Welcome to Crackin’ Wax!

Posted: May 6, 2015 by topher in General
Hello and welcome! Please, make yourself at home. Looking to join a good case break? Just head up to the Crackin’ Wax Case Breaks menu! Have some Twins autographs you’d like to get rid of? Go check out my “Want List!” Want to know what my wife thinks of her husband collecting baseball cards? Then you should read “The Better Half!” Looking for new blog posts? Just scroll down.

And now, a video of our cat making baseball cards…

Even if you don’t have a spot in the break, come on back here at 5pm C and catch our first ever Archives charity case break! This time, we’re donating 10% of each spot price PLUS $150 from the auctioned Bull Durham spot to Boys & Girls Clubs of America whose club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. So, come on back at 5pm C and watch the break live as it happens, or stop by later on and catch the replay!


I’ve surprised the subscribers of our Group Breaks Mailing List with an unannounced charity case break of 2016 Archives benefitting Boys & Girls Club. As usual, it’s a Pick-Your-Team style break. That, however, left me with the question of what to do with the special Bull Durham cards that we might pull. I decided to make a special Bull Durham spot to help raise even more for charity! I’m auctioning off the toploader pictured above (NOT the card that appears in the toploader) with 100% of the winning bid going to Boys & Girls Club. The winner of that auction will also receive a second shipment which will contain any and all Bull Durham cards pulled in our Archives charity case break—including autographs!

Please consider helping us raise as much as possible and BID NOW!

Blaster Buster: 2016 Bowman

Posted: April 27, 2016 by topher in Bowman
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First of all, before I even talk about anything else, I just want to acknowledge the image posted above. That is a screenshot of the confirmation page of our donation to V-DAY from the 2016 Topps Museum Collection charity case break. We raised $300. That brings our total lifetime amount to over $6000 raised for various charities! You guys freakin’ rule, you know that? AWESOME!

The break was a very fun time, especially with a healthy LQ back on board to give me her usual good dose of shit like she loves to do and to provide her eagle-eyed card sorting. Of course, sorting 250 cards shouldn’t be too challenging. To her credit, though, she was also working at the same time. Props to my wife. Love ya!

We pulled some monster hits, as you might expect from a full case of Museum Collection. Believe it or not, this case actually yielded my very first ever Bryce Harper autograph. Now if only I could land a Byron Buxton and maybe even a Kris Bryant.

We also pulled an unusual card that I posted about yesterday. It’s the Buster Posey base card. I have yet to find any more information on this card to see if this was a one-off whoopsie or if all of Buster’s Museum base cards are like this. Check it out…

My guess is that they’re all like that, but if not, that card is definitely a keeper!

Let’s take a look at what we pulled. Here are a few of my favorites from the break…

As for the other hits…

Vogt relic /50

Pujols quad relic /75

Springer auto /5
Kuechel dual relic sticker auto /225

Donaldson quad relic /99

Glavine auto /75
Freeman quad relic /99
Miller dual relic sticker auto /225

Molina quad relic /99
Carpenter auto /199

Hammel auto /299

Bradley relic /50

Greinke relic /10
Puig relic /35
Grandal relic /50
Kershaw/Greinke/Gonzalez/Puig quad relic /75
Fernando Valenzuela auto /75

Posey quad relic /75
Pence/Posey/Bumgarner/Cain quad relic /99

Edgar Martinez auto /99
Taijuan Walker auto /199
Cano relic /50
Cano dual relic sticker auto /25

Ichiro quad relic /75
Gordon dual relic sticker auto /299

Wheeler relic /35
Granderson relic /35
Piazza quad relic /75
Conforto triple relic sticker auto /99
Harvey quad relic /99
Matz dual relic sticker auto /399
Plawecki dual relic sticker auto /399

Machado quad relic /25

Melancon relic /35

Palmeiro auto /75

Henry Owens triple relic sticker auto /299
Pedroia auto /75

Larkin auto /50

Gray auto /150

Holland relic /50

J.D. Martinez relic /50

Refsnyder triple relic sticker auto /299
Slade Heathcott dual relic sticker auto /399
Sabathia relic /35

This really was an incredible break, and if you want to see the rest of the great hits we pulled and see/hear just how much fun we have during these breaks, I encourage you to check out the full replay video provided below. Thank you so much to those who were part of the break and helped us raise $300 for such a great cause. To me, you guys are the best part of this hobby!