The My Cardboard Mistress Moneyball Group Break is back and bigger than last year.
Last year's break had 22 hits. This year's break has 40+ hits, including a printing plate.
For those of you who don't remember last year's group break, here's the deal:
1. All of these packs have been opened. I have opened them and put the cards back in the packaging because I didn't have time to sort them. That doesn't mean that it is all crap. There is some really good stuff in there, including the 40+ hits I mentioned above. You can see the full listing of packs here. I will likely be adding packs, as well.
2. I will be keeping cards from my wantlists. Don't let this discourage you either. There aren't many packs in there that have cards from my wantlists. The minor chunks would be players I collect and any Topps Giveaway codes. To make up for that, I will trade you for the cards I want to keep. I will trade heavily in your favor. The trade doesn't have to be a specific team either (ie, you collect Red Sox, buy the Red Sox, and you also buy the Rays for fun. I happen to pull a couple BJ Upton hinthint hits I want to keep, so I trade you some Red Sox hits).
3. I will not guarantee that you will get a hit, but I will try to make sure you have at least one "pretty good" card. I will guarantee that you will get at least 50 cards. I will do my best to make sure you get good value. I will add to your stack from my collection if you or I feel it is insufficient.If you look around the blogosphere at some of the break posts from last year, you'll see that many people had surprise cards in their packages.
4. Non-baseball and non-sport cards will be drafted. If they are hits, they will only be randomed to non-hit teams. Multiteam cards will be randomed (unless only 1 of the teams was purchased).
Unlike last year, I won't be going through posting every group of packs. Instead, each team will get its own post highlighting the good, bad, and random. Also, for clarity's sake, I am in no way making money off of this group break. The cards cost me well over the sum of the team prices. If you insist on seeing a pack-by-pack breakdown of cost, let me know, and I'll send you an email.
The best part of this break is that I am doing it regardless of how many teams are purchased. If only one team is sold, so be it.
"But Spankee, why do you say it is Moneyball-inspired in the title?"
Well, my friends, that is because the price for purchasing teams are based on the team's salary. I'm not doing bidding this year, so the price is the price.
According to my source, the lowest salary this years is the Padres at $55,244,700. The highest is, of course, the Yankees at $197,962,289. I set the Padres at $15 and the Yankees at $30. I've taken the rest of the teams' salaries and used linear interpolation to figure out what their price should be. I've then rounded the answer to the nearest dollar.
Team Payroll Interp Price
New York Yankees 197,962,289 30 $30
Philadelphia Phillies 174,538,938 27.54 $28
Boston Red Sox 173,186,617 27.40 $27
Los Angeles Angels 154,485,166 25.43 $25
Detroit Tigers 132,300,000 23.10 $23
Texas Rangers 120,510,974 21.86 $22
Miami Marlins 118,078,000 21.60 $22
San Francisco Giants 117,620,683 21.56 $22
St. Louis Cardinals 110,300,862 20.79 $21
Milwaukee Brewers 97,653,944 19.46 $19
Chicago White Sox 96,919,500 19.38 $19
Los Angeles Dodgers 95,143,575 19.19 $19
Minnesota Twins 94,085,000 19.08 $19
New York Mets 93,353,983 19.01 $19
Chicago Cubs 88,197,033 18.46 $18
Atlanta Braves 83,309,942 17.95 $18
Cincinnati Reds 82,203,616 17.83 $18
Seattle Mariners 81,978,100 17.81 $18
Baltimore Orioles 81,428,999 17.75 $18
Washington Nationals 81,336,143 17.74 $18
Cleveland Indians 78,430,300 17.44 $17
Colorado Rockies 78,069,571 17.40 $17
Toronto Blue Jays 75,489,200 17.13 $17
Arizona Diamondbacks 74,284,833 17.00 $17
Tampa Bay Rays 64,173,500 15.94 $16
Pittsburgh Pirates 63,431,999 15.86 $16
Kansas City Royals 60,916,225 15.60 $16
Houston Astros 60,651,000 15.57 $16
Oakland Athletics 55,372,500 15.01 $15
San Diego Padres 55,244,700 15 $15
So, if you want a team, email me at adXXam.l.cowXXling@gmail.com (remove the XX's) and let me know. I will put you down. I will track the teams here: Group Break Page.