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2010 Bowman Platinum 6-box case break

March 13, 2011 Leave a comment

If you read this blog often enough, you know that I’ve had pretty good luck with 2010 Bowman Platinum retail this year. The highlights have been a Jonathan Singleton blue refractor autograph and a David Wright, Mike Moustakas and Josh Vitters triple autograph.

I figured since I’ve had such good luck with retail that I’d venture into hobby. I bought this 6-box half case from Blowout Cards. Each box is guaranteed two chrome prospect autographs, a patch autograph and a redemption for an additional chrome prospect autograph.


I was able to complete two sets from this case. Sets consist of 100 base veteran and rookie cards, 30 chrome prospect cards and 20 Team USA chrome cards. I also have 3 additional sets each of the chrome prospects and Team USA cards. The base cards are where I came up short of completing more sets.

The refractors were really disappointing. I only pulled regular and green chrome refractors and regular and gold thick refractors. The lowest numbering of any of those is /499. The best refractor (most valuable) I pulled was a regular thick refractor of Buster Posey.

These were disappointing as well. Everything I pulled was a refractor autograph – no color at all. The best two autographs were both Miguel Sano. The last two boxes in the case were identical in terms of autographs, hence the two Sano’s.

I only pulled five of these. That’s right, the last box in the case was missing the patch autograph. I alerted Topps and they responded on Wednesday, 3/9 to say would a replacement. The highlight from my five pulls was a redemption for a Jason Heyward multi-color refractor patch autograph. If you know anything about this product you know that the multi-color patch refractor autographs are not multi-color.

Unfortunately, my experience with these was similar to most I’ve seen. Of the six redemption cards, five of them yielded Mauricio Robles. The other one was a Kyle Wieland.


Overall, I was really disappointed with this case. The lack of color was very surprising to me based on the other breaks I’ve seen on various forums. The missing hit was not a surprise. The horrible results of the redemption autographs were not a surprise. I can only hope that Topps will send me something nice for my missing hit.

Even though this review has been mostly negative, I love this product. The break was really fun. I love the design of these cards and the selection of players. You have all the good rookies from last year, the key veterans, up and coming prospects and Team USA. The autographs are also a nice mixture of Team USA, prospects, rookies and veterans. Even though my experience with this case wasn’t very positive, I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase another.


Christian Colon PC eBay purchase

After pulling the Bryce Harper 2010 Bowman Chrome Wrapper Redemption USA Autograph a few weeks back, I knew I would have to get the Christian Colon for my PC. I picked one up last week for just over $70, far less than a Bryce Harper sells for. In fact, you could buy 20 Christian Colon’s, or 1/5th of all Colon’s, for the price of a Harper. Not that I’m comparing Colon to Harper in any way. I’m just saying.

The card is in nice shape, decently centered and the autograph, to me, stands out far better than the one on the Harper card. I’m thrilled to have this card in my collection. I have lower numbered Colon cards, but this one will be far more valuable than any Upper Deck USA issue in the long run.

Mail Week – 2/19/2011

February 19, 2011 Leave a comment

I had an awesome mail week this week. Here is the list of what I got, followed by the picture of it all.

1. 2010 Bowman Draft Chrome Autographed Refractor Grant Green 011/500
2. 2010 Bowman Draft Chrome Autographed Refractor Grant Green 419/500
3. 2010 Topps Pro Debut Gold Aaron Hicks 35/50
4. 2010 Topps USA Autographs Jason Esposito
5. 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition TOTC Autographs Dustin Ackley 45/75
6. 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Autographs Jameson Taillon 099/699
7. 2010 Bowman Chrome Wrapper Redemption Team USA Autographs Francisco Lindor 81/99
8. 2010 Bowman Chrome Team USA Autographed Refractors Dillon Maples 197/199

Grant Green, Dustin Ackley, Jameson Taillon and Aaron Hicks are guys I’ve been actively buying for a while now. I love the Ackley card as it’s only numbered to 75 and cost me less than $50. Lindor, Maples and Esposito are a few of the 2010 Team USA guys that I’ve been looking to purchase lately. I got the Lindor for below $30 so I was happy with that purchase.

Christian Colon Mail Day!

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment

As you know by now, Christian Colon is one of the prospects that I’ve amassed a pretty good stash of over the last year or so. I’ve got quite a bit of his cards so all I’m really after at this point are low numbered autographs.

I saw this 2008 Sweet Spot signed glove card pop up on eBay and I had to have it. They only made 32 of these so I wasn’t sure what my competition was going to be. USA issues become far less popular once Bowman Chrome cards come out with players in their major league uniforms. As it turned out, I was able to pick this up for less than $20. I was very happy to add this to my ever-growing Christian Colon stash.

Bryce Harper Bowman Chrome Autograph Redemption 034/100 Sells for $2500+

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

The Bryce Harper 2010 Bowman Chrome Redemption USA Autograph numbered to his jersey number, 034/100, just ended on eBay for $2,550.00. Here is the eBay auction.

The previous high for this card was $1,200.00 on February 4th. This goes to show that collectors are willing to pay a very large premium for certain numbers. I’m sure the 001/100 and 100/100 will bring some pretty nice cash as well.

Time will tell if this sale will push the sale of less desirable numbered copies even higher. There are currently two others listed on eBay, both offered for $1,899.00 Buy It Now with the Best Offer option added.

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.

3 Box Break – 2009 Upper Deck Signature Stars Baseball

January 18, 2011 2 comments

I got these boxes from the Blowout Cards weekend specials for $45 per box. You have a pretty good chance at a number of different Bryce Harper cards in this product. I figured that was well worth the reasonable $45 price tag on these.

I may have gotten the worst three boxes of this product that have ever been opened. I’d never payed attention to any breaks of this product before so I was pretty surprised at the amount of Team USA cards each box yields. You’re guaranteed 4 autograph or memorabilia cards per box. What they should say is that you’re guaranteed 3 Team USA autographed or memorabilia cards per box and 1 MLB autograph or memorabilia card. I don’t know if that’s true of all boxes, but it was with my three. I ended up with one MLB autograph, one Team USA jersey autograph and two Team USA jersey cards per box. You also get with 5 USA Star Prospect cards per box. Out of the 24 Team USA cards I got in these three boxes, not one Bryce Harper.

See all the “hits” below. I don’t think I’ll be purchasing more of this product. Of course, if I’d pulled a Bryce Harper autographed jersey I’d have probably order more boxes from Blowout. Hopefully others who purchased these had much better luck than I did.