The 2013 edition of UFC Bloodlines from Topps is set to release next Friday, December 13th. The product will be very similar to last year's release with a few variations. As always, Fight Hobby and CombatCardboard will be putting on group breaks for the new release. There will be a limited number of spots for this product, so don't miss out.
2 box hit draft $100/spot
1 box alphabet $38/spot
1 box Pick-a-Pack $22/spot
Send a message to fighthobby on this site or @fighthobby on twitter to get involved. Breaks will happen on https://breakers.tv/fighthobby Hope to see you all there for the new release. If you miss out, there will be more breaks coming every week.
Sign-ups will close on Wednesday December 4th. The first event will be UFC Fight Night 33 on December 6th, so picks will be due in by Thursday December 5th at 11pm eastern time. For more information or to sign-up, go to the thread for Season 2. Good Luck everybody!
Group Breaks for dummies
I know that most of you already participate into one of those breaks but I taught that it could be a good thing to explain how it’s working for those who didn’t try it yet. I think that group breaks are fun and are a good way of meeting other collectors, chat about the hobby and getting the cards for your PC without getting all those other hits that you don’t really need.
A while back, group breaks were for ripping a single box but nowadays it’s cooler to open a full case. A group of collectors are getting together with one breaker showing the break live on the internet. The breaker would split the cost of the box or case and decided the theme of the breaks. The themes are fun and that’s what makes the group break so special. The more regular one could be pick a pack or pick a hit but there could be some specials one as a weight class breaks ( all participants get the hits that showcase the fighters of their weight class), an alphabetical breaks ( you pick a letter and you’ll get the hits of all the fighter’s last name that starts with your letter) or what works real well latetly pick a fighter (you buy a specific fighter and get all his hits)
In group breaks, it’s important to know that most of the time you’ll end up only with your hits ( auto, relic, numbered cards). All the regular cards will be kept by the breaker to save on shipping cost. To give you an example, I participate this week to the pick a fighter group break of a 2013 Topps UFC finest full case break from Aansportscards.com . For 15$, I bought John Makdessi. Unfortunately, I end up getting a blue and a sparkle version of his card. You can’t win every time. On that same break, somebody ends up getting an Anderson Silva octofractor auto and 2 relics for 40$. That’s a pretty good deal. Group breaks give you more chance to hit the cards you want.
Fighthobby did a lot of breaks for members here for a while but decided to take a break lately. Since I know some of you enjoy breaks a lot, I offer Aansportscards.com to promote is breaks here. I strongly suggest you guys give it a try.
Let me know what you think on the forum about Group Breaks.
Building sets or working on Personal Collection (PC)?
As a kid, i remember having fun opening packs of cards with my brother hoping to finish the base sets of the latest baseball or football release. For those interested, yes I'm Canadian but i never give a damn about hockey. Then, I was able to find some local cards store (lcs) and started to rip box of cards and trading my big hits directly there. A couple years later, I discover Ebay where i was able to find cards of my favorite player, but there was nothing better for me then ripping boxes of cards and building the base sets.
That brings us to now, since Topps jump into the MMA world, I discover the world of MMA collecting. I open boxes of cards and build the base sets of every sets that came out except the premium one. Why I didn't open any premium boxes? Because they are expensive, they are tough to build and I realize that if I take the same money and use it to buy specifics cards to members here or ebay and I could build my PC without getting that damn relic or that mediocre box.
Let's take the last 2 weeks as example. With the release of Topps Finest, I was able to buy a GSP and a Rory MacDonald auto/relic finest threads for 70$. That's 2 big additions for my Canadian fighters PC. On the other end, I was lucky enough to win a box of Finest with a Topps contest on twitter. My hits were, a Shogun gold auto, a Benavidez Finest threads and relics of Carraway, Faber, Evans and Overeem. Let's say i would have buy that box i would still have prefer my 2 PC cards even though I admit I had a decent box. More than that, I end up getting around 50% of the complete set in my box and that brings us to my point.
I think collectors are now working more on building their collection of favorite fighters ( or teams or players in other sports) because we realise that it was more and more difficult to build sets of cards. I also think that cards manufacturers had pushed collectors to work mostly on specific PC by doing all those variations of cards included in any given sets and I didn't event wanna talk about the short print cards that complete some sets nowadays (thank god Topps has not done that in MMA yet). If you look at topics on the forum here, you'll notice a lot of posts about somebody looking for specific fighters cards and maybe one or two posts about somebody trying to finish a set or inserts set.
I admit, I'm the first one to do it. But I have to say that even if getting something in the mail from a trade I made here is fun, nothing beats the thrill of opening a box of cards hoping to get the big hit everybody will be talking about.
What you guys think about it?