I have done a few vintage set breaks with Burl's Sports and will do more in the future. No matter what, you still at least come away with a vintage card in every spot.
LINK: 1956 Topps Baseball Set Break from BurlsSports.com
While searching eBay for Stephen Johns items, I came across a seller (collect_edition_montreal on eBay) that was doing breaks by player. I'd heard of them before, but had never participated. The one that intrigued me was a half-case break, the starting bid was just 99 cents and shipping was free.
I ended up winning the auction for Johns (for $2.01) and Stan Mikita (for 99 cents). With the free shipping, my total was $3 and it was coming from Canada. If I had walked away empty-handed, I wasn't going to be upset at that low of a price.
A half case should yield 36 Young Guns. There are 50 in series 2, so odds were around 65% that a Stephen Johns would come out. One did.
|2016-17 Upper Deck #481 Stephen Johns|
To be honest, I didn't even know what Stan Mikita card was in the set. I figured it was a stick card of some sort and odds would be long. It was worth a 99 cent shot. It paid off.
|2016-17 Upper Deck Canvas #C255 Stan Mikita|
I was watching the live stream and did a double take on this one. The breaker was in Canada and had a French accent, so I thought maybe my ears were playing tricks on me. Nope. The Retired players Canvas are 1:192 packs (1:8 boxes) and there are 15 players in the set, making the odds on this 1:120 boxes.
For me, that was $3 well spent.