In Defense Of Topps (and Panini)

The past couple weeks have seen articles written about the card collecting hobby (specifically baseball card collecting) by people that I would personally consider to be outsiders. The authors even allude or admit to their status as outsiders. These high-profile writers are using their newspapers or aggregate blog services to chime the death knell of […]

2012 Panini National Sports Collectors Convention 5-Pack Break

Once again, neither delegate from the state of Community Gum attended the National Sports Collectors Convention this year. At least one of us should and will be roaming the show floor in 2013 when the NSCC returns to Chicago.

Even though we weren’t able to see all the amazing action in person, nor stand in […]

The Stupid Heat Win the Stupid Finals. Time For Non-Stupid Contest Results

Well, there’s one thing you can say for sure: This contest isn’t fixed!

If it was, the Thunder would have won and things would have gotten a little more interesting. As it stands, the Bizarro Avengers won the NBA Championship and the contest is over a couple days sooner than I hoped.

Let’s get down […]

Contest Ends Today and We’re Ripping Topps Series 2!

Hey everybody,

Today is going to be a very busy day for us, as we’re busting 5 cases of Topps Series 2 wide open! We likely won’t have time to post all the goodies here as we go, but if you follow us on twitter, you can see all the biggest and brightest and bestest […]

2011-12 Panini Past & Present Basketball Video Box Break & Review

Back in March, I did something I rarely do. I posted a preview for an upcoming product. While this blog comments on hobby news here and there, it’s usually in a editorial/commentary fashion rather than a straight-up news format. What made it even more unusual was that it was for a basketball product. I’ve flirted […]

I Might Have to Take Up Basketball Collecting Again

We haven’t talked about Panini a whole lot on this blog lately (or Upper Deck for that matter). That’s because we’re primarily a baseball blog and their baseball related products have been…shall we say…limited.

I want to try to rectify the lack of non-Topps chatter some as we go forward, because there are some important […]

Panini Announces MLBPA License…And I’m A Little Worried

I’ve found that I don’t typically share the same opinions about the hobby as a lot of the bloggers and twitterers out there.

While several of you out there like to claim every quality control issue is a product of the Topps monopoly, I see it as a simple quality control issue. Was every production […]

2010-11 Panini Classics Basketball Review & Contest

Hey everybody! Happy Cinco de Mayo! This post has absolutely nothing to do with that.

I’m here with the review of our box of 2010-11 Panini Classics Basketball. The box once again comes courtesy of the one and only Tracy Hackler over at Panini America. We’d be remissed if we didn’t thank him. And as […]

2010-11 Panini Crown Royale Hockey Contest Winners Announced!

It’s finally here! The contest that took forever to happen in the first place and then took forever to resolve has finally resolved itself! So…didja win? Check out this low-light, handheld webcam video of the randomization and find out.

Did you get sick trying to watch it? That’s okay, because I have the breakdown […]

Crowne Royale Hockey Auto Contest Reminder

Don’t let all the crazy video box breaking action distract you from winning free autographed cards!

You have until 11:59 PM CST tonight to get your entries in for our Crown Royale Hockey contest. Prizes are courtesy of Panini America and Tracy Hackler, so if you win be sure to tell them the appropriate level […]