Rockin' Retro Group Break #2: Sign-Ups Begin Now!

It's official - I placed the second order for some more boxes...and they should be arriving any day now!  With that in place, I can officially announce my next group break.

Here's how it will work:

The details:

Cost:  Each slot (one team of your choice, one random team) will be $35.00.  The price includes shipping to the US.  Please send payment to and please indicate your chosen team in the comment section when you send payment.  All payments should be sent as goods/services!

When?  The Rockin' Retro group break will begin soon after I sell all of the slots (and all the boxes arrive).  All boxes have already been ordered but I won't reveal each box until I have it in hand (therefore, if you are signing up early you'll get a little bit of a mystery until the boxes are all revealed).

Note #1:  I will claim one slot (the Reds).

Note #2:  Non-sport cards (if any) will be randomized between all teams.  Cards featuring players from multiple teams will be randomized between the featured team slots.  Cards from historical teams will go to their modern day team.  All cards* from the boxes will ship except for the Fleer Tradition box.    *see note below for the Fleer Tradition box

Note #3:  If I sell out the entire group break within a week (i.e. before October 13) I will give the person who has the team slot that did the worst the choice of one bonus prize (see list below).  
The possible prizes for the worst team slot (taking into account total cards but also parallels and inserts), include:
1.  A complete set of 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter (including short prints)
2.  A complete set of 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter This Day in History insert set (cards 1 - 75).
3.  A complete set of 2011 Topps Lineage (cards 1 - 200)
4.  A complete set of 2011 Topps Town Series 1 (cards TT-1 - TT-50)
5.  A complete set of 2015 Topps Series 1 Robbed insert set (cards R-1 - R-15)
6.  A small stack of cards (~25 - 50) from the two teams in the team slot

The bonus prize should make it worthwhile to jump in and claim any team (yes, even the Marlins)!  If you end up doing well, great - and if instead the slot is the worst of the break you get to pick from one of the rather awesome bonus prizes listed above!

So, what's included in the group break?  
There will be EIGHT SEVEN total boxes included in the break.  I will update this last with photographs and details as the other boxes arrive in the mail.  Consider this a fun bit of suspense for those that jump in early on the break (remember, only 15 slots in this break)!!

Edit:  I always like to add in a little extra in my group breaks if I can.  While I was originally holding back the eighth box to be a surprise addition, I'm hoping by advertising the bonus box up front that I'll be able to sell out the break!

Box #1:  2001 Topps Gold Label

This box has 24 packs with 5 cards per pack.  I have long loved the Gold Label brand so when I had the chance to grab an unopened box of the stuff, you better believe I jumped on the opportunity.  I'll admit, I really REALLY wanted to keep this box all for myself but I think it'll be more loved if it gets included in the group break!  This box does have an outside chance of a relic in it as well, so who knows, maybe we'll get super lucky!

Box #2:  2002 Topps Total

The box proudly proclaims that this is the perfect box for the "set builder."  The box contains 36 packs with 10 cards per pack making this a great group break product as all 30 teams should be well represented here!  This is a hobby box but no other odds are listed on the outside of the box but according to BaseballCardPedia, there are a few inserts included in the set as well.

Box #3:  1998 Pacific Paramount

Loyal readers of my blog know that I love late 90s Pacific baseball cards a lot.  Thus, when I (finally) found a box of Pacific for sale, you better believe that I took the opportunity to grab it for a future group break!  This particular box has a number of cool possibilities within it including die-cut team checklists (2:37 packs), Special Delivery die-cuts (1:37 packs), and Fielder's Choice laser-cuts (1:73 packs).  If we get super, duper lucky we might even find a Cooperstown Bound card (1:361 packs).  Those all go along with three different parallel sets including the hobby only silver, platinum blue, and hobby copper (the final one being one-per-pack).  The box says that there are 36 packs within but there is no mention that I can find of how many cards per pack.

Box #4: 1991 Topps Archives (1953 set)

Honestly, I have no idea what to expect with this box - but there are 36 packs inside with 12 cards per pack making this another huge box in terms of card output!  The box I bought was supposed to be brand new but it did arrive without a cellophane wrapping on the outside (all of the individual packs are still wrapped but I thought that was worth mentioning at least).

Box #5:   1995 Score Summit Edition

The '95 Score Summit Edition is a higher end version of Score's base set.  The box contains 24 packs.  Inside, we can hope to find a few different inserts or parallels including Nth Degree, New Age, 21 Club, and Big Bang.

Box #6:  1998 Fleer Tradition - Series 2*:

This is another hobby box - and it's of a set that I collect.  In fact, that's the reason I added this box to the group break.  Important:  I will be keeping any cards from this box that I still need for my own set (you can view my entire want list here).  I have most of Series 2 already but I am hopeful that this box will get me closer to completion for my own set.

Box #7:  2016 Donruss (not Donruss Optic as I originally said)

Finally, to end our original group of promised boxes how about a box with a relic or autograph?  With 24 packs and 6 cards per pack, the Donruss box should provide a nice mix of newer players to go with our retro boxes!

Box #8:  The BONUS BOX:  1997 Donruss Limited

Like many of the boxes in this break, I am SUPER excited to bust this box.  First of all, look at the nice parallelogram shape that the box is in!  Second, the 1997 Limited set is said to be super rare - only 1100 of each Star Factor subset base card were ever produced (according to the box).  I didn't know much about this set until I saw it on baseballcardpedia - and if you are curious, I'd definitely check out that site.  The only bad thing about the set is that there will be a bunch of cards featuring multiple teams.  That's ok though, at the end I'll simply randomize the cards between the claimed teams.  PLEASE NOTE:  If a card features two teams but one of those teams was an originally claimed team and the other was a random team, the card will go in the claimed team's stack.  In this way, everyone has a better shot at getting the cards from the team that they actually claimed and want!  I think this is the fairest way to do things for this particular box (my standard rules for team randomization for the other boxes will hold as in the original rules for the break)  The special tie-breaker rule is only for this particular bonus box.  If a card features multiple teams that were claimed (or if all the teams featured were the second randomized team) then I will simply random off the card between the various teams as usual.  As for the box itself, there are 24 packs within it according to the box (but no card count per pack is mentioned, at least as far as I could see).

That officially does it for the group break - so let's get this thing filled (and paid for) ASAP so that I can start busting the various boxes.  With EIGHT different boxes included, this should go down as a great value group break despite the $35 per slot cost.

Slots remaining:  4

Arizona Diamondbacks -
Atlanta Braves  -
Baltimore Orioles -
Boston Red Sox  -
Chicago White Sox - JediJeff (PAID)
Chicago Cubs -P-Town Tom (PAID)
Cincinnati Reds - Nachos Grande (PAID)
Cleveland Indians -
Colorado Rockies - Adam K. (PAID)
Detroit Tigers -
Houston Astros - Bru (PAID)
Kansas City Royals -
Los Angeles Angels -
Los Angeles Dodgers -
Miami Marlins -
Milwaukee Brewers -
Minnesota Twins -
New York Mets -
New York Yankees - Tim B. (PAID)
Oakland Athletics -
Philadelphia Phillies - Jordan (PAID)
Pittsburgh Pirates - Wade Fisher (PAID)
San Diego Padres -
San Francisco Giants -  Nick V. (PAID)
Seattle Mariners -
St. Louis Cardinals -  madding (PAID)
Tampa Bay Rays -
Texas Rangers -
Toronto Blue Jays -
Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos - CaptKirk42 (payment pending)


  1. I am SO into this one. White Sox please. I'll send payment soon.

  2. I'll claim Giants. My replacement credit card's overdue to arrive in the mail so I'll get payment sent as soon as I hook it up with paypal.

  3. Put me down for St. Louis!

  4. Unless I can get some items listed and sold quickly in my eBay store, I may have to sit this one pour. However, the Donruss box pictured I believe is NOT Optic and the regular base set. Hope I’m wrong though.

    1. Ooh, you might be right! I better double check when i get home. Shows what i know about donruss!

  5. Colbey is right, that is a regular donruss box. I will update when i get home.

  6. Well heck, put me in for the ‘Stros. I’m intrigued by this mystery, and it’s been too long since I’ve been in a Nachos break.

  7. I actually built the 2002 Topps Total set from packs and trades within the blogosphere. Don't have any for the Cubs binders though, as the set is boxed up.
    So, put me down for the Cubs!

  8. I'd love to grab the Yankees!

  9. Even after that disastrous NLDS, I remain a Rockies fan. I will take them, please.

  10. 1998 Fleer Tradition evokes strong and good memories, however looking around building a set seems to be pretty difficult for it. Still, I can't fault you for having great tastes.

  11. I cave. Put me down for the Phillies, good sir.

  12. I've been holding off since my Paypal was low. Refill is in process. I can pay on Monday if that is OK. I'd like the Washington/Montreal Franchise.

  13. Works for me! Thank you!

  14. I'll take the Pirates.


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