Our second Topps Archives 2013 box break





We opened up our second (at last) hobby box of Topps Baseball Archives and made a small video about the hits we pulled. I was really hoping for an Axl Rose autograph but I wound up with nothing from the Heavy Metal insert set which is a shame. After these two boxes I have a complete set of base cards and about a third of the SP cards so I think I am just about done buying this product except for the odd pack here and there.

I really enjoyed this box, some of the inserts are pretty damn amazing but I will let you see what we pulled in the video below, do not want to spoil it for you.


Topps Baseball Archives 2013 Box Break

I have made no secret of the fact that the 2012 Topps Archives set is what got me back into the hobby, it was a fun throw back to my childhood with some modern touches like autographs and inserts. The new 2013 set was released last week and I splurged on TWO sealed hobby boxes to break with my seven year old son Lucas. The poor little guy had two teeth pulled today at the dentist so as a reward for being super good during the process we broke the first box and got some good stuff.


Topps Opening Day Blaster Box Break

I treated my seven year old son to a blaster box of Topps Opening Day 1013 Baseball cards as a little treat (along with some regular baseball packs) and he had a great time opening them all.


Some of the insert cards that he pulled include his favorite “Ballpark Fun” that show players getting hit with shaving cream pies and receiving a Gatorade shower. Lucas finds these silly cards to be pretty awesome and I cannot help but agree.


Some of the other “hits” were the Play Hard cards, which feature photos better then the regular cards, and a couple more mascot cards. One place where my son and my opinion differ are the 3D cards; he thinks they are merely alright while I think that they are awesome. The 3D cards and the minis are my favorite inserts from the regular line of Topps baseball and really get my interest when I see one in a pack.

I got a fully box of Opening Day cards off EBay for a really good price and hope to have it on Wednesday to break with Lucas. I know the odds are super long but I would live to pull an autographed mascot card, that would be something else!


My sons first box break – Topps Opening Day 2013

One of the things I discovered upon my return to the hobby after twenty years was the advent of box breaks. For a small amount you can “buy” all the cards of a certain team when a third party opens a sealed box, this has been a great way for me to get lots of new Indians cards, including some great inserts.

I watch the breaks with my son and he wanted to film his own video so I bought a blaster box of Topps 2013 Opening Day and let him break it. Its pretty damn cute and although he does not know all the team names he does a pretty good job of it. Oh, he also calls any insert card a relic, I know it is not correct but he is only seven after all. Enjoy.

Back in the collecting game, this time with my son

Welcome to my new blog devoted to trading cards and I feel that a brief introduction is in order. As a kid in the late seventies/early eighties I was a huge trading card collector. Baseball, Star Wars, superheroes and Mars Attack cards could all be found in piles around my bedroom and some of my earliest memories involve buying packs of cards at the local convenience store.

The first real “hot” card I can remember around my Cleveland area childhood neighborhood was the 1981 Topps Joe Charboneau rookie card. The summer of ’80 had seen “Super Joe” come out of nowhere to win the AL Rookie of the Year and inject new life into the Indians, something that did not last long. I spent that summer buying pack after pack of Topps baseball hoping to find the Charboneau rookie, not knowing that his best baseball was already behind him.


When my family left Ohio for New England in the mid-eighties I fell into one of the great years of sports in the area. At one point around 85-86 we had the Patriots make a Super Bowl run, the Red Sox played in the World Series and both the Celtics and Bruins would be champions. What a great time for a twelve year old sports fan in New England and I really thought it would be like that every year. Little did I know that it would be ten years before another championship game was played and over fifteen years until a New England team actually won a championship. Those were tough years.

In high school I even worked part time at a local sports card shop in Cumberland, RI which was run by two hippy NASCAR fans. It was then that sets like Fleer Ultra and Stadium Club started to come out and blew away what I thought a trading card could be. Anyone else remember the back of stadium club cards with its percentage breakdowns?


Through it all I bought and traded cards with my friends right through high school and into the Army. Although I had dabbled in Hockey for a brief period when Lindros was the featured Score athlete I always found myself returning to baseball. The best part about being stationed at Ft Leonard Wood in Missouri was that the local collectors could care less about Red Sox players and I scooped up many an Aaron Sele card to add to my collection for pennies.

Then the baseball strike happened and my interest in baseball wained. I stopped buying sports cards and instead started buying Magic: the Gathering to play on base during slow times. I still followed the Red Sox and Patriots but I did not feel the need to buy cards anymore, there were too many sets coming out and too much investment needed to keep my interest.

Cut to early 2013. Since I stopped collecting cards I have had the pleasure of watching three Super Bowl championships, two World Series sweeps, a Stanley Cup and a NBA championship all come to New England teams. My beloved Red Sox had turned into the Yankees and started spending money without regard and I found my baseball interests return to my original home town team, the Cleveland Indians. Thanks to MLB At Bat I could now watch the tribe play everyday and soon my love of baseball was rekindled.

I was cashing out at a local Target store when I saw the 2013 Topps cards hanging on the rack. Now, I had bought the occasional pack through the years to see how they were but this time there was a new element involved, my seven year old son Lucas. Opening packs to look for Red Sox and Indians cards stirred something inside him and soon enough he asked me the question that Topps management wished more kids would ask, “Dad, can we go buy some more packs of baseball cards?”

20130523-202340.jpgOne of my sons favorite Topps cards

Thus it came to be that a forty year old Indians fan and a seven year old Red Sox fan started picking up more and more low price baseball card packs and would spend sunny days playing ball in the backyard while rain would mean sorting our cards in the living room. Neat piles of 2013 Topps baseball cards stacked by team, then by number and then by type of card; it seems like Lucas is always resorting the cards in some fashion and while I watch him with the TV, Nintendo and computer all turned off I cannot help but smile.