Here we are down to the wire on this case break. I promise that the boxes were posted in the order that I opened them and I would like to thank Upper Deck for packing them in the most dramatic way possible. We’re still looking for one “A-List” autograph and the case hit.
We’ll start off this box with a Darrell Griffith Tournament Titan insert parallel numbered to 50. Griffith had the nickname “Dr. Dunkenstein” and… well, that’s all I got.
These last two boxes were crazy loaded with hits. It’s like Upper Deck realized that they hadn’t put everything into this case yet and stuffed it into these two boxes. Keep reading to see what I mean.
More weird base autographs in this box. The Eric Maynor is numbered to 349. All of the base autos to this point have been numbered to something ending in 99. All of the autograph parallels have differently colored borders. So, this is a base auto going by the card it is on, but it is numbered like a parallel. It’s also a terrible autograph. He can’t sign his full name, but he adds his jersey number? Go figure. Dante Cunningham is numbered to 899. I guess someone misplaced a few sheets of autographs.
This was the lowest numbered autograph that I had pulled to this point, but that mark wouldn’t last for long. Not only is this Gerald Henderson numbered out of 25, but the 15 it is numbered is also Henderson’s jersey number. That should draw some interest for this card on eBay. I’ve got a post in the works that shows just how crazy things can get when serial numbers are involved. It would be nice if it were one of the bigger names in the set that was numbered this low, but beggars can’t be choosers. Besides, if I were to choose one autograph to pull out of an Upper Deck hoops product, which one would I choose?
Yeah, it probably would have been this guy. I’ve been collecting long enough that I’ve held a lot of great cards in my hands, but I was shaking when this came out of the pack. It’s numbered 3/23 and beat out the Henderson for the lowest numbered autographed card in the case.
If you have the time, click on the picture to get the larger version. Now you see what I saw once I snapped back to reality and started thinking about listing the card on eBay. The bottom of the card looks like someone used to get popcorn kernels out from between their teeth. There’s chipping and dings all over the place. So, even though I’m scared as hell, I have to send this one back to Upper Deck for replacement. I know that I’ll be getting a college card in return, but I’m sending them a college card so that’s alright. I’m making sure that they send this card back if they can’t replace it with another Jordan that’s numbered this low. I may even call Upper Deck on the phone before I send the cards in to make sure they can do what I want them to.
So, I did amazingly well for my first case break considering that this one card should be able to pay for the whole case and then some on its own. The only downside is that I’m going to have to wait a couple of months at the least to get a card back that I can sell which puts the whole case breaking thing on hold for that long. It does give me the freedom to be a little more loose on the rest of what I pulled out of the case, so if you sent me a trade request then I’ll be looking to trade what you’re looking for. Also, I might trade some of the 16 sets away if anyone is interested. Send me an offer of something Celtics, Red Sox or Patriots.
Thanks to everyone who read through all of these posts. I’m still looking for ideas of what I should ask for in return for the Michael Johnson redemption and what case I should break next. I’m leaning towards something like baseball Heroes or Masterpieces, but for football Philadelphia and Magic look interesting as well. If they were easier to find, I wouldn’t mind busting cases of Topps basketball jumbos. There’s also the possibility of Donruss Basketball or 2011 Topps jumbos depending on what the Jordan card eventually sells for.