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…


One of this year’s Allen & Ginter Charity Case Break partners has made their spots available, and they’re expected to go fast! If you missed out on my spots or if you are just itching for more Ginter, head to The Case Breakers now and help us help out a fantastic cause!

Just like in years past, I’ve put together a pack full of prizes donated by others throughout the hobby. Now that my part in the case break has been sold out, you can enter for your chance at the prize packed full of goodies. As of this posting, a 30-auto lot from Debbie P., 1 box of Bowman donated by Topps, 1 box of 2015 Allen & Ginter from Crackin’ Wax and more have been added to the Prize Pack. To enter, go to the Allen & Ginter Charity Case Break Page and scroll down past the team slot grid. There you’ll find a PayPal button that will donate $5 to Big Brothers Big Sisters and will enter you for a chance at the prize pack. You can enter for the prize pack as many times as you like! The prize pack will be awarded immediately after the scheduled 2015 Allen & Ginter Charity Case Break.

Now please go help us do some good and get yourself an awesome prize! Thank you!


This is about as off-topic as it gets, but I’ve been so obsessed with this album since it was released for streaming earlier this week that I just had to share it with you here. This is, without a doubt, this best album I’ve had the pleasure of hearing since A Perfect Circle’s “Thirteenth Step.” For those unfamiliar with Failure, this is their return album after breaking up 19 years ago. Maynard James Keenan, lead singer of Tool, regards them as one of his favorite bands. In fact, Maynard personally asked Failure to reunite just for his 50th Birthday concert. If you ask me, that’s an incredible endorsement. Do yourself a favor and give this a listen, top-to-bottom. The album hits shelves June 30th. Enjoy!

Originally posted on Consequence of Sound:

On June 30th, Failure will release their new album, The Heart Is a Monster, via INgrooves’ INresidence. In anticipation, the LP is streaming in its entirety below.

The Heart Is a Monster serves as the alt rock outfit’s first full-length in 19 years and the long-awaited follow-up to 1996’s Fantastic Planet. Spanning 18 tracks, the self-produced comeback LP arrives after Failure’s reunion tour last year, the band’s first in nearly two decades.

In a press statement, vocalist/guitarist Ken Andrews spoke about the somewhat intimidating recording process. “Trying to follow up Fantastic Planet was a bit daunting,” he said. “We’ve pushed the bar upward again, but at the same time, we’ve kept the signature sound of the band intact.”

Guitarist Greg Edwards added, “Thematically we’ve moved from the outer space of Fantastic Planet to inner space. From the dislocation of one’s identity to the complete erasing of it by sleep and dreams. I think we’ve used…

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As if the Allen & Ginter Charity Case Break prize pack wasn’t already loaded, another item has landed in the pile! This prize is being donated by my wife, Literal “Amy” Quirk. The winner of the prize pack will get their very own Wheaties box from General Mills! The winner will need to supply a photo which will need to meet certain requirements before the box goes to print. The box will be enclosed in acrylic to keep it Gem Mint!

Other items in the prize pack include a 30-auto lot from Debbie P. (including autographs of Noah Syndergaard, Byron Buxton, and Kyle Schwarber), 1 box of Bowman donated by Topps, and 1 box of 2015 Allen & Ginter from Crackin’ Wax. More items are expected to be added before the break, too!

To enter, just head to the Allen & Ginter Charity Case Break page. There you’ll find instructions on how you could end up with this ridiculously awesome prize! You can enter as many times as you like, too! So, please… help us help out a great cause and enter for your chance to win today!

I can’t thank you all enough for making Saturday night’s double case break such a fun success! We had a ton of fun, the wife was blitzed out of her mind on pain medication, we pulled lots of awesome cards (I even pulled a pink knob live on camera! …ahem…), and, most importantly, we raised $150 for Make-A-Wish Foundation! I’m also throwing an extra $50 into the kitty for the Allen & Ginter Charity Case Break donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters!

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All cards from both breaks have been packed and shipped. Some of you should start seeing your cards arrive tomorrow. Hopefully everyone should have theirs by the end of the week. Just for the heck of it, you can follow the shipping progress of all the packages!

Thank you again, everyone! Next up is the Bowman Inception break—the first break at our new house—followed by the HUGE annual Allen & Ginter Charity Case Break! There’s a massive prize in that one that keeps getting bigger, so I highly suggest you get in there and enter, and enter often!

We’re all finished up with our breaks and we pulled some really awesome cards! Check out the replay videos right here!