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Eddie’s Sports Treasures – Knoxville, Tennessee

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I also ventured out to another Knoxville sports card shop.  Eddie’s Sports Treasures in Knoxville, Tennessee didn’t disappoint.  It was about a 15-20 minute drive from downtown Knoxville and was set in a very strip-mall-like atmosphere.  But once I walked in, I was pretty happy with the place.  It was big and loaded with all kinds of sports memorabilia.  Owner Eddie Barkley had authentic jerseys, signed helmets, signed photos, and a great selection of cards.  He also had a bunch of officially licensed products like t-shirts, hats, etc… Eddie’s Sports Treasures has a pretty strong online presence as well!  You can visit his website at eddiessportstreasures.com.  He’s also on Facebook here and Twitter @sportstreasures VIBE (4 out of 5) While it doesn’t look like much from the outside. The inside is something else. Eddie was helping another customer when I walked in.  It was like two in the afternoon so this was already a good sign.  I looked around the immense inventory, marveling at a bunch of the stuff.  He then took two calls before we had a few moments to chat about the business of cardboard. (And he took another call while […]

Mail Day – April 14th 2017

Another successful group break with Fox’s Fire Card (@brownsfan83 on Twitter).  Photos only since it’s a beautiful day for sitting on a patio with a cold beverage and good friends. Some Buffalo Bills from Panini Phoenix… A few more Bills… 2016 Clear Vision LeSean McCoy Mega Jersey 24/99 And a couple of randoms… And a couple of hits… 2016 Clear Vision Amari Cooper Clear Change 88/99 2015 Topps High Tek Bryce Petty Autograph

The Loot Locker – March 2017

Back again this month with a pleasant surprise.  After all these Loot Lockers I finally got a bonus locker.  Two extra hobby packs for the upgraded Loot Locker! Regular 3 Packs 2016 Donruss Optic Football 2016 Panini Phoenix Football 2016 Panini Playoff Football Not much to write home about in the first few packs… 2016 Panini Playoff – Kickoff #211 Rookies – Vernon Hargreaves III 054/199    2016 Donruss Optic – Orange #31 Emmanuel Sanders 177/199   2016 Donruss Optic – Inducted #1 Brett Favre    Two Bonus Packs 2016 Donruss Optic Football 2016 Panini Phoenix Football 2016 Donruss Optic – Fans of the Game #5 Daniella Monet   2016 Panini Phoenix – RPS Rookie Memorabilia – Jumbo Yellow Prime #JM-WF Will Fuller V 04/25 #Boom! As always all for trade or sale. Until next time, go open another pack.

Mail Day – Feb. 27th 2017

Over the last month or so I started breaking with a group of collectors that I met through twitter. Mr. Fox at Fox’s Fire Card (@brownsfan83) runs them whenever he gets enough people to buy them out. It’s a nice small group and I like that I can often get the Bills in any “pick your team” break. Today I got my first package from the breaks and while I didn’t get anything great on the Buffalo Bills end I did get some nice cards. Here is the breakdown of the teams and products I bought 2015 Donrus Football – 5 Box Break (Bills, Panthers, Giants) 2016 Limited (Bills, Panthers) 2016 Crown Royale (Bills, Panthers, Lions, Giants) And here are some of the highlights… 2016 Panini Limited – Rookie Autographs – Jeremy Cash 01/99 2015 Panini Crown Royale – #31 Victor Cruz 2015 Panini Crown Royale – Pink Ribbons Die-Cuts – Green #PR12 Cam Newton 2015 Panini Crown Royale – #118 Quandre Diggs 2015 Panini Donruss – Stat Line Receptions #276 Gridiron Kings – Odell Beckham Jr. 079/143 2015 Panini Donruss – Press Proof Purple #149 – Luke Kuechly 112/199 2015 Panini Donruss – Passing the Torch Memorabilia #PTM-CAR 2015 […]

The Loot Locker – November Edition

Today I got my November Loot Locker.  And since it was a rainy afternoon, I cracked it open right away.  Here is what I pulled. Three packs 2015 Panini Contenders 2016 Panini Phoenix 2016 Donruss Elite 2015 Panini Contenders 2015 Panini Contenders Season Ticket #61 Matt Forte 2015 Panini Contenders Season Ticket #65 Golden Tate 2015 Panini Contenders Season Ticket #71 Adrian Peterson 2015 Panini Contenders Season Ticket #78 Jarvis Landry 2015 Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket #280 Zach Vigil Autograph 2016 Panini Phoenix 2016 Panini Phoenix #57 Adrian Peterson 2016 Panini Phoenix #120 Joe Namath 2016 Panini Phoenix #132 Steve Young 2016 Panini Phoenix #136 Warren Sapp 2016 Panini Phoenix Streaking Success #SS-LT Lawrence Taylor    2016 Donruss Elite 2016 Donruss Elite #29 Justin Forsett 2016 Donruss Elite #36 Marshawn Lynch 2016 Donruss Elite #79 Aaron Rodgers 2016 Donruss Elite #87 Ben Roethlisberger 2016 Donruss Elite Home Field Advantage #HF-JK     While I didn’t get any big hits in this one, it was made worthwhile by getting the Jim Kelly Die Cut.  Always a great day when you pull one for the personal collection.  Until next month, get your wish lists to Santa Claus and Happy Collecting!

2013 Rookies and Stars Longevity – Box 2

Second Box from www.dacardworld.com.  I’m having a good time opening these boxes but I’m a little disappointed by the card distribution.  As you’ll see below. Again here are the details: Look for Four Autographs or Memorabilia Cards per Box, including at least One Autograph! Find Freshman Orientation and Dress for Success Rookie Material Cards! Look for Exclusive Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald Parallels as well as Material, Signature, and Signature Material Versions! Featuring a 240-card Base Set, consisting of 100 Longevity Commons, 100 Longevity Rookies, and 40 Rookie Materials Longevity Ruby! Also look for these randomly inserted cards: – Longevity Commons/Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald (100 cards) – Longevity Rookies/Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald (100 cards) – Longevity Rookies Ruby Signatures/Sapphire Signatures/Emerald Signatures (100 cards) – Rookie Materials Longevity Ruby/Signatures (40 cards) – Material Longevity Ruby Signatures/Sapphire Signatures/Emerald Signatures (20 cards) – Rookie Materials Longevity Sapphire/Signatures (40 cards) – Rookie Materials Longevity Emerald/Signatures (40 cards) – Freshman Orientation Materials (40 cards) – Dress for Success Materials (40 cards) – CrossTraining Materials (20 cards) 10 Packs per Box, 5 Cards per Pack Here are the hits: 2013 Panini Rookies & Stars Longevity Ruby #53 Ryan Tannehill     2013 Panini Rookies & Stars Longevity Ruby #95 Jake Locker     […]

The Loot Locker – October Edition

Over the weekend I got my October Loot Locker.  I always have a hard time not ripping them open as soon as I get the box, just like when I was a little kid but I had a bunch of other stuff to go through and some real life to take advantage of.  Contenders was replaced by a pack of Donruss.  But here we go again, check out what I pulled. Three packs 2016 Donruss Football 2016 Panini Certified 2016 Donruss Elite 2016 Donruss Football 10 cards…8 base, 2 inserts (I had to research the Aqueous test card but there appears to be only 25 of each card.) Peyton Manning The Sheriff Tribute #10     Aqueous Test Jarvis Landry #163     2016 Panini Certified 2016 Panini Certified #11 Colin Kaepernick 2016 Panini Certified #19 Sam Bradford 2016 Panini Certified #61 Jimmy Graham    2016 Panini Certified Immortals #112 – Earl Campbell 622/999 2016 Panini Certified Fabric of the Game #40 – Dorial Green-Beckham 61/99 2016 Donruss Elite 2016 Donruss Elite #62 Mike Evans 2016 Donruss Elite #67 AJ Green 2016 Donruss Elite #84 Philip Rivers 2016 Donruss Elite #93 Brandin Cooks 2016 Donruss Elite Teal #156 Elite Rookies […]

2011 Panini Contenders Hobby Box

I know it’s been a while, but sometimes life gets in the way of collecting football cards.  I know that is really hard to believe.  But I’m back at it, full speed ahead.  And we are three weeks into the NFL season and I haven’t had one player come close to hitting on the stats needed for the 2016 Blowout Cards Season Long Player Contest.  And to top it off my best chance of winning the end of year award is out for the season, thanks to Adrian Peterson’s unfortunate knee injury.  Now my hopes are on Le’Veon Bell after missing 3 games and Dez Bryant really picking it up.  But I digress. But here is the last of the 3 boxes that I randomly got with the contest.  It’s 2011 Panini Contenders.  Blowout cards no longer has any of these boxes available.  I also couldn’t find any on a few of the other notable websites, so I’m pretty pumped about opening up this box. Box Configuration: 24 packs per box, 5 cards per pack Price: $129.95 (sold out in most places) Content Highlights: Look for (4) Autographs, (1) Parallel, (3) ROY Contenders, (3) Draft Class, (3) Rookie Roll Call, […]

2011 Topps Inception Football

So last week I wrote about the 2016 Blowout NFL Season PLAYER Promo.  None of my players (Steelers RB, Cowboys WR, or Vikings RB) hit any of the weekly milestones so I didn’t win any money towards more cards. But I did open the 2011 Topps Inception. Here is the first box break from the boxes that came with the contest.  I decided to start with the 2011 Topps Inception because it was only 7 cards.  Here is the product page from Blowout Cards. Box Configuration:  1 pack per box. 7 cards per pack. Price: $84.95 Description:  Topps Inception Football is designed to capture the drama, excitement, and buildup surrounding the 2011 Rookie class as it spotlights all the top drafted position players recruited for the NFL Rookie Premiere Photo Shoot. Each 7-Card Encased Pack Includes: – 3 ROOKIE HITS! (2 Rookie Numbered On-Card Autographs or Rookie Autograph Jumbo Patch Card, 1 Numbered Rookie Jumbo Patch or Relic Card) PLUS – 2 Numbered Parallel Cards – 2 Striking Veteran Base Cards Without further ado… Veteran Base Cards 2011 Topps Inception #43 Hines Ward 2011 Topps Inception #85 Michael Turner Numbered Parallel Cards 2011 Topps Inception #24 Knowshon Moreno (Grey) 043/106 2011 […]