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It’s been awhile since I’ve cracked open a case, box, or even some packs lately. With the 2017 Topps Baseball just days away and plans to open a few jumbo boxes the wait will continue…. But not so fast, I have to break something before then!!! So here is a quick blaster break… Hoops style

2016-17 Donruss Basketball Blaster Box

10 Packs – 11 cards per pack

Pack 1 – Bobby Portis, Aaron Gordon, Jamal Crawford, JJ Barea, Zack Randolph, Andrew Wiggins, Eric Bledsoe, Chris McCullough (Orange), Taurean Prince RC, Jamal Murray (RC), Brandon Tugram RC

Pack 2 – Emmanuel Mudiay, Hassan Whiteside, Nikola Jokic, Aaron Harrison, LaMarcus Aldridge, James Harden, James Harden (All-Stars), Tyrone Wallace RC, Ben Bentil RC, Michael Gbinijr EC, Marquese Chriss (Rookie Jersey)

Pack 3 – Joel Embiid, Richard Jefferson, Jabari Parker, D’Angelo Russell, Al Horford, DeMar DeRozan, Jordan Clarkson, John Wall (Court Kings), Demetrius Jackson RC, Patrick McCaw RC, Tuica Zubac RC

Pack 4 – Andrew Bogut, Marc Gasol, Wilson Chandler, Wesley Matthews, Dwight Howard, Victor Oladipo, Bradley Beal, Manu Ginobili (Champ Is Here), Pascal Siakam RC, Malik Beasley RC, Domantas Sabonis RC

Pack 5 – Jeremy Lamb, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Markieff Morris, Mason Plumlee, Kevin Garnett, Blake Griffin (Elite Series), Buddy Hield RC, Ben Simmons RC, Chinanu Onuaku RC

Pack 6 – LeBron James, Bismack Biyombo, Rodney Hood, Rajon Rondo, Steve Adams, John Wall, Draymond Green, Pau Gasol (Elite Series), Stephen Limmerman RC, Tyler Ulis RC, Dejounte Murray RC

Pack 7 – JJ Redick, Kenneth Faried, Dennis Schroder, Jeff Teague, Alec Burks, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson (Court Kings), DeAndre Bembry RC, denzel Valentine RC, Marquese Chriss RC

Pack 8 – Kemba walker, Jahlil Okafor, Kristaps Porzingis, Khris Middleton, Julius Randle, Zach laVine, Devin Booker, Carmelo Anthony (Court Kings Press Proof 53/125), Jaylen Brown RC, Gary Payton II RC, Daniel Hamilton RC

Pack 9 – Chris McCullough, Goran Dragic, Marcus Smart, Brook Lopez, Kawhi Leonard, Trevor Ariza, Kyle Lowry, Isaiah Whitehead (Rookie Kings), Georges Niang RC, AJ Hammons RC, Diamond Stone RC

Pack 10 – Tyreke Evans, Willie Cauley-Stein, Kent Bazemore, Monta Ellis, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Morris, CJ McCollum, Clyde Drexler (Hall Kings), Cheick Diallo RC, Skal Labissiere RC, Caris LeVert RC

 

Below is what was a year long project, not a lot of money was put into it, but will have some fun ripping these 50 packs on Thursday. I haven’t decided yet if this will continue next year or not, but here’s a list of some of what was pulled.

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What is Operations Open-A-Pack? Well it goes back to a few years ago, a fellow collector would not open any thing he bought from November till Christmas, and then he would open it all on Christmas Day. This would include Ebay buys, Blasters, and Hobby boxes, including a annual trip to the November Sun-Time Show. In one way a great idea tons of pack to rip open, right? But I could never walk out of that Sun-Time Show boxes, yes boxes in hand not to open anything for a month, no way no how. So I’m taking his idea and putting a spin on it. Starting back on January 1st, almost every box – blaster and hobby box that I open, I’m putting 1 pack aside and will open all the packs on Christmas. Below is the list of what the box holds.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX – 50 packs

3    2013 Topps Chrome Football – Knile Davis (Refractor RC), Andrew Luck, Manti Te’o (XFractor RC)

1     2012-13 Elite Basketball – Tim Duncan, Jeremy Lin (Craftsmen),

3     2013 Cooperstown Baseball – Tony Gwynn (Disc),

4    2013 Archives Baseball – Carlton Fisk (All Star), Yu Darvish, Paul Molitor (All-Star), Dwight Gooden (Gold 85/199)

1     2013-14 Prizm Basketball – Chris Mullin

1     2014 Topps Baseball – Yasiel Puig, Buster Posey (Blue)

3     2013-14 Pinnacle Basketball – Anthony Davis (The Naturals), LeBron James (Position Powers),

1     2013 Topps Magic Football – Joe Greene, Bo Jackson

1     2014 UD SP Golf – Mike Weir, Jack Nicklaus

1     2012 Topps Baseball – Randy wells (GOLD)

2     2014 Topps Heritage – Mike Trout

2     2014 Bowman Baseball – Bryce Harper

1     2013 Topps Archives Football – Tom Brady

1     2014 Prizm Baseball – Evan Longoria, Jedd Gyorko (Prizm), Reymond Fuentes (RC)

1     2013 Topps Chrome Baseball – Miguel Cabrera, Eury Perez (RC)

1     2014 Score Football – Sammy Watkins (RC)

1     2014 Allen & Ginter – Cal Ripken Jr, Yu Darvish (Pastimes)

1     2014 Goodwin Champions – Dan Marino,

1     2014 Rookie & Stars Football – Robert Griffin III, Jerick McKinnon (RC), Jadeveon Clowney (RC)

2     2014 Topps Prime Football – Andrew Luck, Jeremy Hill (Blue RC)

1     2014 Bowman Football – Kenny Stills (Diecut)

2     2013-14 Prizm Hockey – Sean Collins (RC)

1     2014-15 Fleer Ultra Hockey – Duncan Keith

1     2014-15 Prestige Basketball – Joel Embiid (Red Bonus Shots 61/199)Gordon Hayward (Franchise Favorites)

1     2014 Topps Valor Football – Marcus Allen, Bishop Sankey (RC)

1     2014-15 NBA Hoops – Kelly Olynyk (RC Remembrance Jersey), Magic Johnson (Fast Lane)

1     2014 Topps Update Baseball – Masahiro Tanaka (Power Players)

1     2012 SP Golf – Bill Haas (Rookie)

1     2011-12 Pinnacle Hockey – Taylor Hall / Tandems west (Foundation)

1     2012 Score Football – Jay Cutler

2     2013 Prizm Football – Quinton Patton (RC)

2     2012 Prestige Football – Lions Connections, Saints Connections, Nick Toon (RC)

1     2011 Prestige Football – Dexter McCluster (Rookie Review), Andy Dalton (RC)

1     2013 Strata Football – DeAndre Hopkins (RC)

1     2013 Topps Platinum Football – Reggie Wayne, Justin Hunter (RC Chrome)

000_00017 Packs – 10 Cards per pack – $29.99 Target Exclusive

 

Inserts:

Hardcourt Heroes (2) – Joe Johnson, Russell Westbrook

Franchise Favorites (3) – Kobe Bryant, Mike Conley, Anthony Davis

Prestige Connections (1) – Lillard/Porter

Prestigious Pioneers (1) – Pete Maravich

Bonus Shots Green (1) – James Young 96/99

Bonus Shots Red (1)  – Jamal Crawford 91/199

True Colors Jersey (1) – Mitch McGary 1/99000_0002

Rookie (7) – Elfrid Payton, Adreian Payne, Mitch McGary, PJ Hairston, Spencer Dinwiddie, Russ Smith, Jordan McRae

 

 

Ball xmasWhat is Operations Open-A-Pack? Well it goes back to a few years ago, a fellow collector would not open any thing he bought from November till Christmas, and then he would open it all on Christmas Day. This would include Ebay buys, Blasters, and Hobby boxes, including an annual trip to the November Sun-Time Show. In one way a great idea tons of pack to rip open, right? But I could never walk out of that Sun-Time Show boxes, yes boxes in hand not to open anything for a month, no way no how. So I’m taking his idea and putting a spin on it. Starting back on January 1st, every box – blaster and hobby box that I open, I’m putting 1 pack aside and will open all the packs on Christmas. It’ll be interesting to see how many packs I end up with. Feel free to follow Operations Open-A-Pack by clicking here.  Also drop us a message if anyone else does anything like this, we’d be interested in hearing your way.

000_0004Yep, what is it and why can I buy it at my local retail store? That being said, Panini Retrospection Collection is one of the new blasters that you’ll be seeing on your local retail shelfs, but what makes this box different is the 5 packs that you get are HOBBY packs. Each box contains (2) 2012-13 Past & Present packs, (2) 2012-13 Elite, and (1) 2012-13 contenders all for $21.99.

I didn’t pull much of anything out of this box, I think a better buy, even with these being Hobby packs, would have been Topps Chrome football or even 2013-14 Hoops with autos falling about 1 a blaster. I give this new “Hobby” retail idea a pass.

Even with Peyton Manning packing his bags and heading out West, the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis still exists, and for one collector it’s a great place to donate some of those sport cards. As I was checking out Freedom Cardboard Message Board  I came along this post by Joe (Better known as Muskiesfan). Here it is below….
Hey folks. On March 20th, my wife and I went to the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital to drop off some stuff for the children. We bought some stuffed animals and assorted toys, plus I took around 3,000 baseball and football cards. The nurses were impressed. They said that they knew the kids would love the cards and that no one has ever brought cards up for the kids before. So then the idea hit me. Why not run a card/toy drive on the boards and do a big donation for them.

 

They ask that the cards be newer, within the last 5 years or so. Any sport and team is fine. Some Colts and Pacers would be nice because they are local, but anything will do. If you would like to go to the Dollar Store and pick up a couple of toys for kids that may not be interested in cards, that’s fine. Here’s a wish list from the hospital if you would like to take a look at that as well: http://peytonmanning.stvincent.org/content.aspx?p=346
 
I am planning on doing a large donation. If you want to donate, I’ll give you my address and you can send the items. Once I get everything in, my wife and I will take everything up there. My wife will take pictures so that we can share some photos. They may not let us interact with the children directly, but I’ll definitely have some photos of everything being delivered to the hospital.
I only want to help the kids. I will not be taking a donation slip for a tax write-off. I am not trying to get any kind of personal gain.
If you would like to participate, contact me and I will send you my address.
If you do not want to ship anything, please, check with your local children’s hospital. See if they will accept card donations. When I lived in Florida, my local hospital would not accept sports cards. If your local hospital does and you would rather donate there, absolutely no problem. This is all about brightening these kids’ days.
Thanks, Joe
You can contact Joe by going to Freedom Cardboard and searching for Muskiesfan.

COMC will be at the Chicago Suntimes Show November 18th-20th.  Steve Hollander  an employee, with COMC  handles the responsibilities for Card Show drop-offs. Collectors can drop off their cards at the COMC booth and save on postage.  A COMC spokesperson says Card Show drop-offs are getting so popular, we thought it best to put up a convenient guide to where you can find Steve over the coming months. Check it out by clicking here.