Posts Tagged ‘Upper Deck’


The much-anticipated first-ever Ladies’ Night charity break is now open to the public! This break benefits the great organization, VDAY (a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls) and marks the break hosting debut of the amazing @literalquirk! As of this posting, there are 18 great spots still available!

To learn more about this unique break and to grab up your spots, just visit the Ladies’ Night Charity Mixer page found in the menu at the top of the blog.

A while back, a prominent female figure in the trading card collecting hobby posed a #CardChat topic on Twitter regarding women in the hobby following this year’s National Convention. The topic and responses given gave @literalquirk and I motivation to celebrate the wonderful women in our hobby by hosting our first ever Ladies’ Night Charity Mixer, a 10-box break which will benefit VDAY—a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. Five dollars from each spot sold will be donated to this great cause!

Not only that, this break will mark the hosting debut of @literalquirk! Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this!

If you’re a female who loves to collect baseball cards and would like to help us raise money for a great cause, leave a comment here and I’ll give you the details on how to join in on the break! Don’t worry, guys. You’ll get your turn. We’re just giving the ladies first dibs!


I will be taking a bit of time now to begin figuring out the 2015 case break schedule. I wondered aloud on Twitter whether increasing my schedule from 5 cases per year to 2 cases per week was a good idea and if I could even sell out a football break. I believe that I have a loyal enough and large enough baseball collecting base to run at least 1 case break per month, though.

Upon determining the upcoming schedule and how to go about running the 2015 breaks, I wondered what YOU felt about our 2014 breaks here at Crackin’ Wax. So, whether you’ve taken spots in each break I’ve ever done or you’ve just sat silently on the sidelines, I’d like your input and feedback. Below are a list of questions about my breaks, past and future, that I’d like you to answer. The responses I get will greatly help in making sure I give YOU the best Crackin’ Wax Case Break experience that I can offer.

Thank you!

1: Which products would you like me to tackle in 2015? Doesn’t have to just be baseball.

2: I base my slot pricing on official checklists. In your opinion, has my slot pricing been fair?

3: Do you feel my “$5 back” skunk protection policy is fair? If not, what would you suggest?

4: Did you like the $20 spot reservation down payment ahead of full slot pricing? If not, would you rather wait until full slot pricing is available (typically a day after official checklist is released)?

5: Would you like to see fewer Charity breaks and more of the affordable non-charity breaks?

6: Do you enjoy the video presentation of the breaks (most times featuring @literalquirk as my sorter)? Do you have any suggestions on how to improve those presentations?

7: Although the Private Break has yet to take place, do you think this is a fair loyalty program? If not, what would you reasonably prefer?

8: How would you feel about an occasional “Ladies Night” break run by @literalquirk?

9: If you’ve never broken with us here before, please tell me what’s kept you from joining.

10: Which charities would you like us to benefit in 2015?

11: How would you feel about purchasing break spots from a virtual cart as opposed to being invoiced via PayPal?

12: Please offer any and all other feedback regarding our breaks here. All comments will be considered.

Thank you all SO MUCH for your support in 2014, not only in our breaks, but also in supporting all of the fantastic charities in which we’ve helped raise over $1500 for in this year alone! I look forward to running breaks for you in 2015!

Retail Hobby Boxes–Say What?

Posted: June 9, 2013 by topher in Upper Deck
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If you’re anything like me, then a stop at the card aisle in your local retail store is a must. If I’ve wandered off during a grocery shopping trip with my wife, she never needs to wonder where I am. She knows. Card aisle. Even in years that I’ve been on collecting hiatus, I’d still stop by to see what’s new.

My latest trip to the downtown Minneapolis Target yielded something I had not seen before. Sitting on the shelf next to brand new blasters and just beneath new rack packs were two hobby boxes–both 2004 Upper Deck Series 2.

A hobby box at a retailer? That’s odd. Stranger still is the particular product being sold. It’s a late series edition of mid-00s Upper Deck baseball–not exactly a stellar set. The box contains two hits on average, both jerseys. Perhaps we’ve been a bit spoiled since 2004 with the types of hits offered in standard hobby boxes. Knowing that the ONLY hits I’d be pulling would be jerseys is less than thrilling. Not only that, the price point seems a bit high. Yeah, it’s a hobby box at a retail store. Sure, it’s about $30 cheaper than it was in ’04. None of that is enough to make me want to slap $40 down on an overproduced and, frankly, boring product–especially when, if I really wanted to buy a box of ’04UDS2, I could buy it for much less online.

So, what’s the deal, here? Why in the world is Target selling hobby boxes? The answer is given away by the shelf price tag. The label lists the manufacturer as EXCELL, a distribution company out of Iowa. As far as trading cards are concerned (these hobby boxes in particular), Excell purchases unsold cards from hobby shops, other distributors, etc. and sends them out to retailers like Target and Wal-Mart to be sold. Target does not order any specific cards and the products stocked there by Excell are pay-per-scan–which is to say that no one makes any money off of these hobby boxes until someone buys one.

If I were an uneducated parent of a young collector who didn’t know better and saw what seemed to be a good deal on a hobby box, I might be tempted to buy one. However, knowing that any hobby boxes I find at a retailer are likely junk being resold by a distributor at (what I believe to be) an unreasonably high price, it’s a good bet I’ll never buy one.

While I believe that this type of hobby box reselling is relatively harmless (and practically pointless), it does make me wonder if NEW hobby sales at retailers is just around the corner? My guess is that, if this were to happen, retailers would have to have their card shelves stocked by distributors in much the same way they do with old hobby boxes thru Excell. The reason for that being that I highly doubt Topps, Upper Deck, Panini and other card companies will cease production of retail exclusive SKUs. Not only that, I really don’t feel that people want to spend high dollar amounts on one box of cards at a Target or Wal-Mart (my opinion, of course). I just don’t see new hobby boxes moving very well in these types of stores. So what would make anyone think that old junky hobby boxes would do any better–even if they are a bit cheaper?

Would or have you purchase(d) a re-distributed box at a retailer like the 2004 Upper Deck Series 2 baseball that I found at my local Target? What are your thoughts on the possibility of retailers carrying new hobby products?