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Topps Redemption Mail Day!

Just a quick follow-up to my 2014 Topps Platinum Football Retail Value Pack Case Break post from about 2 weeks ago. If you read that post, you’ll know that we pulled several redemption cards from the case. I entered them the day after we busted the case and they’ve already arrived today. Not bad service from Topps there.

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So the cards are a Veteran Auto Patch of Ryan Mathews numbered 100/172, a Rookie Refractor Auto of Devin Street, a Rookie Patch Auto of Aaron Donald and a Rookie Patch Auto of Jeremy Hill. Donald and Hill are both promising players, so I was happy to see that those had been signed and would be available for shipping. I was even more happy when I opened the bubble mailer today and saw the patches on those two. 3-color on Donald and the Nike swoosh on the Hill. Topps hooked me up on the patches.

I can’t remember having a retail case break this good in a long time. I was happy enough hitting that Odell Beckham gold auto and the other cards detailed in the previous post, but getting these today made it that much better.

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2011 Bowman Draft Hobby Case Break

January 3, 2012 Leave a comment

This post should be titled “How to pull a Superfractor, Printing Plate and Red Refractor from a 2011 Bowman Draft case and still lose money.” That being said, I don’t think I’ll lose that much money on the case because I got a good deal. However, the hits aren’t going to pay for this case. I’ll have to grind it out with complete sets and base player lots.

I will also mention that I was shorted an autograph in this case. One box had nothing. You’re supposed to receive 12 prospect autographs and at least one extra USA or Aflac autograph. As you’ll see from the scans below, I have 12 total autographs.

My big hits, as I mentioned before, were a Superfractor (Andrew Brown), printing plate (Madison Boer) and a red refractor (Lance Jeffries). It’s just too bad that I didn’t pull better players. I got a gold refractor autograph (Tyler Goeddel), blue USA autograph (Carson Sands), three refractor autographs (Archie Bradley, Kolten Wong and Brandon Martin) and seven base autographs (Archie Bradley, Kolten Wong, Robert Stephenson, Sonny Gray, Travis Harrison, Kevin Matthews and Brandon Martin). I did have some luck with the non-autographed colored refractors as you’ll see below.

This is the first superfractor that I’ve ever pulled. All the 1/1’s I’ve pulled to date have been printing plates. It really is quite a thrill to hold one for the first time, even though it is some guy named Andrew Brown. Apologies to Andrew Brown.



2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Blaster Case Break

December 2, 2011 Leave a comment

I picked up a 16-box blaster case of 2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects for a good price last week. The retail version is much more appealing this year because of the retail exclusive autographs and futures game jersey cards. The purple refractors are also nice. These blasters deliver a lot of value for the dollar.

Each blaster contains a base chrome refractor, a prospect chrome refractor, a purple base chrome refractor and a purple prospect chrome refractor. There’s also a thick gold parallel set similar to the base gold parallel set in 2011 Bowman. I wish they hadn’t included these because all of the cards have edge or corner damage. The one upside to having them in each pack is to make pack searching tougher, so I applaud Topps for that.

If you’re in the market for a blaster or three or three of these, Target has a $10 of $50 coupon that’s good through tomorrow, December 2nd. Print Coupon

The cards pictured below are all the hits pulled from the case, pretty impressive for a blaster case. The Wimmers gold autograph is /50. The Thornburg futures relic is /25. The Herrera and Fuentes relics are out of /199. All other autographs and relics and unnumbered. In addition to what’s pictured, I pulled some nice base prospect refractors and base purple prospect refractors. Some names included were Trevor Bauer, Blake Swihart and Matt Barnes.


2010-11 Score Rookie & Traded Hockey Set Case Break

November 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Ever wonder what a 20-set case of 2010 Score Rookie & Traded Hockey would hold? I did, so I recently bought one and finished breaking it today. I knew off the bat that I was going to get 20 of each base card, 20 autographs, 100 gold parallel cards and one #659 Taro Tsujimoto Super SP card. The allure is this is obviously the autographs. Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall both signed for this set, but in very limited quantities. I was hoping that I’d get lucky and pull one of these guys in my case.

You’ll see all the autographs and the Tsujimoto below. The gold cards (not pictured) didn’t yield anything better than two Taylor Hall’s. I was hoping for a Seguin or two, but that didn’t happen.

I was pretty disappointed in the collation of the autographs. I got four of the same player. That’s pretty bad for a case that yields 20 autographs.

Even though I didn’t hit anything big, this is still a product that you can profit on at its current price point, $10 per set. One word of caution, the autographed card is the top card in every set and the Taylor Hall base card is the last card in every set. These are very susceptible to damaged corners.

2010-11 Score Rookie & Traded Hockey Set
2010-11 Score Rookie & Traded Hockey Set
2010-11 Score Rookie & Traded Hockey Set