Sunday, April 11, 2010

Panini Classics CONTEST!


The three late games on Monday 4/12 are:

What will be the combined PAR (Points, Assists, Rebounds) of these three players:
1. Kevin Durant
2. Tyreke Evans
3. Dirk Nowitzki

The closest 4 answers to the correct answer (without going over) will have the opportunity to choose from the 4 hits. Each of the 4 winners will PM me their preference from the hits:
Omar Casspi auto
Chase Budinger auto
Dwight Howard GU
Jermaine Taylor GU

Each member gets one guess, and each number can be guessed once. If there are multiple users with the same guess, the one who posts first will be taken. So if two people guess 90, whoever posted 90 first gets the guess.

Entries will be accepted till 8pm Central on Monday, 4/12


Have fun!

Friday, April 9, 2010

FREE Panini Classics Box Break and Contest!

Once again, Panini has been so kind to send a free box to open and share with our members. Today's box is 09/10 Panini Classics Basketball. Thank you Panini!

We will be giving the HITS from this box as a contest prize on our site on this thread. Feel free to participate to have your chance of winning these great cards!

- joe

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Upper Deck loses NFL license

News just came out recently that Upper Deck lost its license to make any NFL products. Here's the tweet we all received on the Upper Deck Twitter account:
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So in the span of two years, Upper Deck loses its license with two of the major sports: Basketball (NBA) and Football (NFL). It's no secret that some of the business practices of Upper Deck have been questionable, but the fact is that Upper Deck has been a major player in the trading card industry for over 20 years now. And a hit like this on the industry will cause a lot of people to possibly turn away from the hobby. I will be honest that I have always been on the collector side of this hobby, never really getting into the business side of it all. So most of my opinion comes from what this means as a collector. Upper Deck's designs have always been superior to its competitors. Lately they have gotten lazy, with the design as well as just using the same photos over and over. And of course sticker autographs and the dreaded redemptions *GAG*. But even with all of these pitfalls, I still liked the products, they just "felt" like better quality. Even if they used a similar design from a different product from the year prior, I are it up! I may have been brainwashed by the UD marketing team, but I always thought products like SPX and SP Authentic were just great products. It's probably because you KNEW what you were gonna get out of those products. They were staples in the product release for the year. Since this was the first year Upper Deck didn't release any NBA products, I actually found myself less interested in the hobby. Will this happen to football collectors next year?

So what does this mean for the trading card industry? What does it mean for the survival of Upper Deck? It seems that Panini is taking a strong hold on the industry. I hope that they could do right what Upper Deck has done wrong!

I enjoyed this post by the Voice of the Collector on this situation: VOTC Blog - check it out

I'd love to hear what other collectors think about this as well. Feel free to leave a comment!

- joe