Tuesday, 23 August 2016

2016 Panini NFL Stickers

For the last few years I have always bought a box or two of Panini's NFL stickers. I have yet to complete a set, and haven't even taken advantage of their "missing stickers" order form in the middle of the book.

I am a big fan of the stickers as they are an inexpensive way to get kids to start collecting. The very first sticker set that I collected was the 1979-80 Panini Hockey World Championship set. One of the hockey rinks that I played at sold the stickers and I made sure to always pick some up with my allowance money every time that I played there. I still have the mostly complete sticker book.

That being said, I bought a box of this year's football stickers last week and I'll show you examples of the various stickers found in the set, using Browns stickers when possible, but other teams for types of stickers that I didn't get a Browns one of, or where there are no Browns in the set.

The first 8 stickers of the 485 sticker set are a breakdown of the various NFL divisions.

Sticker #2 - AFC North

The backs have the sticker number, and an ad for Panini Gridiron. The album separates the AFC and NFC and has the division name for each listed under the spot for that sticker.

Some of the backs are horizontal, but still have the same information.

Stickers 9-14 show draft picks at the 2016 NFL Draft. The stickers are of the first 4 picks (Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott) and the 22nd and 23rd picks (Josh Doctson and Laquon Treadwell). I'm not sure why they jumped to the 22nd and 23rd picks, but recall that they have done that before. The album just lists the pick number (1st Overall, 2nd Overall, etc.) under the space for the sticker and doesn't give the name or any information of the player chosen.

Sticker #12 - 4th Overall Draft Pick

A lot is expected of Ezekel Elliott running behind the Cowboys offensive line. I hope he does well and that with his success teams will once again look at running backs higher in the draft.

From there the set has pages for all 32 teams, each team getting 14 stickers. The breakdown for each team is as follows.

Each team has a foil logo sticker. The spot for the sticker shows the conference and team logos, but doesn't have the city or franchise starting date in the album.

Sticker #183 - Foil Denver Broncos Logo

Each team also has a mascot sticker. However, these are not the regular team mascots that you might first think of. These are the "Rusherz" from the NFL kids cartoon "NFL Rush Zone". For these, in the album, there is just an empty space with no information other than the sticker number.

Sticker #100 - Browns Rusher

I like how it looks like a fabric background on the stickers.

There are also three foil stickers for each team, with each of the players also having a regular sticker as well.

Sticker #103

I liked seeing RGIII in a Browns uniform, and also seeing that Travis Benjamin was in a Chargers uniform. The stickers account for many of the off-season moves.

Sticker #102

The color surrounding the name and helmet is coded to each team, with the Browns having (surprise!) a brown background. It doesn't show up great on scans of the Browns' foil stickers, but will be seen more easily below.

Under each foil sticker spot there is a comment for each player. Duke Johnson's reads, "Third on the Browns in 2015 with 913 yards from scrimmage."

Of the nine cards left per team, eight of them are regular player stickers.

Sticker #105
Sticker #106

Sticker #107

As you can see, rookies are marked. From looking through the sticker book it doesn't appear that every team has a rookie in the set. Coleman is the only Browns rookie in the set.

Sticker #111

Sticker 112

There is information regarding each player on the side and below each of the regular stickers. Looking at the spot for Joe Haden's sticker, along the side at the bottom it shows his position 'CB', and above that lists his DOB, college, height, weight and seasons played. Below the spot for the sticker it has his 2015 season and career stats.

For RGIII they show the 2014 season stats as he did not play in 2015, and for Joe Thomas' spot in the album they just list the following information, "Six-time First Team All-Pro", "Selected to nine consecutive Pro Bowls (2007-15)", and "Co-hosted the show Outdoors Ohio with D'Arcy Egan".

I'm not sure what to call the last card in each team set. I'm going to go with it being an animated version of one player on each team. It is a second sticker of a player already in the team set, but not one of the players that are a foil for the team.

Sticker #411

I think that these were probably made by having a computer turn a photo into animation, but I'm not sure. All I know is that I really like them. They look pretty cool. This sticker is featured in the middle of the page surrounded by the regular team stickers. The space has no information around it, but the place where it goes has the sticker number and team logo.

After all the teams are dealt with, there is a page for Pop Warner football with stickers 463-469. The first six appear to be action shots, with #469 being a foil Pop Warner logo. No information is provided in the album about any of the stickers.

Sticker #463

Sticker #469

The next page of the sticker album is dedicated to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Stickers 470-475 are the six inductees and sticker 476 is a foil sticker of the Hall of Fame logo.

Sticker #470

It is interesting that the college is shown for each of the Hall of Fame inductees.

Sticker #476

In the album there is a small section detailing what years the player played in the NFL, their position and some highlights for each player. For example, Favre's shows that he is a QB, played from 1991-2010, was a "3X NFL MVP", and has a "NFL RECORD 297 CONSECUTIVE GAME PLAYED".

Stickers 477-483 are of Super Bowl 50.

Sticker #478

Each sticker has its own caption underneath it in the album. The caption for the above sticker reads, "Carolina's Luke Kuechly brings down Peyton Manning in the fourth quarter. The Panthers notched five sacks in the contest."

Finally, on the last page of the sticker album are stickers 484-485. There were no captions or any identifying information in the album for these stickers, and I didn't get either of the stickers. Looking on eBay, I found out that sticker 484 was a foil NFL logo, and sticker 485 was a foil sticker of an official NFL football.

Each pack of stickers is priced at $1.00, and contains 7 stickers. A box of stickers has 50 packs. Of the 350 stickers in my box, I received 270 different stickers. I may buy a second box at some point to try and complete the set, but have found in the past that I haven't had any luck doing that.

All in all, though, I really enjoy the stickers that Panini puts out and look forward to them each year.

Monday, 22 August 2016

More from a local card store

I poked my head back into the first local card store that I went to last week to pick up a card for a fellow blogger that I saw on display while I was there. To my surprise, the owner said that he had found more Browns for me. As it turned out I already had two of the autographed cards that he found, but I still wound up needing (and buying) the following cards.

2006 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia - Star Gazing Materials Prime #29 (#/50)

It is always nice to get a piece of a number in your patch. Sadly cards like these are so much cheaper with the Browns since so many of their draft picks have not turned out so well.

2007 UD Trilogy - Materials Gold #TM-BQ (#/33)

Another card that was probably a lot more expensive when it was pulled. There are a couple of scratches on the card, but obviously it is quite welcome in my collection.

2007 UD Ultimate Collection - Rookie Materials Silver #URM-JT

The one first round pick that has really worked out since the Browns returned. It is always nice to get more Joe Thomas cards from his rookie year.

2008 Playoff National Treasures #180 (#/99)

My eighth Martin Rucker autograph. A second Rucker autograph was one of the two cards that I didn't buy due to it being a double.

2009 SP Authentic - Chirography #CH-DQ

I enjoyed watching D'Qwell Jackson playing for the Browns and it was great that he overcame two serious injuries while with team. I hope he continues to play well with the Colts.

2009 SPx - Winning Materials #W-JL (#/249)

I was happier to see Jamal Lewis rushing for our team than running against us.

2010 Topps Unrivaled - Rookie Autographs #128 #/780)

This is my ninth different Carlton Mitchell autograph. A couple of years ago Mitchell signed with the Ottawa Redblacks of the CFL, but injuries derailed his season with the team. I almost wanted to find him and let him know that I probably had the largest collection of his autographs in Ottawa before he even played for the team.

Now we get to a few more recent cards, including this one that would have cost me a lot more money if I had been approached to buy it during the last two years.

2014 Panini Contenders - Playoff Ticket #240 (#/99)

I've said it before, I like Manziel's autograph.

2014 Panini Elite - New Breed #24 (#/299)

2014 Panini Elite - New Breed #14 (#/299)

A couple of inserts from the same subset. Still one more Brown to find from the subset, a Terrance West card.

2014 Panini Elite - Throwback Threads #23 (#/199)

Nice to see the classic Browns uniform on the Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome.

2016 Score - Franchise Red #7

The owner said that he had cracked a box of this year's score and had pulled this Browns insert and the next autograph and put them aside for me but didn't have them when I went in last week. He said he would have to look to see where he put his base cards from the set.

Sad to see Benjamin picked as the franchise player in this set since he's playing for the Chargers this year.

2016 Score - Rookie Signatures Scorecard #341

Based on how many consecutive years the Browns have had to start three QBs, there is a chance that Kessler will have to start a game late in the year. Nothing against him, but I hope not. I'd rather see one QB play well and stay healthy for the whole year.

Friday, 19 August 2016

2016 Panini Prestige football fat pack

When I last drove down to my PO Box to pick up my mail, I stopped in at a Wal-Mart and picked up a fat pack of 2016 Panini Prestige football to take a look at it and see if I'm lucky enough to get any of the Browns in the set.

I will be displaying the cards in the order that they were in my pack.

Yay! A Browns card early in the pack. But two Bengals. Oh, well.

I like the action shots and the prominent team logos. I would prefer the player's position to be shown on the front, but as long as it is on the back that is fine.

I understand that foil in cards scan dark which is why you have trouble reading some of the names here but they look nicer in person.

Now, let's see a back. What card do you think I'll pick?

Of course I'm going to pick Barnidge.

In general, I like the back. It is a good write-up. I like having the standard information of birth date, college, height and weight. Telling me how many seasons in the NFL is good, but I also like seeing where a player was drafted. There is no way of knowing on the card that of his 8 NFL seasons, the last three were in Cleveland following his first five with the Carolina Panthers.

I prefer seeing multiple season stats as opposed to just the last year and career totals, but no matter what they are showing I would like to see games played, and finally there is no position listed on the card. Barnidge is a TE.

Only one division rival in this grouping, and I like that card of Kuechly pointing before a snap.

A former Browns QB in Brian Hoyer. And I'm happy to see the updated Robert Ayers card showing his new team but keeping him in the Giants uniform. I prefer them listing the new team, but as a team collector, I would be buying the card if it were a Browns player having a new team listing. It is sometimes bittersweet doing it, but it is more annoying to me when they are still listed as a Browns player. I'll have to keep an eye out for the Travis Benjamin card in the set as I now suspect it will still show him in his Browns uniform.

In 2014 I went to Cleveland to watch the Browns play the Raiders. I was very impressed with Khalil Mack's play. One of my friends will be happy when I give him this card.

The last of the veteran cards in the fat pack. On to the inserts.

Myles Jack probably would have been a first-round pick in this year's draft if it weren't for a knee injury and questions about how long his knee will allow him to play before needing microfracture surgery in the future. I wish him well with the Jaguars.

Media darling Michael Strahan, as you can read on the back of his card, holds the NFL single-season sack record. As great a season as he had, I still think the record is tainted by Brett Favre giving himself up for the record-breaking sack. I want to see someone break this record.

I think I would have preferred to see Alshon Jeffery as the Bears Connection card.

I'm not a big Seahawks fan but I like Kam Chancellor so I didn't mind seeing this card.

I like both of these backs for giving specific moments of their season a spotlight.

The rookies, and yay, another Browns card!

Again, the foil name shows up better on the blue background than it appears in the scan.

Again, of course I'm going to show the back of the Browns card.

Philip Anthony "Scooby" Wright III has been called Scooby since he was a baby. He only played in three games last season after winning the awards mentioned on the back of the card in 2014. Falling in the draft due to this injury allowed the Browns to select him with the 250th pick of the 7th round of this year's NFL draft. Again, I would like to see games played and draft position mentioned on the card back.

Finally we get to the four Xtra Points Green Parallel cards of the pack.

Two Steelers...that's disappointing. At least it isn't a photo of Antonio Brown kicking the Browns punter in the face while trying to hurdle him like last year's Score card.

All in all I'm pleased with this year's Panini Prestige cards. You know what you're getting with the Prestige brand and I'll probably pick up the odd pack when I feel like opening something. And of course I will be chasing all those Browns that I don't have yet. Good job, Panini!

Thursday, 18 August 2016

National Baseball Card Day

After being called by one local card store the other day, I decided to poke my head into a different local card store to see what is new. I ended up picking up a box of this year's Panini football stickers, and will review those in a later post.

However, while looking at other product and talking with the owner about his hockey dominated store, I mentioned that I mainly collect football cards and am generally more interested in baseball than hockey. That makes me an oddball in Canada but when I said that he said that he had something for me, and then handed me a pack of this year's National Baseball Card Day cards.

I told him that I didn't realize that any Canadian stores were actually part of the promotion to which he told me they had it listed on their website. Who knew to look there?

In any case, here is what I found in my pack:

Cards #34 and 40
Cards #43 and 31
Cards #26 and 10
I'm sure most people in Canada would be pleased pulling both Blue Jays from the 50 card checklist in one pack.

I'm not planning on keeping any of these, and since they sometimes comment on my posts, I'll assume that the Not Another Baseball Card Blog would probably want the Jays, and that The Chronicles of Fuji would probably want the Ichiro and Gray cards. Is anyone looking for the Mauer and Abreu cards?