Frequently Asked Questions
Everything You Need To Know About Breaks
The number of spots for sale during a pack break corresponds to the number of cards within the pack(s) scheduled to be opened. In order to keep things fair, a randomizer will be used to randomize order of the cards drawn. As such there is no guarantee that a spot purchase will result is a specific card.
There will be times where we will be breaking entire sets. In the case of set breaks, the number of spots will correlate to the number of cards in the entire set. In the case where more items are added to the break, additional spots will be added to the break. For instance, if a set has 500 cards, and 20 items from other breaks have been added, then the total available spots will be 520. This will be always be disclosed in the store listing. Similarly with the other two break types, a randomizer will be used to assign a random slot in the break to a customer, as such there is no guarantee that a spot purchase will result is a specific card.
Basic Important Card Terminology
There are 3 primary sources cards are graded by; Becket, PSA, and SGC. Beckett grades their cards on a scale of 1-10. They also include sub-grades (.5s), a card can be graded a 9.5 for example. PSA grades on a flat 1-10 scale. SGC initially grades a card out of 100, with the score then use to give the card a grade of 1-10. The factors used for card grading include: Centering, Corners, Edges, and Surface. Each attributes a grade of 1-10, which are then combined to give the card a final grade of 1-10. Anything graded above a 9 is worth book value or greater. For example a BGS 9, also known as a "Mint 9", is the condition expected of a card straight out of the pack. A grade of 9.5, also known as “Gem-Mint”, is a card that is nearly flawless. This is the condition most collectors want. Then there is a "PRISTINE 10" which is often considered to be a “Holy Grail” type card.
Refractor cards are parallels with a foil finish that allows for them to stand out from the rest of the parallels and base sets. They are often much rarer than other parallels and inserts, and offer a price premium if found in good condition.
Influential Modern Day Card
1973 Topps Rookie 3rd Basemen #615 (R.Cey/J.Hilton/M.Schmidt )
The unquestioned king of the 1973 Topps set is the Mike Schmidt rookie (#615). Schmidt is pictured along with fellow third base prospects Ron Cey, who did have an excellent career, and the lesser-known John Hilton. Only 6 PSA10s have ever been graded and only 1 sold in 2012 for $15,766
1975 Topps George Brett #228
George Brett, was the first player in baseball history to collect 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, 600 doubles, 100 triples, 1,500 RBI and 200 stolen bases. The Brett rookie featured the young prospect by himself, unlike the multi-player rookies of Carter and Rice. Only 10 PSA10s have ever been graded with the highest price sold going for $3,000 in 2020
1971 Topps Terry Bradshaw #156
This is the only recognized rookie card of perennial winner Terry Bradshaw. This card, surrounded by a solid red border, is susceptible to chipping and edge wear along the front. Only 3 PSA10s have ever been graded with the highest price sold going for $18,233.25 in 2006
1986 Fleer Jordan #57
This is the most recognizable basketball card and the most important modern card from any sport in the entire hobby. This 14-time All-Star and former NBA Rookie of the Year (1985) scored 32,292 points and averaged 30.1 points per game in his career. While Jordan did make a brief comeback as a member of the Washington Wizards, he will always be remembered as the man who led the Chicago Bulls to glory. This card, the most heavily counterfeited card in the hobby, is susceptible to chipping and edge wear due to the multi-colored borders.312 PSA10s have been graded with the highest price sold going for $110,000 in 2020
1979 OPC Wayne Gretzky #18
This is the key rookie card of hockey's greatest player. When people talk about the greatest athletes in sports, you often hear names like Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan, but one could make a great argument that none of them dominated their sport the way Wayne Gretzky dominated hockey. This card, which is tougher than its Topps counterpart, has to contend with a few major condition obstacles including chipping along the blue border, print defects and severe rough-cuts, making PSA Mint 9 or better examples very hard to come by. In addition, the centering on this card is often found in the 60/40 or worse range. Only 2 PSA10s have ever been graded and only 1 sold in 2011 for $94,163