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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.


My 10 Favorite Card Purchases of 2011: Number 7

December 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Card #7 on the list, which I have two of, is a 2009 Upper Deck Signature Stars Trevor Bauer USA Star Prospects Autograph. These cards are an incredibly tough pull at supposedly one per case. I say supposedly because I’ve opened three cases of 2009 UD Signature Stars and only pulled one of these cards (Bryce Brentz). Bauer will have more valuable cards, but for a standard issue, I don’t think you’ll find one more rare.

Going into the 2011 college baseball season, Gerrit Cole was all the talk at UCLA. As the season progressed, Trevor Bauer was outshining his teammate. He dominated the competition going 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA in 16 starts. Included in those 16 starts were 9 complete games. Bauer signed early, so he made 7 starts between high A Visalia and AA Mobile going 1-2 with a 5.96 ERA. There’s a realistic chance for him to join the Diamondbacks rotation in 2012.

Bauer has become well known for his unorthodox pitching motion and training regimen. Sports Illustrated wrote a good feature about him shortly after the draft. Comparisons to Tim Lincecum are naturally made. Hopefully Bauer can live up to those once he gets his chance in the bigs.

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.

Upper Deck Redemption Mail Day

February 21, 2011 3 comments

I pulled this 2008-09 Fleer Ultra Hockey Zach Boychuk redemption card from a retail pack of back in November. Well, it was actually from a full retail box. I had ordered enough from Dave & Adam’s Card World that they threw threw in the box as my free gift.

Two things surprised me in this redemption process:
1. Upper Deck is still redeeming these cards until 9/15/11. I find this amazing. It still adds some value to an older (cheap) product like this. A quick scan of eBay showed that Drew Doughty and T.J. Oshie are other possible redemption rookies. I believe the Steven Stamkos is as well, although none of the auctions are labeled that way.
2. It took three months to get this card back. That’s right, they received the card from me on 11/21/2010.

Anyway, I hope this information helps some of you out. Retail is so cheap on this product that you may want to pick up a few boxes and see if you can score a Stamkos.

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.

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.

Upcoming Breaks

January 17, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve purchased a few unopened items recently that I’ll be breaking and posting results here. As you’ve seen today, I broke quite a bit of retail over the weekend. I’m not opposed to breaking retail, provided it can be obtained for the right price. I paid full retail for everything I broke this weekend, but I don’t make a practice of that. When I buy retail, I tend to buy products 2-3 years old for 25-50% of original SRP. There are some nice profits to be had out there when breaking retail at a fraction of the original price. The following are the items I’ve purchased and the reason I purchased them.

2008-09 Topps Chrome Basketball Retail Blaster Case (16) – There are four reasons for purchasing this case… Derrick Rose, Eric Gordon, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love. All of their rookie cards appear in this product. I know one thing after seeing quite a few blaster breaks from this product, it’s loaded with refractors. Xfractors in 2008-09 were a retail exclusive and hit at 1.5 per blaster. You also get at least one orange refractor and a couple regular refractors. These are too hard to pass up considering you can pick them up for between $15-20 per blaster.

2008-09 Topps Basketball HTA Jumbo Case (6) – I purchased this for the same reasons stated above, Derrick Rose, Eric Gordon, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love. There’s also the allure of the rookie photo shoot autograph cards and the McDonald’s HS All-American autographs.

2009 Upper Deck Signature Stars Baseball Hobby Box (3 boxes) – Blowout Cards had these on sale this weekend for $45 per box. This product gives you the best chance at a Bryce Harper autographed card at the cheapest price. What’s not to like there?

2008-09 Topps Basketball Hobby Box (1 box) – I added this to my order with Blowout Cards to get over the $150 free shipping threshold. The reasons for purchase are stated above with the jumbo case.

On the horizon – I’ll be purchasing at least one jumbo case of 2011 Topps Baseball and 2011 Bowman Baseball. As always, you’ll see the results of everything I break right here.