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Clearance retail Chrome hitting stores; Strasburg rookie auto refractor pulled

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

Who doesn’t love a deal, especially when they come in the form of marked-down collectible baseball cards.

True clearance prices for sealed packs of baseball cards in a retail setting are rarely seen. Most stores blow through product before there is a chance for it to sit around. And in the cases where stock has collected dust, the packs are sent back to the distributor and then they are repackaged in another form.

And in the occasions where cards are marked down, they usually are brands that are not super appealing. Well, in some Toys R Us stores right now, you might find something that is appealing — 2010 Topps Chrome baseball, and in some places 2010 Bowman Chrome baseball.

The 2010 rookie class is one that continues to be at the front of the hobby even two years later.

Nationals’ pitcher Stephen Strasburg, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, Marlins outfielder Mike (Giancarlo) Stanton and Indians catcher Carlos Santana are the five names that led that fairly deep rookie card class. And in Topps chrome you have a shot at their rookie cards, as well as signed versions that can be worth big money.

Toys R Us appears to have been restocked with loads of 2010 Topps Chrome rack packs which feature three sealed retail packs (4 cards per pack) and a retail exclusive pack of three orange refractor parallel cards. The original price on these packs was $9.99. These are now available to you for $4.99.

And while the odds for any autograph are tough, and the chances to land one of the aforementioned five rookie studs are even worse, the opportunity is there. And no one is passing up that chance when it comes at basically $1.66 a pack.

I’ve visited three Toys R Us stores this week and found Topps Chrome in each of them, and in one store I actually located a blaster of 2010 Bowman Chrome for $12.99. (I opened it, it was bad …. really, really, bad.)

Needless to say I cleared out all of the Topps Chrome packs, and it is always fun to look back and see this many refractors.

And those rookies? Yeah, pulled a few of those too:

Even a few shiny ones:

But nothing, and I mean nothing, compares to the feeling when you beat the odds and pull the main card in the set from a retail pack:

2010 Topps Chrome Refractor Autograph Stephen Strasburg /499

Happy hunting.

Video Break: 2011 Topps Chrome Football Blaster

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

Needed a few more things from Walmart so I had to make a quick trip. Lo and behold they got the new 2011 Topps Chrome football blasters in this morning.  This almost never happens here in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Usually we get them a week after they start hitting retail shelves on the east coast. Anyway, I broke my blaster on video. Shiny stuff inside.


Topps hit nail on the head with new Chrome retail value packaging

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , on October 8, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

I’ve been a bit pre-occupied in recent days with the birth of my son to find time to blog, but today I found something that needed to be said.

Topps hit the nail on the head with its new Topps Chrome retail packaging.

On Friday, I found some time to go to Target, and there I found the new Topps Chrome, which I believe hit Hobby Shop shelves a week ago. At Target, they had the product in three forms — Blaster boxes, Gravity Feed retail packs and a new Value Pack-style rack pack as seen above.

One of the major issues with retail products in general is the fact that it is impossible to find the stuff in un-searched.

Blasters are nice, but they require you to spend $19.99 to get the packs. So you’re basically out of luck if you only want a few packs. Topps has apparently solved this issue with the new Value Packs.

As you can see, for $8.99 you get three sealed, un-searched retail packs and then a bonus packs of three orange, retail-exclusive refractors. Are you saving any money? Not really. But you are ensuring the integrity of the packs … and you get the free pack of shiny goodness.

So yeah, kudos to Topps and their packaging company.

I guess you’re wondering if I bought any? Yes. I bought one. Not really in a position to go nuts on cards right now, plus retail Topps Chrome is rough. Odds on rookie autographs in retail? 1 in 171 packs. Ouch. Hobby odds I believe are 1 in 12 packs.

The three free refractors are a pretty cool touch. They come in a see-through package that can easily be searched once outside the main seal. But while inside it is impossible. Again, loving this. My pack contained theseKila Ka’aihue (RC), Kevin Russo (RC), Aaron Hill.

Out of my three main packs, I pulled three refractors, including two purple (1:12 packs) refractors serial numbered /599 and a XFractor (1:3). Also five rookie logo cards.

It’s tough to judge a product based on three packs, retail ones at that. But the “fun” factor was solid. Would I recommend these for others? Depends on the type of collector you are. A few packs here and there won’t; just don’t go overboard thinking you’re getting a steal.

Pack Break: Hobby Goudey, Bowman Draft, and Topps Chrome

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

break1205I took the day off to deal with a  doctor’s appointment in the morning and a class for new parents this afternoon, so in between I figured I’d stop into the hobby shop to see what was cookin. Needless to say there isn’t much out there worth buying. A box of Bowman Draft would have made sense, but the fact that Buster Posey seemingly is the only base chrome auto worth having really doesn’t do it for me. Damnit, Razor. You ruined it. Anyhow, after much though (I pondered a box of 08 UD Goudey, but turned it down) I decided to take the tame route and go for five packs: 1 Goudey, 2 Bowman Draft and 2 Topps Chrome. Continue reading


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