2014 Topps Platinum Football Retail Value Pack Case Break

April 29, 2016 Leave a comment

I saw these cases at a good price through an online retailer and figured I’d give one a shot. I’ve found that the Platinum products in baseball and football always deliver hits at a higher rate in retail than most other retail products. Also, add to the equation that these value packs all come with a 3-card rookie orange flame refractor pack. That’s some good added value when you consider the strong 2014 NFL rookie class.

platinum-pack I always enjoy when people post breaks of retail products because you really never know what to expect. I’m especially grateful when people post the retail odds, so I’ve included a picture of those too.

The case comes with 108 total packs. Each pack has three 4-card retail packs and one 3-card orange flame rookie refractor pack. I believe original retail price was $9.99 per pack. Each pack contains 3 veteran cards and 1 rookie card.

2014 Topps Platinum is a 150-card set. The first 100 cards are veterans and the last 50 cards are rookies. The rookie cards come in a wide variety of refractor parallels. Those same parallels carry over to the autographed versions. The veteran base only have one parallel which is the thicker stock sapphire.

There are only two insert sets to chase and one is a case hit, so I don’t really consider that a true insert since completing a set of those is unobtainable for the average collector. The obtainable of the two are the Platinum die-cut rookies which fall 1:24 packs. The previously mentioned unobtainable inserts are the die-cut ribbon cards: pink BCA (Breast Cancer Awareness) and camo STS (Salute to Service). Those fall 1:300 packs in retail and are a case hit in hobby.

To give a full picture of the odds in retail, here is a picture of the back of the pack with all the odds:

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Any retail product that has 1:37 odds for autographed rookies is one that I’m likely to spend money on. Especially once it hits close-out pricing levels.

Without further adieu, here is a breakdown of how the hits fell in this break. As I said earlier in this post, I’ve found that Platinum retail typically over-delivers. You’ll see below that this experience held true. Keep in mind there were a total of 324 individual retail packs in the case when comparing to the odds.

  • 324 Rookie Orange Flame Refractor (guaranteed 3 per value pack)
  • 78 Rookie X-Fractor (1:4 packs)
  • 13 Rookie Black Refractor (1:24 packs)
  • 1 Rookie Pulsar Refractor (1:465 packs)
  • 1 Rookie Gold Refractor (1:920 packs)
  • 15 Platinum Die-Cut Rookies (1:24 packs)
  • 2 Die-Cut Ribbon STS cards (1:300 packs)
  • 5 Autograph Rookie Refractor (1:37 packs)
  • 2 Autograph Rookie Black Refractor (1:285 packs)
  • 3 Autograph Rookie Blue Refractor (1:391 packs)
  • 1 Autograph Rookie Gold Refractor (1: 2,375 packs)
  • 2 Autograph Rookie Refractor Patch (1:318 packs)
  • 1 Autograph Veteran Refractor Patch (1: 7,325 packs)

I’m obviously very happy with the amount of hits I received and more so the amount of longer odds parallel hits that were delivered. In terms of complete sets, the collation wasn’t great, so a cursory look through the cards tells me I’ll probably have 2 complete 150-card sets and 4 complete 50-card orange flame rookie refractor sets. Some trading or buying of needed singles could increase that number by two in each instance. I was also only 4 cards short of a 50-card rookie x-fractor set.

Now to the actual pictures of the hits which is the whole point of this thing, right?

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Drumroll… check out that Beckham! Literally unbelievable that this popped out of a retail pack with only 15 made. This is the best card I’ve pulled from any type of pack in quite some time. The odds for a gold refractor auto are 1:2,375 packs. Amazingly, that was only the second rarest card in terms of odds that was hit in the case. The Ryan Mathews Autograph Veteran Patch Auto was 1:7,325 odds, but nowhere near as valuable as the Beckham. The Mathews literally sells for around $5.00, which is sad for something with odds that long.

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Overall, I’m obviously thrilled with this break. The Beckham was totally unexpected. I would have been excited with just a base refractor auto of him. I honestly would have been pretty happy with this break without the Beckham. It is a retail case after all and it had already over-delivered without the Beckham. 2014 football products are very cheap right now considering the glut of rookie talent in this class. These cases yield tons of rookies considering the 300+ you get just from the orange flame refractor packs. There will be money to be made come fall.

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2013-14 ITG Heroes & Prospect Hockey Box Break

December 4, 2014 Leave a comment

Man, it has been a long time since I’ve made an update on this blog. I figured today would be a good day to get back at it since the first of my Black Friday purchases rolled in from Dave & Adam.

I took a shot on some 2013-14 ITG Heroes & Prospects Hockey. I’ve never opened anything from ITG other than the Heroes & Prospects Baseball that had the Mike Trout autographs in it. However, I’ve always been intrigued by this particular hockey product because you’re getting cards of kids that are years away from the NHL, much like most baseball products today.

The odds on the outside of the box list 10th Anniversary Tribute non-memorabilia insert set at 1:6 packs, 2014 3-D inserts 1:8 packs,  autograph cards 1:7 packs and authentic game-used memorabilia cards at 1:7 packs. There are eighteen 9-card packs per box, so that guarantees 4 hits. Looking at some breaks online, I found that these boxes almost always over-deliver on hits, so that made it even more appealing.

Pretty much all I knew about this product is that Connor McDavid is in it. He’s the favorite to be drafted #1 overall in the 2015 NHL Draft. There are quite a few other highly touted prospects as well as some NHL rookies. It also wouldn’t be an ITG product without some “Heroes” content. There’s plenty of that to go around too.

In the picture below, you’ll see an example of the base card (Connor McDavid), the 10th Anniversary non-memorabilia insert (William Nylander) and the 2014 3-D insert (Chartier and Haydon). I like the design of the base cards. Nothing too busy with a nice picture and the team logo prominently displayed. You can’t really tell from the scan, but the 3-D inserts are really cool. Unfortunately, they only fall 2-3 per box, so it would be a tough set to complete.

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I really did well on my hits. When you hit two guys that are on the front of the box, you know you’re doing pretty well. I landed autographs of Jonathan Drouin, Dominic Turgeon and Brycen Martin. Again, I’m not really familiar with most of these guys, but I knew Drouin was on the front of the box. Turns out he’s already in the NHL with Tampa Bay. Hardcore hockey fans are rolling their eyes at me now. I did really well on the memorabilia cards too hitting jumbo jersey pieces of Dillon Fournier and Olivier LeBlanc as well as a dual patch card of Connor McDavid. The McDavid is a gold version, only 10 were made. Couldn’t believe my luck on that hit.

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As I saw with most box breaks from this product, I got extra hits. A total of 6 when only 4 were expected based on the odds. I find this product really interesting since I’m not very familiar with most of the players and teams. I definitely want to complete the set. For the price, I think it’s a great deal considering the hits per box and the content.

2012 Topps Archives Baseball Blaster Box Break

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2013 Bowman Platinum Baseball Blaster Box Break

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2012 Bowman Numbering Errors

May 9, 2012 7 comments

UPDATE: Robby Price definitely exists as a base card and shares #20 with Jeimer Candelario. So, there are four numbers that don’t exist in the base prospect set and four numbers that are shared. Details on that below.

UPDATE:Maybe the Robby Price base prospect card does exist. I’m seeing some on eBay that appear to be live, not just presale items. Leave a comment if you can confirm his card number in the base prospect set.

2012 Bowman released today and has been a huge hit with collectors. What won’t be a huge hit are more numbering errors. We seem to get this with each prospect release by Topps. Below is what I’ve found and I believe to be complete. These are all isolated to the Bowman base prospect set. The chrome prospect set and base veteran/rookie set are free of numbering errors.

The important thing to note is that the base prospect set is only 109 cards because of these errors. Robby Price was left out and only has a chrome card. Four numbers don’t exist and three four numbers are duplicated. Details below.

Numbers that don’t exist in base Bowman
BP40 (Paul Hoilman in chrome)
BP82 (Dayan Diaz in chrome)
BP90 (Robby Price in chrome)
BP95 (Luis Angel Sanz in chrome)

Duplicate numbers
BP9 Paul Hoilman
BP9 Eddie Rosario

BP20 Robby Price
BP20 Jeimer Candelario

BP62 Dayan Diaz
BP62 Kes Carter

BP108 Luis Angel Sanz
BP108 Carlos Martinez

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2011 Topps Magic Football Break

January 31, 2012 1 comment


I bought the maximum allowable amount of packs, 25, from shoptopps.com. They finally arrived today! The anticipation was killing me. I’m not gonna lie.

There have been some really cool cards coming out of this product. For the price, $20, I don’t think you can go wrong. You get 10 base cards per pack and an autograph. There are also SP variations of ten of the base cards to chase, including Cam Newton.

I will update this post later with the results of my break. I just wanted to share the picture for now.

2012 Topps Baseball – Let the Gold Rush Begin!

January 31, 2012 Leave a comment


I love Topps Series 1. It comes at a time when spring training is almost here and collectors are starving for a new baseball product. I’m sure by now some of you have found it at retail. Some may already have their hobby shipments as well. Since I live in Arizona, no luck on either front. My HTA jumbo cases will not arrive until Thursday.

If you’ve been keeping up with Twitter, you know all of the gimmicks that are in Series 1. The Rally Squirrel card has garnered the most attention, but there are many other very cool short-prints in this year’s product. The folks over at Cardboard Connection did a great job of compiling all of them on one handy page. It looks like the Albert Pujols Angels SSP and Jose Reyes Marlins SSP are going to be very tough to hit.

I have 10 jumbo cases arriving Thursday. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need sealed boxes, sets, singles or wrappers. You can reach me through Twitter (@boxesofcards) or email me (jhartman76_at_gmail.com). I’ll be updating this blog and Twitter as I start breaking.