My History With Triple Threads

Posted: October 21, 2013 by Crackin' Wax in Case Break, Topps, Triple Threads
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As far as I’m concerned, Triple Threads has been around the block for a handful of years now and has been hitting hobby shelves since Topps reintroduced Allen & Ginter. For those keeping score, that puts the inaugural release year at 2006. From what I gather, it joined Football and Basketball in that same year as a then-new high-end option for those looking to add some big and unique hits to their collection.

The gimmick with this set is revealed in its namesake. It’s all about threes and threads–and autographs, of course. Three sections of jerseys, patches, bats, etc. embedded in the bulk of the hits. Some of these three-hit-wonders are dedicated to just one player, some to three players from one team, some to three players from three teams. The combinations are endl… well, not quite endless. Some of these hits also include autographs–stickered, of course. Some of these hits are SO big that Topps had to make use of book cards just to squeeze everything into one card! Then there is the “White Whale.” It’s the printing plate version of these triple hit and autograph cards.

Since its evident inception, I’ve never seen one of these White Whales. As a matter of fact, thanks to this summer’s Allen & Ginter charity case break, I’ve only ever seen one Triple Threads hit (donated by Tom The Ripper). I don’t have any in my collection, I’ve never come across one in a swap for Trading Up For Charity and I’ve never even seen one in one of my local card shops. Getting my grubby little hands off of my usual bag of dark chocolate peanut M&Ms and onto some of these spendy little pieces of cardboard has been on my collecting bucket list since I first heard of them–and that will soon come to fruition and I will have then seen more Triple Threads hits than I had ever thought possible.

You see, being a high end product, buying a pack for myself is just out of my reach. In fact, back when the product first dropped around 7 years ago, just one pack cost approximately $150. Nowadays the product sells for upwards of $100 per pack. That’s a bit too much of a gamble for me in the hopes that I either land something for my PC or something that I can sell or trade to recover the costs. Thank goodness for group breaking.

Group breaking Triple Threads has a LOT of upside. For me, it means that I FINALLY get to tear into some good ol’ TTT for once. However, for you, the upside is even greater. In my 9-box charity case break coming up next week, most team slots are priced at LESS than a cost of a pack. Not only will most of the participants in this break be paying less than they’d have to pay for just one pack, chances are they’d be getting MUCH more than what only one pack can offer (7 cards). And, by the way, paying for a team slot eliminates the gamble–instead of paying $100+ for a pack of 7 cards with very slim odds of getting anything from the team that you want, you could pay LESS than the cost of a pack and get nothing BUT your team and any of the awesome hits you’re entitled to!

Did I also mention that I run skunk protection on my breaks? No hits? $5 back. No cards at all? Full refund.

Oh, yeah. There’s also the loyalty program. If you were in the Allen & Ginter charity case break this year, you get $5 back.

Wait, there’s more. I’m donating $5 from every slot to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America! Just by taking part in this hit-loaded break, you’ll be helping me help an amazing cause!

And so my history with Triple Threads will come to a full head on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 7pm Central. I finally get to do something I’ve been looking forward to for so long. I get to tear into a full 9-box case of Triple Threads and be in high end heaven, if only for a short few moments before packing them up and shipping them out to their rightful owners.

It’s been a long time coming, Topps. Don’t let me down!

RELEASE DATE: 10/25/13
CASE BREAK: 10/30/13

All dates and times subject to change

This case break is a joint effort with Brent and Becca Case Breaks!

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All cards from one 9-box case of 2013 Topps Triple Threads will be used for this break. This break will be a standard team slot break with the usual Loyalty Discount ($5 off for those who joined the previous case break – 2013 Allen & Ginter) and Skunk Rule ($5 refund for any person who does not receive at least one hit within their total combined slots).

Since this is a hit-heavy product, not all teams will be represented well in base cards. Slot pricing is based mostly on quantity and quality of hits as opposed to total quantity of all card types.

Many of the hits in this product feature multiple players from multiple teams on the same card. These cards will be distributed thusly:

  • The team majority owner of the card (i.e. 2 Yankees + 1 Dodgers on 1 card goes to Yankees owner), or
  • The slot majority owner of the card (i.e. 1 Yankees + 1 Dodgers + 1 Braves on 1 card goes to owner with most slots on card), or
  • Highest slot price owner (i.e. 1 Yankees + 1 Braves + 1 Rangers on 1 card goes to highest slot price–Yankees), or
  • Random highest slot price owner (i.e. 1 Indians + 1 Mariners + 1 Marlins on 1 card goes to randomly picked winner)
    This wouldn’t be a Crackin’ Wax Case Break without some sort of charity involvement! This time, $5 from each paid slot will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters! After all cards have been shipped to you, I will donate $150 from you to this amazing organization!

    This case break will be broadcast live right here on this page at 7pm Central on Wednesday October 30 2013*. I will be focusing more on the hits and other cards of interest in order to keep the video at a reasonable length. Video of the case break will be uploaded to YouTube and will be made available here.

    In the event that a card is pulled in which the team represented is now playing in another city and/or has changed names, it will be assigned to its current counterpart’s slot. For instance, all Montreal Expos cards will be assigned to the Washington Nationals.

    Milwaukee Brewers (1901) ► St. Louis Browns (1902-1953) ► Baltimore Orioles (1954-Pres)
    Boston Somersets (1901-1902) ► Boston Americans (1903-1907) ► Boston Red Sox (1908-Pres)
    Chicago White Stockings (1901-1903) ► Chicago White Sox (1904-Pres)
    Cleveland Blues (1901-1904) ► Cleveland Naps (1905-1914) ► Cleveland Indians (1915-Pres)
    Houston Colt .45s (1962-1964) ► Houston Astros (1965-Pres)
    Los Angeles Angels (1961-1964) ► California Angels (1965-1996) ► Anaheim Angels (1997-2004) ► Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005-Pres)
    Washington Senators (1901-1904) ► Washington Nationals (1905-1954) ► Washington Senators (1955-1960) ► Minnesota Twins (1961-Pres)
    Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) ► New York Highlanders (1903-1912) ► New York Yankees (1913-Pres)
    Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) ► Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) ► Oakland Athletics (1968-Pres)
    Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998-2007) ► Tampa Bay Rays (2008-Pres)
    Washington Senators (1961-1971) ► Texas Rangers (1972-Pres)
    Boston Beaneaters (1883-1906) ► Boston Doves (1907-1910) ► Boston Rustlers (1911) ► Boston Bees (1936-1940) ► Boston Braves (1912-1952) ► Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) ► Atlanta Braves (1966-Pres)
    Cincinnati Redlegs (1954-1959) ► Cincinnati Reds (1890-Pres)
    Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1910) ► Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) ► Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1957) ► Los Angeles Dodgers (1958-Pres)
    Florida Marlins (1993-2011) ► Miami Marlins (2012-Pres)
    Seattle Pilots (1969) ► Milwaukee Brewers (1970-Pres)
    New York Giants (1876-1957) ► San Francisco Giants (1958-Pres)
    Montreal Expos (1969-2004) ► Washington Nationals (2005-Pres)

    All other unclaimed cards will be randomly awarded to one participant per unclaimed card.

    To pay for your slot(s), simply find the team you’d like and click! You’ll be taken to PayPal to finish the transaction. Please be sure to check back here often for updates and important dates and times as they pertain to the break and draft.

    Please be sure to provide your Name, Shipping Address and preferred e-mail address. Failure to report any or all of this required information will make my face explode**.

    *All times and dates are subject to change.
    **This may or may not actually happen.

    BLUE JAYS $95
    CUBS $80
    D-BACKS $50
    PADRES $75
    RAYS $90
    ROCKIES $75
    ROYALS $85
    WHITE SOX $50

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    1. Matt says:

      “As a matter of fact, thanks to this summer’s Allen & Ginter charity case break, I’ve only ever seen one Triple Threads hit (donated by Tom The Ripper). I don’t have any in my collection, I’ve never come across one in a swap for Trading Up For Charity and I’ve never even seen one in one of my local card shops.”

      My friend, you need to treat yourself to some cheap ebay goodness. Every year, the week TTT comes out, the “single” unity relics flood ebay, and even the actual triple relics are relatively cheap. Last year I picked up EIGHT single relics, 2 autos and 3 triple “word” relics for way less than the cost of a pack. Just keep an eye out and snag a couple. Even if you have to skip that blaster from Target (like I do) the month TTT hits, it’s worth it.

      Oh… and I spotted this one for ya.

      Happy hunting :)

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