Posts Tagged ‘Case Break’

2010 Topps Chicle Is Live!

April 28, 2010

I don’t know if I was actually the first one to put some of this product on the bay, but I was one of the very first. Still in the process of getting through the cases. I will be chiming in with perspectives over the next couple of days.
So far, as I expected, I really like this product! On card autographs just rule! They look better, and you know the player actually held the card and signed it. The only downside so far about the autographs is that alot of the auto checklist is the same rookie roster that we’ve seen in Series 1, Heritage and Finest. There are some pleasant surprises however. I was glad to see Pablo Sandoval on the auto checklist. I know Ryan Howard is on the checklist as well as Carl Yasztremski, Colby Rasmus, Dustin Pedroia, Evan Longoria, Gordon Beckham, Stan Musial, Tommy Hanson, and a few other notables. Another plus on the autographs is that they all have parrallels. There are the “National Chicle” backs #d /199, the “Bazooka” backs #d /99 and the “topps” backs #d /99.
I know people have complained about game used relics…however this time Topps stepped it up a bit. Same theory as with the autos, there are different levels of parrallels, but this time Topps also went out and got some quality vintage player relics. Whitey Ford, Thurman Munson, Nolan Ryan, Ozzie Smith, Pee Wee Reese, Phil Rizutto and Eddie Murray just to name a few.
Another thing I like about this set is that the box toppers aren’t that bad. If you are one of those out there that like to resell your top loaders un-opened, be warned. There are artist proof box loaders included. I pulled two of them in my first case…something to think about if you are looking to throw them aside!
As I mentioned, artist proofs are included in this set not only in the box loader inserts but also for every card. Every base card has 10 copies of the original artists proof inserted. Another big pull if are lucky enough to get one!
Below are some scans of the first 6 boxes I cracked…many more still to come!
Play Ball America!

Box Toppers , notice the Tris Speaker below is an artist proof with the artist’s signature on the card!
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Autographs, including three artist proofs (Mike Schmidt, Joe Saunders and Bob Gibson cards)
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Game Used Jersey Cards and two printing plates – Justin Verlander and Neftali Feliz Autographed :
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2010 Topps Pro Debut Is Live!

March 31, 2010

Today Topps launched their first official Minor League product – “2010 Topps Pro Debut”. Sales of singles have already hit ebay.
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I opted not to open this stuff as I was personally skeptical about this product as it looked very similar in nature to Bowman Draft. Plus, there were way too many names on the checklist that I had never heard before.
But there are alot of people that did bust it. Share your thoughts on the product – what did you like? What were your dislikes? Money maker or bust?
Here are links to some listings already up on ebay:
2010 Topps Pro Debut MANNY BANUELOS 1/1 FLAG PATCH

Master set of 337 cards and 17 autographs!

2010 Topps Pro Debut MAT LATOS GW JERSEY GOLD /25

2010 Topps Pro Debut JASON HEYWARD GW JERSEY /139

2010 Topps Pro Debut MICHAEL MOUSTAKAS AUTO GOLD /50

2010 Heritage Case Breaks!

March 1, 2010

Well I finally found my way out of the basement of my house! Pretty much spent most of my day thursday, friday and sunday down there getting through multiple cases of 2010 Topps Heritage and 2010 Opening Day! Its always a blast and I am lucky to have some help in the form of my wife and my oldest daughter. I have pondered hiring help to sort cards out and I may just do that for the 2010 Bowman releases and Topps Series 2 releases (more to come on that in another post). Apologies for not updating our blog as well – the juggling of ripping cases, orders, a FT job and family sometimes puts this blog on the backburner!

But let’s get to the good stuff. Heritage was yet again a very nice product! Cases were hit and miss but overall are a thrill to open..I was lucky enough to break four! The one thing that I did not like about the Heritage release and it was probably the only thing I didn’t like was the Stamp inserts. These are short printed but I don’t see them holding any value. The look doesn’t appeal to me and it looks like Topps inserted them as pulls.
The Real One autos were back and again these were hit and miss. I was lucky enough to pull an Al Rosen Real One Blue Auto which is one of the better names as well as a Bob Gibson Flashback auto.
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Then there is the ever growing trend in my personal breaks regarding Cardinals karma. It is truly amazing how many big Cardinal pulls I have had in the last couple of months (seperate blog post to follow on that). 2010 Heritage yielded a Matt Holliday / Red Schoendienst dual GU bat and auto #d to 10 and a Red Schoendienst GU auto and jersey #d to 25!

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In addition to the above I pulled a Mickey Mantle seat relic although I have never figured how these seat relics are relevant?? But hey people like them!
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It was nice of Topps to include another insert set – Babe Ruth’s chase in 61. I personally enjoy insert sets of Mantle, Ruth or any legendary players. All in all this makes the typical master set 560 cards strong!
The orioginal vintage buybacks have returned and in the 3 years I have ripped this product I have yet tp pull out a big name vintage card….do they exist???
The SPS this year had a lighter color back than the regular cards. A definite plus when sorting cards…thanks to Topps for this! This year’s SPs were 426-500. There are variations out there like #60 Babe Ruth and #61 Roger Maris. I’ve heard that there is a variation Albert Pujols out there with a light colored SP back…any one heard of any others?
The chrome inserts are back…as always I am a big fan of the black chrome cards. The design jumps out at you! News flashbacks, baseball flashbacks and then & now round out the insert sets. Clubhouse collection game used cards are back…not much excitement on these. There are cards however out there part of this set that I believe have triple game used pants of Ruth Mantle and Gehrig! Finally topps included variations of a handful of base cardas that had a dice game on the back. I guess this was popular back in 1961. Anyone know how the game is played?

All in all…another fun break! We will be giving away some Heritage stuff this week when we are back with WOW Wednesday! Below are scans of most of my hits…you will see some of the cards above repeated again..enjoy!
Play Ball America!
Cesar
SOME CHROME REFRACTORS

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CLUBHOUSE COLLECTION RELICS

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CASE BREAKS! – 2010 Topps Heritage & Opening Day!

February 24, 2010

Hey everyone, I know its been a while since I have posted an entry! I’ve been making an all out effort in not having to give up the hobby that I love for the sake of family life, which means I have been juggling the two and the price that was paid was blogging a little less! With that being said, I’ve cleared my calendar for the next few days as I will be several cases of Topps Heritage and Opening Day. Check back over the course of today and the next couple of days to view the hits!
Play Ball America!
Cesar

2010 Topps Series 1 – Jumbo Cases Reviewed

February 8, 2010

The 2010 topps jumbos finally released on friday and I must say, they are packed with more goodies than the hobby cases. One would automatically rush to pick up jumbos in the future and write off hobby cases in general, but let’s not do that just yet! After cracking two hobby and two jumbo cases, I have noticed that there aren’t as many insert cards in the jumbo cases as there are in the hobby cases. I was able to put together 3 complete turkey red sets and 90 percent of a fourth set just out of the two hobby cases. I couldn’t get one complete set from 2 jumbos. Similar things can be said for the ‘Peak Performance’ and the ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’ sets. In general if you want those insert sets completed, its best to pick up some hobby boxes.
Clearly as far as hits goes, autos and Hat Logos are far easier to get in jumbo cases. With that being said you can probably expect the prices of hat logos to start going down a bit this week once all of the jumbo cases are busted opened.
Below I’ve shared the hits in the two jumbo cases. All of them are up on ebay now.
To wrap up the Topps Series jumbos, they are even better if you like the hits! Might be a letdown if your a set builder but with everything in life, there is a give and take.
My overall grade on the jumbos: A-, together with the hobby cases they make series one an overall A+. Topps really came out of the gate flying with this product! Let’s hope they continue this throughout 2010!
Enjoy the scans below! If you are reading this on the Blowout Cards board, click on the site link to see the scans!
Play Ball America!
Cesar
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UPDATED -Time To Bust 2010 Topps Series 1!

January 29, 2010

UPDATED:So the ripping lasted til about 2:00AM and then I ran out of steam. Especially since I have to get up at 6:00 am to get to the office! Out of 24 boxes I got through 16 boxes. The hits on the first 6 boxes are listed below. The Pujols/Musial bats that you see below were pulled in around the 8th or 9th box. In addition to the hits you see below here are some of the other hits that were pulled in the other 10 boxes:
-Mariano Rivera World Series Pants #d /100
– David Wright GU Jersey (personal collection)
-Jose Reyes GU Jersey (personal collection)
-Daniel Schlereth Silk card (thats the 2nd year in a row I’ve pulled his silk card??)
-Kevin Youkilis & David Ortiz Black Parrallel
– Jorge Posada Game Used jersey
-Willie Stargel, Reggie Jackson and Stan Musial, SPs
-Mickey Mantle Gold Parrallel
…and many more. Will post those pics as well as many more tonight and over the weekend!

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:
I wrote earlier today how I was anxious to rip some boxes. Got home at around 7pm today to find my two hobby cases. I still don’t know why Topps decided to release the jumbo cases a week later!!?? Anyways, have two more cases of that coming next week. So for the last 2 hours I’ve been ripping and disecting the product. I’ve gone through 6 boxes so far (18 to go LOL). Below you will see the nicer items that I’ve gotten so far.
My initial response- I like the design of the base card! Its alot more vibrant and is not boring. A major thing I am a fan of is the card numbers on the back. Might sound silly, but when it comes to sorting, the 2009 Topps cards had the tiniest numbers and after a couple of hours of sorting I had the biggest headache from squinting. These numbers are much bigger and easier to read!
As far as insert sets…way too many! Peak Performance, History of the Game, Tales of the Game, When They Were Young, Cards Your Mom Threw Out, Turkey Red, Topps Town, – thats alot of insert sets!!
The Hat Logos are very cool! The peak performance game used jerseys have the same wow factor that the other years do. Hopefully the jumbo boxes will wow me more…or maybe the other 18 boxes I have to rip. WIll be a long night ahead for me today and tomorrow. Enjoy the scans!
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Oh yeah….pulled this card too…Pujols and Musial Game used bats…#d /50!
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2009 Topps Unique Review

December 18, 2009

I decided to jump in and try my hand at a case of 2009 Topps Unique this week. If many of you read my post from earlier in the week, I wrote about how I just missed out on a trade last Sunday for a single box of Unique. Not doing the trade left me with that sense of ‘what could’ve been?’. So I decided to run up the credit card and get a case of the stuff to do away with those feelings!

I won’t go on at length with details of the break. You can see the results here on the Blowoutcards.com boards. Instead I will give you my thoughts on the product itself. By all means, this post is not intended to be a “first look” review. I know the product has been out for a while. Its simply my perspective on how I saw the product.

It could be because I haven’t opened too many higher end products but I was looking forward to busting this case. The box design itself was pretty neat. To me the black gives it more of a bold look. If I was looking at it on a store shelf, it would be saying to me “Hey Look At Me!” . Maybe its just because I like the color black. LOL

When you look at the base set it looks like just another Topps set. There are rookies thrown into the set and those are#d 2699. There are also parrallel versions of the base set – Premier, Select, Reserve, and Unique which is 1/1. Whoever named these parrallel sets probably drinks alot as it sounds like different levels that certain Rums and Whiskeys are ranked at! Personally I am not a big fan of non chrome parrallels in generals as in series 1, 2 and update and now Unique. My take on these all together is do away with parrallels and give us some more relics and autos! As far as the base set goes I will probably keep one as I hope that Topps does not release this set every year and keeps it a ‘unique’ product…sorry, I had to!

The insert sets were ok except the ‘unique unis’ set. In my opinion this was one of the best insert sets I have seen in a while. The set shows players in rare uniforms that they probably wore during special promotion games that each team has throughout the season. It was good to see Topps breakaway from using the same pictures of players over and over again in all of their sets and give us up close pics of players in rare uniforms. Good job there Topps!

Now onto the hits! I might be biased here because I had a relatively good break, but I think Topps did a good job in mixing up the hits throught the case. Yes the ‘Solo Shot’ jerseys and autos were boring after a while, but just as you got bored, a Prime Time patch or ‘Jumbo Swatch’ would pop up to excite you. And let me tell you when you held a pack with one of these inside, you felt excited because that pack felt pretty thick! The button autos of course looked great. I like the fact that most of them are #d to six as there are typically only 6 buttons on a jersey anyways. The granddaddy of all the inserts is of course the MLB logo auto. I am pleading with Topps to not use this type of insert in any other product. If they do this idea will get watered down and it will become like every other hit type. Each of their brands should have a trademark to it that shouldn’t be used for any of their other products. Just like A&G has the rip card, leave the MLB Logo Auto as this brandss staple!
I read some reviews where people thought that this product was just crap. I will be honest, sometimes when you just buy a box you will get unlikely and not get much. But at the case level, I think Topps did a good job and adding value here and making this product, if not unique, at least very different than most of their products!
Below are some scans of the bigger hits from the product, enjoy!

Play Ball America,
Cesar
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Conquering The 2009 Heritage Pyramid – Day 1!

March 3, 2009

Finally my 2009 Heritage arrived! Not only was it almost delayed because of a snow storm in NY (Kudos to UPS for getting it to me!), but was I really going to just dive right into my Heritage cases now that they are here? Naaaahhhh!! That would be too easy. I had to create a little drama and excitement to this. So as a result we are proud to bring you…. “Conquering The 2009 Heritage Pyramid!”

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Over the course of the next few days we will be navigating through this 2009 Heritage Pyramid. We will post our hits and comment on our likes and dislikes. Most of the stuff will end up on the bay…and given that we really haven’t had any readers yet, I can’t really tell what people want. That is of course except for Wax Heaven – all Marlins!

So without further ado…here are this hits from day one of conquering the Heritage Pyramid! All of these hits can be found in our ebay store ->

SOME CHROME RERACTORS:

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MORE CHROME REFRACTORS:

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JERSEY CARDS :

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MORE JERSEY CARDS! :

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A COUPLE OF AUTOS….

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MAX SCHERZER BLACK RERACTOR :

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AND SOME OF THOSE 1960 BUYBACKS WIIITHHHH…..THAT UGLY STAMP!

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All in all, I have to see it was pretty decent first day. I was very happy with the 2 autos that I got. A Bill Harris Rookie Auto has to be great, and Fausto Carmona is probably one of the better guys on the some what weak auto checklist!
I was glad to see 2 David Wright Jersey cards. I always have a dilemma when it comes to Mets inserts.keep or sell? They made it easy for me…do both! The chrome refractors look VERY nice! While I didn’t post any here..of course I pulled a whole slew of the regular chromes.
As far as the inserts go, I have to be honest, I am getting a bit bored of the “flashbacks” inserts. The New Age performers are not as plentiful and I can tell that this insert set will be the one that gives me the most trouble building!

As far as the short prints go, it seems like they are $d 426 – 500. As i have started sorting what i have busted it is easy to tell that these #s are definitely the low stacks!

Come back for more tomorrow as we continue out conquest of the 2009 Heritage Pyramid!!

Play Ball America!