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Bryce Harper 2011 Bowman Platinum Superfractor 1/1 Sold

November 3, 2011 1 comment

We now have a good idea of what the 2011 Bowman Chrome Bryce Harper Autographed Superfractor will sell for once it surfaces. His 2011 Bowman Platinum Autographed Superfractor sold for $4,550 last night.

The Bowman Chrome will definitely go for more, just how much more we’ll have to wait and see. It’s not going to reach Strasburg levels, but it will bring a pretty penny.

2011 Bowman Platinum Bryce Harper Autographed Superfractor


Bowman Chrome Wrapper Redemption 38 Pack Break

February 8, 2011 2 comments

Well, they finally arrived. I missed the UPS guy a couple days in a row and finally had it held it held at the UPS facility and picked it up on the third day. The first thing I’ll say about these is I’m really disappointed in how these were shipped by Topps. The 38 packs were all put into a large padded envelope loose to bounce around during shipment. This obviously caused damage to many of the corners on my base cards. I know some people that had a larger number of packs coming to them received theirs in a box.

The bonus on these is that Topps initially stated there would be 5 cards per pack, but there ended up being 10. There are 11 per pack when you hit an autograph. There are 11 different packs, all with the same collation. I ended up with three of each pack so I was able to build 3 110-card base sets. Of the other five packs, one was the Strasburg pack, so that was a nice bonus to get an extra of him.

Now for the good stuff. Autographs are coming out of these packs at an average of around 1:18. Did that hold true for me? Yes, I got two autographs in my packs. I was sort of expecting a better ratio than that but it’s pretty much the same as buying a hobby box at those odds. The picture below shows an example of the black bordered base cards and one of my autographs, a Matt Barnes Team USA Chrome Autograph numbered out of 99.

I paid $255 for 684 empty 2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball wrappers on eBay back in December. I remember thinking “What have I done?” when I opened the priority mail box full of wrappers. I promptly went through them and repackaged them in an envelope to send off to Topps. I figured that this would be money well spent considering the amount of great low numbered autographs available in these packs. Little did I know it was going to pay off way more than I ever imagined. There is obviously one card everyone is hoping to pull from this product, the Bryce Harper Team USA Chrome Autographed numbered to 100. Well, as you can see below, I pulled it! This is far and away the most valuable card I’ve ever pulled from a pack. The $255 gamble back in December is going to pay off nicely once I decide to sell the card. I can tell you this much, it will not be until after Baseball America releases their 2011 Top 100 Prospect list.

Top search terms on eBay

January 2, 2011 Leave a comment

There’s a great site called What’s Hot Weekly that provides really interesting eBay data like most watched items and top search terms. You’re able to drill down by category so I always head to Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop > Cards > Baseball. I check the most watched items at least once a week. You’ll find some amazing cards when you search the list.

Today was the first time that I’ve used the Most Searched feature. I found it very interesting when I looked up the top 10 searches in the Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop > Cards > Baseball category.

mickey mantle
stephen strasburg
2010 bowman
2010 allen ginter
triple threads

The thing that immediately struck me is that Stephen Strasburg appears in the list twice. His full name and his last name appear separately. Even though he won’t come near a major league mound until 2012 his cards continue to be very popular. Collectors obviously aren’t scared off by his injury.

Another thing that really jumped out at me was the position of BGS relative to PSA. PSA, as you can see in the list, appeared as the 7th most popular search. BGS was way down at 116th. SGC even appeared higher in the list. BGS used to be toughest and most respected grading company on the market when they first launched their service. Since then, the BGS 9.5 grade has lost its luster as it has become a fairly easy grade to obtain.

Vacation Mail

December 15, 2010 2 comments

I got quite the bundle of mail from Topps while I was on vacation. Most of it was Red Hot Rookie redemptions finally rolling in, the rest were autograph redemptions from 2010 Topps Chrome Baseball. Here’s the funny thing, all of these cards came regular mail except one, the Stephen Strasburg RHR was sent certified mail. I guess Topps is making sure that they have proof of receipt for those. I think it would have been cheaper for them to send those first class with delivery confirmation than certified, but whatever.

The Red Hot Rookie redemptions look great and they’re on chrome stock. I wasn’t expecting them to be chrome stock, but I’ve never had any of these cards from previous years to know if they always are. Topps has sent me #’s 1-8, I’m just waiting on #9 Mike Minor and #10 Brett Wallace. I hope that I get at least one Brett Wallace autograph as I sent in three for redemption. I’ll keep you posted on those.

The two autographs I received from Topps Chrome were Brian Matusz and Brandon Hicks.

Topps Chrome Baseball Wrapper Redemption Mail Day!

December 4, 2010 Leave a comment

I sure was happy to see these arrive in the mail today. I kept seeing results of breaks on all the bulletin boards and was starting to get impatient. I sent two cases worth of wrappers, so I received 24 packs.

Topps sends them in a large manila envelope with a smaller padded envelope inside that contains the packs. They’re definitely packaged to prevent damage. The cards overall are in great shape. There are some flaws, but nothing major. The really nice thing about these cards is that they’re flat! The chrome curl doesn’t exist on these. The centering is nice for the most part as well.

24 packs should yield 4 complete sets, 2 green refractor packs and two other random packs. Well, that’s exactly what I received. The bonus for me was that the two random packs both were the packs that contain Buster Posey. As you can see from the picture, I also received Buster Posey as one of my green refractors. I’m really happy with the results.

4 – Babe Ruth
4 – Lou Gehrig
4 – Jackie Robinson
4 – Ty Cobb
1 – Ty Cobb Green Refractor
6 – Mickey Mantle
1 – Mickey Mantle Green Refractor
6 – Buster Posey
1 – Buster Posey Green Refractor
6 – Ike Davis
1 – Ike Davis Green Refractor
4 – Stephen Strasburg
4 – Mike Stanton
4 – Jason Heyward
4 – Carlos Santana
4 – Mike Leake
1 – Mike Leake Green Refractor
4 – Austin Jackson
1 – Austin Jackson Green Refractor
4 – Tyler Colvin
4 – Starlin Castro

2010 Topps Baseball Update Jumbo Case Break

November 21, 2010 Leave a comment

You really get a lot of of cards out these cases. Wow! I mean that in a good way as it’s a really fun break and prices are incredibly reasonable on these right now. I picked up my case last week for $355.

Topps did a great job this year with their core baseball product. The insert sets were all really cool and the Million Card Giveaway was the best hobby promotion ever created. These jumbo cases are loaded with inserts and the really cool bat barrel cards. You also have the chance at the always popular SP veteran base variations that seem to run 3 to 4 per jumbo case. Of course, the black and gold parallel cards are there as well. One last bonus is the Topps Chrome Rookie Box Toppers.

I beat the odds on this case. You’re supposed to receive one autograph and two memorabilia cards per box. I ended up with seven autographs, one being a redemption, so you could argue that I got six autographs. I also ended up with seven bat barrel cards which are supposed to fall one per box. The seventh bat barrel replaced one of my All-Star jersey cards, which I only got five of. I also got two silk cards and two black parallels. The case only yielded four of the original back CYMTO cards.

I’ve read that you can make six base sets out of a jumbo case. I’m assuming that’s true as I got six of the #661 Stephen Strasburg rookies. I’m not so sure about completing a master set. I got a lot of doubles in the Turkey Red and CYMTO sets. I’ll report back after I’ve had time to sort all of these cards. I don’t know how I’d manage breaking multiple cases of this stuff.

Categories: stephen strasburg, topps

2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball Retail Box Break

November 20, 2010 Leave a comment

I know, you’re already asking yourself before reading this, why did this guy get a retail box of 2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball? Well, I didn’t just buy a box, I bought three cases. I pre-ordered these back in July for a really good price, well before Strasburg got hurt and the price plummeted. It was also long before I knew how bad the odds would be on the retail packs. I had faith that Topps would continue to release retail products with decent odds as they’ve been doing for a couple years. The odds are horrendous on retail this year. Pulling a prospect autograph, which are one per box in hobby, are 1:191 packs in retail. Even pulling a prospect or USA non-autographed refractor are 1:110 packs. Just insane!

I decided I’d open one box before I started selling these off a box a time. The first thing I noticed after opening a couple packs was that the top card in each pack was scratched. Scratched actually puts it mildly, more like gouged. They look like someone ran a nail down the front of each card. I have 24 like this, one for each pack in the box. I already sent them all back to Topps for replacement. The good news is that the other two cards in each pack were free of defects.

Enough of the bad news. As I started ripping packs I started getting good cards, defying the odds on the back of the packs. I first pulled Jason Heyward and Carlos Santana rookie refractors (1:6 packs). The next card that came was a Corban Joseph Autographed Prospect Blue Refractor (1:2,850 packs). I would have been happy at this point if nothing else came out of the box. Next came the A.J. Vanegas Team USA Autographed Refractor (1:1,620 packs) and an Andrew Cashner Gold Refractor rookie (1:837 packs). Amazing!

I figured this box was all a fluke but decided to open one more to be sure. I was right, nothing came out of the next box other than the four expected regular refractors and a couple purple refractors. The box did yield a Stephen Strasburg base rookie as well as a Jason Heyward and a Starlin Castro. I decided to stop at that point as I realized I had simply run into a hot retail box with that first one.

Hopefully this information is somewhat helpful to people reading. My advice – go with hobby boxes as they’re down around $40 per box now and you’re guaranteed an autograph per box. Don’t count on being as lucky as I was with that first box of retail.