Sunday, September 23, 2012

Announcement: First Ever "O" NO!!! Group Break

Announcing "O" NO!!!'s first ever group break!

I have decided to hold my first ever "Affordable" group break in the absence of Cardboard Collections for October.  I can only hope to do as good of a job as he does.  I'm going to do my best to keep the seat warm for him until he returns to work his magic!

This box break will be sponsored by the good folks at Baseball Card Exchange.  They have literally tons and tons of great unopened product, so drop by and take a look at their wares

So without further ado, there will be 3 boxes broken:

Box #1

1994 Topps Finest Series 1

I know it's not 1993 Finest but it's still a pretty nice box.  It has 24 packs with 4 cards per pack.  There should be at least 2 refractors in the the box since they fall 1:9 packs.  I also think there is a jumbo sized box loader inside too. I think I'm most excited about this product!

Box #2

1996 Pinnacle Zenith

This box of cards also has 24 packs with 6 cards per pack.  From what I know about the set, this was Pinnacle's answer to Finest.  There's some pretty nice inserts in this product.
There's a 1 in 2 boxes chance of pulling an Artist's Proof card (1:36 packs).
There should be at least 2 Mosaics (1:10 Packs) cards in the box which feature 3 players from the same team.
There's a 1 in 3 box chance at pulling a Z-Team insert
We should also pull one Diamond Club insert since they fall one per hobby box.  These also have a parallel that falls 1:360 packs that acually has real diamonds embedded in the card.

Box #3

1999 Sports Illustrated presented by Fleer

This should be a fun box to open.  I remember opening a box of these cards back when they first came out.  I actually pulled the cover boy (Kerry Wood) Diamond Dominators insert card which was a 1:180 pack pull.  I think I just recently trade that card to somebody here on the blogs.  I think at the time it was the most rare card I gotten from ripping packs.  From what I remember, the Fabulous 40's inserts were embossed and commemorated players smashing 40 or more homers in 1998.  There's also a parallel that is serial numbered to the actual HR total for that player.  Maybe we hit one!  The Ones to Watch inserts had up and coming players printed on foil board and JD Drew autographed 250 copies and they were inserted.  I doubt we'll find one but it would be cool if we did.  There's also the Headliners which fall 1 in 4 packs featuring the popular players of the time period.  There's also the aformentioned Diamond Dominators with hitters being a 1:90 pack pull and pitchers being a 1:180 pull.

There's going to be 14 slots.  9 bucks gets you one team of your choice and a team to be randomly selected from the remaining unchosen teams. 15 dollars gets you 2 chosen teams and 2 randoms.  If you want more than 2 let me know, we can work something out.  I will also give a dollar discount if you pimp out this break on your blog (this only applies until the break is filled, sorry, my rules.).  Also, I'm not going to discourage international collectors, I just may ask for just a couple dollars more for shipping.

All 14 slots have been claimed!  Stay tuned to this blog for the boxes to be busted.

Atlanta Braves - Dutch Card Guy - PAID
Baltimore Orioles - Ryan H. - PAID
Boston Red Sox - Matt Perry - PAID
Chicago Cubs
Chicago White Sox
Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Indians - Baseball Dad - PAID
Colorado Rockies
Detroit Tigers
Florida Marlins
Houston Astros
Los Angeles Angels - Tom T. - payment pending
Los Angeles Dodgers - gcrl - PAID
Kansas City Royals
Milwaukee Brewers
Minnesota Twins
Montreal Expos - Roy-Z - PAID
New York Mets - Doug C. - PAID
New York Yankees - NY Hitman - PAID
Oakland Athletics
Philadelphia Phillies
Pittsburgh Pirates - NY Hitman - PAID
San Diego Padres - Padrogaphs - PAID
San Francisco Giants
Seattle Mariners - Design on Deck - PAID
St Louis Cardinals
Texas Rangers - Roy-Z - PAID
Toronto Blue Jays - Doug C. - PAID

Since the Rays and Diamondbacks are only going to show up in the Sports Illustrated box, they will not be available for purchase.  Cards from these 2 teams will be randomed among the participants that do not get an insert or in the unlikely event we get a hit.

After claiming your team(s) and you pay, please send me an email (same as paypal address) with your name and address along with the team(s) you've claimed.  The sooner we get this filled the boxes can be ordered and subsequently broken!  I hope to have this happen the 1st or 2nd week of October though it depends on how fast this thing fills up.


  1. I'll take the Yankees and Pirates! Payment on the way!

  2. Holy Cow! Thats an Angel (Tim Salmon?) on the cover of the 1994 Topps Finest. If the box is going into the trash may I ask to have it? Open it carefully!

  3. Oh, I'll take the Angels. Will send cash.

  4. Send some extra for shipping, if it turns out to be more let me know !

  5. dodgers please. payment will be sent shortly.

  6. Dang someone already took the Orioles. ;)

  7. Sounds like a fun one. I'm in for the Red Sox. Payment on it's way in the morning :)

  8. I'll send you $15 for the Texas Rangers and Montreal Expos.

    And TOTALLY pimp you out on the plaingrayswatch

    Payments soon.

  9. If the one spot is still open I'll take the Tribe please !

  10. Put me down for the Cardinals if there's still room, please.