Sunday, May 30, 2010

Derrick Rose Appearance


I got a phone call from my brother on Wednesday night that Derrick Rose was going to be at a Nissan dealership in the suburbs of Chicago on Friday between 6-8pm.  I of course posted it on HobbyKings in case anyone was interested in going.  Richie (MJCredentialKING) said he would meet me up.  I planned on getting there about an hour and a half early to get in line - hoping there would be only 50 or so people in front of me.  Friday morning comes, and my friend Abby is getting an oil change in the same Nissan that Rose would be signing at later that day.  She sends me a message that there's someone lining up already at the dealership, at 9AM! Hard core! Apparently they had a cooler and everything.  I admit, I was a bit worried knowing that people were actually camping out for Rose.  I mean he was easily the best player on the team last year, but seriously? Waiting 8 hours in line for him?

Richie texted me at 3PM and told me that he had just called the store and found out there was already 50 people in line.  I planned on being there an hour and a half, so I was just hoping we'd be there in time to even get an autograph at all.  I zoomed through traffic from my work and got there at around 4:45PM to find a line of about 150 people.  I wasn't quite sure I would make it or not.



Richie got there shortly afterwards and we were just chatting about the hobby and catching up on life and such.  He's actually friends with my brothers too.  Soon enough, it was 6PM, but the line wasn't moving.  Finally at around 6:30PM the line started moving.  The guys that were in front of the line at 9AM came out with their signed goods.  But then they went to the back of the line in hopes to get a second shot at some more autographs.  Wow.  They just spent 8 hours to get an autograph so they figure they would try for another one?  Sorry, I would just go home.  Behind us was about another 75-100 people waiting and hoping to get an autograph.  I don't know if all of them ever got in.

We started talking to some of the guys in front of us and they were telling us about some of the regulars at these types of events.  Apparently there are some older grandparent-like couple that get their autographs and then try to bribe some kids behind them in line to get more autographs.  Another guy brings four of his kids so he can get multiple autographs.  Being that I am not really into the whole in-person autograph community, I am not sure what to think about this.  But it does sound kind of shady business going on, and some of the guys in line would tend to agree.

Anyways, we finally got inside the building around 7:15PM.  I completely forgot that B.J. Armstrong is Derrick Rose's agent.  I totally wished I had a sweet B.J. Armstrong picture for him to autograph too, but Richie and I settled for a picture:


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We got to Rose, but weren't able to get a picture with him, while he was looking at the camera.  Seriously, would it have taken THAT long? Anyways we were happy with the items he signed, turned out real nice!



Derrick Rose






...and here are the final results:



It was definitely a much longer line from when Nissan had Ben Gordon a few years back! It really did open my eyes to this new community and side of the hobby that I had never known about.  Needless to say, I am glad that this experience was a pleasant one!

- joe

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Another Box of Bowman Baseball and Absolute Basketball

After selling the Strasburg Gold Refractor on Ebay, I absolutely had to try again.  Didn't go as well.  And of course had to give some of the new basketball a shot as well!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Bowman Baseball Box break!

So each year when Bowman comes out, I like to get a box or three of it. It's fun actually having no idea who or what I pulled. All I know is I like refractors. Blues are nice, Golds are better, Oranges even nicer, Red are sweet, and of course superfractors rule. Yeah, that's all I know, kinda sad. If I pull the player that is on the box, then I guess that's a good sign, haha. I actually didn't get any Bowman last year. In 2007 I got a Jason Heyward refractor, probably my best hit that year. Sold it for $20. Probably should have held it back then since he's blowing up this year. Looks like those are selling for around $50-$60 now.

So maybe I should hold onto this hit?

So what do you think?


- Joe

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Play "One on One" with Kobe!


ARLINGTON, Texas (May 3, 2010) – As the NBA Playoffs continue to heat up, Panini America (, a subsidiary of The Panini Group, the leading global publisher of sports and entertainment collectables launched today the “Play Kobe One-On-One” Promotion with four-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant. Basketball fans beginning May 1 through June 17, 2010 will be able to log-on to to compete against other fans, the leading scorer at the end of the promotion will get a chance to meet Kobe Bryant and play him “One-On-One” in a game of Adrenalyn, the new interactive trading card game from Panini.

The Kobe “One-On-One” promotion coincides with the recent launch of the Panini Adrenalyn Xtreme game mode that features new enhancements to gameplay following player feedback during the beta-phase of the game. The new enhancements offer more strategic gameplay along with more shot opportunities, resulting in higher NBA scores. Matchup results are based on a player’s chance of scoring, eliminating players ability to load their decks to guarantee they win a matchup. Instead, higher ratings increase a player’s chance that they will score.

“I’m looking forward and excited to play a fan one-on-one in a game of Adrenalyn. I’ve been practicing, so I’ll be ready,” said Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers Guard.

An integrated advertising campaign that includes TV spots on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Disney XD channels, as well as online and viral will support the Kobe “One-On-One” promotion along with integration into more than 1,000 movie theatres in select markets across the country. To watch the Kobe Bryant TV ad click here:

As the leading global publisher of sports and entertainment collectables, Panini has license agreements with three of the major U.S. sports, including the NFL/NFLPA, NHL/NHLPA and an Exclusive Trading Card and Sticker Partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA). Panini’s other partnerships include an exclusive license with FIFA for the 2010 and 2014 World Cup, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and with four-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. Panini also has a successful collectibles business with consumer brands including DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon, Disney’s Toy Story 3, Hannah Montana and High School Musical, and Warner Brothers’ Harry Potter.

For more information and full rules and guidelines, go to There is no purchase necessary to participate or win and the promotion is open to legal residents of the (50) U.S. states & DC, who are 13 years of age or older as of 5/1/10.

The Panini Group, established almost 50 years ago in Modena, Italy has subsidiaries throughout Europe, Latin America and the United States. Panini is the world leader in officially licensed collectables and is the leading multi-national publisher of comics, children’s magazines and Manga in Europe and Latin America. Panini has distribution channels in more than 100 countries and employs a staff of over 800. For more information visit us at or

For more information contact:
Jason Howarth, Conover Tuttle Pace, (617) 412-4000/508-353-0063 (Cell)

Scott Prusha, Panini America, 817-983-0303