Monday, August 21, 2017

Affordable Group Break: 2nd Team Randomization

Alright everyone, below are the results from the 2nd team randomization. This process was done live via my Facebook page. If you have not yet liked the page, I urge you to do so to keep up to date w/ the break and all the updates.

If you don't care to watch the video and want to know who your second team for each slot you claimed, click on the image below for a larger view.

Team trading has begun! If you are not happy w/ the 2nd team you were randomly assigned, no worries. Hit up one of the other participants and propose a trade. Or you can post in the comments here. I just ask that if you complete a trade, please let me know one way or another so I can update my own list. I'd hate to send you the wrong cards once everything is over!

I'd also like some feedback on whether you would prefer a live break this Friday evening or Saturday evening. The default time will be Saturday evening, 08/26/17 at 9 PM Eastern...unless more of you want to do it Friday. Just comment below or shoot me an email.

Thanks guys, looking forward to this!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday Verse

1 John 5:14-15

New International Version

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

2016 Topps Now: Freddie Freeman #513 (print run 221)

Most people think of Freddie's power when hear his name, but last summer (September 28th) Freddie was channeling his inner Joe DiMaggio and found himself with a 30 game hitting streak. The franchise record was 33 games, set by Dan Uggla. Sadly Freddie's streak came to an end on the evening of September 28th, 2016.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Affordable Group Break Update

While I'm more than willing to eat a little of the purchase price to make this break happen, I can't afford to absorb too much. That said I'm willing to offer multi-slot discounts as of today. I'm going to give this through this weekend to see if we can get additional people signed up. By Monday morning if we don't have enough partcipants, I'll cancel the break and issue refunds to those that have paid.

The first two team slot is $11.00, this includes shipping. You'll pick the first team, unclaimed teams will be assigned randomly after sign ups have closed. If you want an additional (two team) slot, it will only be $6.00. Help spread the word this weekend and let's see if we can get a few more people to sign up. I'm looking to fill at least 4 or 5 more slots filled.

For full details or to sign up, please refer to the original post for all the information.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

It's time for another Afforable Group Break

08/19/17 UPDATE - Boxes have been ordered. Monday evening, 08/21/17 (sometime after 8 PM EST) I'll post a Facebook Live video on my page randomizing the unclaimed team and assigning those. After that point, trading of the secondary teams will take place. Further details will be posted on Monday.

I've got the itch again to rip some packs and it's been awhile since I've hosted one of my Affordable Group why not give it a go? If you've never participated in one of my group breaks, I don't break the newest, hottest product. Instead I go back several years and look for stuff I've never opened before and for things that will yield a few hits. This allow usually allows me to keep the prices down, hence the word affordable in the title. We always have fun with these.

This time I've selected to boxes from the mid-2000's, both Fleer products. Both boxes combined will yield us 44 packs to open with a promise of 5 hits. Plus returning collector's will know that I usually toss in a few surprises and extra cards of your main team you select. Below you'll find the two boxes slated to be opened in this break.

2004 Fleer Focus Jersey Edition (hobby)
- 24 packs, 5 cards per pack
- 2 hits, game-used

2005 Fleer Showcase (hobby)
- 20 packs, 5 cards per pack
- 3 hits, 1 auto & 2 game-used

I'm going to go w/ the 2 team slot format again. We'll have 14 open slots (because as the host I've already selected the Atlanta Braves) and you choose the team. If all 14 slots are filled, then I'll random off the other 15 teams not selected using You will receive all base cards plus any inserts, parallels and of course hits for your teams. There will be a short period after all teams assigned where trading of your randomized second team is allowed. However once I have a date of when the boxes will be delivered I'll update the post with a cut off date for trading so we can get the break underway. I do plan on breaking the cards LIVE on my Facebook page. I'll then upload the video to my (rarely used) YouTube channel. I'll also try to create a new post w/ the video as well as scans of the inserts, parallels and hits.

Keep in mind that all 14 slots have to be filled in order for this to work, so if you want to participate I ask that you help spread the word on your blog and on social media to help get it filled.

Each 2 team slot will only cost $11.00. This includes shipping and all supplies. If you've claimed a slot and want an additional slot, it will only be $6.00. All you have to do to claim your spot:

1) Leave a comment on this post w/ your team selected
2) Send an email to flywheels at with your name, mailing address & team selected
3) Send your payment via PayPal (friends & family if you don't mind) to: 
cardboardcollections at


01) Atlanta Braves - Cardboard Collections (Paid)
02) New York Yankees - Mint Condition (Paid)
03) Chicago White Sox - 2x3 Heroes (Paid)
04) Arizona Diamondbacks - Jared Rayes (Paid)
05) St. Louis Cardinals - Cards on Cards (Paid)
06) Cincinnati Reds - Jason German (Paid)
07) Los Angeles Dodgers - Stealing Home (Paid)
08) Philadelphia Phillies - Mint Condition (Paid)
09) Houston Astros - Royals & Randoms (Paid)
10) Seattle Mariners - Royals & Randoms (Paid)
11) Chicago Cubs - Cardboard Conundrum
12) Minnesota Twins - Cardboard Conundrum
13) Colorado Rockies - Infield Fly Rule (Paid)
14) Boston Red Sox - Will Rouse (Paid)
15) Oakland Athletics - Cardboard Collections (Paid)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Less than 12 hours left to bid Cubs fans!

I may should have waited and listed this card later in the day last Sunday, but as of right now there are less than 12 hours left to bid on my 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Kris Bryant RC Glossy Mini 1/1. I'm hoping that one of the near 30 people currently watching the auction place their bid(s) tonight while I'm sleeping so tomorrow morning feels like Christmas morning for me!

Friday, August 11, 2017

2016 Topps Now: Ender Inciarte #489 (print run 273)

Ender was part of the Dansby Swanson trade that took place at the beginning of the 2016 season. It almost seems as he was just "thrown" into the deal to make things even between the clubs. So far however I believe Ender has been the consisent bright spot of that deal.

Braves fans are used to seeing fast guys patrolling center field, whether it was at Fulton County Stadium, Turner Field or now SunTrust Park. Ender has joined the ranks of some great Braves centerfielders and hasn't disappointed. He was the club's lone All-Star reprensentative at the 2017 festitivities held in Miami this year...and the guy deserved it. He has some great speed and is oh so fun to watch in the field. I don't know how he covers so much ground. In July my wife and I had front row seats in centerfield, pretty much right behind Inciarte. Watching him in person cover the outfield was so cool. He's not all about his defensive abilities though, he can get on base with his speed and he's been known to steal a base or two as well.

For this particular Topps Now card it spotlights a game saving catch where he robs the Mets' Yoenis Cespedes of a HR.