Today I present you all with a very special box break, done not by myself, but rather a highly-regarded member of The Bench. This member goes by the online handle “worldwideed.” So, who is he? Ed is a very knowledgable and opinionated collector, and a very reputable trader to boot (nearly 500 completed trades with flawless feedback). He is a huge Mariners fan with extensive collections of Alvin Davis, Joey Cora, and Raul Ibanez. In fact, he is The Bench’s official Raul Ibanez SUPER COLLECTOR! You can check out his main site here. Lastly, he is one of the many fine moderators of The Bench, who help make it the outstanding trading site it is, and not some unruly zoo of a forum, like some that shall not be named. A couple weeks ago, Ed posted a thread about a box he broke, 2000 UD Ionix. He said that his box break was inspired by this very blog so it’s only fitting that I dedicate a post to his results. Before we get into the break, I should give some general information about the Ionix product so here goes…
Box information: A hobby box of 2000 UD Ionix can easily be had for under $30 nowadays. Each box consists of 24 4-card packs. Ed was able to find his box online for under $25 DLVD. Searching the ‘net, I came across a listing for a pre-priced $34.99 blaster box, but the number of packs in the box isn’t specified in the item’s description.
Base set: The base cards have a futuristic look to them, with a chromium finish. Like most/all chrome cards, these cards will come out of the pack warped. There are only 60 base cards in the short set, so one should be able to come very close to or even complete a set with 1 box. Following this is a 30-card shortprinted prospect subset called Futuristics, which are seeded in every 4th pack on average.
Reciprocal (varied seeding): All 90 cards come with a parallel called Reciprocal. Each base card featured a photo of the player on the front AND back of the card. In the Reciprocal parallel, the front and back photos exchange positions and the card is given a refractor-like finish. These cards, while cool, are quite common. The basic versions are seeded 1 in 4 packs while the Futuristic Reciprocals are seeded 1 in 11 packs.
Shockwave (1:4 packs): AKA Big Clustered Mess, these inserts are seeded 1 in 4 packs and have a very busy design to them. Like Ed, I wasn’t a huge fan of this set. When you see the scan, you’ll see what I mean. It almost gives me a headache just looking at it.
Atomic (1:8 packs): These cards feature a giant atom in the background and each player is given their own chemical symbol and atomic number (jersey number). This is also the only horizontal insert set you’ll find in this product, aside from the UD Authentics autographs. I personally dig this insert set, as I do most insert sets that stand out like this.
Biorhythm (1:11 packs): This is one of the insert sets that actually has some empty spaces on the card, and that’s a good thing. These cards look relatively plain compared to the others, but the design is still effective.
Awesome Powers (1:23 packs): Well, we just had a plain insert, so let’s go back to crowding the card, shall we? The background of these cards is yellow and features the late-1960’s retro font to them. Once again, Fleer uses a play on words for one of its insert sets, this time mimicking the name of some demented Mike Myers character. Who was that again? Eh, nevermind, it was stupid anyway.
Pyrotechnics (1:72 packs): These are interesting. The border of these cards makes them almost appear as a giant postage stamp, the player seems to be giving off a strange glow, and in small print it states “Caution: Contents Very Explosive.” Yet I still love these!
UD Authentics (1:144 packs): An autographed card will be found in every 6th box on average, and the list is star studded. Derek Jeter, Ken Griffey, Jr., Vladimir Guerrero, Manny Ramirez, Scott Rolen, and many others were featured in this set. However, a few of the autographs were available only through redemption cards, and even worse, you could pull Ben Davis. Oh wait, he was a redemption too!
Warp Zone (1:288 packs): The final, and most rare (1 per case) inserts are those called Warp Zone. These cards featured a hypnotic “swirly” theme and were reserved for only the top stars of the time. If you come across one of these, just don’t stare at it too hard. You might be brainwashed into thinking that Upper Deck still makes decent products!
Well, now that I’ve told you about all the potential pulls of this product (and taken a long time to do so!), let’s find out what Ed’s box contained. WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU, ED’S 2000 IONIX BOX BREAK. I SHOULD ALSO NOTE THAT THE MEMBER YOU SEE IN THE THREAD WITH THE HANDLE “BRODEUR182” IS YOURS TRULY. 🙂 As always, thanks for checking out this very special edition box break, and good luck those of your own!