PACK BREAK: 2016 Panini Prizm Football Hanger Pack

Living in Fort Worth, it’s difficult to turn on any kind of media without hearing about the Dallas Cowboys. I despised them for so long, but I admit that I’ve become interested enough that I want to see them win (it’s always better for the local economy). That, combined with the “never leave the last one on the shelf” philosophy many of us have, led to me picking up one of these this evening at a local Target.

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Each one comes with three four-card packs and a three-card pack of Red, White and Blue Prizm cards.  If you read the blog often, you probably know that I’m a fan of packs that offer guaranteed exclusive parallels.  Continue reading

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BOX BREAK: 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Blaster

Kin Kinsley
November 15, 2016

Whenever I am somewhere out of my normal area and come across a Target or Walmart, I try to stop in if time allows. I’m not going to find many discounted blasters in my local area that I’m interested in, because I’ve already bought them. A little over a week ago I was on the other side of Fort Worth and stopped in a Target. I was thrilled to find a 2015-16 Upper Deck Hockey Series 2 blaster. I wasn’t passing it up at $12.99. Continue reading

BOX BREAK: 2016-17 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey

Kin Kinsley
November 13, 2016

It’s probably because so many collectors that I follow on Twitter are hockey collectors, but I’ve seen so much Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey being busted over the last few days.  That, combined with me being on a relatively hot spell, made me decide to pick up a box at my local card shop, Duane’s Sports Cards.

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BOX BREAK: 2016 Topps Heritage WWE Blaster

Kin Kinsley
October 16, 2016

Earlier I posted a hobby box break of this same product.  I picked this blaster up yesterday and decided I wanted to put the set together.  Originally I picked up a Heritage High Number Baseball blaster, but decided to go with this instead.  After getting the complete set in the hobby box, my hope with this blaster was to get some help on the insert sets I need to finish off.

The blaster boxes contain five nine-card packs and one “relic” pack.  I had no idea what to expect in the relic pack, having done no research.  To my surprise it had two cards.  One was the relic, and there was another.  I am not sure if this is normal or not.

I ended up with two of The Rock inserts in just five packs.

The second Rock cards was in the last pack.  There was also another parallel in that one.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with the box.  Hoping to trade some of them off to complete the insert sets I’m still working on.  What I can say is that I will likely buy the hobby boxes going forward.  These are still always good if I’m at Walmart and make an impulse purchase.

BOX BREAK: 2016 Topps Heritage WWE Hobby Box

Kin Kinsley
October 16, 2016

Earlier today I headed over to Duane’s Sportscards, thinking that there was a card show there this weekend.  I was incorrect, it is next weekend, so I spent a little time in the shop.  After yesterday grabbing a 2016 Topps Heritage WWE blaster at Walmart, I looked to see if Duane’s had hobby boxes.  They did.  I decided I want to complete this set, since the design is the same as 1986 Topps Baseball, the first set that I owned.

Per Beckett.com:
Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 9
Boxes per case: 12
Set size: 110 cards

WHAT TO EXPECT IN A HOBBY BOX:
• Autographs, Memorabilia Cards, Manufactured Patch Cards and Printing Plates – 2 Total
• The Rock Tribute Inserts – 4
• Record Breakers Inserts – 24
• Turn Back the Clock Inserts – 24
• WCW/nWo All-Stars Inserts – 24

I can say that my box was exactly what was expected.  That is a very good thing.

BASE SET:
I was very pleased that there was a complete 100-card set in my box.  This means that unless I want to chase hits, or get the last few inserts that I need, I do not need to purchase another box.  I also ended up with 25 duplicates.  I would have been really excited if any of them were Bayley, Kevin Owens or Bray Wyatt…but it is what it is.

BASE SET PARALLELS:
The box contained two of the silver parallels, which are numbered to 50 and hobby exclusives.

RECORD BREAKERS is a 30 card set that is inserted one per pack.  I ended up with 24 of the 30 cards in the set since there were no duplicates.

TURN BACK THE CLOCK is a 15 card set, inserted one card per pack.  I ended up with a complete set and nine duplicates.

WCW/NWO ALL STARS is the third set inserted at one per pack.  I did not receive any duplicated, so I have 24 of the 40 cards in the set.

THE ROCK TRIBUTE are one in six packs.  I received the expected four cards.

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2016 Topps Heritage WWE – The Rock Tribute Cards #23, 25, 28 & 30

Each box does state on the outside that there are two hits per box, and that’s what I received.  I’m not always the biggest fan of Topps, but at least on the WWE cards I have purchased over the past few years, they have not done me wrong.

I received one autographed card.  I am quite happy that these are on-card and not stickers (or at least mine was).  Tyler Breeze isn’t one that really does anything for me, but never do we as collectors end up with that “perfect” box.

Much like I said with the Tyler Breeze card, Naomi isn’t the Kiss Card that would have been at the top of my list.  However, some of the top female names were not included in this set.  Also, these are inserted at just a little more than one per case, so I really can’t complain.

I’ve bought a solid amount of Topps WWE product over the last handful of years.  I have not ever been disappointed.  What was different this time was that this is actually the first hobby box I have bought.  I’ve always picked up Walmart blasters or rack packs before today.

As someone wanting a complete a set, a hobby box is probably the best way to go.  I was able to get the complete base set and did well on the three one-per-pack insert sets.  There’s no guarantee that in three blaster boxes I’d complete a set.  It’s likely, but there’s no guarantee.  Those are $19.99 a pop, so why not just buy the hobby box and get a guaranteed couple of hits?  I will probably move all of mine just to recoup the some of the money that I basically paid for my set.  I’m a happy guy and this is certainly the approach I will take on WWE sets going forward.