AT THE NATIONAL: Group case breakers open more nearly 200 Panini redemption packs

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

BALTIMORE – Not everyone can make it to the National Sports Collectors Convention. Money, distance and work are all things that can get in the way.

But a community of collectors on YouTube and BlogTV have found a way to be here without actually being here.

About 125 collectors have joined a group break to get as many Panini America redemptions as possible. Only about 30 or so of the group will make it out this weekend, but as of Thursday afternoon, they have ripped 180 wrapper redemption packs after buying two cases of 2011 Prime Cuts.

The group, which is run by Chad Redfern (TheTTruth17 on YouTube), plans to open even more.

“I do group breaks all the time,” Redfern, 30, who lives in the Los Angeles area said. “This was a way to get the people who can’t be here involved.”

The group pulled all types of cards from the Panini redemption packs: base cards, player-used towels, player-worn hats, 1/1 autographs, press plates and those Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning cards that weren’t placed in Prestige.

The way the process worked is 28 people get in on each group case break. The teams were randomized to the participants. They get all the cards in the break. Then, the cards from the NSCC packs will be randomized once Redfern gets home – after shipping all the cards to himself.

Buying all these cases also gets the group past the $6,500 threshold for a pass into the Panini Bucks VIP event on Saturday, which will have Biz Markie as a DJ. Also, Panini will have autograph guests at the show that will be announced later.

The group chose Panini because they liked the different types of cards they would be able to get out of its packs. The opportunities to pull unique cards such as employee autographs appealed to them.

“Panini always steps it up above the other companies when it comes to redemption packs,” Thomas Auyeung of Vancouver, Canada said. “They do a good job every year.”

Susan Lulgjuraj is the editor of Becket magazines. You can email Susan here with ideas, comments and questions. Follow her on Twitter here.

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15 comments

  1. Brad Absher 2 August, 2012 at 14:55

    I had the Pirates in the first case they busted of Prime Cuts. I hope something huge for me came out of it. Awesome article. Thanks for writing this.

  2. adam fowler 2 August, 2012 at 15:24

    Couldnt have a better guy to represent Blogtv and youtube community Chad is a very generous and giving and great guy to do business with.Panini always goes above and beyond for the customers. Everyone have fun and be safe take care~

  3. Adam Aiello 2 August, 2012 at 18:19

    Team Truthy reppin’ it hard in BMore!!! WU Chad???? WU BT???? Can’t wait to see you guys tomorrow!!!!

    Way to represent YouTube/BlogTV and make us proud!!!

    AdamJ

  4. Sandow 2 August, 2012 at 22:08

    These YT/BlogTV group breakers are mostly scammers who re-record breaks if something good is pulled. Stay away.

  5. Travis Smith 3 August, 2012 at 09:30

    I have been joining Chad’s group breaks for a couple of years now. He has grown a reputation for honesty and trust. This is an AWESOME article. Congrats on the breaks Chad and everyone else from the community!!

  6. redzwestisbest 3 August, 2012 at 15:04

    Sandow…. what you are talking about? Blogtv is LIVE TV!!! If the breaker is not interacting with you real time, you may have a point of a re-recording but he would half to ignore every chatter in the room. There are plenty of legit group breakers including TheTruth17. Start doing some research before you spit some ignorant nonsense.

  7. vansuz 3 August, 2012 at 15:15

    @sandow – think before you open your mouth. chad and truth17 are the best. don’t comment on what you don’t know.

  8. hudsonfan15 4 August, 2012 at 07:41

    As one of the earliest people to speak about the presence of YouTube/BlogTV on this website and the magazine (see my Tim Hudson supercollector piece from the December 2008 issue of Beckett monthly) I am exceptionally pleased and proud of my fellow collectors for their efforts as described here. I have been preaching to the “old guard” of the hobby for years that times are changed and we, the educated, tech-savvy online collectors are where the future of this hobby. Group breaks show the level of organization and dedication to sports cards the new top demographic in the business is capable of, companies should see this, embrace it and do everything in their power to keep it going. Panini gets that already largely due to Tracy Hackler and Scott Prusha. If you’re reading this article and you don’t have a YouTube account to chronicle your collecting and socially network with other hobbyists, get one now!

  9. hudsonfan15 4 August, 2012 at 10:07

    @Sandow

    You must not be a member of the community or be at all educated in the group, there have been scammers just like all other facets of the hobby but we police them out ourselves. The positive, quality people drastically outweigh the negative and it makes the experience completely worthwhile. If you seek out people with a good reputation and do your homework on people you will drastically reduce your chances of having anything like that happen just like in all other facets of life. Your comment was ill-founded and ignorant, get the facts before speaking on issues going forward when they could be interpreted as slanderous!

  10. Garrett 5 August, 2012 at 13:24

    Egnah2 says : Bravo Hudsonfan 15 and Bravo Truthy for doing this for this great community that I enjoy being involved in. I watched many of the scammers posts on youtube and was very skeptical of the ” internet ” community. I have been involved in hundreds of Chads and many others group breaks for the past 5 years and have never been cheated in any way. My only regret is that my work schedule this past week has made it so I was unable to be involved in any of the breaks from the national’s.

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