“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!

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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!

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2013 National Treasures Football – Will You Roll the Dice?

NT Captain Patch

When you get into a Super-High End product such as National Treasures (i.e. $450+ a box) you have to weigh your odds in breaking a box/case. With a configuration of 1 pack per box that holds 8 total cards you are into each card at about $55+ per card. A steep price for a blind open. 
So the question is with 2013 being a softer NFL Rookie crop, to me, that makes the risk a significantly higher since you tend to get a RC auto or two per box.

What are your thoughts? Does the potential RC pull deter you from opening National Treasures this year?

NT RC SIG- ON CARD Current Star Signatures includes Jumbo Prime Booklets, Notable Nicknames and Colossal Jersey #s





NT Cut Auto 50- HOF 50th Anniversary Material Cards & Signature Materials Cards features NFL legends.


Each Box contains two base cards, rookie and/or legends (#’d/99 or less), three autographs (#’d/99 or less) and three memorabilia cards (#’d/99 or less)

NT Nike Swoosh


NT Geno Smith


Does Basketball Have a Triple Crown?

In baseball the “Triple Crown” is represented by leading the league in Batting Avg, Home Runs, and Runs Batted In. Perhaps the “Triple Double” is the closest thing to showing overall dominance by getting double figures in 3 categories such as Points, Rebounds, and Assists.

1961 Fleer Oscar Robertson RC
1961 Fleer Oscar Robertson RC

 In 1961-62, Oscar Robertson became the only player to average a triple double in a single season. In spite of averaging 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists that season, The Big O only lead the league in assists.

But in looking over the history of basketball no player has ever lead the league in those 3 categories in the same season. Only Wilt Chamberlain has lead the league in Scoring and Rebounding in the same season – a remarkable 5 times. Other players that have lead the league in those 2 categories, but in different seasons have been: Elvin Hayes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and David Robinson.

Robinson RC
1989 Hoops David Robinson RC


1971 Topps Nate Archibald RC
1971 Topps Nate Archibald RC

A more unlikely two-thirds of the triple crown is leading the league in scoring and assists. What makes it unlikely is that a player would have to have the ability to score for one’s self and also help to set up others to score. Mr. Clutch, Jerry West, was the first player to lead the league in scoring one year and then lead the league in assists in another season. But Nate “Tiny” Archinald is the only player to pull off that rare feat in the same season of 1972-73.


1961 Fleer Wilt Chamberlain RC
1961 Fleer Wilt Chamberlain RC

In 1967-68 The Big Dipper, Wilt Chamberlain, posted a league leading combination in rebounding and assists, making him the only player to ever to accomplish a career “Triple Crown” in basketball.

Who will be the next to join Wilt in this career feat? Lebron & Durant are both dominant in the game, but not league leaders in rebounding or assists. Kevin Love has a legitimate shot at Scoring & Rebounding, but he has never averaged close to double figures in assists.

Do you think we will ever see another career Triple Crown league leader?


Kevin St Jacque

Contributing 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


First Issue of Beckett Monthly – 1984 – Memories


Digging through some old magazines boxes I stumbled across a favorite old friend….the 1st Beckett Monthly – November 1984 by Dr. James Beckett. It brought back some wonderful memories of my youth and the beginning possibilities of our Hobby when you now had a “guide” you could refer to before making purchases or trades.

Even more interesting now is flipping through the pages (26 pages dedicated to pricing) and seeing how much things were worth back in the day!

Some interesting finds come to mind:

bowman mantle1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle RC – $375

Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps no case1952 Topps Mickey Mantle – $1,400


1949 Bowman Jackie Robinson – $60

koufax1955 Sandy Koufax RC – $50

1955-Topps-Roberto-Clemente-RC-260x1821955 Roberto Clemente RC – $95

rose1963 Pete Rose RC – $350

carlton1966 Steve Carlton RC – $100

1968-Topps-Baseball-Nolan-Ryan-RC-260x1851968 Nolan Ryan RC – $33

jackson rc1969 Reggie Jackson RC – $55

Who would’ve thought you could get a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle  RCfor the same price as a 1963 Pete Rose RC?

Or you could buy THREE Nolan Ryan RCs for the price of ONE Steve Carlton RC?

Would you rather have a Reggie Jackson RC or a Sandy Koufax RC?

So many possibilities….if only we had a time machine!

Let me know if you are curious about any specific prices from the 1st issue of Beckett Monthly (it goes up to 1984) and I will be happy to share.

Until then….Happy Collecting!





2013 Bowman Mini Baseball Set – Are Factory Sets a Good Idea?



One of the fun parts of collecting cards for pack busters is building sets. With the announcement of Bowman Chrome’s new Mini-Factory Set which promises to take the best of Bowman, Bowman Chrome and Drafts and Prospects into a ready made set how will the hobby react?

For many this is an excellent opportunity (I personally didn’t break any Chrome baseball products in 2013 so I see it as a fast way to acquire the key rookies I missed out on.) On the other hand I can only imagine my potential frustration if I spent a lot of resources building those sets myself to see I could have waited.

Another theory being tested is the addition of 30 refractor parallel cards being inserted inside every set. So the age old tradition of buying a complete set and keeping it sealed is now going to be tested with to break open or not to break?

Is this going to become a new trend? Similar to Box/Case Breaks…will we be witnessing Set Breaks?

Will the $220+ price offering be too high?

I’d love to hear your thoughts…until then…Happy Collecting.

McAdoo vs Kareem

Kevin Durant vs. Bob McAdoo

It’s always interesting to me when I hear fans and card collectors talk about the greatest players in NBA history. Among the usual suspects mentioned are: Jordan, Magic, Bird, Wilt and Russell. Then later it usually turns to today’s stars – Kobe, LeBron, and Durant – ranking them among the game’s all-time greats. All of those players have some of the hobby’s most sought after rookie, memorabilia, and autographed cards and with each new release there are collectors looking to add to their collections.

Kevin-Durant-Exquisite-RC-Patch-AutoWhen people mention Durant and what he has accomplished in his first six season in the league – Rookie of the Year, 3x Scoring Champ, and an All-Star Game MVP – and anoint him as the next great of the game, it reminds me of a forgotten great scorer – Bob McAdoo.

McAdoo RCBob McAdoo doesn’t have as many sought after cards as Durant. But it’s interesting how their first six seasons stack up against each other and how similar they are. McAdoo was an undersized center at 6’9″ and Durant is a 6’11″ guard/forward, but what they both have in common is scoring the basketball. Just compare their stats for their first 6 seasons:

In Bob McAdoo’s first 6 seasons he was ROY, 3x Scoring Champ, NBA MVP and a 5x All-Star.

McAdoo Scoring Leader

  1. 1972-73 – ROY 18.0 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.7 apg
  2. 1973-74 – Scoring Champ, All-Star 30.6 ppg, 15.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg, 3.3 bpg
  3. 1974-75 – MVP, Scoring Champ, All-Star 34.5 ppg, 14.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg, 2.1 bpg
  4. 1975-76 – Scoring Champ, All-Star 31.1 ppg, 12.4 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.2 spg, 2.1 bpg
  5. 1976-77 – All-Star 25.8 ppg, 12.9 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.4 bpg
  6. 1977-78 – All-Star 26.5 ppg, 12.8 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.6 bpg

Durant USA

In Kevin Durant’s first 6 seasons he was ROY, 3x Scoring Champ, 4x All-Star, and All-Star Game MVP.

  1. 2007-08 – ROY 20.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg
  2. 2008-09 25.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.3 spg
  3. 2009-10 – Scoring Champ, All-Star 30.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.4 spg, 1.0 bpg
  4. 2010-11 – Scoring Champ, All-Star 27.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.0 bpg
  5. 2011-12 – Scoring Champ, All-Star 28.0, 8.0 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.2 bpg
  6. 2012-13 – All-Star, All-Star Game MVP 28.1 ppg, 7.9 apg, 4.6 apg, 1.4 spg, 1.3 bpg

McAdoo GoldI’m disappointed that McAdoo was the only former league MVP at the time not to be selected to the 1996′s NBA Top 50 at 50 Anniversary team. It’s probably one of the reasons why he’s not on as many collector’s radar and hopefully his omission will be rectified in the next anniversary team and he’ll be joined by Kevin Durant. But until then basketball collectors and fans can still pick up a Hall of Fame scoring machine’s certified autographed insert card for between $10-$20 which is just a fraction of what Durant’s autos usually sell for.

Durant McDonaldsKevin Durant is putting up some similar Hall of Fame numbers as McAdoo did back in the day. It’s just that his cards are a little more pricey. Are they worth it? It’s hard to say, but his numbers sure look HOF worthy.

Do you have any comparisons in mind? Maybe CP3 and KJ? Carmelo and Bernard King? Let’s take a look and find another star from yesterday who may be a collecting bargain!


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