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hump Day Hit for January 28, 2015

In honor of Awards season, here is our Hump Day Hit.

It's a Walt Disney 1966 Quarter Coin Card #/25 from the still fantastic 2011 Topps American Pie release.

To check out other cards in this set along with a box break recap and review of 2011 Topps American Pie cards, use this link.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Zen Cards Of The Day for January 27, 2015

Here are the Zen Cards of the Day with Last Name word play.

Richard, Richard, Rashad

When you obtain clarity and receive enlightenment, let us know in the comments below.

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Complete 2015 Topps Baseball Series 1 Checklist Is Here

I’ve been hearing about people having trouble downloading the PDF checklist for 2015 Topps Baseball Series 1 from the Topps site. I have it so I’ll share it. For additional checklists of previous releases make sure you check out Sport Cards Radio. (Use this link to check their stuff out.) The PDF was LONG, there are a lot of cards and inserts, so I’ll give everyone three options to see the checklist.

1 - Use this link - 

The Complete 2015 Topps Baseball Cards Series 1 Checklist 

- to view ALL of the cards on one page. Warning, it's a lot to load at one time, especially if you are on a mobile device. The next two options may be better for you.

2 - I’ve divided the cards into groups. Use the links below to look at a small section of cards at one time. You can always come back to this main page to find the link for another part of the list.

BASE SET CARDS

ALL INSERTS CARDS

ALL MANUFACTURED RELICS 

ALL RELIC ONLY CARDS

ALL AUTOGRAPH ONLY CARDS

ALL CUT AUTOS

ALL MANUFACTURED RELIC AUTOS

ALL AUTOGRAPH RELIC CARDS


ALL RETAIL EXCLUSIVES

3 - For those of you just looking to complete a certain insert set with all of the associated hit cards, here are separate pages for those groups of cards. * DENOTES RETAIL EXCLUSIVE

BASE SET

ARCHETYPES (INSERT, RELIC, AUTO, AUTO RELIC)

* THE BABE RUTH STORY * (INSERT)

BASEBALL HISTORY (INSERT, RELIC, CUT AUTO)

BIRTH YEAR COIN AND STAMP (MANU RELIC, MANU RELIC AUTO)

CAREER HIGH (RELIC, AUTO)

* FIRST HOME RUN *  (INSERT, MANU RELIC, RELIC, AUTO RELIC)

FREE AGENT 40 (INSERT, RELIC, AUTO, AUTO RELIC)

FIRST PITCH (INSERT)

FUTURE STARS PIN (MANU RELIC)

GALLERY OF GREATS (INSERT, RELIC, AUTO, AUTO RELIC)

HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR (INSERT, RELIC, AUTO, AUTO RELIC)

IN THE NAME (RELIC)

INSPIRATIONS DUAL (INSERT, RELIC, AUTO,  AUTO RELIC)

* THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY * (INSERT)

MLB SILHOUETTED BATTER LOGO PIN (MANU RELIC)

POSTSEASON PERFORMANCE (RELIC, AUTO, AUTO RELIC)

* ROBBED * (INSERT, RELIC, AUTO RELIC)

SPRING FEVER PROMO (AUTO)

STRATA SIGNATURE (CUT AUTO, AUTO RELIC)

WORLD CHAMPION (RELIC, AUTO, AUTO RELIC)

Hope this was helpful. Make sure you return when we publish our yearly "Everything you need to know about" post on 2015 Topps Baseball, series 1, 2 and Update.



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tyler Kolek And Kyle Schwarber Are The Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Mystery Subjects


Topps just announced the two Mystery Base Card Redemption subjects in 2014 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball.

Collectors holding Mystery Redemption Card #1 can redeem it for second-overall 2014 MLB Draft pick, Miami Marlins pitcher, Tyler Kolek. Mystery Redemption Card #2 can be redeemed for Chicago Cubs catcher, Kyle Schwarber, taken fourth overall in the ‘14 MLB Draft.

These cards are the first featuring Kolek (GCL Marlins) and Schwarber (Boise Hawks) in their Minor League Baseball uniforms.

Kolek, a 6’5” athletic righty drafted out of high school in Texas, throws a fastball consistently clocked at over 100 mph, and is projected to become a front-of-the-rotation power starting pitcher.


Drafted from Indiana University, Schwarber has experience as an outfielder, but projects as a catcher in the Cubs organization. He uses his 6’, 240 lb. frame to his advantage, providing power and physicality on the diamond. In his first professional season, he smacked 18 home runs and drove in 53 in 72 games played.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Micro Collecting Mike Richter And New York Rangers With Retired Numbers Autographs

This is the third of eight posts where I’ll detailed for you one of my latests adventures in the hobby, Micro Collecting certified on-card autographs of all of the New York Rangers with Retired numbers. There are eight players and they are Eddie Giacomin, Brain Leetch, Harry Howell, Rod Gilbert, Andy Bathgate, Adam Graves, Mark Messier, and Mike Richter. 
Totday we will take a look at Mike Richter, Number 35.