Thursday, March 4, 2021

Group Break Recap: 2007 Upper Deck Elements & 2021 Topps Series 1



Last weekend we had a great time ripping two boxes of baseball cards. I've featured a box of 2007 Upper Deck Elements many, many moons ago here on this blog. When I ran across a box locally I had to jump on it as it's such a fun product to rip. We also opened a hobby box of 2021 Topps (a first for me) as well as one retail blaster box for good measure.


We'll start off with the recap of the UD Elements box. If you aren't familiar with this set, I wouldn't be surprised and it was a "one and done" product for UD. The gimmick if you will for this set was that it featured 3 different card technologies. The box is actually an outer sleeve that houses 3 mini boxes. Each mini box had 5 packs with 3 cards per pack. Each mini box featured a different card technology - acetate, etched foil or reflective foil. Each mini box also yielded one hit.


The acetate cards are clearly my favorite...bad pun intended. I'm a sucker for clear cards and these fit the bill. Here we have examples of Griffey, Ichiro & Chipper of these awesome cards.


The hit of this box was this Carl Crawford Clear-Cut Elements jersey/auto. What I didn't realize at the time was that this is the silver parallel, numbered to /199. I believe the bronze versions are numbered to /399. Crawford may not have been the best name to pull in 2021, but in 2007 this was a nice(r) card.


The etched foil cards look like Upper Deck's Special F/X cards. We didn't pull the same star power out of this mini box...unless you're a Phillies fan who will probably argue with me!


The hit from this box was a Daniel Cabrera Elements Elemental AuTographs...get it? Au is the periodic symbol for gold...and the card has a gold color? 

Stupid side note...this makes me remember how my 8th grade science teacher helped us remember the difference between gold (Au) and silver's (Ag) periodic symbols. He said if someone stole your neckless and it was a gold neckless you'd probably be running after them shouting "Aey u!". If it was just a silver neckless you'd probably just hang your head in disappointment while uttering the words "Ahh gee". Silly? Yes...but here it is 30 years later and I still remember these two elements!


The reflective foil, or Light F/X as it believe it's called are very nice looking in hand. They have that rainbow refractor like sheen to them. Manny, Sheffield and Rolen...not bad at all.


The hit of the third mini box was this Dan Uggle Essential Elements dual jersey card. Uggla was a Braves killer during this time...then Atlanta signed him and it was down hill from there! the card features a decent design overall and at least one of the two jersey pieces had a single pinstripe to pull the card up one notch from boring.

While we didn't quite pull some of the names/cards I was hoping for, it was none the less a fun product to feature and rip in the group. Up next, 2021 Topps Series 1!

Up until I ripped this box, my exposure to the first cards of the baseball season had been small. Like many, finding retail product in my neck of the woods is like most places...tough to near impossible. This made ripping this box that much more enjoyable to me.


I know Topps changes the little production code on the back of the cards for the SPs and SSPs, but I'm old dang it and my eye sight sucks so I trying to decipher if you have an image variation can suck. Thankfully this year it seems all the SPs are flipped backwards in the packs...at least that's what I'm told and that's who this Lou Bob card was found in the pack.



While Topps may have backed off on the number of different inserts to chase this year, the number of different parallels are crazy. Some of the easier to pull parallels are the Rainbow Foil, followed by the Gold parallels. Like with previous years, the gold cards are serially numbered to the year.


I call these parallels "Ice", but I believe in this set this is just referred to as a Orange parallel. Serially numbered to /499, they do look better in hand than scanned. DeGrom is a good pitcher and with the other offseason acquisitions the Mets made I'm afraid they may give the Braves some fits in 2021.

These 1952 Redux cards are printed on thicker brown cardboard (think Heritage) and feature the class the '52 design. For some reason I do rather like this insert set and my have to chase all the cards down. Usually reprint sets don't float my boat, but these are nice.

One of the other inserts are these 1986 Retrospectives. Maybe it's because I wasn't collecting cards in 1986 (I was all about Transformers baby!), I just can't get into this design. I'm glad to have pulled the Freddie Freeman, but these just don't do much for me. My good friend from Cards from the Quarry happens to be building this insert set so I'll be tossing the cards I pull aside for him.

I honestly don't know much about the Stars in Service inserts, but from the name of the set and the hat Pete is pictured in, I'm sure I can easily figure out the gist of the set.


With this being the 70th anniversary of Topps I guess I should have expected more themed reprints. This card of Reggie features two different previous years.


This set borrows on the Archives idea players are pictured on different designs they weren't originally featured on. This sort of thing I can get behind more than just a straight up reprint set. I particularly like the Gwynn.


Look! We pulled an uber rare (and super thin) relic card featuring actual dirt!! We're rich!! These Through the Years cards may be pissing a lot of people off, but in reality they don't both me the least bit. They do seem kind of pointless, but assuming you can actually read the back of the card you'll be educated that it's not a real auto (or dirt in this case).


Home Run Challenge interactive inserts are back for another year. I've only redeemed one code before and that was for a Freddie Freeman card that I had, but when I entered the code it said I had a Mookie Betts card. It became a winner and I was shipped a nifty card in 2020...of a freakin' Dodgers player! Hopefully if the recipient of this Lindor card redeems it'll be for the player pictured.


We don't see a lot of die-cut goodness from Topps these days, especially in their flagship sets, so I'm loving these Platinum Players cards. I've only pulled one other card from this set so it'll be a tough set to build for anyone who wishes to do so.


Our hit of the box ended up being this Iconic Patch card, seeded 1:1,385 packs. Its basically a patch, no cardboard here. It's cool and we got a good player, but it's not what I thought the hit would be. Then again I'd take a card like this over a plain white jersey swatch any day.

It's rare that I get to feature new, current product in my breaks because 1) they aren't easy to come by and 2) the prices of most new product are over inflated. My goal with these Affordable Group Breaks is to offer up fun product to rip at reasonable (or affordable!) prices. I can say I've got two hobby boxes of 2021 Topps Big League on the way, but other than that it remains to be seen if I'm able to muster up any other current product. I do however have a lot of fun 90's product (and more) on the horizon. Thanks to you all that have participated and continue to support this side project of mine. Until next week!

Monday, March 1, 2021

Affordable Group Break: 1996 Topps football (Hobby)

This break will feature a hobby box of 1996 Topps football. 36 packs per box, 12 cards per pack. Key RCs include: Mike Alstott, Marvin Harrison, Keyshawn Johnson and Eddie George. 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 on Friday, 03/05/21 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 - please don't put anything in the comments section: paypal.me/flywheels86


Arizona Cardinals $2
Atlanta Falcons $2
Baltimore Ravens $2
Buffalo Bills $2 
Carolina Panthers - Colbey PAID
Chicago Bears - Ben Martin PAID
Cincinnati Bengals $2
Dallas Cowboys $3 - Diego Torres PAID
Denver Broncos $3 - Lobo Solitario
Detroit Lions $3 - Ben Morris PAID
Green Bay Packers $3 - Marcus Scott PAID
Houston Oilers $3 - Marcus Scott PAID
Indianapolis Colts $3
Jacksonville Jaguars $2
Kansas City Chiefs $2 - Matthew Brenzikofer PAID
Miami Dolphins $3
Minnesota Vikings $2 - Lobo Solitario
New England Patriots $3 - Ben Morris PAID
New Orleans Saints $2
New York Giants $2 - Joseph Inzirillo PAID
New York Jets $4 - Hal Sauceman PAID
Oakland Raiders $2
Philadelphia Eagles $2
Pittsburgh Steelers $2 - Wade Fisher PAID
San Diego Chargers $2 - Diego Torres PAID
San Francisco 49ers $3 - Marcus Scott PAID
Seattle Seahawks $2 - Joseph Inzirillo PAID
St. Louis Rams $2 - Patrick W Ayers PAID
Tampa Bay Buccaneers $2
Washington Redskins $2 - Dan Amon PAYMENT PENDING

Affordable Group Break: 1992 O-Pee-Chee

** UPDATE 03/02/21 - Break is full! **

This break will feature a box of 1992 O-Pee-Chee. 36 packs / 15 cards per pack. This set mirrors the 1992 Topps set, but with the OPC logo on the front and bi-lingual bio info on the back. The 22 All-Star cards were replaced with an exclusive cards, 4 of which are a Gary Carter tribute. Prices listed beside each team. All cards ship. Stacking applies so the price does not include shipping. If you have questions on how this works please let me know. We'll break this box Live on my YouTube channel on Friday, 03/05/21 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 & Familyhttp://paypal.me/flywheels86


Atlanta Braves - Colbey PAID
Baltimore Orioles $3 - Joseph Inzirillo PAID
Boston Red Sox - Dan Amon PAID
California Angels $3 - Diego Torres PAID
Chicago Cubs - Ben Martin PAID
Chicago White Sox $3 - Matthew Brenzikofer PAID
Cincinnati Reds $3 - Hal Sauceman PAID
Cleveland Indians $4 - Marcus Scott PAID
Detroit Tigers $3 - Ben Morris PAID
Houston Astros - Dan Amon PAID
Kansas City Royals $3 - Matthew Brenzikofer PAID
Los Angeles Dodgers $3 - Patrick A Ayers PAID
Milwaukee Brewers - Dan Amon PAID
Minnesota Twins $3 - Joseph Inzirillo PAID
Montreal Expos $3 - Patrick W Ayers PAID
New York Mets $3 - Patrick W Ayers PAID
New York Yankees $3 - Hal Sauceman PAID
Oakland Athletics $3 - Joseph Inzirillo PAID
Philadelphia Phillies $3 - Dan Horton PAID
Pittsburgh Pirates $3 - Zachary Chakan PAID
San Diego Padres $3 - Joseph Inzirillo PAID
San Francisco Giants $3 - Diego Torres PAID
Seattle Mariners $4 - Marcus Scott PAID
St. Louis Cardinals $3 - Patrick W Ayers PAID
Texas Rangers $3 - Ben Morris PAID
Toronto Blue Jays - Dan Amon PAID

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Sunday Verse

 

Psalm 59:16


New International Version

But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.

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Read all of Psalm 59

 

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Rey Ordonez COMC Haul

Today's post is a shameless plug for my YouTube channel. Bear with me however as this is one of the first time I've tried sharing cards using this format. I used my light box I usually use for my toy photography to record the video so I'm still trying to iron out all the wrinkles.

Well all know of the delays in requesting cards you've purchased from COMC.com and my order was no exception. I honestly can't remember when I requested shipping, but I remember that it took several months for the order to arrive...maybe 6 months? It didn't bother me too much since some of the cards sitting in my account had been sitting there for years in some cases! I love the service, but the prices aren't always great so I don't immediately think to use their services when searching for cards. However I was able to find some great deals on some hard to find a parallels of Rey.

At the time of this post I hadn't planned on scanning the cards as I thought I'd just "borrow" the card images from TCDB, however updating my collection I see that there are a lot of images missing that I can provide. I love the site so much that I feel obligated to help so I guess I know what my Sunday afternoon project is going to be this week!

It's getting harder and harder to find the cards I still need for my PC. I'm down to some very low numbered cards and HTF non-numbered parallels like his 1996 Pinnacle Certified Mirror Gold. I've got saved eBay searches in place to help. I've also got my eye on a few cards of his that I need...but I need to move some various items first to free up the $. Thankfully I'm not actively searching his 1/1 cards and will consider my super PC complete without those. Then again, if I ran across a 1/1 at the right price I probably wouldn't say no either.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Affordable Group Break: 2021 Topps Series 1 (Hobby)

** UPDATE 02/25/21 - Break is full! **

 

This break will feature a hobby box & a retail blaster box of the newly released 2021 Topps Series 1. Prices listed beside each team. All cards ship. Stacking applies so the price does not include shipping. If you have questions on how this works please let me know. We'll break this box Live on my YouTube channel on Friday, 02/26/21 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 & Familyhttp://paypal.me/flywheels86


Arizona Diamondbacks $4 - Diego Torres PAID
Atlanta Braves - Colbey PAID
Baltimore Orioles $6 - Hal Sauceman PAID
Boston Red Sox $6 - Shane Salmonson PAID
Chicago Cubs $6 - Ben Martin PAID
Chicago White Sox $6 - Hal Sauceman PAID
Cincinnati Reds $6 - Joseph Inzirillo PAID
Cleveland Indians $6 - Marcus Scott
Colorado Rockies $5 - John Donovan PAID
Detroit Tigers $5 - Ben Morris PAID
Houston Astros $6 - Diego Torres PAID
Kansas City Royals $6 - Chad Pacey PAID
Los Angeles Angels $8 - Diego Torres PAID
Los Angeles Dodgers $8 - Joey Nigro PAID
Miami Marlins $6 - Joseph Inzirillo PAID
Milwaukee Brewers $5 - Chad Pacey PAID
Minnesota Twins $5 - bbcardz PAID
New York Mets $6 - Diego Torres PAID
New York Yankees $8 - @Lost_Collector PAID
Oakland Athletics $6 - Diego Torres PAID
Philadelphia Phillies $6 - John Donovan PAID
Pittsburgh Pirates $5 - Wade Fisher PAID
San Diego Padres $8 - kitwekumquats PAID
San Francisco Giants $6 - Ben Morris PAID
Seattle Mariners $8 - Joseph Inzirillo PAID
St. Louis Cardinals $6 - Kerry Biggs PAID
Tampa Bay Rays $5 - Jennifer Peebles PAID
Texas Rangers $5 - Diego Torres PAID
Toronto Blue Jays $6 - bbcardz PAID
Washington Nationals $6 - kitwekumquats PAID



Affordable Group Break: 2007 Upper Deck Elements

** UPDATE 02/25/21 - Break is full! **

This break will feature a hobby box of 2007 Upper Deck Elements. 3 mini boxes / 5 packs per mini box / 3 cards per pack. Each box features a different card technology (foil board, LTFX, PETG or acetate). Box should yield 3 hits. Prices listed beside each team. All cards ship. Stacking applies so the price does not include shipping. If you have questions on how this works please let me know. We'll break this box Live on my YouTube channel on Friday, 02/26/21 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 & Familyhttp://paypal.me/flywheels86


Arizona Diamondbacks $3 - Diego Torres PAID
Atlanta Braves - Colbey PAID
Baltimore Orioles $6 - Joey Nigro PAID
Boston Red Sox $6 - Shane Salmonson PAID
Chicago Cubs $6 - Matt Pederson
Chicago White Sox $6 - Diego Torres PAID
Cincinnati Reds $8 - Joey Nigro PAID
Cleveland Indians $6 - Marcus Scott
Colorado Rockies $6 - John Donovan PAID
Detroit Tigers $6 - Ben Morris PAID
Florida Marlins $5 - Ben Morris PAID
Houston Astros $6 - Sam Pair PAID
Kansas City Royals $7 - Matthew Brenzikofer PAID
Los Angeles Angels - Colbey PAID
Los Angeles Dodgers $5 - Joey Nigro PAID
Milwaukee Brewers $3 - Diego Torres PAID
Minnesota Twins $6 - Joseph Inzirillo PAID
New York Mets $6 - Diego Torres PAID
New York Yankees $10 - Hal Sauceman PAID
Oakland Athletics $5 - Chad Pacey PAID
Philadelphia Phillies $5 - Diego Torres PAID
Pittsburgh Pirates $4 - Wade Fisher PAID
San Diego Padres $5 - Diego Torres PAID
San Francisco Giants $5 - Jennifer Peebles PAID
Seattle Mariners $5 - Joseph Inzirillo PAID
St. Louis Cardinals $6 - Patrick W Ayers PAID
Tampa Bay Rays $4 - Diego Torres PAID
Texas Rangers $4 - Joseph Inzirillo PAID
Toronto Blue Jays $4 - Diego Torres PAID
Washington Nationals $3 - Diego Torres PAID



Sunday, February 21, 2021

Sunday Verse

1 John 3:11


New International Version

More on Love and Hatred

For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

 

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Group Break Recap: 2011 Topps Lineage & 2020 Topps Chrome Update

 

I'm sitting outside enjoying Mother Nature as I bring to a recap post from our last break. People looked at me like I was crazy when I told them we were going camping this week, but the rain tapered off on Thursday and things started to dry out on Friday. The sun is now out and shining and temps are slowing rising out of the 40s! One of the best things about camping is having no schedule...just relaxing. I find dealing with my hobby in any way, shape or form to be relaxing. My daughters have played video games and board games allowing my wife to relax a bit. 

Looking ahead to next week I've already got the sign up posts cued and ready to go live Monday evening around 9 PM eastern. Before I jump back into hosting I wanted to recap the last break which was held on 02/12/21 as it was a fun break.

I lucked out on some 2020 Topps Chrome Update earlier in the month so I grabbed as many as my local Target would allow. Everyone gobbled up the teams for their chance at getting cards of their favorite team and or player. While it was a small sample, we did get a few nice cards.


I'm sure the guys that grabbed the Mariners and White Sox were hoping to see these cards pulled. No Arozarena, but two big RCs out of the few packs we opened ain't bad.


One of the first packs opened yielded this Seth Meijas-Brean auto RC. I personally don't know much about the guy, but its always fun pulling an auto.


These A Numbers Game inserts feature Refractor technology and looked pretty impressive in hand. I was happy to pull a Hank Aaron card, especially since he just passed.


The plain Decade's Next 2020 inserts from flagship Topps were just OK, but give them the Chrome/Refractor treatment and all the sudden they stand out more.


The rack packs contained these swirly pink Refractors and I don't think anyone will complain about any of the players pulled.

Next up was a box of 2011 Topps Lineage. As a Braves fan I was happy to open this box as I had another chance at pulling a Freddie Freeman RC.


Freddie's RCs are criminally undervalued and while this Lineage card may not set the world on fire, I'm glad to have another copy. 


While not initially identified while opening the packs, the 1:12 pack ratio did hold true as we pulled two of the Venezuelan backs.

As with the flagship Topps set in 2011, the Diamond Anniversary sparkly parallels would make their way over to the Lineage set as Platinum. I particular like these parallels and were hoping to see them return for Topps' 70th anniversary this year.


The other parallel was just labeled Diamond Anniversary and feature a rainbow foil.




The nice thing about this box of Lineage is the sheer variety of cards and inserts it offered. From 1964 Stand Ups, to 1972 Cloth Sticker cards to 1968 3D lenticular cards. I believe all of these had 1:12 pack odds.


These 1975 minis are cool. Seeing how I wasn't born until a few years after the '75 set, I don't have a connection to this design, but I do rather like it. The box said it would yield two autos and one relic and we ended up w/ a '75 mini Justin Upton relic. At least it's a swatch of red jersey and not white.


Speaking of the two guaranteed autos, we got a Jason Motte 1952 style auto and a Daniel Hudson 60th Anniversary auto. Neither of these have the star power I was hoping for, but I hear at least the guy who had the Cardinals was happy with the pull.


We break live each week at 10 PM eastern on my YouTube channel. I post the sign ups for each break weekly at Monday (around 9 PM) on both the blog here and in the Facebook group. Be sure to join in each week for the live breaks as we'll have giveaways for those in attendance. Thanks again for everyone's participation. I have a lot of stuff lined up and ready to go!