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. 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

1997 Pacific Invincible

Another thing I loved about the 90's was their use of acetate. They knew how to do it the right way as opposed to companies today who overuse it or don't use it properly.

Pacific Invincible was a product that knew how to use it.

1997 Pacific Invincible football had 150 cards and was distributed in three-card packs. The fronts feature a player with a red, yellow and blue background and a gold foil touch. The front also has a "cell" or acetate inlay of the player's head. There were also several parallel versions all of which I still need.

The back of the card contains no statistics and only has a small write up of the player. But I like how the cell inlay looks good on the back as well. Rodney was number 97/150 in the set.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

1995 Action Packed Monday Night Football

Us as collectors always admit we want to feel the action on the field through trading cards, well, on Action Packed cards, they give you a "feel" of the game.

Every card comes embossed. This version looks really sharp with a nice clean base card, touch of gold and full bleed color photography. The cards appear as if the player is jumping out at you. 

The Monday Night Football Action Packed was not the only Action Packed released that year. There were a couple others as well. This product had 126 base cards consisting of current players and rookies and there were inserts to find as well.

The back of the base card isn't too shabby. Good balance of player, stats, write up, design and layout. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

1993 Wild Card SuperChrome

Back in 1993, well 1992 as well, Wild Card produced a few products that were well...loaded with parallels. It's the one thing I still need to tackle in the 1990's the most. But, my favorite of the group as with anything on cardboard with the word chrome, was their Superchrome.

There were 260 cards in the Superchrome set with it also consisting of roughly 50 rookie cards. The cards have nice action photography (just look at Rodney trying to break free from Dallas tacklers), bright-colored photographs with a chrome coating. Overall, they look great. If only refractor parallels existed.

Back of the card brings us to the city life. It's an okay backing. I just think the background shouldn't be darker than the statistics. Makes them hard to read. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

1997 Pro Line

Pro Line put out some great looking base cards in the 90's as their main focus was full color action shots and not a lot of border. 1997 wasn't my favorite design in terms of layout, but, once again, the action packed photos were on display and that's what really matters. There were 300 cards in the base set and


Hampton was number 178. The back of the card wasn't the best design either, too much green to me, but I like the addition of another action photo on the back.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

1994 Pacific Crystalline

 90's inserts were so creative and fun. Especially when they are printed on acetate.

Crystalline inserts were randomly inserted in packs and only 7000 sets were produced. The set featured 20 of the NFL's best RB's at the time. The cards were printed on acetate, half is clear (I took the picture on my green blanket so it appears as grass behind the player) and half has you trippin' to the rainbow connection. The card looks better in person.

The back is the same as the front except it has a player pic with a quick summary of 1993. 

Friday, February 12, 2016

2014 Upper Deck Conference Greats Autograph

The only product to feature Rodney Hampton in sometime was Upper Deck Conference Greats in 2014. It not only had his base card and a couple of parallels, but it had his autograph which was my top want from the product. I still need the /10 black parallel that I haven't seen anywhere.

The card isn't as sharp on here because of my camera and the glare of the penny sleeve, but the gold ink looks really good on it. 

I haven't seen a lot of these on the market, so I was lucky that my friend over at 90's Niche Football Card Blog was able to acquire one for me to trade for.

The back of the card is just a simple congrats and authenticity announcement 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

1995 Pacific

If you collected in the 90's, there's a good chance you collected some form of Pacific.

There were a lot of great offerings from Pacific in the 90's. We had Revolution, Crown Royale (yes, the one Panini still carries on with), Invincible and many more. Today's offering is just a plain Pacific base card.

The design is nice. A gold daggered trim on the left hand side with player name and position done in team colors. Then a nice slice of action photography.

The back of the card gives player stats and is team color themed with a player photo. This part of the card screams 90's at you.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

1995 Images Live

LIVE! LIVE! LIVE! LIVE from NY, it's Rodney Hampton!

I never actually figured out why Classic came out with a couple products basically the same and basically looking the same, but they did with their Images line in 1995. I guess it was their way of drawing a line between retail and hobby.

They released one for retail (Live) and one for hobby (Limited). Both are essentially parallel sets of each other as the checklists are the same except for five cards. The only thing that really separates Live from Limited is the words down the side of the card. But being a fan of the Dufex technology, which they used on the front of the card,  I was sold on the design despite not being a fan of the LIVE writing down the side.

The back of the card is well done with a full body photo. I am a bit disappointed in the one year of stats however but I guess if they did more it would take away from the photo. This is probably the first time I have ever seen the back of a base card focus so much on photography.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

1997 Fleer

If you are looking for a nice simple base card, look no further than 1997 Fleer.

 There's no border. There's not a lot of pizzazz. There's not much in terms of bell and whistles. What there is however, is some nice photography and a "clean" design. The surface also has no gloss on it so in my opinion, these would make great cards to have signed. It also works as a helper in defining the base card parallels as those are glossy.

 The back of the card is just as simple, name, team, card number a small write up and the players stats from all seasons. Sometimes just the simplest things are the nicest.

Monday, February 8, 2016

1995 Topps Finest

I think the 90's version of Finest is much better than the version put out today. First, the designs are more unique. Second, the refractors were much tougher pulls and the inserts were more creative. Third, they had a protective film that helped them from scratches on the surface. Imagine what today's versions would grade for it they had a perfect surface??

I will have a few posts on here about Finest, but today's is specified on the 1995 version. 

The base set was electric as the player appears to be moving their way through lightning. There are 275 cards in the base set and Rodney is card number 195. I didn't get the opportunity to bust any of this until recently where I was lucky to also land a refractor. Most of the parallels in this product still hold a decent market value for the better players.

The back side is a bright purple/pink color with the continuation of the front side lightning bolts. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

1995 Pro Line Classic Series II Precision Cuts

As I have stated before on here, there are just some inserts that are not the easiest to find from the 90's due to the odds. If it wasn't for the help of Jammin JDcards I am not sure if this Precision Cuts would have made it into my collection. There are only 1250 of them around and the odds of pulling one were 1:45 which is 1 per box and 9 packs or so.

The design is pretty cool. Foil board with a player in the forefront and die-cut diamond shape behind him. Actually it's a die-cut precision cut diamond behind him ;)

Stamped numbering for these appears on the back like with most cards. The back appears the same as the front except the picture of Rodney on the back is different. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ready To Go!

It took me an hour last night, but I am officially caught up on my want list of Hamptons. It feels amazing to have done so. The next big challenge is to get pictures to post of them all, haha.

You can find my want list, HERE.

I also had a chance to update my total Hampton count which you will find off to the right of the blog. I currently stand at 397 different Hamptons which is roughly 48.6% of the total count.I am surprised how far I have come so far, but none of this would have happened without support of others in trades, etc. Thanks again Jammin JDcards, 90's Niche Blog, Shane S, and @kin_kinsley, for the help.

Hope everyone is enjoying my newfound enjoyment of #TheGreatHamptonChase and blogging about it.

1995 Pro Line Classic Autograph

Soon I will be posting about a trade I made with 90's Niche Football Card Blog on Sport Card Collectors blog in which I acquired some NY Giants cards, 90's cards and a few new Rodney Hampton's. One of those Hamptons is featured today.

Pro Line Classic was my addiction back in 1995, other than Fleer and Fleer Ultra, I bought a ton. Surprisingly out of the ton I bought, I was only lucky enough to pull one autograph and that was of Eagle Mike Mamula. These autographs fell roughly one-per-box.

This Hampton one is numbered 619/1120.

The back of the card is really simple, just a guarantee and a congratulations.

Friday, February 5, 2016

1994 Upper Deck Electric Silver

As with anything with the words Upper Deck, you know you are getting something with quality and something with good photography. That is something that fits here as well.

Upper Deck provided two parallels in the 1994 Upper Deck football product. Electric Silver and Electric Gold. This one is a silver parallel and as simple as can be with just Electric written across the bottom in silver.

  Back of card looks nice. Great color photography and a different photo from the front.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

1997 Pinnacle

Pinnacle was always a must have in my collection in the 90's. I loved everything they put out. One of my favorites was the 1997 base card. Some refer to this product as New Pinnacle as I do.

The design is sharp. No border, high gloss and great photography mixed with an embossed rainbow shine nameplate and you got one great looking base card.

The back is well done too. I like the balance of colors, photo (especially since it's not the same as the front) and statistics. Thanks to Jammin JDcards for helping me pick this one up!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

1997 Metal Universe

Fleer Metal was the T-sizzle of the late 90's! It offered some fun inclusions and provided the most valuable and sought after parallels of the 90's in Precious Metal Gems. Those I still lack from my Hampton collection.

The Metal Universe version featured today was one of the most interesting of the group with it's heavy foil laden set full of unique-artistic-colorful player inclusions.

It appears to me that Rodney is using his rocket speed to outrun the aliens that appear to be chasing him.

The back of the cards looks very futuristic. The wires/computer design on the back probably help generate Rodney's rocket power.