You’ve probably heard of case breaks and box breaks for newer products. Maybe you like the concept but only collect older cards or you’ve always wanted to participate but the slots seem a little expensive. Vintage set breaks might be the answer.
Rich Klein has written about them here before but if you missed it, the idea is simple. A vintage set is made available by a seller and collectors can then buy a slot (or more) for a set price. Once all slots have been sold (one for each card in the set), a random drawing is done by computer (usually via Randomizer.com), the break is presented live online and the cards are then distributed by mail. What you receive depends on the luck of the draw. With every card sold, no one gets ‘skunked’. Everyone who purchased a slot will receive a card. It might be a common. It might be a semi-star or it could be a valuable rookie card.
This month, we launch a new segment in conjunction with Burls Sports. About every 30 days, they’ll announce a new set and we’ll provide a link where you can sign up and participate in the break.
This month, it’s a 1954 Topps Baseball set. Averaging about Good, the set includes cards in various grades. According to owner Justin Burleson, most of the stars are in lower grade condition, but generally present well. Some of the cards in the set are as follows: Hank Aaron RC (FR), Ernie Banks RC (FR), Al Kaline RC (GD), Ted Williams #1 (P), Ted Williams #250 (G/VG), Willie Mays (GD), Larry Doby (VG), Yogi Berra (GD) and Jackie Robinson (G/VG). Scans of all of the cards are available on the website.
Spots in the break are $9 each. Burleson is hoping the lower price point will entice first timers to participate and see how the breaks are run. Higher grade sets and different price points will be offered in the months to come.
The broadcast of the break will take place on Burl Sports Ustream channel (http://ustream.tv/channel/burlssports), with the date to be announced about 7-10 days after all slots have been sold, “likely the first or second week of November,” said Burleson. “This will allow everyone time to submit payments, either by PayPal or check. The goal is to have all slots sold by Halloween, at midnight. The broadcast will also be recorded and posted online for those who will be unable to see it live.”
Burleson got the bug for starting his own vintage set breaks after participating in one held via the Net 54 board a few weeks ago. A 1954 set was featured then, too, and sold out in a matter of hours. “I bought two slots and was probably in the last 10% to get a slot.”
He watched the break with his family as it was happening and wound up winning the Aaron rookie card.
“It was a great experience, and we would have enjoyed it even if I had only pulled commons,” he recalled. “The excitement and anticipation was kind of like opening a pack of ’54 Topps myself.”
Click here to learn more and sign up for the break.