2010-11 Totally Certified
6 packs per box, 5 cards per pack
Base set contains 150 base cards, 35 rookies autographs
Relic and Gold Autograph versions of some of base set
15 Totally Certified Potential
50 Fabric of the Game Jumbo Jersey #
50 Fabric of the Game Jumbo Team
Red/Blue/Gold/Green/Black parallel versions
Each card is serially numbered. The base set is /1849. Collector’s will either need to open a lot of boxes or do lots of buying/trading to complete a base set of these. The draw with this product is the rookie autographs (John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins), the chance at autographs and relics of stars such as Griffin, Kobe, Rose etc… and of course the HRX video cards. This product also includes several retired legends such as Patrick Ewing, Scottie Pippen, Hakeem Olajuwon, John Stockton, Karl Malone, among others. Here’s what we opened:
Base cards /1489 (16): Gerald Henderson, Carlos Boozer, Paul Pierce, Chris Paul, Paul Millsap, Mehmet Okur, Carmelo Anthony, Pau Gasol, Jameer Nelson, Gilbert Arenas, Danny Granger, Rodney Stuckey, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Aaron Brooks
First, want to applaud the design on the rookie autographs. They look sharp and having on-card signatures makes them appealing. While our box didn’t contain the most highly sought after rookies (John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Evan Turner, etc..) we did pull two solid rookies, one of which starts on a playoff team that looks like it could make a deep run this year (Fields).
Pulling even a base card of a superstar such as Lebron, Kobe, Durant, etc… would have been nice, but with a base set of 150 cards and the box containing only 16, this can’t be expected out of an average box.
While the big hits in this product provide an exciting pack-busting experience, the typical box won’t deliver an adequate return.
Excited to get these in recently to add to my Pacers autograph collection. The cards are:
2006-07 Topps Big Game Relics Autographs #TJF T.J. Ford /75
2007-08 Topps Co-Signers Dual Autographs #CS32 Danny Granger/Ike Diogu
2008-09 Bowman Chrome #171 George Hill AU RC
2010-11 Black Box Signatures #88 Roy Hibbert /149
More to come in the next few days!
1999-00 Topps Series 2
36 packs per box, 11 cards per pack
Series 2 base set contains 117 base cards, 10 rookies inserted 1 in 5, and 10 USA cards inserted 1 in 5
MVP Promo, 1 in 172 packs
All Matrix, 1 in 15 packs
Team Topps, 1 in 18 packs
Impact, 1 in 24 packs
Impact Refractor, 1 in 120 packs
21st Century, 1 in 27 packs
Own The Game, 1 in 44 packs
Autographs (Groups A, B), overall odds 1 in 98 packs
Without going in and counting, I am fairly certain we opened a complete set of base cards, while also seeing many, many duplicates. We probably have close to 10 Danny Ferry base cards, so any Danny Ferry collectors, hit us up. The orange bordered base set might be my least favorite Topps base set of all-time. The action photos are nice (gotta love young Kobe hanging in the air pre-layup/dunk in the photo above), but who are we kidding, we opened this box for the inserts and a chance at a Topps Autograph (reasonably inserted at 1:98 packs, basically every third box).
USA Basketball Team Card (7): Kevin Garnett, Gary Payton, Steve Smith, Tim Hardaway, Tim Duncan, Jason Kidd, Tom Gugliotta
All Matrix (3): Shaquille O’Neal, Antoine Walker, Keith Van Horn
Fantastic value, beautiful inserts. Our box looks like it contained pretty standard results for this product. It was right on the odds for the inserts, didn’t hit on any of the higher odds inserts such as the Impact Refractors or the Autographs, but did pull several nice inserts that had lower odds (Shaq, Kobe).
The USA cards were interesting. Who knew Tom Gugliotta played for Team USA? Fun trivia fact there.
Pick up this box if you don’t want to break the bank (you can find a box for under $30), but still have a shot at some nice autographs and inserts. Really can’t stress enough how great these insert sets are. These types of cards are what is missing from today’s products. The scans in this post don’t give an accurate picture of how nice these cards look. Give me these over a game used card of Andres Nocioni any day (nothing personal, Andres- we actually could pull one of these in our next break, 10-11 Totally Certified).
1998-99 Bowman’s Best
24 packs, 6 cards per pack
Base set contains 100 base cards, 25 rookies (1 in 4 packs)
Refractors 1 in 25 packs
Atomic Refractors 1 in 100 packs
Veteran Autograph Atomic Refractors 1 in 10,073 packs
Rookie Autograph Atomic Refractors 1 in 12,515 packs
Veteran Autograph Refractors 1 in 3,358 packs
Rookie Autograph Refractors 1 in 4,172 packs
Franchise Best 1 in 23 packs
Mirror Image 1 in 12 packs
Mirror Image Refractors 1 in 628 packs
Mirror Image Atomic Refractors 1 in 2,504 packs
Best Performers 1 in 12 packs
Best Performers Refractors 1 in 628 packs
Best Performers Atomic Refractors 1 in 2,504 packs
Wouldn’t take much to complete the base set of 100 cards, as we were just a handful short from our one box. It’s always enjoyable to open 90’s products to see the league where the league was heading at that time. You’ve got Shaq and Kobe just before their Finals runs. The overlap of the end of Robinson’s career and the beginning of Duncan’s. Pippen, Barkley along with Hakeem on the Rockets. All of the base cards have golden strips at the top and bottom. Imagine how nice these would have looked if these sections were colored to correspond with a player’s team colors.
1998-99 Bowman’s Best was one of the first products to have short printed rookie cards in the base set. While we would have loved to have seen a Dirk rookie, Paul Pierce was a fine second choice. The rookies, inserted at 1 in 4 packs, have the same glossy and metallic look as the rest of the base set, but have silver top and bottom sections, with a darkened background of an arena crowd.
The number of inserts in this product is certainly on the low side, particularly since only one refractor is usually included in each box. This was also one of the first products to include serial numbered cards. The refractor we did pull (Chauncey Billups) is really a beautiful card. Could have done worse there for sure.
The chase inserts are the Kobe Mirror Image card and the Jordan Franchise Best card, and of course the refractor and atomic refractor versions of any of the inserts, which all have extremely tough odds. The odds on the autographs are pretty mind-blowing as well.
Base Set: 3/5 Stars
Inserts: 3/5 Stars
Value: 3/5 Stars
Overall: 3/5 Stars
A fun break, but half of the packs held nothing but base cards, and the inserts we did pull weren’t necessarily worth the wait. Best card was probably the Pierce rookie. One insert refractor, a Dirk rookie, or even a star refractor would have pushed this break another direction though.
Upcoming breaks for the next few editions of Wednesday Wax:
1998-99 Bowman’s Best
1999-00 Stadium Club Chrome
Really excited about both of these breaks!
Again, saw some nice Pacer autographs on ebay that I was able to purchase for reasonable prices. The Granger is from 09-10 Absolute serial numbered to 49, the Collison from 10-11 Gold Standard serial numbered to 299, and the George is from 10-11 Classics numbered out of 499. Excited to add these three to my Pacer collection!
1999-00 Stadium Club Chrome True Colors
1 in 8 packs
Shaquille O’Neal $2.50
Allen Iverson $2.00
Why I Like It:
The True Colors insert set is meant to highlight some of the game’s clutch performers. It’s tough to find a more attractive insert set these days. I am still disappointed that Stadium Club Chrome was a one-and-done product. The text on the back of each card points out a particularly clutch moment in the player’s history. Honestly, all of the insert sets from Stadium Club Chrome were well done. Maybe there will be a Stadium Club Chrome edition of ‘Wednesday Wax’ coming in the near future…