I have a total of five boxes that have been busted and are awaiting review (yes, there will be more hockey!) so I thought I’d start things off with an old favorite of mine, 2000 E-X baseball. I broke a box of this product when this blog was brand new. In fact, this post comes nearly two years to the day that I broke that last box! Here’s a quick recap of box number two.
Box Details: 24 packs per box, 3 cards per pack, $29
From: Baseball Card Exchange
Base set: Each base card has a unique color theme, based on the team of the player depicted. Altogether, there are 60 short set base cards (I pulled 56/60, 93%), followed by 30 shortprinted prospect cards which are numbered to 3499….
I love the creativity of this insert. The player….not so much.
These cards are available in Red (/1999), Green (/999), and Blue (/250) variations. I love these cards. Some day I’ll make a master set of them….maybe.
Here’s a solid piece of Phillies tradebait. Anyone interested?
The collation was about what I expected. I received one more duplicate from this box than I had the last one. I’m used to far worse.
The base cards are very subject to peeling. In some cases, it may just be a corner. In others, much worse. I didn’t experience too much of this in the last box I opened, but I wasn’t as lucky this time. Keep this fact in mind when deciding whether or not to try a box. (For the record, the inserts were flawless).
Nothing to complain about here. I was especially happy that my autograph was of an established veteran and not someone with 5 career games.
I was happy to find this box for around the $30 mark, about $20 less than the typical asking price. For that price, I’d still recommend the box regardless of what I said about potential condition issues. The cards are brilliant overall and if you pull any damaged base cards, just let me know and I can replace them for you as I have nearly 3 sets worth of this stuff!
It’s great to be back.
Overall Grade: B
Magnificence “Blue” Parallel Reggie Jackson 197/250 (Yankees – Chuck)
Magnificence “Blue” Parallel Vernon Wells 231/250 (Blue Jays – Captain Canuck)
Magnificence “Blue” Parallel Jeff Bagwell 042/250 (Astros – darkship)
Dynamic Debuts Dontrelle Willis (Marlins – WickedOrtega)
Dynamic Debuts Rich Harden (Athletics – Beardy)
Fleer Authentix Update Matt Kata RC 0031/1250 (Diamondbacks – Chris Mays)
Fleer Authentix Update Chien-Ming Wang RC 0215/1250 (Yankees – Chuck)
Fleer Authentix Update Edwin Jackson RC 0295/1250
Fleer Genuine Upside Matt Kata RC 0724/1000 (Diamondbacks – Chris Mays)
Fleer Genuine Upside Robby Hammock 0698/1000 (Diamondbacks – Chris Mays)
Flair Future Fame Brandon Webb RC 408/500 (Diamondbacks – Chris Mays)
Fleer Ultra Update Delmon Young RC 0843/1500 (Devil Rays – Chris Mays)
Fleer Ultra Update Mike Hessman RC 0852/1500 (Braves – Captain Canuck)
Fleer Ultra Update Chien-Ming Wang RC 0599/1500 (Yankees – Chuck)
Fleer Ultra Update Jeremy Bonderman RC 1155/1500 (Tigers – Night Owl)
Hot Prospects Update Future Swatch Edwin Jackson pants RC 244/250 (Dodgers – Night Owl)
Boyhood Idols Bucky Dent jersey 049/615 (Yankees – Chuck)
Through the Years Randy Johnson/Brandon Webb dual jersey 342/360 (Diamondbacks – Chris Mays)
Wow, Edwin Jackson and Chien-Ming Wang dominated box 8. For those counting, that makes 25 inserts (20 packs/box). Well guys, this finally concludes Old School Group Break 2. Thanks again to everyone who participated. I hope you guys enjoyed it. I’m hoping to get everything mailed out in the next few days. I know some of you want your base, but many others I have not heard from regarding those. With that said, if it’s ok with you guys, I’ll throw in some nice extras of the team I know you collect and keep the base of your secondary team (ex: I send Beardy extra Orioles cards from my tradebox instead of a bunch of A’s base), unless you’ve told me otherwise. I will be doing this a lot, especially for teams that didn’t pull as much as others. Anyway, thanks again guys!
Avant Card SP Jason Giambi (Yankees – Chuck)
Avant Card SP Ichiro (Mariners – Bud)
Avant Card Legacy Rene Reyes 155/175 (Rockies – WickedOrtega)
Mark Teixeira SP 0329/1000 (Rangers – Play at the Plate)
Hank Blalock SP 0461/1500 (Rangers – Play at the Plate)
Legacy Aramis Ramirez 134/175 (Pirates – Chuck)
Baseball’s Best Rafael Palmeiro (Rangers – Play at the Plate)
Baseball’s Best Alex Rodriguez (Rangers – Play at the Plate)
Baseball’s Best Randy Johnson (Diamondbacks – Chris Mays)
Jeter Legacy Collection #17 0281/1000 (Yankees – Chuck)
Jeter Legacy Collection #18 0206/1000 (Yankees – Chuck)
Baseball’s Best Randy Johnson jersey (Diamondbacks – Chris Mays)
Baseball’s Best Luis Gonzalez jersey (Diamondbacks – Chris Mays)
Baseball’s Best Shawn Green jersey (Dodgers – Night Owl)
Sweet Sigs Lumber Ben Sheets autograph (Brewers – Peterson)
This box delivered 4 hits instead of the normal 3. The Avant Card shortprints might just be my favorite part of this product. I might have to order a box of this for myself one of these days.
Material Issue Scott Rolen jersey (Phillies – Dan)
Final Cut Troy Glaus jersey (Angels – Play at the Plate)
Autographics Dee Brown (Royals – darkship)
Autographics Silver Kip Wells 054/250 (White Sox – Lonestarr)
This is the third time I’ve broken a box of this and for the second time, no numbered rookies were to be found. We did get an extra insert and an extra hit in this box, a trend we’ll see plenty of later on! It was also nice to see the hits spread around this time! More results coming Saturday…
Here’s a quick recap, with scans, of the box of 2001 Fleer Genuine I recently busted. For a full review of this product, click here (broken 1.5 years ago).
Base set: This box yielded 99 out of 100 short set base cards (99%) with 14 duplicates. The only missing base card was #14 Sammy Sosa.
Pennant Aggression (1:23 packs): Pedro Martinez
This is the second time I’ve pulled this card. The first copy I had was sent over to the UK.
Autographics (1:24 packs): Brad Radke
Silver (/250): Julio Zuleta
I was very surprised to pull two autographs. I know Radke had a pretty decent career with Minnesota, but I had no idea who Zuleta was until just now. Meh.
The inserts and “hits” both delivered as promised (3 hits/box), but the lack of numbered rookies was a bit odd. There are no specified odds on these rookies, but considering my first box yielded two, it was a bit strange not pulling any this time around. Also, it would’ve been nice to put the base set together in this one box (rather than fall one short), but there were a LOT fewer base dupes here than in my first box!
Everything from this box was exceptionally clean. Usually, I get at least one or two cards that I find totally mangled inside the pack, but not this time. It’s always great finding die-cut inserts that are unscathed as well.
I loved finding the Maddux and Jeter cards. The others? Not so much. It was cool to pull two autographs, but it would’ve been even nicer to pull one that wasn’t considered a common.
The Baseball Card Exchange has these listed for $70, by far the lowest price I’ve seen on the internet. Naturally, that is where I picked up my box. Most other places ask for around $100 or more. $70 for 3 “hits” (amongst several other inserts and virtually a complete base set) is not too shabby by any means, especially when cards like this are waiting to be pulled. Long story short, my box wasn’t anything special, but this product is still strong. Go try one.
Overall Grade: B+