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!

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!


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!!!


2014 Topps Museum Collection Baseball 12 Box Case Break

2014 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Product Review

This was definitely a very enjoyable 12 box case break….though it is a high end product with a lot of bust potential there is also room for some pretty special pulls. I can’t fault Topps for not putting in the “Wow” factor…it was just that my luck on players pulled was not in effect.

Myers Gold AutoWith 2 Game Used & 2 Autographs per box (1 hit per pack) buying a single pack or two is a viable gamble at your local card store. In each 12 box case you are guaranteed to hit a limited Framed Autograph & a Momentous Material Jumbo Patch Auto.  In my case that was a Gold Framed Wil Myers /15 which is a decent pull of last year’s ROY.


2014 Topps Museum Collection Archival Autographs
2014 Topps Museum Collection Archival Autographs




My Momentous Material was a bit lackluster with Didi Gregorious Game Used Patch Auto /5.  What I did find most impressive with 2014 Museum Collection was the Archival Autograph subset. I loved the simplicity of the card design and the fact that all the autographs are on-card in that set is very impressive. This would make a beautiful collection to pursue….but alas my budget is limited so I will keep Papi Ortiz as my primary keepsake!

I must have picked up the Nomar Garciaparra case as I pulled two Big Hits of him. A One-of-One Sketch card signed by the artist which was very well drawn. As well as a Nomar Booklet card with Autograph & Relics /10.

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

Overall a very nice product with boom & bust potential. I think if you can afford a roll of the dice than Museum Collection has great ROI potential and provides some fun & excitement along the way.  

I will post again at the end of the week the financial results so we can see how far away from the mark this particular case will be.

Until Next Time……Keep on Busting!


Home Plate Sportscards


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

2013-14 Panini Titanium Case Break Sales Results

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
Lakers Patch
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!


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

Quad Howe 1

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.)

Tape Dual Beliveau 1


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.

Yzerman 500a


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!




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!”
  2. Facebook Like this Page “ForLoveofHomePlate”
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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 www.forloveofhomeplate.com


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.