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Introducing: Hero Habit

Posted: March 13, 2017 by Crackin' Wax in General
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A while back, I got to know a guy from California who is a pretty big A’s fan. He’s known for a few things across the web already, such as the Swingin’ A’s podcast and Hardly Serious (which at the time spawned the much under appreciated Take Me To The Pilot podcast featuring Literal Quirk). Thru our chats, his curiosity about trading cards had been resparked. He even bought into a break or two with us. After a while, his skill in writing, his love of baseball, and his newfound interest in trading cards all morphed into one brilliant hub. HERO HABIT.

Hero Habit was founded in an attempt to bring new collectors to the hobbies surrounding sports and entertainment as well as serve existing collectors with a flexible database, active news feed, and social network designed with them in mind.

Hero Habit is not intended for the casual fan, although they are welcome to stop by. Hero Habit is designed for the die hard, the person who can’t go to the store without returning with a pack of cards, the person who owns more jerseys than regular shirts, the person who camps out at theaters for midnight premieres, the person who buys one comic book to read and a second to keep in mint condition, and the person who has action figures trapped in boxes. We’re here for the people that know that they don’t have a hobby, they have a habit that consumes much of their waking day and we’re here to enable your habit!

His website is incredible—dare I say “tremendous!” It covers pro sports and faux sports (from Baseball to WWE), comics, music, movies, all sorts of trading cards, collectible figures, and a heck of a lot more. Their amazing checklists are sortable and, IMO, the best in the biz. Go ahead and check out the 2017 Heritage checklist for yourself. You’ll be impressed! The site even includes forums to get in on the discussion.

So, please. Do me a favor. Do YOURSELF a favor. Give Hero Habit five minutes of your day today. Kick the tires. Join the community. You’ll be hooked. It’ll be your new habit.

Five Presidential Cards You Need To Know

Posted: February 20, 2017 by Crackin' Wax in General
Good, lord. It’s President’s Day, isn’t it? Here in the U.S., it’s the day where banks and post offices close down in order to honor our former Commanders-in-Chief. Celebrated on the third Monday of February each year, it is specifically a holiday to celebrate the birth of the United States’ very first top dog, George Washington (who was born on February 22nd, 1732—damn, he’s old). To some degree, it is also a celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, who was born February 12th, 1809—damn, he’s old, too). Don’t think for one second that the trading card industry isn’t doing its part to help celebrate, too. And, ya know, make a few Washingtons and Lincolns while they’re at it. Here are five presidential cards they produced over the years that you need to know.

1932 U.S. Caramel Presidents William McKinley #24 Short Print

McKinley, a Republican, was the last President to serve in the Civil War. He defeated the Democratic nominee, William Jennings Bryan, and represented the beginning of a Republican stronghold and way of life in America. The US was victorious in the Spanish-American War under his leadership. McKinley was shot just six months into his second term and died eight days later. He was succeeded by his Vice President, Teddy Roosevelt.

In 1932, the US Caramel Company included these cards with their candy. Each card included an offer on the back in which a full set of their Presidents cards could be redeemed for a free box of chocolate (try reading that without hearing Forrest Gump in your head). The McKinley card was purposely short printed by the company in order to keep kids chasing—gee, where have I seen that tactic used before? Unfortunately, the company would stamp the word “CANCELLED” on, and hole punch, each card that was redeemed. This makes the unredeemed McKinley short print one of the hardest-to-find and most valuable President cards of all time.

1952 Bowman U.S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower #36
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Ike, a Five Star General and Supreme Commander, served as the 34th POTUS (elected officially in November 1952). The Republican easily defeated Democrat Adlai Stevenson in both the 1952 election and the 1956 election, winning his first Presidency with 442 electoral votes to Stevenson’s 89. It was Eisenhower who helped launch NASA in response to Russia’s space program.

Bowman produced its U.S. Presidents set in 1952 and featured each president from Washington to that year’s President-Elect Dwight D. Eisenhower. Two additional cards highlighting the first Presidency and the Declaration of Independence round out the set. The cards were so popular that Topps republished the set in 1956 after adding Bowman to their portfolio. What was essentially Eisenhower’s rookie card was highly sought after at the time due to his popularity.

1972 Topps U.S. Presidents – Candidates Shirley Chisholm #37

Okay, okay. She’s not a President, but her card in this Presidents set is very important. Shirley Chisholm holds the high distinction of being the first black female elected to Congress. She was also the first ever black candidate for any major party’s nomination for U.S. President, and the first woman to run for President as a Democrat. South Dakota Senator George McGovern would eventually win the party’s nomination only to be absolutely crushed by Richard Nixon in the Presidential election.

The 1972 Presidents set is an interesting one in that, barring a few additions, it is essentially a complete recreation of the 1956 set which itself was a reproduction of Bowman’s 1952 set. Topps did update the set with Presidents who served after Eisenhower (including 1972 winner Richard Nixon). They also offered a subset at the back end of the checklist highlighting candidates for President from that year. Chisholm’s historic distinctions make her card a standout in a set that, for the most part, had already been released twice before.

1869 W50 L. Prang & Co. Presidents & Wives – Abraham Lincoln
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This may, in fact, be one of the oldest U.S. President trading cards in existence. In fact, they were never meant to be trading cards. They were instead lithographs produced by L. Prang & Co., a company run by publisher and lithographer Louis Prang (father of the American Christmas card). More often than not, when you find one of the 1869 W50s, you’ve actually found a replica, or worse, a forgery. The pop list on these cards is extremely sparse with only TWO copies of the Lincoln registered with PSA. Only six cards were produced by Prang for this set. It is not known how many copies of each were made, let alone how many originals still exist. The card backs are blank.

Not much needs to be said about Honest Abe. He helped lead the Union to victory in the Civil War and abolished slavery. He was also assassinated in 1865. His historic Presidency and popularity among many Americans have made this lithograph card one of the most legendary non-sports cards you’ve probably never heard of. Collected purely as art pieces, these prints were collectibles before the term “trading cards” or even “tobacco cards” were widely regarded—or even a thing, really.

2007 Topps Allen & Ginter’s – George Washington

George Washington was elected in 1789 as the first President of the United States and is often referred to as the father of our country. Washington served two terms as President, but refused to run for a third. He died in 1799. Some believe his death was caused by the bloodletting that Washington requested to relieve his ailment at the time.

In 2006, Topps released their inaugural edition of Allen & Ginter’s, a throwback to Allen & Ginter tobacco cards from the late 1800s. Cashing in on its instant popularity, Topps raised the stakes by including a very rare “DNA Relic” card—a strand of hair from none other than George Washington. This 1/1 is not only incredibly rare, but it may be the most interesting and unique President card ever produced. I would guess that you’d be more likely to win the lottery and get struck by lightning at the exact same time than you would to ever own this card—which you MIGHT be able to do if you won the lottery.

So, there you have it! What other Presidential cards do YOU think we need to know about? Do you own any of the cards listed above? Are you planning on winning the lottery in a thunderstorm? Leave a comment and let us know!


Donruss vs Heritage: YOU DECIDE!

Posted: January 29, 2017 by Crackin' Wax in General
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This weekend I’ll be busy prepping for the upcoming Topps Series 1 charity case break. I’ll also be getting initial details set up for the following case break—and I need your help! I want YOU to decide which case we’ll be tearing into next! Please vote now! This poll only lasts 24 hours!

2017

Posted: September 16, 2016 by Crackin' Wax in General
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The 2016 breaking season is almost over for us here at Crackin’ Wax, so now it’s time to start thinking about next year. That’s where we need your help. We want you to help us decide which products to break and which charities to benefit in 2017. Please take our survey today and let us know what you’d like to see us break next year.

Thank you!

Kraken Wax Is Not Crackin’ Wax

Posted: August 23, 2016 by Crackin' Wax 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:

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This is my logo:
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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!