Thursday, February 13, 2014

2014 Topps Mini Blaster Break and More!



My first mini blaster of the year yielded me some decent pieces of cardboard. I am quite fond of this year's release, as noted in My First Rack Pack , so I was happy to acquire a little more. 

I also plan on buying a hobby box in the near future. Don't quote me on that because I change my mind quicker than a fireman changes his clothes.

If you would like to skip the reading then you can watch my video below, as I did my first ever "Blaster Break." I started doing these because I realized just how much fun they really are and that fellow collector's can get quite a bit of value from them.




I hope to grow the channel into different areas that include more than just your typical assortment of Box Breaks and Pack Rips. For now, I hope collector's enjoy my brand of package opening show and tell.

For those of you still reading, I have something else to offer rather than the run-of-the-mill "Look what I got" schtick.

I have noticed that there is a general malaise and disdain for this particular set around the carding blogosphere.

That doesn't bother me in the least.

I love the fact that we are so passionate about our craft that we must nit pick every little thing and fine detail. If we didn't care, then we wouldn't get upset when product seems to miss whatever mark we may have conjured up in our heads.

I'm not a professional card analyzer, but I know what I like and don't like and I happen to like this one overall.

OK...you got me!

I don't like the "Bowman-Esq" design on the right.

But, I don't hate it either.







I grew up collecting in the 90's after all and I LOVED it. I loved having so many different choices. I loved having no idea what I was getting. I loved all the shiny colors and I loved netting an insert that was priced around $5. 

Those were the days!



Every kid was best friends with the rich kid who had the prestigious Beckett. It was the be all, end all. It was the basis for how trades were handled.



We went after the big names that would net us the highest trade value. It's a great way to begin teaching children about economics too.




Of course, there is far more to the hobby then just market value and numbers. That's probably one of the biggest revelations you learn here in the blogosphere. 

There is no right or wrong way to collect. 





I learned how to appreciate all cardboard and not just the inserts, hits and big names. I find my personal collection to be much more valuable, with the wisdom that a simple base card can be worth far more to me than an AUTOSERIALPARALLELRARESHORTPRINT.







I've also learned how to actually look at and examine the cards. They are the most detailed, yet simplistic things one can fathom. Doing something so simple as to changing the hue of the border, can have a dramatic effect. 

As sporty and geeky it is to be a collector, it's also very artsy. Some people have a very keen eye for the artful aspect in this hobby. They are just baseball cards but they have to look and feel just right in order to be sold. They have to inspire and stimulate the senses in just the right way. 

Maybe they don't though. Maybe they just need to have a team logo and a number so they can fit in with the rest. Maybe they can be ugly as sin and most of us will still pony up the dough.





That is, if they are just baseball cards. 

But most of us know, they are much more than "Just Baseball Cards."

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  1. Great post Michael, and seems like it was a good blaster too.

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