Posts Tagged ‘Donruss’

Biggest Baseball Card Busts

Posted: May 22, 2017 by Crackin' Wax in Lists
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Whether or not we openly admit to it, we collectors at one point or another have chased at least ONE baseball card in the hopes that it would gain some sort of significant monetary or trade value. Some players and cards seem like a sure thing, but then a guy tears an elbow ligament and that card you once chased and treasured so much does nothing but collect dust and mock you and the rest of your collection. Just sitting there, pointing and you and laughing. What a bastard. I wanna know, what’s the biggest baseball card bust in YOUR collection? Let me know here, and within a couple of weeks, I’ll feature some of your pics on an upcoming video!

2016 Panini Donruss—4 Pack Rip!

Posted: March 16, 2016 by Crackin' Wax in Donruss
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Earlier today, I launched a survey polling those in our Group Breaks Mailing List asking which products they would like us to use in our charity case breaks in 2016. As I was drawing up the survey, I had a good sense of what the survey-takers would choose. So far, my intuition has proven to be correct—even down to the least popular choice.

I only like to conduct breaks using products that I know will be popular, will sell out, and will help to raise charity. That being said, I have never used any Panini products in a case break. Yes, I have busted Panini boxes in charity and private breaks in the past, but never Panini cases. So, what is the problem with Panini, anyway?

In my limited experience with Panini products held mostly to baseball, it’s clear that my personal opinion is weighted by two factors: product quality and MLB licensing—or lackthereof in both cases. Perhaps, however, my personal problem with Panini is my limited experience. One could argue that the limitations on my experience with the product have been imposed by the dominating presence of hobby giant Topps. So far in 2015, Panini has released Cooperstown, Donruss, Diamond Kings, Elite, Immaculate, Prizm, and Stars and Stripes. That represents just a mere fraction of what Topps has produced so far just this year.

Quantity isn’t everything, however. Just because Topps clogs up the release calendar doesn’t mean that some of their own releases aren’t pure bloat. Quality is, in my opinion, far more important than quantity. As stated before, however, that’s one of my issues with Panini. Donruss was a well-intentioned call-back to the 80s staple that just didn’t click, Prizm came off like a powder-coated cheap rip-off of the more well-established Topps Chrome (I kid you not, I still find that Prizm dust all over the place), Cooperstown was a good idea that somehow managed to feel awkward (to me, at least), and Triple Play was fun as a one-time pack break that did nothing to make me want to come back.

True, that’s just my personal opinion—but what about those who were polled earlier today? What do they have against Panini? In that poll I asked participants to rank in order of preference 10 different 2016 baseball products that they would like us to use in charity case breaks, then asked to do the same for 10 more 2016 baseball products, then asked for write-ins of any products that I missed. Based primarily on past trends with our breaks as well as my own personal opinion, I only included Panini Donruss in the survey. As I write this, Donruss sits dead last on the poll and only Diamond Kings and Elite have been written-in (once each). To me, that says Panini has not done enough to capture the attention of collectors in 2015.

Of course, this is a very small sample size and does not represent the collecting community as a whole, but I believe it does represent a crucial thought in the industry, which is that Panini is clearly a distant second to Topps. I want to be able to run charity case breaks with Panini products that collectors want. I want Panini to capture the attention and imagination of collectors all over the world, even without an official MLB license (although, in my opinion, having one would go a long way).

As a collector, what do you think is the problem with Panini, if any at all?

It’s been a whirlwind of activity in Crackin’ Wax Manor, so things haven’t been tended to here at the blog as they normally would be. With that in mind, I’m going to quickly touch on a few subjects. The first being the 2015 Topps Finest Charity Case Break. Spots are now live to the public and, as of this posting, there are only 4 left! Why, you ask? The Group Breaks Mailing List pre-sale! Those who are signed up for the mailing list have the first crack at spots in select breaks. To check out the break specifics and grab some spots, just head up to the Crackin’ Wax Case Breaks menu and click on 2015 Topps Finest Charity. To get in on future pre-sales, just sign up to join our Group Breaks Mailing List.

The second subject has to do with the recently released 2015 Panini Diamond Kings. I’ve got a box of this great product and I’m adding it to the end-of-year Private Break! The only way to get an invitation to the Private Break is to take at least one spot in at least one Crackin’ Wax Charity Case Break—just like Finest!

The Mrs. and I are going to go back to selling our house while buying a new house while she’s running for a promotion at her job while being recognized as Big Sister of the Year while I’m working on relaunching Varsity Trading Cards while… did we bite off more than we can chew? NAH!

Oh, and if you missed it, the Bowman break this past Saturday was awesome! Somehow I managed to get all of the cards sorted, packed, and shipped on Monday morning! If you missed the break, check out the replay video and a couple of the nice hits we pulled below.

What’s the deal with Domingo German’s card numbering?
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