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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.

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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.

2015 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Football 3-Box Break

Blowout Cards (www.blowoutcards.com) had these boxes on sale last week for $15.16 per box (limit 3). At that price, I figured what the heck. They have two autographs and 6 prizm cards per box. Even after paying shipping, it was still cheaper than buying 3 blaster boxes of something at Wal-Mart or Target.

I’ve always enjoyed Prizm products. However, I’d never buy them at full price. You can typically get a steep discount a year from release, except maybe on some years of basketball. The products are always loaded with numbered cards, parallels and at least an auto per box. That even goes for many of their retail boxes through the years.

Let’s see how we did on our three boxes.

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Well, you can’t win them all. It was cool that we pulled so many low numbered prizm cards. The two tie dyed are numbered /49, the blue is /75, the purple is /99 and the two camo are /199. This is what I was saying I love about Prizm. A non-autographed low numbered prizm can really save a break. That didn’t happen here, but player collectors will pay good money for the right player.

The other thing I enjoy about this set is the NFL players in their NCAA uniforms. I know that doesn’t appeal to everyone, but I enjoy it. There’s plenty of that in this set if you’re into it. It’s a whopping 250-card set with at least half of the cards being NFL players. The other half being players from the 2015 Draft.

The downside to this product is that the insert sets are huge, one of them (Stained Glass) being 100 cards. Those are one per box, so it’s not realistic for the average person to put a master set of this together from breaking boxes/cases. Even putting a base set together would take 6 boxes worth of base and hope for perfect collation.

Overall, I dig this product for the price. Anything over $15 to $20 per box, I wouldn’t touch it.

UPDATE (5/11/16): The Kam Chancellor tie dyed prizm sold for $16.50 on eBay via best offer, so that paid for one of the boxes alone. I sent all the other cards pictured into COMC with a recent submission, so it will be a bit for I sell any of those.

Upper Deck ePack Experience

April 30, 2016 Leave a comment

I’m pretty late putting my thoughts out there on this product, but with the tweet below being sent out yesterday I felt like now would be a good time.

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For those that aren’t aware, Upper Deck made 2015-16 Series 1 Hockey available through a new outlet this year, Upper Deck ePack (www.upperdeckepack.com). In a nutshell, you purchase your digital ePack’s and open them online. These are hobby packs and the odds are exactly the same as if you purchased hobby packs/boxes/cases from your local card shop or online shop. There are two unique insert sets only available in ePack, Code to Greatness and Instant Impressions. Everything else is the same.

Here’s the difference, the base cards (non-inserts) don’t really exist unless you get 10 of the same player. Once you get 10 of one player, you can convert those 10 base cards into 1 foil version of that same card. The same concept goes for the Young Guns, except it only takes 5 of one player in those to convert to 1 foil card. The Young Guns are also considered an insert, so those are available to you without converting into a foil card. As you can imagine, you have to open quite a bit of product in order to make a complete foil set.

Pricing through ePack is as follows: $3.99 for a single pack, $89.99 for a 24-pack box and $1,049.99 for a 12-box case. This price has stayed consistent throughout and has remained fair compared to prices on the secondary market. Series 1 has a very strong rookie class highlighted by Connor McDavid, so the demand has consistently been high for this product.

You have a couple options for getting your cards from the Upper Deck ePack site. You can have the cards shipped to you directly from the ePack site or you can transfer your cards to your COMC (comc.com) account and sell them or ship them to yourself later from there. In either scenario, COMC is doing the shipping. They have received all the cards from Upper Deck and do the fulfillment.

Recently Upper Deck released their second product on the ePack site, 2015-16 Upper Deck MVP Hockey. Once again, there is “convert” element and unique inserts to the ePack packs. But once again, odds and the set match the core hobby product otherwise.

Another key addition to the ePack site since its inception has been the addition of a trading platform. There is also a forum to communicate with other members in order to post want lists. This really helped collectors interested in completing the foil set to accomplish that goal.

My personal experience with ePack has been a good one. I opened a lot of the Series 1 product and took advantage of the trading platform to eventually complete my foil set. I love the convenience of opening packs whenever I want from my PC, phone or tablet. My experience having cards shipped directly from the ePack site or after transfer to COMC has been positive as well. If you’re shipping a large number of cards, the shipping does get very pricey as it’s .25 cents per card plus a small flat fee.

Once I got all of my foil cards in hand I sent some of the key Young Guns in for grading. Overall, the condition of the cards from coming ePack is similar to what you’d get if you’d bought cards and opened hobby boxes yourself. Some have small issues, but overall they’re mostly mint to gem mint. You’ll see some pictures of my foil set below with the graded Young Guns.

The issue I see with this moving forward is that there’s not another Connor McDavid to drive demand and keep people buying product at full retail prices. Series 2 with the Eichel rookie is down to around $50 per box on the secondary market at the moment and it hasn’t been released on ePack yet. It was supposed to have been released by now, but I suspect the softer secondary market has a lot to do with why it hasn’t. Even MVP is overpriced on ePack at $56.99 per box. The secondary market is around $35. I can’t imagine it’s selling very well for Upper Deck on the ePack site. This will be the question moving forward, will Upper Deck adjust the ePack pricing based on the secondary market, or leave it at full retail and risk it not selling. It will be interesting to see how that shakes out. They do have plans to continue releasing more products, including SPx, on ePack.

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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.