GROUP BREAK RESULTS
Thorzul Will Rule
2003 Donruss Elite
2005 Topps Retired Signature Edition
As I said in the past, I LOVE group breaks, so I decided to create a nice little form for posting the results. After last month's poor results from Thorzul's break I had three options. One, slink away with my tail between my legs...not even really considered. Two, buy the Rockies and hope for the best...considered. Three, buy the best team available and trade for the Rox as my second team. I decided on option three and double secret option four. We'll start with option three, the Mets were available so I popped hoping someone would trade me the randomized Rockies later. Double secret option four was to double down and purchase a second group of two teams. After some research on the boxes being broken I chose the Royals hoping for a nice George Brett. I was randomized the Pirates and Tigers and flipped (luckily as it turned out) the Tigers to Ryan G. for the Rox (that have 0 cards in the 2005 set, so an easy trade).
So my teams for the break ended up being (with projected rankings)
That was the order I expected the loot to shake out...Oh how wrong I was! Because what followed is my greatest group break victory EVER. (which you can see later) heehee
I will start with the team that finished 4th in my final rankings, my Rockies
I picked up 5 Rockies out of the Elite box and 0 from the other which was no surprise as mentioned earlier. These cards are really good looking, but you just about need to wear white gloves when handling them to avoid fingerprints. I got every Rockie from this set now minus two short print rookies of Jeff Baker and Garrett Atkins. I got the 4 needed cards (Jennings is the dupe) to finish the base team set for my Rockies and they still finished 4th. Are you starting to realize how great this break was for me?
I only got two Royals in both boxes combined, one from each...Let's take a look.
I got very little from the Mets in the 2005 box (1 base card), but I killed the 2003 box with them. Let's look.
A Hideo Nomo Throwback Threads jersey patch #009/250. And what a patch it is! The thing I loved about older Donruss (and some Fleer) relics was the picture of the actual item cut up on the back of the card. This 4 color patch (a little blue in the extreme right) appears to be taken from the name possibly between the N and O. This card help me forget that with the Mets in this break I got cards of both pitchers to ever no hit the Rockies, Nomo and Leiter. Hmm, well I didn't forget it, but I am okay with it. In case you are curious, 2007 SCD books this card at $20.
That brings us to one of the biggest surprises of my group break career, a cool Pirates card (make that 3 cool Pirates cards).
AND NOW THE BEST CARD OF THE BREAK
TAADAAA!!!! How great is that card! An uncirculated, on-card autograph of Bill Mazeroski, hero of the 1960 World Series defeating the damn Yankees. This card is not numbered, but I don't care. There could be 8 billion of these floating around and I would still be happy, well maybe not 8 billion but you get the idea. For 33 years he was the only person that won the World Series with a walk off home run (I hate that ESPN term, but it works here) and now I have his autograph. When I watched the video break I didn't stop smiling the rest of the day. I would like to formally apologize to all the other participants in this break for hogging all the best cards, but my loot sucked last month so maybe it will turn around for you next time. BTW, in case you are curious the SCD book value on this card is $45, but it's worth more than that to me.
Thank you to Thorzul for hosting this break and I see absolutely no reason to not join you next time. I spent $42 bucks on both slots and got around double my money's worth in cards, not a bad investment indeed. I just about know for a fact I couldn't have gotten all of these cards on eBay or from a shop for $42, so I am just thrilled and I also apologize to the next group break (Sorry, Jon) I post because it couldn't possibly live up to this one (it's like being the guy that took over at UCLA for Wooden).