Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sportlots "Pack" #1

Most of you, I'm sure, have heard of Sportlots by now. It's a great place to buy singles or what I like to call Sportlots Packs. Whenever a new set comes out, I'll usually buy a few packs to get a feel for the set. After that though, I start to get tired of pulling a bunch of cards of guys I don't care about. Some are good for trades, but I still end up stuck with a lot of extras. That's why I like Sportlots. I can get on there and pick out a "pack" of cards where every card is one I want. What I do is find a seller that has 10 -15 or so cards priced around .18 cents a piece, put them in my cart and once shipping is added the total cost is usually between $3 - $5. A few days later I get my custom "pack" in the mail for roughly the same cost as any pack I could buy at a card shop. Sure I don't really get any "hits" for that price, but I don't care. When I have pulled a "hit" from anything in the past, it's rarely been of a player that I collect anyway. So what did I get this time? Let's take a look.

All the cards I got were from 2010-11 Panini Prestige. First up is an Old School Rolando Blackman from this season's Prestige. I only bought a few packs of these as I'm not a huge fan of the base card design. I really wanted this Blackman though as soon as I saw one, so I could either keep buying packs hoping get one, or go to Sportlots. Which I did. It sure would be a much nicer card though if Panini would have made the Mavs logo larger and filled up the white space instead of leaving it blank for the inevitable jersey swatch parallel.

The next card is of injured Mav Caron Butler. Panini did a much better job with the empty space on these Stars of the NBA cards. I hope Caron can make it back in time for the playoffs.

Jason Kidd appears on two cards. A Playmakers and a Stat Stars, which you would think by the large blank portion at the bottom would have a sticker auto parallel. It does not. Go figure.

Another insert that seems designed for an auto, but to the best of my knowledge does not have any are the Inside the Numbers cards. I haven't seen any auto versions on ebay, so that leads me to believe there are none. Another poor design choice by Panini, but hey, it's a Dirk card! I also grabbed the Franchise Favorites and Stat Stars Dirks as well.

The last group of cards in this pack are not Mavs. They are other players I collect and they are all Hardcourt Heroes. This is my favorite insert from Prestige this year, I really like the photography on this set. I "pulled" a Pau, Howard and Nash. So there you have it. A custom Sportlots "pack". Unlike the usual pack rip post, none of these are for trade. Well, everything is tradeable for the right price, but you know what I mean. Later.


  1. That Blackman card is begging for an auto.

  2. I love Sportlots. I'h hoping I get an envelope in the mail today!

    That Old School design is nice. I might have to work on that one.