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2008-09 Topps Basketball Hobby Box Break

January 18, 2011 Leave a comment

I got this box from the Blowout Cards weekend specials for $30. The chance at getting a Derrick Rose rookie photo shoot or McDonald’s High School All-American card was what drew me to this. Well, I didn’t end up with either of those, but I still think I did pretty well.

I ended up with a Spencer Haywood autographed 1958-59 variation card, a Carmelo Anthony rip card /99, a John Salmons black /51 and a few nice Lebron and Kobe insert cards. I think I got all the good rookies, but I wasn’t really paying attention to the base all that much.

Does anyone know if these rip cards are worth ripping? I looked in an old Beckett I had lying around and it doesn’t look like there’s any incentive to rip these. I didn’t see where you could get an autographed mini like they have in A&G Baseball. Also, the sale prices on eBay for these is very low so I assume there’s not much you can get out of them.


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2011 Topps Baseball Packaging

December 26, 2010 Leave a comment


I hope everyone had a nice holiday. I spent time with family and ate a lot of good food. Santa didn’t bring me any cards so I’ve had to get my fix reading card news online today.

The thing that got me most excited was the first look on the Beckett Blog at the 2011 Topps Series 1 Baseball packaging. This is obviously a blaster box, but still gives us a look at the design and a small peek at the odds.

The odds that we’re given are for the Diamond Giveaway code cards, 1 per blaster box.
If my memory serves, the odds may have been better in retail last year. I seem to recall pulling two code cards per blaster in 2010. The odds for Diamond Giveaway in hobby (1:6) and jumbo (1:1) remain the same as they were this year.

We can also see on the packaging that the manufactured commemorative patches are back and fall one per blaster box. I find that the patches sell very well in the first few weeks of release. It’s nice to know that you can pay for your whole blaster if you hit a desirable patch.

The other thing to remember with Topps Series 1 is that there are usually hidden short printed cards. Last year it was Abe Lincoln hidden in a handful of Cubs cards. I wouldn’t go selling sets or base cards until these short printed cards have been discovered. On the flip side, it would be a good time to buy up commons and complete sets before everyone figures out what those cards are.

I always get excited for the flagship Topps release. This year should be a blast considering it’s the 60th year of Topps baseball cards. It really fills the void for me between the end of the NFL season and the start of spring training baseball.

Categories: Beckett, topps

The Results Of My Latest BGS Submission

November 17, 2010 Leave a comment

I took advantage of the great 10-10-10 deal Beckett Grading had last month. It was 10 cards for $10 each on 10-day service. I had just opened some 2007-08 and 2008-09 Upper Deck Hockey and a case of 2010 Topps Chrome Baseball. I also had a couple cards from recent eBay purchases that looked good enough to send. You’ll see below that did really well evaluating my cards. I was hoping for at least one pristine but that didn’t happen. I guess you can’t complain when 9 out of 10 come back gem mint.

Categories: Beckett, BGS, topps, upper deck

Collector Hits Topps Heritage SP Jackpot

Have you been wondering like I have how you could have opened so many 2009 Topps Heritage blasters and not pulled one SP variation card? Well, the Beckett Blog has a story about a guy that we can blame for that. Todd Neuman hit the jackpot by pulling 51 Heritage SP variations in a single blaster he purchased in Mayfield, KY.

This is one of those once in a lifetime boxes that every collector dreams of but few experience. I remember my brother and I combining to get around 20 Jose Mesa cards in 1989 when opened two or three boxes of cards one day. Sadly, that was not the collecting jackpot and we realized it at the time. My brother coined the phrase “a mess of Mesa’s” that day.

I did however experience a true collectors jackpot years later by watching a friend of mine open a box of 1989 Pro Set Series 1 Football. I believe it was 1991 at the time the box was opened. He ended up with 27 William Perry cards. I could be wrong but I believe that card wasn’t supposed to be released in the product and was replaced by another card. That’s what made it so rare and valuable. At the time the card booked around $100 and he sold most of them for $50 each. It was crazy. A quick search of eBay just now showed that you can easily pick one up now for less than $5. The rareness of the card was most likely overstated.

I doubt that the rareness of the 2009 Heritage SP’s is overstated. I think that Todd Neuman just had a really lucky day.

Marketing Your Items On eBay

May 17, 2009 1 comment

I’m always curious to see what the new marketing and sales trends are on eBay. Sellers come up with all sorts of innovative ideas to sell items. eBay also does their share by improving functionality and offering great features like Buy It Now and Make An Offer.

One of the newer trends I’ve noticed in the trading cards area is the “You Choose” sales style. The seller will offer up a large list of cards, usually from the same set, and allows you to choose a pre-determined number of cards from the list. I’ve noticed these more and more as I’ve been working on my 2009 Topps Heritage SP set. The most common type of auction is for the seller to allow you to choose 10 SP cards from their list. Here is an example auction.

The great thing for the seller is that this style of auction tends to yield more money per card than selling them individually or even as a lot of 10. I’ve picked up SP singles for $1 and picked up a lot of 10 for just over $12. The auction that I linked to above is about to end and it’s at just over $36. I’ve chosen not to go this route as a buyer as my cost per card would be more than I want to pay. But it got me thinking about the possibilities as a seller.

I posted yesterday about CheckOutMyCards.com. I think that’s a great site to sell cards that that book for anything over $4 per card in Beckett. The reason I set the $4 minimum book value is because I’m figuring I can get at least $1 for it. It’s really not cost effective to sell any cards for less than $1 because of the selling fees.

As we know, there are a lot of cards that book below $4 each. What do we do with all of those? Well, I figured since buyers are responding well to the “You Choose” format for cards from the same set, why not try auctions with cards from different sets?

I’ve had cards sorted by player and stored away for a while. I picked out all the cards with $4 and higher book value out of those boxes and sent them off to COMC some time ago. So, I started some player auctions today that list all of my cards from a certain player and allow the buyer to choose 10 cards from the list.

I started out with Derek Jeter, Ken Griffey Jr., Cal Ripken Jr. and Nolan Ryan. I set the Buy It Now price at $7.99 and the minimum bid at .99 cents. I’ll keep you posted on the results. I put them up for a week so they’ll end next Sunday. Hopefully the results will be good and I’ll have a viable option for getting rid of a bunch of cards from my childhood that I’d rather not have in my closet. I’d then have more money to buy cards that I do want want to have in my closet.

I’m curious to see what any of you reading think of this format and whether you’d use the same idea. What about the Buy It Now price? Too high? Just right? Click here to view my Ripken auction.

2009 Score Football Preview

April 19, 2009 Leave a comment

I was spending a little time on Beckett Blog earlier and saw something that got me so excited that I had to write a post.

Panini America released images of 2009 Score Football. Included in the set is a 20th Anniversary 10-card insert set that uses the famous 1989 Score Football design. There will be 20 or less autographed copies of each card available as well as unsigned copies. No word on the frequency of the unsigned copies. A list of players was not released but Matthew Stafford is obviously one of them.

Seeing that design really takes me back to the early years of my collecting life. I can still remember opening a box of ’89 Score and thinking I was on top of the collecting mountain when I pulled a Barry Sanders rookie.

Click here to see the full review on Beckett Blog.