Category Archives: Dollars & Sense – Box/Case Break Analysis

We will purchase and open sealed boxes/cases providing reviews around value, entertainment and return on investment in real-time.

Track these posts as we list the key singles on-line for sale and see the profits/losses in the real-world.

2014 Leaf Best of Basketball Sale Sheet

2014 Leaf Best of Basketball – Repackaging is running out of gas….

2014 Leaf Best of Basketball 3 Box Case Break Results
2014 Leaf Best of Basketball 3 Box Case Break Results

Upon my return to our beloved Hobby I quickly embraced the “Repackaging” trend as in many ways I missed the initial releases or opportunity to pull some of the “hits” during my hiatus.

2014 Leaf Best of Basketball Carmelo Anthony Sketch 1/1
2014 Leaf Best of Basketball Carmelo Anthony Sketch 1/1

Now after several case breaks I am quickly burnt out. As I mentioned in my previous blog post – Sketch cards need to go – or at least add some innovation. When you take a product like 2014 Leaf Best of Basketball which is retailing for over $250 a box and you only get two cards….I prefer NONE of my money goes towards an artist I never heard of making a sketch of a random player. With over half the of the ones sold on ebay bringing in less than $20 there just isn’t much “value” in many collectors view for the “1/1″

Putting the gimmick of a “1/1″ aside let’s discuss the buy-back inserts. Using my case as a sample I don’t see any card I couldn’t buy for $100 or less. I understand manufactures have to accommodate for overhead and packaging costs…but in a down economy I feel if I walked into a national cardshow with $50k-$100k of cash I could

1989 Hoops David Robinson Auto PSA
1989 Hoops David Robinson Auto PSA

leverage those finances to swing some fairly significant buy opportunities with dealers. Cash is king…and I grew up in an industry where Al Rosen, Mr. Mint, was infamous for walking up to a dealer, buying out his inventory….and putting his own guy behind the table to start selling instantly.

I don’t expect Leaf to lose money…and I don’t expect to make money on any of my breaks. But the disparity between laying out $750+ for a case versus the value being returned in the individual cards is becoming far too great.

This hobby has consistently worried about attracting younger collectors (which we seem to have blown right past with today’s prices) but I think more attention should be paid to keeping your existing collectors into the hobby.

For now I am pulling back on purchasing any repackaged product until I start to view better results….hopefully my overall collecting habits wont take me all the way out of the stadium again.

Until Next Time,

Ed

 

 

2014 Topps UFC Knockout Alexander Gustafsson Fighter Worn Glove 1/1

2014 Topps UFC Knockout Product Review – A Collecting TKO! Buy Now!

Our first official Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Break as we gingerly stepped into the Octagon and quickly found ourselves beaten into submission….We are quickly becoming fans of this fast rising sport so add us to the growing number of UFC hobby collectible enthusiasts.

Topps brings the first UFC product to market this year which you can find here at Steelcity Collectibles for $140 a box. Each box is guaranteed to hit 2 Autographs, 2 Autographed Relics and 4 Relics overall….basically a hit in every pack.

2014 Topps UFC Knockout Ultimate Inscription Cain Velasquez /25
2014 Topps UFC Knockout Ultimate Inscription Cain Velasquez /25
2014 Topps UFC Knockout Cat Zingano Autograph Red Parallel /8
2014 Topps UFC Knockout Cat Zingano Autograph Red Parallel /8

Granted we definitely hit a major HOT BOX right out of the gate featuring the Alexander Gustafsson Fighter Worn Glove Book Card 1/1. As well as the Cain Velasquez Ultimate Inscription Autograph signed UFC Champ /25 – and as if that wasn’t enough we found a Cat Zingano Auto Parallel /8. We are not ones to ever take an outstanding break for granted but just keep in mind this box would more than likely be the outlier of the standard 8 box case as the book card is the case hit. (*We are very happy to have beaten the odds this go around!)

2014 Topps UFC Knockout T.J. Dillashaw 1st First Autograph
2014 Topps UFC Knockout T.J. Dillashaw 1st First Autograph

In the second box we did pull a couple of 1st Autograph cards which are collected similar to “Rookie” cards in other sports so they tend to hold their value if you hit the right fighters. Our best was a T.J. Dillashaw who will be fighting for a UFC Championship later on this month – so we will hold that one for the moment!

Overall I really liked the design of the base set….the cards have a black matte finish and the fighters are glossy making them pop. The insert (autographed & relic cards) are varied in design some borrowing from Topps Triple Threads designs and others beign fairly straight forward.

In general if you are a fan of the UFC and can afford a $140 box….then in our opinion it is worth the chance to step into the Octagon.

Until Next Time….Keep on Bustin’

Ed

 

2014 In The Game Past Present Future Sale Sheet Baseball

2014 In The Game Past, Present, Future Baseball Sales Results – Swing & A Major Miss

1969 Topps Craig Nettles RC
1969 Topps Craig Nettles RC

This was a product with great potential that I feel took a cheap way out to fulfilling it’s orders. The Sale Sheet showed the promise of “vintage” Buy-Back Rookie cards and HOF Buy-Back Autographs, but the end results were a bit deceiving. The oldest Buy Back card we hit in our break for instance was a 1969 Craig Nettles RC PSA 9 (MC) or Miss Cut which only brought back $20.

Box Avg Price Sold Profit/Loss Key Hits
1 $145 $11 -$134 2011 Plates & Patches $83 ; Y.A. Tittle Auto $15
2 $145 $37 -$108 2011 Topps Chrome $129 ; John Mackey Auto $10
3 $145 $70 -$75 2007 UD Premier $100
4 $145 $64 -$81 2008 SP Rookie Threads $129
5 $145 $25 -$120 2012 Panini Black $147 ; Jimmy Johnson Auto $34
6 $145 $79 -$66 2013 Playbook $99 ; Maxie Baughan Auto $21
7 $145 $145 $0 2012 Topps Supreme $113 ; Herb Adderley Auto $22
8 $145 $44 -$101 2011 Playoff Contenders $114 ; Joe Namath Auto $51
9 $145 $44 -$101
10 $145 $19 -$126
Totals $1,450 $538 -$912

Other “notable” Buy Back Rookies we hit in our 10 box case were a 1974 Topps Dave Winfield RC PSA 4 ($10)and a 1985 Donruss Kirby Puckett ($10). After that the Buy Back signed “vintage” cards were a 1994 Ted Williams Card Co. Bobby Doer Auto ($5), 1984 Fleer Bert Blyleven Auto ($10) and a 1975 Topps Goose Gossage Auto ($10).

2014 ITG Past Present Future 1/1 Cut Auto
2014 ITG Past Present Future 1/1 Cut Auto

From the Buy Back perspective these are all cards that could be had in the bargain bin section of any local card show or auction on eBay.  One advantage of repackaged products “should” be the packager/manufacture can leverage volume in their purchasing power to procure a number of quality cards for a better price than an individual collector buying a single. I did not feel or see that with this product and simply having PSA create a custom slab label does not make the card under the plastic any more desirable.

2014 ITG Past Present Future Robin Yount Patch /5
2014 ITG Past Present Future Robin Yount Patch /5

Even our 1/1 Cut Auto which I assume was the case hit of Johnny Sain sold for a meager $18. The cards that seemed to be the most popular from the “Special” hits in the box were the patches which we hit Robin Yount and Duke Snider….they were very large swatches and fetched decent prices. I think two areas of potential improvement would be to remove the Die Cut PPF letters to reveal more of the Game Used Patch since they appear to be one large cut. Also just adding a head shot photo even without logo would increase the value for collectors.

As you can see the numbers were pretty brutal with over 16 Autographed cards remaining unsold that were listed for 7 days at $3 each. When collectors are paying $145 a box at sites like Blow Out Cards you expect more value, but as you can see 6 of our boxes from a sealed case lost over $100 each! That is practically no return. The “Best” box we hit broke us even, but the drop-off was major from that anomaly.

With an overall negative Return On Investment (ROI) of -62.9% we are advising you avoid opening this product at all costs.

2013-14 Panini Intrigue Sale Sheet

2013-14 Panini Intrigue Basketball Break Results Not So Intriguing

Disappointment and surprise are two adjectives I would use to describe the sales results on these two boxes.  I was relieved I listened to my intuition on not breaking a case as that could have been absolutely brutal. The card designs themselves were fun but the overall value per box left much to be desired.

Out of two boxes that retail for $135 a box….not one card sold for more than $20! You can catch the break here and in my opinion the two coolest cards (O.J. Mayo Prime Patch & Kyrie Irvining Die Cut Gold /10) sold pretty cheap.

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
Box # SRP Sold Profit/Loss Key Sales
1 $135 $57 -$78 Kyrie Irving Gold/10 $20, Robert Parish /15 Auto $6, Teague/10 $5, Draft #10 $18
2 $135 $38 -$97 O.J. Mayo Prime Patch $20, Draft #13 ($10)
Total $270 $95 -$175
ROI -64.8%

Two of the autographs I pulled didn’t even sell (i.e. Kenyon Martin which I listed for $2 and Spud Webb which I listed at $5). It just doesn’t seem the hype or demand is/was there for this product.

2013-14 Panini Intrigue Basketball Draft Redemption Cards
2013-14 Panini Intrigue Basketball Draft Redemption Cards

The Draft Redemption cards actually sold for much higher than I thought. Getting $18 for the 10th pick in the draft (i.e. not knowing who it will be) seemed excessive….but not even those surprise sales could save me as I ended up losing $175 on the two box break for an ROI of  -65%.

Oh well…they can’t all be good….on the to the next break & Catch you next time!

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

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

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

2013-14 Panini Titanium Tracy McGrady Gamers Game Used Patch /25

2013-14 Panini Titanium Case Break Sales Results

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2013-14 Panini Titanium Connie Hawkins Autograph

From an overall enjoyment factor – breaking a case 2013-14 Panini Titanium Basketball hit the target spot-on. I enjoyed the mixture of of recent historical NBA references like the game used Tracy McGrady Patch….to the Hall of Fame and Playground Legend homage to “The Hawk” Connie Hawkins.

 

 

The 8 Box Case did well in the sales break-down below (assuming one were to sell every card on the week of release) and candidly I was a bit shocked as some cards sold for much lower than I would have anticipated.

2013-14 Panini Titanium Basketball
Box Avg Price Sold Profit/Loss Key Hits
1 $90 $38 -$52 Kobe Bryant GU $8, Shaquille O’Neal GU $17,                      Michael Carter-Williams GU $10
2 $90 $20 -$70 Larry Johnson Auto $12
3 $90 $70 -$20 Kobe Bryant & Pau Gasol Patch /25 $44
4 $90 $174 $84 Giannis Antetokounmpo /13 $155
5 $90 $111 $21 Kobe Bryant Auto $100,
6 $90 $41 -$49 Tracy McGrady GU Patch $23
7 $90 $105 $15 Anthony Davis 1/1 $80
8 $90 $25 -$65 Connie Hawkins $10
Totals $720 $584 -$136
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2013-14 Panini Titanium Kobe Bryant Pau Gasol /25 Game Used Patch

I think the Larry Johnson Auto at $12 was a steal! (*Which is why I am happy I held on to mine for my personal collection….Grandmama in a Knicks Jersey?!?! Bonus!)

The Game Used Swatches were significant and designed really well…and there were some cool patches included in the 8 boxes too – Still trying to ID where Pau’s came from!

Anthony Davis 1
2013-14 Panini Titanium Anthony Davis 1/1

My only regret was how low my Anthony Davis 1/1 sold for….I started it out at $49.95 on eBay to see if I could garner attention…and while it did attract over 20+ watchers….the bidding war never emerged that I expected. For under $100 I would have preferred to keep that card for myself….next time I will start the bidding higher! <sigh> farewell my friend it was nice to have you momentarily.

Though the one true Rookie card I did pull from my case was garnering some heavy sales figures based on three sales of comparable cards….I am glad stayed it my PC!

Panini Titanium Giannis Antetokounmpo /13 RC
Panini Titanium Giannis Antetokounmpo /13 RC

If you missed my initial break of the case you can click here for the article or check the video below. Until next time…..Keep Busting!

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In The Game Stickwork In The Running for Product of the Year!

 

In a single word….Impressive. From the moment I first saw the sale sheet from In The Game Stickwork the product just seemed so innovative and cool that I ordered a couple of boxes not even being a Hockey Collector just because I wanted to see the product in person. Then after a week of looking around I felt like this could really be a special release so I bumped my order up to a case! Perhaps it is the push of not having a NHL license, or perhaps ITG is just full of creative individuals striving to push our hobby to the next level…but either way the results were impressive!

2013 In The Game Stickwork
Box Price Sold Profit/Loss Key Hits
1 $150 $59 -$91 3x Stick Rack (Fuhr, Moog, Joseph) $29
2 $150 $72 -$78 Artus Irbe $26
3 $150 $169 $19  2xTape(Beliveau, Richard) $137
4 $150 $105 -$45 Dual Stickrack Dryden Bros $50
5 $150 $70 -$80 Jagr $41
6 $150 $278 $128 Sakic est. $80 Yzerman 500 /4 est $125 & Lemieux $73
7 $150 $288 $138 Messier/Gretzky Dual Tape $87, Thornton/Nabokov 1/1 $101 & Enshrined Yzerman est. $125
8 $150 $115 -$35 Vintage Concher $69
9 $150 $62 -$88 Sean Burke $26
10 $150 $340 $190 Quad Gordie Howe, Kennedy, Richard & Morenz $250
Totals $1,500 $1,558 $58

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For those of you familiar with my system I break all boxes or cases with my own funds and then sell the majority of singles back and keep a few cards along the way for my PC. In the case with In The Game Stickwork I was EXTREMELY surprised to be able recoup all my funds back in the product I opened! In comparison check out my 2013-14 Panini Gold Standard Basketball case break and you will see the OTHER side of the spectrum! (*For cards I keep in my PC I look for the same or similar card sold on eBay during the same time period my other cards were listed.)

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Each box the cards were already in magnetic cases and for the majority of cards you would find BOLD multi-colored swatches of game used sticks all around. Actually the times when there were no multi-colors were some of the cards I enjoyed the most as they tended to be of the vintage variety like the Quad Stick Gordie Howe, Ted Kennedy, Maurice Richard and Howie Morenz /9.

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I believe the future of our collecting hobby will be limited print/distribution runs like In The Game’s Stickwork where only 2500 boxes are produced thus avoiding the mass production that tends to drive down the overall value of cards.

When you can maintain and potentially increase the value of your investment from opening wax….I think the trade off of a higher per box price is worth that opportunity vs. spending $50-$75 a box that is filled with mostly commons.

Congratulations & a Sincere Thank You to In The Game for making an outstanding product….and one that is in the running for my vote on product of the year!

http://www.itgtradingcards.com/products-lineup/stickwork