Case breaks have been around since the early 2000’s.
They are a fun and exciting way to participate in the hobby without dumping a ton of money into a case.
Recently, the sports card market has BOOMED, and with that has come a steady influx of breakers showing up on the scene.
The right breaker can be entertaining, funny and make the break seem effortless.
The wrong breaker can well…. make the break drag on way longer than it should, and turn what should be a fun experience into a “Are we there yet?”.
Case breaks are a gamble. It is no different than going to the local card store and buying your own personal box. No one knows what is going to come out of a said box or case.
Usually, the value of the cards that come out of each box are less than the overall cost of the box. Same goes with breaking.
From my experience, 5-6 teams usually break even or make off on a case break. The rest lose.
That keeps us in the 15-20% range of people who are SAFE in a case break.
While I do not have hard facts to back it up, it seems like the % of people who break even or make money on a single box are even less.
Seems like a pretty crappy proposition right?
The right breaker can make ALL the difference.
First you need to look for someone who is knowledgeable. (this is a must).
**A breaker should have a firm grasp on the current market **
Next, you need to find someone who handles your cards with care.
**this is just as important as the knowledge**
Lastly, you need to find someone with a great eye and a keen sense of grading.
A perfect storm of these 3 traits can drastically limit your downside.
Let me explain:
Not enough people are capitalizing on the PSA graded card market.
Anything PSA sells. Period.
You can grade a cheese doodle and get more for it. (not really, but who knows).
Instead of sending your cards to you after a break, and having you piece them out on ebay or Facebook marketplace for $1-2 each (best case scenario), why not have your breaker send them into PSA for you?
Here are a few examples below of what happens when you send a $1-5 raw card into PSA for grading.
Those Tatis Bowman’s Best Refractors were LAYUPS! How many of you joined Bowman’s Best breaks last year and landed the Padres?
Ok. Now how many of you sent those in to PSA and set your self up for the future?
After grading fees, those Tatis are netting you $15 profit per card.
Same goes for that Benintendi Atomic. What may seem like a $1-$2 atomic, can turn into a crisp $10 profit if you play the game correctly.
TAKE A LOOK AT SOME PSA 10’s FROM 2018 Bowman Draft below…
Now you need to know what IS and is NOT worth grading to effectively use this to your advantage.
First, if those cards are mishandled you will have ZERO chance at a GEM!
Second, if your breaker is sending in the wrong cards for you, you will be donating grading money.
Lastly…. even if they take care of steps 1 and 2 correctly, they MUST have the eye for grading or else you will be in trouble.
THE HOBBY IS FUN! JUST IMAGINE HOW MUCH MORE FUN IT COULD BE WITH A LITTLE EXTRA MONEY TO THROW AROUND.
YES, finding the right breaker is a daunting task. The breaker needs to be trustworthy and knowledgable, yet not TOO big as to not have the time to offer the services I mentioned above.
Take your time and look around. Make the right choice. There is no rush.
If you can’t find someone who you feel comfortable with, just know that we offer these services and our customers have seen a PSA 10 Gem Rate of 95% over our last few submissions.
Our members also receive complimentary card reviews and card cleaning services as well.