A HUGE 40 CASE BREAK of 2014 Topps Football!!!

A few weeks back, Topps released its yearly flagship football offering to the masses and it was well received among collectors. In fact, this year I was sooooo tempted to open my first football pack since 1991 Topps Stadium Club. Maybe next year I will but Topps is about to release Topps Fire and it looks HOT! No pun intended. I might be convinced that 23 years is long enough to go without opening a football card pack. Not sure yet. :0)

Even though I didn't open up a single 2014 Topps football pack, I still like to live vicariously through others that open a lot. The first person that comes to mind when I think of BIG CASE BREAKS is none other than Brent Williams. He is the world's number one case breaker when it comes to volume and customer service. He opens several cases of most Topps products. For 2014 Topps Football, he opened 40 jumbo cases!!

Not only does he bust cases and cases of Topps product, he does so while sorting, answering emails, listing on eBay, and while being on Twitter all at the same time. He will tweet out pictures of his awesome pulls and give us his candid opinions of the product. In fact, you can actually make money by listening to him. He will tell you what deals are good on eBay and which ones to stay away from. That's right, it pays you to follow him on Twitter. His handle is @brentandbecca.

I recently caught up with Brent and asked him what his top ten 2014 Topps Football pulls were by "wow factor" out of his incredible 40 jumbo case break. After days of ripping, sorting, listing, selling, and shipping, Brent kindly found a little time to provide me with some information:

"Ok, first I would like to say that I was more bored this year with Topps Football. Not because of the lack of hits, but the Razorbacks did not have rookies to chase, lol (Brent is from Arkansas and makes no secret about his loyalty to the Razorbacks). But also because it had similar breakdown as last year but far less HOF content. I don't get overly excited about the same 35-40 rookies only in a different set (i.e. 1985, 1965, 1963, base, etc). I also was not a fan of the insert themes or designs. I have never felt that way before but football already lacks set builders compared to baseball and this year despite the most insert sets and larger sets, it did not matter. Plus the surprise addition of 3 new inserts (punt pass kick; play 60 super kids; play 60 nfl mentors) while ok I guess, BUT to replace 3 cards per jumbo pack was a killer especially with full sets not even selling for $1 at this point. But the inserts (except the 1000 / 4000 clubs) not having card #s to sort by is a mess. The insert sets were so huge this year it took me and two other people 4 1/2 FULL days (15-18 hours each) to sort JUST inserts. The addition of the 3 insert cards per jumbo took away almost 20 full 440-card sets from me PLUS topps moved the rookies to 332-440 this yr and I ran short on them. Several breakers reported falling short on some rc in their one case breaks. For me, I had roughly 40 more 1-331 than I did #88, 332-440; so roughly 1 set per case I opened. Overall, I was about 50 440 sets shorter than last year's 40 case break. That was costly at the tune of $1400 (1 bulk buyer paid me $28/set and wanted up to 100 more than the 100 I sold him-sold some elsewhere too). I hit 8 SP or numbered Manziel autos which was good as he was tied for most autos from rookie premiere guys in those same numbered SP sets. As for wow factor list, it is tough because really those 8 manziel would be it, lol. They all sold for $93-$143. I hit 2 base autos, 2 base variation autos, a 1985, a 1965 tall boy, & 2 1963 mini autos of his. Problem is everything is autos and rookies. The only top 10 item I hit (outside the same rc autos) was a BARRY SANDERS TOPPS AUTOGRAPH that sold for $110. I love the card & signature. Oh, and maybe DREW BREES at $78 but the rest were all 1963, 1965, 1985, or base sticker autos. I hit 4 rc auto patches numbered to 20 which are nice but barely missed the top 10 sellers with Brandin Cooks at $86 and 12th place selling wise so not sure what list to make for once, it is all the same and same player lol. No WOW factor as nothing caught my eye :( "

Because Brent wasn't able to really provide a "wow factor" list due to Manziel Mania, here are Brent's best hits ranked by completed sales prices. Here they are from 10 to 1:

TOP TEN HIGHEST SELLING CARDS OUT OF BRENT’S 40 CASE BREAK!

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10. 2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel 1963 Mini Rookie Autograph 007/150 SOLD: $94.77

2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel 1963 Mini Rookie Auto

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9. 2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel 1965 Tall Boy Rookie Autograph 054/150 SOLD: $102.50

2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel 1965 Tall Boy Rookie Auto

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8. 2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel SP Base Rookie Autograph SOLD: $103.55

2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel SP Variation Auto

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7. 2014 Topps Football Kelvin Benjamin Rookie Premiere Red Ink Auto /10 SOLD: $107.01

2014 Topps Football Kelvin Benjamin Rookie Red Ink Auto

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6. 2014 Topps Football Barry Sanders Autograph Shortprint SOLD: $110.00

2014 Topps Football Barry Sanders SP Auto

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5. 2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel SP Base Rookie Autograph SOLD: $112.50

2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel SP Variation Auto

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4. 2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel SP Variation Rookie Autograph SOLD: $121.38

2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel SP Variation Auto

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3. 2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel 1985 Rookie Autograph 083/150 SOLD: $138.16

2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel 1985 Rookie Auto

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2. 2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel SP Variation Rookie Autograph SOLD: $139.99

2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel SP Variation Auto

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1. 2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel SP Variation Rookie Autograph – SOLD: $143.92

2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel SP Variation Auto

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Although Brent had some awesome pulls one can't help to notice that Manziel is the most popular player right now. So how do you think Brent did? Check out some of his previous case breaks to see how well he has fared. On the righthand side of my blog, just click on the category Brent's Case Breaks. Again, you can follow Brent on Twitter at @brentandbecca and you can follow me @parker94ttu. Thanks!

Craig from Texas


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1960 Topps — Three More Cards to Set Completion!!

The title says it all. After over 25 years of trading and buying, I am nearing the completion of my 1960 Topps set in EX or better condition. The only cards I lack now are:

1960 Topps #300 Hank Aaron

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1960 Topps #563 Mickey Mantle All Star

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1960 Topps #565 Roger Maris All Star

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The 1960 Topps set is one of the few Topps sets in which most of the cards have a horizontal design. The only other years Topps did this was in 1955 and 1956 when the cards were a bit larger than the standard size. To this day, the 1960 Topps set remains as the only standard sized set with a horizontal design produced by Topps. This is something I would like Topps to consider in the future – another horizontal design for their flagship set. With today’s technology, I can see how popular the set could be with crisp, horizontal photos – just like Topps did back in 1991 with the introduction of Topps Stadium Club.

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What do you think? Think Topps should go with a horizontal design again? I would like to know your thoughts. Please let me know.

Thanks!

Craig from Texas


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1960 Topps #85 Frank Lary #502 Jim Bunning Detroit Tigers
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1960 Topps Joe Ginsberg #304 -- Orioles -- NM -- Tough Low Pop Card!
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Follower’s Q & A

Time to open up the mail bag and answer a couple of questions from a follower of this blog!

Dave writes:

"I have really enjoyed reading about your collection on your website. Congrats on an over the top achievement! It's quite an accomplishment! I too have a lifetime collection similar to yours. Mine is 1955 to date, and the 1973-2013 sets are complete (most are factory sets). I also have a complete run of the Traded sets from 1973-2000. I am actively trying to fill in my partial sets, but a limited budget holds me back. As an aside, I'm also working on a 1959 Topps Baseball Master Set. I'm only a few cards away.

I have a couple of questions for you, if you don't mind:

1. For insurance purposes, how much would you say your collection is worth?

2. How do you store your cards?
I keep my sets in 5-Row Monster Boxes, protected in penny sleeves. I thought about storing them in albums, but they take up an enormous amount of room, and the thought of sliding some of the rarer cards into pages makes me think of instant damage to the cards, even if a person is extra careful.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts, and any tips or general collecting info would be greatly appreciated."

Dave

Well, Dave, when insuring your collection, it is important to consider a few factors. One, do not evaluate your collection based on a price guide’s value. If you do that, you will be paying too much insurance. Base the dollar amount of your collection on “replacement value”. In other words, if your collection goes up in flames, you need to ask yourself how much would it cost to have my collection replaced? It is important to have an insurance agent that fully understands your collection. My agent checks in with me annually and I update him on my acquisitions by providing him with a spreadsheet which shows my entire inventory along with replacement value. I won’t share with you what that value is but I am sure you can pretty much estimate what a complete Topps set run is worth. I keep my collection in a climate controlled location and access it a few times a month.

To answer your second question, people have different ways that they like to store their cards. I have my own method and it seems to work just fine for me. First of all, I store all of my extra cards in 5,000 count monster boxes. I have a stack of these that are taller than I am and I am 6’ 6’’. I would estimate that I have about 100,000 cards stored in this manner. I am one of the few people out there that believe in storing Topps sets in albums. For years I had them stored away in your typical 800 count boxes. I would make sure that these boxes were carefully secured to prevent cards from slipping and sliding to prevent against damage. This worked for a while and then I didn’t like the fact that I couldn’t easily view my cards when I wanted to. I then experimented with three ring binders. Everyone that I talked to told me that I should not do this and to keep my cards stored away in 800 count boxes. People said that over time the cards would stick to the plastic sheets and ruin them. They also said that the cards would bend if kept in the sheets while the binders were stored vertically. One person I talked to said that he keeps his cards in binders but the binders are laid flat to prevent the cards from warping. After learning what I could about card storage, I decided that the best approach for me was to find a binder that would fit my cards snugly without allowing them to bend over time. I use plastic sheets that are PVC free so that the cards will not stick to the plastic. I ended up finding a great deal on 200 binders that are 1.5 inches wide. These binders seem to fit the cards and sheets perfectly. I store them vertically as seen here:

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Whenever I want, I can access them, flip the pages, and view the cards much easier than when I had them stored in boxes. I even created some things to go with the binder to give it more of a nostalgic feel as seen here:

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Some people may cringe at seeing my 1957 Topps Mickey Mantle in my binder. However, when I handle my cards, I am extremely careful while turning the pages as to not damage any of the cards.

For the record, I store all of my Topps sets from 1955 to 2014 in the 1.5 inch binders. Each year is housed in two binders with the exception of 1955 and 1956. The sets for 1955 and 1956 have 206 and 340 cards in each set so they can fit in one binder. All other years have more cards so they require two binders. The sets I'm working on for 1951 to 1954 are kept in PSA storage boxes as seen here:

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My goal is to have every card from 1951 to 1954 PSA graded. To see my progress on my sets, please visit my web site at:

MY WEB SITE

Thanks again for your email, Dave. I hope that by sharing this information with the collecting public, one will now be able to decide for themselves what is best for their collection. If anyone has any questions for my Follower’s Q&A, please send them to: parker94ttu@gmail.com.

Thanks!

Craig from Texas

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862 More and Counting!

After making some serious headway with my 1960 Topps set, I'm now only 862 cards to have every base set from 1951 to present! Only NINE more cards to go for 1960! Here's what I need to put this one away:

1960 Topps #300 Hank Aaron
1960 Topps #343 Sandy Koufax
1960 Topps #475 Don Drysdale
1960 Topps #560 Ernie Banks AS
1960 Topps #561 Al Kaline AS
1960 Topps #563 Mickey Mantle AS
1960 Topps #564 Willie Mays AS
1960 Topps #565 Roger Maris AS
1960 Topps #566 Hank Aaron AS

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2014 Topps Heritage 41 CASE BREAK!!

On March 14th, Topps finally released my most anticipated release of the year -- 2014 Topps Heritage Baseball. I went ahead and opened up three cases and traded/sold all the cards for some nice 1960 and 1961 Topps cards as well as some 1962's that completed my 1962 Topps set! I am now 81 cards away from having every Topps base set 1957 to present!

After opening my three cases with my best card being a Derek Jeter Black Chrome refractor, I began to wonder what other awesome pulls are in this product? As most of you know by now, Brent Williams, the world's number one case breaker when it comes to volume (and service in my opinion), opens several cases of most Topps products. For 2014 Topps Heritage, he opened 41 cases!!

I immediately contacted him on Twitter (his handle is @brentandbecca) and asked him what his top ten 2014 Topps Heritage pulls were by wow factor out of his incredible 41 case break. After days of ripping, sorting, listing, selling, and shipping, Brent kindly found a little time to provide me with a list. There are definitely some cards that make me go "wow"!

Here are Brent's best hits ranked by "wow factor". Brent gave me a Top 10 list of his pulls. Here they are from 10 to 1 along with comments:

TOP TEN BIGGEST WOW FACTOR CARDS OUT OF BRENT’S 41 CASE BREAK!

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10. Derek Jeter Black Chrome Refractor 43/65 -- SOLD: $247.49

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I find it amazing that Brent and I pulled the same card out of our case breaks. I pulled the Derek Jeter Black Chrome Refractor numbered 10/65 while Brent pulled the one numbered 43/65. So Brent’s tenth best card was my best card. That means he pulled nine more that are better than this so read on to see what they were.

9. Craig Biggio 1965 Giant Baseball Players Box Loader Autograph /20 -- SOLD: $250.00

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I was amazed that Brent was able to sell this one for $250.00. However, there are only 20 of them out there and there are some pretty die hard Houston Astros fans as this sale indicates.

8. Roberto Clemente/Willie Stargell/Andrew McCutchen Triple Relic /25 SOLD: $250.00

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Brent actually pulled two of the 25 cards available. The one pictured actually sold for $225.21 while Brent sold another one offline for $250.00. This is one sweet card pairing two Hall of Famers with one that is well on his way.

7. Carlos Beltran Super Shortprint $250.00

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I have never fully understood why these cards are so collectible but after looking at some of the sales of these, it is easy to see that these super shortprints are in great demand. These cards are highly collected among those who feel that their master set is simply not complete without them.

6. Joey Votto Super Shortprint $300.00

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Here is another super shortprint that Brent pulled and this one he was able to sell for $300.00. The key to getting the most money on cards like these is to get them on eBay as quickly as you can. The fewer on eBay, the more demand there will be. The longer you wait to list, then more will appear from others which will drive the price down.

5.Jarrod Parker Super Shortprint SOLD: $300.00

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I am sure Brent was pretty happy with the sale of his super shortprints as here is another one he sold for $300. Since Brent has sold his, several can be found on eBay at much cheaper prices. This is why it is almost always best from a buyer’s perspective to wait for more to surface before buying.

4.Andrew McCutchen Super Shortprint SOLD: $300.00

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I actually was fortunate to pull this exact card out of the three cases I opened. However, I wasn’t as fortunate to sell mine for as much Brent did. Mine sold for $89.00 and I was very happy with that sale.

3. Rickey Henderson/Yoenis Cespedes Clubhouse Collection Dual Autograph Relic /10 Redemption SOLD: $300.00

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It is too bad that most of the dual autograph relic cards in Topps Heritage are redemptions. It is far more exciting to pull a rare card when the card is live than it is to get a redemption. The waiting process can be brutal. I have heard some nightmare of people waiting years for their cards; however, I have heard that Topps is working to make the process better.

2. Johnny Bench/Buster Posey Clubhouse Collection Dual Autograph Relic /10 Redemption SOLD: $350.00

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I honestly cannot think of a better pairing when it comes to a catcher of the past with a catcher of the present. With only ten copies of this card available, $350 sounds like a pretty good deal.

1. Gerrit Cole Patch Book Card Redemption – SOLD: $375.00

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If you are a Gerrit Cole fan or a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, this is probably the best it can get out of Topps Heritage. These thick cards are unique and numbered one of one. Extremely rare to find in packs. Let’s hope for the buyer that Topps has this card ready to ship as I wouldn’t want to have to wait for such an awesome card.

Here are some thoughts on Brent’s case break from none other than Brent himself...

"I had eight more $200 direct sales which included triple relics numbered to 25 of Smoltz/Glavine/Maddux, Henderson/Cespedes/Jackson, the SSP error of Correia, SSP uniform variations of Goldschmidt and Gomez. Plus I had box loader redemption autographs numbered to 20 of Tom Glavine, Bo Jackson, and Mike Mussina. I also was able to buy four SSP uniform variations including Jeter for $300 or less and flip them all for $300-$600 each but I didn’t pull them so they don’t count, in fact only pulled the two SSP uniform cards (out of 41 cases) and should have pulled at least double that so had bad luck there. I sold dozens of master sets, logo variation sets, SP action sets, chrome sets, refractor sets, purples, unopened original buybacks, etc. for anywhere from $250 to $1,000 each set/lot and had another 33 cards sell between $100-$199 including a 1/1 cut signature of Bob Shaw of the Giants, both Keith Olbermann autograph variations plus many direct deals on box loader relics, black refractors, auto relics, dual autos, embossed, gold refractors, etc. I had fewer keepers than ever since I did not hit but one autograph I wanted which was the Hank Aaron Red Ink autograph, that was my biggest hit.

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I kept it and redeemed it, had to go buy red inks of guys like Chipper and Mattingly and still looking for any Bo Jackson!”

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If you are familiar with Topps Heritage and Real One autographs from this year, Topps has listed Bo Jackson on the checklist but his card has yet to be found. Topps even tweeted a picture of one so it has to exist. My opinion is that they are saving those and will be inserting them into later packs destined for value boxes. Supposedly,the same thing happened with the Willie Mays autographs back in 2012.

Although Brent had some awesome pulls one can't help to notice that half of his top ten pulls are redemptions. However, I wouldn't say that this product is loaded with redemptions. I opened three cases and did not have a single redemption card. All of my autographs were live and on-card (the way all autographs should be).

So how do you think Brent did? Check out some of his previous case breaks to see how well he has fared. On the righthand side of my blog, just click on the category Brent's Case Breaks. Again, you can follow Brent on Twitter at @brentandbecca and you can follow me @parker94ttu. Thanks!

Craig from Texas


2014 Topps Heritage, Adrian Beltre, MINI, #476, Rangers, SP, SSP, #035/100
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2014 Topps Heritage, Allen Craig, MINI, #190, Cardinals, SP, SSP, #068/100
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2014 Topps Heritage, CC Sabathia, MINI, #330, Yankees, SP, SSP, #031/100
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Topps Gave Me a 1952 Topps Yogi Berra!

Here's something that is pretty interesting. I recently won a box of Topps cards for being called a "lucky tweeter" by Topps on Twitter. Although I had no idea what they were going to send, I was hoping for either a box of 2014 Topps Series One or 2014 Topps Heritage. I was completely surprised when this showed up at my door....

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A box of 2014 Topps Museum Collection! I've never opened a full box of a higher end product so I was excited to rip into this. These boxes consist of four packs and packs generally sell for $50 each at hobby stores. I went ahead and opened the entire box and decided to list every card on eBay.

Here are the results of the eBay auctions I listed:

Lot of (3) Copper Parallels: $2.04

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Canvas Collection Jimmy Foxx: $1.25

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Autograph Todd Frazier 064/399: $5.24

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Lot of (11) Base Cards: $6.55

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Autograph Dual Relic Taijuan Walker 151/299: $6.75

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Quad Relic Alex Rodriguez 83/99: $12.23

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Green Parallel Willie Mays 158/199: $8.25

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Dual Jumbo Relic Troy Tulowitzki/Carlos Gonzalez 3/5: $56.00

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The total of all of these auctions ended up totaling $98.31. I decided to take this money and buy one card for my vintage set collection. After a lot of thinking, I decided to buy this beauty:

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I ended up paying a total of $110 for this card so after selling the cards that Topps gave me, my total cost for this card was only $11.69. This is one of my favorite cards and glad I got such a great deal on it!

So, thank you Topps, for practically giving me a 1952 Topps Yogi Berra! Let me know when you are ready to give me the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle!


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YOGI BERRA NEW YORK YANKEES SIGNED 2002 TOPPS 1952 REPRINT *PSA/DNA SLABBED*
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Only 887 more cards to go!

After a flurry of trades for some 1960 and 1961 cards, I'm now only 895 cards away from my ultimate goal -- a complete set of every Topps base set from 1951 to present!

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My Results From THREE Cases of 2014 Topps Heritage!!

It sure was a fun time to sit down, take a few days off work, and rip into three cases of 2014 Topps Heritage! Here is a picture of my annual pyramid which actually shows four cases since one case was opened by a buddy of mine.

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If you follow my blog, you should know by now that I really do not collect Topps Heritage. Yes, I am a huge fan of the product but the way I collect is quite different than most. Every year, I open a lot of Topps Heritage. It is basically the only current brand of cards I open other than regular Topps. I always end up trading or selling most of my Topps Heritage and end up trading or buying cards on my vintage wantlists. My ultimate goal is to have every base card Topps has produced from 1951 to present. Currently, that is 46,217 different cards! I currently need 930 more cards to make this happen. My ultimate goal is to be able to get my very last card, 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle in a PSA 2 grade, by my 50th birthday which is about eight years from now. So, if you keep following this blog for the next eight years, you can see if this will actually happen or not. Every week the number of cards I need shrinks and the lower that number gets, the more motivated I am to get my Topps set run completed.
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Back to Topps Heritage. I ended up pre-buying three cases from Atlanta Sportscards and paid $675 a case. I thought this was a great price as prices around release time were hovering in the $800 range. So that total came to $2,025. I wondered if I would be able to get my money back on the cards I pulled and sold. Usually I don't but occasionally I do. I am really not in it for the money -- just would like to get some big hits from the cases so I can trade them (or sell and then buy) the big hits I need for my vintage sets.

Here are the results of what I pulled and the amount I sold them for. I don't take in consideration the cost of eBay or Paypal fees as those amounts are depressing. :) Some of these were sold offline which saved me on fees.

Click on any card below to see what they are currently selling for on eBay:

Derek Jeter Black Chrome Refractor 10/65 -- SOLD $299.99
2014 Topps Heritage Derek Jeter Black Chrome Refractor

Jim Rice Real One Autograph -- SOLD $51.99
2014 Topps Heritage Jim Rice Real One Autograph

Orlando Cepeda 1965 US Postage Stamp Relic 37/50 -- SOLD $30.00
2014 Topps Heritage Orlando Cepeda 1965 US Postage Stamp Relic 37/50

Bryce Harper Clubhouse Collection GOLD Relic 15/99 -- SOLD $20.50
2014 Topps Heritage Bryce Harper Clubhouse Collection GOLD Relic 15/99

Prince Fielder 1965 Mint Nickel Coin Relic 13/15 -- SOLD $35.00
2014 Topps Heritage Prince Fielder 1965 Mint Nickel Coin Relic 13/15

Lou Brock 1965 US Postage Stamp Relic 35/50 -- SOLD $39.99
2014 Topps Heritage Lou Brock 1965 US Postage Stamp Relic 35/50

Lot of 33 Chrome Refractors and 47 Purple Refractors -- SOLD $135.00

Lot of 14 base sets and 1 master set -- SOLD $685.00

Lot of 93 base cards -- SOLD $30.15

Andrew McCutchen "Pittsburth" Error card -- SOLD $89.00
2014 Topps Heritage Andrew McCutchen

David Wright Black Chrome Refractor 05/65 (jersey number) -- SOLD $47.00
2014 Topps Heritage David Wright Black Chrome Refractor 05/65 (jersey number)

Carlos Beltran Gold Chrome Refractor 03/05 -- SOLD $53.00
2014 Topps Heritage Carlos Beltran Gold Chrome Refractor 03/05

Carlos Beltran Mini 073/100 -- SOLD $17.50
2014 Topps Heritage Carlos Beltran Mini 073/100

Complete SP set (75 cards) and insert sets (54 cards) -- SOLD $179.99
2014 Topps Heritage Complete SP set (75 cards) and insert sets (54 cards)

Evan Gattis Embossed Boxtopper Relic 09/25 -- SOLD $17.50
2014 Topps Heritage Evan Gattis Embossed Boxtopper Relic 09/25

Lot of 27 Clubhouse Collection Relics -- SOLD $78.55
2014 Topps Heritage Lot of 27 Clubhouse Collection Relics

Rickey Henderson Embossed Boxtopper -- SOLD $12.61
2014 Topps Heritage Rickey Henderson Embossed Boxtopper

Lot of (16) 1965 Original boxtoppers -- SOLD $66.00
2014 Topps Heritage Lot of (16) 1965 Original boxtoppers

Lot of (17) Ad Panel boxtoppers -- SOLD $38.00
2014 Topps Heritage Lot of (17) Ad Panel boxtoppers

Yasiel Puig Action Variation -- SOLD $6.05
2014 Topps Heritage Yasiel Puig Action Variation

Gerrit Cole Black Chrome Refractor 65/65 -- SOLD $50.00
2014 Topps Heritage Gerrit Cole Black Chrome Refractor 65/65

Joe Mauer Logo Variation -- SOLD $15.65
2014 Topps Heritage Joe Mauer Logo Variation

Yasiel Puig Logo Variation -- SOLD $26.25
2014 Topps Heritage Yasiel Puig Logo Variation

Matt Harvey Logo Variation -- SOLD $11.00

2014 Topps Heritage Matt Harvey Logo Variation

Paul Goldschmidt Logo Variation -- SOLD $11.58
2014 Topps Heritage Paul Goldschmidt Logo Variation

Frank Bolling Real One Autograph -- SOLD $13.39
2014 Topps Heritage Frank Bolling Real One Autograph

Charley James Real One Autograph -- SOLD $10.38

2014 Topps Heritage Charley James Real One Autograph

Herm Starrette Real One Autograph -- SOLD $7.54
2014 Topps Heritage Herm Starrette Real One Autograph

Jerry Fosnow Real One Autograph -- SOLD $7.99
2014 Topps Heritage Jerry Fosnow Real One Autograph

Frank Lary Real One Autograph -- SOLD $12.59
2014 Topps Heritage Frank Lary Real One Autograph

Bill Pleis Real One Autograph -- SOLD $13.51
2014 Topps Heritage Bill Pleis Real One Autograph

Frank Bolling Real One Red Ink Autograph 30/65 -- SOLD $34.00

2014 Topps Heritage Frank Bolling Real One Red Ink Autograph 30/65

Billy Moran Real One Red Ink Autograph 15/65 -- SOLD $11.71
2014 Topps Heritage Billy Moran Real One Red Ink Autograph 15/65

Frank Thomas Real One Red Ink Autograph 28/65 -- SOLD $26.99

2014 Topps Heritage Frank Thomas Real One Red Ink Autograph 28/65

Craig Kimbrel Mini 045/100 -- SOLD $9.71
2014 Topps Heritage Craig Kimbrel Mini 045/100

Craig Kimbrel Mini 045/100 -- SOLD $12.00

2014 Topps Heritage Craig Kimbrel Mini 045/100

Rex Brothers Black Back Variation -- SOLD $9.51
2014 Topps Heritage Rex Brothers Black Back Variation

Lot of 61 Chrome cards numbered to /999 -- SOLD $82.00
2014 Topps Heritage Lot of 61 Chrome cards numbered to /999

Andy Dirks Black Back Variation -- SOLD $28.57
2014 Topps Heritage Andy Dirks Black Back Variation

Manny Machado Embossed Boxtopper -- SOLD $26.95
2014 Topps Heritage Manny Machado Embossed Boxtopper

SP Action Variation Complete set of 25 cards -- SOLD $122.50

2014 Topps Heritage SP Action Variation Complete set of 25 cards

I was really surprised at some of these sales. Some did really good like the Jeter black chrome refractor and some did not do as good as I hoped like the Moran Red Ink autograph. I was also disappointed that one of my cases did not yield the hot box of purple refractors that you are supposed to get in every case. Another interesting fact is that I got two autographs in two consecutive packs. Would have been great to have had 24 autographs in one box -- now that is what I would call a hot box!

Here is a summary of my Heritage fun:

Money spent on three cases: $2,025.00
Grand Total of all sales from three cases: $2,674.13

It looks like that I did better than average from my breaks. With this money, it was time to go shopping as it is always my goal to convert all Heritage into my vintage needs whether it means I trade or sell and then buy.

Here is what I ended up buying:

1958 Topps #487 Mickey Mantle PSA 5 $60
1956 Topps #113 Phil Rizzuto $35
1958 Topps #485 Ted Williams AS $30
1958 Topps #485 Ted Williams AS

1958 Topps #440 Ed Mathews $15
1962 Topps #1 Roger Maris SGC60 $100
1956 Topps #120 Richie Ashburn PSA5 $20
1956 Topps #120 Richie Ashburn PSA5
1953 Topps #125 Dick Williams $5
1953 Topps #216 Jim Hughes $5
1953 Topps #272 Bill Antonello $10
1955 Topps #158 Tom Carroll PSA6 $22
1962 Topps #313 Roger Maris IA $7
1962 Topps #527 Dick McAuliffe $4
1962 Topps #545 Hoyt Wilhelm $9
1962 Topps #552 Cubs Team $14
1962 Topps #553 Jim Coates $7
1962 Topps #566 Marty Kutyna $3
1962 Topps #18 Mantle/Mays PSA5 $54.99
1962 Topps #300 Willie Mays PSA5 $69.99
1962 Topps #300 Willie Mays PSA5
1962 Topps #350 FrankbRobinson $14
1962 Topps #401 Maris/Cepeda $20
1962 Topps #425 Carl Yastrzemski $50
1962 Topps #460 Jim Bunning $20
1962 Topps #470 Al Kaline AS $10
1962 Topps #475 Whitey Ford AS $10
1962 Topps #526 Hal Woodeshick $10
1962 Topps #528 Turk Lown $10
1962 Topps #534 Tony Gonzalez $8
1962 Topps #540 Jim Landis $13
1962 Topps #549 Bill Rigney $10
1962 Topps #554 Bubba Morton $13
1962 Topps #557 Bob Anderson $10
1962 Topps #561 Gene Oliver $10
1962 Topps #565 Jose Pagan $10
1962 Topps #574 Dean Stone $10
1962 Topps #575 Red Schoendienst $40
1962 Topps #585 Glen Hobbie $10
1962 Topps #586 Sammy Esposito $10
1962 Topps #591 Sam McDowell $40
1955 Topps #173 Bob Kline $18
1955 Topps #173 Bob Kline
1962 Topps #5 Sandy Koufax $53.50
1962 Topps #5 Sandy Koufax
1962 Topps #525 George Thomas $10
1962 Topps #533 Charley Lau $16
1962 Topps #541 Don Nottebart $16
1962 Topps #550 Art Mahaffey $16
1962 Topps #570 Bill Stafford $16
1962 Topps #576 Russ Kemmerer $16
1962 Topps #577 Dave Nicholson $16
1962 Topps #579 Jim Schaffer $16
1962 Topps #595 Rookie Stars $35
1962 Topps #500 Duke Snider $33
1962 Topps #387 Lou Brock $50
1962 Topps #471 Mickey Mantle AS $73
1960 Topps #350 Mickey Mantle $172.50
1960 Topps #350 Mickey Mantle
1962 Topps #530 Bob Gibson $79.99
1962 Topps #310 Whitey Ford $5
1961 Topps #10 Brooks Robinson $15
1960 Topps #295 Gil Hodges $8
1960 Topps #35 Whitey Ford $15
1960 Topps #377 Roger Maris $25
1960 Topps #326 Roberto Clemente $40
1960 Topps #570 Don Drysdale AS $10
1960 Topps #480 Yogi Berra $20
1960 Topps #10 Ernie Banks $10
1960 Topps #28 Brooks Robinson $10
1960 Topps #526 Paul Giel $7
1956 Topps #332 Don Larsen $15

So far, I have bought these 66 cards for $1,615.97. I also have now COMPLETED my 1962 Topps set! I only started on it about 30 years ago. It is a great feeling of accomplishment. My focus will now be on 1960 as I now need 23 more. I have two deals pending right now which could land me 13 of those 23 cards. Stay tuned and I will provide updates in future posts.

Thanks!!

Craig from Texas

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Sorting, Listing , Selling , Packing, Shipping….Almost Done!

I know it has been awhile since I have made a post but I've been pretty busy with Topps Heritage the past couple of weeks. In my next post, I will give you a summary of my three cases along with a lot of interesting information as well as pictures of my hits.

Stay tuned!

Craig from Texas

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New Business Card!

I got a new business card today...

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I'm still sorting my Topps Heritage. Stay tuned for my results from three cases!!

Craig from Texas

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