If you've read my winter 2014-15 breaks, you already know my #1 favorite hit for that period. One of my favorite hobbies is bargain shopping for trading card packs and boxes because I enjoy the challenge. In this article is my top five favorite bargain hits that I showcased in a break during winter 2014-15. 5) 2013 Elite Extra Edition Baseball: Game Jerseys: 8 - Scott Hurst Hanger boxes of 2013 Elite Extra Edition Baseball includes one guaranteed autographed card, but I managed to also pull a jersey card from my $12.80 retail hanger box. 4) 2015 Topps Heritage Baseball: Clubhouse Collection: CCR AC - Aroldis Chapman I pulled this card from my $14.76 retail value box. Cards in that subset are inserted into 1:64 packs (1:8 value boxes), on average. 3) 2015 Topps Series One Baseball: Snow Camo: 306 - Juan Lagares Snow Camo cards are inserted into 1:267 packs (or 26.7 value boxes), on average. I pulled this sweet card from my $19.80 retail value box. 2) 2014 Cryptozoic Adventure Time: Autographs: 11 - Michael Dorn as Gork Imagine pulling this autographed card from a $1.58 retail blister pack. I turned around and sold this card for a hefty profit. Win-win-win. 1) 2014-15 Prestige: Bonus Shots Platinum Autographs: Tony Snell I pulled that epic hit from a $4.48 $4.48 retail hot pack! This card will most likely go down as my favorite bargain hit of winter 2014-15 to autumn 2015. Question: What is your favorite bargain hit that you pulled from a break during winter 2014-15 (December 21, 2014 to March 19, 2015)?
Hot packs are selling for as low as $2.26. Sales of 2014-15 Panini Threads Basketball hot packs are off to a rocky start. I've seen autographed hot packs sell for as low as $5.24, die-cut hot packs sell for as low as $2.26, and surprise hot packs sell for as low as $5.52. All of those prices doesn't include shipping charges. Those numbers are surprisingly low considering that series is exclusive to Target, where retail boxes with two autographed cards and two memorabilia cards costs $119.99, and separate packs with fewer hits costs $3.99. It'll be interesting to see if hot pack sales for that series significantly improves in the next week, or will we see even cheaper hot packs?
A cheap fix for that cardboard addiction. I purchased a value box of 2015 Topps Opening Day Baseball for $10.40 at a large discount department store that treats all of their customers like criminals (an employee stands right next to the trading cards, and to top that off, they inspect you upon leaving the store). I would have purchased a value box of that series at my local Target, but they have yet to offer that series for sale, which is odd considering that series was released on March 18, 2015. Value boxes of 2015 Topps Opening Day Baseball includes 11 packs, with 7 cards per pack. I'm mostly hoping to pull a 3D Opening Day Stars or autographed Mascot card from this box. Base Cards 6 - Matt Carpenter 7 - Matt Garza 8 - Starling Marte 9 - Yu Darvish 20 - Miguel Cabrera 21 - Evan Gattis 27 - George Springer 32 - Jordan Zimmermann 34 - Michael Pineda 36 - Clay Buchholz 42 - Anthony Rendon 44 - Jonathan Lucroy 46 - Chris Owings 47 - Jacoby Ellsbury 48 - Alex Rodriguez The New York Yankees has have been testing A-Rod at first base where he has never played before during his 20 seasons with the MLB. So far he's been playing well in that position. 51 - Aramis Ramirez 54 - Jeff Samardzija 55 - Francisco Liriano 61 - Yovani Gallardo 64 - Anibal Sanchez 67 - Josh Harrison 69 - James Shields 71 - J.D. Martinez 72 - Coco Crisp 79 - Jered Weaver 80 - Alexei Ramirez 82 - Joey Votto 85 - Zack Greinke 87 - Josh Hamilton 94 - Sonny Gray 95 - Jonathan Papelbon 97 - Lance Lynn 100 - Shin-Soo Choo 105 - Jose Abreu 118 - Mookie Betts 121 - Mike Leake 122 - Justin Verlander 131 - Yadier Molina 134 - Stephen Strasburg Strasburg credits a tiny adjustment for his success in 2014. Rather than place half his foot on the rubber, he moved it in front of the slab. He found that gave him a more consistent balance point. 137 - Dellin Betances 144 - Robinson Cano 145 - Kolten Wong 146 - Ben Zobrist 147 - Carlos Martinez 149 - Jason Castro 153 - Cole Hamels 154 - Tanner Roark 158 - Wilmer Flores 159 - Justin Morneau 162 - Chris Davis 163 - Rafael Montero 164 - Jose Reyes 166 - Masahiro Tanaka 167 - Mike Minor 168 - Kennys Vargas 172 - David Price 176 - Lucas Duda 178 - Carlos Santana 180 - Doug Fister 181 - Jose Fernandez 187 - Daniel Norris 197 - Brian McCann 200 - Desmond Jennings Insert Cards FF-03 - George Springer (odds 1:5 packs) Springer batted .231 with 20 home runs, 51 RBI, and struck out 114 times in his rookie MLB 2014 season. FF-10 - Tim Lincecum (odds 1:5 packs) "The Freak" was born in Bellevue, Washington, one of my favorite cities in the United States. HTD-08 - Carlos Gomez (odds 1:5 packs) Gomez enters the 2015 season as the only player with three straight 30-steal campaigns. HTD-12 - Yasiel Puig (odds 1:5 packs) Puig is celebrated for his aggressive plays. He's what the MLB was lacking. M-02 - Atlanta Braves (odds 1:5 packs) Meet Mr. Met 2.0. M-12 - Billy the Marlin (odds 1:5 packs) I'm a Seattle Mariners fan, but I'm rooting for the Miami Marlins this year so that I can watch Ichiro at the World Series. Opening Day 96 - Madison Bumgarner (odds 1:5 packs) Madison Bumgarner was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 World Series. Opening Day 109 - Brandon Finnegan [RC] (odds 1:5 packs) The Kansas City Royals sent Finnegan to the minors to work as a starter after an unsuccessful big-league camp. Ouch! Opening Day 193 - Joc Pederson [RC] (odds 1:5 packs) Pederson was named the 8th-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America. SC-06 - Rajai Davis (odds 1:5 packs) In 2014, Davis recorded his 300th stolen base of his career. SC-15 - Anthony Rizzo (odds 1:5 packs) In mid-September 2014, Rizzo became the youngest player to receive the Branch Rickey Award as "a strong role model for young people." STA-KR - Kevin Ransom (odds 1:5 packs) STA-TCC - Tim Culin-Couwels (odds 1:5 packs) STA-TV - Tony Voda (odds 1:5 packs) The Stadium Scenes subset features photos taken by fans. Opening Day is all about the fun inserts, and luckily for me I pulled a bonus Stadium Scenes card which is a part of the subset that I'm looking to collect.
Goes back to the late 1800s. GameStop.com has disabled their "Store Availability" feature for the Majora's Mask Edition New Nintendo 3DS, in which you could find out if that handheld is in stock within a 100 mile radius of a specified zip code, address, or city. This news comes as GameStop reportedly restocked that handheld in most (if not all) of their branches. Until they enable that feature again, you can always call all of the GameStop's in your area late 1800s style... Image credit: Nintendo
This set is on fire (no pun intended). I purchased one retail hanger box of 2014 Topps Fire Football for $9.82 which contains at least 72 cards. That's a bargain considering this series was printed on a higher quality stock than Topps lower end series which also includes 72 cards in its hanger boxes. Base Cards 4 - Julius Thomas 15 - Andre Johnson 17 - EJ Manuel 19 - Ronnie Lott 21 - Arian Foster 26 - Cam Newton 27 - Rob Gronkowski Gronkowski finished the 2014 as his second best. He caught 82 receptions for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns. That's impressive considering he recovered from an ACL/MCL surgery during the 2013 season. 32 - Dan Marino 33 - Randall Cobb 36 - Steve Young 37 - Michael Floyd 40 - Eli Manning 41 - Zac Stacy 42 - Nick Foles 44 - T.Y. Hilton 45 - Ndamukong Suh 51 - Larry Fitzgerald 52 - Eddie Lacy 53 - Jason Pierre-Paul 54 - Brett Favre I was surprised to pull a "Brett Favre" card in a "2014" set aimed towards active players. 55 - Robert Griffin III 61 - Joe Namath 63 - Matthew Stafford 68 - Frank Gore 69 - Dez Bryant Bryant broke Terrell Owens franchise record of 15 TD scores during the 2014 season. 70 - Alshon Jeffery 73 - Drew Brees Brees finished the 2014 season with a career high 95.4 passer rating. 76 - Troy Polamalu 77 - Doug Martin 78 - Keenan Allen 79 - Alfred Morris 80 - Jay Cutler 81 - Von Miller 82 - Reggie Bush 84 - Antonio Brown 85 - Earl Thomas 88 - Calvin Johnson 91 - Wes Welker 92 - Tony Romo Romo's 97.6 passer rating (as of Week 17, 2014) is the second best in NFL history. 93 - Matt Ryan 106 - Tom Savage 108 - Logan Thomas 110 - Martavis Bryant 112 - Jadeveon Clowney 116 - Cody Latimer 120 - Bruce Ellington 122 - AJ McCarron 127 - Donte Moncrief 131 - John Brown 132 - Brandin Cooks 133 - Jeremy Hill 136 - Charles Sims 137 - Allen Robinson 140 - Ka’Deem Carey 142 - Bishop Sankey 145 - Davante Adams 146 - Jarvis Landry 148 - Kelvin Benjamin 149 - Eric Ebron 150 - David Fales 151 - Carlos Hyde 152 - Tre Mason 154 - Derek Carr Insert Cards CF-RN - Aaron Rodgers / Jordy Nelson Rodgers and Nelson is arguably the most dominant QB/WR combination in the league today. FF-BS - Bishop Sankey I normally don't like die-cut cards, but this card is sick. Sankey finished the 2014 season with 569 yards and 2 touchdowns. OOW-JC - Jadeveon Clowney Clowney was the number one pick during the 2014 NFL Draft. He finished his rookie season with only 7 tackles because he required surgery to repair his meniscus. What a bummer. Flame Foil 10 - Demaryius Thomas Thomas recorded his 3rd consecutive 1,000 yard season in 2014. Flame Foil 16 - Percy Harvin Harvin has played for four teams since 2009 (Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills). Go figure... Flame Foil 50 - Jimmy Graham Graham was traded to the Seattle Seahawks after the 2014 season. Flame Foil 96 - A.J. Green Green recorded his 4th consecutive 1,000 yard season in 2014. Purple 146 - Jarvis Landry (serial numbered 312/499) Landry finished his rookie 2014 season with 758 yards for 5 touchdowns. Blue 29 - Montee Ball (serial numbered 122/299 | retail hanger box odds 1:2) Ball suffered a groin injury in week 5 during the 2014 season which pretty much ended his season. This set looks fantastic! I give Topps credit for thinking outside the box, which is nice surprise considering most trading card sets these days are conservative.
Home of the rookie card. This retail jumbo pack of 2014 Bowman Football is the main reason why I purchased this 10 pack value box of FairField Football. I paid approximately $1.18 for that jumbo pack, which is a steel considering those packs are still selling for the full MSRP of $4.99 in my local stores. From what I've heard every jumbo pack contains one to two inserts. I'm hoping to pull a numbered Veteran Foil parallel. Base Cards 8 - Odell Beckham Jr. [RC] 15 - Aaron Dobson 18 - Denard Robinson 28 - Rob Gronkowski In 2014, Gronkowski became the first tight end in NFL history to catch at least 10 touchdowns in four separate seasons. 29 - Ryan Grant [RC] 33 - Antone Exum [RC] 51 - Marion Grice [RC] 55 - Derek Carr [RC] 67 - Christian Jones [RC] 69 - Devin Street [RC] 84 - Julio Jones Jones received a career high 1,428 yards in the 2014 season. 88 - Darrelle Revis 98 - Alfred Blue [RC] 105 - Jimmy Garoppolo [RC] Insert Cards Rookie Purple 8 - Odell Beckham Jr. [RC] (retail value pack Rookie Purple odds 1:4) Beckham Jr. was drafted by the new York Giants in the 1st round of the 2014 NFL Draft as the 12th overall pick. He rushed 1,305 yards and scored 12 touchdowns in his rookie year. It's pretty safe to say he was well worth that pick! Veteran Blue Foil 86 - Geno Smith (serial numbered 39/99 | retail value pack Veteran Blue odds 1:70) Although my wish of pulling a Veteran Blue Foil card from this set came true... I pulled one of my least wanted players. That's a lot of rookie cards! Did anyone else also pull mostly rookies in their jumbo pack?