Welcome to Crackin’ Wax!

Posted: May 6, 2015 by topher in General
Hello and welcome! Please, make yourself at home. Looking to join a good case break? Just head up to the Crackin’ Wax Case Breaks menu! Have some Twins autographs you’d like to get rid of? Go check out my “Want List!” Want to know what my wife thinks of her husband collecting baseball cards? Then you should read “The Better Half!” Looking for new blog posts? Just scroll down.

And now, a video of our cat making baseball cards…

Kraken Wax Is Not Crackin’ Wax

Posted: August 23, 2016 by topher in General
There’s a new breaker on the block, and he goes by the name “Kraken Wax.” To avoid any and all confusion, I must point out that I am Crackin’ Wax, not Kraken Wax. While this certainly seems like a new company selling cola and calling themselves Coak, or a trading card company calling themselves Tahps, I feel I must stress the dissimilarities between the two so that the casual reader and collector will understand the difference between Crackin’ Wax and Kraken Wax.

Firstly, I am a group case breaker. He is a group case breaker.

Oh, wait. Let me start over.

He’s brand new to this, I’ve been doing this since 2008.

He spells it “K-r-a-k-e-n” while I spell it “C-r-a-c-k-i-n’.”

His first tweet was July 31 2016, mine was July 29 2012.

He’s from Philly, I’m from the Twin Cities.

He has a wife and two kids, I have a wife and two cats.

This is his logo:


This is my logo:

I am in no way discouraging you from using his services—in fact, let’s spread the love around a little. I am, however, encouraging you to know the difference between the two of us.

Thank you and, as always, keep crackin’ that wax!

2017 Topps Base Design

Posted: August 9, 2016 by topher in Topps
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I’m curious how this format looks with parallels, chrome, autos, etc. I like the fact that Topps is keeping things fresh and carried over the full bleed photos from 2016. What are your thoughts concerning the new 2017 Topps baseball card base design?

We’re giving away a MONSTER charity prize pack immediately following the break! This prize pack goes to just one person and includes a Kris Bryant autographed rookie card. There’s still time to enter, but don’t wait! Just click the Donate button below and you’ll be entered. Just that easy! Entries are unlimited, so click that Donate button as many times as you want!


It’s almost that time! We’re going to be ripping into a case of 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter for our annual A&G charity case break benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters! The break goes live at 5pm C. We’ll also be giving away a MONSTER charity prize pack! This prize pack goes to just one person and includes a Kris Bryant autographed rookie card. There’s still time to enter, but don’t wait! Just click the Donate button below and you’ll be entered. Just that easy! Entries are unlimited, so click that Donate button as many times as you want!

Be back here at 5pm C to catch the break and to find out if you won!

As of 7/22/16, this year’s Charity Prize Pack contains: (“Happiness is Baseball Season” Peanuts tote bag, 5 hobby packs 2015 Allen & Ginter, 1 hobby pack 2015 Topps Chrome Baseball, 3 packs 2013 Topps MLB Chipz, 1 hobby pack 2015 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball, 1 hobby box 1999 Topps Stadium Club Series 2 Baseball, 1 hobby mini-box 2014 Topps Stadium Club Baseball, 1 blaster box 2016 Bowman, 1 blaster box 2016 Topps Heritage Baseball, 1 blaster box 2016 Topps Opening Day Baseball, 1 blaster box 2016 Topps Gypsy Queen, 1 $25 eBay Gift Card, Javier Baez 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter boxloader, Bo Jackson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter boxloader, complete 25-card set of Wrigley Field Celebrates 100 Years from 2016 Topps Series 1, Jake Arrieta 2016 Topps Now Card #29, Kris Bryant 2016 Topps Now Card #30, Allen & Ginter Wrigley Field relic card 207/250, collection of Kris Bryant base cards, Various Ken Griffey Jr. base cards, 1 Ken Griffey Jr. logo patch card, collection of purple parallels + 1 purple auto, “POW!” A Peanuts Collection by Charles M. Schulz, 100% silk Norman Rockwell Cubs tie, 2013 Topps Tribute Anthony Rizzo auto 42/99, 2015 Panini Immaculate Kris Bryant RC auto 24/99—Donated by Deb P.), (Michael Wacha 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter framed mini auto, Sandy Koufax 2014 Topps Update World Series Champions Ring manufactured relic, John Smoltz 2016 Topps Berger’s Best auto 02/25—Donated by Kelly T.), (1 Loot Locker—Donated by Waxtopia), (1 $25 eBay Gift Card—Donated by Debbie U.), (Christian Walker 2015 Topps Chrome RC auto, Bryson Brigman 2012 Panini USA Baseball dual relic auto 06/99, Nick Anderson 2012 Panini USA Baseball dual relic 48/49, Everth Cabrera 2010 Topps auto, Rich Harden 2010 Topps relic, Darien Nunez Topps Tribute World Baseball Classic patch 15/35, Howard Johnson 2011 Topps Series 1 bat relic, David Price 2014 Topps Series 1 manupatch, Brett Eibner 2011 Bowman Platinum auto, Luke Bard 2012 Leaf Valiant auto—Donated by Alex O.).

We are accepting entries for this Prize Pack until the conclusion of tomorrow night’s Allen & Ginter charity case break. To enter, simply click the PayPal Donate button to donate $5 to Big Brothers Big Sisters. After your donation has been received, you will be entered for a chance to win the prize pack during the live raffle after the case break! Each $5 donation earns you 1 entry. Entries are unlimited, so feel free to donate as much or as little as you like!


For the first time ever, we are offering yet another option to help increase our charity total. We will be donating 100% of the proceeds from every download of my band’s album (I wrote many of the songs, played drums like Animal from The Muppets, and supplied some backing guitar tracks). Even if our music isn’t your jam, a simple download of the album will help us raise about $10 more. To download, simply scroll past the album cover pictured below and select your preferred method of download.


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GOAL: $2500
TOTAL: $640
(as of 7/22/16)