The NHL All-Star Game is this weekend in Nashville and Upper Deck will be in town for NHL Fan Fair. Steve Layman of WTVF Newschannel 5 in Nashville talked with Upper Decks President, Jason Masherah on his show SportsLine, discussing the Fan Fair event, the hobby today but also a “Major” announcement that Upper Deck will be making on Thursday (28th). To watch the interview click here  The talk about “The Announcement” starts at the 11 min mark.

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Box/case breaks are hotter than they ever been and wont disappear any time soon. You can find a break now from anything to random team, player, or a new one that I’ve seen is the number break, which actually isn’t that bad. A number of sites are offering breaks and everyone has their favorites for one reason or another. Here’s the list of breaks sites that I use, in no order…

Mojobreak

Exchanger Card Breaks

Collector Revolution

Bills Box Breaks

For the collectors that haven’t jumped into breaks yet or not really sure how it all works, the guys over at Mojo put together a video to explain it all… (Plus bonus pts for the nice 8bit video game soundtrack)

 

000_0001 (2)These boxes are retail only and can be found at Target for $14.99. Each box comes with 5 packs of Topps Update (8 cards) and 2 packs of Topps Update Chrome (4 cards).

BOX 1

Pack 1 – Cunniff (RC), Fowler, Rizzo, Kazmir, Miguel Cabrera (Gold), Collins, Pederson (RC), Nicolino (RC)

Pack 2 – Phelps, Kemp, Panik, Verrett (RC), Mets Team Card, Gattis, Delgado, All-Star Red Trout

Pack 3 – Blanco, Syndergaard (RC), Cole, Diekman, Robles (RC), Conger, Babe Ruth (Highlight), chapman (Foil)

Pack 4 – Byrd, Rutledge, Greinke, Villanueva, Qualls, Correa (RC), Webb, Galarraga (Tape Measures Blasts)

Pack 5 – Strop, Canha (RC), Ciriaco, Tepera (RC), Jeter (Rookie Sensations), Bradley (RC), Burnett Felix Hernandez

Chrome Pack 1- Craig Kimbrel, Manny Machado (Pulsar Refractor Game Used Jersey) 000_0003

Chrome Pack 2 – AJ Cole, Despaigne, Harris, Fisk (Rookie Sensations Pulsar)

BOX 2

Pack 1 – Mahtook (RC), Kelly Johnson (RC), Upton, Pujols (Rookie Sensations), Fuld (Pride & Pres), Garcia & Copeland (RC), Goldschmidt, Barnhart

Pack 2 – Ahmed, Diaz, Frasor, Asdrubal Cabrera (Rarities) O’Day, Anderson & Klein (RC), Pujols, Norris

Pack 3 – McAllister, Milone, Revere, Urshela (RC), Matz (RC), Teixeira, Ramos, Jimenez (Highlight)

Pack 4 – Davis, Romo, Moustakas, Uribe, Lincecum (Whatever Works), Soria, Harris, Colabello

Pack 5 – Kendrick, Gomes, Lavarnway, Blanton, Neftali Feliz (Rookie Sensations), Navarro & Coleman (RC), Betances, Enrique Hernandez

Chrome Pack 1 – Bryant (RC), Duffy (FS), Buxton (RC), Livan Hernandez (Rookie Sensations Pulsar) 000_0004

Chrome Pack 2 – Greene (FS), Donaldson, Correa (RC), Russell (RC)

 

 

2015 Prestige Football

8 Packs – 8 Cards per pack – $21.99000_0001

Pack 1 – Tannehill, Sherman, Edelman, Jones, Posluszny, Hilton, Asiata, Josh Harper (RC Fresno State)

Pack 2 – Ansah, Reed, Jackson, Ertz, Donald, Floyd, McCoy, Jay Ajayi (RC Boise State)

Pack 3 – DeMarco Murray, Beckham Jr, Bryant, Evans, Khiry Robinson, Brees, Kelvin Benjamin, Jaelen Strong (RC Arizona State)

Pack 4 – Decker, Harvin, Kearse, Brady, Matt Ryan, Denard Robinson, Moncrief, Eddie Goldman (RC Florida State)

Pack 5 – Baldwin, Wallace, Bell, Rudolph, Mason, Peyton Manning, Fred Jackson (Blue Extra Point), DeVante Parker (RC Lousville)

Pack 6 – Jeffery, Bell, Manziel, Rainey, Vincent Jackson, Ingram, Fowler Jr (Prestigious Picks RC), Fowler Jr (RC Florida)

Pack 7 – Sanu, Taliaferro, Kuechly, Newton, Greene, Marcedes Lewis, Bret Hundley (RC UCLA), Dez Bryant (NFL Clear Shield)

Pack 8 – Pitta Kerrigan, McCoy, Luck, Patterson, Watt, Melvin Gordon(Blue Chip), amari Cooper (RC Alabama)

Jumbo Draft Pick – Amari Cooper

 

ToppsNothings better than when the collector can go straight to the source to get some of those card questions answered, and with all the big dogs in Chicago this last week, that’s just what collectors did. Topps hosted a Q&A with collectors on Saturday, talking about the NFL, NBA, and customer service. The most interesting thing to come out of this is the following  comments Topps made,  That seeing an insert card numbered to a certain level doesn’t mean that many cards have been distributed. For a full write up on this and the Q&A session check out the story on Sports Collectors Daily.

Another question asked of Topps at their booth on Friday was about the “Code Breaker” autograph cards that were Crawfordfound in packs. This Brandon Crawford (Right) was pulled out of a blaster box from WalMart and shown to the staff at the Topps booth, but no one seem to be able to answer anything about it, matter of fact, 3 different people came over and looked at it and didn’t say a word and walked away.

 

Baseball fans, Nikcosports is offering up a very nice 6-ball set of Official Rawlings Cincinnati Reds baseballs to help celebrate the MLB All-Star game in Cincinnati this year. This set which is limited to just 5,000 sets include the following baseballs honoring the Reds World Series wins – 1919, 1940, 1975, 1976, and 1990, plus a special 2015 All-Star ball. The ball sets sell for $79.95 with portion of the proceeds going to benefit The Reds Community Fund. You can purchase this item at www.nikcosports.com or call 1-800-345-2868 or check out Nikco Sports on Ebay by clicking here.

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MagazineA new magazine hit the newsstand this week, called Baseball – History & Art. It’s part history, part art, and part collecting. This first issue, Summer 2015, is over 70 pages printed on a high quality stock and includes a insert in the front 000_0001cover of Ty Cobb. The front cover teases stories on “Black Stars Exhibit” “Forbes Field & Honus Wagner” along with Inside Market Info, Breaking News, Auction News, and Making Art Matter. As you thumb threw it, the Art title is there for a reason, and in these 70 plus pages are some great looking pictures of America’s Pastime. The cover price is $9.95 in the U.S. and $12.95 for Canada.

In This Issue – Summer, 2015

Finding Home – A cranky manager and his star pitcher fund happiness rooming together in NYC

Ticket Stub – Bob Feller is thrown against a no-name opponent with the pennant on the line

Interview – Marty Appel talks about winning, the Yankees, and his relationship with Mickey Mantle

Pirates Cove – It was called “Dreyfuss’ Folly” but the Pirates built a solid home for Pittsburgh

What Happened? – Predicting the future can be tricky as a review of this classic hobby investment book suggests

Players We Ought to Know – Little know facts about players scarcely remembered today

Got Your Back – Card backs are better than ever as these T206-Helmar examples prove

Bring Popcorn – Get a sneak preview of the online exhibit of Helmar’s Boston Garter Collection .

Baseball History & Art can be found at Barnes & Nobles and for more info on Helmar cards check out helmarblog.com

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