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Mail Day #1 – Bonus Shots Black and Completing the 2011-12 Hoops Set

October 24, 2012

Got a special delivery at the house the other day. In my previous post I said I had 2 goals: Completing the base set of the 2011-12 Panini Limited Basketball and completing the set for the 2012-13 Panini Prestige Bonus Shots Black.

Today I got a couple of cards in the mail that brought me one step closer to achieving my goal.

I got Emeka Okafor and Gerald Henderson Prestige Bonus Shots Black. Each are #’d out of 10 (Okafor is 4/10 and Henderson is 5/10).With these 2 additions, this brings my total collection to 6 cards. In case your wondering, these are the other Bonus Shots Black that I have:

  • Ryan Anderson (#’d 5/10)
  • Tyler Hansbrough (#’d 1/10)
  • Kim English (#’d 4/10)
  • Kobe Bryant (#’d 6/10)

On top of this, I was also able to complete my 2011-12 NBA Hoops Base Set with the addition of this card:

So with this, I now have all of the base cards for the 2011-12 NBA Hoops set.

I’m still on the lookout for any 2012-13 Panini Prestige Black Bonus Shots. I’ll be posting the journey to 250 as I get them in one by one. If any of you readers have some, hit me up please, it would be greatly appreciated.

2011-12 Panini Limited Basketball Box Break #1

October 19, 2012

What’s up readers? I haven’t been updating this blog as much as I would like to, but I’m gonna try my best to update things as they come along. Should take only about an hour of my time right?

You see, I got this box of 2011-12 Panini Limited Basketball the other day and busted it open as soon as I got home from work. I really like the look and design of this set and all of the hits that can be attainable in this is pretty cool. I mean for myself, getting back into the basketball card collecting game, this is set looks pretty sleek. I can’t wait for the new Panini Certified to come out.

Enough talk, here’s the box break. 6 cards per box. 3 Autos and or Memorabilia cards per box. I ended up getting a Bad Boy, a member of Run TMC and the 2011 Rookie Auto Redemption. Here’s the video below:

I personally don’t have a particular player I’m collecting for, I generally collect to build sets. So with that in mind, I had set up two primary goals:

1. Get a complete set of 2011-12 Panini Limited Basketball (#’d out of 299 – so it seems very attainable).

2. Get a complete set of 2012-13 Panini Prestige Bonus Shots Black (#’d out of 10 – my main current collecting goal right now – will end up being very expensive, but possible).

Panini Prestige 2012-13 Basketball Box Break (3)

September 29, 2012

Once again we have a 2012-13 Panini Prestige Basketball Box Break. I don’t know why I keep buying this set. I guess the allure of finding an Anthony Davis Prestigious Picks Auto keeps calling to me like a siren. So, what waits for us in this box? Will I finally get my Anthony Davis Base RC? Some nice Autos?

Here’s the video with the breakdown:


Blake Griffin Autograph Signing – South Bay Baseball Cards

September 27, 2012

Today was a pretty eventful day. During the morning I had plenty of errands to run, but the most excitement came from this afternoon – A special appearance by Blake Griffin at South Bay Baseball Cards in Lomita, CA.

A couple of days ago I was browsing through Panini America’s blog: The Knight’s Lance. As I was scrolling down, I saw a post about a Blake Griffin autograph signing event being held at a card shop out in Lomita. I quickly checked to see how far the city was from me and found it to be somewhat close (a manageable driving distance). So, first thing I did was buy myself a ticket to see the Blake Show and get his autograph. Now this event was put together by both South Bay Baseball Cards and Panini – not only that, but Panini representatives were on hand to authenticate each and every Blake Griffin autograph. Count me in!

It was a very busy day at the store. So many people came out filled with excitement and anticipation just to see Blake Griffin and get their piece of memorabilia signed. There were basketballs, hats, jerseys, posters – even a canvas print of Blake giving Timothy Mozgov getting, well… Mozgov’d. Great pieces of memorabilia all around. As for me? I got my jersey signed.

As many people as there were in the store, it was very well organized. They used tickets with numbers and called out a range of numbers at a time to line up and get their autographs. I’ll tell you, this was probably the most well organized autograph session I’ve been to (Stan Lee’s Comikaze Autograph Signing was pretty bad compared to this). The staff was very friendly and they conducted raffles throughout the signing session. They gave away boxes of cards, singles (such as an Elgin Baylor auto card), and even gave away some signed Blake Griffin photos that he signed earlier that day in the back room. I was fortunate enough to win one of those raffles and the prize? A little signed 5 x 7 photo of Blake Griffin at the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest – jumping over the car. The kicker with this – I got it authenticated with my signed jersey. 2 autographs for the price of one? I’ll take it!


Overall, it was a great experience and a very nice looking shop. If only it was much closer to home, I’d be going there a lot. It seems like they hold these types of events often, so I’ll definitely be on the lookout for any more autograph sessions from these guys.

Panini Prestige 2012-13 Basketball Box Break (2)

September 24, 2012

Got another box break here for you guys and it’s another 2012-13 Panini Prestige box. In the last box break I pulled a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Prestigious Picks Auto. So, what does this next box hold? I was hoping for a Anthony Davis RC Card – maybe an Anthony Davis Prestige Picks Auto?

Check out the video for the breakdown (if you just want to see the hits, move to around the 11:12 mark):

Basketball Cards – Not What They Used to Be

September 23, 2012

I used to be really heavy into basketball cards. When I mean heavy, I mean it was my favorite hobby. I tried my best to complete every single set that I could. Each week I would spend my allowance on Basketball Cards. I remember vividly going to the local grocery store and buying a pack of Fleer ’94 and Collector’s Choice ’94 because they were very cheap and I can get a lot of cards per pack. I remember specifically collecting for Penny Hardaway cards – I had to get as many as I can.

Ah yes, those were the days. When my friends and I used to make a big deal about insert sets. Rookies were common, but at the same time very sought after (maybe not as much as today’s standards). Pulling an insert card that was 1:35 was a very huge deal for me. Sets like Topps Finest and Fleer Flair were big sets back in the day. Refractors and Die-Cuts were such big deals back then.

Now imagine my surprise when I got back into the game a few months ago. There are autograph cards, game used memorabilia, short-prinited cards. My how the game has definitely changed. I recently got back in to the basketball card game with the 2011-12 Hoops set and with the Panini Past & Present 2011-12 set. When I was younger, one of my dreams was to open a whole box of cards. Of course back then I couldn’t even save up enough to purchase a whole box. Now, since I have a job, I can afford to buy a box of cards and open up every single pack. The sheer excitement of what cards lie in the pack and the trying to complete a set is what thrills me. Gives me the thrill of the rush.

Opening that 2012-13 Panini Prestige box really brought me back to my childhood and added a new flair to the game. It was exciting, fresh, new. I loved it so much that I decided to start blogging about my love for my hobbies. Not only basketball cards, but also video games (my main passion). I also decided take my hand at other hobbies as well, in particular Comic Books. So, I’m looking forward to diving into the comic book world.

There are many hobbies that I enjoy in life, passion for the collectibles. My purpose? To document my passion for my hobbies – to Geek it Out.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the ride!

Panini 2012-13 Prestige Basketball Box Break (1)

September 22, 2012

Yesterday I had an itch to go out and buy a box of basketball cards. I was going to buy a box of the new Hoops 2012-13 set, but remembered reading that the new Prestige 2012-13 set had just come out recently. I usually tend to buy my boxes from my local comic book shop out here – but they tend to overprice their boxes, so I was a little hesitant. I did a quick search online and found another card store near my area and went out to buy myself a box of the new Prestige 2012-13 set.

Here’s the Breakdown of the box:

Set: Prestige 2012-13 Basketball

Price: $100, 8 cards per pack, 24 packs per box

Hits: 3 Autographs and 1 Memorabilia

What’s so nice about this particular season (2012-13) of cards are that we have a double rookie class. Since there was a lockout shortened season last year, many of the rookies from the 2011 Draft Class didn’t receive proper rookie cards. Players like Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams did not have “rookie cards.” So as you can see, this is a little exciting because you get both the class of 2011 and 2012 together in one set!

I found this particular set very nice, the card stock and the gloss look very chic in my opinion. I’m missing out on 2 cards out of 150 for the complete veteran set: #40 (Tim Duncan) and #97 (Kevin Martin). In the set there are 100 rookie cards in all – making the complete base set out to 250. There are a number of insert cards and some nice Autos in this set – especially pertaining to the rookies.

Here are some of the cards I ended up getting:

As you can see, this set is looking pretty good. Just a quick recap of the Hits I got:

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Prestigious Picks Auto

Moe Harkless Prestigious Picks Auto

Perry Jones III Prestigious Picks Auto

Raymond Felton Ture Colors Patch

A nice box break – especially the Kidd-Gilchrist Auto. I’ll probably end up keeping the veteran base set and the Kidd-Gilchrist Auto and end up selling the rest.