Monthly Archives: April 2011

Case Busters: 2011 Onyx Authenticated Preferred Players Edition

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a sealed case of 2011 Onyx Authenticated Preferred Players Edition boxes in his latest edition of Box, err, Case Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Note: The product is available beginning on May 3.

Weekly Highlights (April 25 – April 29)

It’s been drafty this week

This week’s obligatory Royal Wedding post

Box Busters

  • 2011 Onyx Authenticated Preferred Players Collection

    Interview of the week

    Video homework of the week

    R.I.P. Jim Mandich

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  • Panini updates cards with draft-decision precision

    By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

    Last night, Panini America officials posted and tweeted out a few forthcoming pulls from 2011 Prestige — offering real-time updates to previously incomplete card designs. Beckett’s own Chris Olds even joined in on the fun by re-posting the realized cardboard along with his first-round  analysis.

    Now that round one is done, and the manufacturer has had some time to prepare a few more cards (namely NFL Draft Helmets), we thought we’d  fan the flames for tonight’s riveting sequel.

    After the jump is a Panini-provided hotbed of first rounders featured alongside their new mascots — so get to clickin’. Read More »

    Stately Super Collector: (Obligatory Royal-Wedding-related post)

    By Andrew Tolentino | BSCM Editor

    Brought to us by the talented team at TIME video, this piece features a different breed in the collecting kingdom.

    For more than 30 years apparently, Margaret Tyler has dedicated her livelihood (or a good chunk of it, at least) to collecting Royal-family-related memorabilia. This video offers us a glimpse inside her aptly-dubbed “Heritage House” — Tyler’s residence, turned museum.

    Who knows? If today’s QVC debut didn’t do it, Topps can at least count on Tyler to buy its 2011 Royal Wedding card set.

    Box Busters: 2011 TRISTAR Pursuit baseball cards

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    Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 TRISTAR Pursuit baseball boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

    What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

    Box Busters: 2011 SAGE Autographed Football

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    Join Beckett Football’s Andrew Tolentino and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2011 SAGE Autographed Football in this latest edition of Box Busters.

    What will they find inside besides an autograph in every pack? Watch and find out …

    Element alert: 2011 Topps Platinum Football

    By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

    On the cusp of last night’s draft drama, Topps unveiled its elemental-appreciation product — 2011 Topps Football — to the collecting world.

    Following the company’s summer ramp-up, Platinum will hit shelves in early September with newfound rookie clout and fresh product features. Brand-spankin’-new brand components include: on-card rookie autograph cards, rookie   Supreme-Sized patch cards, rookie autograph jumbo patch Refractor cards and Platinum die-cut cards.

    Vexing Hexagraph autograph Rookie Cards — limited to 10,  showcasing six newcomer signatures — are sure to add some double-sided allure to this year’s release.

    Each box of 2011 Platinum promises three hits and a per-pack perk: two on-card rookie Refractor autographs, one Refractor patch autograph and one Refractor Rookie Card in each pack.

    The box, by the numbers

    • 20 packs per box
    • Five cards per pack (four veteran base cards, plus one Chrome Rookie Card)

    Go beyond the break for more details and visual stimulation. Read More »

    Just for fun: Looking at NFL Draft picks’ Panini NFL rookie cards — with deep thoughts — in real time

    Note: This was written pick-by-pick during the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night.

    By Chris Olds | BSCM Editor | Commentary

    Want a first look at NFL Draft picks’ first pro cards in real time within minutes of their names being called at the podium? Panini America is coughing them up right now … and all of these cards will be printed and in collectors hands by May 18.

    Here’s the first, above, in No. 1 pick Cam Newton the 2010 Heisman winner and controversial Auburn quarterback.

    Now my hard-hitting analysis: Pay cut at the No. 1 spot, right?

    See more after the jump — and get hard-hitting analysis from an armchair quarterback who watches more baseball than football, too.

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    Box Busters preview gallery: 2011 Sage Autographed

    By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

    Sure, the card above stole the show in our box of 2011 Sage Autographed Football. The scan might even render our currently rendering Box Busters video anticlimactic, but it’s draft day, for Pete’s sake.

    Delivering as promised, the product yielded a total of 14 autographs — penmanship from promising picks like Jake Locker, Von Miller and many others. After all was said and done on camera this afternoon, we pulled 42 cards from the signature-centric box, laying eyes upon some of the game’s future phenoms (and inevitable flops).

    As we wait for our video to process and for tonight’s first round to unfold, we thought the following gallery would be an appropriate prelude.

    Surely, the top prospects will be better dressed this evening. Read More »

    Rookie Lookie: 2010-11 Contenders Hockey Rookie Tickets

    By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

    Last week, Panini America gave us a glance at the goalie-geared Leather Larceny inserts in 2010-11 Playoff Contenders. Today, the sandwich-named (it’s lunch time in Texas) manufacturer revealed a few of the most-chased  charms in the forthcoming product.

    Below is a veritable rookie lookie loo, featuring 12 autographed Rookie Tickets waiting  to be packed out and pulled on May 18, when Contenders hits shelves.

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    Rippin’ Retail … err Hobby: 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen

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    Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a hobby box of Gypsy Queen in advance of our Box Busters — and perhaps an inevitable Rippin’ Retail video or two … or three … or four …

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    Box Busters preview gallery: 2011 Gypsy Queen baseball cards

    By Chris Olds | Editor

    While our Box Busters episode is forthcoming sometime soon, we couldn’t wait to show you more of what might be in store from boxes of 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen.

    Here’s a selection of hits, inserts and rarer minis (note subtle texture differences on surfaces when viewed at larger size) from the first-year retro brand courtesy of case-buster Brent Williams, who landed all of these — and plenty more — through two and a half cases of ripping on Tuesday.

    On Wednesday, Topps announced that any collectors who did not receive two autographs or Relics in their hobby boxes should mail their UPC code to the address below to receive a replacement card.

    The Topps Company Inc.
    PO BOX  2036
    Duryea, PA  18642

    See more images after the jump …

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    Panini minding the net: All Goalies boxed set announced

    By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

    Striving to fortify its first-year impression with hockey hobbyists, Panini will come bearing gifts to the NHL playoffs.

    Slated for a release date of June 8,  the 2010-11 All Goalies boxed set will arrive with an affordable SRP — $19.99 — and that desirable quality that defines a comprehensive product like this. Collectors can complete the 100-card-large set and expect to pull five parallels, plus one memorabilia card with each box.

    “Outside of a couple of emergency call-ups who appeared after the rookie cut-off date, it’s an exhaustive collection of everyone who manned the pipes in the NHL this season,” explained Panini America NHL Brand Manager Al Muir.

    Among the masked men featured in All Goalies,  notable netminders like Felix Potvin, Patrick Roy and Curtis Joseph round out the checklist. Read More »

    Panini revives boxed update set for Score hockey

    By Chris Olds | BSCM Editor

    We all know that this year’s Score hockey set was a throwback product to the early 1990s with its retro design, autographed buybacks and emphasis on cardboard and collecting vs. the big-money autographed hits at just 99 cents a pack. (Ironically, the tough-pull autos turned out to be hits, but I digress…)

    On Tuesday, Panini America announced another nod to the past for the product line as it unveiled plans for a 2010-11 Score Rookies & Traded set that will arrive in June with 99 cards five parallels and a rookie autograph in each and every box for a relative throwback price — $19.99.

    It’s been awhile since a season-capping boxed set was mass distributed this way, rather than in packs. For collectors who remember the Score Rookies & Traded sets in hockey and baseball (and Score Supplemental in football), it might add some additional retro kick.

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    Upper Deck’s next SP Legendary Cuts will include heavy dose of T206 legends

    By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor

    When the latest edition of SP Legendary Cuts arrives from Upper Deck later this year, the product will be packing what is perhaps the biggest checklist of cut autographs of players who appeared in the landmark T206 card set.

    This according to Beckett alum, baseball connoisseur and Upper Deck brand manager Grant Sandground.

    “This product features 28 players that were featured in the famous T206 set as follows,” Sandground wrote. “It’s probably the largest accumulation of T206 signers ever compiled.”

    It’s a crop that includes Frank “Home Run” Baker of Philadelphia Athletics fame, Chick Gandil of Chicago Black Sox shame and a few other guys you might have heard of, including Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson and Cy Young.

    See the list of names after the jump. Get a bit more detail about the product here.
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    Panini partners with NFLPA for Rookie Debut

    By Chris Olds | BSCM Editor

    Panini America unveiled Tuesday its partnership with the NFLPA for this week’s Rookie Debut in New York City which will bring some of the draft’s top talents into the collectors’ realm via exclusive interviews and more while getting a head start on the work to be done at the still-forthcoming Rookie Premiere.

    The event begins Thursday before the draft and will be attended by Alabama’s Mark Ingram, Auburn’s Cam Newton and many more top prospects — Von Miller, Marcel Dareus, A.J. Green, Blaine Gabbert and Julio Jones to name a few. The three-day event, which is in its second year, will include photo sessions for upcoming NFL sets as well as time for interviews that will be showcased over on Panini’s corporate blog.

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    Preview thoughts: 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball cards (with gallery)

    By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor | Commentary

    Topps2011 Gypsy Queen baseball set doesn’t officially arrive until Wednesday, but that hasn’t stopped cards from popping up on eBay already, giving everyone a glimpse at what the retro product might really include.

    All of the dealers and case-breakers I have spoken with said they couldn’t get much — meaning they’ll have less to go around than they perhaps wanted. In some cases, they got half of what they wanted. Will this spike the demand for the cards? I’m not sure. Could it have been a sign that interest wasn’t high? Or that it was higher than expected and a select few are sitting on something that could be hot if it’s a hit? Again, could go either way. It’s worth noting that Topps baseball products seem to have been plentiful of late, though, so …

    Based on the initial product release info, I really, really liked the look of what was in store. Namely, I liked the autograph checklist. That was preliminary information, though. Plenty could have changed since then. We’ll know more when we see more breakdowns and final checklists.

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    Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s The Art Issue preview: Dick Perez talks about his craft (outtakes)

    By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor

    We’re prepping The Art Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly and it’s weeks like this where, sadly, we learn the obvious once again — that there’s just not enough room on the printed page for everything we’d want to run.

    When you talk art with legendary sports artist Dick Perez, there’s just too much good stuff to go around as he looks back on a career that we all should remember seeing on cardboard.

    As a teaser of what’s to come in the issue, here are some thoughts from Perez, whose original painting of Derek Jeter will appear on the cover of the magazine — and just might end up yours soon via Beckett Select Auctions.

    For example, what famed baseball collector prompted Perez’s turn from watercolor to using oil paintings?

    That’s right here … after the jump.

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    First Look: 2011 Prestige prepped for the NFL draft

    By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

    Anxiously awaiting the results of Thursday’s 2011 NFL Draft, Panini America provided another early look at 2011 Prestige — scheduled to hit shelves on May 18 as this season’s first fully-licensed football product.

    At this point, since nobody knows for certain where these newcomers will land, Panini has prepared players’ cards sans team logos. What we do know, however, is that this brand should arrive with a onslaught of sought-after Rookie Cards, hard-signed autographs and other desirable attributes.

    Leading the autograph category in this set  (and in the following gallery) are NFL Draft Class, NFL Equipment, NFL Shield, 2011 NFL Draft patches and NFL Helmet autograph cards — all of which will be packed out with the appropriate team emblems, of course. Read More »

    MLB authenticates items from Harper’s MiLB debut

    By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor

    The lineup card, several baseballs and the locker nameplate used in Bryce Harper‘s first minor league game have all been authenticated and stashed away for upcoming auctions, according to a baseball employee who gave Beckett Media an exclusive peek at some of the items this week.

    Harper, the No.1 pick in last year’s draft by the Washington Nationals, is presently playing for the Class A Hagerstown Suns in Hagerstown, Md., where he is hitting .306 with three home runs and 14 RBIs through his first 15 games as a pro. Harper went 3-for-3 with six RBIs on Friday night, falling a triple short of hitting for the cycle as his team rolled over the Hickory Crawdads, 17-1.

    The items will likely hit the block when he is promoted to the Nationals — just like items were sold when Stephen Strasburg arrived last year — or if Harper garners some substantial national attention this season, said the official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The insider said there are no additional plans to acquire items for auction beyond those from Harper’s debut game during the regular season.

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    Weekly Highlights (April 18 – April 22)

    Box Busters

    Other videos

    Throwback of the week

    This week in video card news

    Auction action

    Goalie gallery: Leather Larceny inserts from 2010-11 Playoff Contenders

    By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

    There’s no better time than the NHL playoffs for netminder-minded collectors to watch their masked heroes in action.

    While pad-clad lads like Carey Price, Roberto Luongo and Jimmy Howard — cover boys for the next issue of Beckett Hockey — are busy being overprotective in the postseason, Panini America is out committing Leather Larceny.

    To answer some obvious questions…

    Is Leather Larceny a crime, punishable by law? No.

    What then is Leather Larceny? An 18-card insert set printed on laminated leather stock.

    When and where can I find it? Slated to hit shelves in late-April, these puck-stopper tributes can be found inside 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Hockey.

    Are there autographed versions? Absolutely. Aside from the one-per-box base versions, autographed parallels limited to 50 or less are also up for grabs.

    When can I see them? Just after the jump, of course. Read More »

    Panini giving collectors a voice for special 2011-12 basketball insert set

    By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

    Have you wanted the trading card companies to hear your ideas? Or help with the creative process in one of its product lines?

    Most collectors out there have had plenty of thoughts from time to time on how to make something better or an idea for a new great product. As passionate fans of trading cards, collectors have wanted to see the best each company has to offer, and collectors certainly have their opinions.

    Now, Panini America is offering a chance for collectors to be heard in a unique way. They want to know what basketball fans want and they asking about it right now.

    Collectors have an opportunity to add all the ingredients to a 20-card subset for 2011-12 Hoops Basketball, which is set to release in September.

    “It’s something we really felt strongly about implementing to give collectors even more of a voice in our products,,” Panini spokesperson Tracy Hackler said. “No one knows better than them what they to spend their hard-earned money on and they need to know what they want matters to us.”

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    Bryce Harper’s first team-issued Minor League Baseball card will cost you … $22

    By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor

    Bryce Harper carries a .261 average, two home runs and eight RBIs with him after his first 14 games with the Class-A Hagerstown Suns.

    Well, all that and the hopes of quite a few card collectors who are heavily invested in the Washington Nationals’ top draft pick from last season and the 18-year-old former Sports Illustrated coverboy.

    However, Harper’s sluggish start apparently hasn’t dampened demand for his first pieces of minor-league memorabilia based on prices for Harper’s Hagerstown items on the Maryland team’s webstore.

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    A very special mailday covering the upcoming art issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly

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    We got a rather large box in the mail today and we wanted our first look at its contents to be seen by you as well.

    Inside was a surprise that will be covered — literally — in the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, which is The Art Issue.

    Join Chris Olds as he busts open a different kind of box and discovers something you just might have the chance to own soon.

    First look: 2011 Topps Chrome baseball cards

    By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor

    What will be perhaps one of Topps‘ most-scrutinized releases of the year, 2011 Topps Chrome baseball, was unveiled Thursday in advance of its late-August arrival.

    Each 24-pack hobby box will include two autographed Rookie Cards — both with on-card signatures — and there will be 12 boxes per case. How collectors will react to Chrome a year after it was plagued by printing problems and severe stock warping issues remains to be seen.

    The base set will consist of 220 cards — 170 veterans and 50 rookies — and every autograph card in the product will be signed on-card. New this year will be 1/1 Canary Diamond Parallels while other inclusions will be Sepia parallels, USA Baseball autograph redemptions and 60th anniversary autographs along with a “Vintage Chrome” insert set modeled after the 1996 Topps Chrome design.

    There will be 20 rookie autograph variation cards in the set, each with printing plates, SuperFractors, Red Refractors (/25), Golds (/50), the aforementioned Sepia (/99), Blue (/199) and standard Refractors, which will be limited to just 499 copies.

    The base cards’ parallels will include the Canary Diamonds, SuperFractors, plates, Reds, Golds, Sepia and Blues with the same press runs. Standard Refractors will not be numbered and will be found in every third pack.

    Among the insert sets to be found are 2011 Heritage Chrome cards, Black-bordered Refractors and the Vintage Chromes. The Heritage Chromes will pick up where the inserts in this year’s Heritage set left off, each numbered to 1,962 copies. The Black-bordered cards will include just 110 players and will be limited to 100 copies apiece, while autographed versions of the cards will be limited to 100 as well.

    See images from the set and read more after the jump.

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    Upper Deck Authenticated lands Landon Donovan

    By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

    One of the most widely known American soccer stars is coming to Upper Deck.

    Landon Donovan has signed to be a spokesperson with the company. Donovan already has game-used memorabilia and autographs cards in soccer products, but his signature is coming to Upper Deck Authenticated.

    And it looks like these pieces could be picked up in the very near future.

    Donovan has already had his first signing session with Upper Deck, which include a number of autographed products such as posters, soccer balls and jerseys.

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    First Look: 2010-11 Panini Totally Certified — aka where Panini HRX video cards make their debut

    By Chris Olds | Basketball Editor

    Panini America isn’t done with announcements regarding its Highlight Reel Xperience, or HRX, HD video trading cards, and the further proof of that came Wednesday evening as it unveiled 2010-11 Totally Certified, the product that arrives in June packing the first HRXs.

    But, first and foremost, there was additional information on HRX released on Wednesday as well. There will be just 240 total HRX cards made in this inaugural run — 51 per player for Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant and John Wall. There will be 40 standard cards, 10 signed cards and one 14-karat gold-coated autographed card made for each player.

    Yep, you read that right … the Golden Ticket hunt just went multimedia.

    So, not only do we get the world’s first NBA video cards in Certified …  we get the world’s first NBA video card parallels. (Shocking? Nah … ) So, that also should mean that there should be differing footage between the versions of the cards since autograph documentation has been promised by Panini on the cards since their unveiling.

    Each six-pack box of Totally Certified will include 30 cards — six autograph or memorabilia cards — along with two Mirror Red parallels and four extra inserts. Each five-card pack carries a $20 suggested retail price.

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    Topps Tribute’s Albert Pujols Rookie Card buybacks include extra twist

    By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor

    The Albert Pujols Rookie Card buyback redemptions found in packs of 2011 Topps Tribute aren’t just good for copies of Pujols’ Topps RCs.

    They’re good for graded copies of Pujols’ Topps RCs that have been examined and slabbed by Beckett Grading Services.

    The big one in the brand is the most sought-after modern day Rookie Card — the $4,000 2001 Bowman Chrome. In all, there will be 30 copies of three different Pujols 2001 autograph cards to be found via an autograph redemption card.

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    Lunch break video: Upper Deck’s ‘What do you collect?’ commercial

    Ding-ding-ding-ding bats? Powder-powder-powder blue?

    Before you step out to lunch today, enjoy this blast from the past (circa 1993) featuring Wayne Gretzky, Joe Montana, Michael Jordan and a few other “average collectors.”

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    Panini Teases 2010-11 Dominion Hockey

    By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

    With the Stanley Cup playoffs underway, hockey fans are undoubtedly gripping armchairs and multitasking with their eyes glued to television sets (do they still call them sets?) at home, in sports bars and wherever the icy action is being aired.

    Still in its debut season with NHL products, Panini America continues to make its presence known to hockey hobbyists. While the default home team — the Dallas Stars — for the north Texas-based card company is no longer in the running, Panini America is rooting for the release of its late-summer set.

    The four-card gallery (after the jump) is but a mere glimpse at 2010-11 Dominion. Surely, this brand has a few more bells and whistles to brandish before its late-July release — but an early look should establish the high-end appeal here. Read More »

    Box Busters: 2010-11 Classics basketball cards

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    Join Beckett Basketball’s Rob Springs and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2010-11 Classics basketball boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

    What will they find inside? Watch to find out …

    Box Busters: 2010-11 Upper Deck UNC Basketball

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    Join Beckett Basketball’s Chris Olds and Rob Springs as they rip into a box of 2010-11 Upper Deck University of North Carolina basketball cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

    What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

    Panini previews 2011 Prestige with retrospective Rookie Review set

    By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

    Panini America recently revealed a comprehensive look at the Back-to-the-Future-esque Rookie Review insert set in 2011 Prestige Football.

    While these 40 inserts aren’t actually Rookie Cards, they offer a retrospective glance at the top newcomers from 2010. Last year’s poster boys — a la Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow — appear as expected, but the roster has been expanded to include the likes of not-so-obvious standouts — Chris Ivory, anyone? —  from last season.

    Visual samples of the mid-May release are up for review after the jump.

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    Box Busters: 2010-11 Between The Pipes Hockey

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    Join Beckett Hockey’s Andrew Tolentino and Tim Trout as they rip into a box of 2010-11 Between The Pipes hockey cards From In The Game in this latest edition of Box Busters.

    What will they find inside? Watch and find out …