Sunday, November 29, 2020

Can't Believe I Did That

*takes a sip of freshly brewed coffee. Mmmm that first sip tingles the tongue and awakens the body like nothing else can. Today is going to be a good day.*

Back in August, I made a mistake. I did the one thing I told myself I wouldn't do, I bought off from a flipper. It goes against everything I believe in, but I was in desperate times of needing something to open. I needed to itch the fix. With no wax retail in months and my father not finding anything to trade to me, this was the last resort. 

I felt like I had sold my soul to the devil.

At that time I really wanted to open some Prestige. Its a favorite of mine and something I had opened every year of since its production in the 90's.

My break today of 2020 Prestige, may my soul burn forever, is a Mega Box. A Mega Box has 40 cards and includes 2 autographs. There are 10 cards per pack and 4 packs per box. 
The base set is a simple design as always. This years edition features 300 base cards with 200 being veterans and 100 being rookies.

You find quite a few rookies in every Mega, at least for mine. Some of the lesser known players are actually Sp's in the base set and are 20x tougher to find than the top rookies. Some names to keep an eye out on are,  Antonio Gandy-Golden, Laviska Shenault Jr and Zack Baun.

Found some Love, but the way is Rodgers is playing it may be some time before he hits the field.

And found Justin Herbert who at the time I didn't think would be playing as well as he is.

*takes a another sip of coffee, not that I haven't been sipping the whole time but didn't want you to wonder. Moving onto the parallels*

There are always a good group of parallels to find in Prestige. For 2020 you can find the following for veterans,
BASE XTRA POINTS PARALLELS: Green, Blue, Red /249, Purple /100, Gold /75, Orange /50, Platinum /25, Black 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

The rookies have different parallels which are,
ROOKIES XTRA POINTS PARALLELS: Green, Red /399, Blue /299, Purple /100, Gold /75, Orange /50, Platinum /25, Black 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.
Here is gold as you can see by the gold foil on the base.

Sweet! PC pull of a purple parallel /100 of Saquon

*takes another sip before moving onto inserts*

Power House! Saquon is just that when he is healthy. There are 20 cards in this insert set to collect.

Highlight Reel has 20 cards to collect. I pulled Kupp and Jacobs.

Old School has most of those legendary names you have heard in NFL history with 30 to collect.

Impressions has 20 cards of players who made the most impact for their teams immediately

*my hits are next. Always such a risk buying something like this especially when you pay above retail for it. But, here we go...sips coffee aggressively trying not to slurp it everywhere*

My first autograph was as I expected...
Who in the Sam Hill is Jaylon Johnson...oh look a defensive player as well...ugh.

The next pull though...
Not too shabby at all! Ozzie Newsome autograph /5 with HOF inscription. I won't complain about that one.

*feels good about this break. Smiles behind the mug and notices that the cup is empty. So grabbed another cup to finish up this post*

The break I would give an A+ on. Low numbered HOF autograph, Herbert rookie, two PC hits. Can't argue with this kind of success on a retail box break.

Since this one time purchase in August, I haven't ever bought from a flipper again. I simply can't support those who clean off shelves and mark it up. The more any of us buy from them, the more they will continue to do that. So let's take a stand.

Considering most of my 2020 has been spent not opening that much, especially the last few months, I finally realized I can survive without ripping that much anymore. Until at least this hobby comes back down to earth again.

However, if they start clearing off shelves of coffee, then we will have a problem.


  1. sweet Newsome, a name I recognize. how's it feel, living without a soul? lol. I have a cabinet FULL of coffee. Last month, I discovered a new brand - BONES. Check them out online. Their artwork is terrific. Best pumpkin coffee I've ever had. Regular coffee is excellent as well.

  2. That Ozzie is something else. Nice pull! As much as I hate the Bears and the Utes, Jaylon Johnson looks like he's going to be a pretty good player. And I think I may have to look into that Power House set.

    1. It's a pretty solid looking card, the Powerhouses

  3. Very nice! I'm with you on the flippers though, best to leave them alone and hope they go away.

  4. That's a killer retail break, congrats! I had to give in and buy football packs from a flipper - but it was Dave and Adam's so I didn't feel too guilty.

    1. Thanks! Yeah, I noticed they were flipping retail now and that other companies like them sought it out. Ridiculous

  5. Very jealous of the Newsome! Great pull!

  6. I could never buy from one of these people, but would never judge anyone else for doing so... you gotta do what you gotta do! Congrats on all of the desirable cards, especially the ones that are for your collection.

    1. Thanks Jon! The Ozzie at first was trade bait but the longer I have held onto it the more I dig it so it's now in the desirable card pile


Cards and coffee go together like PB&J, so don't you and leaving a comment below. Take a sip and let me know your thoughts!