I was excited to break a case of this product since my favorite break of the year currently belongs to In The Game Stickworks so my hope was ITG continues to jam their products with value.
First let me applaud the innovation on the autographed cards. ITG wanting to move away from the autographed sticker route that many collectors despise found a way to incorporate the autograph “into” the card and meld design elements so it is very seamless. I loved the concept and if I had a choice between a sticker autograph or this incorporation – no contest!
The second aspect of this product that caught my attention is how Prospect Heavy it is on the autographs. Granted you get at least 5 Autographed cards per box…but I was expecting more “Present” players and the majority of hits were prospects “Future.” That is not a bad thing…as many collectors love chasing players before they become stars
On the “Special” inserts it was a bit Tale of Two Cities for my tastes. Out of a case we hit TWO MONSTER Patches of Duke Snider /5 & Robin Yount /5 – and if ITG can incorporate a picture or head shot of the player in future iterations this could easily become a PERFECT card.
We then hit 3 PSA Authenticated Autographed Buy back cards Goose Gossage, Bert Blyeven and Bobby Doerr which were cool but not great. We pulled an ITG slabbed Johnny Sain Cut Auto 1/1 but since he is not a HOFer it wasn’t too exciting.
Then there were buyback rookie cards of 1985 Donruss Kirby Puckett (PSA 8), 1974 Topps Dave Winfield (PSA 4), 1969 Topps Craig Nettles (PSA 9 – MC). I was hoping for more Vintage based on the sales sheet and for me that discounted the 85 Donruss Puckett and though the Nettles is sharp….the MC designation is like pulling a flawed card.
The final “special” hit was an ITG Slabbed Early Wynn Sketch 1/1 – but for me the whole Sketch card phase in sports cards doesn’t make sense. It is relative for Comic Book collectibles as it fits in their medium…but unless it is a famous artist I would’ve preferred a low-grade vintage RC 100 times out of 100.
My initial reaction is I think In The Game has a great concept to expand and evolve in this product around their autographed insert innovation, Buy-Back Graded Vintage including Autographs and their Mega Patches.
I am not sure for current breakers if the overall Value will be there off the bat since it is so prospect heavy. For a higher end product it may have made sense to have less overall autographs per box and instead focused some more resources into the buybacks.
Either way I am a fan….and will be looking out for ITG’s Next product to break!