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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

2010 Topps Chrome Baseball – 2 Hobby Box Break

I recently cashed out some COMC balance and converted it to Blowout Cards credit. With the credit I purchased 2 hobby boxes of 2010 Topps Chrome Baseball, 2 hobby boxes of 2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball and a 6-box hobby case of 2010 Bowman Platinum Baseball. I’ll post all the breaks in the coming days, starting today with the Topps Chrome.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I broke a hobby case of this last year with mixed results. It’s a really fun break considering you get two autographs per box and a chance at some cool inserts and color. It can also be frustrating because of the lack of quality control in the Topps products this year and the numerous undesirable autographs in the product.

Anyway, I’ll spare you the in-depth breakdown on this one and just give you the hits. The four autographs I got were Tyson Ross, Josh Donaldson, Wilson Ramos and a blue refractor autograph (/199) of Jon Jay. I haven’t had much luck with this product, but it’s a tough one to pass up at the current price levels.

Retro Break – 2000 Fleer E-X Baseball

November 16, 2010 Leave a comment

It feels funny to say “retro” when referring to a box from 2002, but that’s really how it felt opening this box and pulling cards of players from that year. Aramis Ramirez was still on the Pirates!

I purchased this box on eBay for $37 shipped. The allure of pulling some really great low numbered inserts was too hard to resist for that price. The Fleer (Skybox) E-X brand always seems to be most popular with basketball collectors. Low numbered Michael Jordan cards from this brand always sell for big bucks. I decided to roll the dice and hope for something comparable in the baseball line.

I was guaranteed three game used cards out of this box. There aren’t any autographed cards in the set. You can also pull a low numbered Essential Credentials Now or Essential Credentials Future card. The first hit I pulled was a Tom Glavine Essential Credentials Future numbered 015/110. The second hit I pulled was a Jose Video Hit & Run bat card. The third hit I pulled was a Behind The Numbers Ivan Rodriguez game worn jersey card. The fourth hit I pulled was a Essential Credentials Now Jason Giambi game used base card numbered 05/46. I also pulled two no-name nEXt Prospect cards numbered to 2499 and 2999 respectively.

The Glavine and Giambi cards would have been really nice hits back in 2002. I still have a feeling there are some player collectors out there that will pay some decent money for these cards. I think I’ll mail both off to CheckOutMyCards.com and add them to my account.

All in all, this was a really fun break. The anticipation of pulling the low numbered inserts was great. I’d definitely buy another one of these for the same price to take another crack at some nice rare inserts.

Fun Retail Box Break From Target

November 15, 2009 Leave a comment


It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted. What compelled me to get back on the horse, you ask? It was a box of cards that I bought this morning at Target. Rarely is a retail purchase something to write about but this one inspired me.

Target has full retail boxes (24 packs/5 cards per pack) of 2008 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Football for $24.99 each. That’s right, this is a full box, not a blaster. As I was staring at the 2009 Topps Chrome Football blasters for $19.99 each, I just couldn’t justify buying another with this Absolute Memorbilia box and its $24.99 price tag staring me in the face. The box claims to yield at least one jersey or autograph per box on average. Let’s see how I did.

This was a really fun break, that’s why I’m posting and recommending you go pick up a box. Overall, I got four jersey cards, 7 red spectrum parallels, 2 blue spectrum parallels, 1 Gridiron Force insert, 1 Star Gazing insert and the #101 Brett Favre card (short print?). Here are the jersey details:

Rookie Jersey Collection
Early Doucet
Matt Forte
Dustin Keller

Star Gazing Jersey /250
Limas Sweed

As you’ll see from the scan below, I got Colt Brennan and Peyton Manning in the red spectum parallel cards. Could I get $24.99 for all this on eBay? Probably not. Could I squeeze $24.99 out of it on COMC? I bet I can.

All in all, this was a fun box to break and there’s potential to get some really good cards. For just $5.00 more than a blaster box I think this is a great purchase. Target also has some new half price blasters on the shelf. I saw 2008 Goudey Baseball and 2008 Upper Deck Series 2 Baseball. There was probably some more stuff too that I didn’t notice.

I’ll be posting more frequently from here on out. I’ve got some good stuff coming in the mail soon to break, including a 2009 Bowman Chrome Football case. Check back soon for the results of that and some other breaks.

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.

CheckOutMyCards.com is worth a look

May 16, 2009 3 comments

Earlier this week, Mario over at Wax Heaven posted about purchasing some cards for his Canseco collection from CheckOutMyCards.com. I joined the site about three months ago and have been meaning to post about it. Mario’s post inspired me to do that.

I’ve purchased and sold cards on CheckOutMyCards.com. I actually started out selling cards on the site before I ever made a purchase. I’d been thinking about it for a while and initially tested it out by sending 10 vintage baseball star cards that weren’t in great shape. I was quite pleased when they all sold within a week of being posted on the site. I set the prices a bit higher than what I could get on eBay and had no trouble getting it.

Since then, I have sent over 1,000 cards to be added to my account. I’ve sold 45% of those cards to date. I price my cards anywhere from 50% – 95% off of Beckett book value.

The beauty of CheckOutMyCards.com is the process of adding your cards to the site. You package up your cards and send them off. That’s it. They scan the front and back of your card, look up the book values, add credit to your account when they sell and ship them out. It’s so easy. They charge anywhere from 15 cents to 50 cents per card to add them to the site, depending how fast you want them added. Once your cards sell, you can use your credit to purchase other cards or cash out. You can request a check or a Paypal payment. They take 20% off your payout if you choose to cash out. When you consider eBay fees + Paypal fees + your time, this is not a bad deal.

The great part about this site is that you can sell cards that don’t traditionally sell on eBay. True collectors seem to be a large part of the purchasers. I’ve noticed that I’ll sell multiples of the same player to the same buyer or multiple cards from the same set. The best part is that there’s no rush to sell your cards, they can just sit there until they sell.

I’m thrilled with the site so far and will continue to use it for selling and purchasing cards. In fact, I’m sending off another shipment of 150 cards tomorrow morning. I’ve also made a couple purchases in the past two weeks. I found some 2009 Topps Heritage SP singles that I needed and I got some 1960 Topps Pittsburgh Pirates cards for my autograph project.

Shameless plug: my cards on checkoutmycards.com

The site has a “make an offer” feature, just like eBay. Feel free to make me offers on any of my cards. The prices are low but can always go lower.