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
9. 2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel 1965 Tall Boy Rookie Autograph 054/150 SOLD: $102.50
8. 2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel SP Base Rookie Autograph SOLD: $103.55
7. 2014 Topps Football Kelvin Benjamin Rookie Premiere Red Ink Auto /10 SOLD: $107.01
6. 2014 Topps Football Barry Sanders Autograph Shortprint SOLD: $110.00
5. 2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel SP Base Rookie Autograph SOLD: $112.50
4. 2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel SP Variation Rookie Autograph SOLD: $121.38
3. 2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel 1985 Rookie Autograph 083/150 SOLD: $138.16
2. 2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel SP Variation Rookie Autograph SOLD: $139.99
1. 2014 Topps Football Johnny Manziel SP Variation Rookie Autograph – SOLD: $143.92
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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2014 Topps Museum Collection Football Card Pick
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2014 Bowman Sterling #4 Johnny Manziel RC BX 223R
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