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Free Pack Produces Amazing Hit

Last week I placed an order with Dave & Adam’s Card World who I frequently shop with. I ordered a case of 2014 Topps Update Baseball mega boxes and 48 2013 Topps Update retail jumbo rack packs (I’ll post results of this breaks once I open them). It was a typical order for me. I tend to lean more towards discounted retail product for set building. I made sure to spend at least $200 to get the free 3-day UPS shipping, a great promotion of theirs.

ud-25thAnother great promotion that they have is a free gift with every order. It’s nothing amazing, usually your choice of several different retail products. The choices get better as your order total increases. Since I typically spend around $200 to $300 per order, the free gift is around $4 to $10 in value. On this occasion, I chose a pack of 2014 Upper Deck 25h Anniversary cards.

2014 Upper Deck 25th Anniversary packs were given out at the Industry Summit that year. The Industry Summit is a yearly event where manufacturers interface with retailers. All the heavy hitters give presentations and have giveaways such as this pack. Since this event is exclusive, you typically see some big hits coming out of the packs/boxes from this event. However, Dave & Adam’s sell these packs on their site 10 for $39.95, so I wasn’t expecting much. There are 5 cards per pack and it’s a multi-sport product. The base card design is a throwback to 1989 Upper Deck Baseball. I expected to get 5 base cards and simply move on to breaking my Topps Update products. Well, to my surprise, I pulled one of the best cards I’ve ever pulled in my life.


So yeah, that happened. A Michael Jordan autograph numbered /25. The numbering doesn’t even matter honestly. I’ve always wanted a Jordan autograph, but it’s just not anything that I’ve ever saved up for and purchased. I don’t have to do that now. I’m still kind of in shock as I type this the next morning. Of all the places one could pull a Jordan autograph, mine came from a $4 (free for me) pack. Unbelievable.


1986 Fleer Basketball Wax Box on eBay

December 1, 2009 Leave a comment

The greatest modern day wax box, 1986 Fleer Basketball, is up for sale on eBay. There can’t be too many of these out there anymore, at least that are legit.

I took a look at the sellers feedback and sales history. The feedback is solid and the past sales are all for vintage wax and old sports programs. I’d say that the seller seems very reputable.

What would you do with a box like this? I know that I wouldn’t be able to. There will never be another box from the modern era that will be as desired and highly valued as this. To me, it’s just too rare to open. Can you imagine opening it and getting a wax stained Jordan?

View the auction here.

Categories: ebay, fleer, Michael Jordan

Upper Deck Baseball Series 2 Review

June 2, 2009 1 comment

I had to run some errands on the way home from work today. I had to go to the drop off some packages at the post office, buy a birthday card and buy some groceries. I could have bought the birthday card at the grocery store but they don’t have baseball cards. I went to Target instead and bought four packs of 2009 Upper Deck Series 2 Baseball. Oh yeah, I got the birthday card too.

I’m going to start a new series in the next couple of days for new product reviews so this post will just be to show the “hits” that I got and a quick first impression of the product.

The packs were $2.99 each and come with 18 cards per pack. Target also had blasters for $19.99 each. Those have 10 packs with 8 cards per pack. They also had the fat packs of 36 cards for $4.99 each. The fat pack is the best deal in terms of price per card but I’m not sure if those include all the inserts available in the blasters and retail packs.

The cards are pretty much what I expected as they’re not much different from series one. I actually got a few doubles in only four packs from the same box. That’s not very impressive. On the flip side, I think I got some good “hits” for only purchasing four packs. I got a Michael Jordan Goodwin Champions preview card, a 20th Anniversary Retrospective Pedro Martinez and an Emerald StarQuest (Ultra Rare or something) Nick Markakis. These are all pictured below. I also four common StarQuest cards and a Team USA card that aren’t pictured.

I don’t know that I’ll purchase more of this product. I have no interest in building the set and the insert cards aren’t that interesting to me. Getting a StarQuest card in every pack is a bit much. The Goodwin Champions cards look nice but I’d rather buy that product when it comes out than to buy Upper Deck 2 to chase the preview cards.

High Dollar Michael Jordan Insert Cards

I’ve noticed while searching eBay over the past few weeks just how many high dollar Michael Jordan insert cards are out there. I’m talking about true insert cards, not autographed cards or memorabilia cards.

The card pictured is a 98-99 Skybox Thunder Noyz Boyz insert that sold for a whopping $330 on eBay. Don’t believe me? Have a look at the auction here. They were inserted 1:288 packs so the card is legitimately rare.

Personally, I think it’s crazy. There are endless examples of non-autographed, non-memorabilia Jordan inserts selling in the $200 – $400 range. Just search completed auctions on eBay and you’ll find loads of them. Most of them look as hideous as this one too.

A quick search of eBay and a few wax sites like Dave and Adam’s didn’t yield any 98-99 Skybox Thunder boxes. I’m wondering if there are some really cheap basketball boxes out there with possible high dollar Jordan’s. It could be a fun purchase if you’re looking for something to break that could lead to a really rare Jordan insert.

If anyone knows of any boxes like this or has already had this idea leave your experiences in the comments section. Hopefully someone has and came up with a card like this already. It would be fun to hear about it.

1979-80 OPC Wax Box on eBay

April 23, 2009 1 comment

It’s not every day that you see a 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Wax Box. Come to think of it, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen one. Although, it’s not like I’m in the market for one of these. The auction is currently up to $1,500 but will probably sell for upwards of $2,000.

This is basically the hockey equivalent of 1986-87 Fleer Basketball. 1986-87 Fleer basketball contains Michael Jordan’s rookie card. 1979-80 OPC Hockey contains Wayne Gretzky’s rookie card. Both players are considered the greatest of all time in their respective sports.

Vintage wax like this is only going to get more valuable in the years to come. Stuff like this is very hard to find and the print numbers weren’t near that of the modern products.

I think if I ever purchased a box this rare and valuable that I’d get it graded so I wouldn’t be tempted to open it. Grading boxes and packs still seems kinda strange to me but it seems to be gaining in popularity as I see quite a few graded packs on eBay.

You can view the auction here:

Amazing Michael Jordan auction on eBay

April 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Only a select group of collectors would have the money to even consider winning this auction but it’s nice to dream. Three of Jordan’s major early releases are offered and all graded PSA 10.

1985 Nike PSA 10
1986 Fleer PSA 10
1986 Fleer Sticker PSA 10

If that’s not enough, there’s an Upper Deck Authenticated 8×10 photo and three more PSA 10’s (overproduced Hoops and Skybox cards).

The only major early release missing is Jordan’s 84-85 Star Co. rookie. Those are very tough to find in nice shape but I’m sure whoever wins this will be looking for one to complete the package.

The seller has listed this twice, once for $9,999 and once for $9,799. No takers on those. The auction ends 8 hours from now and it’s at an even $6,000.

View the auction here