Playoff Survivor Round Two: Day Two, May 11th

Philly and Boston were able to close out, while the Nuggets forced a game seven with the Lakers.

Diane Squires – Celtics WIN
Tony Kapuschinsky – Celtics WIN
franxise01 – Celtics WIN
HoopsHobby – Celtics WIN

Greg D. – Lakers LOSS
jdlee123 – Lakers LOSS

Down to four here very quickly. Only one game tonight.

Memphis Grizzlies at L.A. Clippers, 9 pm ESPN

Hoops Hobby takes the Grizzlies with the upset on the road. Make sure to get your pick in by 9 pm eastern!


Playoff Survivor Round Two: Day One, May 10th

Back for round two of NBA Playoff Survivor. The rules are the same as round one. Each day of the contest, pick a winner of any available game that day by leaving a comment on this post, and move on to pick the next day. Simple as that. Winner gets a prize from the list of cards in my post from yesterday. Round two starts with games for Thursday, May 10th. Picks must be in by 7 eastern on Thursday. Here are the games:

Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers, 7 pm NBA TV

Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics, 8 pm TNT

L.A. Lakers at Denver Nuggets, 10:30 pm TNT

Hoops Hobby’s pick for Thursday, the Celtics to close out the Hawks at home.


Playoff Survivor: Round One Winner!

We have a winner for round one! Tony Kapuschinsky won by picking the Celtics last night who won in convincing fashion over the Hawks.

The prize list is as follows:

1999-00 Stadium Club Chrome Eyes of the Game Refractors #EG8 Allen Iverson
2005-06 Topps #224 Chris Paul RC
2006-07 Bowman Elevation Power Brokers Relics Blue #RCB Chris Bosh
2010-11 Panini Season Update Green Week Jerseys #8 Chris Andersen/699
2010-11 Panini Season Update All-Stars Materials #1 Al Horford
2010-11 Panini Season Update All-Stars Materials #8 Deron Williams
2010-11 Panini Season Update All-Stars Materials #16 Kevin Garnett
2010-11 Panini Season Update All-Stars Materials #5 Chris Bosh
2010-11 Panini Season Update All-Stars Materials #11 Dwight Howard
2010-11 Playoff Contenders Patches #150 Omer Asik AU RC
2010-11 Playoff Contenders Patches #116 Luke Babbitt AU RC
2010-11 Playoff Contenders Patches #198 Solomon Alabi AU SP
2010-11 Totally Certified Red Materials #59 Tyreke Evans/249

Tony should select a card and send an email to HoopsHobby@gmail.com with the card picked and the address the card should be sent to.

We will be starting another round of Survivor on Thursday, May 10th so spread the word and stay tuned!


Playoff Survivor: Day Nine, May 6th

Spurs pulled one out on the Jazz home floor last night, so both survivors remain for another day.

Tony Kapuschinsky – Spurs WIN
Dwighthoward – Spurs WIN

Today’s games:

Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers, 1 pm ABC

Miami Heat at New York Knicks, 3:30 pm ABC

Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics, 7 pm TNT

L.A. Lakers at Denver Nuggets, 9:30 pm TNT

Good luck!


Playoff Survivor: Day Eight, May 5th

Celtics eeked out a win last night in overtime, so the contest continues:

Tony Kapuschinsky – Celtics WIN
Dwighthoward – Celtics WIN

Both have picked the Spurs for today, despite the options of four games. Spurs probably are the safest choice, though. I do think the Jazz might actually put up a fight today as they have a fantastic crowd and home court. Games today are…

Indiana Pacers at Orlando Magic, 2 pm, ESPN

Memphis Grizzlies at L.A. Clippers, 4:30 pm, ESPN

Oklahoma City Thunder at Dallas Mavericks, 7:30 pm, TNT

San Antonio Spurs at Utah Jazz, 10 pm, TNT


Playoff Survivor: Day Seven, May 4th

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Could today be the end of round 1 of Hoops Hobby’s Playoff Survivor? Will we have a winner? Yesterday’s dominating performance by the Thunder on the road knocked out four participants. So much for the Mav’s homecourt.

Tony Kapuschinsky – Heat WIN
Dwighthoward – Heat WIN

Greg D. – Mavericks LOSS
franxise01 – Mavericks LOSS
Brian R. – Mavericks LOSS
tennelson55 – Mavericks LOSS

Three games to choose from today:

Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics, 7:30 pm ESPN

Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers, 8 pm ESPN2

L.A. Lakers at Denver Nuggets, 10:30 pm ESPN

Good luck to our final two! Also, we will be starting a second round shortly after the first concludes, so stay tuned!


Box Break: 2011-12 Panini Hoops

Panini Hoops has 8 cards per pack, 36 packs per hobby box. Each box typically contains two autographed cards per box, a glossy parallel card or two, an Artist’s proof parallel card or two, and a myriad of insert cards. Here is what Hoops Hobby pulled.


Artist’s Proof (1): Tayshaun Prince
Glossy (2): Patrick Patterson, Daniel Gibson


A Night to Remember (4): Magic Johnson, John Stockton, Dwyane Wade, Jason Terry
Action Photos (3): Kevin Love, Amare Stoudemire, Stephen Curry


Courtside (3): Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade, Paul Pierce
Slam Dunk Champions (3): Kenny ‘Sky’ Walker, Josh Smith, Blake Griffin


Hall of Fame Heroes (4): Nate Thurmond, John Havlicek, David Robinson, Dolph Schayes


Hoop Dreams (1): James Harden


Autographs (2): Hasheem Thabeet, Randy Foye

Impressions:

For a sub-$50 box, Hoops delivers as advertised, providing a bunch of inserts and parallels and the two autos per box, with a shot at a nice one (Jeremy Lin, Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, etc…)

Some of these insert sets I like and may even try to complete myself. I find I enjoy the simple set designs like ‘Hoop Dreams’ and ‘Courtside’. The Slam Dunk set and ‘A Night to Remember’ have too much going on in one card.

The autographs are underwhelming, with this box providing Hasheem Thabeet (not afraid to go ahead and label Hasheem a big bust), and bench player Randy Foye. It’s a shame these autographs aren’t on-card, but again, for a sub-$50 product, can’t complain.

Hoops appeals to the crowd that likes opening a ton of cards, pulling a ton of inserts, and loves pulling multiple cards of their favorite players. Many of the stars have multiple base cards in this release. The base cards could be used for TTM autograph collectors and in-person autographs. While the value is good for the price, the potential for this release is so high, though, and it comes as a slight disappointment to me just because of some of the insert sets being underwhelming in design. I would like to see future releases such as these modeled after the 2010-11 Donruss product, which had a similar starting price point and received more praise from collectors.