Sunday, May 22, 2022

2022 WWE Prizm Blaster

2022 Prizm WWE: Grabbed a few of these blasters at Wal-Mart and second guessed myself instantly. The price was $34.98 per.  I assumed they were in the twenty-something range.  They were hot for a New York minute so even the secondary market isn't that hot if I want to offload them.  So I opened one and I'm still thinking on the others.  I really liked this Prizmatic Entrances insert.  Prizm never shows that well in scans but the full bleed color top portion of the card really pops in hand.  And Charlotte makes everything look good...right?
The base set checklist is pretty strong at 200 cards in Panini's initial WWE Prism release.  It includes wrestlers across the platforms as well as retired greats.  Still trying to figure out what they were going for with Undertaker.  I guess I can kind of get it but I'm not sure it works for me.
I think I like the design, but I feel they could have done better.  I'm not a shiny card guy so the finer points on them are sometimes lost on me.
I like how the Gold insert scanned more than I like it in hand.  The background and border is more silver than I'd like.  I saw photos online that made them look like they had a black background and pretty cool.  Next Level are pretty nice and colorful.  And a nice looking Dusty Rhodes card.  So many fun memories of this guy.  
The first 100 in the set are horizonal cards.
This is another cool looking card with that background.  Good job on the photo.
My Green Pulsar pull.
The backs are fine with a repeat of the front photo.  
Decent Prizm debut for Panini.  Wrestling always lends to good photos and I think they did a decent job of getting good photos on cardboard.  I'll end it with a fun Bayley photo on this Fearless insert.  

BREAKDOWN:
24 – Total Cards
4 – Retired Greats
3 – RC
1 - Gold
1 - Fearless
1 – Next Level
1 – Green Pulsar
1 – Prizmatic Entrances



Friday, May 20, 2022

2021 Topps Opening Day Hobby Box (Part Deux)

2021 Topps Opening Day:  This is actually only me second 2021 Opening Day post and I'm a big fan of the brand.  I grab a hobby box every year and this is the second of me showing it off that box of cards.  Kick it off with this stud who took his talents to LA.  He's off to a good start with the Dodgers hitting .302.

With Opening Day's smaller checklist you'll normally get a good pull.
Young players are still a big part of the brand.
Who doesn't love the mascots?
More youngsters.  Gonsolin has had a good short career with the Dodgers and has an excellent 1.33 ERA over 27 innings this year.  Bart is struggling this year while Kyle Lewis hasn't played due to injury.
Blue Foil Opening Day parallel.
This is a fun insert that gets us a look at retired greats which I'm always on board with.
Always up for getting Justin May's hair into a post.
Not my favorite Opening Day insert design but they are usually fun designs.
Plenty of star power in my box.
Some decent photos as well. 

I never get tired of this card.  Always fun for me even with the micro text Topps went with last year.

BREAKDOWN: 
252 – Total Cards
47 - RC
18 – Future Stars
14 – Retired Greats
12 – Mascot
12 – Legends of Baseball
7 – Team Opening Day
6 – Outstanding Opening Day
5 – All-Star Rookie Cup
4 – Blue Foil Opening Day Edition
2 – All-Star Rookie Cup/RC

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

1991-1992 Hoops Basketball

91-92 Hoops: We'll break out one of the packs I purchased on eBay last year.  I like this set.  The design is overly great but the set as a whole is fun.  The memories alone are worth it but there are also plenty of inserts though unless you are opening an entire box you may not find many.
Pretty solid pull in this pack with plenty of good big men including Vlade Divac and Brad Daugherty.  Daughtery is an owner in NASCAR as well as an analyst now.  Elliott was a smooth scorer for the Spurs.
Great coaches.
This guy was soooo good on defense.  You may not have looked for a bucket from him but he could anchor your defense like few others ever have.
More good bigs.  Smits is the more well known than the others as he starred for the Pacers on those really good 90s teams.  Donaldson was a big guy who shot for a high percentage every year while Schintzius just had great hair.  More than enough reason to be shown off here.  Love old basketball packs and this one is no different.

BREAKDOWN:
 15 – Total Cards
4 – Coach
1 – Checklist


 

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Random Wax: 1990 Score Football

1990 Score Football:  This set was a total of 660 cards over two series so those who like meaty sets will love this one.  It also means these packs may or may not have good hits.  We'll kick it off with a Hall of Famer.
The design is pretty straight forward.  I'm okay with it but where is the team logo?  Why wouldn't you get it in there somewhere?
Oh...here is it is.  They put a helmet on the back of these pretty cool backs.  Maybe there aren't enough stats but this is a good looking back.  A different photo, lots of color, that helmet, and plenty of information.
Overall this is one of those packs that brings back more memories than great hits.  Testaverde's years in Tampa Bay were very forgettable.  He lost 2/3 of the games he started and his touchdowns to interceptions was a horrible 77 to 112.  Still he had better days ahead of him and played until age 44 when he started six games for Carolina.

BREAKDOWN:
15 – Total Cards
1 – Super Bowl Trivia


Friday, May 13, 2022

Random Wax: 2021 Topps Basetball

2021 Topps Baseball: Seems like I had a hard time finding fat packs of Topps baseball last year.  Lots of these smaller packs.  Can't ever go wrong with Mookie so we'll start there.  This was a pack I picked up last February.

Gerrit Cole is having another good year.  He is just so consistent and so good.
I'm still waiting on Bobby Dalbec to hit consistently.  He just isn't there yet.  Jo Adell is younger at only 23 and is still trying find his hitting groove at the Major League level as well.
These small packs can be hit or miss but this one was good.  Some veteran stars and younger players like Adell and Joey Bart, on the '52 Redux, who are projected as future stars in the league.
BREAKDOWN:
16 – Total Cards
3 – RC
1 – World Series
1 – 1952 Topps Redux


 

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Random Wax: 2020-2021 Hoops Basketball

2020-2021 Hoops Basketball:  Some great basketball playoffs this year.  This guy feels like a one man band in Dallas.  You have to think that if he ever gets some real help around him maybe they can make a deep run in the playoffs.  Not saying I'm giving up on this team as constructed but it seems like a stretch to see them get past the Suns.
Pretty good pull in this pack.  Giannis is having another great post season while Harris and the 76ers are in a dogfight with the Heat in their series.
Seven RC cards in this pack.
The top two from the 2019 draft.  I'm not a Zion guy but would like to see him back on the court and proving me wrong.  Ja is a beast.  I hope his injury from the weekend isn't that bad.  The series with the Warriors has been fun to watch.  These jersey swap inserts are pretty cool.
Good pack of cards and we'll finish it off with this Steph Curry Slam insert.  Love the Slam cards.  

BREAKDOWN:
30 – Total Cards
7 – RC
1 – Jersey Swap
1 – Class of 2020
1 – Teal Explosion
1 – Slam Magazine



Sunday, May 8, 2022

2021 Contenders Football

2021 Contenders Football: These were a happy surprise to see in the store.  Contenders is a brand I like so I always look forward to these even when delayed.  This year's design gives more room for the photo but overall, I like last year's better.   
The veteran checklist is 100 cards while the rookies, of which I pulled none, make up 42 cards.
A nice Tom Brady pull.  Winning Ticket cards are a bit campy but I like them.  I also like the MVP Contenders while the jury is still out on the Chain Movers inserts.
I love these cards.  So many great moments from past playoffs could be used for these.  That said there are only 15 cards in the set.  Still there are a few I'll want to chase.
The backs are pretty colorful and give you another chance to look at the front photo with more background.  
Good cards.  Maybe not the best Contenders design out there but I'm okay with it.  I did grab some more packs which I'll show off throughout the year.  

BREAKDOWN:  
22 – Total Cards
1 – MVP
1 – Playoff Ticket
1 – Chain Movers
1 – Retired Great
1 – Winning Ticket