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A Few NEW SCHOOL Breaks!

As you probably all know, the majority of boxes I break are from the 1990’s and early 2000’s and are broken specifically for this blog. However, every once in a while I get the urge to bust something (fairly) new so I recently placed an order with Chris of The Hobby Box aka chri5784, one of Youtube’s most prolific box breakers. I ordered a box of the brand new 2008-09 SP Authentic Hockey, a box of 2007 UD Masterpieces Baseball and a tin of 2007 Sweet Spot Classic. These were busted on video for all to see, and here it is…

Nearly hitting the 11-minute mark, the video is a little long so here’s a summary of what was pulled:

2007 UD Masterpieces Baseball:

Box Topper: Billy Butler
Green Border: Roberto Clemente, Travis Hafner, Tom Glavine, Albert Pujols, and one last one who I want to say is Josh Beckett (wasn’t called out by Chris)
Black Border /99: Ty Cobb
Blue Border /50: Howie Kendrick
Captured on Canvas Jerseys: Hank Blalock, J.J. Hardy, Jake Peavy
Stroke of Genius Autograph: Carlos Quentin

2008-09 SP Authentic Hockey:

Limited Parallel /100: Johan Franzen
Notables /999: Marian Gaborik, Mike Bossy, Daniel Briere, Evgeni Malkin
Holo F/X: Vincent Lecavalier, Marc-Andre Fleury
Future Watch /999: Nathan Gerbe, Tom Sestito
Future Watch AUTOGRAPHS /999: Brian Lee, Zach Bogosian
Sign of the Times Autograph: Jakub Voracek
Future Watch Limited Autographed Patch /100: Alex Pietrangelo

2007 UD Sweet Spot Classic Baseball:

Manufactured Lettermen /25: Ernie Banks “N” (this replaced the two base cards)
Game-used Jerseys: Eddie Murray, Tony Oliva
Leather Signatures Blue Ink /25: NOLAN RYAN

Overall, I was very pleased with the breaks. Everything will be available for trade with the exception of the Ryan autograph. As always, thanks for looking and good luck with your own breaks!

Boredom Blaster: 2009 Topps

I know, I know. A blaster of 2009 Topps doesn’t exactly qualify as an “oldschool break,” but I just had to see for myself what the fuss was all about. Overall, I was much more impressed by this box than the Upper Deck blaster I busted a couple weeks ago. Here’s what I pulled:

Base set: I pulled 65 base cards without a single dupe. I didn’t anticipate them having a black border (or background, should’ve noted this earlier). The cards came out very clean and without dings and roller marks that several cards from UD did.

Toppstown: Brandon Webb, Evan Longoria, Johan Santana, Hanley Ramirez, Alex Gordon, Jake Peavy, Nick Markakis, Justin Morneau, and Ryan Howard. I also pulled a gold of Nick Markakis. I don’t particularly care for these, but at least they’re at least a little interesting this year. Anybody need codes?

Topps Gold (/2009): Rich Harden. The tradition continues.

Turkey Red: Shane Victorino, Ervin Santana. I have mixed feelings about Turkey Red. Overall, I’ve never really been into these cards, with the exception of 2007’s set, which I loved. I’m not unhappy that they’ve become an insert in this year’s Topps though. They certainly could’ve found something worse.

Legends of the Game: Walter Johnson, Roberto Clemente.
I think I may have found the first insert set I want to complete in 2009.

Historical Commemorative Patch (Boxloader): Ernie Banks (1962 ASG). While I loathe manufactured, non-GU letter patches (even if they ARE signed), these patch cards are pretty decent. The makeup of these cards remind me a little of those patches used in 2003 Sweet Spot Classic with the key difference being the fact that these cards commemorate past All-Star and World Series games rather than contain a mere simple team logo. A couple of other scans (along with the complete checklist) were posted on A Cardboard Problem last week. I’d have to give Topps the “thumbs up” on this set, as well as the flagship in general.