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2013-14 Panini Titanium Basketball is Better than Gold!

I have to admit I was pretty nervous breaking this 8 Box case of 2013-14 Panini Titanium Basketball as those who follow me know my luck was horrendous in Panini’s Gold Standard case break! But I am happy to say my faith in Panini has been restored and I have found some of my Mojo with my second solid break in a row!

The case started off as a Lakers box with Shaq, Nash, Gasol game used and Kobe, Kobe, Kobe….Did I mention Kobe?

Titanium Kobe Game Used, Autographs and Patches oh my!
Titanium Kobe Game Used, Autographs and Patches oh my!

The Kobe Autograph is going in my personal collection but I had to stare and admire that Kobe/Gasol Prime combo /25. Gasol’s piece looks like a piece of that sleeve he wears giving a really cool contrast to Kobe’s letter patch!

The Rookie cards in this series are intentionally hard to pull with the original sell sheet saying one per 8 box case….so initially I thought this was my RC hit:

Michael Carter-Williams Titantic Threads RC

But then when I was sorting through the pile of cards I noticed a few were turned around and as I flipped one over I saw this….

Giannis 13
2013 Panini Titanium Giannis Antetokounmpo Parallel Draft Year RC /13!

The Greek Freak staring back at me with a low serial number?!?! I am still torn what to do with this card as I have seen some crazy prices on Giannis’ Gold Refractor Prizm RC….but this one may end up at BGS and then into the PC.

So if you watch the video you may notice that I don’t even acknowledge the BIG HIT since it is turned backwards and I thought oh another duplicate base (got triplicates of many players) but upon sorting I flip this Bad Boy over….

Anthony Davis 1
2013 Panini Titanium Anthony Davis Draft Year Parallel 1/1

I was stunned (and albeit slightly embarrassed I didn’t catch the card during the video break!) but a 1/1 card of one of the hottest players in the NBA right now. I wanted to add it to my PC….but alas you can’t keep everything….otherwise where will I get money for my next break?!?!?

So you can find the Unibrow along with other cards from my break on eBay under home_plate_1989


I will follow up in a week or so with the results after the sales are completed.

Until Then…..Keep on Busting!


2nd Contest – 2014 Stickwork Game Used Stick Give-Away!

Our case break of 2014 In The Game Stickwork went so well that we are giving away one of the Game Used Stick cards to our followers!


We will randomize the winner (I will post that video) on Sunday Night (9pm PST) – March 9th.


You can earn up to 3 entries in the raffle!

  1. Twitter users:  “RT & Follow @HomePlateCards for a chance to WIN this cool 2014 Stickworks Jonathan Huberdeau Game Used Stick Silver Edition /19!”
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Good Luck to All & Happy Collecting!

Jonathan Huberdeau with Game Used Stick
Jonathan Huberdeau with Game Used Stick
2014 Donruss Trout vs. Puig

2014 Donruss Group Break – Los Angeles Dodgers & Angels

I participated in a Case Break of 2014 Donruss Baseball with Twitter’s @brentandbecca

Trout Elite 624
2014 Donruss Mike Trout Elite /999
Puig Dominators
2014 Donruss Yasiel Puig Dominator /999

I personally enjoy the Group Breaks where you get to select your team(s) as I feel you have a little more control over where you money is spent….though it is always a gamble as there are no guarantees on hits and in higher end products with low production runs you can even come up with ZERO cards.

2014 Donruss is a “fun” product to open as the majority of their inserts give a  respectful nod to their past inserts so you get the whole “retro” feel going on.

Though the low numbered “hits” were far and few in between….I believe from the overall case the lowest numbered insert I recall was around /99?

There were two autographs of Oscar Tavares and one autograph of Miguel Sano but other than those in  a 16 box case it was a bust.

Kershaw 99
2014 Clayton Kershaw Press Proof /99

I paid $60 for the Dodgers & $60 for the Angels but I was paying for the chance to get a Autograph of Puig or Trout for the personal collection. Alas it wasn’t meant to be….Next time!

So which team would you have wanted?

Till next time….Keep on Busting!

The Shot

NBA: The Exclusive 30 Point Club

Scoring points. It’s what we like to see when watching an NBA game. A player that can score 30 or more points a game is the explosive scoring machine every team wants, but very few can average that over the course of a season.

1986 Fleer Michael Jordan  RC BGS 10
1986 Fleer Michael Jordan RC BGS 10

Only Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain have CAREER scoring averages over 30 points per game. Here is a list of the 26 players listed by the amount of times that have managed to have average 30 points or more in a season. Can Kevin Durant continue has scoring assault with the return of Russell Westbrook and add another 30 point season to his resume? Can Carmelo Anthony go on a scoring spree and carry the Knicks to the playoffs to add his name to this exclusive list of players? We’ll soon find out as the NBA marches it’s way towards the end of the season.

  • Michael Jordan (8x)
  • Wilt Chamberlain (7x)
  • Oscar Robertson (6x)
  • Jerry West (4x)
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (4x)
  • Allen Iverson (4x)
  • Bob McAdoo (3x)
  • Adrian Dantley (3x)
  • Kobe Bryant (2x)
  • Elgin Baylor (2x)
  • Rick Barry (2x)
  • George Gervin (2x)
  • Dominique Wilkins (2x)
  • LeBron James (2x)
  • Jack Twyman (1x)
  • Walt Bellamy (1x)
  • Bob Pettit (1x)
  • Nate “Tiny” Archibald (1x)
  • Pete Maravich (1x)
  • World B. Free (1x)
  • Moses Malone (1x)
  • Bernard King (1x)
  • Karl Malone (1x)
  • Tracy McGrady (1x)
  • Dwyane Wade (1x)
  • Kevin Durant (1x)
Karl Malone PSA 10
1986 Fleer Karl Malone RC

Anyone surprise you on this list? I was shocked Karl Malone only averaged 30 points in one season! Or that Kobe Bryant has only done it twice in his illustrious career. Where the heck is Charles Barkely?

Then you get players like Bob McAdoo & Adrian Dantley who don’t get much hobby love accomplishing the feat 3x each!

twymann auto
2011-12 Panini Gold Standard Jack Twymann Auto /99

With only 26 players to date in this elite group it would make a fun collection of cards to obtain and yes if you are wondering….there are modern day cards for you to pursue of Jack Twymann…








Kevin St JacqueContributing Author Kevin St. Jacque has been collecting cards, comics and watching baseball and basketball since the late-1970′s. He has over 1,100 Marvel sketch cards and just as many autographed and memorabilia sports insert cards. Raised in the LBC, he’s an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan. Recently he spends time with his young daughter hunting stores for Monster High dolls for her collection. You can find him contributing various hobby happenings on


2012 UFC Bloodlines

2012 Topps UFC Bloodlines

Our pick for a solid sealed box that is drying up is 2012 Topps UFC Bloodlines. You just don’t see many sealed boxes on-line anymore and even the large sellers can’t keep them in stock.

2012 Topps UFC Bloodline Ronda Rousey RC Auto
2012 Topps UFC Bloodline Ronda Rousey RC Auto

Boasting the new face of the UFC – Ronda Rousey’s Rookie Card & Rookie Card Auto gives this product some staying power and room to grow.  Plus how could her rookie card featuring her trademark arm bar finishing move not be the BEST one to collect?!?!

Jon Jones Machido International Incident
Jon Jones Machido International Incident

Every box is guaranteed to contain 2 Relics, 2 Jumbo or Dual Relics, 1 Manufactured Relic, 3 Autographs, and 2 Autograph Relics!

So there is definite hit potential in every box as well – which is why the majority of the product has already been busted open.

The lowest price I could find currently is at Blowout Cards for $135! At that price they only have 4 boxes left.

2012 Bloodlines Ronda Rousey Jumbo Relic Auto
2012 Bloodlines Ronda Rousey Jumbo Relic Auto

2012 Topps UFC Bloodlines commemorates the rich international legacy of the UFC and Strikeforce and the national heritage of their leading fighters. 150 notable UFC and Strikeforce combatants along with some of the most promising fighters to debut in these organizations within the last year. 

Our recommendation is with rookie cards of the hottest fighter in the UFC (You can take that in multiple ways!) undefeated Champion Ronda Rousey dominating the competition – this product has room to run.

Collecting sealed wax can be a lot of fun and a great investment too – since you never get the disappointment of missing your hit…you will always have the “potential” sitting on the shelf.  Until then keep on busting…or in this case….stick a box on your shelf and watch it mature like a nice bottle of wine.


“Fool’s Gold” – 2013-14 Panini Gold Standard Doesn’t Add Up

I had such high expectations for Panini on a product that is retailing at $180 a box & $1,800 a 10-box case that I felt it would be enjoyable and worth a gamble backed by a quality brand. Yet I felt empty after busting my case on-line as each box felt it was lacking in over-all value. So I listed all of the cards (hits, base & redemption) I got out of the 10 box case and below you will see the final results per box. (*I didn’t subtract sales fees or shipping costs…these are straight up sold for prices)

2013-14 Panini Gold Standard Basketball
Box Price Sold Profit/Loss Key Hits
1 $180 $59 -$121 Demar Derozan Gold $20
2 $180 $113 -$67 Kevin Durant Gold /20 $90
3 $180 $58 -$122 Joakim Noah Auto /25 $20
4 $180 $40 -$140 Kelly Olynyk Auto GU RC $10
5 $180 $194 $14 Scottie Pippen Auto /49 $165
6 $180 $53 -$127 Damien Lillard /49 $13
7 $180 $21 -$159 Pau Gasol Game Used $9
8 $180 $35 -$145 A.Davis / D.Lillard Insert /49 $12
9 $180 $193 $13 Dion Waiters Patch /7 $122 & Magic Johnson Auto Redemption/49 $52
10 $180 $45 -$135 Cody Zeller Auto GU RC $17
Totals $1,800 $811 -$989  

7 out of the 10 boxes I lost more than $120 on each and the 2 boxes I was able to basically break even on required the major hits of the case. Just to be clear I never break expecting to make a profit. I am a collector at heart and if I have fun in the experience and come across a few cards for the Personal Collection along the way then all the better.

At the same time I don’t expect to lose a $1,000 and not even pull a card for my PC than I can get excited about. There is no “fun” in that experience.  With 8 redemption cards out of 10 boxes…and duplicate autographed rookies (*See my Initial Reaction Post) Panini should be more careful in how they collate the value into their cases so that one collector or even one retail store doesn’t get such a poor case in regards to value.

Perhaps Panini was mining the Gold for themselves or we must have very different definitions and standards.



2014 Stickwork – A High End Product that DELIVERS!

Initial reaction: This was one of the most fun breaks I have had in some time! Even more unique to that statement is I don’t collect Hockey cards! Each of the stick swatches seemed more impressive than the next and you could tell that In The Game (ITG) took great care in the quality control process and creation of these Hockey works of art!


You can find a great mix of Hall of Fame Game Used Material

Quad Howe 1


Every insert subset is low numbered with no insert having more than 19 cards in existence! With only three cards per box it still felt like I was getting my money’s worth each time I opened a box!

Yzerman 500a

So to begin my Hockey collection ITG has made it difficult in picking WHICH cards to keep! Great Job ITG we can’t wait to see what you come out with NEXT!



Make sure to subscribe to our blog as we will be posting some financial results as we list cards on eBay to see what collectors value inside the box.

Until then….Keep on Busting!


2013-14 Panini Gold Standard Case Break Results

My initial reaction after breaking a 10 Box Case of Panini Gold Standard is I like the High Quality of the product in regards to paper stock, game used jersey swatches, metal cards and the majority of on-card autographs. I also like little innovations like including 14kt Gold circles inside select insert cards.


I was disappointed however with what I found to be the overall value in my particular case. This included 8 redemption cards out of my 10 boxes which is a little too many for my taste as well as the collation of the product gave me duplicates of one of the Auto RC’s as well as two duplicates in the Metal cards which run about 1 a pack.

On the rookie side of the equation which are a big draw for this product running about two Auto Jersey cards per box I found this case to be severely lacking in higher end picks. As you can see 80% of my Auto RC cards were basically below the 20th pick even doubling up on #49 so any thoughts of me building a set went out the window missing so many key cards. Out of the first 20 players drafted last year I would need to purchase 17 of them. 


Round Player Pick
1 Cody Zeller 4
1 Kelly Olynyk 13
1 Shane Larkin ® 18
1 Tony Snell 20
1 Mason Plumlee 22
1 Reggie Bullock 25
1 Andre Roberson ® 26
2 Isaiah Canaan 34
2 Glen Rice Jr 35
2 Jeff Withey 39
2 Ryan Kelly 48
2 Erik Murphy 49
2 Erik Murphy 49
2 Peyton Siva 56

Waiters PatchI was also disappointed by my case hit. I have seen other breaks on-line now and my Dion Waiters Game Used patch numbered to 7 pales in comparison to the Bullion Inserts and higher end Game Used Patches that you have seen surfacing. When a collector spends this much money on a case I would hope a better “hit” would be in the pay-off.


Durant GoldI think the top card pulled out of this case would be the Durant Gold Record /20, but it is a big hole to crawl out of to recoup the funds used to purchase this case…and unfortunately I don’t think Durant 14kt will make much of a dent!

1st Pippen Auto pulled - going into PC.
1st Pippen Auto pulled – going into PC.

I will be listing the majority of cards pulled from this case on eBay over the next week and I will release a follow-up post so you can see if these “Dollars Made Cents” – giving a box by box analysis of cards pulled to funds recouped.

I do think this is a very high quality product with a lot of potential – but this case shows a very large hit or miss potential. Until next time – Happy Hunting!

Home Plate

Super Break IV

2014 Super Break – Are you ready for $3,000+ Packs?

Super Break III

Sports pack busting moves into the Ultra-High End with this repackaged product retailing around $3,400 per pack for 9 Premium Buyback Items per box. (Including 1-3 Full-Size Memorabilia Pieces per box) Packaged by Southern California Store – Southbay Sportscards they are limiting production to only 200 boxes each individually serial numbered and featuring multiple tamper-proof seals per box.

So the question is….will collectors who can afford to purchase a $3,000+ box…will they take the gamble knowing that each box contains about the same Retail Value? Or would they be more inclined to purchase the item(s) they want individually?

Super Break II

With a heavy concentration on the Top 15 Current Superstars and Top 20 Greatest Legends the product promises ONLY star players in Premium Products.

High End Basketball Autographs & Rookie Cards including: Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Wilt Chamberlain, Pete Maravich, Chris Paul & Blake Griffin.

Autographed Custom Jerseys, Authenic Jerseys, Game Used Jerseys, Shoes & Shorts,  Certified by Grey Flannel, Topps & Heritage. (Including Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Shaquille O’Neal, Bill Russell Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson & Julius Erving)

Autographed Photos, Basketballs, Certified Cuts, Lithographs, Shoes, Magazines, Books & Boxing Gloves authenticated by Upper Deck, PSA/DNA, JSA, Mounted Memories, Hollywood Collectibles & Panini.  (Including Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Michael Jordan, Pete Maravich, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John Wooden & Paul George)

All the Top End Products over the past few years including Logomen, Patches, Tags, Booklets, 1/1′s, BGS 10′s, Population 1′s, PSA 10′s, Dual Signed, Triple Signed & Quad Signed cards.

Over (123) Michael Jordan Autographed UDA Items and Fleer Graded Rookie Cards, Very Limited, 1/1′s. Combo Auto’s & more

Full Sized Game Used Jerseys: Lebron James (Rookie Year Cleveland 3rd Game & High School Irish), Chris Paul – Clippers, Charles Barkley (Signed Twice!), Pau Gasol, Chris Bosh, LaMarcus Aldridge & Richard Hamilton

(1) Original 1/1 Art Sketch Cards in Every Box (at least) Including the first cards for the Top College Players in the March 2014 Tournament Hall of Famers- Combo’s and more.

2014 Super Break Box


Each Box of 2014 Super Deluxe Basketball Edition has the same ARV (Approximate Retail Value) When I spoke to Southbay directly they informed me that boxes were expected to retail in the $3,000-$3,500 range so I anticipate they loaded the boxes with that much Retail Value.

Less than (25) Items are included via redemption coupon. Items will ship Fast & Free upon receiving Redemption Coupon via mail.

Redemption Coupons Expire 180 Days After Product Release Date and all items are in stock!

Super Break IV



1st Give-Away Contest – Pete Rose “Hit King” Autograph

To celebrate the beginning of our website we are having our first Give-Away to our readers of a Global Authenticated 8×10 Autographed Photo of Pete Rose inscribed “Hit King 4,256″ for the number of hits Charlie Hustle had in his career!


We will randomize the winner (I will post that video) on Monday morning – February 17th.

You can earn up to 3 entries in the raffle!

  1. Twitter users:  “RT & Follow @HomePlateCards for a chance to WIN this cool Pete Rose Auto!”
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Good Luck to All & Happy Collecting!