Thursday, June 19, 2014

First Group Break: Sign Ups are Live!

First, indulge me as I ramble a bit.  I've been a little frustrated with Topps' monopoly and Panini's lack of a license and for the first time since I jumped back into the hobby in 2009 I am not going to build a current set.  I could go on, but it is much of the same you've read around the blogosphere.  Blah. Blah. Blah.

So, here's what I've done to satisfy my set building desires for 2014.  I've been picking up boxes on the cheap at card shows and I've managed to pick up these three from local dealers:
1989 Swell Baseball (135 cards in set, 36 packs in box, 10 cards per pack)
1990 Swell Baseball (135 cards in set, 36 packs in box, 10 cards per pack)
1991 Swell Baseball (150 cards in set, 36 packs in box, 10 cards per pack)

Didn't I say in my last contest post, "I have three swell boxes picked out..."?

I've also placed an order for the box below and it should arrive early next week:
1990 Pacific Legends (110 cards in set, 36 packs in box, 10 cards per pack)

If you're not sure you're interested take a look at the checklists I have linked above and please reconsider.  We're talking about names like Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, and Roberto Clemente, plus guys who aren't featured very often to today's product like Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, Boog Powell, and Tommy Agee. 

I'm going to crack open the the four above boxes and keep one duplicate of each card.  Just to make this clear, let's say I pull four Manny Sanguillen cards (#126) from the '90 Swell box.  Whoever selects the Pirates would receive the first, third, and fourth Sangullien cards.  I'm keeping the first duplicate (the second card), because I'm attempting to build he set.  If I would only pull one Sanguillen card, then the blogger who selects the Pirates would get it and I'm off on my search to find one to fill my set.  No problem for me, because I love the chase!

Seeing as there's 360 cards in a box and the largest set is 150 cards, the odds are in your favor to get a team set. Because I'm keeping one of each card it will keep the prices down in the break and you won't get tremendously loaded down with duplicates!  A win for everybody!

Let's get to the details.  I figure shipping is going to run around $2.50 per team (padded mailer) and since I'm keeping roughly a third of the cards, I should rightfully eat a third of the price of the total of the four boxes.  Alright, here's what we're looking at:
1 team = $4 ($1.50 for the cards and $2.50 includes shipping)

I'm not going to randomize a second team.  I'm hoping I can find enough bloggers to fill out the break.   If you would like a second or third team, then add $2 on for each additional team you'd like to claim.  $1.50 for the cards plus $.50 for the added shipping for each team; I think that's fair.

We're talking 4 teams sets (if collation is good), plus some duplicates, for FOUR BUCKS!  Yeah, you're not going to beat that.

I'm going to start breaking and collating this weekend, but then I'm out of town for nine consecutive days. I hope to everything mailed out before A&G hits the shelves.

Please claim your team below, then make your payment through PayPal to mrcoach00 at yahoo dot com.  Please, select the "" toggle to save me on the fees.  Afterwards, please send me an e-mail to the aforementioned address stating your name, blogosphere handle, team(s) claimed, and address.  Thanks!

Now, I did hold two contests earlier to give away spots in the break.  The catch was that the Cubs had to win the game that I saw during my recent vacation.  They lost in Pittsburgh, but they blanked the Phillies.  So, the thirteen blogger who commented on the second contest post had their names tossed into the dreaded randomizer. {Thanks for the support!  It was nice to see a Cubs' win!}
 Let's see who came out on top after the third trial:

Jeff, from One Man's Junk (Wax), you're costs are covered for one team! Leave a comment below to claim your team.  If you're looking at a second team it'll be another two bucks.

Here's the teams:
Atlanta Braves -
Baltimore Orioles - Ryan H, "O" No!!! Another Orioles Blog - PAID
Boston Red Sox -
Chicago Cubs - Matt, Once a Cub
Chicago White Sox - JediJeff
Cincinnati Reds -
Cleveland Indians -
Detroit Tigers -
Houston Astros - Bru, Remember the Astrodome - PAID
Kansas City Royals -
L.A. Angels of Anaheim - Jeff (One Man's Junk (Wax)) - contest winner
L.A. Dodgers -
Milwaukee Brewers -
Minnesota Twins - CaptKirk42 - PAID
Montreal Expos (Nats) -  CaptKirk42 - PAID
New York Mets - Mets Cardboard - PAID
New York Yankees -
Oakland Athletics - Bru, Remember the Astrodome - PAID
Philadelphia Philles -
Pittsburgh Pirates - Bru, Remember the Astrodome - PAID
San Diego Padres -
San Francisco Giants -
Seattle Mariners -
St. Louis Cardinals - madding - PAID
Texas Rangers - J.Meeks - PAID
Toronto Blue Jays -

You may notice the Rockies, Marlins, D'backs, and Rays aren't listed above.  Well, the boxes I'm breaking were produced before these teams were part of the league.  Sorry folks.  Also, teams like the Mariners and Blue Jays, who were expansion teams in the late '70s may have less cards than some other teams (e.g. - the Yankees).  Them are the breaks.

For the record, many of the players in the boxes played for many different teams, so the jersey they are featured in on the card will be the deciding factor as to which team gets the players.  Also, all the normal box break stuff is in place for the teams: the Senators will go to the Twins, the Philadelphia Atheltics and Kansas City Atheltics will both go to Oakland, & etc.

So, who's in?  Leave your comments below!


  1. Will definitely take the Cubs. Thanks!

  2. Outstanding. You know I'm in for the Halos.

  3. Thanks for a cool set selection for a group break. The price is very fair, and very difficult to beat such a deal or to pass on it. Lets fill this up. Lots of GREAT PLAYERS! I am tempted to go hog wild and buy a bunch of teams. I need to build the Swell sets. :)

    I'll go with the Twins and Expos.

  4. I'm going to take the White Sox. Give me a couple days to get payment over to you.

  5. Is there still time to snag the Cardinals? I'm sure there's a few of these that I don't have. Let me know.

  6. I keep meaning to drop back by here and lay claim to some teams. I'll take the Astros and Pirates for certain. Go ahead and put me down for the Athletics, too.