Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Skybox Charity Group Break: The Spoils of Charity

Yesterday we looked at a small portion of the cardboard benefits that my wife and I reaped from the Typhoon Haiyan Charity Group Break put on by Chris, of View from the Skybox. It was a labor of love for Chris, with an emphasis on labor. Even so, he didn't stop at just sending out the cards we'd paid for. He also included some fantastic "extras."

2013 Bowman Chrome Purple Refractors Hanley Ramirez LAD #60 (177/199)

Like this "extra" copy of a shiny purple Dodger MVP candidate, of which only 199 exist! Chris's beneficence obviously extended beyond his good work in helping the people of the Philippines.

2013 Panini Pinnacle Autographs Cory Luebke SDP #CL
2009 Bowman Chrome WBC Prospects Phillippe Aumont Canada #BCW2

He sent us a big-leaguer's autograph and a much-coveted World Baseball Classic card.

1997 Topps Stadium Club Garret Anderson CAL #61
2013 Panini Triple Play Mike Trout LAA #36

And he sent us some Angels (an unclaimed team) from the break, including a future Dodger and some guy named after a fish. One would hardly expect "extras" in a break for charity, but Chris is clearly that kind of person. We can't thank you enough, Chris, for the wonderful idea and the way you put it into practice.

I showed a lot of the cards that we received from the break yesterday, but I held back a few for today, like my wife's favorite ('cuz it's perdy):

2013 Topps Archives Gallery of Heroes Yogi Berra NYY #YB

Nice. But the the real star of this break's haul was, fittingly, The Captain.

1997 Topps Stadium Club Derek Jeter NYY #55

Cathy didn't just land Derek Jeter base cards in this break. The inserts just kept coming, as well...

1997 Topps Stadium Club Millennium Derek Jeter NYY #M1
1999 Topps Stadium Club Derek Jeter NYY #65

Especially when Chris got to the box of '09 Upper Deck X, a set that I had no taste for... until now.

2009 Upper Deck X Derek Jeter NYY #62
2009 Upper Deck X Xponential 3 Derek Jeter NYY #X3-DJ

What, no X2 or X4? What a rip off! Kidding, of course. I'm fairly certain that no other player showed up in insert form more than once.

2009 Upper Deck X Xponential 5 Derek Jeter NYY #X5-DJ
2009 Upper Deck X Xponential 6 Derek Jeter NYY #X6-DJ

There was Jeter artwork...

2010 Topps 206 Derek Jeter NYY #162
2010 Topps National Chicle Derek Jeter NYY #36

Tiny Jeter...

2013 Topps Mini Derek Jeter NYY #2

Retro-framed Jeter...

2013 Topps Archives Derek Jeter NYY #38
2013 Topps Archives 1983 All-Stars Derek Jeter NYY #83-DJ

Kid-friendly Jeter...

2013 Panini Triple Play Derek Jeter NYY #56
2013 Panini Triple Play Tattoos Derek Jeter NYY #9

But nothing from the Playoff Contenders box. I joked to Chris during the break about getting skunked, and he was happy to rectify the problem on the spot...

2011 Panini Playoff Contenders Skybox Skunk Proof Derek Jeter (UER #3) NYY (1/1)

You can bet that this will be filed with the rest of my Jeter cards. Look for it on eBay in 2037.

Thanks again, Chris. You're one of the good ones.


  1. Thank you Ethan! There's no way this break would have happened without you. A couple times I was ready to give up on it, but your motivation kept me going and we were able to raise nearly $200 because of that! I had a blast hanging out with you during the break, I hope we can do it again in the future!

  2. Nice haul! I haven't watched the video yet, so my cards will be a complete surprise....!

    1. Please tell me your package arrived by now, I mailed them out a few weeks ago. If not, I'll find the tracking number and contact USPS.

  3. That '97 Stadium Club Jeter is an absolute beauty. Sounds like a nice break all around.