Apr 17

1990 Score Rookie & Traded Baseball Cards

I recently purchased a value pack from Target and it included a complete set of 1990 Score Rookie & Traded baseball cards.  This 110 card set also includes 10 Magic Motion trivia cards, a hallmark of the Score baseball card sets of the time.  Prospectors shun just about every baseball card created from 1988 – 1992 due to the mass production of cards.  However, if you collect specific players or teams, then you can find some nice cards at a great price, and this is just one of those sets.

The front of these cards includes a full size action shot of the player surrounded by a bold yellow and orange border.  The player’s name runs along the bottom left of the card, the team logo and position adorns the right corner, and the year and manufacturer is tucked on under the top left corner.  In spite of all this information, the print is perfect so as to not distract from the player.

When Score entered the card market, they produced some of the best designs on the card backs amongst all the major manufacturers.  This set includes a portrait shot of the player, name and demographics, a well organized, year-by-year stat history, and a synopsis of the player.  I have yet seen such great information so well designed on the back of cards since then.  Given the low cost and comprehensive information on the cards, I would recommend them; here’s my rating of the cards:

Overall Rating:4.6 Stars
Photo/Image:4 StarsCard Quality:5 Stars
Content:5 StarsPrice:5 Stars
Graphic Design4 Stars

Apr 09

Wax Pack Attack! Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Today we opened 8 vintage wax packs of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi trading cards.  This brought back memories of when I first saw the movie.  Living in Spain in the early 1980’s, it was a year after the movie came out before I finally got to see it on Betamax upon returning to the States.  I remember meticulously cataloging the figures and vehicles I wanted Santa to bring, and he did not disappoint.  Seeing these packs available at the Baseball Card Exchange for @ $1.50 each was a deal to be had; they arrived within a week.

Check out our video of Andrew and I opening the packs.  The cards are mostly screen captures of the movie, with a few portrait shots and sticker inserts.  We purchased both the Topps Series 1 and 2 packs for which more can be read at PSA Card.  The scene selections are pretty good but the image quality is average.  If more of the move scene is captured on the card, then the image seems to be blurry or fuzzy.  Print spots and off-centering is also common.  However, we need to go back to the technology of the time and then one begins to really appreciate the cards.  Young kids of the time would be ecstatic to have a scene of the movie there in their hands.  Surprisingly, today is no different for me as I view Boba Fett about to fire his blaster or the Death Star floating ominously among the stars.

The reverse side of the cards include a character drawing and trivia question; answers can be found on separate cards within the set.  If you are a Star Wars fan, I’d recommend adding these to your collection.  They’re relatively cheap so completing the set shouldn’t be too hard.  Here’s my rating of the cards.

Overall Rating:3.5 Stars
Photo/Image:2 StarsCard Quality:3 Stars
Content:4 StarsPrice:5 Stars
Graphic Design3 Stars

Mar 24

Back Seat Break With Andrew – 2015 Bowman Baseball

Andrew busts open a hanger box of 2015 Bowman Baseball Cards.  Picked up from the discount rack at Walmart + we get a cameo from the lady herself – Wonder Woman!

Mar 24

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Series 2 Trading Cards

David opens 2 rack packs of Topps Star Wars The Force Awakens Trading Cards. 16 cards are included with each pack an costs $4.99 each. The majority of the cards in the series are movie stills with scene descriptions on the back. A smaller set of character cards are also included. As you build your set, you can hunt for the various color parallels (titles), concept art, and autographs. If you’re looking for the hits, you’ll want to buy the hobby packs as the odds are much better. Although the cards are made with a thin card stock, the movie stills are pretty good and the glossy surface adds a nice touch.

Mar 22

Today We Opened A 2016 Topps Opening Day Blaster Box

Today we opened a blaster box of 2016 Topps Opening Day Baseball Cards.  It’s a great value and you’ll get 11 packs for just $9.99.  They have a similar design as the Topps Series 1 set.  Check them out!