Sports Card and Sports Memorabilia Product Reviews and User Reviews Information.
1990 Donruss Baseball Review Good: Can be thrown away or recycled, the perfect balance between “crap” and “suck”, Quad Harold Baines Error, Errors and Corrected Errors, Set contains actual Major League Baseball Players Bad: The Burden Of a Generation, You can never throw away all of them, crappy card design, millions upon millions print run, […]
Good: Pretty good selection of refractors and plenty of rookie cards. Bad: The design is really over the top and dark. The brand’s lack of innovation is definitely showing signs of catching up. The Bottom Line: I like Bowman Chrome as much as the next guy, but 2009 Bowman Chrome Football seems uninspired and stale […]
Good: Comprehensive checklist of prospect autographs, tons of hits in every box, sleek design. Bad: No Stephen Strasburg, lack of refractors, hefty price tag. The Bottom Line: After the train wreck that was last year’s set, 2009 Bowman Sterling Baseball is a breath of fresh air that puts the Bowman Sterling Baseball brand back on […]
It is absolutely SHOCKING to see how bad Retail Packs can get! Especially after opening a Hobby box of SP Threads a few months back. In all honesty, if you put a 24-Pack Retail box and 2 Hobby Packs in front of me, I would take the 2 Hobby Packs without thinking twice! If you want […]
Good: Tons of rookie cards from the strongest rookie class in years, affordable, nice compliment of chrome parallels. Bad: Lack of hits per box. The Bottom Line: 2009 Topps Heritage High Number Edition, just as 2009 Topps Heritage was before it, is a vivid example of Topps’ ability to create high quality, well thought out […]
Good: Improvement on last year’s rookie campaign, gone are the “self short-printing” black borders, deep checklist, solid auto and cut signature line-up, price point is reasonable and affordable. Bad: Lack of vision and direction. It tells a story; unfortunately it’s not the story of Football, unless the Buffalo Bills lost the 1893 World’s Fair. The […]
2009 Topps National Chicle Football is one of the best vintage products I’ve ever opened. The art used for the cards is inspired, imaginative, refreshing, and does justice to the game of Football. What’s even cooler is they used artists from Videogames, Comics, Sports, and various other walks of life. Topps National Chicle is Topps Mayo done […]
When opening 2009 Topps Platinum Football, it felt like I was opening a product that should cost a lot more than $5.99 a pack! Topps Platinum for the most part is on par with the considerably more expensive Finest and Bowman Sterling products. I liked how the “non-rookie” base cards were made on a considerably […]
Good: Nice selection of inserts, short prints, and rookie cards. Bad: Borderline cartoonish design, lacks an “it” factor that really sets it apart from other baseball card products. The Bottom Line: 2009 Topps T206 is an above average product that is worth buying for diehard fans of Topps Allen and Ginter and Topps Heritage. Unfortunately […]
Good: Great looking cards, packed to the brim with big names and big hits. Bad: Expensive, poor resale value of singles on the secondary market, abundance of low quality game used jersey cards. The Bottom Line: Topps swung for the fences with 2009 Topps Tribute Baseball and came through in a big way. The only […]
Good: Awesome design, great potential pulls, tons of rookie cards. Bad: Price is a little steep, only 1 autograph per hobby box on average. The Bottom Line: 2009 Topps Unique Baseball is a very nice addition to the Topps lineup. It breaks the mold by combining high stakes premium hits with high pack counts. Its […]
Good: Awesome design, tons of potential hits, plenty of numbered rookie cards. Bad: Hits seem a bit toned down when compared to Topps Unique Baseball, parallels get old fast. The Bottom Line: 2009 Topps Unique Football doesn’t measure up to its baseball counterpart but still makes for an interesting and entertaining experience. Design Topps Unique […]
Good: Plenty of value, inexpensive and lots of variety. Bad: Autographs are few and far between. Some of the inserts are a little redundant The Bottom Line: A fitting final installment to the best Topps baseball card set in recent memory. Design There isn’t much new to talk about in regards to 2009 Topps Updates […]
Good: The quality of the prospect checklist is staggering. The dual autograph pairings of blue chip prospects with retired MLB stars add a whole new dimension to the set that TRISTAR sets have lacked in years past. Bad: The design doesn’t do the set justice and is the only thing preventing it from receiving a […]
Good: Tons of hits and inserts, reasonable price, robust checklist. Bad: Cheap feel to the cards, lackluster design. The Bottom Line: 2009-10 Panini Classics Basketball is the first basketball card product from Panini that I’ve broken to date. I was pleasantly surprised with the product, which is really saying something as I’m a lackluster basketball […]
This years SP Authentic is an extremely high quality product that excels in every facet. The card design is as sharp as ever, the patches hearty, and the 2009-10 NHL Rookie Class fully represented.
For years, Collector’s Choice has suffered from the same “stigma” as “First Edition”, “Kick Off”, and many other extremely “cheap” products. To my surprise, this years’ Collector’s Choice Hockey was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had opening a cheap product. I probably got close to $100 worth of cards! I would expect that type of return from a middle of […]
2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball is proof positive that prospector’s paradise does indeed exist. Part II in this year’s Bowman trilogy delivers one of the most intriguing prospect auto checklists in the product’s storied history.
Bowman Draft finishes the 2010 Bowman baseball trilogy in style by delivering a deep checklist highlighted by Manny Machado, Drew Pomeranz, Steve Strasburg, Delino DeShields’ son and a slew of additional rookie and prospect baseballers. If you enjoyed 2010 Bowman episodes I and II (Bowman, Bowman Chrome), this Draft’s for you.
2010 Bowman Sterling loses you with craftsmanship, then buys you back with an insanely deep autograph checklist and overwhelming amount of hits per box. If you have the money and are a prospector, I would recommend giving a box of Sterling a shot, just be advised that it isn’t a perfect product, it just features the perfect checklist.
The latest rendition of Bowman Sterling takes a few steps backward in card design from 2009, but as a whole Sterling is an intriguing product due to it’s brilliant base set composition and 19-hits per box. Bowman Sterling is the one Topps football product I always feel is a few adjustments away from football card immortality, unfortunately that dream will have to wait until 2011.
Simply put, the best Elite Extra Edition of all-time and one of the most polished prospecting products in recent memory. Each $80-$100 hobby box delivers 6+ autographs and several low numbered die-cuts.
The 2010 Donruss Rated Rookie Box Set is essentially a blaster box on steroids. The 100 card box set delivers plenty of big name rookies like Bradford, Tebow and Bryant in addition to a refreshing amount of lesser known rookies. Each $20 box set delivers a 100-card Rated Rookie set and 1 autographed Rated Rookie.
2010 Certified Football is a solid football card offering that delivers 4-hits and doesn’t overload collectors with a stack of meaningless base cards. Certified won’t “wow” you, but at the same time it won’t leave you with a terrible case of buyer’s remorse.
Unfortunately, 2010 Classics is as generic as it’s name. At times it’s can be appealing, but for the most part it struggles to differentiate itself from similar Panini Products, never establishing an identity.
2010 Prestige Football card set checklist, product review, product details, and more.
Threads is a slightly above average football card offering that lacks variety. That’s not to say it doesn’t have it’s moments, the base card photography is arguably the best Panini’s ever printed on cardboard.
Sharp set design, short print madness, variations and the all-new 1/1 Golden Ticket collide to make the latest incarnation of Contenders the first must break product of the 2010 football card season. If you have any interest in football cards whatsoever, this product won’t disappoint.
Rookies & Stars is an excellent rookie geared football card offering that carries a reasonable box price of around $80. The manufactured logo rookie patch auto’s are sharper than ever and the product as a whole is an improved version of 2009 Rookies & Stars.
With 2010 SP Authentic Football, it’s becoming clear that Upper Deck is successfully sailing through uncharted sports card waters. SP Authentic is as close to an authentic college football experience as the card world has ever seen.
Allen & Ginter returns for another year of mystery, intrigue, and oddities. Perhaps no product takes longer to unveil the mysteries sealed within it packs than Topps’ yearly trip to the “state fair” of cards.
Good:Creating a strategy trading card game is definately a step in the right direction, the cards look cool, the online features are cool, the games are short. Bad: The strategy is pretty weak, too simple, it’s more like playing war with a deck a of cards than an actual strategy game, the cards ratings are […]
By just looking at the cards and the ratings, Attax makes very little sense. But once you play a game, it’s actually pretty interesting and fun. The cards themselves aren’t the greatest looking, but if I were ten years old, I think I would definately be addicted to this game.
An amazing Rookie Class and slightly improved card design combine to make 2010 Topps Chrome a substantial upgrade over last seasons. 2010 Topps Chrome is an excellent product that delivers 2 Autographs and a handful of refractors and numbered inserts per $60-$80 box.
2010 Topps Chrome is an above average football card offering that feels one hit shy of being an excellent product. That said, this season’s Topps Chrome is an upgrade over last season’s in nearly every possible way. I would recommend this product to set builders, but not collectors who are all about the hits.
Finest Football is among the finest products of the early 2010 football card season. The hits are high quality, the refractors plentiful, and the 60-card box total strikes a perfect balance between too many and too few cards.
From the Gridiron Giveaway code cards to the front numbered Rookie Premiere Auto’s, 2010 Topps Football is an improvement upon last seasons in nearly every possible way.
Good: Strong base set, classic design, compelling checklist. Bad: Lack of innovation. The Bottom Line: 2010 Topps Heritage certainly doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but its still an above average product that is worth checking out. Design I’m personally a huge fan of the 1961 Topps baseball set, so 2010 Topps Heritage scored big designwise for […]
2010 Topps Magic is one of the year’s best and most refreshing products. If you’ve grown tired of opening products with 2-4 hits and a stack of meaningless base cards, I highly suggest you give Magic a try, it does an excellent job of making every card both meaningful and collectible.
Good: Set Builder’s Dream, Intriguing Parallels Within Base Set, Amazing Card Art, Throwback Parrallels In Base Set, Captures Great Players From Every Era in MLB History, Cabinet Cards Are Worthy of Being Framed Bad Disappointing Auto Checklist, Too Many Artist Auto’s, No Mini Cards, Chicle and Bazooka Back Parallels are too similar Bottom Line: This product is […]
Good: Players like Roy Halladay and Curtis Granderson are on their new teams, which wasn’t the case in 2010 Topps Series 1. Kids might enjoy the Topps Attax Inserts. Bad: There is no value, it’s too similar to Topps Series 1, the inserts are pretty bad, the odds of getting an auto border on impossible, […]
2010 Topps Prime is step in a fresh, new direction for Topps. With a few tweaks, Prime could evolve into the perfect compliment to Topps’ chrome based products. Each hobby box delivers 10-packs and 4-hits for less than $100.
2010 Topps Pro Debut Series 2 is a medicore prospect product that lacks the electricity of products like 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition. Series 2 lacks direction and the novelty has worn off since Series 1 released this past summer.
Topps Sterling is the sweeping tale of the game of baseball told trough cardboard. If you fancy yourself a baseball historian, this is a product you will definitely want to check out if you can afford the steep box price of around $200-$220. Sterling is a baseball fans’ baseball card product.
2010 Topps Supreme Football features a solid checklist, intriguing card design and the potential for high quality hits, but falls short when it comes to delivery – each $80-$90 box delivers a total of four cards, of which only one is a hit. I would recommend seeking singles over buying a box, but if you have an itch to rip, you could do far worse than Topps Supreme.
2010 Topps Tribute is a solid high-end baseball product that brings plenty of relics and autographs of legends, current stars, and a couple rookies names Jason Heyward and Stephen Strasburg to the checklist.
If we were talking about a product that carried a box price of around $180, this would be an excellent product. Seeing as how the actual box price is between $275-$325, Tribute simply doesn’t deliver enough bang for your buck for a high-end product.
Good: Packed with hits, sleek design, strong checklist. Bad: Price is heavily marked up by dealers, gold parallels are boring and uninspired. The Bottom Line: 2010 Topps UFC Main Event, Topps’ third UFC trading card product to date, delivers in a big way. As good as the first two UFC trading card products were, Main […]
2010 Topps Unrivaled is “unrivaled” when it comes to worst football card products of 2010. The sets numbering and decent relic selection isn’t enough to overcome the poor quality of the product as a whole. This is without a doubt the worst Topps product in some time.
The hobby version of the 2010 Topps USA Baseball box set offers prospectors a refreshring departure from your everyday baseball card offering. Each box delivers a 65-card base set and 10-hits featuring a who’s who of the upcoming 2011 MLB Draft.
2010 Triple Threads Football is a really, really good product that falls a few shortcomings shy of being great. Per usual, the card themes are excellent and the is checklist extremely intriguing. If you’ve enjoyed Triple Threads Football in year’s past, there’s no reason you shouldn’t enjoy the 2010 version. To those who have never bought a box before, I would say that collectors of past legends and current stars would enjoy the product far more than 2010 rookie class collectors
2010 TriStar Obak is a delightfully odd, low numbered, vintage product that is able to create the feeling that you are opening a 100-year old box of cards. If Tim Burton created a baseball card product, it would be Obak.
Icons has plenty of Ric Flair, but the products overall lack of flair led to an average at best box break experience. This is one of those products that takes an amazing box to enjoy.
2010 Upper Deck World of Sports features an intriguing checklist that includes a multitude of stars spanning the sports spectrum. Unfortunately, an idea is only as good as it’s execution and World of Sports is a poorly executed product.
The introduction of the Upper Deck Ice Premieres rookie card to this year’s Black Diamond takes the product to a whole new level in 2010-11. For the most part, the rest of the product remains the same as year’s past outside of a few subtle improvements to the set’s card design.
2010-11 Certified is a thoroughly enjoyable product from top to bottom, it usually takes until Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey to have this much fun. Certified delivers one of the best early season rookie autograph lineups in years highlighted by Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Paajarvi, Seguin, Skinner, Kadri and Subban!
2010-11 Crown Royale Hockey’s corny regal themes and card design offer collectors a refreshing departure from the cookie cutter cards of today. After a seven year absence from the ice, Crown feels right at home in the hockey card section.
2010-11 Donruss Basketball is refreshing departure from the overload of pre-1960’s vintage products thrown at collectors over the past decade. Donruss instead goes with 1984 Donruss Baseball’s card design, which makes for a nostalgic trip to the decade of Deloreans, Guns N’ Roses, Member’s Only Jackets, Bo Jackson and Quantum Leap.
Donruss’ return to hockey is a triumphant success that offers collectors a substantial amount of cold as ice cards per $60-$70 hobby box. The Rated Rookie won’t beat a Young Gun, but the product as a whole is much deeper than Upper Deck Series One.
If you hate 2010-11 O-Pee-Chee Hockey, than you may as well hate Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr as well, as this is one of those products that even if you don’t like, you have to respect
2010-11 Classics is the basketball card equivalent of an above-average NBA 6th man. While it lacks the finishing touches and all-around game to crack the starting lineup, it does bring enough to the table to warrant plenty of playing time.
It’s not good, it’s not bad, it’s Prestige. If you’re excited to get the 2010-11 NBA rookie class and LeBron wearing a Heat jersey in your hands ASAP, then by all means grab a box of Prestige. 2010-11 Prestige is far from a terrible product, just don’t expect it to re-invent the basketball card.
The imagination of Threads is absolutely infectious and although the product does have it’s bad moments, those are alleviated by the introduction of on-wood rookie autos, which are destined for hobby stardom. If you enjoy products that take cards in a fresh direction, I would definitely recommend breaking a box or two.
2010-11 Rookies & Stars is a solid basketball card offering that gives collectors a chance to grab the latest rookie autographs of big names like John Wall, Evan Turner, Derrick Favors and Wesley Johnson. For all intensive purposes, this is last year’s Rookies & Stars with updated rosters.
2010-11 Score Hockey is a solid product for beginner collectors and kids. In terms of $1 per pack hockey products, Score is a far superior product to Upper Deck’s currently available Victory hockey. The great thing about Score is that it gives kids a chance to collect players like Taylor Hall, P.K. Subban, Jordan Eberle and other big name 2010-11 NHL Rookies.
2010-11 SPx Hockey returns with simpler card design and unlike past years, isn’t the first product of the year to deliver rookie autographs. Overall, it’s an above average offering that will appeal to hardcore SPx fans.
2010-11 Artifacts Hockey is essentially the same early season hockey card offering as in season’s past, the only difference is that this year it faces off against Panini’s 2010-11 Certified Hockey, which is a better product.
2010-11 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey is the rare product that finds life outside the hits through an excellent mixture of card variety that includes rookies, parallels, inserts, die-cuts and acetates. The hits are nothing more than the gravy on the hearty meal that is Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey.
2010-11 Victory is a generic hockey card product that carries a low $1 per pack price point. Kids and budget set builders will probably enjoy the product far more than most collectors. I would recommend holding off for the far superior 2010-11 OPC Hockey, which carries a similar pack price point.
Simply put, this might be the best pre-draft, unlicensed football card offering I’ve ever opened. From thick chrome stock to crisp on-card autographs, 2011 Leaf Metal Draft is a game changing product that offers collectors the feel of a mid-season football card offering in April.
Heritage is an excellent product that delivers a mystery pack’s worth of immagination and intrigue. If it’s a vintage baseball card experience you seek, Heritage is worth a peak, as you will no doubt appreciate the authentic baseball card experience it offers.
If there was a such thing as an “inverse parallel” set, Topps Opening Day would be just that. This is one product that I’ve never much cared for or understood. It’s essentially base Topps, only the cards lack foil, have flimsy stock, lack value and it releases prior to its namesake.
2011 Topps Pro Debut has officially returned for the brand’s sophomore season of MiLB licensed fun. Browse the full set checklist, product highlights, top auctions, and more.
Like previous versions of Tribute, it will appeal to those with a big time collecting budget more so than the everyday collector. 2011 Tribute is nearly identical to last season’s with a slightly increased emphasis on legends and slightly revamped card design. The product as a whole is solid, delivering some legendary autographs, relics and autographed relics.
2011 Topps UFC Title Shot offers hardcore MMA fans the chance to collect current champions as well as prospect potential future champions. Title Shot is a cardboard celebration of UFC champions past, present and future. Each $70-$90 hobby box delivers 12 packs and 4 hits.
2011 Upper Deck Football marks the beginning of a new era in pre-draft football card offerings. It also marks the first base Upper Deck Football product since the 2009. The product’s rookie autographs also have a chance at doing something once thought impossible for a pre-draft product – retain value.