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Just in case folks are interested as Fanatics takes a bigger role in the industry, I did end up with a box of the Zerocool Jackass release which was their second release and first at normal people prices by the end. It ended up being $101 a box (about $110 shipped) after the Dutch Auction - 10,000 boxes were produced with 50 cards a box.. My review of it

Packaging: I was impressed. It came in a very heavy duty cardboard box, wrapped in bubble wrap, inside a slip-case sleeve. It would have taken some gnarly treatment in shipping (Fedex) for that to endure any damage. Given the box in itself was a collectible this matters a bit

The Box: For a $110 or so dollar product, it was well above what I've come to expect from Topps/Panini in the same realm. The box was pretty heavy duty with a great impression of the Jackass Logo embossed on top - the interesting thing is that these were in their own sense collectibles - the foil used on each box was limited to a certain run so luckier collectors would get a variant box. Mine was the traditional silver (about half of them were that) but I've seen red on some breaks on Youtube and there are rarer colors in there.

The Internal Setup: Nothing too crazy if you've seen higher end cards opened - mostly a piece to hold in the ten packs and then the ten packs stacked. If you happen to come across this at retail, you can tell based on the pack sizes if there's a chrome card in there which is pretty much all of the "value" (well, base is selling well on Ebay as boxes just open, and given base is limited to under 3k a card may hold something for more desirable cards) - at least sometimes. I didn't see much room for packs to move or get damaged but they're not hyper secure either. The packs themselves are standard issue - if you've opened Stadium Club you've opened this

The Cards: I was pretty decently impressed with the quality of the cards. Not any insane point stock or anything but they held integrity, has a nice gloss and pretty basic but effective design. I think the big "issue" in terms of the physical card is that the base were black borders. I definitely had some cards come out of the pack with white corners. The bright side is that this isn't likely an issue on Chrome Cards, Autographs, or even the character cards (the bottom corners of those are differently colored) so it's just on stunts and behind the lenses and posters mostly. The variants really pop especially the colored ones: all I ended up with were standard chrome (not numbered but limited to 250) and blue (numbered to 50) but they look really good and quite comparable to a Topps or Bowman chrome in the visual factor. As a bonus, I think all autographs are on card autos and look really good with the markers used. I think each subject signing only a few hundred helped a ton with it. Minus MGK who signed like...50 of his or something and those got OneTouched and put in afterwards it seems. I also appreciate the care put into the back of each cards. There's a lot of cards in this set that aren't immediately recognizable and reading the back of them made it understandable and fun. It brought me back a bit to my days as a younger collector where I read the backs of baseball cards for stats and anecdotes.

The Subjects: They did a really good job at spanning most of the current Jackass universe. I understand the lack of Bam Margera, I wish they found a way to get Ryan Dunn in, but I think they wanted nearly subject to also have autographs in the end with a focus on the latest movie. Other than those two, you're getting pretty much every notable Jackass character, the key behind the scenes folks, and a surprisingly good list of the cameos. The full checklist is online but I think a fan of the subject would be very happy with the depth they went into.

The Value: Zerocool is saying they use a wholly randomized process. I don't buy it for autographs necessarily - they are seeded at 1 every 1.8 boxes or so if my math is right and I haven't seen a box with more than one which you would think would happen at some point. I think they probably had a safeguard to ensure that one box didn't get loaded up with autos. With that said, I do buy it for the rest of the cards. I am used to Topps and Panini having pretty "regular" pull patterns. Like you open a Topps 2022 retail pack - your Stars of MLB are the back card, then the next 0-2 cards in front of that are the insert/short prints, then the base. These? All over the board. My two rarest parallels were right next to each other in the same pack. Some packs had two chromes. Other packs were all base. Character cards next to each other. This leads to a good amount of box variance. I think my box landed pretty safely in the middle of outcomes as I've seen disasters online and I've seen way better boxes. I ended up with an autograph /100 (not a top tier one but I was thrilled for any ink), two blue parallels to /50, and I think 5-6 chrome parallels to 250 (not numbered). I also got a respectable number of character cards (Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Tony Hawk, etc.) which seemed like they'd be tougher to get based on the checklist. I'd imagine the "big fish" are very low numbered parallels of the biggest names and autographs of the main cast members and bigger cameos, which are tough. With that said, with the full print list available, there's no real doubt that it's just as possible to get a Johnny Knoxville Autograph as it is to get a Dark Shark Autograph as it is to get a PK Subban Autograph.

Areas for Improvement: I'd say there were two notable ones for me. The first is that I think they could do a bit more to protect the edges. I'm not a condition hound but I'd say 1 of every 10 cards or so came out with white corners, which is a bit of a bummer. The second is the types of cards. I would have introduced at least a non-auto short print image for every character card or maybe two base character cards for each person and reduce the behind the lenses. The Jackass roster is shallow but it felt like if they released a baseball product with 20 players and like...100 stadium or multiplayer cards. The stunts, posters, characters, and group photo cards all felt right but the behind the lenses felt like fluff in spots.

Overall Thoughts: I was pretty impressed. Maybe for $200 which it's going for I wouldn't be, but for $110 I had a ton of fun opening the packs, I thought the number of parallels and frequency was on point, and much of the set wasn't fluff. I'd definitely give Zerocool another run if they put out a subject matter I'm excited above or do a sports release at some point. I don't know how well this would work for bigger sets or print runs but given the fears around Fanatics QAing, I think this is a good step in to the pool for their efforts. I'd probably recommend only buying from either a sealed box or a trusted store where people can't search for packs - it's often obvious when a box has a chrome card in it and given all autographs are chrome cards it makes it easy to pick out.
 
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Anyone know when the best time of the year it is to sell or trade for other sports (at shows), football cards? Is it between now and schedule release? Training camp/july? September? December? Super Bowl week?

When's demand for football cards (non-current singles if it matters) the highest?
 

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Anyone know when the best time of the year it is to sell or trade for other sports (at shows), football cards? Is it between now and schedule release? Training camp/july? September? December? Super Bowl week?

When's demand for football cards (non-current singles if it matters) the highest?
FWIW the guy in my local card shop was saying this is around the Super Bowl. I think he may have been reacting specifically to a market for Joe Burrow which gained a lot of steam early this winter.

Markets for Mac Jones and Lawrence also strengthened as some of the releases of prime cards (relics, on card autos, rookie 1/1s) has been released by that time and the guys had at least shown some potential in the league. Listening to him talk the whole thing seemed centered on QBs or that may have been what he was asked. I do not own any football cards.
 

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Anyone know when the best time of the year it is to sell or trade for other sports (at shows), football cards? Is it between now and schedule release? Training camp/july? September? December? Super Bowl week?

When's demand for football cards (non-current singles if it matters) the highest?
I've never done any trading at shows, but given Ebay, in my experience, there is no "season" for card values that relates to the season of the actual sport. Obviously, if you're looking to unload a Trevor Lawrence 1/1 rookie patch auto, you want to do it the day before he blows out his knee, and not the day after, but I doubt that's really part of the question.

Ebay is all day, every day, worldwide, and they are the market. Sales at shows probably represent less than .00001% of all card transactions at this point.

The time to sell most cards is within days of a product's release. That's when people are chasing them, and values tend to drop from there. For example, if Panini Flawless Basketball gets released on March 1st, and you're an investor, you want to be selling like March 2nd, before everyone else hits the market with the same cards. If Panini National Treasures football hits the market on April 1st, you want to be selling on April 2nd for the big guys, but for the rookies in there that are speculative, you may want to hold and see if they catch fire during the season, or of course, it could go the other way. Prior to this past season, the Trevor Lawrence market was insane, as the season went on, his cards got cheaper. Meanwhile, Joe Burrow's cards went crazy. Pat Mahomes rookie cards weren't worth much when they were first released, but when he began starting games and people realized he was PAT MAHOMES, his cards went through the roof, but general rule, selling cards right after the product is released is when you'll get the most bang for the buck.
 

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I've never done any trading at shows, but given Ebay, in my experience, there is no "season" for card values that relates to the season of the actual sport. Obviously, if you're looking to unload a Trevor Lawrence 1/1 rookie patch auto, you want to do it the day before he blows out his knee, and not the day after, but I doubt that's really part of the question.

Ebay is all day, every day, worldwide, and they are the market. Sales at shows probably represent less than .00001% of all card transactions at this point.

The time to sell most cards is within days of a product's release. That's when people are chasing them, and values tend to drop from there. For example, if Panini Flawless Basketball gets released on March 1st, and you're an investor, you want to be selling like March 2nd, before everyone else hits the market with the same cards. If Panini National Treasures football hits the market on April 1st, you want to be selling on April 2nd for the big guys, but for the rookies in there that are speculative, you may want to hold and see if they catch fire during the season, or of course, it could go the other way. Prior to this past season, the Trevor Lawrence market was insane, as the season went on, his cards got cheaper. Meanwhile, Joe Burrow's cards went crazy. Pat Mahomes rookie cards weren't worth much when they were first released, but when he began starting games and people realized he was PAT MAHOMES, his cards went through the roof, but general rule, selling cards right after the product is released is when you'll get the most bang for the buck.
Thanks this is real informative!!! And makes a ton of sense.
But I meant for 20 year old cards, hall of famers etc.
 

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Thanks this is real informative!!! And makes a ton of sense.
But I meant for 20 year old cards, hall of famers etc.
For older cards, I don't personally think it matters at all, except if you're doing a show like at the Super Bowl or near Super Bowl weekend, where you'll find more football fans.

For most older cards, except maybe baseball, the longer the time since someone has been retired, the cards tend to go down, except the unicorns (ie. Gretzky rookies, Mantle, Jordan, etc.). For example, if a guy like Oscar Robertson or George Gervin, or even Larry or Magic were rookies or still active, their cards would be worth a fortune right now, but instead, they don't even compete with cards for guys like Zion or Luka, etc. But for the most part, again, Ebay is the market. If you want to sell cards, and maximize value, that's where it happens. Particularly graded vintage stuff. That market is so mature right now that it's almost impossible to find much variance (which makes @ElcaballitoMVP finding that Casas for $12 completely foreign, and yes, Casas isn't vintage, but you get the point). Maybe folks show up to shows with tons of cash to burn, but I have to imagine that most savvy investors and buyers/traders that show up at those things are actually there to take advantage of folks who aren't as versed on the hobby and values and are picking up inventory that they know they can flip on Ebay for a profit.
 

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For older cards, I don't personally think it matters at all, except if you're doing a show like at the Super Bowl or near Super Bowl weekend, where you'll find more football fans.

For most older cards, except maybe baseball, the longer the time since someone has been retired, the cards tend to go down, except the unicorns (ie. Gretzky rookies, Mantle, Jordan, etc.). For example, if a guy like Oscar Robertson or George Gervin, or even Larry or Magic were rookies or still active, their cards would be worth a fortune right now, but instead, they don't even compete with cards for guys like Zion or Luka, etc. But for the most part, again, Ebay is the market. If you want to sell cards, and maximize value, that's where it happens. Particularly graded vintage stuff. That market is so mature right now that it's almost impossible to find much variance (which makes @ElcaballitoMVP finding that Casas for $12 completely foreign, and yes, Casas isn't vintage, but you get the point). Maybe folks show up to shows with tons of cash to burn, but I have to imagine that most savvy investors and buyers/traders that show up at those things are actually there to take advantage of folks who aren't as versed on the hobby and values and are picking up inventory that they know they can flip on Ebay for a profit.
Do you think there will be a market correction? I know stats and actual play are but one factor - but at some point do you think guys like Larry and Magic rise in value or guys like Zion just fall?
 

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For older cards, I don't personally think it matters at all, except if you're doing a show like at the Super Bowl or near Super Bowl weekend, where you'll find more football fans.

For most older cards, except maybe baseball, the longer the time since someone has been retired, the cards tend to go down, except the unicorns (ie. Gretzky rookies, Mantle, Jordan, etc.). For example, if a guy like Oscar Robertson or George Gervin, or even Larry or Magic were rookies or still active, their cards would be worth a fortune right now, but instead, they don't even compete with cards for guys like Zion or Luka, etc. But for the most part, again, Ebay is the market. If you want to sell cards, and maximize value, that's where it happens. Particularly graded vintage stuff. That market is so mature right now that it's almost impossible to find much variance (which makes @ElcaballitoMVP finding that Casas for $12 completely foreign, and yes, Casas isn't vintage, but you get the point). Maybe folks show up to shows with tons of cash to burn, but I have to imagine that most savvy investors and buyers/traders that show up at those things are actually there to take advantage of folks who aren't as versed on the hobby and values and are picking up inventory that they know they can flip on Ebay for a profit.
This is what my father in law does. He is retired and scours eBay for deals on cards (especially Tom Bradys) that he can flip on eBay or sell at our local auction house. If it is a higher value card he gets a deal on, he uses an inexpensive grading service to both protect the card and add some additional value. He has been doing this for the last year and a half, but he has mentioned that it is really hard to get good deals on things because people are starting to get wise on the true value of cards.
 

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This is what my father in law does. He is retired and scours eBay for deals on cards (especially Tom Bradys) that he can flip on eBay or sell at our local auction house. If it is a higher value card he gets a deal on, he uses an inexpensive grading service to both protect the card and add some additional value. He has been doing this for the last year and a half, but he has mentioned that it is really hard to get good deals on things because people are starting to get wise on the true value of cards.
SGC or something even cheaper?
 

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Do you think there will be a market correction? I know stats and actual play are but one factor - but at some point do you think guys like Larry and Magic rise in value or guys like Zion just fall?
I don't think we see an increase in guys like Larry or Magic going forward, but their cards probably retain their value. Zion is already starting to fall obviously, compared to where he was as a rookie.

I think the entire market has to correct at some point. The pandemic increased prices by ludicrous amounts, because people were home, focusing on collectibles, etc. The entire industry is just crazy, honestly, and I think folks have a better shot telling you what the stock market will look like in 5 years than what trading cards will look like.
 

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I know PSA is 10 is the gold standard because of their rarity. But if you are collecting a player it seems 9s are easily the best buy.

To my eye the cards look zero different.

As much as I love Pedro and own a 10 of his Bowman rookie that goes for about $200. A 9 goes for about $30.

It just seems like a crazy market inefficiency but what do I know. Human behavior is human behavior and from a pure value perspective a 10 is a safer bet but I’m not sure the premiums are worth it in every case especially when you can check PSA pop and see that 9s of certain cards are nearly identical to 10s in terms of pop.
 

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Following the breaker scams online is wild given it seems the biggest ones feel it’s worth it to be sketchy. And what the hell is the handling on these cards?

View: https://youtu.be/Qap3vpKLbsU


Glad to see a Fanatics big wig breaking with the idiots behind this one though

View: https://youtu.be/VH_LsIij5jY
I used to break with Platinum, a LOT. Used to is the operative part of that sentence. At the time, I was doing so many breaks that it was tough to keep track of what I was getting during a break, and what I actually received in the mail. Then I hit a really nice Jose Fernandez auto who did not sign very often, and it came out shortly after his death, so I was waiting for it, as there was an uptick on his cards at the time. The card never came, I reached out to them, they said they would look for it, etc. and of course, never heard back. I later stopped breaking with them, and then I started noticing that whenever I was putting something on Ebay worth good value, I was getting bidders who won from the same general area of New York (where they are originally from) and they never completed the sale (ie. paid for them). I eventually started emailing, and threatened to blast them all over the place, and those phantom bidders stopped, and I never went back.

This is the least surprising thing ever. It should surprise nobody, but they used to be in the pawn shop business before getting into card breaking.
 

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Oh shit, that’s pretty obvious. They’ll be lucky if all they do is lose business over this.
 

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Oh shit, that’s pretty obvious. They’ll be lucky if all they do is lose business over this.
As of last night, they are still filling all of their breaks. There are a lot of people who are going to turn a blind eye to this.

And I am 100% certain that the redemption they showed after "finding" it was a replacement for whatever was actually in there, which I am guessing was a huge hit.

Like DotB, I did a couple (not enough to classify as a lot) of breaks with them a few years ago, and while I got all of my cards (as far as I know) in a timely manner, I didn't really enjoy the experience, from their attitude to the way they treated the break on camera, though the guy in the video above treated those cards way worse than anything I experienced. If I had bought into that break, I would have requested a refund the second he started ripping and sliding cards across the table and shit. I did not know they had been in the pawn business, and I probably would have avoided them at all costs if I had.
 

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As of last night, they are still filling all of their breaks. There are a lot of people who are going to turn a blind eye to this.

And I am 100% certain that the redemption they showed after "finding" it was a replacement for whatever was actually in there, which I am guessing was a huge hit.

Like DotB, I did a couple (not enough to classify as a lot) of breaks with them a few years ago, and while I got all of my cards (as far as I know) in a timely manner, I didn't really enjoy the experience, from their attitude to the way they treated the break on camera, though the guy in the video above treated those cards way worse than anything I experienced. If I had bought into that break, I would have requested a refund the second he started ripping and sliding cards across the table and shit. I did not know they had been in the pawn business, and I probably would have avoided them at all costs if I had.
I'm not so sure about the bolded. It seems like they just didn't expect to get caught and then went into disaster recovery mode with the box which was set aside.
 

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As of last night, they are still filling all of their breaks. There are a lot of people who are going to turn a blind eye to this.

And I am 100% certain that the redemption they showed after "finding" it was a replacement for whatever was actually in there, which I am guessing was a huge hit.

Like DotB, I did a couple (not enough to classify as a lot) of breaks with them a few years ago, and while I got all of my cards (as far as I know) in a timely manner, I didn't really enjoy the experience, from their attitude to the way they treated the break on camera, though the guy in the video above treated those cards way worse than anything I experienced. If I had bought into that break, I would have requested a refund the second he started ripping and sliding cards across the table and shit. I did not know they had been in the pawn business, and I probably would have avoided them at all costs if I had.
There were a couple of things that really aggravated me about their operation. Well, more than a couple, but some examples.

Every now and again, when you hit a huge card, they'd go off screen and start hitting you up (I broke enough that they had my cell number, etc.) and they would try to buy the card from you for pennies on the dollar of what you would get. When you would turn them down, they'd get all defensive and belittle you saying you were being dumb, you'll have to pay commissions/fees, to ebay, etc.

Then they started doing repackaged stuff, where they would sell their own product. Presumably, it was the cards they ended up buying from people who hit in their breaks, but there was too fucking many of them. IMO, that's what they are stealing cards for, you steal a card for free and then flip into a new package with guaranteed big hits and then sell spots in those breaks for a fortune. It's all profit, which is why these idiots commenting "Plat would never risk their business over a $500 card" are missing the forest for the trees. They've never, to my knowledge, ever shown themselves on camera buying or ripping a product for themselves, so the idea they are spending that much time on the open market finding cards to repackage when they are breaking nearly 24 hours a day is completely ludicrous. They know that there were a lot of guys like me buying into dozens of breaks a day, to the point where we couldn't even watch all of the breaks to see what we hit, and they would just slip some cards out and hope the person that got them didn't notice, and I'll bet I didn't notice a lot, as did tons of other folks.
 

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I know there was some discussion earlier on retail products for younger kids getting into it. I grabbed a Donruss Baseball pack on a whim yesterday (rough days usually lead to a bit of ripping) and honestly enjoyed it a lot more than the other products out right now for cheaper retail baseball (Series 1, Heritage, Big League, etc.). The inserts look great, foil parallels all over the place, relatively easy to hit alternate cards, and super cheap for singles on Ebay if you're looking to set build. Not an investment product but it's reasonably priced for Panini, has a lot of good names, and has some pretty hits. Recommend for just a quick wax rip. Plus, if you decide to go in the Hobby box direction, 2 autos and a memorabilia card is a lot more palatable than the Topps hit offerings.

Again, not a cost analysis - Topps is king and all due to licensing and likely future hobby relevancy, but I kind of feel like if you're ripping entry level boxes, I'd rather go for Donruss this year on the fun aspect, especially if it's not intended to potentially break a jackpot.
 

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I know there was some discussion earlier on retail products for younger kids getting into it. I grabbed a Donruss Baseball pack on a whim yesterday (rough days usually lead to a bit of ripping) and honestly enjoyed it a lot more than the other products out right now for cheaper retail baseball (Series 1, Heritage, Big League, etc.). The inserts look great, foil parallels all over the place, relatively easy to hit alternate cards, and super cheap for singles on Ebay if you're looking to set build. Not an investment product but it's reasonably priced for Panini, has a lot of good names, and has some pretty hits. Recommend for just a quick wax rip. Plus, if you decide to go in the Hobby box direction, 2 autos and a memorabilia card is a lot more palatable than the Topps hit offerings.

Again, not a cost analysis - Topps is king and all due to licensing and likely future hobby relevancy, but I kind of feel like if you're ripping entry level boxes, I'd rather go for Donruss this year on the fun aspect, especially if it's not intended to potentially break a jackpot.
Normally I don't buy Panini, but at my card shop today I bought a hobby box of Donruss for $109, and it had 2 autos (one numbered to 25), a memorabilia card, and 17 numbered cards (sure most were to 2022, but I still love pulling serial numbered cards)--including a Tatis Marvels to 99, a Vlad Marvels to 349, a Devers to 100, a Nola to 49, and a bunch more.

So big thumbs up on Donruss Hobby
 

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Souvenir store opposite Fenway gate C selling Topps series 1 blasters for $40. Double what retail is iirc. At least $15 more for sure.
Ripoff
 

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Blasters at Target are $19.99. LCS sells for $30

https://www.target.com/p/2022-topps-mlb-series-1-baseball-trading-card-blaster-box/-/A-85425609

MLB should want to basically give away series 1 at cost to get them in the hands of kids. Instead MLB is going to MLB - a giant cash grab.
I get frustrated with the crazy markup on current cards, so I decided to go nostalgic and go back to my youth with a box of 1991-1992 Skybox basketball on eBay. Get to scratch the itch of opening packs with one of my favorite card designs and only paid $50.
 

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Topps Series 2 checklist released. It's.... well... not pretty. There's one Bobby Witt and one Julio (both parallel autos), and that's about it for the big debuts so far. No Royce Lewis, no Seiya Suzuki, no Kwan, no Stott, no Abrams.

I'm hoping the Update series is stacked this fall, because this set kind of blows.
 

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I get frustrated with the crazy markup on current cards, so I decided to go nostalgic and go back to my youth with a box of 1991-1992 Skybox basketball on eBay. Get to scratch the itch of opening packs with one of my favorite card designs and only paid $50.
When I purged mostly all of my "junk wax era" cards last year, one of the few things I kept was my complete 1990-91 Skybox set. Kept a bunch of the 1991-92 cards also, but I never had the full set.
 

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Has anyone opened any 2022 Bowman yet? That would be a great candidate for a break!
I have opened 2 hobby boxes, 2 blaster boxes, 19 jumbo packs, and 2 retail packs. Pulled a card that paid for all of it (or will once the auction ends next week. It's up to $500 with 6 days left and 8 watchers. Last one went for $900). Great set.

Getting shit luck on Mayer though. One base card. Might do one more box.
 
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I have opened 2 hobby boxes, 2 blaster boxes, 19 jumbo packs, and 2 retail packs. Pulled a card that paid for all of it (or will once the auction ends next week. It's up to $500 with 6 days left and 8 watchers. Last one went for $900). Great set.

Getting shit luck on Mayer though. One base card. Might do one more box.
That's quite a lot, I am jealous. What was the big pull? I have loved Bowman the past few years, but it seems that the autos are much harder to pull this year and even the numbered parallels seem to be more scarce. I have convinced myself that it is not a good investment of my limited funds this year. I am holding out for the stadium club release in July. I love their photos and inserts. Even though the high end lottery ticket type cards are far fewer, you have better chances at autographs and the box prices are easier to swallow. Not sure if you participated in the break we did last year of the 2021 stadium club hobbies, but there were some good hits out of those.

Good luck, hope you get your Mayer.
 

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That's quite a lot, I am jealous. What was the big pull? I have loved Bowman the past few years, but it seems that the autos are much harder to pull this year and even the numbered parallels seem to be more scarce. I have convinced myself that it is not a good investment of my limited funds this year. I am holding out for the stadium club release in July. I love their photos and inserts. Even though the high end lottery ticket type cards are far fewer, you have better chances at autographs and the box prices are easier to swallow. Not sure if you participated in the break we did last year of the 2021 stadium club hobbies, but there were some good hits out of those.

Good luck, hope you get your Mayer.
Yeah, I've been part of the breaks. I quickly learned I'm better off buying a box for $200 than getting a random team for $70. Not that I won't do another break.

Here's my big hit:

1 of 25 Colson Montgomory Auto

There are several other pulls in the $20-50 range, and a nice 1/50 Bobby Witt (non-auto) I'm keeping for posterity, but this one was the lifesaver in terms of dropping over $800 on Bowman cards. Lol
 

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Went to Dedham show, it was packed too much to my liking with very few masks, didn't spend too much time. Got some supplies and quickly worked through some value boxes for 80's/90's favorite players cheap cards.
 

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Bought a retail box of Bowman from WalMart.com, since I couldn't find anything on shelves. Nothung huge, but a #/200 Ronnie Mauricio was nice.

Also, the 1st Bowman Bryan Bello auto qas pretty sweet.

Oh, and the Blue 119/150 Wander is pretty.