2 Hobby Boxes of Panini’s 2011-12 Hoops Basketball

I thought I’d share the results of a break I recently did of 2 hobby boxes of Panini’s 2011-12 Hoops Basketball.  We have the stated odds and we have the actual cards pulled.  Let’s see how they compare …

Base Set:                            100% (278 out of 278)

2nd Base Set:                     89% of a second set (247 of 278)

Base Set Parallels:             3 Sticker Auto’s (3 out of 179)




Base Set Parallels:                     2 Artist’s Proof


Champions:  #279 (Chase Card)       0%

Kobe Black Mamba:                           0%

Blake Superior:                                  0%

Hoops Action Photos Subset:                                   32%    (8 out of 25)


Hoops Dream Subset:                                                               67% (6 out of 9)


Slam Dunk Winners Subset:                                  33%  (5 out of 15)  The card states, “Slam Dunk Champion”, but subset is called “Slam Dunk Winners”!?!?


Hall of Fame Heroes Subset:                                    35%  (7 out of 20)


Hoops Courtside Subset:                                           27%  (4 out of 15)


A Night to Remember Subset:                                 30%  (6 out of 20)


Buyback Autographs Subset:                                    0%  (0 out of 4)

Private Signings Subset:                                            25%  (1 out of 4)


Overall, for the price point, this is a good offering out of Panini.  As of 3/12/12, blowoutcards.com and dacardworld.com both have these hobby boxes listed at $68.00 per box.  I knowingly paid a little more, $77.50 per box at my local card shop (gotta support the LCS when I can).  I don’t love all the white space on the base cards and as usual, not a huge fan of sticker auto’s.  BUT … again … for the price point, I think this is a pretty good product.  Hope you enjoy!!!!


Upper Deck Blog Runs How to Open A Card Shop Series

Times have definitely changed since the days of riding a bike down the street to the local card shop and spending a dollar or two on some packs of baseball cards.  Competitive pressures, economic pressures, decreased interest in collecting all have resulted in a drastic “thinning of the herd” when talking about the number of card shops still in existence. 

Upper Deck is running a series on their blog with the intent to educate possible business shop owners.  Check it out HERE!



Huge Hit – 2011 Allen & Ginter Blaster Box!

I do not find myself writing about Blaster Box hits very often, but an unusual hit deserves an unusual treatment. I was with my kids the other day taking a look at Target’s cardboard offerings and thought I’d pick up a couple of 2011 Allen & Ginter Blaster Boxes.  This is what I pulled …



Blaster Box Hit


This is a 1 of 1 2011 Allen & Ginter Relic card containing an actual piece of hair from one of the greatest military leaders in history and Emperor of France from 1804 to 1815.  He is best known for creating the Napoleonic Code, which has been a major influence on many civil law jurisdictions worldwide, but he is best remembered for his role in the wars led against France by a series of coalitions, the so-called Nepoleonic Wars.  He established hegemony over most of continental Europe and sought to spread the ideals of the French Revolution, while consolidating an imperial monarchy which restored aspects of the deposed ancient regime.  Due to his success in these wars, often against numerically superior enemies, he is generally regarded as one of the greatest military commanders of all time.

I have caught a case of “Bat SH*T Crazy” over this set.  This hit is not going to help with that AT ALL!  Overall, I’ve been really impressed with the hits coming out of these Blaster Boxes.  I normally try my hardest to stay away from Blasters of any sport.  I have changed my tactics with the 2011 Allen & Ginter though.  Blaster on!  


ITG Announces New Product

Configuration: 10 cards/box
Release Date: March 2012

The role of the captain on a hockey team extends far past the ice and the person that wears the “C” is usually the leader in the dressing room as well. They bring the team up when they are facing defeat. They shoulder most of the blame whenever the other side wins. Those with this heavy responsibility are often ranked among the game’s greatest players and many of them will be found in box of Captain-C from In The Game.

Releasing in March, 2012, Captain-C is a fitting tribute to those whose loyalties are proudly displayed on their chests. Each box will contain 10 cards and five of them will be Premium Foil Base Cards featuring 100 great leaders from throughout hockey history.

The other five cards in the box will be a mix of Autographs and Game-Used Memorabilia. Like with most products from In The Game, these hits will be produced in limited quantities and have both Gold and Silver versions. Look for autographs of such notable leaders as Dave Keon, Bobby Clarke, Jean Beliveau and Roberto Luongo!

Among the incredible Authentic Game-used Memorabilia collections found in Captain-C are Game-Used Jersey, Game-Used Patch, Stick and Jersey, Franchise Captains (featuring three players from the same club) and Captain’s-C.

Quantities of Captain-C will be very limited, so be sure to get your order in soon to your local dealer or wholesaler!

2011-12 Upper Deck Series 1 Cards for your viewing pleasure!

Upper Deck Series 1, 2011-12

I really like the UD Game Jersey Cards this year.  A better design and use of space in my opinion.  I must not have recieved the memo, but there must be a reason that Beckett valued this card at $100.  I’m sure everyone else on the planet knows why … but like I said, “I didn’t get the memo”!

I’m a big fan of the Canvas parallel that UD put out this year.  They seem to be a hit with collectors too!





Cody Hodgson Young Gun Canvas Vancouver has a hot rookie on their hands with Cody Hodgson!  Currently Hodgson is tied for 2nd in goals scored (13)  and 4th in total points (29).


Hardcore Bruins Fans will love this sub-set!












Rookie Matt Read of the Philadelphia Flyers currently leads the NHL Rookies in Goals (15) and 3rd in total points with 31.

All 4 of these cards have been listed on our eBay Store.