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Sunday, February 22, 2015

2013 Topps Update 108 Ct. Rack Case Break

I decided to go ahead a bust the case while I had the time and it did not disappoint.  It's crazy how many cards one of these cases actually produces.  Collation was very good as I got 8-9 complete sets. I have them sorted by card but it's possible that I might have 7 of one or two of them.  It took me about 3 hours to sort them...my least favorite thing for sure.

First things first, the super big hits!  Ok, I didn't buy this case for the hits, but I was a bit surprised I didn't get an auto.  Topps has been very good to me in the past.  In fact, I bought a retail case of 2008 Topps Mayo Football a few years back and pulled a good number of sp autos.  It also would have been nice to pull a serialed jersey or patch...again, not disappointed, just the way it is.

On to the inserts:
These are the 71 Topps minis, 1 per pack and there were 50 in the set.  I got the entire set, not sure about a second set.

These are the variations I got.  I would have expected to get more of these as they only fell about 1:13 packs.  I found all of them but 1 right away.

Topps gold /2013.  1:2 packs.  I got 53 of these....Going to be a long road collecting these sets.

Emerald Green, 1:2 packs, got 55 of them, no Puig.
Quick note on the blue, 3 per pack and got 324 of them.  I am a bit short of a set but I didn't get many doubles.
Camo /99.  Got 3 including Wil Myers...Is he a thing?  Of course I pulled a Chavez.  Teasing me since he is the only card I need to complete my Green Masterpieces set /75.
Pink /50 including Anthony Rendon

Blue Sparkle? /25

There are a few inserts I didn't bother with as they are the normal useless Topps bloat.  So there you have it.  I am thinking of busting a few more of these because they are so cheap and you do get a couple low numbered cards.  I may put together a couple blue sets and then sell the hand collated base sets.  If you see anything you want, make me an offer.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Today's Mail, Patches and Hockey

My case showed up today along with some singles and supplies that I bought as well.  BTW, I'm not sure what it is, but it sure does feel good to get cards put in sheets and cases.  Anyway, I probably won't open the case for a bit because I am in the process of moving.

Here are the two patches that I got for about $5 each:
Upper Deck serial numbered these on the back, but the baseball patches from the same year are stamped on the front.

And a couple of Hockey Red /25:

From what I understand, Gregg Kohn aka @ScoobyCub who now works for Leaf is the one that designed these products from a development standpoint.  In Hockey, the red is /25 whereas in Football they are /199 and in Baseball they are not serial numbered.  Blacks in Baseball and Football are common parallels and not serialed, but they are 1/1's in hockey.  When I am searching auctions, it takes me a bit to remember which is which.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Today's Mail, including Hockey

I wasn't home at 6 pm when UPS tried to deliver my case so I will have to wait until tomorrow.  In the meantime...Today's mail:

The Flacco Rookie is /150 and cost me $3, the Forsberg is /99 and cost me .99, the Podolak Green is /75 and was .99, Fisk is /125 and was .99 and the Drew Pearson /150 was .99.  All 5 shipped were just over $11.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Walter Payton /99

Today's mail.  Part of my order from DA Cardworld included 300 plastic sheets and new binders so I can get this stuff put away.

Interestingly enough, I paid $5 shipped for this card whereas some people think they have cardboard gold....Adam Dunn is no Walter Payton. I once wrote I post, I want to buy it now but do you want to sell it now...I run into that a lot with these cards.

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Big Hurt and evidence of an obsession

As sorta promised here is a picture of the 2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces Frank Thomas auto.  I've seen two others if I recall.  Keep in mind, I've been casting a wide net for 6-7 years.
One of my favorite cards.

The other day I mentioned that I had been searching for the Eli Manning Burgundy /25 and had found 3 in the past few months.  The second one in two weeks came in today.

I went looking for the other one and some cards to get sorted and ran across my burgundy doubles.  I took a pic and then realized that this is just half of my doubles.  These do not include my set to which I am 4 short.  Why did I title this an obsession?  Well let's do the math.  There are 86 cards in the burgundy set with 25 being made of each.  That means there are 2150 total produced.  Of those, I have about 200 or a little less than 10% of the production run.  That just isn't right.  Here's the half to give you an idea.
Just an FYI, Any of the graded cards I have were bought that way. I refuse to crack them out.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

So I've chosen a mix

As with everything, there is a happy medium.

I was looking at the cost of singles and lots for the Topps gold and other parallels and the lots that sell run about .30 a card whereas the lots that don't sell want almost $1.00 a card.  Also, the problem has always been the stars.

Take 2013 Topps Update for example.  That set has Puig in it and I can't imagine that the Walmart Blue or the Topps gold would be all that cheap. In fact, here is an ebay auction for a partial set. There are others as well I assume.  Anyway, then when you look at the cost of a case of 2013 Topps Update they run:

Hobby cases run about $400, Retail wax cases run about $250, and the retail Jumbo rack run about $165 or so.....wait, there are 108 packs in the retail rack cases.  The retail racks also have 3 walmart blue cards for a total of 324, along with gold 1:2 and other inserts as well as technology and stuff,

So that's what I've done.  I've ordered a case of 2014 Update Racks.  It's really inexpensive in this case in comparison to buying singles and the number that you get from them.  With just the blue parallels and the golds I'll be paying about .30 a card at that price.

Case should be here Monday.

To Bust or not to Bust, that is the question

Those of you that are reading my blog for the first time obviously weren't around in 2009 - 2011 when I was opening boxes and cases by the truckload.  I'd say that 2011 was the most fun I had.  I opened a couple of cases of 2009 Topps Mayo Football, that was interesting but man those breaks are rough, a case of Philadelphia Football in an ill fated attempt to complete the chicle mini rookie auto set and maybe pull a veteran chicle auto.  I did ultimately complete that set.  It's cool as hell in person.  I opened a case of 2008 Masterpieces Football that was a little rough.  I also opened 26 cases of 2007 Masterpieces Baseball.  Those breaks were so much fun as I was pushing toward completing my parallel sets.  The downside was that it was really expensive, sorting the cards took forever, and selling the cards was frankly a pain in the butt.

When I was reselling, I would often come up short by about $250 in recouping my costs but I got to keep all of the parallels.  The other side of it was that I would spend a day listing, and a couple of days packing and shipping.  I got pretty good at it on that scale and I found that when I did my final 5 cases the selling part wasn't much more effort than 2 or 3 cases.  The worst part was sorting the base cards. This brings me to my question.

In attempting to collect these gold parallel sets, should I A. buy some cases, bust, trade, sell and just pull out the cards I need? B. Buy complete sets when I can. (I view this as cheating, but is it really any different than buying massive lots on ebay?). C. Buy lots on ebay, buy singles on comc, sportlots, etc?

Option A would be fun to a point but can get really expensive really fast especially with the size of the sets though I might pull some cool cards.  Another down side is that the cards stick together.  If you've opened up any of the 90's Upper Deck or Topps boxes ten years later, you know what I mean.  I'll also say that if I hadn't opened all of those cases of 07 Masterpieces I would still be many cards away from the sets.

Option B, as I said, feels like cheating.

Option C seems like a happy medium, but the issue here is that you generally end up with a ton of doubles and then have to go through and resell what you have left over. Also, busting cases is a lot of fun....

With 20 years or so of sets that I want to collect.....what say you?