Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Making All About Cards More About You

Life happens.

And that's a good thing.

But sometimes that means other things get neglected.  I started this blog to recount some stories of my collection and it evolved into a space for quick information.  My goal was to tell you in 5 minutes or under everything you would need to know about new releases.  I was tired of sifting through sites of information and sitting through 25+ minute breaks to see exactly what is in these enticing new boxes.  So this site served as help in making my purchasing decisions as much as it was to inform others.

Of course the one thing you start to notice as you take the task on of compiling information on every release, even if it is not on your purchasing radar, is that you actually spend MORE time than you would have in the first place.  But it was, and still remains, fun to put these posts together.

I will not stop doing what I do, reviews and other box break goodies will still be featured, but what I would like to do is make this blog more inclusive.  Open it up.  Make it more of a community.  I think that is one aspect of the hobby that is getting lost, the community of card collectors and traders.  Seems to me it is a lot more about ripping and flipping at this point.

To open things up I'm going contact collectors who actually collect, the people who hold onto to cards more so than hoping to bust a box and flip a sick one.  By doing profiles perhaps we can get to know each other in a more meaningful way.

I'm also willing to open up Box Break Recaps and Reviews that perhaps cover some of the releases you haven't seen featured here to some of you, in particular to any of you Upper Deck fans. From a practical level, that doesn't mean providing everyone with boxes. But there might be some of you, from time to time, that feel compelled to write about a release of a box but don't want to keep up the task of reviewing everything or running a blog. The only thing I ask of you is to think about is using the guidelines I use in my reviews.

If anyone would like to be featured in any of these profiles, or reviews, please feel free to contact me. Hopefully this might be a step in the right direction to bring some of the interactive nature of collecting back to the hobby.

Let me know what you think.

Monday, August 4, 2014

2014 Topps Tier One Baseball Cards Box Break Recap and Review

This year’s edition of Tier One Baseball from Topps feels very familiar.  Boxes generally follow the pattern of relic, rookie auto, box hit. As with years past, if you look at our post “How we review and classify cards,” by definition, collectors who go for an Ultra Premium box of cards should understand “these are "High Risk, High Reward" cards” and “not every box will be a winner.”  While it would seem about 1 in every 6 boxes contains a really nice hit, and one rather  large hit lands once in every 12 boxes, which is a good ratio for ultra premium cards, it’s the in between boxes this year that don’t seem to match up with years past.  With numbering like #/254 for single swatch relics of players that can be found in practically every other Topps release this year and previously, and some box hit player autographs that are better suited for fan favorites found in Topps Archives, the content of 2014 Topps Tier One brings the franchise down just a little from previous years instead of excelling or even maintaining its reputation as a great quick hit of a product.  But Tier One is still priced at a point the allows those normally out of the price range of an Ultra Premium product to get in.

Each box of Tier One Baseball contains 3 cards, two autographs and one relic card.  Certain boxes will contain an extra relic hit for a total of 4 cards.

Here are the cards we found in our box.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Video Box Break

2014 Topps Gypsy Queen has been released and we have the Speed-break to prove it.  Watch this video as we show you the entire contents of a hobby box in about 4 minutes.   See a card you want to look at a little longer?  Just pause the video at that card for as long as you like.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

2014 Topps Heritage Baseball Video Box Break

King of the throwbacks, Topps Heritage Baseball returns for 2014 with the familiar configuration but with a subtile, but significant tweak.  Check out our Video Speed Break below to find out.

Monday, April 21, 2014

2014 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Cards Box Break Recap And Review

Topps Museum Collection Baseball cards have quickly become a collector favorite.  2014 Topps Museum Collection Baseball doesn’t disappoint, providing sharp design and a nice variety of great looking hits, and a cohesive set that does justice to it’s Museum moniker.

Museum Collection fits nicely into our Premium Cards category.  Each Master Box contains 4 mini-boxes with 5 cards per mini.  Each Master Box will contain 1 on-card autograph, 1 autograph relic, 1 quad relic, and 1 jumbo relic.

Here are the cards we pulled from our box.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

2013 Panini Crown Royale Football Box Break Recap and Review

Crown Royale Football has always been a visual feast of die cuts and foil that make a great set.  The consistency of theme and respect for the history of the brand makes 2013 Panini Crown Royale Football a pleasure to collect and one of the nicest looking premium offerings available.

Panini Crown Royale Football falls into our premium cards category.  Each box contains 4 packs with 5 cards each with a promise of four autograph or memorabilia cards with at least 2 Autograph cards per box.

Here are the cards we pulled.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2014 Topps Museum Collection MLB Baseball Cards Video Box Break With A Case Hit

Collectors seem gravitate toward Museum Collection.  Perhaps it's the simple configuration of 4 mini boxes with 5 cards each and promise of 1 on-card autograph, 1 autograph relic, 1 quad relic and 1 jumbo relic per hobby box.  Or maybe it's the design that lives up to the Museum name.  We did a video box break of this year's Baseball version.

Here is our 2014 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Box Break with some really nice hits but one that is outstanding.  Watch the video to see what we pulled!