2015 Case Break Open Survey

Posted: October 23, 2014 by Crackin' Wax in Case Break
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I will be taking a bit of time now to begin figuring out the 2015 case break schedule. I wondered aloud on Twitter whether increasing my schedule from 5 cases per year to 2 cases per week was a good idea and if I could even sell out a football break. I believe that I have a loyal enough and large enough baseball collecting base to run at least 1 case break per month, though.

Upon determining the upcoming schedule and how to go about running the 2015 breaks, I wondered what YOU felt about our 2014 breaks here at Crackin’ Wax. So, whether you’ve taken spots in each break I’ve ever done or you’ve just sat silently on the sidelines, I’d like your input and feedback. Below are a list of questions about my breaks, past and future, that I’d like you to answer. The responses I get will greatly help in making sure I give YOU the best Crackin’ Wax Case Break experience that I can offer.

Thank you!

1: Which products would you like me to tackle in 2015? Doesn’t have to just be baseball.

2: I base my slot pricing on official checklists. In your opinion, has my slot pricing been fair?

3: Do you feel my “$5 back” skunk protection policy is fair? If not, what would you suggest?

4: Did you like the $20 spot reservation down payment ahead of full slot pricing? If not, would you rather wait until full slot pricing is available (typically a day after official checklist is released)?

5: Would you like to see fewer Charity breaks and more of the affordable non-charity breaks?

6: Do you enjoy the video presentation of the breaks (most times featuring @literalquirk as my sorter)? Do you have any suggestions on how to improve those presentations?

7: Although the Private Break has yet to take place, do you think this is a fair loyalty program? If not, what would you reasonably prefer?

8: How would you feel about an occasional “Ladies Night” break run by @literalquirk?

9: If you’ve never broken with us here before, please tell me what’s kept you from joining.

10: Which charities would you like us to benefit in 2015?

11: How would you feel about purchasing break spots from a virtual cart as opposed to being invoiced via PayPal?

12: Please offer any and all other feedback regarding our breaks here. All comments will be considered.

Thank you all SO MUCH for your support in 2014, not only in our breaks, but also in supporting all of the fantastic charities in which we’ve helped raise over $1500 for in this year alone! I look forward to running breaks for you in 2015!

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Comments
  1. 1: I would like to see you break Topps Gypsy Queen and Topps Museum Baseball in the spring in some kind of mixer to help keep the cost down as opposed to a straight case break of the latter.

    2: Yes, I think your slot pricing is fair.

    3: Yes, I think your skunk protection is more than fair. Not all breakers offer any skunk protection at all.

    4: I like the $20 spot reservation down payment option. It helps for break budgeting purposes.

    5: No, I would like to see more charity breaks, not less.

    6: I enjoy the video presentations of your breaks. Don’t forget your dark chocolate peanut m&m’s!

    7: Yes, I think that your private break is a fair loyalty program. It was just odd to see a bunch of spots already reserved the minute I thought it opened up for reservations. I assume that those spots were already gone for a good reason though.

    8: YES PLEASE FOR LADIES BREAKS. THEY WOULD BE SO MUCH FUN!

    9: I have broken with you before. I only do it on occasion though due to limited funds.

    10: I volunteer for CASA, Traffick911, as well as other similar organizations. I would like to see your charity breaks benefit organizations that work to put an end to child abuse, as well as an end to the sex trafficking of children.

    11: I prefer purchasing break spots through Paypal.

    12: You two are awesome. Keep up the good work! :)

  2. Kent Ritchie says:

    1-Almost anything besides high end product. Maybe even half cases on some. Keep it affordable.
    2-Usually. I thought I way overpaid for the Bowman break earlier this year.
    3-Yes or packs.
    4-I’m fine with either.
    5-I think what you have now is sufficient.
    6-The presentations are good. Better than most.
    7-I’m good with the private break,
    8-I’m good with that, too.
    9-N/A
    10-Whatever you want. I mostly give to local charities here in my area.
    11-Either way as long as I can still use paypal to pay.
    12-In this hurry up world I would like to see breakers go through the cards a bit slower. Would like to see what I should have coming to me.

  3. 1: Which products would you like me to tackle in 2015? Doesn’t have to just be baseball.
    I’m always open to hockey. I have no love for basketball.

    2: I base my slot pricing on official checklists. In your opinion, has my slot pricing been fair?
    For the most part, yes.

    3: Do you feel my “$5 back” skunk protection policy is fair? If not, what would you suggest?
    Yes. I like how you even send the common cards for your team. Some of us collectors enjoy those commons.

    4: Did you like the $20 spot reservation down payment ahead of full slot pricing? If not, would you rather wait until full slot pricing is available (typically a day after official checklist is released)?
    As the fan of a small-market team, I’d rather see what the actual pricing is, rather than pay a possibly inflated price, and then receive a refund.

    5: Would you like to see fewer Charity breaks and more of the affordable non-charity breaks?
    I’m a relatively cheap bastard. I do enjoy the more affordable breaks.

    6: Do you enjoy the video presentation of the breaks (most times featuring @literalquirk as my sorter)? Do you have any suggestions on how to improve those presentations?
    You run them in a professional manner, as best as you can with as many cards as you have. It’s nice how you show the bigger pulls, and then re-show them at the end.

    7: Although the Private Break has yet to take place, do you think this is a fair loyalty program? If not, what would you reasonably prefer?
    I like being able to take part in a bigger private break. I have no problem with it nor suggestions.

    8: How would you feel about an occasional “Ladies Night” break run by @literalquirk?
    I can take it or leave it. I’m there for the cards.

    9: If you’ve never broken with us here before, please tell me what’s kept you from joining.
    This will be my second break.

    10: Which charities would you like us to benefit in 2015?
    Animal and pet charities,

    11: How would you feel about purchasing break spots from a virtual cart as opposed to being invoiced via PayPal?
    I sell a few cards on E-Bay, so Paypal is fine by me.

    12: Please offer any and all other feedback regarding our breaks here. All comments will be considered.
    I enjoy the breaks I’ve been involved in. With as many packs and cases as you do, there’s really no shortcuts.

  4. waxtopia says:

    1: Museum Collection (FB or BB), Bowman Draft, Series 1 jumbos, Bowman, Archives (either sport), Topps Chrome, Ginter, some sort of hockey break. (UD Series 1 maybe? Artifacts?)

    2: Yes, some of the pricing before checklists has understandably been off, but after checklist has been good.

    3: $5 is fine, a $5 pack of cards would be a little more fun.

    4: I like the reserved slots. It rewards people who do their research or who just really want a team.

    5: Raising money for charity is good. Why stop a good thing?

    6: Only improvement would be more breaks!

    7: This would be probably my only gripe. I don’t feel everyone had a fair shot at teams, and some of the off the table teams were ones I have had in breaks at some point over the last 2 years.

    8: Fine with me, although my wife has no interest in cards so I don’t know anyone who would be involved.

    9: N/A

    10: Multiple Sclerosis has affected my family directly, would be cool to raise money for research. Also, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)

    11: I’m fine with either one, an automated cart would probably make life easier for you.

    12: I think one case a month or maybe every 2 months would work out very nicely. Anything more frequent might be hard to fill due to budget constraints although you do have some very devout followers!

  5. kirkmack says:

    1: I think Archives would be a great set to break. All the inserts make it a very entertaining set to open, and the fan favorites would really appeal to those that collect specific teams. Some teams are extremely limited, so that is a strike against. It is also pretty reasonable cost-wise. For those that flip their cards (*ahem*) those inserts sell REALLY well, too. Downside- the last couple years the real draw to Archives has been non-baseball- Heavy Metal and Major League autos. You’d have to come up with something to settle those (maybe raffle them instead of a non-baseball slot?) Both Heritage (standard and Minor League) are VERY popular and do well in re-sale. I’ve burned out on Bowman – very limited re-sale interest, and the prospects are REAL reaches. I follow that stuff fairly closely, not to mention Twins prospects, and a lot of those guys I’ve never heard of. Also I’d stay away from high end as others have mentioned.

    2: Pricing is usually pretty fair, though I’ve found that any pricing (here or wherever) for high end products is high and produces a lot of the bitter “BREAKING IS GAMBLING!!!” comments, because ROI is only met by a few lucky ones per break

    3: Yes- very fair. Most places don’t have that.

    4: YES.

    5: A blend is always good. Ginter charity makes sense. Other popular lines would go well with charity as well. Lower end, less popular (*ahem*BOWMAN*ahem*) sets with quick and easy breaks work well for keeping costs down.

    6: Those are always entertaining

    7: Yes, very fair. Loyalty programs are a good way to set yourself apart from others.

    8: As long as she’s up to it and you don’t hassle her too much (as well as sort her cards), why not?

    9: Oh, I’ve broken with you before… ;)

    10: The MLB charities are good, BB/BS’s is good, Special Olympics is close to my heart, so many…

    11: Prefer via PayPal

    12: Keep it up! I stumbled upon you and your work as I was getting back into the hobby, was looking for some sort of community, and you’ve definitely added to it. Thank you!

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