Why do I have such a strong opinion on them? Well... it mainly comes down to the two teams I collect: the Oakland Athletics and the San Diego Padres.
Neither of these teams are hobby powerhouses, so it doesn't make any sense for me to try to grab them in group breaks and pay the same price as another collector who happens to pick the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, or the Boston Red Sox who are filled with more star power and legendary players.
I guess I'd be more likely to join a completely random group break, but then again... do I really want to get stuck with a bunch of Miami Marlins or Colorado Rockies base cards? Nah. Not really.
Group breaks just aren't my thing anymore.
Then a few weeks ago, Cardboard Collections offered up an affordable group break that included a box of 2004 Topps Clubhouse Collection. The first time I saw his post, I was a little intrigued, because I really do like the relic cards from that product. However I stuck to my guns and continued on my merry way.
Almost a week later I noticed that somehow the New York Yankees hadn't been purchased, which surprised me because according to Trading Card Database, they have a bunch of big names on the Clubhouse Collection checklist: Derek Jeter, Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, Whitey Ford, Casey Stengel, Bernie Williams, and Mariano Rivera.
I decided for $18, it was worth a shot.
About a week later, I discovered that it was worth every penny.
This was my big hit:
2004 Topps Clubhouse Career Leaders Relics #LG2 (#'d 158/184)
This is my very first Lou Gehrig memorabilia card.
Although the New York Yankees have been my least favorite baseball franchise for as long as I can remember, I will always have a soft spot for The Iron Horse. When I was a kid, I'd get excited every time The Pride of the Yankees was on the television. Although... probably not as excited as I was when I saw this card in the group break video.
The Gehrig itself would have been worth the price I spent on the group break. But there were two more solid hits that I am pretty excited to add to the collection:
2004 Topps Clubhouse Relics #MRI (Print Run: 239)
2004 Topps Clubhouse Copper Relics #JP (#'d 08/99)
Both Mariano and Jorge were part of the New York Yankees teams I despise the most. They just kept winning and winning and winning... year in and year out. It got to the point where I would rather see them lose than to see my teams win.
With that being said... now that they're all retired... I've learned to admire guys like Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Mariano Rivera, and Jorge Posada... since they spent their entire playing careers wearing Yankees pinstripes.
The group break also featured some 2002 Topps Gallery Yankees and Seattle Mariners (my randomized team) base cards:
Here's a look at the complete (non-short print) New York Yankees team set. I'm a huge fan of Topps Gallery especially the 2001, 2002, and 2003 base cards.
The Ichiro is a really good looking card though and the Juan Silvestre is a short print, but overall I really struck out in regards to the Seattle Mariners.
I don't see myself joining anymore group breaks in the near future. Let's just say that I want to try to end things on a positive note.
What about you...
What are your thoughts on group breaks? Ever received any huge cards from a group break?
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!