Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Would You Rather? Battle Of Hall Of Fame Options

 *takes a sip, sits down for today's latest post on Cards Over Coffee*

Welcome back to another Would You Rather? Today, I decided to challenge you a little more. Good luck.

The game is called, Would You Rather. In this series you will be given two choices and you must make one decision sort of like The Matrix. Each decision you make will also have a problem tied into it and you will have to decide which is the better of the two choices. 

You will also have to live with your decision for the rest of your life...so make the right one.

*takes another sip before starting today's new series*

*sits in the dark alone wearing all black clothing and sunglasses*

*in a deep voice sitting in the dark*Hello Readers, my name is Mattpheus. I am the leader of the sport card universe and can offer you the control of your future.

    
I have two pills to offer you *holds hand out with both pills* that will lead you on your path today. Each pill gives you both an reward and a penalty.

Today, you can take the Red Pill and you can only collect Hall Of Famer relic cards, but they are all licensed manufactured relics
Or you can choose the Blue Pill and you can only collect Hall Of Famer autograph, but the cards are unlicensed.

  

Make your decision below in the comments.

I will be awaiting your choice with my cup of coffee in the dark.

DISCLAIMER:
Taking both pills at the same time will lead to memory loss

*takes a sip before finishing up today's post*

I hope you enjoy this new segment and I hope a lot of you join in on the conversation.

Have a great day!

*takes a final sip on today's post*

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Coffee Break:2022 Topps Heritage Minors Baseball

*it's been awhile, but here is my coffee-well not awhile on that-but awhile on a hobby box break. let's see how this one goes today*

Today's product isn't a product for everyone, but it does aim at a specific audience. Mainly the prospectors but the ones who enjoy Heritage and its throwback designs may have something to say as well.

It's not a product that has fared too well for me in the past, so maybe today is the day.

*takes a sip before gets ready to rip*

Every hobby box of 2022 Heritage Minors baseball comes with 18 packs of 8 cards. Boxes come with 2 autographs and boxes are a little less than $50.

*takes a sip, begins to rip*
When you bust open the box of Minors, you are greeted with three-card box toppers. These are done in the 1973 Topps Baseball Pin-Up design.

BASE:
Speaking of the 1973 design, just like the MLB version,
the MILB version tackles that same design as well.

 

 
There are 200 cards in the base set, plus 20 extra Sp cards to make it a 220-card set. There are base cards and subsets that feature more than one player as well.

PARALLELS:
You can find the following parallels in Heritage Minors,
Blue /99, Green /75, Black /50, Flip Stock, Gold /18, and Red 1/1.
Gold /18 falls 1:215 packs.

INSERTS:


1973 Topps 1953 Reprint Set falls 1:5 packs and has 15 cards to collect.

1973 Topps Pack Cover Set falls 1: 5 packs and has 20 cards to collect.

1973 Topps Tarjetas has 15 cards that falls 1:5 packs.

AUTOGRAPHS:
Redemption autograph of Colson Montgomery. First time I have pulled a redemption in a long time.

 
Henry Mendez on-card autograph.

Doesn't appear to be any big hits today, but, with prospects, I guess you never know until they play the game.

Ratings (ratings based on 1-5 🍵 on my break and not on the overall product)

Design 🍵🍵
Photography 🍵
Inserts 🍵🍵
Hits 
🍵
Price 🍵🍵
🍵🍵
Value 🍵

*takes a sip before finishing up today's post*

Let me know your thoughts on today's break in comments and what players you are searching for.

*moves stack of cards over to move the coffee back into place and begins next post*

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Friday, December 2, 2022

I'll Leave The Light On For You

*takes a sip, gets ready for a new, but short post on Cards Over Coffee*

Anyone remember the Motel 6 commercials with Tom Bodett voicing them with their slogan, “We’ll leave the light on for you”?

I do.

When I recently set up my Christmas village for this Christmas season, I only turned on one light in the entire village.

 
Which one you may ask....well....if it wasn't already obvious which one...the coffee food truck.

In my village, this is always open. Never closes.

So, if you want to locate here or always want a cup of coffee, I'll Leave The Light On For You.

Have a great Friday and weekend.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Unfinished Cup:1995 Summitt Ground Zero

*sits down, takes a sip and a trip back in time with today's cards. let's get ready for a new cards over coffee. takes another sip*

1995 was a big year in sports cards for me.

It was the year that I fully got into collecting, even though I was collecting some at the end of 1993 and 1994.

But, 1995 is the year that really stands out to me the most. I remember two products specifically that I opened and opened and opened and opened. One I will feature in the next Unfinished Cup.

Today, I am diving right into one of my favorite parallels of All-Time, Summit's Ground Zero.

*takes a sip before moving onto showing off today's set*

Falling 1:7 packs, Ground Zeros sparkled like no other parallel at its time.

It was a parallel set that I have been slowly building since 1995 and have narrowed it down quite a bit for such a big set.

All that remains of this 200-card set is,
35,53,60,64,71,79,103,109,125,136,137,138,159,160,166,169,174,177,178,179,180,182,188,189,193,195,196,197,198,200

Not too bad.

If any of you have any help for me, please let me know.

*takes a sip before finishing up today's post*

In comments today, let me know your thoughts on this set and if your favorite parallel set from 1995.

Have a great day!

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

It's Allen & Ginter Season

*sits down and gets ready for a new post on cards over coffee. has cards, coffee and laptop ready. lets do this*

It's Topps Allen & Ginter season again. 

While some of you are participating in hunting season looking for at least an 8-pointer, I am out there looking for the non-sport cards from Allen & Ginter.

*takes a sip*

I am not sure if I see myself opening up any of this great product this season, so I have been looking to add the non-sport cards from it.

My buddy Shane from Cheap Wax Wednesday had me covered with some of the names I wanted from 2022, but there are still some names that I need which are the following,
  • Scott Hanson
  • Dave Haus
  • Rachel Balkovec
  • Davey Cuts
  • Charlie Berens
  • Charlie Sheen
  • Michelle Wie west
  • Malika Andrews
  • Morgan Murphy
If any of you have them and can fill in my missing gaps, let me know. I also don't mind dupes (or hits) of some of the other guys or inserts as well.

*takes a sip*

I may not have my needs from this year's Allen & Ginter done yet, but I keep adding to my past years and recently padded some more for my 2017 collection thanks to Johnny's Trading Spot with my recent contest win.


2017 Allen Ginter Revolutionary Battles

 

 
2017 Allen&Ginter Sport Fish & Fishing Lures

2017 Allen&Ginter World's Fair

Thanks goes out to Johnny's Trading Spot for the contest cards.

*takes a sip before finishing up today's post*

As I said above, if any of you have any of my wants I am hunting from 2022 Allen & Ginter from above, please let me know. They are a 9-pointer so it will take some work :)

I would also love to get the Alice Cooper Relic as well. And it was surprising he didn't have a base card as well. I would have taken that instead of the relic.

In comments today, let me know your favorite Allen & Ginter non sport base or insert card or cards.

Hope everyone has a great Tuesday.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Monday, November 28, 2022

Been Busy

*there is coffee in my mug again, takes a sip, gets ready for a new post*

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.

And hopefully you had plenty of pie. Yes, there is a piece of my homemade apple pie underneath all of that creamy Cool Whip.

And next to this piece of pie is obviously some coffee. You can't have pie without coffee. It would be like having a peanut butter sandwich without the peanut butter.

*takes a sip*

Since taking a two-plus week off break I feel a bit more energized, and I am back to blogging on here again. 

Not that I didn't like my two-week vacation. I was able to tackle a lot of stuff I have been wanting to do. So, I may take some time off here and there and do it again.

One of my biggest projects I wanted to tackle was finally getting my Eli Manning collection added to TCDB. I don't use the website to its full potential with trading, threads, etc, but I do enjoy the player checklists and seeing where I rank with my collections.

Most of the collections I have added so far on there I am ranked #1 with, I will tackle that on here another day, but I knew ahead of time that my Eli collection wouldn't beat out the top guys.

Eli has a total of 11,431 cards so far. It appears that Panini will be adding more of him this year to that number. I have 885 of those cards (more on this in a second) which equals 7.7% complete.


  
These numbers put me in third place on TCDB for Eli Manning with a nice gap from the 4th place person.

Now back to my numbers.

Besides what TCDB says I have, there were also 22 unaccounted cards I couldn't add to the website. These cards are ones that are not listed on the site and others that I have duplicates of that have a different numbering. For example, a card numbered 22/100 and a card numbered 57/100. I count these as two different cards because it's two different numberings. I couldn't figure out how to double up the cards on there but I would rather keep it the way it is anyways. 

So, if you add 885 plus 22 that brings me to 907 Eli Mannings. This finally brings me over the 900 threshold and the countdown to 1,000 begins.

That's something to celebrate......with some more coffee.

*finishes up final sip in cup, brews the next cup and gets ready to finish up today's post*

Just wanted to thank you all for coming and reading today's post.

I want to know your favorite Thanksgiving pie in comments along with your biggest collection on TCDB and your ranking for that player.

Have a great Monday.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*

Friday, November 11, 2022

Need A Refill

*sits down next to an empty cup of coffee, it's time for some Cards over.....*

Every morning, I start it out by weighing myself, taking a picture of the sunrise if it's epic and having a cup of coffee. It's the same routine every morning.

My other morning routines are running errands, cleaning up the house and appointments and whatever else may pop up. My time is usually very limited but sometimes in that gap I find time to sit down here and ramble on about sport cards and have some coffee.

In the past month or so, I haven't felt like rambling on about sport cards on here or blogging anywhere in general. I am in the same boat where a lot of sport card bloggers right now in not having motivation to blog or the creativity to do so. I guess after doing this for almost 11 years, it gets tiring and feels repetitive. 

*stares at empty mug*

The last couple of years, especially in the last year, I have had to make a ton of adjustments to my collecting. Rising prices, lack of sponsors, lack of traders, also running out of trade bait (what very little trade bait I have left I am not giving up for just anything) has had me changing every aspect of how I enjoy collecting and now that is changing how I spend my time collecting.

Blogging is taking a hit from that as I am finding my time being spent in other aspects of collecting instead. Hence, the lack of posts on here.

That's why I am telling you in advance that Sport Card Collectors will officially be ending at years end, not sure on Big Blue Cardboard and Cards Over Coffee....well...that's up in the air.

I don't want to call it over for me with blogging or blogging on here, so I will leave it with needing a refill. I need a fresh cup and maybe even a fresh start.

*mug is still empty*

I thought before I close today's post, that I would show off a couple of recent mail days. I haven't had many mail days of recent, but these are a couple of really solid ones.

First one came from blog reader Oren.
Oren always sends the good stuff with tackling every aspect of my collecting. This one was a set needs.

Will Allen numbrered rookie card.

90's insert from Goudey with an impossible last name to say 5 times fast.

Piazza insert.

 
I had Bieber fever...not really, probably a real fever for having this card on my want list for many years. But, now I have it.

I will admit I used to listen to a few Ford songs. I don't feel ashamed about doing so.

He also sent along with pack. Something I had never opened before.

Just like the wrapper says, it's Fantasy artwork. Kind of unique to own a few cards of, but not my full cup of tea.... or coffee.

Thanks again to Oren for our latest trade!

My next mail day just arrived yesterday.

It was from the always creative mind at Nine Pockets blog who creates some amazing customs.

This time, it was 8-bit stickers.
How cool is this NY Giants one???

If you guys are interested, he may have some extras left but may have some for sale as well.

Thanks Gregory! Keep up the great work. Hope to see some Christmas Vacation customs at Christmas time :) I know you have the talent to do so!

*takes one more stare at the empty mug*

I may be waiting on a refill to blog, but that doesn't mean I won't still be around. I will still be reading your blogs and commenting. Will be on Twitter @collect_sport, not as much, but a few check-ins a day. My email is always open for trading or just open in general at sportcardcollectors@hotmail.com. 

Thanks for reading today's post.

Have a great Friday.

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*