Ring of Honor: Field of Honor Brooklyn & Shinsuke Nakamura Signed Ball

If you asked me who my favorite wrestler was, it would have to be Shinsuke Nakamura. But unfortunately I never got the chance to see him live… until last Saturday, at the Ring of Honor Field of Honor event at MCU Park (home of the Brooklyn Cyclones).

Top down, this is easily the best wrestling event I have ever attended. The show was close to three and half hours long and it felt like the whole Ring of Honor roster and many New Japan Pro Wrestling stars were there. When Shinsuke Nakamura finally came out in the main event, I had goosebumps and I really hope this is not the last time he wrestles in New York City.

Anyways one of my goals was to get a Shinsuka Nakamura autograph to add to my collection. Unfortunately the lines for autographs were kind of confusing and they were super long (especially the one for Shinsuke Nakamura). So I was looking at another merchandise table and saw this baseball signed by the Ring of Honor roster.

Ring of Honor Signed Baseball

Ring of Honor Signed Baseball 2

A Ring of Honor employee saw me looking at the ball. I asked him if Shinsuke Nakamura signed it and he said he didn’t know but he could get Shinsuke Nakamura to sign it for me so I know for a fact his autograph is there. So I got to follow him past the crowd, past all the lines and sure enough he got Shinsuke Nakamura to sign the ball.

Shinsuke Nakamura Autograph

That is why only Shinsuke Nakamura’s autograph is the only one signed with a silver Sharpie. I couldn’t thank him enough and I super, super excited about this ball. BUT, I actually don’t like collecting autographed baseballs because 1) – they are awkward to store and take up a lot of room (my collection of autographed baseballs is all over the place) and 2) – I find autographs do get smudged easier. I didn’t have a baseball cube on me and sure enough the autograph on the ball is smudged a bit. I found a cube later to prevent it getting smudge any more. Though honestly I don’t really mind it as much because there is a good story behind it, it could have been worst and I will never sell it.

Leave a comment

Filed under Collectibles

2015 Bowman Baseball Jumbo Pack Break

I was at my local card shop and I was looking for some fun packs to break. I settled on two jumbo packs of 2015 Bowman Baseball…

2015 Bowman Baseball 1

2015 Bowman Baseball 2

There are a couple of names I recognize in my pack like Rusney Castillo, Kris Bryant and Mark Appel but I have to admit I am not too excited about my pulls.

I should have stuck with more Allen & Ginter packs…

Leave a comment

Filed under Collectibles

My 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Box Break

Wow times flies. I remember when I bought a box of Allen & Ginter when first came out and it has been 10 years since. After all these years, Allen & Ginter is still one of the most fun sets to break. I am not going to stop this year so I have a hobby box of 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter 10th Anniversary Issue.

First off the box topper.

2015 Allen & Ginter Jorge Soler Box Topper

Jorge Soler, not bad. Here are a bunch of cards from the box.

2015 Allen & Ginter Base Cards

2015 Allen & Ginter Non Baseball Base

A fun set as usual. I especially dig the Rocky cards. Another staple of Allen & Ginter sets is the tons of different inserts, variations and minis.

2015 Allen & Ginter Inserts

2015 Allen & Ginter Inserts 2

2015 Allen & Ginter Mini

2015 Allen & Ginter Mini Inserts

I have to double check but I don’t think I got any super rare variations or parallels and my buyback cards are pretty lame.

Each box has three hits and I got

2015 Allen & Ginter Josh Hamilton Relic Card

a jersey card of Josh Hamiliton

2015 Allen & Ginter Bryce Harper Relic Card

a jersey card of Bryce Harper

2015 Allen & Ginter Archie Bradley Auto

and the big hit of the box, an autograph of Archie Bradley. The hits aren’t bad but I was hoping to pull some oddball cards.

All in all, another home run by Topps. Before I throw anything away do I need to know about anything about the set like random cards hidden in the box, unannounced super rare inserts, random wrapper redemptions, etc?

Leave a comment

Filed under Collectibles

My Haul from Citi Field

So I finally got a day off yesterday and Michael Conforto, the Mets’ best hitting prospect was making his major league debut so I made my way to Citi Field. I actually haven’t been to Citi Field in like forever. Here is my little haul from my trip.

First off I got a pretty sweet Jacob deGrom T- shirt via free shirt Fridays.

Jacob deGrom Tshirt

I also got a game used memorabilia grab bag and I ended up with a…

Citi Field Jar of Dirt

jar of dirt from the first regular season game at Citi Field 4/13/09. Mmmm… haven’t fared well with game used dirt memorabilia. I got a little coin as a gift awhile back with a bit of dirt from the last season at Shea Stadium and…

Shea Stadium Dirt

I dropped it cracking the case it was in. Although all the dirt is still there, it is broken into a few pieces so you really can’t take it out of the box. So back to this jar of dirt, I must have banged a corner against something on my way back and…

Jar of Dirt

there is a small hole in the jar. I wrapped it so the dirt is all there. All I can do is patch it up with a bit of foil and tape. But given my luck I probably won’t be looking to add more game used dirt anything in my collection.

Anyways, the Mets were destroyed in that game. The lineup is a joke and Michael Conforto just hit three weak grounders. The Mets did make a trade so hopefully Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson plus Conforto will spark some life in the Mets offense. *shrugs*

Leave a comment

Filed under Collectibles

Random Pack Break: 2015 Panini Americana Retail

I was at Target the other day and I saw some loose packs of 2015 Panini Americana retail. Americana was one of my favorite sets back in the day and I didn’t even know Panini came out with a new set. So let’s take a look.

2015 Panini Americana

Wow these cards have such a boring, uninspired design. A grey border on cards almost never works. The back is a bit better. The top looks a bit like an American flag which I am sure is no accident. I have to admit though the checklist of actors, actresses, musicans etc is a lot stronger than the Donruss counterpart. There are a lot more names I recognize right off the bat.

2015 Panini Americana Inserts

As for my pulls, I pulled a Eva Marie red parallel, a Tiffani Thiessen die cut On the Tube insert and a Jerry Bailey & D. Wayne Lukas Winner’s Circle Combos insert. Everything else is just base cards. Of the three, the Eva Marie card is probably my best pull and the red parallel looks like it is just design for her.

Despite the boring design for the base cards, I probably will be looking to pick up a hobby box to see what else is in 2015 Panini Americana.

Leave a comment

Filed under Collectibles

Minions Challenge Card Game: Modified Rules

First off, the Minions movie was awesome!

Anyways, I finally took a look at the Minion Challenge card game and it is essentially the game of War. You play a card from your hand and the highest number wins that round (no one wins ties). Win five rounds and you win the game. The rules after that are pretty vague and the rule book leaves a lot of the finer details up the players. Clearly the gameplay part of this product is not the focus.

With the popularity of Minions, a Minions game would be an easy sell for board game night so I took a good look and see if I can tweak some of the rules to make it a somewhat decent game.

So every deck has only four cards and they are about equal with just one card with special power per deck. If you only play with one character, it would be quite repetitive and boring. So like the rule book suggest you should definitely play with at least 3 characters and decks per person per game. I also like to draft the characters at the beginning of the game so you can mix up the teams every game.

Now with 3 characters, you combine their decks into one super deck. You then shuffle it up and draw four cards from the library. For each round you place of the cards in your hand face down and flip it up the same time. The highest number wins (or do whatever a special power says). Now the rule book says you keep going until you play all four cards and then you draw a new hand of four. I don’t really like that so I say you should just draw one card after every round to replace the card you just played. Also one rule I have been playing around with is the option of not flipping over your card and giving your opponent a free win to discard your hand to draw a brand new hand.

So if you win a round, you move up only the character of the card that you play. So if you played a Minion Bob 5 card versus your opponent’s Seal 4 card you only move Minion Bob’s track up one and not the other two characters. If you get two of the three characters to the fifth stage you win!

I think these small tweaks to game gives you more options in the game and allows for some strategy. For example, normally if you use just your most powerful cards you hand will be cluttered with weak cards but now you have the options to play a 5 then a 5 and just skip a turn to refuel your hand. Also drawing back to four card per turn give you the maximum amount of options. Another example is to focus on playing mostly cards of two of the characters and ignore the third so you can try to win as fast as possible.

The Minions Challenge Card Game is pretty cheap and you really only need six packs to play. Is this a great game? No but it can be a nice filler game and who can really resist the Minions?

Leave a comment

Filed under Board Games

Pulled a Full Art Mega Rayquaza EX!

Super quick post today. I just like opening packs and I pulled a full art parallel of a Mega Rayquaza EX! I don’t even play the Pokemon TCG (although I played it a long, long time ago).

Full Art Mega Rayquaza EX

The Mega Rayquaza EX card is one of the rarest and one of the most powerful cards from the latest Pokemon set, Roaring Skies. Just looking at it with its crazy foiling and its crazy art and I have to say wow.

1 Comment

Filed under Collectibles