Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Been Awhile...

Sorry it's been awhile since I have last posted, there is more to come soon!

In the meantime, it's sad to say I haven't added a single card to this PC in a long time. Hoping my fortunes turn around soon!

If you have any unwanted Rodney Hampton's or find any very cheap at The National and want to help my cause, let me know :)

Monday, May 9, 2016

1997 Playoff First&Ten

A New Direction

I haven't posted on here a lot recently and that's because Sport Card Collectors Blog keeps me too busy, but I don't want to give up on posting my Hampton collection. So in order to do it, I think I am just going to post each card front and back on here one at a time and once in awhile do a write up with it. Let's see how that goes.

Oh and by the way, I have been doing those kinda posts recently on The Card Bin (newer cards from everything) and That 90's Sport Card Blog (all 90's, all sports) as well to keep those blogs going. Check those out and please follow em!

If you like cards, I have plenty of blogs to give you all of your card needs and reads!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Hampton #400!

I have officially reached another milestone in my search for all of the Rodney Hampton cards ever made, I have now accomplished Card #400. That's right. Thanks to my buddy over at 90's Niche Football Card Blog I made it to my next big goal and a little over.

Currently I have 404 Hampton cards out of 816 making me 49.5 % of the way there!

So if you have any Rodney Hampton's kicking around collecting dust or even at card shows you go to since I don't have any to go to and you see any from this WANT LIST, I would gladly accept it :)

I will be posting new Hampton adds here soon along with others on Sport Card Collectors blog!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

1995 Excalibur

Collectors Edge put out some amazing products. Their base cards were always unique in design, texture and theme. The inserts were spectacular and fun to chase. And later on in the 90's they put out some nice looking autographs and memorabilia cards.

Today's post focuses on 1995 Excalibur. One of those many great products.

For the second year in a row, Collector's Edge issued the Excalibur brand. The 1995 150-card medieval-themed card set was released in two series. One was the Sword which covered cards 1-75 and Rodney Hampton who fell at card 51. The other series, the Stone,  covered cards 76-150. Only 1500, 12 box cases of each series were made. So it was limited a little.
One thing I like about this design is how the name and border don't take away from the action on the field. It showcases what Rodney did best when he got the hand off and it appears the Rams found that out the hard way on here.
The back of the card lacked some, but it covered all of his stats, has a player photo and team logo so in the end it worked.
How many of you collected Excalibur?

Sunday, February 28, 2016

1995 Bowman's Best

How do you make a Bowman product even better? You chrome it! Well, sort of.

Bowman's Best was a beast of it's own with it's own form of chrome technology. The design for 1995 wasn't too bad except I wasn't a big fan of the huge writing down the side. I think if they had put that on the bottom and left more open for the photography, it would have been better. Especially since the photo stands so well from what I can see of it.

Of course with any of these products that look like this, the refractors look better. This one with the "tiny bubbles" design will make the refractor stand out just a bit more. I just need to get that refractor still lol.

The back of the card is very similar to the front. I like the "Best" theme they had going on for the summaries and the full player photo.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

1995 Collectors Edge Die Cut

Holograms, glimmer/shine and die cuts were some of the touches of innovation of the 90's. Just the slightest change to a base card brought excitement.

 For example, today's card is a simple die cut card. The only difference between this and a base is the die cut design at the top of the card and the "Edge" logo in silver foil. But yet, this card looks pretty cool. I just wished I could have captured the die cut better on it. Kinda like a saw had cut into it zig zagging the edge.

The back of the base card is the same other than the die cut design at the top. These die cut inserts were found randomly in packs.

Friday, February 26, 2016

1996-1997 Goudey

I have never really been a big fan of retro throwback designs as I feel if it's already been done once, why do it again. But this Goudey reintroduced set in 1997 was pretty cool.

The cards measured the same as the 1930's Goudey sets and the design of the base cards were inspired by the classic look of the 1930's. The base cards aren't glossy, they have a rough matte feel to them.

Even the back had the same appeal.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

1994 Collectors Choice Crash The Game Silver Redemption

Upper Deck always came up with fun promotions involving insert cards in packs that could be redeemed in the mail if they are a winner for even cooler cards. One of those fun promotions was Crash The Game.

Each player was produced with two different colored foils on the card front, one was in hobby packs and the other could be found in retail packs. If the player featured scored or passed for a touchdown on one, two or three of the game dates included on the cardback, the card could be exchanged for a parallel prize card featuring bronze, silver, or gold foil. The card featured today is a silver foil of Rodney Hampton.

Design is okay. Colorful player in the forefront with a faded gray background. Crash The Game is written in white with the Silver foil signifying what parallel it was in the back.

The back of the card has a fairly decent sized write up along with player stats for a few games. What works well is the color scheme as it matches the front. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

1997 Pinnacle Inside

Creativity was what the 90's was all about and something we lack in the hobby today. Not only were the cards more creative, but the way they were packaged were to. They put cards in tins, 8x10 packages and even in cans. Yes, cans.

It took a can opener on the road the bust open these guys that were a two-in-one collectible. The cans each featured a player's card from the set but not all of the cards were made into cans. Rodney wasn't one of the cans but was one of the base cards.

Here is his base card from the set. High gloss, nice color and design. That was the typical thing for a Pinnacle brand.

The back has the black/gray layout with players head in color. There are no statistics and just a few facts about them. But I am okay with not always seeing numbers.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

1994 Bowman

If you collected Bowman in the 90's and still collect Bowman now, you will notice a huge difference in product. The 90's had open action photography, bright photographs and no borders. Today's, full of player shots, weird "designed" backgrounds and the thinnest card stock on earth. It shames the previous Bowman releases every put out.

To those collectors who missed out on the 90's version of this once powerhouse product, here is the 1994 version. Simple field marks on the bottom of the card with player name combined with bright photography.

 See what I mean? Beautiful.

 Even the back of the card isn't too shabby either.

What are your thoughts on the Bowman of today vs Bowman of yesterday? 

Monday, February 22, 2016

1994 Excalibur Edge F/X

Excalibur was another one of those great brands from the minds of Collectors Edge. Their base cards were always sharp and the inserts were always creative. The product always based their designs around the Excalibur days as you will see.

The Edge F/X insert was another one of those creative fun inserts. The one I am showcasing today is the base one as there are parallels to this 7-card set as well. I do have one of them I will feature in the future.

The card is printed on acetate with a shield clear background and a player in the forefront. I would assume these fell roughly 1:5-1:7 packs. I couldn't find info on that. However, when I do find that info I will update this post.

The back of the card is blank as you can see. I just wished they could have shown the back of the player here and maybe added the purple background color. Seems kinda bland without it.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

1994 Images

I get so excited when I see a base card look so sharp. 1994 Images was just that base card.

Full color photography, a metallic sheen background and no borders makes this card really standout. You can see that right here on the blog when looking at the other posts. Even the position and design of the Images logo is well executed.  

1994 Images was the kickoff to the Images brand that Classic put out. There were 125 cards to the set and only 1,994 cases of it was made.

The back looked really nice as well with the black/white photo that is offset with full color "Up Close" look at the players face and team logo. 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

1995 Pro Line Classic $2 Phone Card

Not to be confused with yesterday's 1995 Pro Line Classic $1 Phone Card, today's post is on the $2 phone card as I stated I would post about. To find out what a phone card is please click on the $1 phone card link that way I am not repeating myself. again.

$2 phone cards could be found in 1995 Pro Line Series 2 and fell at a rate of 1:6 packs. Not a tough pull but a tad harder than the one-per-a-pack $1 ones.
Other than being worth $1 more, the only differences between this phone card and the $! one is the photo on the front,

And the fact the card is numbered on the back. This one is 3541/5605.

Friday, February 19, 2016

1995 Pro Line Classic $1 Phone Card

Collectors who didn't grow up in the 90's may scratch their head at what a phone card is. Simply put, it's a way to pay for a phone call when you don't have a service. To make that call you must first call the provided Toll-free telephone number, enter the card account number and pin, then the desired connection telephone number. A lot of people would use these on Pay Phones. Don't know what one of those is, please Google one ;)

Anyways, back in 1995 there were many companies inserting these pre-paid phone cards in packs with a featured player on the front. Some were very rare to pull with a decent dollar amount, and some just were for $1.  It made for an interesting pull especially if you found them useful.

Thanks to Jammin JDcards I was able to get a few of them knocked off my Hampton want list and today's is the $1 version that was found randomly in 1995 Pro Line Classic Series 2 packs. I will showcase others at some point.

Back of the phone card explains to you how to use it.