Ray Allen for 3 — Yes!

So let’s say I’m on a bit of a Sonics autos kick and I get a nice card like 2007 Topps #SSW-7 Signature Swish Auto #13/25.  It’s cool, but…. the auto is not that easy to read.

That’s when I start messing with light angles to bring out different features of the card. Amazing how different it can look under different lighting and angles.

I also start messing with it in PicsArt or other photo editors.  Check out the last one with the extensive green and gold!

Even though the auto legibility is not the best, the Swish swirl thing and the picture of Ray about to launch a shot are both very cool.

Of course, after all that I can just go out and get a different card, 2016-17 Panini Revolution #25, and be super psyched that it’s got all the pizazz from the wavy hyperplaid refraction pattern and that it’s an on card auto…

… until I notice a couple of strange white specks on Ray Allen’s face and start saying, man, oh man, did I really pay that much for that?  I thought they were specks on the top loader or scanner.  Ugh, I should have asked, what was I thinking… blah blah blah it can go on ad infinitum.

Still, it’s not like I see the specks looking across my desk at the card.  Instead I see the nice clear auto and the sweet refractor effects with different lighting and angles.  The background looks awesome and really makes the signature pop under full spectrum lighting!  There’s that also that very pleasant feeling I get when I pick up an on card auto.  So even with the blemish it’s a great card and, in flattering lighting, can be the best of the three.

Three?  Yes, since I’m me and we’re talking about Ray Allen here, I decide to get one more, 2018-19 Panini Crown Royale #CA-RAL.  I think it’s the best of the three in regular suburban lighting. 🙂  Even though it’s a sticker auto, it’s got a nicely centered and clearly legible signature, the characteristic die-cut Crown Royale design, the rainbow foil in the crown, and an interesting facial expression .  It looks as if Ray is deciding whether to drive in or pull up for a three.  It doesn’t look like he’s going to pass this time lol.  Anyhow, it’s also a gold parallel (#6/10) which is a nice match with the Sonics green and gold color scheme (on either side of those mid 90’s green and red Christmas cartoon unis).  Pretty sweet!

I think that’s good enough for now.  Another three from Ray Allen! 🙂

2017-18 Panini Revolution Basketball — Very nice!

I really like the 2017-18 Panini Revolution Basketball cards!   The base set is straightforward, with 100 vets and 50 rookies.  The designs are heavy on the foil and kaleidoscopic colors, which I like.  There are a wide array of geometrical arrays in the inserts for fancier effects and lots of rainbow collection opportunities.  Hobby boxes are around $65 for 8 packs, 5 cards per pack (most have 3 base and 2 inserts).  The hobby boxes include 4 rookies, 4 inserts, and 8 parallels.  The hobby box has the fancier inserts and low numbered parallels.  About six of the 16 boxes in a case have an on-card auto.  I got a couple and they are very nice.  The inserts and autos include a significant number of past and present stars (which I prefer to an overemphasis on rookies).  I’m not aware of any memorabilia cards with this set but there are lots of great looking cards!

There are also the Chinese New Year international retail boxes, significantly cheaper at around $40 for 12 packs, 5 cards per pack (3 base, 1 RC, and 1 Chinese New Year Cracked Ice parallel).   I got a couple of each type of box plus a few more hobby packs.  Photos of some of the cards I got are below (pardon the quality, with all the refraction effects they are not easy to photograph well).

If you’re looking for huge hits this set is probably not for you.  However, if you like a small base set, sharp-looking cards with lots of colors and a wide variety of refractor effects, and a nice distribution of past, present, and future stars in the inserts and autos, I think you’ll like Revolution as much as I did it.  I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars!


photo on feb 20, 2018 at 8_47_35 pm