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Box Busters: 2012 Heroes of Sport + contests

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into a case of 2012 Heroes of Sport in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside this high-end repackage product? How can some of the cards be yours?

Watch and find out …

152 Comments

Matt Traylor

This is a great idea! Looks like every box is a welcomed adventure!

Posted January 4, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Permalink
Ryan

I like products like this, but I am very cheap. $500 a box is way out of my price range.

Posted January 4, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Permalink
Jim DeCriscio

The price range is a little high for me. But the break looks really fun. I wasn’t quite expecting the big pulls you guys got but it was pretty cool. I always thought repack boxes were fun for a cheap price. I was out of the hobby for awhile and getting repack boxes gives me some packs from the time i was out but those are just the cheap $20 from the big box stores. If i had the money i would most certainly buy a box of this. The points system is another fun idea even though it might be a little confusing early on. It’s like getting something a little extra for free. Another great video as usual guys. Thanks

Posted January 4, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Permalink
Matt Harwood

While watching this box break I felt that the Heroes of Sport is kind of the way I felt opening my first Allen Ginter box but to more of an extreme. You really have no idea what could be lurking in that box. It actually has something of a surprise. We don’t get that really anymore with the early sell sheets and all that. I think the way the product is interactive is a fantastic idea as I have enjoyed other similar products in the past IE Topps Code Cards. To be able to open a box and find a 2001 Pujols or a Ted Williams card just does not happen. But with great cards comes great cost. That would be the only thing holding me back from purchasing the product. But looking forward to watching a ton of YouTube box breaks.

Posted January 4, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Permalink
Gary Holley

Chris–Thanks for the rip on this product. Very interesting the combination of older items and newer, hotter cards. Very pricey for me though. I think that for most of us lower-end collectors a lower price point would be more attractive. I can see though based on your rip of the three boxes that the risk/reward on these could be prertty high–especially the point system and the Harper card with the 5000 points !! THANKS.

Posted January 4, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Permalink
bill johnson

i like the idea of this card series. its priced way out of my budget, but to get a card thats already graded and from the looks of it highly graded. the autograph pieces will make up for the hefty price tag of this product. who wouldnt want an autographed ball of joe dimaggio and an autographed pic of ted williams. i wonder if this will go into other sports like football, the demand will be there for a product like this. another great box busters. thanks guys

Posted January 4, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Permalink
larry miller

while this is a very pricey product. i just wonder if they have a checklist of what they all have in this product as some of those cards you can buy off ebay and not spend anyway near 500 bucks. but on the other hand i do like the point system they have on the back of the card to be redeemed for even better items. plus yes you will always have big shot collectors with extra funds to spend and will always take gamble at hitting a monster pull.. i like the presentation of the box but its for sure out of my price range. but it sure does look like a fun rip. so if its in your budget i say go for it.

Posted January 4, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Permalink
Norman Carlisle

Looks like a great product and I’m all for new ideas but really $500 a box what average collector will be able to afford this. Looks like a hobby shop item only.

Posted January 4, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Permalink
Curtis Arney

Very cool product as far as hits but am weary of the point system and how it works i would assume someone with alloy of money could but this stuff and get an amount of points! But i like the hits that i have seen ski far!

Posted January 4, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

The price tag puts it out of my range, but it looks like a fun product. Buyback products are intriguing to me, and the points program seems like a great way to add interest. Depending on how the point system works, it could really help lessen the blow of a bad box. I really look forward to seeing results of future breaks of these boxes.

Unless I win the lotto, it won’t be me doing the breaking. :(

Posted January 4, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Permalink
Yankeesfan

Love this product but they need to keep this strictly to veterans. I don’t want rookies.

Posted January 4, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Permalink
Ed Gaeraths

As a startup company, they should have had a lower price point. You need to get the customer to be able to buy the product to generate any future interest. Then in the future you could slowly raise the prices.

Posted January 4, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Permalink
Larry Keller

I like the idea of repackaged products like this because of the opportunity of pulling a variety of cards from the many eras of a sport. I like the idea of the points system as well because it gives you another opportunity to get something back for the money you put into collecting. However, the price point of this product makes it hard for many collectors to even consider buying the product and pulling something interesting.

Posted January 4, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Permalink
Kyle

For me, the ‘points’ concept is purely a marketing gimmick. I’m sure that’s not news, but usually good marketing hides itself with more guile. The prizes are great but the entry tickets are expensive — and you have to keep buying more tickets while the prizes stay the same. Once the leaderboard gets rolling, the people at the top have every incentive to try and stay there, while others will battle away for their share. Perhaps this will appeal to very wealthy collectors who love a great pissing match, but for average collectors — the box better be worth it by itself.

Now, after all that, I do actually like the product. Probably more than something like Topps Five-Star. Where else would I get a shot at pulling a Joe DiMaggio baseball or 16×20 Ted Williams photo? That’s ‘cool’. Even the so-so box you pulled contained cards worth chasing. And when you consider that the other two boxes each contained a ‘point card’ (which will be useless unless the owner buys more product), I’d say the boxes were more even than you’d think.

Overall, I like the product itself, even if I can’t afford it, but I don’t like the points system (unless I worked at Heroes of Sport). Thanks for doing what you do.

Posted January 4, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Permalink
Michael

I really enjoy the chase and it seems like there’s quality product to be found…

There’s a ton of lottery involved though. At $100-$200 getting skunked feels pretty bad. I can only imagine how bad a $500 + tax skunk would smell.

This product is only for the true gamblers, or someone with a who doesn’t mind throwing a mortgage payment or two down for a chance at greatness.

Posted January 4, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Permalink
Wayne Martin, Jr.

This product looks really great. The fact that there’s a real chance to get a high end memorabilia redemption with it is particularly intriguing. I’m not a fan of the repackaged products in general. They seemed to include a lot of junk in the past, but this product seems to really have put the value back into the boxes. $500 is a lot to pay for a box, and it is rare that any high end product repays the purchase price in value, but even the last box in the video probably came close to that, while the first 2 dramatically exceeded that. This is really out of my price range, but I may try to cobble together some extra funds and pick one up. Thanks for the box breaks! They really are helpful in determining my box vs. set purchases by giving me an idea of what I can expect.

Posted January 4, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Permalink
Tony Anderson

I have been collecting for around 15 years now and I am excited for all these new high end products that have been released recently. I started with the low end boxes like Topps and Upper Deck and now I am on products like Sterling, Five Star, Triple Threads and now this one looks like it has my attention. It seems to be a good combination of items to collect and it looks like also has a decent resale value if you are into that. I will be getting into this product as soon as it hits my local card shop!

Posted January 4, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Permalink
Dave Elkjar

This product is one of the better re-packaged ones I’ve seen. Others have tended to be boxes of various packs with a chance to find one big item. A Gretzky RC in Hockey, a Ruth item in Baseball if you’re lucky. But this offers a chance to get something in every box, albeit at a steep price though. While most hobbyists will shy away from the price, those who can afford it will no doubt like it. The cards themselves seem to be all licensed, so no worries there. Other items are authenticated by very reputable companies, so that concern is covered also. The point program has been done before (see In The Game decoy cards, He Shoots, He Scores) but not to this degree. It will be interesting to see how many points are needed, or what the time limit will be, before you can redeem them for something of substance. The Harper card with the 5000 points on the back might be an “Instant Winner”. Some real innovation to provide a wide range of items, not just cards. Overall, I like Heroes of Sport.

Dave.

Posted January 4, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Permalink
Richard hogenson

It’s an interested product. But only a few people could afford it. I wish it was more affordable for kids. I also wish it had more older cards than newer cards. It’s neat that the cards are graded. I wish I could afford it. I really love the Ruth card. The point system I wish topps would consider. Overall a very neat product.

Posted January 4, 2013 at 11:48 pm | Permalink
Dave Eagle

First off, thanks for the giveaway! Now onto my opinion of products like this. I can honestly say I try to be open-minded with products like this. I’ve noticed that each company to produce a re-pack product tries to incorporate something extra in it to make it unique. But I have yet to see a product like this that I like. The price point for this product is way off. At $500 per box, it’s not aimed at small time collectors such as myself. A lot of collectors (myself included) have a VERY limited/strict budget when it comes to buying wax. The cards within the boxes are great. But not for $125 each which is what it ends up being at $500 per box with only four “hits”. And I don’t think the ungraded, unauthenticated vintage cards should be allowed. Imagine buying this product and pulling a Nolan Ryan Rookie card. You’d be excited, right? Now imagine you send it in to be authenticated and it comes back fake. Ouch! That would hurt so bad your future grandchildren would feel it!
Onto the points system? I can honestly say I think it’s a bad idea. Especially the “raffle” cards. Sure, you get entered to win a REALLY nice collectors piece. But honestly, you’d have a better chance at winning the Mega-Millions. I understand they are trying to add some value, but in my honest opinion, it’s not working. I also have heard nothing as to how many points are required to win. That right there will put most at a dis-advantage. And I honestly don’t like seeing that. Small time collectors will most likely not have a chance at winning any of the prizes.
To make it a better product, the price would need to be cut in half honestly. That would make it a better value. And you might feel less disappointed with a “bad box”. I think the graded rookie cards are great! Huge market and following for graded rookies and prospects! So they did good there. If all of the vintage cards were authenticated that would be a home run! The signed photo redemptions scare me though. For good reason though. It is a new product from a new company. But then again, so was Topps at one point!
With that said, I think it was a nice try and in some aspects they did good. But there is definitely room for improvement. They have potential that’s for sure, as does any company who releases re-pack products.

-Dave

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Posted January 4, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Permalink
Greg Thompson

This is by far the best “buy back” product on the market. I like having these products as an option on the market. You get a chance at getting older cards that you don’t really have a chance to buy any longer, as well as autographed, graded, or even some of the newer high end cards. Along with that, the point system is a great idea that has been implemented with this product. Not only do you get a good to great return on your money with what you get in the box, but you also have a chance to better your return through point redemption, or ticket redemption drawings. The price is a little more than 5 star, which is steep, but your chances of getting your money back is much better from what I have experienced. Thank you for a chance at possibly winning some of what was pulled by the two of you.

Posted January 4, 2013 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

I like repacks, from the 20 dollar ones up to this type. It creates an element of surprise when you open it, you don’t get the same parallels and base over and over, gives us a nice variety.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 12:00 am | Permalink

Very neat concept. I agree that $500 is a bit expensive, but considering the potential, this looks a lot better than Five Star. Unlike Five Star, the market is already well established for these cards and memorabilia. It actually reminds me of Historic Autographs Company. They also have a point system and you get an opportunity at some amazing autographs. Also nice to see an entire 3 box case opened. Thanks!

Posted January 5, 2013 at 12:01 am | Permalink
afff

I think it would be fun to open one of these boxes but a $500 a box I won’t be spending that kind of cash.

As for what could make this a better product in my opinion would be getting hits of HOFers more so, rather then the 2000′s years but don’t get me wrong getting the likes of Harper would be a great addition to anyones collection. Now the point I don’t mind that idea but it sound like a person would have to spend a lot of money to try and tally up any amount to get a prize but just like you said it’s more for the highend money spenders.

I only wish that they would make it more affordable to the not so rich people like me.

Thanks for the video as this is the only that I get to enjoy a high priced box.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 12:03 am | Permalink
PeterH

This is not a bad idea however I think the execution was missing one fundamental flaw.. the quality of the cards that you can pull. For a high end product especially with buyback cards you need to have some sort of return and a manufactured patch of Babe ruth or a base Ichiro card is not what you are looking for. A mixture of the point system with the lineup that was presented in Leaf’s best of baseball might make this a winning product. The other thing that bothers me is that you are actually getting 3 cards instead of 4 if you include that random ticket for the ruth ball. This should be an add on and not one of your hits. If you want to make it random place it in one box per case. Even though this is the company’s first kick at the can but those two changes might entice me to purchase a product like this. I like the idea of the buyback with a chance to own a card I never would have a chance at getting.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 12:07 am | Permalink
Erik P

I thought it was a great break – it seemed like a pretty good return for the investment – even the 3rd box carried definite value – I too would obviously like to see the price point be a tad lower so more collectors could purchase and I think the “lower cost” collectors might be more apt to chasing a point based rewards system then the high end purchaser? – could be dead wrong on that but…..overall looks like a cool product to me!

Posted January 5, 2013 at 12:13 am | Permalink
Paul

If I could afford something like this, it would be a fun break. But something does bother me about this. How can we possibly know this is all legit stuff? Just hearing a few of the possible things that could be won from this, we’re talking many 10′s and probably 100′s of thousands of dollars worth of autos/cards/memorabilia. Given all the recent dust up about the authenticity of these things, can a brand new product from an unlicensed company be trusted?

Posted January 5, 2013 at 12:13 am | Permalink
sporty602

I think products like this are quite cool, especially when the person makes the cards themselves. I like the idea of buyback boxes because you know you will be getting something good, that somebody handpicked from a huge selection of the cards out there in the world. I applaud the person who made these boxes because it must have been a huge undertaking to find all these cards and memorabilia items and put them together in a box like this. The points system is an interesting concept, and it adds more depth to this product. If it works, it might set an example for others to follow. The person who made this went to great lenghts to protect these gems of cards, and I think a lot of people will appreciate that aspect of it. I think this product has a lot of potential, and if this new company hits it big, there could be a new competitor for Leaf, and all other companies like it.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 12:17 am | Permalink
Rick

Thanks guys for breaking this product. I liked it. It is out of reach for my budget but it was fun to see what you got.

Here are a few thoughts to improve the product (with apologies if they already do this):

1. All cards in such a high end re-packaged product should be graded. It was disappointing that the Mantle card you received was not – even though Chris said it was a nice card.
2. Include random “Instant winner” cards not just point cards.Scratch off the code and see what you get!
3. Include random vintage baseball wax packs* (Pre 1970).
4. Include random packs* of modern high end baseball products.
5. A thank you letter to the collector from the president of Heroes for buying their product.

Thanks for the contest!

* Do we ever get tired of opening packs – especially vintage or high end ones?

Posted January 5, 2013 at 12:17 am | Permalink

Where and when are the boxes going to be avaliable?

Posted January 5, 2013 at 12:19 am | Permalink
Matt

I find repackaged products really interesting! I am more intrigued by this 2012 Heroes of Sport product than other repacked products in the past mainly due to the vast range of things that a box of Heroes of Sport can bring. In just the 3 boxes that were opened in the video, there were things from 1961 to 2012, a mix of graded an ungraded, autoed or not autoed, and so on. The great variety continues with other hits that can be pulled- As we saw in the video, they included signed baseballs, pictures, game used bats, jerseys and cleats, and I’m reading online that there’s even T206s in some boxes! I really love how many different possibilities can come from the boxes of this product. This is the big reason why I am more excited about this repacked product than others before it: Because of the great, wide variety of inventory that can come from it.

With that in mind, to make repackaged products more interesting in the future, I would simply base future repackaged products off of this one. I really think that 2012 Heroes of Sport nailed it right on. The wide variety of of possibilities is what does it for me. One thing that has really interested me with other products in the past was the oddball-ish stuff that pertained to the hobby, yet was different enough from the normal sized card to make it more fun that just the normal cards. Examples of this are Minis, Cabinet cards, and chances at things that we have seen in the recent Allen & Ginter and Goodwin Champions sets, like DNA and entomology cards. Heroes of Sport Baseball really took repackaged products in a great direction this year. One of the things I love when opening a box is not knowing exactly what will come out of it. With this product, you really have no idea what it will bring since so many different things are possibilities, as mentioned above. Although it may not be affordable for all, I can definetly see this product going down as one of the most entertaining products of the 2010s to open.

I am not as high on the Points Program as I am with the rest of the product. The vast majority of collectors can’t afford more than 1 box of products as high end as this (if even one). This means that the collectors that are better off financially (who probably already have more higher-end cards than the average income collector) can buy more boxes and therefore get more points (in addition to more high-end cards), probably ending in them winning the points contest. This really just makes the rich richer so to speak. I can understand it from the point of the manufacturer of wanting to reward the loyal customers, but I would like to see card makers do more to give the collectors that can’t afford the $500 per box products a shot at some great prizes. One thing that helps this problem is the weekly drawings that they are doing. If they set up the contest/s so that someone can’t win a weekly contest more than once, but you can still redeem points to increase your overall total for the grand prize contest at the end, that would be just fantastic. I read that there will also be “Heroic tickets” randomly inserted in boxes that will serve as an entry into a weekly drawing- This is exactly the direction that I wish for these types of things to go in: More winners based on randomness, rather than on the basis of who can afford to buy the most product.

On a side note, another thing that makes this product seem attractive is that they really seem dedicated to the consumer. By reading some things that Will Jaimet, the owner of this product, has said about it, it seems like he can really connect to the common collector. He noted that redemptions have been a big problem to collectors in the past due to it being fairly common for the manufacturer taking a long time to ship your card/s to you and the problem of having to replace some redemptions that they can not keep their word on and produce what the redemption card said you would get. Mr. Jaimet sounds really determined to not let those problems be an issue with Heroes of Sport. Another reason that it seems that he really cares about the collector is that is must have taken forever to get all of these prizes together. Imagine trying to track down all of these amazing items, from a Babe Ruth signed bat, Derek Jeter game-used cleats, graded tobacco cards, and evenMike Trout 1/1s (there are a few of these than can be won in their weekly contests). Mr. Jaimet seemed set on making sure that were as a huge variety of prizes and hits available from all eras of time and all varieties. On top of that, he had to create a complete web site with info and rules and a spot to redeem your codes! Their website (www.heroesofsportinc.com) looks professional and is easy to use as well. All of these things combined, and I am really high on this product. Not sure if I will be able to afford a box anytime soon, but it is sure on my list of ones to open!

Thanks to Beckett for introducing me to this awesome-looking product!

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Posted January 4, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Permalink
David

I think it is an interesting concept that is different from the other products that are currently available. The point-based system for the tiered prizes allows for more interactive involvement than just opening the box for the cards. It allows for additional value with the points attached with the cards in the box, along with the redemptions for memorabilia. The $500 per box is steep, but the concept presented could be interesting in a lower priced product parallel to this.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 12:25 am | Permalink
chrisolds

We’ll take comments for about a week or so and award cards after that. Interesting stuff so far.

As far as I know, it should be available via typical hobby channels.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 12:26 am | Permalink
Michael Rokicki

This product looks amazing! Wish I had more money to purchase a box. I follow you on YouTube and love watching your breaks. Looking forward to many more!

Posted January 5, 2013 at 12:45 am | Permalink
josh

I would totally buy this product if I could afford it. My only issue with it is it seems to be filled with a lot of pretty common new cards. If I opened your box i would be very frustrated by the manufactured patch card from a product with such a high price point. It would be better if they limited the newer cards to autos and low serial numbered cards.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 1:00 am | Permalink
Brandon

When I first saw the posting for this video i was thinking of a ITG product that came out in 2011. I was surprised to say the least when Brian Fleisher and yourself started opening them. It is a very interesting concept with the point system and the monster hits like the Dimaggio ball! In general repacks are hit or miss completely. I can only speak from a little experience I had with retail and pulling a Troy Tulowitski auto in a 7.00 repack of Upperdeck Future Stars. That card is not even listed in your database and actually is an Sp that is pretty rare.. I buy alot of cards and really have enjoyed this year Bowman Draft and Sterling. If there were buyback auto’s and cards and a chance of Babe Ruth or Mantle I would probably buy way to much and fall into debt even worse than I am now. As always I like to watch the videos you two post because I get to see the product and your commentary is pretty funny sometimes. Thanks for the read and hope to win your great contest.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 1:04 am | Permalink
Alex Liberatore

Products like this new heroes of sports and the leaf best of baseball for example I believe are great products. I am not one that can afford these products but it allows a way for older cards that you may do not see in most products to be had fro example the ’61 Mantle that was pulled. The point system that is being used is great way for the opening of the box not to be the end of the ripping experience and is a creative way for rippers to become more involved with the hobby. If I could afford this type of product I would invest in it.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 1:17 am | Permalink
Ryan Umipeg

I always had skepticism towards buyback products due to high uncertainty of the possible hits you may or may not receive. This product seems to have it done right. Most of the cards are either BGS/PSA graded or certified ; a definite plus. The info and details on potential items to receive is nice as well. Those things make the product and company feel very legit. The bonus points is a good concept, ,reminds me of frequent flyer program. I would try this product if I could, but is definitely out of my price range (understandably high price due to potential high end hits). I like it.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 1:42 am | Permalink
Josh Sheriff

I have no problem with the concept of buyback products. It really depends on the value you get compared to whatever the price happens to be. This product seems to be the result of a lot of thought. From the breaks in the video, it seems like they tried to make sure people don’t feel stupid after dropping $500 on a box of cards *cough* Five Star *cough*.

I don’t know enough about the point system, but it seems a little odd. However, as long as it doesn’t favor case breakers to the point that Topps’ rewards programs tend to favor them, then it’s a good thing. If it gives you a second chance to get some cool stuff, it would probably FEEL like a bonus to whoever opens the product – which is great.

One thing in particular I think is awesome about THIS product is the memorabilia from other than cards. If you’re gonna do a buyback product, you might as well go all out and I think the game-used memorabilia and autographs qualifies.

I have two suggestions. The first relates to all ultra high end products in general. I think they should all be hand-boxed with an attempt to ensure a minimum value of hits (60% return? 70%?). For me, any box expected to sell for no less than $300 should be boxed by hand. The second suggestion is for inclusion of more really unusual memorabilia – hair strands, autographed weighted bat rings, autographed or GU helmets, autographed or game-used home plates/bases, unique stadium seat plates…This type of high end product could probably pull some of these off at the current price point.

Honestly, I wish I had the money to buy a box of this product right now. It seems really cool. I love the idea of getting deceased HOFer autographs and/or high-end vintage cards. It also seems like a lot of fun to break.

Thanks for the contest.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:09 am | Permalink
Jeff

Seems like a complete ripoff. Ungraded vintage, graded base cards that may get $20, and raffle tickets that *MAY* get you SOME (more than likely) unauthenticated autographed memorabilia? AND for $500? What happens if this product doesn’t sell and they close up shop before those raffle tickets are drawn?

Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:13 am | Permalink
Ed

This is a very ovrepriced and underwhelming product. I could not in good conscience offer this as a seller. The worth of the cards is miniscule compared to the price each. This product make Five Star look like a steal. Very disappointing.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:21 am | Permalink
Barry

I love box breaks like these because it falls right into my wheelhouse, collect everyone and everything. Boxes like these give you the opportunity to get different cards from different eras and allow a large variety rather than the same card with a different color border. The price point is high, so i may get one box but that would be my limit so i doubt the point system is going to have any effect on me. They should have made it entries rather than points so at least i could have felt i had a chance but 1 box isn’t going to get me in the running for any of the cards.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:24 am | Permalink
Ryan R

Grab bags can definitely suck people in and help the seller maximize their dollars for their premium items while unloading many that aren’t. The trick is keeping the experience enjoyable for as many customers as possible, so they’ll want to do it again.

I don’t think a new company in it’s initial installment should be going so high end, I think an initial product priced at around 100 dollars would be a better idea for a variety of reasons, the main one being to build a reputation. I know for me I would need past success stories to even consider shelling out that much money, for anything.

The point system could be good, even if you feel like you got shafted with a box they keep you engaged to their product with the hope of essentially winning what I imagine will pretty much be a lottery or silent auction with points. It doesn’t do anything for me as a potential buyer, but I think it’s a clever idea on their part. I don’t however like that they are including lottery tickets that count as one of the 4 items you get, you could put those kind of codes as an add on for an item like the 2012 bowman chrome Ichiro. But adding points to items is a solid idea, especially if their better customers have a better chance at getting something back from the process. I do like that they are using graded and slabs cards.

What I would like for a product like this would be to put in one item from each era and advertise it that way. A current item, I don’t know the exact year when inserts/ autographs replaced base cards off hand but that’s what I mean by current, a star or legends rookie card from 1980 to whenever that cut off is (this being the most cost effective section for the seller while giving the buyer something that likely won’t piss them off to bad), something from a name of the 70′s, and something from before 1970 with a recognizable name. Then if you put in something like an autograph redemption from Ted Williams you replace that with the corresponding era.

I would use names in every normal box so people don’t feel cheated even in a bad box, but in a box with a major hit I would put laughably bad items on top of it to give them that real range of emotions while they are opening it. As an example of box collation for a 100 dollar box with a big hit a Jose Reyes 2012 Marlins Uniformed card on top in a slab, a 1991 Topps Wally Joyner (the buyer wants to throw this through a window, possibly because someone decided slabbed it), 1982 topps Steve Balboni RC, BGS 9 Derek Jeter 1993 SP RC or something of that ilk.

As I said above I would charge 100 bucks a box vs $500 to build the brand and then amp it up when volume would dictate such a move. A college kid or even younger might be able to swing 100 bucks on their own or for a present, no way at 500 bucks. So in my eyes you are limiting your base to gamblers with comfortable incomes, college kids eventually turn into dudes/ women with real jobs, so that’s who I would be looking to include out of the gate as they are the future. I would seek to put something cool in every box, even if the money at the end won’t add up in all of them because it can’t, because I’d want as many people to want to try it again in the future. I would list every major item that you can potentially get as the selling point for the product., starting at 5x a box value at least. I would ask people to report to the website when they get something outstanding, then have a section where a message with the format Congratulations to Susy (name) of Sherwood (location) for Babe Ruth’s 1927 Beer Soaked Hot Dog Bun (item). It will make them feel cool while telling other customers that good things have been had in your product, while also preventing/ separating it from people flipping out over not getting rich off the item.

Overall I think it’s a good idea for a seller if it’s done properly and honestly while being potentially fun for the buyer. I think 500 bucks is insane though, even more so to make that their initial shot at something like this. An Albert Pujols RC is a pretty solid item in a $100 box, even if everything else is meh. It’s definitely not carrying a $500 box. I’m also guessing this new company probably gave Beckett a pretty above average case, so to me that amount is very risky.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:28 am | Permalink
DAVID PETERS

This looks like a very interesting product but like many others it is out of my price range. Hopefully if this does well they will try a football version which would be cool. What I really like though is the points redemption and am curious how that is going to work.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:41 am | Permalink
Robert

I’ve enjoyed the buyback products that have come out this year including Best of Baseball and Best of Football. Those carry a srp around $200 and you get one slabbed card and a bonus auto. This product gives you up to 4 depending on if you get a entry card for a contest for $500. Thinking about how many breaks I have seen over the years of Exquisite, National Treasures, and Five Star, which are the only products in this price range, I feel like you get more guaranteed bang for the buck with this product. I would be thrilled to receive a ’61 Mantle in decent shape but you have to ask yourself is it authentic? An autographed ball of Joe Dimaggio? That is amazing!

Now as far as the marketing campaign and using a points system with a leaderboard, I don’t see how this is a very good use of that system being that the cost is $500 per box. Are you really going to have that many repeat customers? I remember saving the wrappers of Pacific products back in the day hoping to save enough points to cash in for stuff like binders and lucite holders. I wish more companies took some sort of similar approach to reward like frequent flier miles. Topps seems to have a wrapper redemption program for some of its products but it usually ends pretty quickly. Panini has done a great job of making promotional packs for holidays and conventions like The National, Black Friday, Fathers Day, etc… The other promotional item that comes to mind is the first couple years Topps did the online codes for “The cards your Mom threw away”, it was so much fun getting the bonus codes, in packs that I already enjoyed buying, for additional retro cards, and it also created a small trading community online which was also great.

Overall I love the concept, but I feel like it is for the 1% of collectors that have lots of money to use for the hobby and not aimed at the 99% of us that can’t afford it. If it is $500 for 4 cards, why couldn’t they just make it $125 for 1 card and that would drastically increase the amount of consumers that could participate with enthusiasm as we are used to paying $80-125 for a box of product these days. Also, make the rewards program set with tiers so I know if I earn a certain amount of points I can cash them in for something tangible and not just a chance to win something else.

Rob

Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:47 am | Permalink
Joel Richford

Buybacks are great for a chance at getting pieces of history! The points are great because you can pick up some great stuff too. I could not afford the $500 but after seeing and hearing what can be pulled from Heroes I wish I could! Mantles, Ruths, and Williams..oh my!! $500 would be a steal if you got one of the cards of these long gone but far from forgotten Heroes!

Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:50 am | Permalink
Andrew

This is the first buyback product I would buy. From the video, it seems like a lot of fun.

First off, the amount of value that I saw come out of each box, especially the first box, I already want to give away my imaginary 500 bucks.

The whole thing with the points is amazing since it gives you something just beyond ripping open packs. I think online points really do help stretch the amount of fun you can have with cards, especially when you are on a budget. I really wish there was a more affordable version of this for the common “starving” college kid like myself.

Another thing that is awesome is just how current and how far back these cards go. Really hit the nail on the head. I’d gladly hunt down one of these boxes for a Trout or a Harper card. Maybe the best thing would be a cheaper version where gradedTrout, Darvish, and Harper cards could be the big money cards. Also, I’m a huge fan of any sort of redemption like where you put in a code and they mail you something… SO FUN… never ripped one, but the idea of it is awesome… like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Anyways, thanks alot for the video. Gives me something to look forward to when I make the big bucks.

Happy ripping everyone!

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Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:01 am | Permalink
jarod scoggin

This product just seems way to open for fraud in my opinion. No checklists or odds. Really just a grab bag. Not sure how the points will work out but the contents in the boxes can be readily won on Ebay for far less than $500. Unless you have a decent shot at point rewards I just don’t see why anyone would take the risk.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 3:28 am | Permalink
kris

i love the idea. i wish i had 500 for a box nothing like a jolting joe auto ball or a teddy splinter auto. they are both deceased and hall of famers. i love the point system i think it makes up for the less boxes because you have a good chance to supplement you box. the packing was amazing. i love that beckett is included with the grading and i love the wide range game used with jersey hats shoes and ext.. i like the move to this i wish treat and other buyback companies would do something like this because most of them are common people was money on cases of this. if people were smart they would put there money all together for a box of this product best idea in a long time and also it hits most of the superstars over the years so you are always gonna get a nice player in each box.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 3:44 am | Permalink
Ryan Miller

Chris,

I really enjoyed living through you two opening the Heroes product. I generally would invest in something else, I do have to say I would give it a try. I enjoyed the mix of current and vintage hits you could get. You grabbed some great names. I think they did a great job to show how much detail went into the packaging, let be honest with 5 Star and that was $500 a box too, Topps could learn that the high end collectors want to have the cards in as best shape possible, these are all incased and wrapped, the dividers added to the fun too! Watching you both was like Let’s Make a Deal!! What is behind curtain 3??? With the points I think it can catch on, for a collector that invests that type of money they will take the time to scratch and redeem them. It could take just a few big hits (Harper) to help someone win the big prizes!! As always great to see you both help promoted the products and help us all know before we invest. All the best in 2013!

Posted January 5, 2013 at 4:37 am | Permalink
Leslie Westbrook

Although pricey, I think this product is a fantastic idea. The inclusion of too-big-for-the-box redemptions is great for collectors, like me, who have maybe never delved into memorabilia collecting. I’m not an autographed ball collector either, but pulling something like that Dimaggio signed ball would probably help spark my interest in that market as well. Also, having all the cards slabbed is just classy. I’d prefer if they were all graded by the same company, but that’s not too big of an issue.

Finally, the inclusion of vintage cards–like that ’61 Mantle, make this a mouth-watering product. I love the vintage stuff, and knowing I could pull a Mantle, Aaron or other HOF’er just ties a neat little bow around the product as a whole.

I don’t know much about the point promotion here, but I’d certainly play along. All the different opportunities to pull/win great items make this product fun and relevant to several hobby niches. I want to see more!

Posted January 5, 2013 at 4:49 am | Permalink
Steve B

After watching the first two breaks, I was excited to see the third break. Once opened, I was a little disappointed seeing that there wasn’t a send in memerobilia redemption in every box. For that price I would expect one redemption. I also feel the point system is a decent idea if the product was less expensive. I can’t see to many people buying more just for the points. I would like to have a redemtion program with options. Let me choose if I want a Ted Williams auto or a 1972 unopened pack of cards. THanks for the break.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 5:56 am | Permalink
Michael Pereira

I like them, but we need to make them more stuff for kids. No kid has a $500 allowance to spend on this stuff. Unfortunately the hobby has become more about a card price than a fun collection. Hate to think when I get old and leave my collection to my kids they would just turn around and sell it because they never got into the hobby because they couldn’t afford it. I’ve seen more joy at my LCS when a kid opens a pack and gets his favorite player while the guy next to him complains about his auto patch rookie not be a low enough serial number.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 9:05 am | Permalink
Al Nagel

It’s hard to like a $500 box of cards but it looks like they did put a lot of value in the product. I don’t mind pulling fairly high end cards of current players but the vintage is what most people would be looking for. The autographed baseballs, pictures, bats, jerseys, and other surprises with the mix of current and vintage does appeal to a greater number of people. The online point game (lottery) is a nice little bonus for the gambler out there. I’d like to see vintage wax packs included in the box.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 9:45 am | Permalink
Mo

AWESOME STUFF!!!!! I watched this box busters and my jaw was on the floor the whole time. I usually stay away from high end stuff because of the hit or miss risk and the fact it’s hard to drop a mortgage payment on a gamble. This product looks great for a number of reasons….. This product gets you thinking in a new way about the hobby. Anything new that brings more people towards collecting is ok in my book because ultimately it’s the growth of this hobby that will keep it around. I watched as the major companies almost killed collecting in the late 80′s-early 90′s by overproducing cards and i am thrilled that we now have a better balance. To see you guys pull 9.5 and 10 BGS graded cards!!!!! Wow. The future of this hobby lies in graded cards in my opinion and BGS is the best in the business. To see cards and relics issued that you know will have major sustainability in their value and scarcity is awesome. There is a reason BGS gem mint pujols rookies are $350-$500 apiece today and will be worth thousands in decades to come….. They are almost impossible to get……. I hope that this new card company does well and i hope that 50 years from now they will still be talked about as a turning point in the way this industry needs to be heading. Thanks guys. “keep on ripping”!!!

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Posted January 5, 2013 at 9:59 am | Permalink

Yes, the $500 price point is steep, but when you include items like a DiMaggio baseball or Ted Williams photograph the price is justified. Collectors sense of entitlement has created a need to have an amazing hit everytime they open a box; unfortunately it’s just not possible. When you have a repackaged product there are more opportunities to recreate that sense of excitement since you can typically add more alternatives to the hits you pull.
I’m always pushing companies to add more redemption-type memorabilia items to cards to make it more exciting, and the packaging for this product is great. Information, photos and an interactive website will help with the community aspect that you find with TCG and that is sometimes lacking in sports cards.
I hope they continue to evolve and build on what they’ve created!

Posted January 5, 2013 at 11:16 am | Permalink
Dave

I do have to say I never say a box quite like this. I think the point system is genius. It’s a way for the consumer to still have some thrill even after the box is broken. I think this is a system can take off and be used in products of all price ranges and just opens a new dimension to card collecting that can attract collectors of all ages. When it comes to the price the things I look for is bang of the buck. Everyone just wants to get value of their money, no matter if it’s a 50 dollar box or a 500 dollar box. The consistency that comes out of the box is very important. If someone buys a box for 500 bucks and only get a 100 bucks back in value can really kill a collector’s desire of buying another box. The thrill of the box combined with a point system can really added to the box breaking experience. The one thing I really would like to see is cards or a way to use points to have a chance to win an experience. Winning memorabilia is great but having a chance to go to a all star game or meet a player can be worth so much more to a sports fan. I think adding something like that would add to the value of a box like this and can be worth spending the 500 bucks.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 11:46 am | Permalink
Eddie Knipper

Repackaged products have always intrigued me, just from the standpoint of the mystery of what’s inside. As is often the case with the lower end repackaged products, it usually isn’t anything spectacular, but this product really seems to deliver some value. Obviously it could just be that you guys hit some big time boxes, but the chance to pull autographed memorabilia as well as the point system, adds some extra value. The point system is a smart marketing tool on their part, as it will no doubt drive sales leading up to the drawing, and could create some very high demand for the product. At $500 a box, it’s probably a little out of my price range, but I have to say that that was one of the most interesting products to see broken on a box busters video.

Eddie
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Posted January 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Permalink
michael Vitcovich

I love products like this!! The price point is really high, but from your first two boxes the return value is pretty good. Its great to have a chance at pulling a Dimaggio or Ted Williams auto. There are to many products today that just don’t give you the value in a box. Spend $100.00 a box, and get a $10.00 big hit card. I like some of these companies with no major sports licenses, that want collectors to feel like they pulled something cool. To get an old graded Ted Williams card and a Mantle card is off the charts as far as great card pulls. I hope Major card companies realize they will start losing collectors if the keep over producing products with no decent hit in a box or case. Thank you Beckett for sharing all your Box Busters with us, as I choose what I buy usually from the products that you feature. Mike

Posted January 5, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Permalink
Nathan Mayberg

This is the ultimate high stakes baseball box product I have seen. Multiple high end T206 cards, a 1934 Yankees ball signed by Ruth and Gehrig, a 52′ Mantle – these are pretty insane items that are up for grabs.
First of all, I give this guy behind the product humongous points for taking such a huge risk by putting up all these top flight items and gambling that collectors will fork up the $500 for his product.
There is no doubt that some of these items are amazing. There are some big time items like a 500 home run hitter signed ball, actual Jeter bat, Ty Cobb used bats and Babe Ruth cards.
You could make a huge score, or you could end up with that third box. Big gamble.
Unlike Han Solo, I need to know more about my odds here. I would like to know the complete checklist of what type of items I can get. I couldn’t afford the $500 price tag myself but he must feel there are a lot of collectors who can. I personally would have aimed a little lower at the $300 range but he must have calculated that he needs the higher price to make a return on investment.
The point reward system seems like a lot of fun if it is legit. I think he is taking a lot of risk that people will believe in the competition. If money was no object, I would go for it.
In conclusion, I think the basic premise is right on. This is a major step up from finding a tiny piece of a bat that Babe Ruth might have used and replacing it with an actual bat that is certified as having been used by him. Of course, I am always skeptical about how much you can trust the authentication but the grading companies seem to be legit.
In general, I love the repackaging concept – it makes the collecting game a lot more funner with new types of items to shoot for. I love the idea of trying to get a classic vintage or hard to find auto in a new box that you can’t get from the old boxes anymore.
The bottom line is price. If they can figure out a way to bring down the price a bit, people will be all lover this.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Permalink
Simeon

Initially when you think of repackaged items you think of those collector boxes or tins found at Walmart or Target with a bunch of retail packs that never sold and were from three or four years back. However, this product gives new light to the concept. This item gives collectors who are either new or returning to collecting a chance to get their hands on high end cards that are out of print. Or, these are cards that, individually, could be found at auction for thousands of dollars but, instead, can be obtained at a fixed price much less than that.

Like any of other box break, and your case break is a great example, there are boxes that are less spectacular than others. This is why i like the point system they have created for this product. It gives those who break a box and feel that it’s not the greatest thing in the world some incentive to feel better or keep buying because they have a second chance at winning items even greater. A great example is the Bryce Harper you pulled during the break. Compared to the DiMaggio signed Ball, it would probably make another collector just sigh, but seeing the 5K point value might make them think otherwise; especially since most of the other items had 500-1000 point values.

I think the older cards, the memorabilia, and point system help justify the high end price. At $500, collectors will still buy it. The price point puts it on the same spectrum as National Treasures, Exquisite, and Five Star. In the end, I think this particular product seems balanced enough to say that repackaged deals might be on the right track to being worth collectors’ time again.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Permalink
deeez

i like the leaf line of best of and rcretro ,because most tof the cards in those products you would not mind having. however i understand to put the higher $ cards in a product you have to have some lower $ cards.
that being said some other companies have try to make similar products but they in my eyes have failed
there should not be $10 cards in any of these type of products
i have see a hockey product with a slabbed ungraded 90-91 Score Roenick that should not happen no matter what the other cards are
this prosuct seems alright hit has some hits and some misses but when you miss its like john kruk vs randy johnson in the all star game

Posted January 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Permalink
Brad Schwaegel

I like the concept, but at the price point I cannot/won’t open any of these products. I think it is good for the hobby, they are adding value to the cards on the secondary market buy purchasing cards on the secondary market and not really flooding the market with watered down product from an unlicensed product. I think there is room to improve as with everything, better coalation as seen between these boxes, but as a whole the product I think is good for the hobby. I also like the inclusion of other memorabilia, especially of the HOF players. The points are a little gimmicky, but Topps has shown that there is value and intrest in this kind of system.

Thanks,
Brad

Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink
kris

i really like the idea. i would guess there is some really big hits with this product. your box was good and i am sure there are some better, i just hope not worse for this amount. i wont say i cant afford a box like many say they cant because if you are like most of us collectors you spend that much on other boxes over a short time anyway. it is just a hard pill to swallow for only a few items, thats the issue i believe. i think the points system is a good idea because it gives you a chance at something else for your $500. i wont buy a box at this price not because its not worth it but because i would rather rip into a bunch of lower to middle priced boxes and get a ton of cards. fun either way. it should always be for the fun.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Permalink
mitch reid

I love the interactive stuff because it makes the thrill of busting a box more than just that. I bust boxes for the thrill of getting a big a card so its’ almost like gambling to me (but a lot more fun!), so when there is another chance at a big card or memorabilia item that is huge for me! I do however think the price tag on this is pretty high it would be nice if they could get it in the $250-$300 range. But after watching your break i am seriously debating on getting a box!

Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Permalink
Matt Riggins

Love this Product! I would have to pimp out my wife to be able to afford it, but a man must sacrifice to buy his cards.
I think a cool change would be to make each box have a common theme. (All NY Yankees, Boston-Milwaukee-Atlanta Braves, all HOF catchers, pitchers, outfields, etc, or all products/cards from the year 1964, etc.) Just my 2 cents. Keep posting the box breaks, Chis–love’em!

Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink
Joe

I have to say that I was concerned at first when you read that it was not “officially licensed” (visions of Broder Mickey Mantle cards making a comeback and appearing in Beckett Monthly) but as a way to get some vintage cards (especially high grade) and memorabilia in the hands of collectors, I like that part. I am not terribly fond of the newer graded cards since they are more plentiful. If the point system rewards only the leaders then it will be a turnoff for most of the average collectors who cannot afford the boxes but will be a way to recover some of the box cost by selling the points on the secondary market, in my opinion.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Permalink
Chris

I have mixed feelings on buybacks. I enjoy the surprise of pulling something different or older then i am. But hate that i don’t know what Im getting. I love the point system. It rewards people who are true collectors. Its not a lotto system like opening packs. I am looming forward to busting some of this jusfor the points alone.

P.S. The Mattingly card would be a very nice addition to my collection.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Permalink
Galen

Overall I like the idea of the product. However even with the signed memorabilia, the sales value of the individual cards don’t add up to the $500/box in the case you opened. What would have been a better idea was to have 4 packs at $125. That way you have hits that are worth more than the price of the pack. Though there are bad hits to be expected, they could do a little better than cards like the ruth patch and harper gold. The point system is nice, but since the product is aimed at high end buyers, they are the only ones who have a realistic shot at one of those higher end items. A better system would be to have them count as entries. That way everyone has a slight chance at those items. One other thing would be to have everything BGS slabbed. Even if it is slabbed as just authentic, it would be nicer looking than just a magnetic holder. Either way, there are enough high end buyers to make this a successful product.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Permalink
Ron J

First time making a comment. but long time fan. Began collecting cards as a kid back in the 60′s but like most, Mom threw them out. Guilt made her buy me some packs later in life and I was hooked again. After collecting and building sets for the last 20 years I called it quits because of all the high end stuff that was coming out. I still have my collection of over 250 sets put together by hand from packs and am a subscriber to both the Baseball Beckett and online organize. Seemed to me that card companies had gotten away from what collecting was all about but still they keep going or at least Topps still is. This is a great product but the price is a killer for me. The Mantle card is especially sweet. Keep up the great work at Beckett. Looking forward to more box breaks.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Permalink
Suzy

Thought the re-packaging was a good idea but not even in my wildest dreams could I afford a box! I especially didn’t think that last box was worth the 500 bucks (the first two probably were). Thanks for featuring it on your box breaks, Chris and Brian – the box breaks are my favorite part of this site – I can live vicariously through you and just imagine getting these pulls!

Posted January 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Permalink
KC

I like the concept of this product, but the price range is only for the high end collectors who can dish out the 5 bills. I would compare this to Upper deck exquisite or national treasure, but only difference is you get actual Memorabilia like the sign photos and balls, which I think is allot cooler that just getting a sign piece on a card..

Posted January 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

I enjoy the appreciation for cards of the past. Given the price point, it seems like there would be two types of motivation someone must have to purchase this:

1) Lover of baseball memorabilia. To have so much appreciation for baseball memorabilia that you’d be willing to drop $500 to get four random cards.

2) Lover of spending money. $500 is a lot of money to spend on four cards that you don’t know what they are. Plus, will the average per pack end up being $500?

Knowing the market audience for this product, let’s take a look at the business angle from the company behind “Heroes of Sport.” If they sell packs of four cards for $500, their own cost to create these boxes would need to be much much lower. How else can they return a profit? The true value simply has to be lower per pack.

When Topps is able to make Five Star, they can leverage their position in the industry. They can simply create a low-run, get some autographs on ‘em, and boom, done. It might cost ‘em $10 or even $20 per card, but then they can turn around and make those cards worth $100 or $200 per card. Topps has that power.

Heroes of Sport needs to somehow make a profit on each $500 box. The only way I can imagine that is the average value per box is lower.

I agree with earlier commenters saying the price needs to be lower. But let’s take a look at why the price is so high. It’s really simple. Topps starts selling premium packs at $500. Some guy says, “hey, people are willing to pay $500 for a pack of cards? I’m gonna start doing that too!”

Right now the market indicates people are willing to pay premium price for cards tucked into nice packaging.

This company is also smart, because it’s getting people to buy more of their memorabilia with the points system. Because you’ve already made the huge investment in buying cards from them, and now you have 12,500 points to spend, sure, you’ll buy stuff from them. High-end stuff.

It’s almost like the cards are the introduction drug to get you into the heavier stuff. What happens when you spend 10,000 of your 12,500 points and you have 2,500 left over? But then you really want something else that costs an extra 1,000 points. Now you’ll try to get more points. You wouldn’t want to waste your points.

The people who buy the most cards will win and have the most flexibility with points. This set is clearly marked for people who want to spend a ton of money on cards. For someone buying one or two boxes, this doesn’t make much sense.

I sort of picture this as a high-stakes casino version of baseball cards. With gambling, there’s a certain element of trust that is needed. Can we trust this brand new company to give us a fair return on the price paid? Other companies in the baseball memorabilia industry have been around for years and have an established track record. I would like to know more about Heroes of Sport’s track record. They formerly had a website http://www.heroesofsportauctions.com, but it’s now taken down.

These buypack packs remind me of of the 80s and 90s packs of cards you can buy in Walgreens. Y’know, the ones that have a known player on the front of the deck facing the clear plastic, covering all the other cards underneath. You pay a couple bucks to get a pack of repackaged cards and you pretty much know you’ll get a pack of cards worth less than two bucks.

But the cards sell, because people enjoy opening a pack and seeing cards from the past. Especially a selection of cards from various eras of the past. It’s fun getting that random selection. The same applies here with Heroes of Sport. Granted, the cards you get are of value. But I would wonder if they are worth the value of $500.

I’m glad to see the wide variety they offer. And hey, you know what? At least they are doing it big. Including a super wide range of eras and price points. While I greatly question the value of the packs, I also applaud their innovation for pushing the limits of repackaged cards and memorabilia. I wish everyone who purchases these packs much luck.

If we could see this system work on a smaller scale, that would also be welcome. Ryan R makes a great point that Heroes of Sport needs to build their brand first by selling packs at $100 each. They also need to build their trust with the industry. The super high-end materials in these packs makes me think of some new emperor who comes to town shining all this gold and diamonds. People are mesmerized by the gold and diamonds. But at the end of the day, is there true value given for the amount of money spent? Or are we all just drooling over the possibility of what we could win?

Posted January 5, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Permalink
Alex Giles

First of all,thank you Brian and Chris for the nice box break! Personally, I love this product! Unfortunately, me being only 11 years old I couldn’t afford a box of that.I love the points idea, I think when you open boxes, when your done all the fun is over, but with the points program, it adds more fun and is exciting for a while trying to add up your points and seeing what you could win. Of course I love all the cards you prepare to giveaway, but one really stands out to me and I would love to have it. The Don Mattingly auto graded 9.5/10 auto. Mattingly is my dads 2nd favorite player behind Thurman Munson, but his stuff is too expensive for me. I want to give something to him of one of those players, and this is the perfect oppurtunity to do it. I hope you pick me, but good luck to the other entries. Thanks again guys!

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Posted January 5, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Permalink
chris case

this product is a super sweet idea….ive been watiing for a product to give away game used and/or autographed bats, balls, and jerseys…..AWESOME IDEA….wish i could bring myself to buy a $500 box, but i would over exquisite anyday of the week…..cant wait to see this stuff hit ebay and see what people have pulled….thanks again chris olds!!!! and beckett for bringing this to us….can i have the dimaggio ball for my collection….please and thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted January 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Permalink
randy

Football is the way to go, but you cant say no to a free drawing!

Posted January 5, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Permalink
Brendan Cross

The price point is out of my league certainly, as it is probably almost out of anyone’s league, but the seeming possibility of hits is what keeps products like this alive. The fact that is has 4 possible hits and or redemptive type cards, along with the points on the back, is nice. It is essentially the equivalent of just getting four random boxes of some type of Leaf product and just hoping you hit the right cut or the right player auto, etc. Since it is somewhat of a new brand one would think they would try to load the product up with some nice hits, so to speak, to spark some interest. I always do prefer gambling on a, for example, 1 hit or 1 pack type of product versus your mid level, 24 pack, 4 hit product because the value of things that come out of those types of boxes are often never going to match what you paid for them. The higher risk you take, the better the reward you could get, but of course, you could also get skunked, it certainly is all apart of the joy of ripping boxes.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Permalink
mobster

I like the repackages, I really do, but the cards pulled don’t justify the price of the product. The signed ball and the Williams photo are probably 2 huge hits for the product and when I drop $500 on a box I’m afraid I’ll end up $400 poorer. The points system is interesting but it’s only relevant to those who by multiple boxes of the product.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Permalink
Scott Sypien

I am really mixed on products like this one. I love watching videos like this because potentially there can be some amazing pulls and unique things that the joe average collector cannot afford. There lies the rub however. The Joe Average collector still cannot afford the product.

At 500.00 a pop for a box or 1,500 for a case I cannot swing it. I would absolutely love too but I don’t have the money for it. I buy a couple boxes each year. Normally Bowman products because I enjoy following players through the minor leagues to the majors. Beyond that I buy some single cards here or there on ebay of players whom I like.

Would I like to roll the dice for a ty cobb bat, musial jersey, or williams picture? Sure I would love to but I cannot afford to do it at the expense of paying the bills and having a bit of a social life with my wife / friends.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

This is definitely the most creative product I have seen. Everything about it seems great. It’s full of hits, the range is from the best vintage you can find (Ruth, Mantle, Williams, etc) to the latest and greatest stars today. I also love the fact that they are using BGS for so many items. It creates that confidence us buyers need.
The point system is cool too as it rewards us for continuing to rip these open.
The best part is at $125 per item in the box the odds are pretty spectacular that you will get something that is not already in your collection. Sure we all have that Ichiro or Bryce but not likely graded in that condition.
Excellent stuff.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Permalink
James

If youve got the money, these products are a lot of fun. I especially like the possibility of redemptions for bigger non-card items. I havent opened any of these yet so i dont know how “fun” the points system is but i have a feeling it adds to the excitement.

Posted January 5, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Permalink
Mike McVay

I commented on youtube but its disabled now? Like i said over their this is a super nice product and with the array of hits from vintage baseball to current cards as well as getting bats,gloves, and TONS of other chances at hits. It sounds like a nice product all around. The points system is a GREAT way to reward people as an incentive to buy more boxes. I think this should be modeled by the “big boys” but that wont happen. I’d love to see a company like this make it and take over!!! thank you beckett and i cant wait to get marches edition!!!
thanks again
Mike from WV

Posted January 5, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Permalink
Allan A. Enario

Brian and Chris,

Thanks for the fun box break on this item. When I first heard of the cost of the box, I was thinking this is a bit out of my price range and could the items in the box justify the price. The first two breaks were pretty cool as it transcended various times of the sport of baseball and something for the vintage and modern collectors. The third break wasn’t too bad, but not quite like the first two, and that comes with breaking boxes, . The point systems does definitely add some interesting “flavor” to buying this product, Would this be an added incentive for collectors, who knows, but I can see it happening.. I can see many collectors who choose to buy this product feel the excitement of the “anticipation of getting that Awesome Hit” . Who wouldn’t love an auto of a Hall of Famer . All in all, the break kept me interested and pondering, will I buy a box. Time will only tell if the “itch to get this product” will be scratched. :)

Thanks for the great break.!

Posted January 5, 2013 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

This product is awful and a downright scam at the price it’s being offered at. $500? Save your money! This is some guy that has acces to print packing materials, somehow duped Beckett into getting on board with his idea and now is robbing the hobby collecting community. Steer clear of this product unless losing $500 won’t cause your spouse to divorce you, or you won’t be able to make your mortgage payment, or you won;t be able to afford groceries. In almost every case you will lose 70 percent of your ‘invesment’

Posted January 5, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Permalink
Edwin

I would definately buy this product. I like the idea of reselling. It would be awesome to get your hands on a box of these!

Posted January 6, 2013 at 1:40 am | Permalink
Steve Shissler

I have purchased other buyback products in the past, but not as high end as this one. I compare stuff like this to investing in the stock market. You can read reviews on companies, do all your research, act on a hunch, but in the end, investing in the stock market is a still a gamble of sorts… so is this. My son and I have pulled a couple of 1/1 cards over the years so to us the “gamble” certainly does pay off sometimes. To us, we typically think a box break is a success after we enter the cards into our online organization on beckett and the value is higher than what we paid. Now, we understand that’s only what the beckett online price guide says and not always you could get if you sell them, but that’s an easy barometer to whether or not the box was successful. Another way is if you pull something from one of your favorite players (Ernie Banks for me and Evan Longoria or Bryce Harper for my son).

I think all three boxes of 2012 Heroes of Sport broken in the video had a little something for everyone. I have purchased a few high end products like Topps 5 Star and might consider this product after a little more research on it.

Thanks again for the great video!

Posted January 6, 2013 at 8:30 am | Permalink
Matthew Hood

If I had the money, I would love the point system. Obviously at $500 you either need to get super lucky, or have a lot-o-dough to buy quantity. I like the idea of preslabbed cards. You know you are getting quality. I like knowing my prize possessions are protected. You’ve also spent a whole lot of money on the box, so at least now you don’t have to send your card out and wait for it to come back not knowing exactly what grade you will get. I do like the idea of high risk / high reward products, but you obviously need the cash flow to get into it. If you do, you can certainly hit once and pay for the other 10 that may have not hit so well. Overall I would give this 4/5.

Posted January 6, 2013 at 9:49 am | Permalink

It seems to be a great product, but!! for us folks that don’ have the luxury of buying these high end products it just makes me foam at the mouth. The point system seems pretty cool as does the redemptions offered. Cut the price in half and it may be more acessable to the less fortunate. A question I have why are they slabbing the cards w/ no grade??

Maybe I will buy a box before the end of the year!??

Posted January 6, 2013 at 10:22 am | Permalink
Andrew Stiner

Nice case the first two boxes were sweet but the third box didn’t have as big of a punch. I would still love to have any of the cards for my collection.I think the point system is a great idea but $500 for a box of 4 cards is a little expensive. I like the idea of them repackaging the cards because it adds a lot of mystery to the box. It won’t be like buying a hobby box of topps update because in topps update you know what cards to expect but in this box you don’t have a clue for all you know in one of these boxes you may get nothing but in another you may get the Ty Cobb bat you mentioned you just never know that is why this hobby is fun

Posted January 6, 2013 at 11:37 am | Permalink

Heroes of Sport is a really Interesting product in my opinion. Its almost like a Pandora’s Box kind of ordeal. For example, this product has so much potential in the cards you can obtain. The possibility of pulling a legendary player from the past or current rising star is thrilling. However, people are telling you not to “open the box” because its …dun dun dun…$500. However, just as Pandora heard, you hear a small voice inside of your head telling you to go on and open/break this box anyway. You may be disappointed on the spirits/cards that are “released” from the box at first, but “hope” still remains. And this “hope”, that you and Pandora both found left in the box, is in the form of “Points”, contributing to Ty Cobb bats, Jeter cleats, and Ripken jerseys.

Posted January 6, 2013 at 11:51 am | Permalink
Dino

I like that they’re offering more than signed cards. A signed baseball and photo of HOF players is very interesting. The cost of the product is a bit much, but I like the idea. I see this taking off. Very cool.
DC

Posted January 6, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink
Jason P

Wow what a crazy product for big time gamblers. It seems that more than likely you will not get your 500 dollars back in the four cards unless you get lucky and win a weekly prize. Unless you buy a box every week from week one through week sixteen, $8,000 It would be tough to really enjoy the raffles and “Hero of Sport” POINTS competition to get the most out of your points and raffles. As for the cards in there seems to be a lot of cards of the now big time rookies Harper, Trout what are chances these cards are still going to be worth something in the long run again 500 dollars for the box. You guys pulled a Mantle not even graded or authenticated, for 500 dollars it better be real. I am not a gambler so I could be biased, although Id put my 500 in this slot machine rather one at a casino.

Posted January 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Permalink
Greg G

I think it is a great idea. The only issue would be price point. It would would not be hard to make it a better “eye candy” offer if the price was lower. I know you would need to dillute the cards of more value, but it would also garner more interest.

Posted January 6, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink
John O

I love the price point for these boxes and think even higher would be viable for two reasons. First off the quality of the possible hits are so through the roof that you it is truly worth taking a shot at a box or two. Secondly with the increased usage of case breakers that $500 price tag for a box turns into a fraction of the cost for anyone that wants to take a shot, but doesn’t want to pony up the big bucks. The whole points thing where you go to their website MIGHT work, but on the surface it sounds a bit complicated and people in general tend to shy away from products they don’t fully understand. If the best stuff just goes to whoever has the most points then that part of the program will definitely turn off the average collector that has no shot at accumulating a huge amount of points.

Posted January 6, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink
blair burnside

Just have to say that the whole concept is excellent …if you are a collector I think its cool to have the potential to get some high end products…the price is high and will send people running g away…bottom line is this…if you spend the big bucks but are guaranteed to get some mid to high end hits you get what you are paying for…if you buy hobby box for 100 bucks…open all this packs and get 15_20 mid range hits and maybe 2 good hits its all the same…save up your money and get some smoking hot hits…not just cards but other relics…I love it…would be grabbing the points and then win more stuff…high price but high return on investment…
Thx
Take care…
B

Posted January 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink
Dave Dopson

In regards to your your question, in theory I am a fan of these high-end boxes that offer beautiful cards and memorabilia; heck, who wouldn’t like to grab a beautiful addition to their collection! However, at what cost does it behoove the consumer, and most importantly the collector, to “hang in there”? I’m not only talking monetarily, I’m also talking about the passion, dedication, and anguish to a lifelong pursuit of that perfect yet elusive “perfect” card. As a 40-something returning collector, I started buying packs and it made me feel good to see some of the guys I enjoy watching play today. With that, I started combing the mags and Internet to see what was available and I was ASTOUNDED to see what grew from a card board card to shiny, jersey filled inserts! Now this is where it gets tricky…. I jumped in a few box breaks! Always ended up with less than desirable teams; Bryce Harper auto, Darvish jersey, Trout gold ink, and the list goes on and on. 3 hours later there on ebay!!!! Needless to say maybe I don’t see the prize in flipping these cards, but hey I’m a collector! Ultimately I realized it was pretty much a waste of time to invest in breaks when I could end up spending just as much for the “perfect” card without the frustration of missing out in the breaks. But I always come back to my inner-child and say “what if?” In conclusion, I am going to pull he old flip-flop 180 and say I am 100percent opposed to these highend boxes because it takes away the charm and reason to purchase these packs anyway… The love of the game! What kid can afford a 500$ plus box of cards? I surely can’t! It may sound like sour-grapes, and I’m sure there is definitely a bit of that in this post, but I sure wish cards were “just cards” again.

Posted January 6, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Permalink
David Moore

I think this product is very intriguing to say the least. I’m sure there are many collectors out there like myself. I collected cards as a kid but didn’t have the money to buy allot. Then as I got older I got away from collecting for years as I was a broke teenager and college student. Later after moving on to get a decent job I have returned to collecting and really enjoy it once again. I may not be rich now but I can at least afford to buy some nice products and get in some good breaks. This product appears to offer something new I have never seen before. Now I have a chance to pull a great card from past years when I wasn’t able to collect at the time. I also like the idea of great redemptions for balls, autographed pictures, bats etc. I’m sure most people like myself collect not only cards but the other sports memorabilia as well. I think the price point of the product will definitely limit how much I can purchase but I think I would certainly like to take a gamble on a box or 2 soon. There is definitely a gamble in this product but I don’t think that is different from any other high end product on the market. I believe no matter what you buy you have to weigh the risk versus reward and this product definitely offers some great rewards. I also like the idea of pulling an entry to win some incredible “grand” prizes down the road. When those prizes are given out as you go along it can greatly reduce the value of remaining boxes after word gets out that the top prizes have already been pulled. By giving them away later you feel like you have a chance for the big one in every box. The point system on the other hand I am not as fond of. I think this will simply reward the wealthy for buying tons of the product. If they wanted to give you something for buying allot of product they could have done that in a different way. I think if your only going to open 1 or 2 boxes you have virtually no chance of winning anything with the points and this makes them of no value what so ever to the majority of collectors. They could have done without this element of the product and simply offered additional prizes under the ticket entry side. I think this might hurt their sales because allot of people considering the purchase of a single box may choose something else because they aren’t getting all the value for the dollar. I got a feeling you will just see tons of people offering up the points codes on Ebay so someone who doesn’t even buy the product can just try to rack up some points cheaply to buy a good prize. I just don’t think they thought this one through.

I really do like the concept of this repackaged product and I think they should consider doing something on a less expensive scale as well. I think they could do a 2nd serious of this type of product and keep the price per box under the $200 mark by simply loaded it with some not quite as valuable cards and redemptions but with some really nice stuff. It will be very interesting to see how this product does in the market. I certainly think having Beckett on board gives the product some much needed credibility so I doubt anyone will get burned on redemptions and such down the road. I think overall this should be a pretty good success and will no doubt leave some collectors out there very very happy with what they pull. Great Idea though the execution could be tweaked a bit.

Posted January 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink
Mark

Typically, I would stay away from any repackage deals. Most are much lower cost obviously, but they also, for the most part, deliver no value and leave you holding a potpourri of cards that become orphans in your collection. However, this product appears to be buybacks/repackages done right. All three boxes delivered something of value that would not be cannon fodder in anyone’s collection.

With that said, $500/box is awfully steep. This is not a product for the average collector, but if you’ve got the bucks to dive in, this might be a nice diversion from the typical stuff being peddled by Topps, Panini, and Upper Deck.

Posted January 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Permalink
Frank Riley

I think this is a great product if you can afford it. Just like with any re-packaged product in the industry, you are going to be taking a huge gamble with risk versus reward. If you got either of the first two boxes, you would have been extremely satisfied with your gamble. As far as the last box, wich I believe had the Mattingly auto and the card with 5000 points, I would have been extremely unhappy. This is one of those products that I feel I could take one to two shots with, but beyond that, the price is too rich for my taste. What are the chances that with two boxes that I could earn enough points to earn a cool prize. Lets be honest, who’s paying $500 for a Mattingly auto?

Bottom line, the concept is great, but get rid of the gimmick point system. Not a big fan. Drop the price of the product by 60% and make the odds of a huge hit about 1 in every 3 or 4 boxes. Otherwise, this product will target a very small percentage of fans, the ones that can take the risk of spending $500 on a Mattingly auto.

Thanks for the fun break!!
-Frank

Posted January 6, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Permalink
Chris Roong

A very interesting hobby box, that I will be looking forward to get one if I have the right money. I do like the buyback cards a lot. The main reason why I love the buyback once, is that if I bust the box alone, the odd of finding that top rookie in that year is slim or less than buying a product that has a buyback card, also you get a grading card too.
However, there is a downside when it comes to the price issue. For that kind of price $500, most people will have a second thought on buying it. Others like me, might think that will this box contain a decide hit , high hit or not.
But after watching the video above, the company of the box has another selling point which it has a points system code, for winning more bigger cards or prize.

Overall I love buyback cards and this product might be the one I will give a chance to buy on for myself.

Posted January 6, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Permalink
Edward Favorite

Hi guys. Thanks a million for doing this break. Very interesting type of product you just opened. My thoughts are a bit all over the place at the moment. First. Hard to jump into a product that has a SRP of $500.00. With 4 boys at home and one on the way we think long and hard about how we spend our hard earned money. So we like to make sure that everyone gets a chance to open a pack and help build our sets of cards.

Now with that said this product takes me back to my childhood and allows me to possibly get a card from a generation that my father talked about for so long. an autographed photo from the greatest pure hitter ever..Ted Williams. If my father were still here he might cry. So for that reason alone it makes it worth it price. The Bryce Harper cards are incredible – Now my kids would love that and they still talk about him stealing home on his ESPN game.

So I say this — this product is cross generational and worth the one time shot.

Why do we all collect cards…Memories, from our fathers to now our kids!

Thanks.

Posted January 6, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Permalink
Nestor Cortes

Overall I love the product, yes it’s a little high price but to compare the other high value boxes it does give you, your buck for the money and also give you a chance to pull a full memorabilia from players from past and present. Also the good things must off the cards comes graded. The points system is good if somehow if you are buying multiple boxes so you can accumulate the most points for the highest price,but bad if you are only buying one box and don’t have any chance for any price, unless you get a high point card. Overall seeing the box break I would off been very please with either boxes. Good product and something different for collectors.

Posted January 6, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Permalink
RAYMOND DART

I Think the points are another way for collectors to realy grab hold of the hobby.The price could be a little lower,but on the flip side high value high reward.Just like with any other product there will be happy and unhappy customers,you simply cant please everybody.the unhappy will get a box with low points and graded lowend rookies.The happy customers will get a box with a autograph ball or photo or a mantel card or a card with a lot of points.The only way to stay sane while breaking this product is to by a whole case,then you will get what your looking for.I like that the points are low and high it makes a high card with value and low points still good and a low card with high points still valuable.I can see that the 5000pt cards are going to be a must for collectors,and up the value of the card.The slabing of the cards is also a nice touch,and the packeging is also not bad.It would have been nice for the lowend collector to be able to afford this,and they would have if the slots were packed in seprate boxes,then the card stores could have sold the slots one at a time,thus giving every body a chance at a high end card.Over all i like it minus the 10 and 20 dollar graded cards,box wise 7 out 0f 10 case wise 8.5 out of 10.And thats just my opinion.

Posted January 6, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Permalink
Chris H

Cool break to watch. It’s very interesting take on the “re-release” type of product. Getting nice graded cards in a product is cool but $500 for a Harper Topps Gold is rough. One could easily buy that card or any of the other newer cards on their own for much less than $500. With that said, I like the idea but I’d tweak it. All the graded cards should only be AU, pre-80s or serial numbered 25 or less. Maybe even guarantee one of each per box. The possibility of pulling a redemption for a DiMaggio or Williams AU and other things of that caliber is very exciting! Now the points system? Amazing idea in my opinion! To possibly complie the points to get a Ruth bat or whatnot is so cool. I would also say add a set point value toward the purchase of a box. Besides the points on each card, maybe put 500 bonus points on the box itself. All in all it seems like a fun, exciting break. If I had $500 to drop on a box, I think I’d take a shot. Thanks for the video and contest!

Posted January 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Permalink
Chase R

These breaks are very interesting to watch. I like the idea of buybacks. They are normally always good cards. This product is a little out of my price range, but I would love to get my hands on a box. Also, I like the redemptions. The idea of even pulling a Babe Ruth or Lou Gehrig redemption is awesome. I think they should grade all cards in the product. I would guarantee a redemption or older card per box. The points system will be very different, but I think it will go very well. I think every day you log onto the website you should be able to ”spin” for a points. It will be just luck as to how many points you get from your ”spin”. Every card should have a guaranteed value of $100 or higher. Overall I like the product! Thanks for the awesome video.

Posted January 6, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Permalink
aaron ames

Dear chris
I like the idea of this product very much due to the fact that it gives people a pretty high chance of giving a person a good card or signed item they might actually want instead of a signed common, which u usually get out of packs. On the other hand there is the idea of paing five hundred bucks a pop for one of these boxes! I think they could cover more of the market if they split their boxes in half or even quartered them for all of us non high end buyers. I also love tepoints system which gives everyone a chance to win something very cool although I would like to see it as a drawing more than a points system. When you get down to it whoever hs the most money is gonna win the ruth signature big prize or whatever it is. All in all I think its a pretty cool concept and look forward to new innovativeintroductions as this into the hobby. Thanks for reading.
Thanks,
Aaron ames

Posted January 6, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

Chris,
While the price point is a little too rich for my blood, there are several concepts at work here that I like.

1) High End Memorabelia
Some of the pieces that you guys pulled from the first 2 boxes were amazing! Who wouldn’t want an item signed by an enshrined hall of famer, especially one of the level of Williams or DiMaggio. If this were a Topps or Pannini product those items would have been dissected to get the autos, but here you get the actual item. As a collector of more than just cards this is very appealing.

2) Recognizable Names
So many times with buy back products, we the fan get suckered in with a lot of promise, but the actual product delivered just doesn’t live up to the hype. In the 3 boxes you broke, every card/redemption card was for a past or current great. These are household names not semi-stars or just random rable which is refreshing to see.

3) Cards Are Pre-Slabbed
While graded cards aren’t for everyone, this is a great call for a high end product like this. One of the biggest complaints about Topps 5 Star was in regards to cards that shipped damaged. Here, it’s not even a consideration due to the slabbing of most pieces. Additionally, the double boxing adds an additional layer of security along with the bagging.

The one thing I’m not completely sold on is the points system. While a neat concept to add more interactivity, it can become incredibly broken just by having one person who throws a ton of money at it. I may be totally wrong about this, and in fact will be interested to see how it pans out.

Overall, I have to say that it is a refreshing concept in a hobby that can sometimes feel like “same old, same old” with each new release. I hope that the product finds it’s market and opens up some new ideas regarding what a baseball product can be.

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Posted January 6, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Permalink
William Gareau

I love the idea of buyback products, but would rather have a lower price than this particular product. You already have the various low-end buy a graded card for $15, almost always a sub-dollar card, and you have high end products that go for several hundred dollars. How about a $40 – $60 product that gives you a decent card at the low end and the possibility of something old and cool?

Posted January 6, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Permalink
don white

I think this product definitely opens itself to several niche markets.

1) People who want old players be it game used or worm memorobilia that you displayed on the sheet from each box you broke. Getting a psa/dna certified ball of Joe Dimaggio is awesome and is a killer hit that helps recoup the box itself. On top of it they ship it to you with no delay. Have to love a redemption program that does not take several months or years to get a redemption redeemed.

2) People that like vintage cards as that Mantle itself books nicely in the low hundreds and could pay for the box by itself. Not sure how it would grade but could be more if the grade come backs. Not sure what kind of grading would be done on the cards overall as the 61 was the only non graded card you pulled. So it would be nice to know a sample of how the non graded cards would grade. With that said I would have to assume they will be lesser graded cards but hey how many of us have a 61 Mantle in the first place.

3) I think that the rookies you could hit like the Harper means there would be some nice rc’s such as newer players which opens the product to people who like high graded newer rookies.

The $500 price range is high and I think many dealers will not be stocking their shelves with this product but their will be some customers that tell their dealers or distributors for the gamble. I mean there a ton of other high end products that show a worse result over the years from watching your breaks. So the market is there the only problem is this:

We seen two boxes yield nicely with the 3rd okay in my opinion and we truly do not know if this is normal case. As we all seen hand packed cases been sent to various reviewers with the product being loaded and creating hype for the product on what consumers will think they will hit on a average 3 box case. If it misleading there will be lowering of the 500 dollar retail pricing down the line by distributors who buy it down the road when it cannot be moved.

You mentioned there website which is one of the most disappointing things I seen as I quickly wanted to find out about this company. So I type in http://heroes.com and what do I get:

Website Coming Soon!

How in the world am I suppose to know what the big hits are from the sheet you pulled out of your three boxes. As in the video you did show but it was hard to see. So a downer from my standpoint as being a lover of vintage game used and such I would have loved to be able to clearly read it instead of struggling. Hence, why I went to their website hoping to see it but alas the disappointment on the HEREOS not having a functioning website. You would think from a marketing standpoint you would make sure your website is fully operational so people could find out more information about your product such as the sheet above plus the following:

Total cases produced, Total number of cards inserted, more information on the point system and how it works.

You guys explained the system but alas folks who watch one break and do not know what the average card point value is have no idea as you pulled some worth 250 all the way to the 5000 for the bryce harper. So being a stat guy one could do a relative sampling of the total cases produced by the number of the cards with the average amount per box say 1800 to figure out how many points were out there in the whole product. Things like this make the whole concept fun from a stat point imo. I am also unclear on how you can use the points as there many ways one could do it but I am not clear. Can you redeem your points on any particular item you want etc. between say the 50 items per se. As that would again make it fun as many would go after the big guns but a person taking a lot of points could probably clean out the lower tier items without spending as many points. Also, will the points show when you been outbid or will it be unknown. If it not the later can you imagine how the points could be valuable in their own right and sold for folks scrambling for points to get their bids up on a item they must have. I think this is a great idea but again not having the facts nor a website to search it I was very disappointed. As there not even a contact button to contact the company to handle any questions folks may have.

Thanks for the contest and good luck to all who break this product on getting some great items. I just hope this company can stick around in this competitive market and continue to fine tune their marketing to maximize the potential of the buzz you created but was lost when no information can be found.

Also, when will you be putting up the leaderboard and where will it be located as I did not see it on your site?

Posted January 6, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Permalink
WALTER ABRAMS

AS A LONG TIME DIE HARD COLLECTOR WHOM NOW SHARES HIS ENTHUSIASM AND PASSION WITH HIS EQUALLY ENTHRALLED 12 YEAR OLD SON THIS PRODUCT LOOKS REALLY INTERESTING WHILE IT ISN’T SOMETHING MLB APPROVED EVERYTHING IN THE BOXES SEEMS TO COME FROM THE MAJOR BRANDS AND UNLIKE PREVIOUS SURPRISE BOX TYPE PRODUCTS IVE SEEN BEFORE DOES NOT HAVE LOW END GARBAGE LIKE 1987 TOPPS RICK CERONE CARDS( IN FAIRNESS I AM A YANKEE FAN) WHERE THE RETURN TO SPENT RATIO IS NOT WARRANTED. THIS PRODUCT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST IVE SEEN THAT THE BOOK VALUE OF THE CARDS IN ALL 3 WITH THE REDEMPTIONS FACTORED IN MAY ALMOST COVER THE BOX. WHILE $500.00 PER BOX IS MORE THEN I CAN AFFORD TO SPEND ON A REGULAR BASIS I MAY TAKE A CRACK AT A CASE FOR MY SON AND I TO OPEN AFTER MY TAX RETURNS HIT SINCE HE WAS EXTREMELY EXCITED WATCHING THIS BOX BUST. THE POINTS SYSTEM SEEMS INTERESTING AND DIFFERENT THAT ANYTHING ELSE ANYONE HAS DONE FOR SURE BUT I WORRY THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT CAN WIN ANY OF THE HIGH END POINT REDEMPTION PRIZES WILL BE THOSE WITH HEFTY WALLETS THAT CAN BY A MULTITUDE OF THE PRODUCT AND IN THIS INDUSTRY THAT’S ONE THING THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE CHANGED WHERE A TRUE COLLECTOR RATHER THEN A BUSINESSMAN CAN GET THE BIG HIT ONCE IN A BLUE. THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT BOX BREAK VIDEOS AND CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE.

Posted January 7, 2013 at 1:48 am | Permalink
R Mann

Interesting product!

Posted January 7, 2013 at 1:59 am | Permalink
Pete

I think it’s something different. I like the fact that it contains both graded cards and higher end memorabilia. The point system is unique, but I’m not really sure how successful it will be. Will it only benefit people that sink tons of money into the product??

At a time when products like Topps FIve Star (with a hefty price tag, $400-$500) have done well, I guess a product like this will have a market. However, for a hobby that needs to start cultivating a new generation of collectors, I’m getting worried the industry is heading in the wrong direction.

Thanks for the box break and generous giveaway.

Posted January 7, 2013 at 7:25 am | Permalink
dante

These products are a great idea. Too bad the price tag that comes with it is too steep for me. I feel this is one of the better ones I’ve seen. Still a risk, but could be a very high reward. Which explains the high price tag. Would love to see one for basketball. Key word is see, because I will never be able to touch. This is also great for people who dont collect just cards but other memorbilia, and still get the excitement of a pull, instead of just ordering a piece of memorbilia. Wish I had enough high end cards/memorbilia and thought of doing something like this. Very smart way to distribute items in a nicely packaged product. (P.S. Im a Yankees fan)

Posted January 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Permalink
Joseph Reynolds

I tend to like these types of products especially when they incorporate the older cards as well as the newer cards. It gives someone the ability to add some prized cards to their personal collection, cards that might be otherwise hard to find on the market. The fact that alot of them are graded is an extra bonus that adds to the value of the cards and helps with the product’s price point as well.

As for the points program, I’m kind of against the idea some based on how other products have done this in the past. If they can make it so that those that can afford only one box can compete with those that can afford to buy 10+ boxes, I think it would work. Otherwise, only those that can afford to buy the most are getting rewarded. I think of it this way, would you want to reward the guy that bought 10 boxes, or the 100 that bought a single box. The 100 are the ones that are making the product successful in my opinion.

Just my 2 cents! Thanks for the opportunity to possibly win some of these cards!

Joe Reynolds

Posted January 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Permalink
Jason Taylor

Cool idea, but way out of my price range. As much as I love ripping wax, it’s getting so that I can’t afford it.

Posted January 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Permalink
Chris Wetzel

I do like repackages, as long as there isn’t a high chance of getting junk. I hope a happy medium can be found between a cheap box full of old commons (Tristar) and this type of higher-end product with sensational pulls. Maybe an in-between product that is mem/auto/insert focused, a just-for-fun product.

Posted January 7, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Permalink
Ken Capell

This is a very interesting product, something that I have never seen to this magnitude before in my 40 years of collecting. First off the price is comparable to other high priced items like “The Cup” but it offers you so much more. The price is not for everyone, but that is what the hobby is, it gives something for everyone. Kids can always buy Topps Baseball as it is affordable and gives you a chance to get your favorite player or team. There are many other price points in the hobby, this one is t the highest price point. As I have collected through the years I have gone from a kid buying Topps Baseball in the 70′s, through adulthood now where I can buy these high end products.

As far as creative it gets high marks, before you could buy a box of repaged cards and have a chance of getting a Gretzky RC, or a Mantle or even the “Holly Grail” of cards the 1909 Honus Wagner. This is so much better because it gives you to get a lot of great items that span many years of the hobby. Where else can you get a 1961 Mantle and a 2012 Ichuru? The other products give you a lot of filler for your money with a chance for a big score. “The Cup” is great, you get excellent cards for your money, but I would be much more excited in getting a 1961 Topps Mantle instead of a 2011-12 Rookie Patch of a player that will never play more than a handfull of games.The redemptions and points program are off the chart, it will be very interesting to see how many points are needed to get the Ruth!

Other sports could use this idea and really make it interesting. Imagine a hockey box with a Gretzky RC and “The Cup” rookie patch of a 11-12 Rookie.

The only way to make it better would be to tell us how many cards are made of each, is that yhe only Williams picture available?, how many Ruth Cards are there? Knowing that there are X amount of redemption points available would make that easier.

Overall I like the idea, the price point is high but for the clients it is trying to reach it hits the mark. Remember not everyone is in the market for a Ford or Chevy, some are looking at Porsche or Lamborghini.

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Posted January 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Permalink
Don Sarver

This buy back product is a nice idea. I like the idea of being able to pull from a single box a stuff from a bunch of random products. The icing on the cake is they are all beckett graded. This saves you allot of trouble for you sending in the card yourself. I think where this specific product falls short is the cost. At the $500 price point indicating this is a “high end” product and seeing the pulls especially coming from box three it really makes me question the cards themselves. Sure its nice seeing the redemption in there, and the “chances” of getting a really cool mem or auto hit, but I ask, why not put in more mem cards, more autos? I say “I just spent $500 on 4 cards and none of them are autographed or at the least have game used in them? I say good effort, bad result, i dont want to have my heart broken after dropping that much on a game of chance. I’ll pass on this product, however it they came out with something that had more hits, or at a lesser price point maybe I’ll be game.

I also like the idea of the point system, as that seems to be quite special to the product itself. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out.

Posted January 7, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink
Wade A

What an interesting product! Purchasing this product would have to take some careful consideration. The average fan would need to look a little deeper into this brand before they could start throwing down $500 a box. If you are a collector and have 5 bills to throw around, what is your best option at this point? This product gives you the opportunity to gamble on what would possibly be the new centerpiece to your collection. At $500, you could buy that elusive card or set you have been saving for forever, or now you could lay it all on the line and go for something completely unknown. The market for this product is definitely an adult fan base. The opportunity to catch a “holy grail” from your childhood collecting days will gather some attention. I personally will skip a few other buys in order to supplement the money for one of these high end boxes. The high risk, high reward has possibly never been higher. The gambler side of myself is way to intrigued!

I have a few other questions about this line though and was wondering if Beckett could give a little more insight into it. Do you have the numbers on production rates? At $500 a box, I would really like to know more about the odds on this product. Just like any other company, there has to be a profit margin on this brand. That makes me a little leery of the purchase. They cannot just give out massive amounts of signed Yankees memorabilia and turn a decent profit. The pull of the Mattingly autograph box is probably a little more realistic then the other 2 boxes. It seems like a company in the New York area may bust open a ton of cases of these to get to the Yankees memorabilia. Because of that, I highly doubt any single box buyer will have a chance at the point redemptions. Therefore, I hope that every person that signs up gets some sort of small compensation for the time and money they put into the point redemption program.

Posted January 7, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink
Allen Miller

I really honestly love these kinds of products! As a collector in his late 20′s I feel they really give me an opportunity to collect some old school memorabilia and autos, as well as some older cards. Stuff that I didn’t have a chance to collect in it’s own time, or wanted to pay the crazy high costs for. I love the fact they include autos of the greats, and opening a box with a Ted Williams or Joe DiMaggio auto in it is an experience that everyone should have. The only drawback as mentioned by many before me is the price of the box, but with that said, some of the things you can pull are very rare so worth the cost! The point system is another chase bonus I feel can even more value and more chances at great hits! All in all I feel this is an awesome idea and would love to see more of it. As always great video Chris, I look forward to the next one!

Posted January 7, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Permalink
Brian H

I like the concept of this product and the price seems reasonable. I would love to see a multisport version. I would also like to see rare, graded1990s insert cards added to the checklist. Vintage and modern auto/relic cards can be found in many places by searching the web. Finding high end inserts from the 1990s in a box would give me more of a thrill.

Posted January 7, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Permalink
Brandon R

Here are a few of my thoughts on this product in particular and buy back in general.
Buy backs are an interesting idea and good for the hobby, but they aren’t perfect. Buy back allow collectors the chance at cards that would otherwise be out of their price range. Pulling a buy back of a tobacco or other card from before the modern age of sportscards is a good opertunity for people to learn about the history of sportscards. Buy backs can lead to fun cards that weren’t produced during the origonal issue of the card such as buy backs with certified autographs or pieceds of memoribilia. The main problem I have with buy back cards is that they can lead to boxes with too wide a variance in the price after break. One box might contain a Babe Ruth RC buy back while the nest box may only have Frank White RC. There are two other major strikes against buy back. One is that you take a hard to find card out of circulation hurting set builders and people who collect that player. This buy back card might be someone’s holy grail that is sitting some strange box of cards gathering dust in some corner. So, buy back can be either a curse or a blessing. Depending on how they buy backs are used to promote the product and how they are seeded in the product.

This particular product 2012 Heros of Sport looks like a disapointment to me. But, let me start out with the positives. There are some excellent cards and memorabilia items to pull. All of the card and memoriblilia are certified by excellent companies. The packaging is top notch. There are the reason I’m not going to buy this product. I don’t know anything about the reputation of this company. At this point, the company has no reputation and nothing to worry about if their reputation is tarnished buy the handling of this product. The cards should have been hand sorted, so that every box has close to the same value. From what I see on the website, whoever has the most points wins. It doesn’t appear to be an auction where you could pool all of your points for on particular item. So, the person who spend the most money on 2012 Heros of Sports will win the top prize.

Posted January 8, 2013 at 8:05 am | Permalink
David Carter

For me, the thrill of the break is equally if not more exciting than the collecting itself, which is why I love products like this. It’s exciting enough when you’re breaking a current year product and land the big rookie everyone’s been dying to find. But now you have the chance to pull everything from active veteran’s rookie cards to Babe Ruth? How can you not get a thrill from that! However, I’m not a big fan of the points system, as when coupled with the price tag I feel like it really alienates the casual collector. While the $500 price tag alone makes this product out of reach of some, the fact that you would likely have to buy many boxes to have any chance at the big point prizes really limits the competition to a small percentage of collectors. I would love to see a more random approach in the future, that gives a greater chance to those collectors who could barely afford that first box as chances are even if you hit a massive point card, there will be someone with a more flexible checking account buying up thousands more on Ebay.

Posted January 8, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Permalink
Andrew Lucas

I believe after watching the video this product has merit. A chance to pull some great older memoralbilia and high grade more recent cards. I really like the point program. I think that it affords the average collector the luxury to obtain something they most likely would never otherwise receive. The only downfall is this is a super high end product that would be out of reach for us common collectors who have to work, or play, within our budgets in these hard ecenomic times. I will say I was excited to see the cards you pulled and realize winning this product would make any collector happy.

Posted January 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Permalink
Nick Roos

I’m amazed at how many people shared their opinions in detail here, and I don’t think it’s just for the giveaway because the big stuff will be given away in the print issues.

Products like this spark collectors’ imaginations. The Leaf Best Of products and Rookie Retro products strike a powerful chord with collectors for the same reason: we have a chance to pull something huge, and if we don’t get the big money hit, we’re still going to get something collectible, and like somebody already said in the comments, this Heroes product–like Best Of–seems to be void of the penny hits we pull in everything else.

One thing I wonder about products like these is who can sell them. They don’t fit the present Group-Break paradigm very well because of the money per hit ratio, and most dealers and card shop owners probably pass on products that are super high-end but don’t have myriad ways to recoup investment. These one-pack products limit sellers from packing things out to offer entry level pricing for buyers with different budgets. For instance, Bowman Sterling is great this year in football and baseball, and part of the reason for that is that dealers buy up as much product as they can, knowing that even if it tanks, they can still make a run at breaking even by packing it out, and buyers love the chance to get in on super high-end product without dropping three or four hundred bucks to do so.

Breaks like this one go a long way to off-set the high-end jitters, and the points system helps a lot, too, I think. About the points, however, I feel like the kind of collectors who want slabbed cards of all-time greats might not have a lot of crossover to the kind of collectors who want to get on the internet and read/surf their way to better cards. Bowman seems to be targeting young collectors with the prospect challenge, and I think that’s probably the right market for internet cards. I’m 29 years old, and I feel like I’m too old to go battling through the Web for sports cards. Then again, I don’t really understand the points thing. But I suppose that circles us right back to the question at hand: Will the points values be enough to make people think they’ve got a safety net of sorts if they don’t hit DiMaggio, Williams, Ruth, etc.?

Posted January 9, 2013 at 6:46 am | Permalink
Matthew

Nice break.. Overall, high risk with a high reward or big disappointment. But, if you have the disposable income to buy this product, you shouldn’t be too heartbroken if you get a bad pull. With cards, the excitement is in the anticipation and opening of the packages. With THIS product, there is huge anticipation and excitement, so for a person with deep pockets, they are paying for that anticipation, there could be something in that $500 box that would really be a nice add to their collection. A simple topps hobby box holds some excitement value, but nothing compared to this. This was made for higher dollar collectors. But, for us normal guys, it can still be fun to watch on youtube. Thanks for sharing.

Posted January 9, 2013 at 8:19 am | Permalink
Chris Wagner

I LOVE the idea behind this product and how Beckett is backing it up !!! $500.00 is a little too high for my income so I would be a great canidate for a free box . Thanks for the video and the chance to win this GREAT box !!!

Posted January 9, 2013 at 11:37 am | Permalink

I’m fine with repackaged items as long as the chase items are worth the price of admission and the consolation hits aren’t just a bunch of junk. This one, despite the pricetag, seems decently thought out where you won’t necessarily feel like you took it in the frank and beans despite not pulling a winner of a box. As far as the point system goes. It’s very hard to get good participation in programs like that, but if the prizes are worth it, it just might work. A good way to go about a points program may be to just have a rotating gallery of prizes with new ones appearing every so often and have the points roll over from product to product.

Posted January 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Permalink
Eric Urbanowski

Overall, repackaging leads to a true hit-or-miss product, especially at this price point. Truthfully, I’d love to buy a box and try my luck, but at $500, it equates out to an expensive lottery ticket. However, Heroes is offering this points system to hopefully eliminate some of misses on the product. I just hope that they are able to deliver on the high end mem products that they are advertising. If there are hiccups with these items, it’ll certainly doom the company, especially in its initial launch.

Posted January 10, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Permalink
Brian

This product makes your mind drift into multiple areas. Should I buy it, but what if its not promising for the price. But what if it is and I get something worth wild that could change my collection of baseball. What if……. That’s my favorite thought of mind when it comes to collecting. This makes me wonder of the spectacular things I could pull, to a Mickey mantle rookie card to a signed mantle baseball makes me fill with excitement every time I open a pack of baseball cards. This product make me wonder and to me that’s worth the price just to see what the baseball gods will give me. I would most definitely buy this product in the future because of its promising cards. My curiosity is enough for me to buy it in the near future.

Posted January 11, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Permalink
John G.

At $500 a box , there is a lot of risk, but according to their website there is some incredible stuff in here. You are also getting 4 hits per box. I have spent $200 plus on other buy backs that were 1 card, and it turned out to be a $40 card.

Posted January 11, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Permalink
Nathan Boyle

I wish i could afford products like because of the FUN FACTOR. I am a huge baseball fan, and to be able to get all kinds of products from all kinds of eras is nothing short of awesome. I like the points system because of the chase. Like the Topps Giveaway redmptions joining past and present. I think it’s a good idea but certainly not for everyone and I understand that. I like Topps, but not Topps Opening Day. There are different levels for all different collectors and i like that diversity. Thank You.

Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:41 am | Permalink
scott whalen

I love the idea of being able to pull a vintage card or redemption for an actual entire piece of memorabilia. As opposed to a small single colored swatch. The points system is a very catchy way to draw more collectors. I think there should be more products like this in different price ranges as I can’t afford $500 a box. I remember when Upperdeck gave away items from their vault. I sent in every entry card i found in hopes of winning. This product takes that to a whole new level. Wish i had the cash!

Posted January 15, 2013 at 7:16 am | Permalink
Chris Olds

I’ve been backed up working on two magazines. Will give our online cards away by the end of this week.

Posted January 15, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Permalink
Mike M

They are close on this price-wise. If they could lower the price point to $400 (or add 1 more “real” card) I think its a fun break. For those of us who cant afford to drop $500, you get 4 guys to throw in $100 each for “hit-draft” break. Since there are 4 hits plus the code card, you randomize positions in the break (1st gets first pick, etc.) Whoever gets 4th pick also gets the code card as consolation. (u can also just randomize the 4 “positions” and if someone gets the code card in their position they would get the 5th position also).

Either way, I think there are better ways to spend $500….but $100? That sounds like a fun gamble! Lets start a petition to get the SRP dropped and get some group breaks going!

Posted January 16, 2013 at 3:37 am | Permalink
allen b

The product looks awesome. I’ve seen numerous breaks. I know its high end but I just can’t afford it.

Posted January 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink
Matt Gilman

Wow fun break!

Posted January 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Permalink
chrisolds

Our online winners have been noted above and have been contacted.

Look for details on how you can win some cool stuff in the March 2013 issue of Beckett Baseball.

Posted January 18, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Permalink
troy potter

Love the product, trying to figure out what bills not to pay in order to get a box. Love the range of product offered in the boxes you guys opened. The Williams auto picture was the coolest, my father in law was a big fan and would have loved to see me pull that.

Posted January 18, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Permalink
Nathan Mayberg

I will try to be more interesting next time. Thanks for the contest.

Posted January 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink
Matt Ratcliff

I love what I have seen thus far from this product. It seems that it seeks to help maximize your returns by giving you larger point totals for weaker cards/boxes. There are literally dozens of pulls that I would love to have and it seems like your odds of getting something really excellent are dramatically increased in this product over even thee most expensive wax boxes. The price is out of the normal range of what I would spend. The most expensive wax I have ever purchased is about $200 but I am seriously giving this some thought. The weakest box I have seen would probably be worth 200 so the maximum lost should be 300 . I believe those odds are worth it in order to try to pull something fabulous. I would love to see a product like this,with no redemptions but the same available pulls in the $200 range. I would not hesitate a second to make that purchase.

Posted January 20, 2013 at 7:51 am | Permalink
Nathan Young

Well wow!! I think that Hero’s of Sport is not only a great product from what I can tell its also very very refreshing as it gives a new twist on card collecting. This box looks fun and interactive, especially with the redemption cards and reward system, especially with the game used items like the signed baseballs and the Babe Ruth patch card. Awesome!

Sure, the Hero’s of Sport Hobby Box is $499.99 and it will surely keep some people from buying into it but I think that’s kind of the point as its not for the fain’t of heart. But just like buying and trading stocks there are some risk involved and card collecting is not different. But that’s what makes it fun in my book.

For me card collecting is an adventure, as every time I open a new box is like taking that first ride on a roller coaster, your adrenaline gets pumping with anticipating if you’ll get that great card. I’m not sure about other sports card collectors but for me thats what it’s all about. My wife bought me the Press Pass Platinum Cuts Inscription Hobby Box for this last Christmas and even though I’m not a Football fanatic, I will cherish the Jim Taylor Hall of Fame 1 of 1 card that I pulled for many years to come as one day I will pass these cards down to my kids. Till then I will rejoice with every box that I open between now and then like it was my very first box.

So, yes I think the Hero’s of Sports Hobby Box is a great buy and even though I heard about this product today I’m already looking forward to buying one myself as $499.99 is a small price for many years of enjoyment and a valuable piece of sports history.

Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:09 am | Permalink
Steve Berebitsky

I have been collecting for about 10 years now. I have bought National Treasures, Exquisite, The Cup and the vaunted 1990 Upper Deck Baseball. That said, when I saw you open up those boxes, I felt sick. I remember the days of opening those high end cards only to get my ass handed to me in a high hat. Intriguing? Yes. To purchase one box and actually pull a “point card” as one of the four cards all the while knowing this is the only box I can afford to buy? I think I would vomit. That said, what the hell, you only live once (spoken like a true addict).

Posted January 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Permalink
jeremy

that is a sweet product and i dont collect baseball i would probably buy a box

Posted January 31, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Permalink
jeff hoyle

Very Very nice product, I would love to have one to put up for my 5 yr old son!! I think it brings a great new player into the card collecting world.

Posted February 23, 2013 at 12:17 am | Permalink
Dave Karpinski

Very nice product which contains the chance of some very historic hits. The $500 price tag is very high and I assume most collectors are like myself and can not afford such high prices. For myself it’s like playing the lottery or going to a casino. If you hit you’ll be talking about it for the rest of your life and if you don’t hit you will still talk about it for the rest of your life. It”s a big gamble that some will and some won’t but if I had a choice of Vegas for 5 days or a pack of cards I’m going Vegas. Thanks for the contest!

Posted February 24, 2013 at 10:52 am | Permalink

I really enjoyer watching the box break, but for the cost is too steep. I love the hobby and love collecting cards but family and other commitments must come first. I would love to be able to open a box that had the chance for a Ted Williams autograph, Yankees signed baseball etc. Thanks for the contest.

Posted March 9, 2013 at 8:54 am | Permalink
John Haverty

Those cards are sweet.the kind of cards you dream of ever getting. But kind not everyone can buy. Like some boxes.it would be a once in a great wile buy for me.

Posted March 15, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Permalink
David Blackwell

I think this is a great product beacuse it give the small time collecter a chance to hit a card they could only dream of , there is no just to come across some of those cards or a signed ball from some of the greatest players in the game this is a product that i would buy and love to have. its all done for you the grading and we no how spendy that can get. KILLER PRODUCT!!!!

Posted April 16, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

I think they should lower their price down to $250.00 a box. By doing this i think more people would by the boxes, and they would make enough money to keep selling them. I think they’re way cool. I would buy a box if it was $250 a box. I can’t though unfortunately at $500 a box. Thanks for the cool info guys and if i do come up with an extra $500 i will buy a box. Thank you

Posted July 31, 2013 at 9:30 am | Permalink
Alex

I really like how the almost all of the cards were already graded. But the one thing I did not like it the price tag I think it should be lower, and also it is a newer company so I will let them have some time to adjust to the people. I love how they have that points on the back that gets collectors into everything they have. All in all the box is vary nice and the cards are too.

Posted August 2, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

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