Random Review: Lone Star Box Breaks

Lone Star Box Breaks is a place that I have had my eye on since I came across them on Twitter. If you are a reader of this site then you know that I document the struggles of being a collector on a tight budget. Lone Star Box Breaks is right up my alley. They constantly post cheap cards and packs.
I have been wanting to buy from them but when they post cards, it never aligns with my availability; they are known to post on Saturday nights. I finally caught a break on Saturday, and bought from them – I may or may not done this purchase as I was sitting waiting for church to start. When I was browsing, I asked myself: ‘would I regret passing up on this deal?’ The answer for this Court Kings Charlie Scott autograph was yes.
When you shop on their site, you will see some cards listed as free with purchase if you add them to your card. I grabbed, an albeit expired Jordan Hamilton redemption.  Panini redeems expired redemption cards so I got two autograph cards for one. Did I mention the free shipping? I literally paid a buck.20160310_172541

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This is what’s great about the hobby: Legends23 Case Breakers

The boom of social media has brought many great opportunities. For as many side effects that social media has, their is so much good that is hard to ignore. People are giving to others in amazing ways. In the past 10 days, I have seen an amazing number (a good half dozen, and not by major companies) of hobby boxes being given away. Last weekend, I was on the receiving end of yet another of one of these great givers.

The case breakers at Legends 23 are the amazing people behind this giveaway. I was lucky enough to walk away with a Hi Tek baseball box. Check them out at http://www.legend23cb.com/; they actually have a video of the giveaway on their site as well as great breaks.

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Sports Card Album Pro

About 10 days ago, the people at Sports Card Album were testing out their pro feature. The feature involves selling cards without the Ebay fees, with the caveat being that you pay $4.99 a month.
To test it out, the posted some cards at great deals. By some miracle, I snagged 2 cards that I didn’t think would ever be in my price range. I snagged an AJ Green autograph and Teddy Bridgewater rookie autograph for a combined $42 shipped. The other day, I got them in mail so I figured the least that I could do was plug Sports Card Album’s pro feature.  It looks like the feature is officially being rolled out and has started. I don’t know how others feel about it, mainly because I am not a big seller of cards, but as a buyer I really like the feature. Last week on Twitter there was a rash of scam artists in the community so there is no harm in another trusted selling option.

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Random Review: Panini Innovation 12/13

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This is the second of my two boxes from my post Christmas gift card cash in. I finally opened the box last night and it has taken me that much time to develop a true opinion of it. Lets run down my hits before I delve in:

8 cards per pack, 1 pack per box. 2 autographs and 1 game used

The cards:
2 base cards: Evan Turner and Tyson Chandler
Allen Iverson Innovators
Manu Ginobili stained glass (well plastic) – by far my favorite card in the box
Andrew Nicholson rookie #ed to 349
Kevin Murphy rookie autograph
Greg Monroe Fine Print autograph
Andre Drummond Authentic Material rookie card #ed to 199

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Random Review: Totally Certified Basketball, Christmas Present

It’s New Years Eve and I just now opened one of the two boxes that I got for Christmas. As I stated, I have pretty good will power and waited until I had a hunger to open a box.
I opened my Panini Totally Certified 2013/2014 box. It had 6 packs with a hit in each pack. The price point wasn’t too bad as I bought the box for $50 from Valley Sports Cards – no they don’t sponsor the site, I just love namedropping them when I can because of how awesome they are. This is actually my second foray with Totally Certified as the very first Random Review that I ever did was the football version of the same year – found here. I was underwhelmed with that box but I chalked it up to a poor rookie class; plus at my price range, I don’t really have many options when I go into the store. I am a basketball collector anyway so I didn’t mind taking a chance.

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Bid Board Finds #10 & 10.5

Two quick Bid Board Finds.

Haul 1:
Mike Goodson autograph and Harold Baines autograph: $3.75
Harold Baines is one of my favorite players and that is where the majority of the total came from as I paid $3.50 for that card. One of those unheralded players who has amazing career numbers. Mike Goodson is a former Carolina Panther so both of these are legitimate personal collection items.

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Haul 2:
Random Shaq lot: & Luis Sardinas autograph: one dollar
The Shaq lot included rookies and sample cards. I have a small personal collection of so called samples. You also have to love the Blue Chips card.

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Bid board finds #8

Compared to last week’s haul this week’s offers little in value; but then again that was a huge haul.
Only 4 cards today, and I paid $6.75. $3 of that went to the vintage 1951 Bowman card and another $2.25 to the Bryce Brentz autograph flier that I took. The other 2 cards were a dual UFC card and Billy Butler uncirculated rookie. This was my 2nd uncirculated card in as many weeks. I said before and I will say it again, they are under appreciated in today’s market. The UFC card had Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez, limited to just 188 cards.

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Bid Board Finds #7

This week’s Bid Board Finds has to be the mother-load compared to past posts. A lot of it has to do with bidding 28 hours before the bid board ended; as opposed to the usually 100 or so hours that I normally do.

This weeks haul was $16.25 for 14 cards. These cards are best broken up in 2 categories: Steelers and non Steelers. I am not a Steelers fan but in comparison with others this is my favorite load because of the value. Steelers players have a lot of trade value because of how popular they are. There is really only 1 card in the Steelers lot that I would consider untouchable in terms of my PC. The 3 non Steelers are all PC cards.

The Haul:
The non Steelers:
Kony Ealy autograph – love it because he is Panthers player
Brandon Barnes autograph – PC item because he was with the Lancaster Jethawks when I lived near their stadium and went to a ton of games
1953 Topps – Jim Rivera – a solid starter for his time

The Steelers:
David DeCastro autograph, limited to 99 – my PC item because I love offensive lineman
2 Terry Bradshaw Triple Threads #ed cards, one to 199 and the other to 1199
Kordell Stewart/ Jerome Bettis dual jersey, limited to 400 – you have to love Slash. I will be honest, I am not a Bettis fan
Duce Staley  prime jersey #ed to 50- big jersey piece with a sliver of a patch
Antwaan Randle El autograph
Cameron Heyward autograph
Lawrence Timmons autograph – this is the second Timmons autograph in my collection and I am not a fan of them. I hate how he took the easy way out and only signed LT.
Lamarr Woodley autograph – the owner of the shop thought that this was the steal of the haul
Ben Roethlisberger uncirculated, limited to 750 – uncirculated cards under appreciated in today’s card market. I wasn’t a fan of them when they were around but now that they are gone, I miss them.
Rashard Mendenhall autographed letter ‘E,’ limited to 20 – this was the most expensive item in the lot at $3

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Bid Board Finds #6 & #6.5

Two quick one off finds from 2 different bid boards. One from my favorite card shop, Valley Sports Cards, and the other from the one near my college.

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First up is Roman Reigns event used shirt that I got from Valley Sports Cards. The price was negligible as I payed under a dollar. I don’t get to highlight their bid board much because I don’t go in there for their bid board. I was ecstatic to get this as Reigns will probably win the WWE Championship this weekend at Survivor Series. These cards don’t go for much but I feel like I got an absolute steal; as similar cards from WWE champions fetch $10.

 

The other find is an Andre Ellington autograph from my usually place. I am not going to say how much I paid for it because I didn’t keep the card. I sent it to a super collector as a thank you for being amazing to the hobby. Speaking of which, I should do something for Alex at Valley Sports Cards.

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This is what’s great about the hobby #9

As someone with PTSD, there are very few places where I can find peace when I need it. Since I am not coaching this season, I have 3 places that I can go. One of those places is my favorite card shop.

I have covered in the past how I hate mystery packs. They never give value and a lot of the people selling them are unethical. Fortunately not everyone is like that, because my favorite card shop has mystery packs that have really paid off for me.  Here is how Alex at Valley Sports Cards does it. He puts together packs for 10 bucks from one sport. Each pack includes 2 relics, several rookie cards, a raffle ticket, and a board of death.  On top of that, he has cards in his display case that say 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize. Right now for basketball there is a Scottie Pippen autograph as 1st prize for the basketball packs. The thing with that board of death is that in a handful of packs there is prize message on there saying that you won 1st prize (or 2nd or 3rd). He holds about 2 raffles a year. They are like big parties where he celebrates his customers and rewards them. He raffles good stuff like Jordan, Kershaw, and Magic Johnson autographs. There are customers that come acting like they are entitled to win everything, but Alex (and his wife who is just as amazing) take such good care of his customers that the appreciation is a 2 way street for 99.9% of the customers. I won a Pau Gasol signed basketball from one of the raffles, thanks to all the tickets that I had compiled from his mystery packs.
I love buying these packs because Alex does not put junk in there. Among the highlights of cards that I have got in the packs alone: Bobby Doer autograph, Wade Boggs jersey, Sam Bradford dual jersey, piece of a Super Bowl pylon, etc. Not all are great, but that is very rare. There are days when I walk away thinking that I got a dud pack but those days are pretty rare. I have bought so many packs and won some good stuff: Bob Griese autograph, Steve Young autograph, Alex Rodriguez booklet, etc.

As a low end collector, I hate walking into his shop with only dollar bin items so I try to buy one every time that I come in as reciprocation for how well Alex and his wife have treated me over time. I am not going to lie, I look at the prizes showcased to see if there is anything good; but very rarely is buying those my single reason for buying one of the packs.

So let’s take a look at how I did from my visit over the weekend:

Pack 1
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The Isiah Thomas autograph is numbered to 25

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I hit a choice of 3rd prize from this pack and chose something good…

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