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!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2013 14 Panini Titanium Hockey NHL Trading Cards Box Break Recap And Review

Sometimes you stumble across a package configuration that just makes sense, that delivers bang for the buck and hits that deliver.  2013-14 Panini Titanium Hockey is one of those.  With great design and plenty of hits to satisfy, Titanium is one of the better products of the year.

Titanium Hockey fits into our Premium Cards category.  Hobby boxes contain 5 packs with 4 cards per pack.  There is one autograph or memorabilia card in every pack.

Here is a look at some of the cards we pulled.

2014 Topps Tribute Baseball Mystery Redemptions Announced

With today marking the 40th Anniversary of Hank Aaron passing Babe Ruth on the all-time HR list, Topps is announced that the legendary slugger is the first subject in the 2014 Topps Tribute Autograph Mystery Redemption.

Collectors holding Topps Tribute Mystery Redemption # 1 will receive an exclusive 40th Anniversary card autographed by Hank Aaron.

Collectors in possession of Topps Tribute Mystery Redemption # 2 will receive Cuban slugger Jose Abreu’s autographed rookie card.

Stay tuned for more mystery redemption announcements!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

2014 Topps Opening Day Baseball MLB Trading Cards Box Break Recap And Review

As in past years, Opening Day essentially mimics Topps Series 1 & 2 for base card design, but then offers a lot of great inserts.  At its low price point, Opening Day is a bargain that always seems to hit its mark.  While it might skew towards younger collectors, there is still enough here for experienced collectors.  2014 Topps Opening Day Baseball is a lot of fun and perfect for set building.

Opening Day could easily fit into both our fun cards and trading cards categories, but for the purpose of this review, we will classify Opening Day as fun cards.  Opening Day can be found in many different retail configurations.  We opened a complete box which contains 36 packs with 7 cards per pack.  There are relics and autographs to be found in Opening Day, but they are rare.

Here is a look at some of the cards we pulled.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

2014 Topps Tribute Baseball Box Break Recap And Review

The secret to good years for Topps Tribute can be found in the checklist.  But it's not just the presence of the biggest names in the sport, but the ratio to which they appear in comparison to other lesser players.  For 2014 Topps Tribute Baseball the checklist is deep and wide but the ratios are a little unbalanced.  All of this means the possibility exists of pulling a huge hit but the probability of doing so is not that good.  But if you are going to hit it big, Tribute has some great cards to pull.

To help with those odds somewhat, Topps has shifted to the longtime configuration from 3 autos and 3 relics to 4 autos and 2 relics for most boxes.  Another shift that probably wont concern many hit seekers but will be an issue for set builders and rainbow collectors is the longtime standard 5 cards per pack being decreased to 3 cards per pack.  Clearly that also decreases the number of base sets that can be built with this product and drastically reduces that number of color parallels.  In total, we pulled just one color parallel in our entire hobby box.

Another issue that will bother some, especially those who tend to collect a wide range of Topps products each year, is the obvious repeated use of player images.  While some have argued that retired players have a limited number of images that can be used, one has to wonder why the image used for Prince Fielder’s relic card
is the same image that was used on all of the 2013 Topps Baseball Series 1 packaging.
The image is so recognizable for seasoned collectors so it is surprising that it was used here, especially since it was just used in Five Star.
For collectors who focus their purchases to a few items a year, this probably will go unnoticed but for the avid collector, since the player image can be up to 80% of the card design, it does start to feel like you are chasing the same cards from release to release.

A final issue is one that I hope is isolated to the specific card we pulled.  It is with the Prime Patches card from our box that is clearly marked beyond as containing a game worn patch.  
Ours was a single color white swatch clearly from the bulk material of the uniform as indicated by the breathing holes, without any signs of a patch to be found.  This not only is a disappointment but will bring into question for any collector that seeks to trade for or buy the card whether the swatch has been tampered with or replaced.

2014 Topps Tribute Baseball fits into our Premium Cards category.  This Hobby Exclusive comes with 6 packs per box, 3 cards per pack and 1 autographed card or relic card numbered to 99 or less in every pack.  Collectors should expect 4 Autographs and 2 Relics per box.

Here are the cards we pulled from our box.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

2013 Topps Supreme Football Video Box Break WIth A Nice Hit

Time is not my friend lately.  But when you've got a box with 4 cards its hard to use the lack of time as an excuse.  So for the first time in a while, not only have I been able to record a box break, but it's already uploaded and it is certainly a good one. 

2013 Topps Supreme Football contains 4 cards with 1 base, 2 parallels and 1 low numbered hit and without a doubt, we pulled one of the good ones.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

2013 Topps Museum Collection Football Cards Box Break Recap And Review

Topps has taken a winning formula from Baseball and created Museum Collection for Football. In what has been a rather soft year for Football cards due to the Rookie centric nature of most releases, Museum Collection debuts with a shorten production run which has led to a more balanced checklist and lowered numbered cards. With Museum Collection’s marquee sharp design and a variety of really nice looking hits, it could be the surprise success of the 2013 release season.

Museum Collection fits nicely into our Premium Cards category.  Each Master Box contains 4 mini-boxes with 5 cards per mini, with 1 autograph or relic card per mini box.

Here are the cards we pulled from our box.