|Sample hit. Not bad, eh?|
Group break idea (possibly for real, no guarantees)
(To start with, for those of you not as Wolverine-inclined) I recently kicked around a few group break ideas in hopes of popping my group break-hosting cherry, but I never ended up with anything I really liked. I think in many ways football is too difficult for me to do, what with Michigan alumni scattered over so many teams.
However, while scoping out Blowout and DACardWorld daily I remembered a set I hoped to get in on at one point because of the good number of hits and my general disinterest in the base set: 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball! There's a good number of young stars, plus for my interests some good 2010 Detroit draft picks, and even a couple Michigan picks to boot. Checklist (including teams) here for those interested.
So? So I'm thinking something like 4-6 boxes. Each gets you around 6 hits (all autographs of some type) plus more inserts, and four boxes per 20 box case are "hot boxes" with 10 hits. That means 5 boxes could net us anywhere from 30-52 hits (more likely 30-34, of course).
With boxes going for approximately $63 on BO and $70 on DA, 5 would run me a bit over $300 shipped, plus I'd have to factor in shipping/materials for participants. I'm thinking something in the neighborhood of $30-$35 per slot for a total of 10 slots (including me), each slot getting 3 teams, possibly determined via a draft or something (though to be up-front, I'm immediately calling the Tigers, my only real stipulation.
UPDATE: BA Benny suggests that each person gets to pick teams up front or pick two and then have the rest go into a draft. I'm open to either of those if people prefer--I just want to make sure everyone gets a fair shot at teams they want without one or two people taking all the "best" teams themselves. I think we can make this fair.UPDATE 2: Blowout is quoting me a price of $60/box, which is pretty nice, and means I could do 5 or 6 depending on everyone's preference. I think 5 would be enough for a 10-person break, but if enough people are willing to put in enough (say $40/slot) that would be cool. If we go with 5 boxes I think about $30/slot, give or take another $1 or $2 for shipping at most, would be fair. The sooner I determine there's enough interest, the sooner I'll get these ordered!
Hopefully each person would get 3-4 hits, a few inserts and plenty of base. Multiplayer cards and other unclaimed stuff would be randomed off as fairly as possible. I'd also allow trading of teams/cards prior to shipping if there's interest in that.
With all of that in mind, do I have any interest in this? I'd be looking for 9 other participants, and I'd take a stab at the whole live video break/recap deal to make it fun for everyone. What do y'all think? Please leave comments and if there's enough interest I'll get off my ass and make this happen.
Hail to the Blowout forums
By now you know the drill--I find a guy dumping a bunch of Michigan stuff on the BlowoutCards forums and everyone wins. In this case, the guy happened to live pretty close to Ann Arbor, so despite only confirming the deal on Sunday, they're here today (Tuesday).
The latest haul, at a low, low cost of $55 to yours truly (guess where they're ending up?):
So all 10 of those cards for $55 delivered, which come to $250+ (due to the unknown Jake Long price, so probably closer to $300+) in value. Or, you know, priceless, as far as they go towards adding to my burgeoning Wolverine collection.