I know many of you collectors have at least once tried a group break. If you haven't it usually works like this: A person/blog/site/card shop will have a box/boxes/or packs of cards to break. All teams are up for buying. Normally the teams are tiered, for example the Yankees you will pay more than a team like the D-Backs. The past ten years we have seen a huge boom of historical and hall of fame players coming back into our sets, inserts, and hits. So if you pick a team that has been around for 100 years, you not only get base cards of current players, but you have a huge chance of getting many former players on base cards, inserts, and hits. Someone like me who collects a newer expansion team like the Rockies, we tend to only get the current players base, inserts, and low hits. Our hits are usually only going to be current autos or relics. Where as someone with the team like the Red Sox has the chances of getting current autos or relics, plus a chance of autos or relics of players like Fisk, Rice, Williams, Yaz, and so on. Just look at the back of a Topps pack and look at the former players and their copyrights: Lou Gerig (Yankees), Babe Ruth (Yankees), Mickey Mantle (Yankees), Jackie Robinson (Dodgers), Sandy Koufax (Dodgers) are just a few I've seen in the current years.
At least many of the group breaks use a tier system, but I've seen one or two around not use one. Which means all teams pay the same amount. I just need to tell myself before each group break I do with my team the Rockies, my best hit will be maybe an $8 Dexter Fowler Relic while others may get classic greats like Steve Carlton, Bob Gibson, Dave Winfield, Sandy Koufax autographs...etc. I can't complain because a team like the Rockies will only pay a fraction of someone who pays for teams like the Cardinals or Yankees so they have more to lose but much more to gain on the flip side. I am currently in a break right now, not doing too good (looks like I will only get base cards), many of the boxes being broke don't even have Rockies base cards in them. I am doing another one next year with 2013 Topps Series 1 Case, which should be a much better Rockies product.
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