A Surprise Unlike Any Other…..

Three years ago back in March 2012, I was making several trades for my 2012 Topps Heritage sets. I am a frequent visitor to the Collectors Universe forums and there is a great group of guys over there that I trade Topps Heritage with. I want to share one of the conversations I have had with Dave, someone that I traded Chrome cards with back in 2008 (read this from the bottom up and pay attention to the dates):

 

As you can read, this was a very exciting time for me as my son Drew was about to be born. He was indeed born on May 4th, 2012, and he means everything to me. Dave said he left himself a note to check his Topps Heritage autographs for Drew. I completely forgot about talking to Dave until recently he contacted me. THREE YEARS LATER!  Here's that conversation and once again pay attention to the dates and read from the bottom up:

  

I couldn't believe that Dave contacted me after three years!  Of course I forgot that these messages even took place. Then a few days later, I went to my post office box and there was a package addressed to Drew. It was his first autographed baseball card!  Here it is:

  

A Johnny Gray 2005 Topps Heritage Real One autograph!  Although Drew is too young to really appreciate this, one day he will. I just wanted to share this little story to show that there are some great things that happen in our hobby. I can not thank Dave enough for his generosity. 

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Breaking Down a Case of 2015 Topps Heritage

Are you considering opening a case of 2015 Topps Heritage?  If you are, I strongly suggest you keep reading this article as I am going to give you a detailed cost analysis of what I got from my first case.  But before you do, let me tell you why I open a case of Heritage every year.

 

1) Because it is fun.  This is the one and only time of the year I look forward to opening a bunch of packs of baseball cards and reliving my younger days.  I have opened at least one case of Topps Heritage every year since 2006.
 
2) Because I like to trade.  Although the only cards I collect for my private collection are vintage cards, I have found a few people out there who are willing to trade their older vintage cards for my Topps Heritage cards.  These people have helped me tremendously with my life long goal of having every Topps base set from 1951 to present.  Big thanks to Leon from New Jersey with his continued help with me achieving this goal. Currently, I am now only 647 cards short from having them all!
 
3) Because I like to add to my vintage sets.  With the “hits” I get from my packs, I usually sell them quick on eBay in order to raise cash to buy cards I need from my sets.  Keep reading this article to see how well I fared for this year.
 
4) Because I like to add to my Topps Heritage store.  All of my extra base cards, short print cards, and some insert cards from all years 2001 through 2015 can be found for sale on my web site at www.mytoppscards.com.  When I sell these cards, I then buy cards that I need for my sets.  My want lists for my sets can also be found at that web site.  

 

I ended up buying my first case for $675.  After hours of opening, sorting, trading, selling, and shipping, here are the results. 

 

Box 1 best card -- 2015 Topps Heritage #473 Adrian Gonzalez Mini Variation 075/100


Box 2 best card -- 2015 Topps Heritage #CCR-HA Hank Aaron Clubhouse Collection Gold 17/99 


Box 3 best card -- 2015 Topps Heritage #86 Norichika Aoki Blue Back Variation


Box 4 best card -- 2015 Topps Heritage #CCR-MC Miguel Cabrera Clubhouse Collection


Box 5 best card -- 2015 Topps Heritage #CCR-MC Miguel Cabrera Clubhouse Collection Gold 46/99


Box 6 best card - 2015 Topps Heritage #462 Felix Hernandez Action Image Variation


Box 7 best card - 2015 Topps Heritage #480 David Ortiz Action Image Variation


Box 8 best card -- 2015 Topps Heritage #350 Masahiro Tanaka Chrome Refractor 072/566


Box 9 best card -- 2015 Topps Heritage #CCR-AJ Adam Jones Clubhouse Collection


Box 10 best card -- 2015 Topps Heritage #ROA-MB Mike Brumley Real One Autograph Card


Box 11 best card -- 2015 Topps Heritage #350 Masahiro Tanaka Action Image Variation


Box 12 best card -- 2015 Topps Heritage #489 Jason Kipnis Mini Variation 020/100


 

Case cost:  $675.  This was probably the weakest case I have ever opened in terms of "hits".  This is the first time I have ever opened a case and was unable to sell a single card over $50. Last year I was able to sell a 2014 Topps Heritage Black Refractor card of Derek Jeter for $299. This year the best card I received was sold for $43 (see below).

 

In order to give my vintage sets a little boost, I made a couple of trades:

 

Card trade #1:  

I traded 4 original box toppers. 6 ad panel box toppers, a Buster Posey Action Image Variation, and a Victor Martinez Action Image Variation card for a Mike Trout Action Image Variation card.  Why?I don't collect Mike Trout -- I collect vintage, right?  Well, that's because my friend from New Jersey does and I'll be able to trade it for my vintage needs.

Card trade #2:  

I traded a complete 75 card shortprint set and a Mike Trout Action Image Variation card to my New Jersey friend for:

1952 Topps #23 (at least G)
1952 Topps #225 (at least G)
1953 Topps #122 Elmer Valo (at least G)
1953 Topps #132 Tom Morgan (at least G)
1953 Topps #137 John Rutherford (at least G)
1953 Topps #178 Jim Waugh (at least G)
1954 Topps #2 Gus Zernial  (at least VG)
1954 Topps #8 Bob Young  (at least VG)
1954 Topps #21 Bobby Shantz (at least VG)
1954 Topps #48 Billy Hunter (at least VG)
1954 Topps #83 Joe Collins (at least VG)
1954 Topps #85 Bob Turley (at least VG)
1954 Topps #91 Bob Oldis (at least VG)
1954 Topps #101 Gene Woodling (at least VG)
1954 Topps #107 Duane Pillette (at least VG)
1954 Topps #109 Bill Bruton (at least VG)
1954 Topps #122 Johnny Logan (at least VG)
1954 Topps #160 Ralph Kress (at least VG)
1954 Topps #175 Frank Leja (at least VG)
1954 Topps #194 Bill Sarni (at least VG)
1954 Topps #214 Arnie Portocarrero (at least VG)
1954 Topps #223 Joe Haynes (at least VG)
1956 Topps #125 Minnie Minoso (at least EX)

Cards sold -- here's a list of what I sold:

2015 Topps Heritage #473 Adrian Gonzalez Mini Variation 075/100 $9.09
2015 Topps Heritage Lot of 9 Gum Stain Shortprint Cards $13.50
2015 Topps Heritage Lot of 19 Purple Refractors $20.15
2015 Topps Heritage #493 Kyle Seager Chrome Refractor 297/566 $4.25
2015 Topps Heritage #70 Yoenis Cespedes Chrome Refractor 378/566 $7.50
2015 Topps Heritage #433 Jered Weaver Chrome Refractor 406/566 $2.60
2015 Topps Heritage #473 Adrian Gonzalez Chrome Refractor 082/566 $4.12
2015 Topps Heritage #487 Edwin Encarnacion Chrome Refractor 181/566 $3.01
2015 Topps Heritage #10 Julio Teheran Chrome Refractor 458/566 $2.80
2015 Topps Heritage #ROA-MB Mike Brumley Real One Autograph Card $14.38
2015 Topps Heritage Original Stamped Buyback 1968 Topps #243 Rich Rollins $4.34
2015 Topps Heritage Original Stamped Buyback 1968 Topps #253 Dick Hughes $3.01
2015 Topps Heritage #ROA-EBR Ernie Broglio Real One Autograph Card $23.00
2015 Topps Heritage #428 Evan Longoria Color Swap Variation $6.50
2015 Topps Heritage #444 Jose Bautista Color Swap Variation $4.52
2015 Topps Heritage Lot of 7 Action Image Variation Cards $20.01
2015 Topps Heritage #450 Yasiel Puig Action Image Variation $4.75
2015 Topps Heritage #350 Masahiro Tanaka Action Image Variation $6.00
2015 Topps Heritage #100 Clayton Kershaw Action Image Variation $6.72
2015 Topps Heritage #350 Masahiro Tanaka Chrome Refractor 072/566 $10.00
2015 Topps Heritage #1 Buster Posey Purple Refractor $2.83
2015 Topps Heritage #450 Yasiel Puig Purple Refractor $1.61
2015 Topps Heritage #100 Clayton Kershaw Purple Refractor $3.26
2015 Topps Heritage #25 Jose Abreu Purple Refractor $4.80
2015 Topps Heritage #356 Rusney Castillo / Anthony Ranaudo Purple Refractor $6.50
2015 Topps Heritage Lot of 13 Chrome Inserts $34.50
2015 Topps Heritage #CCR-HA Hank Aaron Clubhouse Collection Gold 17/99 $43.00
2015 Topps Heritage #CCR-MC Miguel Cabrera Clubhouse Collection Gold 46/99 $17.50
2015 Topps Heritage Lot of 8 Clubhouse Collection JerseyInserts $20.50
2015 Topps Heritage #495 Justin Verlander Mini Variation 049/100 $12.50
2015 Topps Heritage #489 Jason Kipnis Mini Variation 020/100 $17.50
2015 Topps Heritage #86 Norichika Aoki Blue Back Variation $28.00

Cards bought -- here's a list of what I bought:

1954 Topps #120 Roy McMillan (at least VG) $3.50
1954 Topps #126 Ben Wade (at least VG) $3.50
1954 Topps #129 Forrest Jacobs (at least VG) $3.50
1954 Topps #141 Joey Jay (at least VG) $3.50
1954 Topps #153 Al Walker (at least VG) $3.50
1954 Topps #199 Rocky Nelson (at least VG) $3.50
1954 Topps #207 Tom Oliver (at least VG) $3.50
1954 Topps #235 Vern Law (at least VG) $3.50
1954 Topps #239 Bill Skowron (at least VG) $9.00
1954 Topps #241 Robert Miller (at least VG) $3.50

 

Final Summary:



So basically I turned a $675 case of 2015 Topps Heritage into:

33 vintage cards and $275.88 (cards sold of $362.75 minus fees of $86.87)

And of that $275.88, I spent $41 on ten 1954 Topps cards. 

So my case leaves me with: $234.88, 43 vintage cards, four base sets of 2015 Topps Heritage, and lots of duplicate SPs and inserts. 

How do you think I did?

Let me know!

Craig from Texas

 

 

 

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2015 Topps Heritage is now LIVE!!!

Yes, it's true. A quick glance at EBay today and there it was. My first 2015 Topps Heritage sighting from Pennsylvania. Heritage season has officially begun!!

I will be getting a case or two delivered this week and will share my results here. However, if you want to check out a few of those live auctions, I recommend you start with these:

2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Flashbacks Set

2015 Topps Heritage Then and Now Set

And if you want to check out the full checklist, I highly recommend you check it out here:

www.toppsheritage.com/2015-topps-heritage-checklist.html


2015 Topps Heritage Purple REFR. High No. MATT HARVEY  #449
2015 Topps Heritage Purple REFR. High No. MATT HARVEY #449
$0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 32m

2014 TOPPS HERITAGE MINORS GREEN BORDER #129 CHRISTIAN ARROYO RC GIANTS
2014 TOPPS HERITAGE MINORS GREEN BORDER #129 CHRISTIAN ARROYO RC GIANTS
$1.51 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 32m

2014 TOPPS HERITAGE MINORS GREEN BORDER #144 AKEEM BOSTICK RC RANGERS
2014 TOPPS HERITAGE MINORS GREEN BORDER #144 AKEEM BOSTICK RC RANGERS
$0.50 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 32m

Jose Reyes 2015 Topps Heritage mini #464 SSP  #34/100
Jose Reyes 2015 Topps Heritage mini #464 SSP #34/100
$2.76 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 34m

2015 Topps Heritage Purple REFR. MICHAEL WACHA  #320
2015 Topps Heritage Purple REFR. MICHAEL WACHA #320
$1.76 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 34m

2015 Topps Heritage Chrome Refractor Lot of 6 McCutchen Hamels Nice Lot!
2015 Topps Heritage Chrome Refractor Lot of 6 McCutchen Hamels Nice Lot!
$2.24 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 57m

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It’s Just About 2015 Topps Heritage Time!

This is one of my favorite times of the year. I call it opening day. Every year since 2006, I have opened at least one case and as many as 6 cases of Topps Heritage cards. Next week, the 2015 Topps Heritage edition comes out. 

In gearing up for "opening day", here are some released images by Topps. Check these out:

I have also seen the Heritage odds that are printed on the wrapper. Do you want to see those? Of course you do. Here they are:

Short prints 1:3

New Age Performers 1:8

Then and Now 1:10

Baseball Flashbacks 1:12

News Flashbacks 1:12

Chrome 1:23

Action Image Variation 1:24

Clubhouse Collection Relic 1:31

Chrome Refractor 1:41

Banner Text Color Swap 1:140

Mini 1:231

Real One Autographs 1:258

Black Refractor 1:350

Real One Special Edition Autographs 1:390

Blue Back Variation 1:462

Clubhouse Collection Relic Gold 1:550

Error Variation 1:840

Gold Refractor 1:1760

Trade Variation 1:2310

Postage Stamp Relic 1:2310

Nickel Coin Relic 1:2940

Throwback Variation 1:3310

Dual Real One Autograph 1:3515

Dime Coin Relic 1:5875

Dual Clubhouse Collection Relic 1:6950

Clubhouse Collection Autograph Relic 1:9100

Quarter Coin Relic 1:17515

Dual Clubhouse Collection Autograph Relic 1:17515

Triple Clubhouse Collection Relic 1:18688

Flashback Autograph Relic 1:18688

Framed Topps Ruboff 1:19550

Triple Real One Autograph 1:35000

Get Smart Buyback 1:35040

Batman Buyback 1:42048

Quad Clubhouse Collection Relic 1:46720

Cut Signature Baseball 1:168000

Cut Signature Celebrity 1:168000

Half Dollar Coin Relic 1:168100

Lost in Space Buyback 1:210240

Complete Set Redemption 1:420360


Early reports state that there are some printing issues. Let's hope this isn't widespread.  Update!  The backs smell like bubble gum when scratched. 


For the full checklist, check it out here:

2015 Topps Heritage Checklist


So what are your thoughts?  Initially, the autograph odds are very disappointing. I've never been crazy about the buybacks either. I am hopeful for some special unannounced surprises but for right now, I will hold my judgement until product is released. 

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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!

Click on the picture of the card to see what they are going for on eBay.

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

2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel 1963 Mini Rookie Auto

See More Like This Johnny Manziel Autograph On eBay

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

See More Like This Johnny Manziel Autograph On eBay

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

2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel SP Variation Auto

See More Like This Johnny Manziel Autograph On eBay

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

2014 Topps Football Kelvin Benjamin Rookie Red Ink Auto

See More Like This Red Ink Auto On eBay

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

2014 Topps Football Barry Sanders SP Auto

See More Like This Barry Sanders Autograph On eBay

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

2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel SP Variation Auto

See More Like This Johnny Manziel Autograph On eBay

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

2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel SP Variation Auto

See More Like This Johnny Manziel Autograph On eBay

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

2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel 1985 Rookie Auto

See More Like This Johnny Manziel Autograph On eBay

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

2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel SP Variation Auto

See More Like This Johnny Manziel Autograph Card On eBay

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

2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel SP Variation Auto

See More Like This Johnny Manziel Autograph Card On eBay

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


2014 Topps Platinum #126 Johnny Manziel RC Browns
2014 Topps Platinum #126 Johnny Manziel RC Browns
$1.50
Time Remaining: 34m
Buy It Now for only: $1.50

JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 TOPPS CHROME
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 TOPPS CHROME "MONEY MANZIEL" AUTO BGS 9.5 W/10 RC ROOKIE
$399.99
Time Remaining: 1h 12m
Buy It Now for only: $399.99

2014 Topps Platinum Orange Refractors #126 Johnny Manziel - NM-MT
2014 Topps Platinum Orange Refractors #126 Johnny Manziel - NM-MT
$4.25
Time Remaining: 1h 15m
Buy It Now for only: $4.25

GMA Graded Gem Mint 10 Johnny Manziel 2014 Topps Chrome Rookie Browns!
GMA Graded Gem Mint 10 Johnny Manziel 2014 Topps Chrome Rookie Browns!
$1.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1h 16m

GMA Graded Gem Mint 10 Johnny Manziel 2014 Topps Chrome Rookie Browns! #2
GMA Graded Gem Mint 10 Johnny Manziel 2014 Topps Chrome Rookie Browns! #2
$1.99
Time Remaining: 1h 19m

 2014 Topps Prime #144A Johnny Manziel RC/(passing pose) Browns
2014 Topps Prime #144A Johnny Manziel RC/(passing pose) Browns
$2.00
Time Remaining: 1h 19m
Buy It Now for only: $2.00

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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


1960 TOPPS #264 ROBIN ROBERTS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES SIGNED BASEBALL CARD SGC
1960 TOPPS #264 ROBIN ROBERTS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES SIGNED BASEBALL CARD SGC
$30.00
Time Remaining: 30m
Buy It Now for only: $30.00

1 1950S OR 1960S BASEBALL CARD PACK PER BOX LOOKFOR 1952 TOPPS MANTLE MAYS PAFKO
1 1950S OR 1960S BASEBALL CARD PACK PER BOX LOOKFOR 1952 TOPPS MANTLE MAYS PAFKO
$139.00
Time Remaining: 31m
Buy It Now for only: $139.00

1960 Topps 190 Gene Woodling.  PSA 6 EXMT.  (TX38203).
1960 Topps 190 Gene Woodling. PSA 6 EXMT. (TX38203).
$7.00
Time Remaining: 33m
Buy It Now for only: $7.00

1960 Topps #70 Lou Burdette Milwaukee Braves Baseball
1960 Topps #70 Lou Burdette Milwaukee Braves Baseball
$11.00
Time Remaining: 34m
Buy It Now for only: $11.00

1960 TOPPS BASEBALL CARD #92 WHITEY HERZOG KC ATHLETICS
1960 TOPPS BASEBALL CARD #92 WHITEY HERZOG KC ATHLETICS
$10.00
Time Remaining: 34m
Buy It Now for only: $10.00

1960 Topps Billly Loes San Francisco Giants #181
1960 Topps Billly Loes San Francisco Giants #181
$11.00
Time Remaining: 34m
Buy It Now for only: $11.00

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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!

Click on the picture of the card to see what they are going for on eBay.

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

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Click To See More Like This Derek Jeter On eBay

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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Click To See More Like This Jarrod Parker On eBay

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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Click To See More Like This Dual Autograph Relic On eBay

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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Click To See More Like This Dual Autograph Relic On eBay

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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Click To See More Like This Patch Book Card On eBay

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!”

Click To See More Like This Aaron Autograph On eBay

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


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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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26833* 2002 / 1952 Topps Chrome # 191 Yogi Berra
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