A Rack Pack of 2014-15 Panini Prizm Basketball

If you like shiny basketball cards then Panini Prizm Basketball is your set. I like shiny basketball cards so I picked up a rack pack of 2014-15 Panini Prizm Basketball.

Rack Pack of 2014-15 Panini Prizm Basketball

This is actually not a bad pack of Prizm. I got an Andrew Wiggins rookie card, a red, white and blue pulsar Anthony Davis card and some kind of weird parallel of Paul George. Googling it and it is some sort of photo variation parallel. I wonder how rare it is. Finally, I also got Patrick Ewing and Yao Ming base cards for my PC

All in all, you really can’t ask for more from a retail rack pack.

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Random Topps WWE Pack Break

Wrestlemania is right around the corner and it is weird that I am not too excited about it. Anyways, I picked up a repack with 2 packs of 2013 Topps WWE and 3 packs of 2014 Topps WWE at Rite Aid the other day. At a dollar a pack, I just couldn’t resist (as usual). Here are some the cards of note.

Topps WWE Cards

I am slowly trying to collect all the NXT cards. That subset started with 2014 and I pulled two NXT cards out of the 3 packs. Not bad. FYI, Xavier Woods was brought up for the New Day stable and unfortunately I don’t see them going anywhere. Corey Graves had to retire because of concussion issues (I believe) and he is currently part of the NXT’s commentary team.

By the way, if you are a wrestling fan and you are not watching NXT, you are missing SOOOO much. It is probably the best wrestling show right now (followed by Lucha Underground).

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Another Blaster of 2014 Topps UFC Champions

There aren’t too many products that excite me as of late so I picked up another blaster of 2014 Topps UFC Champions. I opened a ton of UFC Champions packs so at this point, I am probably just looking for Ronda Rousey cards to add to my collection since she is the “in” thing of MMA nowadays.

UFC Champions Cards

I just pulled another Ronda Rousey base card. I still have a hard time sorting out the parallels (specially the black parallels) and the inserts from the base cards. They look so much alike.

So for my bonus relic card pack (which is really a manufactured championship belt card) of the blaster I got a

GSP Belt Card

Georges St-Pierre. He is no Ronda Rousey but GSP is still a huge star in MMA despite being retired for like a two years.

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MTG Brewer: Brewing with Goblins in Standard

Everyone is probably excited about the dragons from the upcoming set, Dragons of Tarkir but I am more excited about the goblins! More specifically I think Dragon Fodder is the missing piece to make a Goblin deck work in Standard.

4 Foundry Street Denizen
4 Frenzied Goblin
4 Dragon Fodder
4 Mardu Scout
4 Goblin Rabblmaster
4 Hordeling Outburst
1 Goblin Heelcutter

4 Lightning Strike
4 Stoke the Flames

3 Obelisk of Urd
2 Hall of Triumph

22 Mountains

Goblins in  Standard

This is a mono red aggro deck that goes wide. There are three solid Goblin token generators in Standard, Dragon Fodder, Hordeling Outburst and Goblin Rabblemaster. I filled out the curve with Foundry Street Denizens (a no brainer), Frenzied Goblin and 5 dash goblins. I wasn’t too crazy about Mardu Scout and Goblin Heelcutter at first. They were only in the deck because they were goblins but in testing they are exactly what the deck needs. It gives you some insurance against sweepers and gives you a mana sink late game. Finally the anthem effects are so important in this deck so I went from 4 to 5. Cards like Dragon Fodder isn’t too threatening by itself but with an anthem effect or two every card is a must answer.

Another option for this deck is to go bigger. You can cut cards like Frenzied Goblin and the dash goblins and add lands, Purphoros, God of the Forge and Outpost Seige. I am currently using these cards in my sideboard to sort of transform the deck Game 2.

Krenko is my commander in my EDH deck this deck is right in my wheelhouse and so far it has been a ton of fun.

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2015 Topps Spring Fever Pack Break

I got three packs of 2015 Topps Spring Fever today from my local card store. I haven’t heard anything about this set/ promotion so I was a bit curious.

2015 Topps Spring Fever

Interesting. There seem to be 50 cards in the set and the cards are certainly shiny. You can pull autographs in these packs but I assume the odds are astronomical. I am just happy I pulled the David Wright card from the set but I wish there was more variety in the set.

All in all, I’mma gonna let Topps do their thing but Panini had one of the best hobby promotions of all time…

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My 2015 Topps WWE Box Break

I picked up a box of 2015 Topps WWE the other day. First off, Hulk Hogan has quite the crazed look.

2015 Topps WWE Box

Second, I can’t believe Virgil has a card in this set.

2015 Topps WWE Cards

It is nice to complete the base set with just one box. The Topps design reminds me a bit of 90’s wrestling cards.

2015 Topps WWE Crowd Chants

This year’s WWE product has some interesting additions. There is a huge insert set every year and this year is focused on crowd’s chants. The crowd is an important part of the wrestling experience and there should actually be more cards highlighting this. So that is a thumbs up for me (although I don’t think anyone ever chanted Oh, No!).

2015 Topps WWE NXT

It is kind of the in thing to say nowadays but NXT is actually my favorite WWE show and I love the NXT subset. I am a fan of Hideo Itami, Colin Cassady (along with Enzo Amore) and Alexa Bliss. If there is set I want to complete, it would be all the NXT inserts. By the way, next year’s NXT set will probably have Finn Balor, Kevin Owens and Becky Lynch.

2015 Topps WWE Hulk Hogan

While NXT represents what is fresh about the WWE, Hulk Hogan represents what is tired and repetitive about the WWE. There are so many Hulk Hogan cards already and this year there is yet another insert set just about Hulk Hogan.

2015 Topps WWE Parallels

Finally, the black parallels run 1:6 and other than AJ Lee my pulls have been lackluster. The silver parallel is one per box and it is of the Miz, who I can’t say I am a fan of.

There are two hits per box which can range from memorabilia cards, autographs, kiss cards and commemorative championship plates.

Brie Bella Shirt Card Ric Flair Belt Card

My two hits is a Brie Bella shirt card and a Ric Flair commemorative championship plate. As for the Brie Bella card, I couldn’t care less about it. I find her kind of annoying. I also normally couldn’t care less about manufactured patches, belt plates etc but that gimmick does work better for WWE cards than say baseball cards. Other than the NXT cards, it probably my only other card of note in this box.

If you are a Brie Bella superfan, this could have been a good box for you as I pulled a shirt card and a black parallel. I actually have a Ric Flair autograph in my collection and I will probably store the belt card with that. Ric Flair actually signs more than he used to so maybe I can get the belt card signed too. I also pulled NXT cards 2 though 9 and as soon as I find a checklist I would definitely interested in trading for the cards I am missing. Looking at eBay I think I am only missing Aiden English and Tye Dillinger.

All in all, my pulls were OK but it was a fun break.

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Random Pack Break: MTG Conspiracy

So I was playing an epic game of Commander at my local gaming store. But unfortunately after an hour of back and forth, I was one of the first players knocked out. (Never ever spare a Daretti…) So looking to kill the time and picked up two packs of Conspiracy…

Dack Fayden Conspiracy

and I pulled a Dack Fayden, the greatest thief in the Multiverse! It is probably the most valuable non foil card you can pull from Conspiracy. The other rare was actually a Dack’s Duplicate so the packs have a little Dack Fayden theme going around.

I have two Dack Faydens now and I want to brew something sweet with them. Currently it really only sees play in Vintage Delver decks. Maybe a control-ish Tiny Leaders deck lead by Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest? Anyways, I am drawing a blank but I am opened to ideas!

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