Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Affordable Mini Break - 2017-18 & 2018-19 Upper Deck Hockey

** UPDATE 09/18/20 - Break is FULL! 2nd teams have been randomized and assigned below. Trading is now open! ** 


This mini break will feature one (1) blaster of 2017-18 Upper Deck hockey and four (4) fat packs of 2018-19 Upper Deck hockey. There will be 15 total slots at $4 per slot with a format of pick 1 team with the other team randomly assigned. All cards ship. Price does not include shipping as stacking applies. As the host, I will be keeping the Hurricanes so they will not be in the mix. Once the break is full, I'll randomly assign the remaining 15 teams to all participants in the order they sign up. Results will be posted afterwards. I will allow trading of teams for a select amount of time before we break live on YouTube. If the break fills up quickly, we'll break in our normal Friday night timeslot of 10 PM Eastern, otherwise the time of the break is TBD. Payment by PayPal (Friends & Family please). Submit your payment upon claiming a slot. paypal.me/flywheels86


Anaheim Ducks - Ben Morris PAID

Arizona Coyotes - Denny Wagner

Boston Bruins - Roy Galloway PAID

Buffalo Sabres - Ben Martin

Calgary Flames - Roy Galloway PAID

Chicago Blackhawks - Ben Martin PAID

Colorado Avalanche - Denny Wagner

Columbus Blue Jackets - Matt Pederson

Dallas Stars - John Donovan PAID

Detroit Red Wings - Paul Dionne PAID

Edmonton Oilers - John Donovan

Florida Panthers - Base Card Hero

Los Angeles Kings - Paul Dionne

Minnesota Wild - Base Card Hero PAID

Montreal Canadiens - Roy Galloway

Nashville Predators - Andrew Rein

New Jersey Devils - @CardpocalypseNC PAID

New York Islanders - Denny Wagner PAID

New York Rangers - Robert Mitchell

Ottawa Senators - Ben Morris

Philadelphia Flyers - Paul Chamberlain PAID

Pittsburgh Penguins - Matt Pederson PAID

San Jose Sharks - Roy Galloway

St. Louis Blues - Denny Wagner

Tampa Bay Lightning - Andrew Rein

Toronto Maple Leafs - Robert Mitchell

Vancouver Canucks - Denny Wagner PAID

Vegas Golden Knights - @CardboardpocalypseNC

Washington Capitals - Denny Wagner PAID

Winnipeg Jets - Paul Chamberlain

Trading is now open! Feel free to propose your trade offers here on this post in the comment section. Once both parties have agreed on a trade, I'll update the list.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Affordable Group Break - 1995 Skybox E-Motion

** UPDATE 09/18/20 - My order is running late so tonight's break will have to be rescheduled to a day next week. I'll keep everyone posted as I get more info. **

** UPDATE 09/17/20 - The break is now FULL! ** 

This break will feature a box of 1995 Skybox E-Motion. The box has 36 packs with 8 cards per pack. Prices are listed by each team. All cards ship. Stacking applies so the price does not include shipping. If you have questions how how this works please let me know. We'll break this box live on my YouTube channel (youtube.com/flywheels) on Friday, 09/18/20 at 10 PM Eastern.

To claim your team(s) please comment with your request and submit your payment at that time. If you haven't participated in one of my breaks before, please email me (flywheels@yahoo.com) your name & mailing address. Please submit your payment as Friends & Family: paypal.me/flywheels86


Atlanta Braves $3 - Andrew Rein

Baltimore Orioles - Colbey PAID

Boston Red Sox $2 - Denny Wagner PAID

California Angels $1 - Paul Dionne PAID

Chicago Cubs $2 - Ben Martin PAID

Chicago White Sox - Colbey PAID

Cincinnati Reds $2 - Chris Reed PAID

Cleveland Indians $3 - Todd Burlingame PAID

Colorado Rockies $1 - Paul Dionne PAID

Detroit Tigers $2 - Ben Morris PAID

Florida Marlins $2 - Ben Martin PAID

Houston Astros $3 - Denny Wagner PAID

Kansas City Royals $1 - Jason McQuitty PAID

Los Angeles Dodgers $3 - Joey Nigro

Milwaukee Brewers $1 - Paul Dionne PAID

Minnesota Twins $2 - Base Card Hero PAID

Montreal Expos $2 - Jennifer Peebles PAID

New York Mets $1 - Paul Dionne PAID

New York Yankees $3 - Hal Sauceman PAID

Oakland Athletics $3 - Ben Martin PAID

Philadelphia Phillies $1 - Paul Dionne PAID

Pittsburgh Pirates $1 - Paul Dionne PAID

San Diego Padres $3 - Ben Martin PAID

San Francisco Giants $2 - Andrew Rein

Seattle Mariners $4 - Ben Morris PAID

St. Louis Cardinals $1 - Kerry Biggs PAID

Texas Rangers $1 - Paul Dionne PAID

Toronto Blue Jays $1 - Paul Dionne PAID


Affordable Group Break - 2003 Upper Deck UD Patch Collection

** UPDATE 09/18/20 - My order is running late so tonight's break will have to be rescheduled to a day next week. I'll keep everyone posted as I get more info. **

** UPDATE 09/17/20 - Prices lowered on remaining teams ** 

This break will feature a hobby box of 2003 Upper Deck UD Patch Collection. The box should yield 3 patch cards. Prices are listed by each team. All cards ship. Stacking applies so the price does not include shipping. If you have questions on his this works please let me know. We'll break this box live on my YouTube channel (youtube.com/flywheels) on Friday, 09/18/20 at 10 PM eastern.

To claim your team(s) please comment with your request and submit your payment at that time. If you haven't participated in one of my breaks, please email me (flywheels@yahoo.com) your name & mailing address. Please send your payment as Friends & Family: paypal.me/flywheels86


Arizona Cardinals $4 - Spiegel83 PAID

Atlanta Falcons $3 - Jennifer Peebles PAID

Baltimore Ravens $2

Buffalo Bills $2 - Jennifer Peebles PAID

Carolina Panthers - Colbey PAID

Chicago Bears $3 - Ben Martin PAID

Cincinnati Bengals $2 - John Donovan PAID

Cleveland Browns $2 - John Donovan PAID

Dallas Cowboys $3 - Hal Sauceman PAID

Denver Broncos $3 - Lobo Solitario PAID

Detroit Lions $3 - Ben Morris PAID

Green Bay Packers $4 - Trevor P PAID

Houston Texans $4 - Matt Pederson PAID

Indianapolis Colts $5 - Hal Sauceman PAID

Jacksonville Jaguars $1

Kansas City Chiefs $3 - Jason McQuitty PAID

Miami Dolphins $2

Minnesota Vikings $3 - Matt Pederson PAID

New England Patriots $4 - Denny Wagner PAID

New Orleans Saints $2

New York Giants $2 - John Donovan PAID

New York Jets $4 - Ben Martin PAID

Oakland Raiders $3 - Hal Sauceman PAID

Philadelphia Eagles $2

Pittsburgh Steelers $4 - Todd Burlingame PAID

San Diego Chargers - Colbey PAID

San Francisco 49ers $4 - Hal Sauceman PAID

Seattle Seahawks $3 - Jennifer Peebles PAID

St. Louis Rams - Colbey PAID

Tampa Bay Buccaneers $1

Tennessee Titans $3 - Denny Wagner PAID

Washington Redskins $1



Sunday, September 13, 2020

Group Break Results - 2005 Fleer Platinum & 2006 Fleer

Another week and another Affordable Group Break is in the books!! This one started off on the wrong foot as I overslept, causing the break to start about 30 minutes late. Earlier in the evening I had mowed the lawn and between that and staying up late and getting up early (now that my wife & girls are back to school) I feel it took a toll on me and I crashed Friday evening after dinner. Ironically enough once I did get live I had the most viewers I think I've had since I took to breaking on YouTube. Toss in some nice hits and it made for yet another successful break.

This time around we broke a hobby box (or tin) of 2005 Fleer Platinum. This was the last year of the Platinum set and it was handled pretty nicely in my opinion. It's not cheap these days, but I kept scouring the 'net until I found a good deal as this was a product that I really wanted to feature.

Rookies in this set were short printed and each were serially numbered to /1000. One of the parallel sets, Platinum Finish were each serially numbered to /199. This Edwin Encarnacion is a mish mash of the two.

We also landed a super nice Griffey Jr. Platinum Finish parallel. Think of these as the equivalent to the Platinum Medallion parallels found in Fleer Ultra of the time.

The Diamond Dominators inserts in retail were printed on your standard cardstock, however the hobby versions were printed on metal! When I first pulled this card I was bummed as I have a rather hefty Tim Hudson PC and didn't have this card and the A's were claimed by another individual in the break. I was still groggy from oversleeping and as a result I didn't even notice that the card did in fact go to my Braves! Others in the live chat had to point that out to me. *facepalm* 

I normally don't prefer as the host to get some of the better cards, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited about pulling this card.



One of the other inserts found in the box were Lumberjacks. While the base design is decent, one of the promised two hits in this box turned out to be a game used bat Lumberjacks of the Twins' Jacque Jones. It seems the Twins don't always get a lot of love in this department so I was happy for Base Card Hero that grabbed Minnesota.



We weren't done yet as we were looking for one more hit in the tin and oh boy was it a hit! This is the Lumberjacks patch/bat Platinum version and numbered 12/20! What?! Cards on Cards got in on this break and grabbed his Cardinals and I'm sure he's grinning ear to ear now. Beautiful card.


Next up we moved onto a hobby box of 2006 Fleer. This was one of the first Fleer sets after Upper Deck acquired the Fleer/Skybox company. I chose this box because I thought the design was good, I knew it would yield a lot of base cards, each pack had an insert and as a bonus if you will there was one game used card guaranteed.



Initially I didn't even know there was a parallel set until I reviewed TCDB's listing for the set. These are Glossy Silver parallels and fell 1:12 packs. Neither of these 4 cards had images in the TCDB database so I was happy to scan and upload these.



The guaranteed Fleer Fabrics jersey card we were promised turned out to be Mark Teixeira. Nice clean design, nice blue jersey swatch (at least it was white)...not too bad. This card was actually in one of the first few packs we opened and one of the participants in the chat mentioned that with an early hit there was the possibility for another hit. I really wasn't expecting much since this release was targeted for the mass public and not a high(er) end set, but I was wrong...


Upper Deck didn't list the print runs for the Autographics inserts until after the set had been released. This Casey Kotchman was actually a short print with just 25 copies! Yeah, I know the name isn't a big hobby heavy weight, but still it's a nice card.

Overall I thought this was a great, fun break and I'm so thankful that my wife checked in on me and woke me up! I've been looking forward to breaking these boxes ever since they came in and I would have hated missing out. 

My next order didn't arrive in time for me to show off on camera, so keep an eye out here on the blog and in my Facebook group as I should have the next round posted on Monday, 09/14/20. If you liked these Fleer boxes, I have more in the same vein coming up soon. I've also got some football coming too, after all it's finally NFL season once again! Thanks to everyone that participated in this break and past breaks...I can't do this without you guys (and gals!).

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Affordable Mini Break Recap - 2020 Topps Stadium Club

 

With the current state of affairs within the hobby, finding new product (heck, any product for that matter!) at local retail is like winning the lottery. That said when I found some blasters of the recently released 2020 Topps Stadium Club I had to grab a few for a mini break. I really had no idea what to expect, but it turned out to be a lot of fun.

I already knew the photography would be top level and once again Topps delivered. I was so impressed by each and every card, having each one linger on the camera a little longer than normal so everyone could soak in their beauty. The above RCs of Bo Bichette is a great example of how beautiful this set is.

I believe the Chrome parallels in the blasters were seeded 1:24 packs. At least the one we got is of a great player...even if he does play for the evil empire.

Red Foil parallels are the most common, falling at 1:4 packs. Personally, I plan on chasing down a Red Foil team set of the Braves.



Both the Black Foil and Sepia parallels fall 1:8 packs. I thought it was pretty appropriate that we pulled the Roberto Clemente parallel on the day celebrating his life and accomplishments.



This Rainbow Foilboard parallel is numbered 01/25 with pack odds of 1:302. Beautiful card in hand.



I don't believe many people buy Stadium Club for the inserts, but inserts do exist. The Emperors of the Zone (1:8) do nothing for me, but the Power Zone (1:8) design looks much nicer this year over previous years.


In the Wings (1:24) features a simple design for some of the games' young stars. The Bellinger is a Red Foil parallel which had odds of 1:193.


Bash & Burn (1:8) features a nice design and highlights some of the games' heavy hitters. If you like this design...keep reading/scrolling.


Each Hobby box yields two on card autographs, but when buying retail you aren't promised the same thing. I couldn't locate the actual odds for base autos, but the Mariners ended up w/ this nice Dan Vogelbach.


The monster pull of the night (and probably one of the best cards I've pulled period) was this Jose Canseco Bash & Burn auto serially numbered 05/10. These monsters were seeded 1:16,860 packs. Yeah, I think we beat the odds!!


Exclusive to retail blasters were these Widevision Box Toppers. Personally I love these more than a simple relic or manufactured relic card.

I love what Topps has done this year with Stadium Club and I look forward to picking up more for myself. I would like to build the set, but Hobby boxes are expensive and since I grabbed these blasters, I haven't seen anymore at local retail.

Thanks to everyone who participated, I hope to do more of these mini breaks in the near future.


Saturday, September 5, 2020

Affordable Mini Break - 2020 Topps Stadium Club

** UPDATE 09/06/20: Break is FULL! Teams have been randomized and assigned. Trading is now open. Please propose/finalize your trades in the comments We'll break Wednesday, 09/09/20 @ 9 PM Eastern. **

 

This mini break will feature four (4) blasters of the new 2020 Topps Stadium Club. $4 per slot. All cards ship. Price per slot does not include shipping as stacking applies. As the host, I will be keeping the Braves so they will not be in the mix. Once the break is full, I'll randomly assign the teams to all participants in the order they sign up with results will be posted afterwards. I will allow trading of teams for a select amount of time before we break live on YouTube. Time of break TBD. Please submit your F&F payment after claiming. paypal.me/flywheels86

01 - Ben Martin PAID - Diamondbacks
02 - Paul Dionne PAID - Red Sox
03 - Lost Collector PAID - Giants
04 - Lost Collector PAID - Pirates
05 - Chris Reed PAID - Padres
06 - Chris Reed PAID - Indians
07 - Chris Reed PAID - Orioles
08 - Ben Morris PAID - Tigers (via trade)
09 - Kerry Biggs PAID - Cardinals
10 - Joey Nigro PAID - Blue Jays
11 - Jennifer Peebles PAID - Yankees
12 - Spiegel83 PAID - Reds
13 - Kin Kinsley PAID - White Sox
14 - Kin Kinsley PAID - Twins
15 - Kin Kinsley PAID - Marlins
16 - Kin Kinsley PAID - Rangers
17 - Base Card Hero PAID - Mets
18 - John Donovan PAID - Rockies (via trade)
19 - John Donovan PAID - Dodgers
20 - John Donovan PAID - Phillies
21 - Trevor P PAID - Royals
22 - Trevor P PAID - Cubs
23 - gcrl PAID - Brewers (via trade)
24 - gcrl PAID - Rays
25 - Chad Pacey PAID - Nationals (via trade)
26 - Chad Pacey PAID - Mariners
27 - Chad Pacey PAID - Astros
28 - Denny Wagner PAID - Athletics
29 - Hal Sauceman PAID - Angels