Saturday, October 4, 2014

Retail Break 'Em: 2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Rack Pack

Every year since 1996, I have chased down Topps Chrome. I don't know what it is about the product, but I just love it.

This year I was a big more intrigued by the baseball version than most years due to Jose Abreu. You will catch onto this with my many breaks of it. This time I broke a rack pack. Each rack, or what Topps now calls "value pack", comes with 3 Topps Chrome packs and one bonus pack that has 3 Orange refractor parallels. These packs run you about $10.

Now onto my break!

Here is the best base card from the packs.

Rookie cards...MY MAN ABREU! Yankee PC rookie too.

Orange refractors including a Yankees PC one.
Overall, I am pleased again. The orange refractors are nice and I pulled the rookie card I was chasing. Value is found in Chrome once again.

This kind of break wants me to go back for more...which I will...

Friday, October 3, 2014

Retail Break 'Em: 2014 Topps Chrome Baseball Blaster Box

Every year since 1996, I have chased down Topps Chrome. I don't know what it is about the product, but I just love it.

This year I was a big more intrigued by the baseball version than most years due to Jose Abreu. You will catch onto this with my many breaks of it. So up first, I had to break a blaster to see what it was like. Each blaster box comes with 7 packs,  plus one bonus pack with all purple parallels for $20. There are also some blasters that are hot boxes with all purple refractors. I didn't sadly hit one of those.

But here is what I did get:

Rookie cards from my blaster:

X-Factors and refractors:

The purple refractors:

Die-Cut! I love that Topps added these to Chrome. They look outstanding!

Sepia Refractor. Tough pull here at more than 1:100 odds. Too bad the player wasn't a little better.
Overall, I have always loved the value that Topps Chrome brings. It doesn't matter if you buy one pack, rack pack, blaster, hobby, whatever. Topps Chrome is one of those very few products that will give you back what you pay.

Once again, I am a very happy customer.

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Well, our 6 contestants went to a quick 3 because of a huge blowout by the Orioles .Do you know what that means now? That means we are on to the next chapter of this contest. The final one.

Since April, this contest has handed out many prizes. There has been three winners a month and now all of a sudden we have three contestants. What are the odds? However, the one big difference is, only one can take home this months prize lot!!

To mix things up to end this contest, instead of picking ONE game to win or lose, you will pick a series. A good series at that.

Here is what you need to do:
Pick the winner of this series: STL Cardinals and LA Dodgers
Pick how many games the series will go (Tiebreaker 1)
Pick the total runs in the final game of the series. (Tiebreaker 2)

Entries are due by 6:30 pm e.t. on  Friday, October 3rd 2014

If for some odd reason there is a tie, we will move onto another game or series.

Dennis (Seahawksfan605)
Scott N 

Good luck to the three of you. Congrats on being in the finals! And thanks to everyone else who has entered over time!



First off, sorry about the early due time. I liked the first game more than the second to pick a winner of. The Orioles and Tigers game could go either way!

Good luck to those of you who are left! Remember, if we get under 6 entrants after today, the game may change!

Dennis (Seahawksfan605)
Miami Vice
Scott N. 


Detroit at Baltimore
Entry due Wed October 2ND by 5:37 pm e.t


Retail Break 'Em: 2014 Topps Football Hanger Pack

After opening up a hobby box of 2014 Topps football, I wanted a taste of retail. Honestly, after opening up retail I wondered why anyone would buy hobby. For $15 you get 14 rookie cards, a handful of inserts and a relic card. It's still got one hit like a hobby box at a third of the price. Yes, the one hit in the hobby box could be an autograph, but I bet that isn't the case 80% of the time.So why spend more for the same?

There are two different forms of these hanger packs. One has 72 cards with special parallels for $10. This one has the 72 cards and a relic card for $15.

New JPP for the PC:

My 14 rookie cards:

Inserts....I am still not a fan.

Parallels! Gold and a Military one.

The hit. This has a nice size swatch, very high gloss and thicker. The design isn't bad either.
Overall, I think it was worth the risk of $15. The one hit could be a top player. You get 14 rookie cards. Then you throw in inserts and I think you could find value in here. I was much happier getting Topps this way than a hobby box.

Do you agree with my assessment? Let me know in comments!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Review: 2014 Topps Football

Topps football is one of those yearly products I buy. Why? Because they usually come packing with rookie cards before the season starts and I like to stack 'em up early. This break however, is my first hobby box break of the product as I usually do retail. After opening it, I kinda see why I do retail. Why did I think on!

Now onto the review:


  • 20 Packs Per Box, 5 Cards Per Pack
  • Four Autograph or Memorabilia Cards
  • - See more at:
    • 36 Packs Per Box, 10 Cards Per Pack
    • One Autograph or Memorabilia Cards
    • Around $50 per box 

    BASE CARDS:I was actually quite impressed with this years Topps football base card design. The design is one of the nicer ones in years.  I like how they also take rookie photos from the premier and use them. Very bright and enjoyable photos. They also do an ok job with photo shopping players in their new uniforms.

    I do have one knack on these, the card stock Topps has been using is continuing to get thinner and thinner. These are probably the thinnest base cards to date in their flagship product.

    INSERTS:I was beyond disappointed with the inserts in this product. None of this years inserts seemed to fit the flagship. To me, these inserts needed to be in more of a kid friendly product like Opening Day or Collectors Choice. The designs are not great, some of the themes are boring, and the parallels are the worst yet. I would like them to use foil border parallels to separate them from the base when doing these. Changing the border color to me is lame. I guess the one upside is if you like the designs of any of these inserts the boxes are loaded with inserts with 2-3 per pack.

    The one highlight from my inserts is my Sp photo variatoin of Jay Cutler. Yes, I call that an insert. I don't know how tough they are but I don't usually pull them.

    AUTOGRAPHED CARDS:N/A. They are in here, but I bet most of the time a jersey card is the main hit.

    MEMORABILIA CARDS: Each box comes with one hit and I landed a rookie relic of Zach Mettenberger. The design on these nice. There is also high gloss and thick card stock making this a more elegant jersey card than most.

    OVERALL THOUGHTS:I would find it very tough to pour $45 into another hobby box despite the loaded rookie packs. With most boxes hit being jersey cards, it's a tough sell for me. But, like every product out there, they each have their following.

    I have a retail break coming up tomorrow for you to compare the two.

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    FLEER RETRO...The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread? PLUS A Break Of Fleer Retro Hockey 12-13 AND Fleer Retro Football 2013

    For those of us who collected in the 90's, Fleer trading cards was a household name for us. For those who started collecting in the last ten years, maybe not so much. Either way, all of us collectors have got to appreciate what Upper Deck did with their Fleer ownership in bringing back some of the great Fleer products. This type of product is for all collectors. For some of us it can be a nostalgic reminder or for those who didn't get a taste of Fleer back in that era, it's a whole new FUN collecting experience.

    I recently was able to get my first taste of both the football and hockey Retro products. Upper Deck included some of the best Fleer products in these including Ultra, Ex2000, Fleer Metal, and Fleer Showcase while not drifting too far away from the original design of them. They also brought back original insert names and autographs from those product. 

    Speaking of the inserts, Upper Deck also took the 90's madness and inserted some at incredible rates making them more rare than some of the hits. This is something else that drives me to the product. I like the chase element.

    To this blogger, opening up a box of Fleer Retro is like taking a step back in time. A much simpler and fun time where collecting wasn't about the hits. It was about the cards. That's what I think this product is about. Honestly, I passed by the hits to go straight for the base cards and inserts which most collectors now-a-days brush off.

    Let me kick it off with my hockey break so you can see what I am talking about. For those of you who know Fleer, get ready to feel like you are in a Time Machine going back into time about 15 years. For those who haven't seen these, you will most likely need to wipe your mouth when you are done viewing this. Let's get this on!

    The base cards in the hockey are not an original Fleer brand. It's an Upper Deck one and you can tell. Look at the photography, that has always been their key.

    Fleer Ultra's design from 93-94 Hockey. SPOT ON!

    Same goes for the Fleer Ultra design from 94-95

    Who wasn't a fan of these Fleer Metal cards? Especially the rainbow effect Precious Metal Gem parallels (I had no luck in pulling one)

    One of my favorite late 90's releases, Flair Showcase has it's 97-98 design. The card stock isn't the same, but the design is. Kudos to Upper Deck on these. I was also fortunate to pull two Legacy Collection parallels in this box as well.

    I say this a lot, but this truly is my ALL TIME FAVORITE base card design. The card is printed on acetate with a 3D player appeal and a rainbow foil hiding behind them. This design is from Ex2001.

    Some 90's insert design here. Just awesome!

    My pulls from the box that stick with their original designs. Nothing big, but still cool.

    Now onto the football break. Very similar in terms of inclusions except the football has a different form of base card.

    Base cards for Fleer Retro football include the Fleer Ultra design from 1991. Which by the way is again, SPOT ON.

    Flair Showcase...some great players I found including my guy from the Giants Nassib and beast of a runner in Eddie Lacy.

    Parallel! You can easily tell the difference. The players name is in blue and the card has a glitter appeal.

    Two different years of Metal designs included. The feel and look is the same.

    Once again, love this design!


    Some 90's insert appeal awesomesauce!

    Love this Peyton!

    The hits!

    I already loved what I got from the box, this Tavon Austin was just a bonus!

    Speaking of bonus, I was lucky enough to have this included as well. A 2013 Fleer Retro football autograph bonus pack. Each of these comes with three autographs.

    A nice Eric Reid find in here. He will be one of the leagues top five safeties in a few years.

    When I heard that Upper Deck was coming out with product like this, I didn't know what to expect. One thing I was pretty sure of was that they weren't going to be like their originals. Cause honestly, nothing is.  Boy, I was wrong. Upper Deck cloned the originals and released them into this time like they never left. Not just any company can do that.

    Overall I am blown away by this product. There is so much being offered here that I just want to put a set together of everything. So, to answer my title to this post, yes, this is possibly the best thing since sliced bread. I look forward to see what else Upper Deck does with their Fleer products. Hopefully they will start releasing them individually. I would love to see any of these and especially Ex2000 on the market again.

    In closing, sometimes card companies need to not always move forward, sometimes they need to look into the past to find success from then. Upper Deck did just that and I thank them for it.