Category Archives: Box Busters & Ripping Retail

Media break adds Chicago buzz + win Olds’ stuff

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

That’s how I’d describe the Media Break Wednesday evening at the National Sports Collectors Convention where I was among a panel of 10 media members — two from within the hobby and eight luminaries from the Chicago sports scene — were witnesses to a group break.

We got the swag — and in my case the winnings will be yours.

Five boxes of 2014 Panini Playbook were ripped and three teams assigned per person. My teams? The hometown Chicago Bears, the Cleveland Browns and the San Diego Chargers.

My competition? A who’s who of Chicago Media — Emmy winner Chet Coppock, former Chicago Bears quarterback Bobby Douglas, ESPN 1000’s Chuck Swirsky, Fox Sports Chicago’s Gerald Clarke, fellow hobby media member Rich Mueller, the Mancow Muller Show’s Al Roker Jr., the Chicago Mustangs’ Taylor Bond, Chicago rock legend Jimy Sohns and CSN Chicago’s Luke Stuckmeyer.

In other words, it was a who’s who and I was the “Who?” …

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Making a $100,000 case for vintage at the National

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Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange talks about a vintage case — one that’s not as old as you might think — with a six-figure price tag at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

It’s not sold yet, but there’s already at least one interested buyer.

 

Dare to Tear: Ripping a 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Double Rip Card

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Would you dare to tear? Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds rips his 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Double Rip Card in this tear-worthy Box Busters video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Get the back story on this card — and his stance on the whole ripping debate — here.

Box Busters: 2015 Panini Clear Vision football cards

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Join Beckett Football’s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2015 Panini Clear Vision in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

 

Box Busters: 2015 Panini NFL Sticker Collection

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Join Beckett Football’Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2015 Panini NFL Sticker Collection in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014-15 Panini Excalibur basketball

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Eric Norton and Chris Olds as they rip into premium boxes of 2014-15 Panini Excalibur in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015 Panini Cooperstown baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2015 Panini Cooperstown in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Ripping Retail: 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a blaster box of 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters Retro: 2006 Playoff Contenders football cards

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Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds joins Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange to open boxes of 2006 Playoff Contenders cards in this latest Box Busters Retro video.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015 Bowman Inception baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2015 Bowman Inception in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015 Fleer Retro Marvel cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Matt Bible as they rip into boxes of 2015 Fleer Retro Marvel cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out.

Plus, answer the following question and you could win the Ant-Man sketch card from the video: What would you do or where would you go if you could make yourself small? Leave a comment below. A winner will be selected before Aug. 1.

Box Busters: 2015 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2015 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014-15 SP Authentic hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Eric Norton and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 SP Authentic in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Look for a historic Box Busters — 1993 MTG Alpha — soon

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary

On Monday, Beckett Media will bear witness to a monumental occasion.

Magic The Gathering super collector Adam Cai will be breaking open a starter deck from the 1993 MTG Alpha series on a special edition of Box Busters. He will be doing so on behalf of Preston Cordy of Cardhaus Games (check out the official website here).

Magic The Gathering cards debuted in 1993 with three separate series: Alpha, Beta and Unlimited. The three sets paralleled each other and maintain their own distinctive appearance and value.

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Box Busters: 2014-15 Panini Preferred + win our book

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Chris Olds and Eric Norton as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Panini Preferred in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out.

How can you win the big card in the break? Find out after the jump …

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Box Busters: 2015 Elite baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2015 Elite in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015 Bowman football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2015 Bowman in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Series 2 baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps Series 2 in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Stadium Club baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps Stadium Club in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015 Score football cards

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2015 Score football cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Series 2 baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips a box of 2015 Topps Series 2 in this latest Box Busters Preview video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Archives baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps Archives in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Finest baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps Finest in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015 Panini Prizm Collegiate Draft Picks

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Join Beckett Football‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2015 Panini Prizm Collegiate Draft Picks in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Tier One baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps Tier One in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015 The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Matt Bible and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2015 The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Star Wars Illustrated Empire Strikes Back + win a box

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Matt Bible and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps Star Wars Illustrated Empire Strikes Back in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

How can you win a box? Watch and comment below. A winner will be selected before July 1.

Box Busters: 2014-15 Panini Spectra basketball

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Panini Spectra in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

 

Ripping Retail Retro: 1983-84 O-Pee-Chee hockey

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Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds joins Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange to open packs of 1983-84 O-Pee-Chee hockey cards in this latest Ripping Retail Retro video.

We’ll have a series of 10 Ripping Retail Retro or Box Busters Retro videos to come in the following weeks where they rip and discuss packs from the past — packs as far back as the 1970s.

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Pro Debut baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Pro Debut in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

 

Ripping Retail Retro: 1985 Topps baseball cards

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Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds joins Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange to open packs of 1985 Topps cards in this latest Ripping Retail Retro video.

We’ll have a series of 10 Ripping Retail Retro or Box Busters Retro videos to come in the following weeks where they rip and discuss packs from the past — packs as far back as the 1970s.

Ripping Retail Retro: 1978-79 Topps hockey

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Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds joins Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange to open packs of 1978-79 Topps hockey cards in this latest Ripping Retail Retro video.

We’ll have a series of 10 Ripping Retail Retro or Box Busters Retro videos to come in the following weeks where they rip and discuss packs from the past — packs as far back as the 1970s.

What Retro video would you want to see next?

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Box Busters: 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Matt Bible as they rip into boxes of 2015 Upper Deck Avengers: Age of Ultron cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Want to win one of the cards mentioned in the video? Tell us what you think of the movie in a comment below and we’ll pick a winner at random to receive the Vision sketch card. A winner will be selected before July 1.

Box Busters: 2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks

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Join Beckett Football‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into a box of 2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters Retro: 1997 Bowman Chrome baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Reed Kasaoka of BBCexchange.com as they rip into a box of 1997 Bowman Chrome in this latest Box Busters Retro video.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …