Posts Tagged ‘Autograph’


WE FOUND THEM! They did, indeed, accidentally end up with the Marlins package from the same break. The cards are being shipped from the accidental recipient to the rightful owner. (Thank you, Jason!)

Missing Chrome Autos

Posted: August 11, 2017 by Crackin' Wax in Group Break
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You would think that with as organized as we are that this kind of mistake would NEVER happen. In packing up our Topps Chrome half case break, we inadvertently left the two Dan Vogelbach autographs (shown above) out of the box that was shipped to the rightful owner of the Mariners spot. We do not have them with us here. The likely scenario? We accidentally shipped them to someone else. Our guess is we shipped them to the person who had the Marlins (because, in our sorting system, the Mariners and Marlins are right next to each other).

IF YOU HAVE SEEN THESE TWO CARDS please let me know immediately so that we can send them out to the correct person as soon as possible! THANK YOU!

Redemption Rip! 2014 Topps Five Star

Posted: January 21, 2016 by Crackin' Wax in Redemption
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In all of my years of on-again-off-again collecting, I’ve held onto one assumption. That being that every single collector out there has their own holy grail—that one singular card or set that they absolutely MUST have in order to ever consider their collection complete. While my own personal collection, now that I’ve narrowed it down to only Twins prospect/rookie/first card autographs, is still far from complete, there has been one card I have been chasing for over a year that simply had to be part of that collection. Without it, my PC just wouldn’t make any sense. How could I be true to my collection if I didn’t have it?

When I finally refined my collection focus down to Twins prospect/etc autos a few years ago, I naturally hunted down all the cheap and easy-to-get prospects that never panned out in the Majors. As I worked my way upwards, I started grabbing guys who had a cup of coffee or two with the Twins—guys like Kevin Slowey, Nick Blackburn and Alexi Casilla. Then it was onto the more well-known guys like Denard Span, Michael Cuddyer and Justin Morneau.

If any of you are at all familiar with current-day Twins, then you can probably guess that my first real collecting holy grail was Joe Mauer’s 2002 Bowman Chrome autograph. I dropped around $150 to grab it back in 2008. Nowadays you can pick one up for about half that price. Although both his performance and his card’s value has dropped since his 2009 MVP season, his card is still central to my personal collection.

It’s no secret that the Twins have been downright terrible the last few years. However, with their awfulness comes great draft picks. The one big pick that they were lucky enough to land and keep (so far) is without question the two-time #1 Prospect Byron Buxton. Without ever taking one pitch in the Majors, or even AAA for that matter, there was no question that my collection would never be complete without his 2013 Bowman Chrome Autograph. Even with his recent injury issues, the value of his cards have continued to rise and will likely keep doing so. That had been making the quest for my new holy grail even more challenging. Thanks to the incredible generosity of an amazing person, that quest has ended.


As you can see, it’s not simply his autograph card. The card came graded 9.5 Gem Mint with one 10 sub-grade. Unbelievable! This card was just one part of my present in the annual Crackin’ Wax Holiday Gift Exchange and was given to me by the amazingly generous Debbie P.! This is a card that, no matter what happens in Buxton’s career, I will cherish for a VERY long time! If there is any downside to receiving such an incredible gift, it’s that I no longer have a holy grail to chase—which is a great collecting problem to have!

If you’re a trading card collector, what is your holy grail and why? Do you already have it? If so, how long did it take you to acquire it? If not, how long have you been chasing it? Please post your responses in the comments section.

I can’t believe that we’re only one week away from @literalquirk‘s debut break, the Ladies’ Night Charity Mixer! It’s a 10-box break with baseball products ranging from 2004 Upper Deck SP Prospects to 2014 Topps High Tek in which we are raising money to donate to a great cause, VDAY (a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls). As of this posting, we only have six team spots left, so please don’t hesitate to pick one up! A lot of fun will be had AND you’ll be helping us raise funds for an amazing cause! Not only that, you’ll be helping us celebrate all of the awesome women and girls in the trading card community!

Win a Michael Jordan Autograph!

Posted: February 23, 2014 by Crackin' Wax in General
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Believe it or not, the trading card industry is starting to make a bit of a turn into the mainstream again. It’s been a while since this hobby has had any sort of real credibility, but all of us kids from the 70s and 80s are all grown up now and are doing what we can to show the world that trading cards aren’t just for kids any more.

ESPN has stepped up their game in recognizing that card collecting isn’t just a fad, nor is it just a phase in a young person’s life. It’s a fun way to stay close to the games and the players who play them. With their web series, Mint Condition, ESPN is adding credibility to a hobby that has survived and thrived (even in the “junk wax” era) for decades.

Not only that, they are gladly interacting with their fans and other collectors all across the board. In my opinion, reaching out to the hobby community is important. It reminds us that, as collectors, we are all on the same level. From anyone that happens to own a Honus Wagner T206 to the kid whose mom just purchased him a pack of Topps 2008 Opening Day from a flea market, we’re all part of the same hobby. From Keith Olbermann to Crackin’ Wax, we may collect differently, but we have one thing in common–we are collectors–and ESPN Mint Condition recognizes that.

In their effort to introduce themselves to the broader collecting community, they’re giving away a Michael Jordan autograph. All they ask in return is that you follow them and continue to do so through at least March 20 2014. If they hit 2300 followers by then, they’ll give that beautiful card away to one lucky follower. If you ask me, they don’t even need to dangle that carrot–they deserve that many followers just for having fun right along side us.

Even if you don’t want or need that Michael Jordan autograph (and, come on, who in this hobby DOESN’T?), please give ESPN Mint Condition a follow by using the tweet posted below. They support us and we should do the same for them. Thank you!