Long time no post! I've been busy doing other stuff so I haven't posted on hear in a while, which is soon to change! Now I was just looking on COMC (Check Out My Cards) and it lists a Drew Brees Ultimate from Series One. It's currently priced at $2.00 from a book price of $8.00 (which is wrong)! Now this is a drop dead bargain! I mean since when do people get Ultimate cards for $2.00? This is crazy! Now if your collecting the set this is a must. And for those who play the online game, Brees' 39 Pass rating will beat anybody 's defence. Brees' is a legend of the game and is one of the most sort out after cards in all the Adrenalyn XL sets!
The Ultimate card which most people had during the days of the online game!
Well for those of you who like contests, San Jose Fuji is running one on his blog titled 'The Chronicles of Fuji'. Currently you have to reply to certain questions from posts which can in return give you entry's! Fuji is a great guy who I know from Sports Card Radio and goes for the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Oakland A's, San Jose Sharks, Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. It's a nice bunch of teams and from the lot I have seen the Warriors play. Now to make this post relevant to Adrenalyn XL, Fuji is of Japanese descent and his Samurai Blue (Japan) took on my national side, the Socceroos (Australia) last week in Brisbane. The score ended up being 1-1 but was well played by both sides. Now below is a link to Fuji's blog again and a look at some of the players from Japan and Australia.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have defeated the San Antonio Spurs in 6 six games to reach the NBA Finals for the first time in their history. Derrick Fisher will attempt to win his sixth ring against the Miami Heat who have the talents of Bosh, Wade and LeBron. Kevin Durrant has been on fire this whole series and is showing that he is capable of winning. LeBron will be looking to add his first ring to his collection. I'm hoping for the Heat to win this year as I saw them play when I was on holidays. Here is a few of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat Adrenalyn XL cards that are available.
The Euro 2012 is currently on and my Oranje (Dutch) are not doing well thanks to Germany and Denmark. I went to the newsagent to see if they had any good packs of Adrenalyn XL and happened to stumble upon the new Euro 2012 cards! I suddenly grabbed one pack (because I only had $3) which happened to be the one with the Dutch on it for good luck. Might I say, these new cards are looking amazing! Panini has finally decided to add the codes to the backs of the new cards just like the NBA, NFL and NHL versions! This made my day as I had no clue of this at all. The packs don't say anything about it either. So instead of talking, here are the cards I pulled.
Yevhen Konoplyanka - At least I can now say I own a player from the Ukraine.
Gregory Van Der Wiel - This was awesome, I pulled a Dutch player and I've included a picture of the back. Sorry but I used the code for my account!
Michael Silberbauer - When I saw this cards I wondered if I could ever grow an awesome looking Moustache like that...
Darren Bent - Once again, Panini does not have the licence to make the players on the English side so they all just say England with a small logo of the English flag.
Joao Pereira - Nice Portuguese player.
Frank Ribery Star Player - The highlight of the pack is the Star Player. The new versions of the Star Player cards have become boring but I think I can live with it.
I have started an account for myself on the Euro 2012 Adrenalyn XL website called PureAdrenalyn. My team is currently a low based team and I played a game and lost. Lost is an understatement. So please don't challenge me at the moment because I need to improve my squad! Besides that, it's a great game and I highly recommend you get your hands on these while they last!
I will now be rating thing differently on this blog. For example, instead of out of five, it will now be based on insert cards. So that means from lowest to highest it goes Base, Special, Extra, Extra Signature, Ultimate, Limited Edition.
I like the new design currently, but for some odd reason it reminds me of India and Asia. Also good to see the codes on the back of the cards.
Are the Hits Good?
Well I think that the Star Players could be better but other then that they are okay. I liked when they had Champions but now they are just called Masters or Top Masters.
Value for Money?
Not that good still in Australia, they should bring the price down to $2.00.
About a month ago I met Ryan from Sports Card Radio in his natural habitat of Stockton, California. My family had come up to the USA for a holiday and I had always wanted to meet the guys in person as they were pretty much my hero's for Sports Card Collecting or in another term, the Kobe Bryant of Sports Cards. We had a great time at Buffalo Wild Wings which is different for people from Australia like myself. Ryan is a great guy and had talked to us about everything from Sports to cars! A few weeks ago I received a package which contained this beauty of an Adrenalyn Card and my brother's latest 1/1 card... All jokes aside, I got a Jason Richardson Extra Signature from Series 2, which happens to be my first NBA Series 2 NBA Adrenalyn XL card (hard to believe right!). Jason Richardson is one of my favourite players and I'm not saying that because I'm a Magic fan! One again, thanks to Ryan and Colin from Sports Card Radio and remember to check them out!
Shunsuke Nakamura is one of Japan's finest soccer players. He currently plays on Yokohama F. Marinos and has even played on the celtic. Shunsuke played on Japan's national football side for 10 years and retired from international football after the 2010 world cup.
As seen here, I had found a picture of a Peyton Manning Extra Signature which I wasn't sure of where it had come from. Whilst searching the NFL shop, I came across NFL series one Adrenalyn XL card sets. There is a full box and 10 starter packs avaliable all which say includes Peyton Manning Extra Signature. I would buy one of these for the card but the postage of gear to Australia is an insane price which I am not willing to pay. But anyway enjoy the pictures and maybe pick one up for yourself.
The Pacers are in the second round of the NBA playoffs with the help of a few key players including Darren Collison. Collison is the sort of player that goes unrecognised but is always a great player on your team. Collison's Special has a high offense and defense of 88.
Ryan Succop was Mr Irrelevant back in 2009 but has shown that he is more than just irrelevant. Ryan is a punter and is now the starting punter for his Kansas City Chiefs. Ryan is also the only Mr Irrelevant to have a Adrenalyn XL. With a star rating of 7, I think he must be doing a good job.
Now the set we have all been waiting for (or just me) is now out in the U.K. Now for those wondering how this set works, it is a set full of different sports including cycling, swimming, basketball and a ton of others. There aren't many pictures of the cards on the internet for me to find but I have found a checklist via footballcardsandstickers.com. I would love to get my hands on these cards especially the basketball players. From just looking at these they will be obviously only avaliable in the U.K. due to the fact most of the athletes are British. On the good side at least there is Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Usain Bolt, Cadel Evans and Michael Phelps.
The Limited Editions from the U.K. and a bunch of base.
To see the checklist properly, just click on the image.
Depending on the player, rookie cards of certain players can either sell for a large amount or can be sold for a amount cheaper then the price of bread. I had the idea to give a small price guide of as many Adrenalyn XL cards as I could give possibly and so here is that idea being put into use and it will be continued. Blake Griffin was the first I wanted to research after my brother managed to pull one of his signature cards from a 2011/12 NBA Hoops Retail Blaster box. Blake is one of the top players in the NBA and has managed to help his Los Angeles Clippers to the playoffs with some help from Chris Paul. But more to the point, I looked for Blake's first Adrenalyn XL card which is his rookie card on the internet searching Ebay and Check Out My Cards.
Blake Griffin's Adrenalyn XL Rookie card
If you were looking at getting his Rookie card on Ebay, you would be looking at paying a average of $13.03 with the lowest currently avaliable for $7.86. On Check Out My Cards the average price of a Blake Rookie is $12.60 which is more cheaper then buying one of Ebay. For those who are interested in 'Graded Cards', there is one avaliable for $38.60 which is a Gem Mint and has a rating of 9.5 by Beckett. So here is the recap of all the prices.
Ebay - $13.03
COMC - $12.60
Graded on Ebay - $38.60
Average Price - $12.74
So for those looking for a Blake Griffin Adrenalyn XL card, your looking at double digits...
With the Playoffs going on so far, Henrik has been playing great, more than great. His Extra Signature displays his immense talent with the ability to block all but four shoots making it hard to beat him in a shoot off. Henrik is a must in anybody's team for Adrenalyn XL.
I will be heading to the USA in the next couple of hours from my home land, Australia. This means there will be more long gaps in posts for this blog but also means I can get hold of NBA, NFL and NHL Adrenalyn cards and more! If you want to follow this trip, my Dad has this great blog he's running to document this trip so check it out!
Messi has been a beast this year so far. He has just scored over 60 goals this season to be the first person since Gerd Muller of Bayen Munich in 1972-93. Messi has scored 23 from his last 12 games which is crazy! Here is his current Top Master with a high Attack of 110.
I haven't had internet for a few months but now I've got it. During that period the brand new Adrenalyn XL set came out in Europe. Euro 2012 Adrenalyn XL features European soccer teams and is also the first soccer set to have codes on the back for an online game. The design is nice but if you ask me, it reminds me of India... I have not seen any of these so far here in Australia but I'm sure you European readers already have these. Here is a gallery of some of the cards from the set.
Master and Top Master
Master and Base
Star Player and Limited Edition of the Dutch. Only the best!