Wednesday Wax: 2010-11 Panini Totally Certified

The Set:
2010-11 Totally Certified
6 packs per box, 5 cards per pack
Base set contains 150 base cards, 35 rookies autographs
Relic and Gold Autograph versions of some of base set
15 Totally Certified Potential
50 Fabric of the Game Jumbo Jersey #
50 Fabric of the Game Jumbo Team
4 HRX
Red/Blue/Gold/Green/Black parallel versions

Our Break:
Each card is serially numbered.  The base set is /1849.  Collector’s will either need to open a lot of boxes or do lots of buying/trading to complete a base set of these.  The draw with this product is the rookie autographs (John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins), the chance at autographs and relics of stars such as Griffin, Kobe, Rose etc… and of course the HRX video cards.  This product also includes several retired legends such as Patrick Ewing, Scottie Pippen, Hakeem Olajuwon, John Stockton, Karl Malone, among others.  Here’s what we opened:

Base cards /1489 (16): Gerald Henderson, Carlos Boozer, Paul Pierce, Chris Paul, Paul Millsap, Mehmet Okur, Carmelo Anthony, Pau Gasol, Jameer Nelson, Gilbert Arenas, Danny Granger, Rodney Stuckey, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Aaron Brooks


Red /499 (5): Brandon Jennings, Zach Randolph, Matt Barnes, Hedo Turkoglu, Richard Hamilton
Blue /299 (3): Pau Gasol, Chase Buddinger, Kevin Love



Red Materials /249 (3): Andrew Bogut, Tyreke Evans, Luis Scola


Green Fabric of the Game /299 (1): Rasheed Wallace


Rookie Autographs /599 (2): Landry Fields, Ed Davis (Redemption)

Impressions:

First, want to applaud the design on the rookie autographs.  They look sharp and having on-card signatures makes them appealing.  While our box didn’t contain the most highly sought after rookies (John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Evan Turner, etc..) we did pull two solid rookies, one of which starts on a playoff team that looks like it could make a deep run this year (Fields).

Pulling even a base card of a superstar such as Lebron, Kobe, Durant, etc… would have been nice, but with a base set of 150 cards and the box containing only 16, this can’t be expected out of an average box.

While the big hits in this product provide an exciting pack-busting experience, the typical box won’t deliver an adequate return.


Holiday Pickups, Part 1

Excited to get these in recently to add to my Pacers autograph collection.  The cards are:

2006-07 Topps Big Game Relics Autographs #TJF T.J. Ford /75
2007-08 Topps Co-Signers Dual Autographs #CS32 Danny Granger/Ike Diogu
2008-09 Bowman Chrome #171 George Hill AU RC
2010-11 Black Box Signatures #88 Roy Hibbert /149

More to come in the next few days!


Pickups of the Week: Absolute, Gold Standard, and Classics

Again, saw some nice Pacer autographs on ebay that I was able to purchase for reasonable prices.  The Granger is from 09-10 Absolute serial numbered to 49,  the Collison from 10-11 Gold Standard serial numbered to 299, and the George is from 10-11 Classics numbered out of 499.  Excited to add these three to my Pacer collection!


TTM Thursday: Chris Paul Return

Received two cards back yesterday signed from Chris Paul in a little over a month.  This is one of my favorite successes to date.  What was neat about this return was that about a week ago, Chris Paul tweeted that he was working on returning his fan mail/autograph requests, even posting a picture.  Pretty cool stuff!  Thank you CP3!


TTM Thursday: Clark Kellogg Return

Received a Upper Deck Generations card signed by former Indiana Pacer and basketball commentator, Clark Kellogg.  This was from a handful of requests I sent out back on 7/27.  Probably my all-time favorite success to date. Not only did Mr. Kellogg return a card signed, but he also included a nice response to my letter.  He points out that the Pacers are moving in the right direction, and I can’t argue!  They now have a core group of young players that is only going to get better with more experience together.  Thank you, Mr. Kellogg, particularly for taking the time to write back!

Click on the image below to get a better look at the note:


Outgoing TTM Requests, August 20th

Requests that I am sending out tomorrow, August 20th:

Jerry West, 14-time NBA All-Star, 1968-69 NBA Finals MVP (only to ever win award on losing squad), 1972 NBA Champion, 15th on NBA All-Time Points list
Gail Goodrich, 5-time NBA All-Star, 1973-74 All-NBA 1st team, 1972 NBA Champion

Although I’ve yet to get a signed return on a Topps Murad card, I expect they will look pretty sharp signed.


TTM Tuesday: Favorite Returns, John Wooden


Today I will share probably my all-time favorite TTM autograph success, a return from arguably the greatest coach in basketball history, John Wooden.  Wooden coached UCLA to 10 national championships, including a string of 7 consecutive from 1967-1973 .  He also won a championship with Purdue as a player in 1932.  He was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1960 and as a coach in 1973.

Coach Wooden signed two 2001 Greats of the Game cards in under two weeks back in 2008.  He also included his own leadership card, all three cards personalized.  Thank you Coach Wooden for your contributions to the game and to life.  We miss you!