Review: 2014 Topps Dynasty Baseball

Posted by Matt on Wednesday Dec 3, 2014 Under News, Product Reviews


2014 Topps Dynasty Baseball

Topps has released it’s first rendition of the
ULTRA high-end Topps Dynasty Baseball.  This product is selling for North
of $300 per box. Is it worth it?  Let’s find out.

Product Configuration:
1 pack per box.1 cards per pack.

PER BOX BREAK DOWN
– 1 autograph card per box/pack – Will either have a patch, dual relics or will
be a cut auto.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS
– The patches that have been shown, thusfar, have been fantastic.  At $300+
per box, this is the least that Topps could do.  I did see a Buster Posey
World Series patch that was upside down in a card window, but that’s a common
occurrence for some unknown reason.  All cards are sequentially numbered to
/10 or less. Each card is encapsulated.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION


2014 Topps Dynasty Chipper Jones Patch Auto

Dynasty Patch Autograph
Autographed patch card sequentially numbered to /10 or less.
100 Player Subjects


Don Mattingly Dual Relic Auto

Autographed Dual Relic Legends
Each dual relic card is #’d /5
6 Player Subjects


2014 Topps Dynasty Thurman Munson Cut Autograph

Cut Signatures
Each cut autograph is a 1/1.
41 Player Subjects


2014 Topps Dynasty Case

Cut Signatures Dual Relic Legends
Each Signatures Dual Relic Legends card is  a 1/1.
10 Player Subjects

Overall Grade
B-

2014 Topps Dynasty is an ultra
high-end product and is the ultimate gamble for trading cards.  At over
$300/box (~$1400 for a 5 box case), the checklist is too weak for my liking.
Nothing like paying $300 for a box and (no offense to the players mentioned)
getting a Roberto Alomar, Nick Castellanos, or God forbid, Daisuke Matsuzaka.
These cards will fail to sell for anything near the $300 on the open market, as
well as the majority of the 100 subject basic checklist.  There are
obviously winners, like Mike Trout, Ken Griffey, Jr. and Willie Mays, but that’s
a lot to ask as a 3% – 5% chance.

The basic card design is an issue for me as well.  It reminds me too much
of 1992 Studio Collection with a patch and autograph.  Don’t get me wrong,
the Dual Relic Legends Cut Autograph cards are GORGEOUS, but the rest of the set
design is lacking.  See the comparison below.


Ozzie Smith 1992 Studio
 

It’s probably just me, but it just reminds me too much of the card on the left.

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So We’re Back…

Posted by Matt on Monday Dec 1, 2014 Under News

Apparently my database was corrupted around this time last year, and I just now figured out how to fix it.  Back with product reviews starting 12/3/14!

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Momma’s Candied Baked Beans – Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Matt on Tuesday Nov 26, 2013 Under News

This recipe has been a family favorite for my entire life!  After my mom passed, others tried to recreate her beans, but it just didn’t quite do it for me.  A few years back, I was asked to take over that dish, and I think I nailed it!  My family agrees!  I hope it brings as much enjoyment to your family as it has mine.  Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Ingredients:

1 53oz of Van Camp’s Pork and Beans

1 large sweet onion (chopped finely)

Heinz Ketchup

1lb box of brown sugar

garlic powder

12 oz of your favorite bacon

Directions:

Preheat Oven to 350 F

Empty entire contents of beans into a 9″x 13″ glass baking dish

Sprinkle approximately 1 tbsp of garlic powder over beans

Spread evenly chopped onion over top of beans

Cover entire top of beans with a single layer of ketchup

Completely cover entire top of beans with the brown sugar

Place strips of bacon in a layer over the ketchup

Bake on center rack for 1hr 15min

Let cool for at least 1 hour at room temperature!

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Open Letter About Generosity and Awareness

Posted by Matt on Monday Nov 25, 2013 Under News

**The following is an open letter from one of our subscribers.  Please take a moment to read, and share if you are so inclined.

Hello,

My name is Steve, and some of you may know me as @thecasebreakers on Twitter.  Several months ago, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer.  Of course, I went for multiple second opinions, and hoped that maybe it was misdiagnosed, and would get better, which never happened.  I told a few people in my breaks who I considered friends about the situation, and that I would be having surgery to remove the cancer.  I had my surgery on November 8th, which was successful, and I found out about 6 days later the cancer did not spread, thankfully.

I saw a tweet from one of the guys who breaks  with me, Kyle G,  saying he had a new found respect for Topps, so I asked him why.  He wouldn’t tell me and only told me “You will see,  and you’ll be very happy.”  I blew it off not thinking anything other that they were sending him something.

5 days after my surgery I get a box at my door from Topps.  Now I did send them some damaged cards for replacements, but this box was too big for that, and I became very curious.  I opened the box to find a box of 2013 Topps Baseball and a box of 2013 Topps Football.  I thought they sent me these boxes as replacements for my damaged cards.

Well, Kyle texted me, and said, “I told you that you would be happy,” and I asked what he meant.  Kyle had emailed Topps, told them of my situation, and asked them if they could send me a box.  Topps wound up sending 2 boxes !!!

Kyle had gotten a bunch of people in my breaks to join in this very generous, and kindhearted, gesture.  From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank Kyle, Nathan G, Justin M, Kaci C. Jerry W, Matt H, Greg G, Greg B, Ash H, Michael C, Kenny K, Kennon W and Topps.  It brought a smile to my face that collectors who most I have never met could do something nice for me.  I do have one more obstacle to overcome, but with great people around me, like those mentioned above, I am sure everything will be fine.

Steve – The Case Breakers


Editorial Note:

Steve is a very generous member of the collectible community, running contests and providing other opportunities for his customers.  Steve wanted to help raise awareness about his experience with testicular cancer, especially in the hobby community, as well as the generosity of Topps and the thoughtfulness of some of his customers that have become friends.

All too often we hear about the bad things that the evil card manufacturers do to make us mad.  Some of these things are well beyond their control or are not economically feasible.  I’m proud to be able to share Steve’s story and the outreach that Topps showed to him.  These manufacturers do care about their customers, sometimes we just expect too much.

To learn more about testicular cancer, and/or Topps, please follow the links below!  Oh yeah, and you’d better follow Steve on Twitter!

 

Follow Steve, and his recovery – @thecasebreakers

http://testicularcancerawarenessfoundation.org/

http://us.movember.com/mens-health/testicular-cancer

http://www.topps.com/

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Panini Immaculate Basketball

Panini has release another new, high-end product and they have named it “Immaculate.”  It’s easy to see why it got its name.  All of the cards, from design, patch selection and mostly on-card autographs, are simply beautiful.  Here I have outlined some of what the set has to offer, as well as some product examples.  Enjoy!

Product Configuration:
1 pack per box. 6 cards per pack.

PER BOX BREAK DOWN
– 1 Regular card numbered to 99, 1 Auto Rookie Patch Rookie numbered 99 or less
– 1 Autograph card Or Auto patch card, 1 Memorabilia card,
– 1 Additional Memorabilia or Autograph card,
– 1 Additional card

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS
– The most unique memorabilia cards the industry has ever seen.
– Autographed Patch Rookie cards sequentially numbered to 99 or less.
– The first ever offering of six NBA Logo man booklet cards all numbered 1-of-1.
– All New Immaculate Caps featuring player-worn hats.
– Look for Immaculate Numbers acetate variations sequentially numbered to player’s jersey number, as low as 1.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Damion Lillard RPA

IMMACULATE ROOKIE AUTO PATCH
One Immaculate Rookie Auto patch sequentially numbered to 99 or less in every pack. Also look for Immaculate Numbers acetate version numbered to jersey number.

Dwight Howard Jumbo Patch

IMMACULATE INSIGNIAS
Featuring Team specific patches found on the back or chest area of the jerseys.

Karl Malone Jumbo Patch

IMMACULATE LOGOS
Find Oversized patches of Logos, Numbers and Commemorative Patches.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Autograph

ALL-STAR LINEAGE AUTOGRAPH CARDS
Look for Title Winners and All-Star Game Lineage Autograph cards featuring players that have won an NBA Championship or appeared in an All-Star Game. All of these cards are numbered to the number of times a player has won the title or their All-Star Game appearances.

Six-Star Logoman Patch Book

SIX STAR LOGOS
All NBA Logo Man, All Booklet cards, All numbered to 1.

LeBron James Jumbo Jersey

THE IMMACULATE STANDARD
Look for Immaculate Standard memorabilia cards featuring oversized memorabilia swatches of the top NBA superstars on the pristine Immaculate acetate substrate.

Overall Grade
A-

2012/2013 Panini Immaculate is an amazing product that is a step above National Treasures and a step below Flawless.  I was very impressed with the types and quantities of patches that I saw in each of the boxes that I was able partake in opening.  This product is not for everyone, but it is definitely not as high risk as a Flawless product and is a ton of fun to open.  There are only a couple of gripes that I had about it, which are minor.  One being that somehow, some sticker autographs made their way into the set.  The explanation from Panini is that they wanted to include these players in the set, but they were out of the country during production.  Better excuse than most.  The other, is a very petty complaint.  I simply dislike distinguishing a colored parallel by identifying it with a country’s culture or by it’s ethnic symbolism.  The Chinese Red parallels drive me crazy for no reason other than their name.  They are beautiful cards, nonetheless!

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Top 10 Most Watched Sports Cards

Posted by Matt on Friday Nov 15, 2013 Under News

This week’s Top 10 list has been taken over by Panini’s newest high-end release,
Immaculate Basketball.  Some other brands and sports snuck their way in,
but with Panini having back-to-back releases dominating what’s hot, the other
manufacturers better take notice and action!

10.


The NFL’s golden boy starts off our Top 10 as the only
football card to make the cut.  What a dandy, though!  You can’t beat
a Superfractor as far as what you want to pull in a Chrome product!

9.


Don’t let the title full you.  Thinking this card is from
Flawless or Exquisite is a bunch of “Bulls.”  This 2012 National Treasures
card is still sweet and shows that Jordan’s go-to man is still in demand!

8.


Sid the Kid is a super hot autograph.  This rookie card,
patch/auto is astoundingly expensive.  As the top hockey card out of the
millions out there, there’s no doubt that Crosby is definitely in demand!

7.


Holy Jumbo Lakers Patch, Batman!  Lots of great breaks
and color on this jumbo Kobe patch.  This is one of the jersey plates sets
that should be nearly impossible to complete!

6.


Kobe is starting a little stream on our Top 10 list.
This card #’d /25 is no exception with an on-card autograph and a nice patch!

5. 


Another Top 10 spot, another card from Immaculate.  This
one #’d out of /100 may be a tad bit more affordable for most collectors.

4.


The Georgia Peach is always a vintage card and autograph
collector favorite.  His gritty play and just as abrasive personality are
part of the mystique of the man they called Cobb.

3.


Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps cards bring in the cash no matter
what the grade!  This beautiful SGC low grade looks great and should be a
deal for a collector wanting it!

2.


It’s no surprise that another Panini Immaculate card is on top of our chart.  Kobe still brings dollars!  Just imagine if Panini
had access to Michael Jordan or LeBron James autographs for this set!

1.


These NBA Logoman 1/1 Autographed Patches from Panini’s
Immaculate are all the rage.  This Harrison Barnes doesn’t dissapoint.
It is this week’s hottest card!

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This week’s Top 10 will have a familiar face returning to prominence, and a new release fading at the same time.  Beautiful, top-notch cards are here for your viewing pleasure.  Without further ado, we present the TOP 10!:

10.



MJ never goes out of style.  These
exquisite patch auto’s still bring top dollar, almost 10 years later, even
if not in GEM MINT condition!

9.



My favorite player, Ken Griffey, Jr.,
cracks the Top 10 with this beautiful, but rare, PSA 10 example of his 1989
Bowman Tiffany rookie card!  This is one of Griff’s toughest card with
the best grade possible!

8.



This week’s Top 10 is going to have a
couple of familiar themes: 1. NBA Basketball and 2. Michael Jordan.
Any time MJ has premium autos on eBay, people are interested!

7. 



PEEE-EMMM-GEEES!  These cards seem
to always impress, with the king of basketball always being the most
impressive.  Stay tuned for his Christmas colored counterpart in a bit!

6. 



Another Top 10 spot, another MJ
autograph.  Jordan’s penmanship is flawless on this 1999 Encore card!

5.



Anytime you see the words “Vintage,”
“High Grade,” and “Set” in the same auction title, chances are it’s going to
be a hot item.  All the big names are in this set.  It is drool
worthy!

4.



Here’s something you won’t see everyday.
Not the PSA 9 pack, but the fact that the best rookie card available in the
set is sitting right on top!  Amazing it’s in this good of shape after
all these years.  Don’t eat the gum!

3.



After dominating the Top 10 last week,
Panini Flawless seems to be losing a bit of steam, with this Kobe patch/auto
being the only example worthy of this weeks post.

2. 
 



After the 76ers are off to a great start, Michael Carter is starting to
demand a lot of attention!

1.  


After seeing the rest of this week’s Top 10, is it any
surprise who takes the top spot?  The beautiful PMG Red Michael Jordan
card is a stunner.  With a 9.5 grade, it is one of the best of the
best.  OMG!!!! PEEE EMMM GEEES!

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Review: 2013 Topps Triple Threads Baseball

Posted by Matt on Monday Oct 28, 2013 Under News, Product Reviews, Site Updates

Continually, one of my favorite baseball releases of the year, Topps Triple
Threads returns for it’s 8th installment, and released on 10/25.   Already
inching up in case price, this set is exciting, with awesome cards in nearly
every box!  At the bottom of the review, I will have a collage of the hot cards
on eBay.  Wait until you see some of these!

Base Cards

2013 Topps Triple Threads #69 Yasiel Puig

In the main set, there are 171 base cards.  Each base card has 7 different
serial numbered parallel cards, as well as printing plates.  They are as
Follows (links to examples of each):


Amethyst – #’d to /625


Emerald – #’d to /250


Amber – #’d to /125


Gold – #’d to /99


Onyx – #’d to /50


Sapphire – #’d to /25


Ruby – #’d t0 /1


Printing Plate – #’d /1 (4 colors of each)

 Autographed Rookies and Future Phenoms Relics


2013 Topps Triple Phenoms Autograph Relic Jason Kipnis


2013 Topps Triple Threads JASON KIPNIS Phenoms 31/99 Auto Relic Indians

These are by far my favorite autographed cards in the set.  The reason,
THEY ARE ALL ON CARD AUTOGRAPHS!  I really despise sticker autographs.
I know they are necessary to keep costs down and cards in good condition, but
I just don’t like them, especially in high-end products like Triple Threads.
However, I am glad Topps acknowledged collectors like me, and gave us some
autographs that were not on stickers.  Each of these cards has the
following parallels:

Sepia (serial-numbered to 75 copies)
Emerald (serial-numbered to 50 copies)
Black w/Silver Ink (serial-numbered to 25 copies)
Black w/Gold Ink (serial-numbered to 10 copies)
Ruby (one-of-one)
Wood (one-of-one)
“White Whale” Printing Plates (set of four for each card)

Autographs and Game-Used

Relics

Each Relic, Relic Legends, and Relic Combos is serial-numbered to 36 copies and
available in the following parallels.

Sepia (serial-numbered to 27 copies)
Emerald (serial-numbered to 18 copies)
Gold (serial-numbered to 9 copies)
Sapphire (serial-numbered to 3 copies)
Ruby (one-of-one)


Relic Double Combos

 

2013 TOPPS TRIPLE THREADS RELIC DOUBLE COMBO BRYCE HARPER GRIFFEY JR 3/3
EMERALD

Each Relic Double Combo is serial-numbered to 18 copies and available in the
following parallels.

Gold (serial-numbered to 9 copies)
Sapphire (serial-numbered to 3 copies)
Ruby (one-of-one)


Unity Relics

 




2013 Topps Triple Threads GREG MADDUX GAME USED JUMBO RELIC UNITY CARD!
#36/36!!

Each Unity Relic is serial-numbered to 36 copies and available in the
following parallels.

Sepia (serial-numbered to 27 copies)
Emerald (serial-numbered to 18 copies)
Gold (serial-numbered to 9 copies)
Sapphire (serial-numbered to 3 copies)
Ruby (one-of-one)

All-Star Relics

 



2013 Topps Triple Threads STARLIN CASTRO 1/1 All-Star Jumbo Sleeve Team
Patch

There are various 2013 All-Star Game-related Relics in Triple Threads, all
featuring the same 69 players.

All-Star Patches
All-Star Patches Ruby
All-Star MLB Logo Patches
All-Star Laundry Tags
All-Star Jumbo Sleeve Patches
All-Star Jumbo Sleeve Team Patches

The All-Star Patches are serial-numbered to nine copies, while the other
sets listed above are ones-of-one.


Bat Knobs

 



2013 Triple Threads Ricky Henderson GU Bat Knob Dual Jersey Relic 1/1 RARE
1/1**

Each example is a one-of-one!

Bat Name Plates


MIKE TROUT 2013 TOPPS TRIPLE THREADS GU BAT BARRELL NAME PLATE LOGO PATCH #D
1/1

Each example is a one-of-one!

 


Jumbo Plus Relics


2013 Topps Triple Threads Jumbo Jersey Patch
Booklet Manny Machado 1/3 Orioles

Each Jumbo Plus Relic is serial-numbered to three copies, with a one-of-one
Ruby parallel also available.

Jumbo Letter/Number/Logos Relics

Each example is a one-of-one.


Jumbo Patch Combos

Each example is a one-of-one.

Auto Relics

Each Auto Relic is serial-numbered to 18 copies, and available in the
following parallels.

Gold (serial-numbered to 9 copies)
Sapphire (serial-numbered to 3 copies)
Ruby (one-of-one)
Wood (one-of-one)
“White Whale” Printing Plates (set of four for each card)


Auto Relic Combos

 



2013 Topps Triple Threads Manny Machado Ruby Parallel Auto Jersey Patch #d 1/1

Each Auto Relic Combo is serial-numbered to 36 copies and available in the
following parallels.

Sepia (serial-numbered to 27 copies)
Emerald (serial-numbered to 18 copies)
Gold (serial-numbered to 9 copies)
Sapphire (serial-numbered to 3 copies)
Ruby (one-of-one)
Wood (one-of-one)
“White Whale” Printing Plates (set of four for each)

Auto Relic Double Combos

Each Auto Relic Double Combo is serial-numbered to three copies and
available in a one-of-one Ruby parallel.


Jumbo Plus Autograph Relics

 



2013 Topps Triple Threads Jumbo plus Auto Relic Patch PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT #1/1

Each Jumbo Plus Autograph Relic is serial-numbered to three copies and
available in a one-of-one Ruby parallel.

Letter Plus Autograph Relics

Each Letter Plus Autograph Relic is serial-numbered to three copies and
available in a one-of-one Ruby parallel.

Unity Autographed Jumbo Relics

Each Unity Autographed Jumbo Relic is serial-numbered to 99 copies and
available in the following parallels.

Sepia (serial-numbered to 75 copies)
Emerald (serial-numbered to 50 copies)
Black w/Silver Ink (serial-numbered to 25 copies)
Black w/Gold Ink (serial-numbered to 10 copies)
Ruby (one-of-one)
Wood (one-of-one)
“White Whale” Printing Plates (set of four for each card)


Cut Above Autographs

Each Cut Above and Dual Cut Above Autograph is a one-of-one.

Dual Cut Above Cut Signatures

Each example is a one-of-one

Overall Grade
B+

2013 Topps Triple Threads shines bright in all  but one category to me.
Sticker autographs.  I hate them, as mentioned earlier.  The only
cards that I can see that I can handle them are, are the triple autographed
cards.  I am going to get a Maddux/Smoltz/Glavine card, but that’s it for
me and stickers from this set.  Redemptions are not too heavy in this
product.  I sincerely believe Topps and the other manufacturers have
realized that collectors are beyond fed up with this process, and Topps surely
has to know that its latest replacement program was completely absurd.  Off
my soap box, the Triple Threads release has awesome patches, some cards that
will make your jaw drop, and has become much more of a value buy, with the extra
autograph per master box.  Will always be one of my favorites!

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This week’s Top 10 list has a couple of common themes….the most prevalent, Panini’s ultra high-end release, Flawless Basketball.  With each box enclosed in it’s own brief case, prices on full cases are now north of $3200 and climbing!  This high-end release features autographs of almost all the NBA’s top stars and retired legends, with Michael Jordan being completely absent, and LeBron James only appearing on relic and gemstone cards.  Still, it will be interesting to see if Flawless has the continued ability to knock all but 2 cards out of next weeks Top 10!  Feel free to look at each listing and bid if you are so inclined.  Enjoy!

10.

Damian Lillard is red hot!  When’s the last time you saw a STICKER AUTOGRAPH go over $1,000?!?!  Panini Flawless is setting new highs on NBA cards.

9.

Jeremy Lin’s stock may have cooled off since his enigmatic start with the New York Knicks a couple of years ago, but that’s hard to say when this Flawless patch is pushing $500!

8.

Kyrie Irving is hotter than a grease fire with his Flawless RPA.  This example may push north of $1500 by it’s ending date!

7.

Panini’s flagship NBA player stays hot, as this Kobe Bryant patch autograph is pushing $1200 at the time of this posting!  WOW!

6.

Shaqdiesel crushing it with this Panini Flawless patch autograph.  This one might go over $1K.  With cases of Flawless climbing over $3200, it’ll be interesting if these cards stay THIS hot.

5.

The “holy grail” of modern card collecting is up for auction.  My guess is this one is getting a lot of attention because it is somewhat of an affordable example of most everyone’s dream card.  Could set new standard for PSA 1!

4.

Jordan’s right hand man still brings in the cash.  This nice patch autograph continues to show why Flawless dominates this week!

3.

This LeBron James RPA is getting a lot of attention.  #’d out of /23, how high will it go?!?

2.

It’s no surprise that another Panini Flawless card is on top of our chart.  Kobe still brings dollars!  Just imagine if Panini could’ve snagged Michael Jordan or LeBron James autographs for this set!

1.

As Panini’s Flawless Basketball dominated the Top 10, the Godfather of Basketball topped the list.  At the time of this posting, this Wilt patch was bringing north of $1600!  Amazing!

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Top 10 Most Watched Sports Cards

Posted by Matt on Monday Oct 21, 2013 Under News

We are going to beginning a weekly post featuring the top 10 most watched sports cards on eBay each week.  These are basically the cards that single handedly are the most interesting to collectors on the broadest known audience.   Feel free to leave comments about the cards, or feel free to join in the fun and bid on them.   Without further ado, I bid you this week’s Top 10:

10. 2013 Topps Finest 1993 All Star Refractor On Card Auto Manny Machado 3/5

9. MICHAEL JORDAN AUTO 08-09 ULTIMATE PROTOTYPICAL PORTRAITS /25 BGS 9.5 10

8. KOBE BRYANT EXQUISITE 08-09 ENSHRINEMENTS AUTO FLASH BACK 19/25

7. 1951-52 PARKHURST HOCKEY CARD #66 G. HOWE RC

6. 1986 Topps Football #275 Reggie White Rookie RC HOF Eagles PSA 10 GEM MINT

5. 1996-97 fleer decade (1986) MICHAEL JORDAN rookie BGS BCCG 10

4. 5/25 MICHAEL JORDAN~LEBRON JAMES~MAGIC JOHNSON 2007-08 SP GAME USED 3 LOGO PATCH

3. 1935 National Chicle Football #34 Bronko Nagurski Rookie RC HOF Bears PSA 5 EX

2. MICHAEL JORDAN EXQUISITE 08-09 ENSHRINEMENTS AUTO FLASH BACK 13/23 BULLS HOF

1.

All watch counts accurate as of time of this posting!

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