2 Lot of Diamond Kings

Baseball Sketch Cards Have To Go! Or bring back Dick Perez!

Dick Perez Diamond King Master Artist
Dick Perez Diamond King Master Artist

There was something magical about pulling a Donruss Diamond King growing up. Perhaps as it was an early form of insert card…or “hit” for collectors – the fact it was so different than the traditional stock photography and crossed the lines of art and sports. Regardless most collectors from the 80′s have fond memories of the Diamond King subsets drawn masterfully by Dick Perez. It started in 1982 when Perez drew the first Diamond King set for a new company, Donruss, who was innovating while at the same time nodding back to the painted tobacco cards of yester-year.

1985 Donruss Diamond King Cal Ripken Jr
1985 Donruss Diamond King Cal Ripken Jr

Mr. Perez’s art is prominently displayed in the Baseball Hall of Fame today and he continues doing one-man art exhibits illustrating his love for America’s Pastime.  Fast-Forward 30+ years and multiple card companies have attached themselves to inserting “Chase” One-of-One Original Art cards as “Hits” inside their packs. Many high-end products actually insert them frequently in what I deem a replacement to an autograph or game used material.

Leaf Sketch Card Ryan Sandberg
Leaf Sketch Card Ryan Sandberg

Now don’t get me wrong I respect some of the artists work you find on the mini-canvas…and given the dimensions of a baseball card the details can be quite impressive. But the ugly side of this practice is the sub-par art that can be found where the player is unrecognizable. The art that looks “rushed” or more than likely done in bulk fashion to meet time constraints. I would love to see 1/1 art cards go away….or at least the act of them modified.

Todd McFarlane Original Commission on Home Plate
Todd McFarlane Original Commission on Home Plate

Perhaps the cost would be prohibitive but what would the hobby pay for a true One-of-One Diamond King done by the Great Dick Perez??? Or what if the chases were done by recognizable Comic Book artists as a form of cross-promotion. Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, Humberto Ramos, etc…Even if they were unheard of artists from say Pixar (Wall-E designers, etc….) putting a little bio on the back of the cards with who the artist is.

The whole concept of an art card is to make it very desirable and personable on some level. Help us get to know the artist the way we got to know Dick Perez. Perhaps then the Hobby will care more about them.

I’d love to hear other collectors thoughts. Until Next Time…..Happy Collecting!

Ed

In The Game Past, Present Future Case Break

2014 In The Game Past, Present and Future Baseball Product Review

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.

ITG Past Present Future Rickey Henderson Autograph
ITG Past Present Future Rickey Henderson Autograph

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!

ITG Past Present Future George Springer
ITG Past Present Future George Springer

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

IMG_1198On 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.

ITG Past Present Future 1969 Topps Craig Nettles PSA 9(MC)
ITG Past Present Future 1969 Topps Craig Nettles PSA 9(MC)

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.

ITG Past Present Future Early Wynn Sketch Card 1/1
ITG Past Present Future Early Wynn Sketch Card 1/1

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!

Ed

2013-14 Panini Intrigue Basketball Product Review Box Break

2013-14 Panini Intrigue Basketball Product Review

2013-14 Panini Intrigue Basketball O.J. Mayo Top Flight Prime Patch /25
2013-14 Panini Intrigue Basketball O.J. Mayo Top Flight Prime Patch /25

I love the design of the base cards for 2013-14 Panini Intrigue Basketball. The dark backgrounds with the color splashes really make the player’s pop on the cards. With so many inserts and variations I only ended up with three actual base cards out of two boxes so this will definitely be a tough set to build!

2013-14 Panini Intrigue JRue Holiday Top Flight Patch /25
2013-14 Panini Intrigue JRue Holiday Top Flight Patch /25

We hit an O.J. Mayo Top Flight Prime Patch /25 which featured a pretty cool Adidas swatch. What was also interesting was in our first box there were two JRue Holiday’s Top Flights one the base version and the other a Prime Patch version /25. Though I am not a JRue fan that was actually kind of cool to see both next to each other….then you realize how much more desirable patch swatches are!

The Intrigue autograph subset we pulled what appears to be a short-print Robert Parish autograph and jersey swatch /15. While you will never turn down the Chief….I do wish it featured him in a classic Celtics jersey….heck even a throwback Golden State Warriors uniform would be sweet!

2013-14 Panini Intrigue Basketball Terrence Ross Slam Ink Autograph /25
2013-14 Panini Intrigue Basketball Terrence Ross Slam Ink Autograph /25

My favorite insert hands down is the Slam Ink featuring many of today’s high-fliers but mostly because the autographs are on-card. It truly makes a world of difference. We hit former Slam Dunk Champion Terrence Ross of the Raptors /25.

This complimented our Intrigue Dunk Co pull of one of the most popular slam dunk contest winners ever, Mr Spud Webb.

Our most valuable pull could very well turn out to be a variant out of the foil pack of Kyrie Irving Gold Die-cut serial numbered 8/10. You never know what the bidding will go to among personal super-collectors but I am hoping there are a few watching eBay this week!

2013-14 Panini Intrigue Kyrie Irving  Gold Foil Die Cut /10
2013-14 Panini Intrigue Kyrie Irving Gold Foil Die Cut /10

Overall a very nice product…each box had one Game Used, One Prime Patch & Two autographs. As an added bonus you also get Draft Pick Redemption cards for this coming draft (1 per box).

I think if you want to roll the dice this is a very fun break and one with some potential bang inside!

Until next time….Happy collecting!

Ed

 

 

2014 Leaf Best of Football Unopened Edition 8 Box Case break

2014 Leaf Best of Football Unopened Edition – Sales Results

This was by far the most controversial product break we have done as several notable on-line case breakers were very disappointed with the results and multiple exchanges occurred between Leaf CEO Brian Gray and BreakerzAnonymous who did some excellent statistical analysis you can check out here based on 11 case breaks they documented including ours!

I applaud the efforts and passions of BeakerzAnonymous as debate and factual research are necessary to continue advancing our hobby back to the golden age of collecting (at this juncture many of us would welcome the silver age!)

For our Case +2 Boxes I included the sales results below of the cut autos (2 of them did not sell) and the lowest priced box I could find for sale on the unopened product between Blowout Cards, SteelCityCollecibles and DaCardWorld.

2014 Best of Leaf Football Unopened Edition
Box Avg Price Sold Profit/Loss Key Hits
1 $155 $98 -$57 2011 Plates & Patches $83 ; Y.A. Tittle Auto $15
2 $155 $139 -$16 2011 Topps Chrome $129 ; John Mackey Auto $10
3 $155 $100 -$55 2007 UD Premier $100
4 $155 $129 -$26 2008 SP Rookie Threads $129
5 $155 $181 $26 2012 Panini Black $147 ; Jimmy Johnson Auto $34
6 $155 $120 -$35 2013 Playbook $99 ; Maxie Baughan Auto $21
7 $155 $135 -$20 2012 Topps Supreme $113 ; Herb Adderley Auto $22
8 $155 $165 $10 2011 Playoff Contenders $114 ; Joe Namath Auto $51
Totals $1,240 $1,067 -$173  

Based on the numbers above we experienced a -13% Return on Investment or a loss of ($173) after opening 8 boxes.

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What I personally found interesting is how many breakers were fired up by the losses incurred in this particular product when in comparison to my other breaks I have lost MUCH more from Topps & Panini in breaks. Perhaps the repackaging theme is running it’s course or maybe because companies like Heroes of Sports are driving the envelope for major hits inside repackaged products?

If the intent is to break 2014 Leaf Best of Football and then break the box inside consider that a double gamble….but if you collect sealed boxes then there is some added fun to be found in seeing your mystery box. For me personally I still had a lot of fun with this particular product and look forward to a basketball & baseball release in the future.

I did decide to break a couple of the boxes, but felt it was more fair to keep those single card sales separate since Leaf didn’t have anything to do with the internal contents and that could skew the numbers in either direction.  Though the 2013 Playbook Football found me a card for the personal collection!

2013 Playbook Football E.J. Manuel Autographed RC Patch
2013 Playbook Football E.J. Manuel Autographed RC Patch

Until Next Time….Happy Collecting!

Ed

2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Sale Sheet

2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Wil Myers Error – No Autograph

A collector was disappointed when they pulled this card from a pack of 2014 Gypsy Queen and their initial reaction was to contact Topps Customer Service for a replacement card. One that would feature the actual Autograph of last year’s Rookie of the Year – Wil Myers.

2014 Gypsy Queen Will Myers No Autograph
2014 Gypsy Queen Will Myers No Autograph

My advice though was to consider sending the card in to get graded by either BGS or PSA to see if they would acknowledge the error in the labeling. My personal opinion is that the error (assuming it is a rarity) would be more collectible and could actually sell for more  than the $20 the autographed version is going for on eBay today.

What do you think this collector should do?

2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Will Myers Error No Autograph Card Back
2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Will Myers Error No Autograph Card Back

 

1959 Topps Cards Hank Aaron Eddie Matthews Ernie Banks Al Kaline

What is your favorite “Shared” card? Best Pick Wins a Card!

1964 Topps A.L. Bombers Mickey Mantle Roger Maris Al Kaline Norm cash
1964 Topps A.L. Bombers Mickey Mantle Roger Maris Al Kaline Norm cash

We recently picked up a vintage collection of cards from 1959-1961 and as I was sorting through the treasures I pulled aside a few “shared” cards. You know the ones with the casual photography where the players are talking batting or doing a quick pose on the field before  a game.

1963 Topps Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale & Johnny Podres
1963 Topps Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale & Johnny Podres

I guess you could call these the first “insert” cards as it was a way to get additional pictures of your favorite players – often in very interesting groupings. It made me wonder why this practice has declined over the years?

Today you will find “pairings” in modern products like Topps Triple Threads with cool nicknames, but those are individual pictures put together and not a single shot – which captures a moment in time.

1962 Topps Manager's Dream Mickey Mantle Willie Mays
1962 Topps Manager’s Dream Mickey Mantle Willie Mays

For me the ultimate “shared” card is the 1962 Topps Manager’s Dream pairing of Mickey Mantle & Willie Mays. As a 12 year old when I first saw this card it jumped to the top of my want list. I still have the original one I purchased with four well rounded corners, some ink drawn on the back and a surface crease….but it was the one I could afford and it is still a favorite of my collection.

 

 

1992 Upper Deck Bloodlines Ken Griffey Jr, Sr, Craig
1992 Upper Deck Bloodlines Ken Griffey Jr, Sr, Craig

Over the years companies have touched on the concept a few times with some notable results such as the 1992 Upper Deck Bloodlines subset. Or Fleer’s run in the late 80′s capturing some great match-ups….but it is an area I think has become over-looked.

With that in mind what is your favorite shared card in your collection?

The Best submission by the end of April will win a card from our Secret Stash!

 

1988 Fleer Jose Canseco Mark McGwire
1988 Fleer Jose Canseco Mark McGwire

CONGRATULATIONS to our Twitter Follower Jeremiah Johnson for his submission and Contest Winning card of:

Mantle Hank

 

Definitely some star power that will sign TTM.  Kaline charges $5/card, and will only sign cards, but the others only cost me a long wait and a few stamps.

How to Start Through The Mail (TTM) Autograph Collecting – Courtesy of Travis Jossenberger

I have always been intrigued by Through The Mail (TTM) Autograph Collectors. The originators of TTM were innovators of our industry – way before there were autographed insert cards inside packs TTM chasers were getting their cards signed and building impressive collections.
Frank Tanana is an awesome signer, who will sign multiple cards. He adds a unique scripture verse to each card, normally defaulting to "John 14:6."
Frank Tanana is an awesome signer, who will sign multiple cards. He adds a unique scripture verse to each card, normally defaulting to “John 14:6.”
I focus primarily on baseball, but love to branch out. Jessica Long, a champion paraolympian, was an awesome return.
I focus primarily on baseball, but love to branch out. Jessica Long, a champion paraolympian, was an awesome return.

Today’s current TTM collectors are like rebels in our industry who buck tradition and create their own autographed innovations and only pay a fraction of the price! While doing some research I stumbled upon a very impressive TTM collector who happened to be a great guy as well. Travis Jossenberger started collecting in 1990 when he was 7 years old and like most of us has been off and on for the last 24 years.  Travis was generous enough with his time to allow me to interview him and below are the excerpts: 

How did you get started collecting TTM autographs? 
“I got started in TTM collecting from an article in Sports Illustrated for Kids, back around 1994.  A reader of the magazine wrote in highlighting his successes obtaining autographs through the mail. I had no idea that getting autographs through the mail was even possible. A short time later my father bought me book of retired and active player mailing addresses, and I became hooked.”
My first TTM return ever, and favorite player, Orel Hershiser.
My first TTM return ever, and favorite player, Orel Hershiser.

 

What was the 1st TTM Autograph you received? 

“My first ever return was and is my all time favorite player, Orel Hershiser. I sent him a letter and a SASE. He sent me back a signed 1990 Fleer.  I put it in a frame and it hung on my wall all the way through high school.  The card and autograph are now sun faded, but as far as sentimental value goes, it’s priceless.”

Definitely some star power that will sign TTM.  Kaline charges $5/card, and will only sign cards, but the others only cost me a long wait and a few stamps.
Definitely some star power that will sign TTM. Kaline charges $5/card, and will only sign cards, but the others only cost me a long wait and a few stamps.

How do you acquire addresses? Any Tips for beginners? 

“I used to rely on several books for addresses, or for active players, send directly to their home stadium. Now, the best source out there in my opinion is the online data base www.sportscardforum.com  It’s continuously updated by users, who rate their successes and failures. It’s easy to use, and covers almost all major sports. ”

Wade Boggs is an awesome signer. While he charges, his reasonable prices make him one of the most accessible HOFers that sign TTM. Cards for $5, and balls for $10-$15.
Wade Boggs is an awesome signer. While he charges, his reasonable prices make him one of the most accessible HOFers that sign TTM. Cards for $5, and balls for $10-$15.
What do you send to the players? 
“Normally, I send at least a request letter, a SASE, and something to sign, normally a card.  The request letter is very basic, “Dear Mr./Ms. _________, I wanted to write because I am a fan and am hoping to ask for your autograph. If not, no worries! Please know I am a fan either way. Thank you for all that you do for (which sport it is here) and its fans. Respectfully yours, ___________.” I always type the letter, but sign it by hand.  Some people try to hand write every letter, but I am not sure that it increases the odds any given player will sign. It’s worth noting that some players respond better to personal letters, and sometimes even questionnaires. But, unless I really have something to say, I try to keep it short and polite.

 

John Olerud is one of my favorite players growing up. I got his autograph TTM as a kid, and recently decided to try again, trying two different addresses.  Both were returned. Awesome signer!  Also, check out his foundation, The Jordan Fund, to help children with special needs.
John Olerud is one of my favorite players growing up. I got his autograph TTM as a kid, and recently decided to try again, trying two different addresses. Both were returned. Awesome signer! Also, check out his foundation, The Jordan Fund, to help children with special needs.

Most times, I send just one card, unless I know for sure that the player will sign more (and I have more).  Sportscardforum’s TTM Database is great for tracking other collector’s successes and failures to help make the determination if sending more than one card will be successful, as members can track how many cards they send and how many are returned signed.  Some players, like Frank Tanana, will sign everything, while others, like Jimmy Key, will only sign one.  Some players may even keep the extra cards.

Finally, some players do charge, and in that case, I will send cash if I really want the autograph. Prices vary, from very reasonable to ridiculously high.  Some prices also vary depending on what you are requesting to be signed.

Ultimately, I can’t stress enough: do research. Sports Card Forum’s TTM Database is an AMAZING tool for this.  It takes just a few moments to research any given player from any given sport. “

How big is your collection today? 
“For TTM autos, I have about 300 returns, and about 40-50 pending as of now.”
One of my favorite returns: Carl Erskine. He signed a "stat ball," loaded with more inscriptions that I have ever seen.  A very gracious signer, Mr. Erskine signs without charge TTM.
One of my favorite returns: Carl Erskine. He signed a “stat ball,” loaded with more inscriptions that I have ever seen. A very gracious signer, Mr. Erskine signs without charge TTM.
What is your favorite(s) TTM Autos you currently have?
“I have a few returns that I was very happy to get back. Clayton Kershaw is one, as active players of his caliber normally do not sign for free, or at all, TTM.  One of my all time favorite returns was Carl Erskine.  I sent him a ROMLB, which he turned into a “stat ball.”  It was a special touch, and it was much appreciated!  Though he has since passed, I was also happy to get a return from Cecil Travis.  He may be an unknown name to a lot of collectors, but he played for the Senators from 1933- 1945.  If you never heard of him, it’s worth checking his career stats. There’s an obviously drastic dip post WW2 (and he did serve), but if not for that, he would have easily been a HOFer.  It’s a reminder that a lot of people, from all types of backgrounds, gave a lot in service of their country. Finally, a last favorite was also my first, Orel Hershiser. I grew up watching him pitch, and my earliest memory of baseball is the Dodger’s win of the ’88 World Series. He’s always been my favorite player, and getting a return from him when I was a kid solidified that for me.”
The elusive Alan Trammel....waiting to be signed via TTM!
The elusive Alan Trammel….waiting to be signed via TTM!

Top players on your want list you are still pursuing? 

“There are a few HOFers on my want list that I am still after, but in all honesty, the thing holding me back is the cost of their autographs.  Unfortunately, it can sometimes be cheaper to simply purchase a reliably authenticated autographed piece than to pay for one via TTM.  That being said, one player I am currently trying hard to get is Alan Trammell. He signs very, very selectively, and more often than not cards come back unsigned.  I’ve sent a few attempts, all of which have been returned unsigned. But I am still trying to score this elusive signer!”
Ben Zobrist included his own card, which he personalized. Going 2 for 1 is always good!
Ben Zobrist included his own card, which he personalized. Going 2 for 1 is always good!
Here are some additional Tips from Travis on how to research on Sportscard Forum’s Database:
-Research, research, research. 
 - Often, for any given player there will be more than one address. Make sure to find one that has the most recent successes!
- Always check if a player charges for their autograph.  This information is usually in the “notes” section, or other users will leave it in their comments.  
- Some players charge, some don’t. Some send the money to charity, some don’t. Even on a basic level, some players sign TTM, some don’t. Whatever a player’s reasons may be for signing or not, don’t take it personally.  
While not HOF, there are classics and fan favorites always worth remembering. John "Blue Moon" Odom will sign for $5/card.  Elroy Face signed TTM for free.
While not HOF, there are classics and fan favorites always worth remembering. John “Blue Moon” Odom will sign for $5/card. Elroy Face signed TTM for free.

- Things can and will get lost in the mail, especially with plain white envelopes!  It’s just part of the game. 

- Even if a player has 100% successes, it doesn’t hurt to do a little checking. For example, if there are 100% successes, but they are from 2 years ago, and there are quite a few pending since then, don’t hold your breath!
- While they are obvious targets, star players and HOF legends rarely sign TTM, or charge quite a bit.  Pick players wisely, and you’ll be happier with your initial success rate. 
- Send a card that an autograph will look good on, and even come out on! Most, if not all, players use dark ink. Photos will all dark colors? Not a great idea, unless you’re willing to send (and give up) a special pen. Also, Chrome cards usually won’t take autos well, nor will cards with high gloss.  Hitting them with an eraser will sometimes take off enough gloss so autos will stick to the card. 
- If you send a baseball, you’ll need a #0 and a #2 bubble mailer. Make sure to get ones that self seal. The #2 is to be your SASE.  Make sure to include enough postage on the return. Most post offices can help you calculate the exact amount. 
2013 Panini Playbook Football Box

2014 Leaf Best of Football Unopened Edition – Hobby FUN is Back Again!

When I saw the sale sheet on this product it was a bit of a leap of faith. Repackaging is all the rage today and repackaging a box with another box could have went in two directions. Fortunately for me and collectors I think Leaf got their formula right!

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2011 Playoff Contenders Football Box & Joe Namath Cut Autograph BGS

Not every repackaged box is going to have an Exquisite box inside, but Leaf did an excellent job that each sealed wax box made you feel like you were getting something of value in return.

Some of my favorites from the break were the 2011 Playoff Contenders, 2013 Panini Playbook, 2007 UD Premier and the 2012 Topps Supreme.

 

 

 

 

2011 Plates & Patches Box with Y.A. Tittle Cut Autograph
2011 Plates & Patches Box with Y.A. Tittle Cut Autograph

When bundled with the Cut Autograph card sealed by Beckett Grading Services in each box, I feel they definitely punched this product into the end zone.

I was fortunate enough to hit a cool Y.A. Tittle with the piercing glare and finished off with a Joe Namath clean cut auto.

 

Being an avid collector of sealed wax perhaps this product just hits my sweet spot for collecting. The chance of the unknown followed by a choice of do you continue to keep breaking or do you keep the wax box sealed?

For me I only owned one of the boxes I received out of the 8 which was the 2012 Panini Black Football so I think that guy is going to get busted on a future post! But for now I will probably sell my 8 Cut Autographs to recoup some of my costs….and then enjoy the sweet additions to my sealed wax collection!

Until Next Time…..Keep Busting….& In this Case….Perhaps Bust Again!

Ed

2014 Topps Museum Collection Freddie Freeman Momentous Material Patch

2014 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Case Break Results – Big Mac is Back!

So if you missed the initial case break and product review you can find that here. For those of you following along let’s discuss some interesting financial results from this months case break.

2013 Topps Museum Collection
Box Avg Price Sold Profit/Loss Key Hits
1 $175 $70 -$105 Goldschmidt GU/99 $17, Troy Tulowitzki Auto $16, Ivan Rodriguez Bat/25 $20
2 $175 $174 -$1 Mark McGwire Blue Parallel /99 $33 (*Included Sale Price of 1 complete Base set 1-100 for $66)
3 $175 $86 -$89 DiDi Gregorius Auto GU/5 $47,
4 $175 $198 $23 Will Meyers Gold Framed Auto/15 $156, Matt Cain Patch/99 $35
5 $175 $335 $160 Freddie Freeman Momentous Material Patch/5 $255
6 $175 $184 $9 Nomar Garciappara Sketch/1 $71, Don Mattingly Auto/25 $51
7 $175 $73 -$102 Julio Tehran Archival Sepia Auto/5 $26
8 $175 $62 -$113 Christian Yelich Signature Swatches Auto GU/70 $15
9 $175 $69 -$106 Mike Schmidt Signature Swatches GU/5 $38
10 $175 $44 -$131 Billy Hamilton Redemption $20
11 $175 $74 -$101 Mark McGwire Green/199 $22
12 $175 $170 -$5 Nomar Garciaparra Book/10  $122
Totals $2,100 $1,539 -$561  

So Freddie Freeman takes the pole position for the highest sale price which is only fitting as the Momentous Material Patch numbered to 5 (as seen above in the header) is a case hit. Still $255 was much higher than I expected for the young up and coming slugger!

2014 Topps Museum Collection Nomar Garciaparra Sketch 1/1 Autograph Book /10
2014 Topps Museum Collection Nomar Garciaparra Sketch 1/1 Autograph Book /10

Round two would have to go to Nomar Garciaparra for the Booklet Autographed card /10 ($122) and the 1/1 Sketch card ($71) showing that No-Mar still commands hobby dollar respect!

Some other points of interest are that out of a 12 box case I was only able to make 1 complete base set (cards 1-100) which brought in $66 and is actually a good deal when compared to the retail price of a single box.

2014 Topps Museum Collection Mark McGwire Blue Parallel /99
2014 Topps Museum Collection Mark McGwire Blue Parallel /99

I was also pleasantly surprised that Mark McGwire has a strong following in the parallel card market. His Green Parallel /199 sold for $22 while his Blue Parallel /99 sold for $33 to two different buyers!

While we are on the nostalgia tip of Nomar and McGwire let’s throw in the Donnie Baseball Don Mattingly autograph /25 which brought in $51.

All in All 2014 Topps Museum Collection was a lot of fun to break….the boxes can definitely provide some sparks and special hits….but as with any high-end product the chance to miss/lose is also high as well.

In my case break 60% of the boxes would lose a collector over $100 each. As of today the boxes/cases can be found on-line for LESS THAN we paid through a distributor as a sports card dealer. So the value of the unopened product has slid a bit which is actually shocking too me as I do believe this is a high quality product….but that can be useful to a collector as you know their isn’t a lot (or any) mark-up going on with the current inventories being held.

Until next time….Happy collecting….& Keep Busting!!!

Ed