The Fairfield 19.99 Re-Pack

After having so much fun with the $7.99 Fairfield re-pack, I decided to try this $19.99 repack. 20 packs plus one hit 2 – 2014 Retail Panini Contenders 4 – 2014 Retail Score 2 – 2013 Retail Hit High Series 4 – 2012 Upper Deck University of Alabama 2 – 1990 Fleer 2 – 2013 Retail Panini Prizm 3 – 2013 Retail Panini Prestige 1 – 2015 Topps Retail Jumbo Pack One Hit was not so great….  I’ve heard some people get lucky and grab some nice stuff here, but I was pretty disappointed. SPx Super Scripts 2008 – #SSS50 Xavier Adibi 4 packs of 2014 Score led to the following inserts 2 packs of Contender (One Insert and one Buffalo Bill, before he was in Buffalo) 2 packs of Retail Hit (High Series). Next Level Eddie Lacy and Next Level Jordan Rodgers (Nice shirtless photo, hahahaha!) 1990 Fleer (taking me back to being a kid again).  Ronnie Lott All-Pro Insert and one Buffalo Bill (Art Still, who I have a signed card from when I was in Middle School) The 2 Prizm packs led me to a couple of nice Bills.  A base rookie of Robert Woods and an […]

2013 Panini Prestige Hobby Box – Opened 5/25/2016

After accumulating a stack of 2013 Panini Prestige cards and seeing the price on these boxes come down so much, to about $40/box, I decided to pick up a couple and try to complete the set.  Plus I’d hopefully grab some good cards for trade and maybe even a few for the personal collection.  Here’s the break down. Product: 2013 Panini Prestige Hobby Box Purchased: Online Packs: 24 (8 cards each) Promised Hits: 4 Autographs or Memorabilia, 24 rookies, 3 parallels, 4 Prestigious Picks, 2 NFL Draft Picks, 2 Die Cut, 1 NFL Draft City Destination, 4 NFL Draft Tickets, 4 NFL Passports Base Set: 200 Veterans & 100 Rookies Two Autographs  Ace Sanders Extra Points Autograph (#203)     Stepfan Taylor NFL Passport Autograph (Card No. 19)     Two Memorabilia Sam Bradford Gamers Patch (Card No. 84)     Landry Jones Prestigious Picks Patch Numbered 56/399 (Card No. 28)      Three Extra Point Parallels Rashad Jennings Extra Points Numbered 25/25 (#93) Ryan Swope Extra Points Numbered 15/50 (#283) Tyler Eifert Extra Points (#295) Four Prestigious Picks  (A little too reflective to scan well) Eddie Lacy Prestigious Picks (Card No. 8) Cordarrelle Patterson Prestigious Picks (Card No. 1) […]

Hooker’s Cards and Collectibles

This is my second post on the world tour of brick and mortar card shops.  I stopped in Eugene, Oregon at Hooker’s Cards and Collectibles.  I had a nice talk about football with Dennis the store’s owner.  We talked about whether the Bills could put it together this season, even though he’s a Cowboys fan (Booooooo!), and about Panini taking over as the exclusive NFL card maker. This place was a bit unique.  There were boxes of cards and comics packed from floor to ceiling.  Display cases so covered you couldn’t even see into them.  He seemed to know where everything was although I’m not sure how.  The mass of cards was quite impressive.  Dennis told me he’d been at his current locations since 2000 and in business for nearly 30 years.  He said he’s got a very loyal customer base and that business is really good.  He was a good guy to talk to and seem to be interested in helping me out.  Unfortunately he had no Jim Kelly cards other than some old base cards. Because I don’t want to see all the physical shops disappear I always give them a little bit of my business. I bought 4 hobby packs […]

Jim Kelly – 2015 Donruss Years in the League

So I picked up a couple of these on eBay a while back.  The first one (Numbered 5 of 11) was a huge find at $9.99 plus $2.54 shipping.  It’s a great price as far as I’m concerned.  A low numbered Jim Kelly card for 13 bucks, is a deal I’ll do any day.   The second one (Numbered 1 of 11) was a bit more expensive at $17.50 plus $3 for shipping so I got two low serial numbered inserts for about $34.  I also saw another one up for $49.99 or best offer but when I went to put in an offer it was gone.  So I’ll probably won’t be getting that one. The ultimate goal for me would be to have every single card of a serial numbered set for Jim Kelly.  I thought this would be a nice one to try but it’s probably a little unrealistic.  If anyone sees one out there let me know.

10 years of Trade Cards Now

When I got back into collecting last summer I searched for some sites and communities to reintroduce myself to the hobby.  Trade Cards Now is a trading site that I’ve been frequenting for about 10 months.  5 days ago the website turned 10 years old.  That’s quite an accomplishment for a trading card website in a time where the trading card industry has change a whole lot.  I got lucky as these guys have welcomed me and my Buffalo Bills fandom right in.  So I wanted to give them a shout out.  Go visit them at TradeCardsNowBoards.com The guys over there are great guys.  They regularly hold contests ranging from weekly pick ‘ems in football season to my favorite, guess the serial number of the serial numbered card.  Great contests and great sports and card chatter.  I’ve only recently began trading with a few of them but they have always gone above and beyond to make me feel like a valued member of their community and even added in an extra card or 2 when I win a contest or make a trade. I’d like to mention the moderators TCN-admin, bakemeister52 and Spickate, those guys rock. Go check them out and if […]

The Fairfield $7.99 Pack Break – 5/15/2016

When I was at my local Target I picked up a Fairfield Company Repack box. It only cost $7.99 and comes with 4 random packs (2013 Prizm is shown through the packaging) and 50 cards. It promises no hits. It came with the following 4 retail packs. 2014 Panini Contenders, 2014 Score, 2013 Score, 2013 Panini Prizm Not a lot to report. Not that I was expecting a lot. I especially like the William Perry Wild Card. Here is a good example of the variety of cards in the 50 card box. And here are the 2 Buffalo Bills cards that I pulled. A Topps rookie of Marcus Easley and an Upper Deck Lee Evans. And a nice Cam Newton Topps Rookie. After opening the packs there was nothing huge to report. Just a couple of inserts. 2014 Panini Contenders #RDA-1 Johnny Manziel   2014 Score Hot Rookie #HR6 Marqise Lee   2013 Panini Prizm Rookie Impact #19 Zach Ertz   So overall no big hit and nothing to help complete a set but it was fun seeing some of the old cards and opening up some packs from the past few years. For 8 bucks it was totally worth […]

All My Cards: Part 1

When it comes down to it, I’m a stats geek.  I used to be a database specialist.  I like numbers, I like to keep track of things.  I’m a little weird.  One of the things I’m trying to do is catalog my entire card collection.  Some of it will be easy to catalog as it’s pretty well organized into boxes by year and card company but some of the singles that I’ve purchased online or in random re-packs are going to take a long time. I’m working on a spreadsheet for every set I own.  More specifically I’m working on a spreadsheet for every set that I own at least one of the cards in that set.   I know that sounds crazy but it helps me count and keep track of all the cards.   It will also allow me to import all of my cards into online databases such as Zistle (https://www.zistle.com/GimmeSomeJimmy/).    It will allow me to print out customs checklist of either cards I need or cards I have for trade.  My problem is coming up with the best way to do this. I’m open to suggestions. I’m currently using a pencil and paper to keep track of the […]

Cleve’s Baseball Cards and Collectibles

I’m lucky enough to travel around these great United States of America and get a chance to see different places and meet different people.  From time to time I stop in on the local card shop (LCS) and check out how things are going in the “brick and mortar” world. Recently I was able to stop into to Cleve’s Baseball Cards and Collectibles in Springdale, Arkansas.  This place has been around since 1979 and is one of the last remaining card shops in Arkansas.  It’s run by Gary who I chatted with for a little while.  He even searched the private stash in the back for anything Jim Kelly related.  No luck. One of their main features is a Tuesday night auction.  They will auction off any card for you.  I looked through probably 30 cards with auction forms sitting on a long glass case.  You just put your card up for auction and throughout the week people come and put in their bids.  It was a pretty cool set up and from the looks of it they have a large and loyal following. They didn’t seem to be short on business.  In fact while I was in the shop […]

The Loot Locker – May Edition

Loot Locker comes through again!!! If you don’t know about The Look Locker (http://thelootlocker.com), please check it out.  It’s really a great service.  For 25 bucks a month you get a great little package.  You get 4 hobby packs, a Loot Locker box, some penny sleeves, and a few top loaders.  And as a little bonus you always get a couple of pieces of gum and candy.  Just like being a kid again. These are the 4 backs I got this month. (2) 2015 Panini Contenders, (1) 2015 Certified, (1) 2015 Prizm I opened the two Contenders packs first, and then the Prizm. 2015 Panini Contenders Pennants #P16 – Darrell Revis & 2015 Panini Prizm Blue Prizms #27 – Eddie Lacy Finally I opened the Certified pack and pulled the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year 2015 Panini Certified Scorching Swatches Mirror Blue #SS-TG 60/99 Loot Locker does it again.  Can’t wait to see what comes next month.