Third time's a charm! I purchased three hot packs of 2014-15 Panini Prestige Basketball for only $13.43. Two of my packs are thick, and my final pack is thin. It looks like I'll pull two thick materials cards and one thin serial numbered card. 2014-15 Panini Prestige Basketball features a load of serial numbered hits. I'm predicting I'll pull one card numbered to 75 or less, and two cards numbered to 199. Pack 1 Base Cards 39 - Nicolas Batum 62 - Javale McGee 70 - Gerald Henderson 152 - Jonas Valanciunas 157 - Nene 159 - J.R. Smith 176 - Tyler Ennis 180 - Rodney Hood Insert Cards Franchise Favorites 14 - Kobe Bryant Bryant is a 16-time NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2014). If he manages to make that team for another 3 years, he'll tie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's NBA All-Star record of 19. Purple NBA Materials 18 - Pau Gasol (serial numbered 194/199) Gasol was signed by the Chicago Bulls on July 13, 2014. In my opinion, he has been their Most Valuable Player so far this season. It's a shame the pack searcher dented this card during his/her search. Pack 2 Base Cards 40 - Ersan Ilyasova 49 - Nikola Pekovic 93 - Ty Lawson 96 - Carmelo Anthony 112 - Joakim Noah 117 - Matt Barnes 192 - Erick Green 195 - Jordan Clarkson Insert Cards Franchise Favorites 18 - Ricky Rubio True Colors Materials 12 - Tyson Chandler (serial numbered 47/75) Chandler was traded back to the Dallas Mavericks on June 25, 2014. As of January 16, 2015 he has scored 10.8 points and 12.2 rebounds. This hit also has deep dents. Pack 3 Base Cards 9 - Nerles Noel 13 - Tim Duncan 51 - Ryan Anderson 60 - Gerald Green 68 - Demar DeRozan 75 - Kenneth Faried 167 - Julius Randle 171 - Doug McDermott Insert Cards Hardcourt Heroes 13 - Anthony Davis Bonus Shots Platinum Autographs - Tony Snell (serial numbered 1/1) Holy crap! I pulled a mint 1 of 1 autographed card from a retail pack of this series! That was totally unexpected considering my first two hits is mediocre on many levels. Snell was named to the 2014 All-NBA Summer League first team. He's expected to be a solid contributor in Chicago for the foreseeable future. I'll post a more detailed look at this card tomorrow. If I tell that seller what I pulled he/she would faint! Instead, I'll simply follow that seller and make another purchase as a thank you.
Sells for less than the price of 15 blaster boxes. The only complete 2014 Topps Football Commemorative Kickoff Coin Set on eBay was quick to sell for less than $300 by way of a secret best offer. That set consists of the following 32 cards that can only be found in retail blaster boxes of that series: NFLKC-AA - Antonio Gates (San Diego Chargers) NFLKC-AG - A.J. Green (Cincinnati Bengals) NFLKC-AL - Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts) NFLKC-AP - Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings) NFLKC-AR - Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) NFLKC-BM - Brandon Marshall (Chicago Bears) NFLKC-BR - Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers) NFLKC-CJ - Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions) NFLKC-CK - Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers) NFLKC-CN - Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers) NFLKC-CS - Cecil Shorts III (Jacksonville Jaguars) NFLKC-DB - Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) NFLKC-DM - Denarius Moore (Oakland Raiders) NFLKC-EA - EJ Manuel (Buffalo Bills) NFLKC-EM - Eli Manning (New York Giants) NFLKC-JC - Jamaal Charles (Kansas City Chiefs) NFLKC-JF - Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) NFLKC-JG - Josh Gordon (Cleveland Browns) NFLKC-JL - James Laurinaitis (St. Louis Rams) NFLKC-JW - J.J. Watt (Houston Texans) NFLKC-KW - Kendall Wright (Tennessee Titans) NFLKC-LF - Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals) NFLKC-LM - LeSean McCoy (Philadelphia Eagles) NFLKC-MR - Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons) NFLKC-MW - Muhammad Wilkerson (New York Jets) NFLKC-PM - Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos) NFLKC-RG - Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins) NFLKC-RT - Ryan Tannehill (Miami Dolphins) NFLKC-RW - Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks) NFLKC-TB - Tom Brady (New England Patriots) NFLKC-TR - Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys) NFLKC-VJ - Vincent Jackson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) The starting price of $300 was a decent price for that set to begin with considering you can only find one Commemorative Kickoff Coin in each $19.99 blaster box; with that said, I suspect the buyer offered $240 (20 percent off) for that set. Image credit: COMC.com
Harry Potter and the Deathly [Farts]. Twitter users added a little odor to film titles yesterday by way of the #MakeAMovieSmellBad hashtag. I teased my favorite film series during that trend using the following spoofs: Harry Potter and the [Sulfur] Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of [Pots] Harry Potter and the [Stench] of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Goblet of [Urine] Harry Potter and the [Odor] of the Phoenix Harry Potter and the Half-Blood[y] Prince Harry Potter and the Deathly [Farts] – Part 1 Harry Potter and the Deathly [Farts] – Part 2
Read on for a chance to own this card for the lowest price on the market. Upper Deck inserted 1 UD Canvas Program of Excellence card in every 192 packs of their hobby and retail releases of 2013-14 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey. Since there's 15 cards in that set, I estimated that each of those cards was inserted into 1 in every 2,880 packs, or 1 in every 120 boxes. I was very lucky to pull a hot card from that set in a $1.89 retail pack, that also included a Rookie Materials card! I'll post detailed information about that break in a future post. In the meantime, I'm giving that "hot" card a special showcase. Showcase Series: 2013-14 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey. Set: UD Canvas Program of Excellence. Card: C259 Brendan Gallagher Condition: Mint. Images: Notes Gallagher was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Ironically, that 147th pick became a finalist for the 2012-13 Calder Memorial Trophy. In his NHL 2012-13 rookie season with the Canadiens, Gallagher recorded 28 points (15 goals, 3 assists), 117 shots on goal and 33 penalty minutes. Please note that season was cut short due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout. In Gallagher's first full season with the Canadiens, he recorded 41 points (19 goals, 22 assists), 211 shots on goal and 73 penalty minutes during 2013-14. The Canadiens was quick to sign Gallagher to a six-year contract extension that will last through the 2020-21 season. Sales Other copies of this card has been recently selling for as high as $41.99 (plus shipping) on eBay. I'm willing to sell my card for $24.99 (plus shipping).
Autograph Time. My local Target discounted their stock of 2014 Cryptozoic Adventure Time retail blister packs by 70 percent. Although I'm not a fan of that series, I couldn't pass up on purchasing a blister -- because I had a strong feeling that it contained an autographed card. The insert odds for the retail packs of this series are as follows: Autograph 1:113; Totally Fabricated 1:500; Sketch 1:3,570. I purchased one blister pack which contained an exclusive holiday card and two packs with five cards each for $1.58. Base Cards 4 - Issue 7 Cover B 10 - Issue 14 Cover B 14 - Issue 3 Cover D 22 - My Two Favorite People 22 - My Two Favorite People 36 - Beautopia 37 - Fionna/Finn 46 - Card Wars 46 - Card Wars At first I was surprised to see two duplicates in my blister pack, but it turns out there's only 54 cards in the base set. Inserts HE-01 This foil card is exclusive to this blister pack. A11 - Michael Dorn as Gork Gork can burn whatever it touches, and vomit a fiery substance resembling lava. Voice actor Dorn is best known for his role as the Klingon Worf in the Star Trek franchise. Wow! That blister pack was well worth the $1.50!
This card is museum worthy. The rarest card in the 2011 Panini Michael Jackson series was listed and sold on eBay last month. I confirmed that listing was legit by way of buyer feedback. The King of Pop 1 (a.k.a. KOP 1) card sold for $500 with one bid on December 18, 2014. The seller had previously listed that card for $625 on December 8, 2014 and $600 on December 12, 2014. Panini showcased that exact card on their website to tout their groundbreaking set. The buyer was so pleased with the transaction they swore with joy in their feedback to the seller: "Amazing !!! **** ty," the anonymous buyer said. Boxes of 2011 Panini Michael Jackson can currently be found on Amazon.com for less than $40.