I've been completely out of the loop today. First, I had relatives visiting, then the usual kick-ass time at work, then a graduation to attend. I've hit the blogs for a grand total 10 minutes. If something important happened, you'll have to fill me in (and by "important," I don't mean anything involving a sport in which you play an entire game and no one wins -- or loses).
So, let's go to a time when I was clueless in a different way. When I first started this blog, I had never participated in a group break. I didn't even know what they were. I came upon card blogging by reading Ben Henry's The Baseball Card Blog and going from there. I started blogging purely from a writing interest. But I know that's not how everyone comes to card blogging. There are others who start blogging from a card acquiring/trading interest.
For them it's nothing to participate in group breaks on forums or watch breaks on youtube. I don't do any of that. It doesn't interest me.
But I have participated in many group breaks conducted by bloggers. They are more my speed. The bloggers are trustworthy, they have an interest in cards comparable to mine, and they make breaks fair and interesting.
When I participate in breaks, I go in spurts. I'll do a few at a time, and then, when the money runs out, I won't do any for awhile. Right now, I'm in a period of doing none at all. I've had to turn down a couple. Sorry, guys, I just can't afford it.
But prior to that, I was involved in three breaks at a time. The breaks were fairly different, and I came out of them pretty successful in two and not successful at all in one. That's the gamble of the group break. It's something I've learned goes with the territory.
For example, I paid about $20 to nab the Dodgers in a group break at Nachos Grande. Here are some of the cards that I received from that break (I'm not showing dupes or Dodgers I already have):