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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Here's What I'm Thinking

Since there are so many of you in the break that seem to want to trade your random teams, I will give you all the rest of today to do so (let's say 2:00 PM cst until 8:00 AM cst tomorrow).  If you get something done, one person comment with the trade and the other reply with an acceptance.  That way I know it was mutual and I can keep track. 

I want to get this rolling but more to the point, I want to make sure everyone is content in their teams and enjoys this.

Here are some of the "trade offers" on the table in case you missed them...

1. Florida (Capt. Canuck) is available.
2. Jason only wants San Jose.  So obviously that only affects Wicked Ortega.
3. Sal is willing to dump any "HITS" he gets from the Wild for something in exchange, although I'm not sure anyone trading won't want the base cards too.
4. Kevin is willing to trade Edmonton for either Florida (Canuck) or Minnesota (Sal)
5. Casey would like to trade for any "Enforcers" that come out of the break.  Just a note to keep in your mind for the aftermath.
6. BA Benny offered up the Kings in trade.  (Casey offered him the Coyotes but I don't know if anything has happened yet).
7. Nashville is available in the holding tank.  Just ask me and it's done.
8. St. Louis is available in the holding tank.  Just ask me and it's done.

Trades completed:

1. Michael traded St. Louis back to the holding tank in exchange for the Tampa Bay Lightning last night.
2. BA Benny traded Los Angeles to Casey for the Phoenix Coyotes.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Random Team Assignments For The Group Break

Well the deadline has passed for entries into the Group Break and I must say, I was quite happy with the turnout.  Of 15 available slots, 14 slots were filled.  We only had 1 spot left at the end that went unfulfilled but that's quite alright with me as I only anticipated about 10 people getting on board with this.  Sooooo...Thanks to all of you that decided to give this a try.

Since we need to random off some teams, I decided to use that site that everyone seems to use for these types of things.  Then I decided to do the randomization 3 times each for both participants and teams.  Why three?  I don't really know.  I guess I have seen everyone else do it and no one complained.  At any rate, the numbered order for the participants will correspond to the same number of the random team (ie., You are #5 and #5 on the team list is the Kamloops, that's who you get [it would also mean the randomizer is broken]).

Here is the participant order...

One Time...

Two Times...

Three Times...

You'll notice there are 14 entries, two of which are Dave H because he paid for two teams so he gets two randoms.  I'm on there too because technically I paid for all the teams that are left so I should at least get one of them.

Now the team randomization...

One Time...

Two Times...

Three Times...

So there you have it.  The official random team pairings for the Group Break are complete.  You will notice that 15 and 16, Tampa and Nashville are left without a participant.  They stay with me until the end when I will decide what to do with them.  Who knows?  I may keep 'em. 

In case you can't read the lists I will type them out along with a link to everyone's blog (assuming you have one...and I know about it)

1.  Casey from Drop The Gloves - - Boston Bruins & Los Angeles Kings via trade from BA Benny
2.  Me from The Real DFG - - Pittsburgh Penguins & Dallas Stars
3.  Sal from Puck Junk - - Chicago Blackhawks & Minnesota Wild
4.  Captain Canuck from Waxaholic - - Detroit Red Wings & Florida Panthers
5.  1967ers from Diamond Cuts & Wax Stains - - Toronto Maple Leafs & Carolina Hurricanes
6.  Dave H from Wax Stain Rookie - -  Ottawa Senators & Washington Capitals
7.  BA Benny from BA Benny's Baseball Card Buffet - - New York Islanders & Phoenix Coyotes via trade from Drop the Gloves
8.  Dave H from Wax Stain Rookie - - Columbus Blue Jackets & Calgary Flames
9.  Brad from Brad's Blog (which I'm not sure exists) - - Philadelphia Flyers & Anaheim Ducks
10.  Jason from Jasonvorhee's Blog - - New York Rangers & Buffalo Sabres
11.  Michael from Collecting For Kicks - - Vancouver Canucks & Tampa Bay Lightning via trade
12.  Alfredo from The Cardboard Don - - New Jersey Devils & San Jose Sharks
13.  Kevin O. from Kevin's Collection - - Colorado Avalanche & Edmonton Oilers
14.  Nick B. from Part's Unknown - - Atlanta Thrashers & Montreal Canadiens

Now if anyone wants to trade their picks, I don't have a problem with that but both parties have to agree and you should probably let me know at some point as well.  That is another one of the reasons that I posted links to all the web pages.  Communication amongst collectors and bloggers is a good thing.

Can you feel the excitement people?  I know I can.  I was playing around with the camera tonight and realized that no matter what I do, it isn't a good camera.  What I may do is use my phone's video function to open these.  I think it has a better resolution than my webcam.  I hope to start busting these tomorrow as long as things go as planned.  Lately though, nothing has gone as planned so we will see.

Until then, leave a comment if you are planning a trade.  Also leave a comment and let me know what you want me to start with.  The highest vote will get broken first.

Stay tuned.

[CLOSED] One Last Spot Left In the Hockey Box Break

T-minus 2 Hours and counting until this place goes up to 11 and we close up the Hockey Box Break.

If you have already paid, Awesome!  If not...not as awesome.  But it's ok.  I know you are good for it.

There is one spot left in the break.  As you can see by the care free, gamble at all cost attitude of Dave H from Wax Stain Rookie, you can purchase an additional team if you so choose.  There are some good ones left on the board.  Check the list.

I am going to experiment with my camera tonight and see what might work best for busting these boxes since all my video breaks up to this point leave something to be desired.  I should also be able to do the randomization thingy for the bonus teams later this evening too if I can figure it out.  I will post those as soon as I get them done.

I bet you all can hardly wait. The only thing better than this would be to do it in person at the National show in Baltimore with everyone sitting there watching.  Wow!  What would the logistics of that be?  At least it gives me an idea for next time.

[CLOSED] Group Break Update (ONE SPOT LEFT)

Hey everyone...

The group break is almost filled.  I am actually surprised.  There were a couple glitches but nothing we couldn't work through.

For anyone that may still want in, there is  ONE SPOT LEFT as I am writing this.  I am closing up shop tonight or if this gets filled first.  

Those of you that are already confirmed as in, send payment soon if you haven't already.  Those that haven't been confirmed, make sure you sent me an email with your address.  I'd like no loose ends prior to the start of the break.

Entries are only $10 which covers two teams, one you pick, one random, as well as shipping.

Here are the teams that are left...

Anaheim Ducks
Buffalo Sabres
Calgary Flames
Carolina Hurricanes (or Hartford)
Dallas Stars (or Minnesota North Stars)
Edmonton Oilers
Florida Panthers
Los Angeles Kings
Minnesota Wild
Montreal Canadiens
Nashville Predators
Phoenix Coyotes (or the old Winnipeg Jets)
Saint Louis Blues
San Jose Sharks
Tampa Bay Lightning
Washington Capitals

So if you want in, time is running out.  Go to the main page here and leave a comment with your team, then shoot me an email with your address so I can confirm it and let you know to send payment.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

[CLOSED] Pick Your Team For The Break (Boxes In Hand 2 Days Early)

You heard that right.  The boxes for the RDFGFEMSPSACGHBBE are in my possession.  So let's take a moment to go over the ground rules.

You will have to cut me some slack as this is my first ever group break so I don't really know what proper etiquette should be but I will do my best.  This is a long post so bear with me a moment while I go over everything there is to know about the break.

1. Pick a team of your choice.  Every team is available except the Pittsburgh Penguins (they are mine, you can't have them).  You will also receive one random team of my choice...well it won't really be my choice per se.  It will be randomized with one of those randomization thingy's.  Leave a comment in this post with your team and also send me your choice via email along with your address for shipping.  Once I verify that your pick is kosher, I will let you know to send payment.  (SO IF YOU PICKED IN A PREVIOUS POST BECAUSE YOU WERE TOO ANTSY, PICK AGAIN!!)

For teams that existed in antiquity, you will get the cards as long as you possess the rights to that franchise (ie, the Nordiques became the Avalanche; Winnipeg became Phoenix; Hartford became Carolina, etc.)  Any potential cards of teams that no longer exist in any shape or form will be thrown in the pile of unclaimed teams for me to keep or to give away some how at the end.  Multi player cards of different teams will be burned in a bon fire of my choosing...just kidding, calm down.  These will go to whichever team comes first on the card unless another represented team has no hits, then it goes to them in order left to right.  Do I have to explain that or is it understood?  Ok, lets say there is a card of Steve Yzerman, Joe Sakic, and Mike Modano, in that order.  The Detroit team gets it unless they already had a hit and either Colorado or Dallas has not gotten a hit from the break.  If that's the case, then Colorado gets it.  Unless they too got a hit, then Dallas gets it  Needless to say, the multi-player cards will be held till the end to see who ends up with it.  Capiche?

Draft picks with minor league, collegiate, world league, etc. franchises will go to the team that drafted that player.  I can go on and on about this but I think everyone understands the gist of this.  (Man this is getting confusing).

Your entry fee will cover both teams and shipping of your goods.  Speaking of entry fee...

2.  The price of entry is $10 payable to me via Paypal.  If you do not have Paypal and want to participate, send me an email and we can try to work something out.  The address to send to is t n pa r i sh 1 at y a hoo dot com (without the spaces, of course).  I think the rage is to have everyone send payment as a "gift".  I don't know what that means or why they are all doing it so, whatever.  Just send the money however you normally would do it.  In the memo/notes (wherever you can type) section of your payment, please list your team as well as reiterating your address for shipping (I want to be sure I get these right when it's all said and done).  DON'T SEND UNTIL I VERIFY THAT YOUR TEAM PICK IS VALID AND I TELL YOU TO PAY.  I will do my best to update the list as quickly as possible.

3.  There are 15 slots available.  I would like to have at least 10 of these filled before starting the break but I am not going to leave anyone hanging if we don't.  The show must go on, as they say.  There are 30 teams in the league (during the time frame these boxes were released) so this works out pretty much perfectly.  Unclaimed teams, if there are any, as already mentioned in rule 1 will either be kept by me or more than likely be auctioned off to the highest bidder or something of that nature at the end of the break.

4.   Everyone will get a "HIT".  Even if you don't get one pulled out of a pack, you will get at least one (obviously pulled from my personal collection of over 500 memorabilia cards and about 200 autographs).  By definition, for our purposes, hit refers to either some type of memorabilia card or autograph.

5.  I will try...and that means TRY, to do these breaks on video.  We all know my vid skills are lacking but I don't want anyone to think I'm trying to pull a fast one on you.  I want this to be as fair as it is fun for everyone.  I don't want to have to scan everything but if I have to, I will.

6.  I'd like to have the sign ups complete by Thursday and start breaking these on Friday.  So be quick.

7.  I can't think of anymore rules.  If I do, I will randomly make up said rule as I am like Oz, the almighty and all powerful.

And now, the boxes we will be breaking

2002-03 Vanguard

Configuration: 24 packs per box. 6 cards per pack.
  • 3 #ed Memorabilia Cards per box.  
  • At least 4 serial numbered rookies
  • 6-8 Insert Cards
  • LTD and Gold Variation Parallel Cards as well as 24 Pacific Complete cards per box

 2002-03 Exclusive

Configuration: 20 packs per box. 5 cards per pack.
  • 1 Autograph Rookie Card and 2 Memorabilia Card per box
  • 8-10 Insert Cards
  • Gold and Blue Parallel Cards

 2002-03 Quest For The Cup

Configuration: 24 packs per box. 6 cards per pack.
  • 3 Memorabilia Cards per box
  • 4-5 Serial Numbered Rookies
  • Gold Parallel Cards and 24 Pacific Complete cards per box
  •  6-7 Insert Cards
  • Randomly inserted Marty Turco Autos (I doubt it but we'll see)
2001-02 Adrenaline

Configuration: 24 packs per box. 5 cards per pack.
  • 2 Memorabilia Cards per box
  • 1-2 Serial Numbered Rookies
  • Premier Date and Hobby Variation Parallel Cards
  • 5-7 Insert Cards
  • Ilya Kovalchuk Autograph cards 

 2001-02 Crown Royale

Configuration: 24 packs per box. 5 cards per pack.
  • 2 Triple Memorabilia Cards per box 
  • 1 Serial Numbered Rookie per box
  • Hobby and Premier Date Parallel Cards 
  • 2-4 Inserts Cards

 2003-04 Crown Royale

Configuration: 20 packs per box. 8 cards per pack.
  • 4 Memorabilia Cards per box with Patch Variation Parallels
  • 3-4 Serial Numbered Rookies
  • Red and Blue Parallel Cards as well as 40 Pacific Complete cards
  • 6-8 Insert Cards
So if my math is correct, that should be 136 packs for a total of 788 cards and about 16 hits.

And now the team list

1. Pittsburgh Penguins - - The Real DFG    [PAID]
2. Detroit Red Wings - - Captain Canuck     [PAID]
3. Chicago Blackhawks - - Sal (Puck Junk)    [PAID]
4. Toronto Maple Leafs - - 1967ers    [PAID]
5. Colorado Avalanche (or Quebec) - - Kevin O.    [PAID]
6.  New York Rangers - - jasonvorhees    [PAID]
7. Atlanta Thrashers  - - Nick B.      [PAID]
8.  New York Islanders - - BA Benny    [PAID]
9.  New Jersey Devils- - Wicked Ortega
10. Vancouver Canucks - - Michael    [PAID]
11.  Ottawa Senators - - Dave H    [PAID]
12.  Boston Bruins - - Drop The Gloves    [PAID]
13. Philadelphia Flyers -  - Brad    [PAID]
14. Columbus Blue Jackets - - Dave H    [PAID]


Anaheim Ducks
Buffalo Sabres
Calgary Flames
Carolina Hurricanes (or Hartford)
Dallas Stars (or Minnesota North Stars)
Edmonton Oilers
Florida Panthers
Los Angeles Kings
Minnesota Wild
Montreal Canadiens
Nashville Predators
Phoenix Coyotes (or the old Winnipeg Jets)
Saint Louis Blues
San Jose Sharks
Tampa Bay Lightning
Washington Capitals

So there you have it.  Leave a comment below with your team request and shoot me an email with your info ( t n pa ri sh 1 at ya ho o dot com, without the spaces).  Wait for me to verify your pick before you send payment.  I don't want anyone paying for a team that may already be off the board.

If all goes as planned, this should be fun.  At least I hope. Remember, I'm shutting down entries on Thursday night at 9 PM CST (or earlier if it fills up).  So be quick.