How do breaks work?

In general, a "break" is opening a product or dividing up of a whole into many parts. At Burl's Sports, we offer several different types of breaks, each of which has a unique angle. Each type of break offered is detailed below. 

Group Set Breaks

Burl's Sports group set breaks are a great way to simulate the excitement of opening a vintage pack of cards without dropping the serious coin for unopened vintage product. Plus, someone is guaranteed to hit the stars! How exactly do they work, though? 

For every spot you buy in a set break, you get one card. For example, in a 1956 Topps baseball set, there are 340 cards in the set and 340 spots available. Every card sells for one price, but no one gets to pick which card they get! The cards are randomized via a live broadcast online, so you can watch and see who gets which stars. Someone takes home Mantle and other Hall of Fame-ers for a fraction of their value, while others get commons for set building or trade bait, much like opening a pack! (Here a recent '56 Topps set break broadcast: link)

Mixer Breaks

Burl's Sports mixer breaks are similar to a set break, but usually have cards from an assortment of years and a smaller checklist. Just like a set break, every spot gets a card, and the randomization is broadcast via a live broadcast online. 

Pack Breaks

Pack breaks are exactly what you'd think they would be: opening packs of cards! The format of the pack break can vary slightly and will be described in the listing title. A "personal pack break" is a purchase for an entire pack to be opened on a live broadcast. A "group pack break" offers one card from the unopened pack, also to be opened on a live broadcast. For example, if there are 10 cards in a 1980 Topps basketball pack, 10 spots will be sold. During the broadcast, the order of those spots will be randomized before the pack is opened.

Box Breaks

Box breaks are exactly what you'd think they would be: opening boxes of cards! Similarly to pack breaks, a "personal box break" is a purchase for an entire box to be opened on a live broadcast.

A "group box break" typically offers one pack from the box, also to be opened on a live broadcast. For example, if there are 36 packs in a 1980 Topps basketball box, 36 spots will be sold. During the broadcast, the order of those spots will be randomized before the box is opened. Packs are assigned in order: top-to-bottom, upper-left to lower-right.

Group box breaks may vary slightly in format, allowing for purchases at the card level instead of the pack level. If this format is changed, it will be noted in the listing title and description. 

Case Breaks

Case breaks are exactly what you'd think they would be: opening cases of cards! A "personal case break" is a purchase for an entire case to be opened on a live broadcast.

A "group case break" typically offers one pack from the case, also to be opened on a live broadcast. For example, there are 6 boxes in a 2015 Bowman Super Jumbo baseball case with 10 packs per box. For a case break by pack, 60 spots would be sold, each spot getting all the cards from one pack. During the broadcast, the order of those spots will be randomized before the case is opened. Boxes and packs are assigned in order: top-to-bottom, upper-left to lower-right.

Group case breaks may vary slightly in format, allowing for purchases at the card level instead of the pack level. Additionally, random team breaks for cases may be offered, where each spot gets all the cards for a team (determined at random). If this format is changed, it will be noted in the listing title and description. 

Have any further questions about how breaks work? Feel free to email me at burl@burlssports.com

 

Group Break Rules:

1. Payments are to be made via PayPal, credit or debit card, check, or money order. Payment is due within three days after break is completely full. If payment is not received, your spots will be surrendered and resold. (Add the item to your cart, choose checkout, and check payment if you want to wait and pay once the group break is full. You can still send payment via PayPal at a later date. Your spot is not reserved until you complete checkout). NOTE: If you want to pay via check or money order, please make your purchase early and mail payment right away. Send me an e-mail letting me know the check/MO is in the mail, so I can be looking for it. burl@burlssports.com

2. Each purchase is for one spot in the group break as described in the individual listing. 
3. The card(s) you receive in set and mixer breaks will be determined at random. The card(s) you receive in pack, box, or case breaks is randomzied by position in the case, box, or pack, as described in the listing. The randomization will be shown live via webcast and recorded for those who won’t be able to watch it live.

4. Once you purchase a spot on the listing, you agree to pay for the spot reserved.

5. No purchase is necessary to have a chance to participate in the group set breaks. For each set break, I give away at least one spot. Make sure to like our Facebook page and sign up for our mailing list for the latest on contests and giveaways.

6. Every effort will be made to sell all the spots in each break. Every break is guaranteed, though, so if spots do not sell BurlsSports will purchase the remaining slots. If this is not acceptable to you, please do not buy in. (Also note, I’ve done over 100 set breaks at this point, and every one of them have sold out.)

Communication:

1. By purchasing a spot in any of Burl’s Sports breaks, you agree to receive e-mail updates about said break.

2. Once the break is full, you will receive an e-mail detailing the broadcast information for the set break. If you are unable to view the break live, the video will be posted on this site for your viewing convenience.

3. If you elect to pay by check, you will receive an e-mail notifying you to send your payment once the break is full. After this e-mail notification is sent out, you will have three full days to submit payment. If payment is not received within that time-frame, you forfeit your spots and your spots will be resold. (Note: It is preferable to pay for your spots immediately when you purchase them.)

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. My e-mail is burl@burlssports.com. Enjoy one of BurlsSports.com’s old school breaks. Happy breaking!