Monday, March 27, 2023

Cheap Wax Wednesday Box Breaks: 2014 Panini Golden Age

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Something a little different this week as I bridge the gap from football to baseball season. This week’s break features not just multiple sports, but also actors, musicians, politicians, and even landmarks. 

2014 Panini Golden Age features a 150-card base checklist. In addition to the base cards, there are four different full set parallels. Mini parallels are found in every pack. White Border parallels should be found once in every box. First 50 parallels are limited to 50 copies and there are also Black Border one-of-ones.

The multiple inserts are mostly historical based. In every box you should find one memorabilia card and one autograph card. There are some big baseball names included in the autograph checklist including Ernie Banks, Steve Carlton, Pete Rose and Frank Robinson. 

2014 Panini Golden Age Box Break

Cards per pack: 6
Packs per box: 24
Price paid: $50

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Each box starts with one of twelve different 5×7 box toppers. I landed Teddy Ballgame, my favorite from the checklist. 

Pack 1:

John Pemberton, Eddie Waitkus, Captain Edward Smith, Jerry West, Nolan Ryan & Joe Jackson Mini (one per pack)

The Minis are found once in every pack, but there are card back variations. This one happens to be a MONO Blue Back, found once in every 4 packs.

Pack 2:

Mackinac Bridge, Casey Stengel, Catherine Bach, Harvey Haddix, Jackie Gleason & Liberace Mini Hindu Brown Back (1:3 packs)

Pack 3:

Bob Lemon, Marta Kristen, Lee Majors, Patsy Cline, Great Sphinx of Giza, Butch Cassidy Mini MONO Blue Back (1:4 packs) & Ryan/Jackson/Mazeroski/Ashburn Star Stamps (1:12 packs)

Pack 4:

Willis Carrier, Tony Dow, Richard Dreyfuss, Jim Bouton, Fatty Arbuckle & Dizzy Dean Mini MONO Green Back (1:6 packs)

Pack 5:

Bob Hayes, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cadillac Ranch, Spectacular Bid, Kenesaw Mountain Landis & Junior Johnson Mini Hindu Red Back (1:8 packs)

Pack 6:

Phil Cavarretta, Rube Marquard, Liberace, Haystacks Calhoun, Jim Jackson Mini Hindu Brown Back (1:3 packs) & Man O’War Newsmakers (1:24 packs)

Pack 7:

Fay Wray, Pete Rose, Tatum O’Neal, Harry Wright, Lindsay Wagner, Willis Carrier Mini Hindu Brown Back (1:3 packs) & Angie Dickinson Museum Age Memorabilia (1:24 packs)

Pack 8:

Northern Danger, Claudette Colbert, Frank Robinson, Ed Delahanty, George Gervin & Ed Delahanty Mini Hindu Red Back (1:8 packs)

Pack 9:

Sundance Kid, Artis Gilmore, Tom Harmon, Harold Lloyd, Nap Lajoie Mini Hindu Brown Back (1:3 packs) & FDR Headlines (1:12 packs)

Pack 10:

Joe Louis, Curt Flood, Chris McCarron, Christopher Knight, Dead Sea Scrolls & Nolan Ryan Mini MONO Green Back (1:6 packs)

Pack 11:

Ulysses S. Grant, Frederick Valentich, Mark Koenig, Dan Brouthers, Rabbit Maranville Mini Hindu Brown Back (1:3 packs) & Joe Louis Fan Craze (1:12 packs)

Pack 12:

Sleepy Bill Burns, Nap Lajoie, Davey Lopes, Willie Nelson, Frank Baker & Lindsay Wagner Mini Hindu Red Back (1:8 packs)

Pack 13:

Geese Ausbie, Ronald Reagan, Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch, Rocky Colavito, Oscar Gamble Mini Hindu Brown Back (1:3 packs) & Whitey Ford Fan Craze (1:12 packs)

Pack 14:

Moe Berg, Butch Patrick, Joey Ramone, William McKinley, Pat Priest Mini Hindu Brown Back (1:3 packs) & Hartnett/Berra/Bench/Carter Star Stamps (1:12 packs)

Pack 15:

Rube Waddell, Dave Kingman, Ken Osmond, Lefty Grove, Great Sphinx of Giza Mini MONO Blue Back (1:4 packs) & Richie Hebner Historic Signatures (1:24 packs)

Pack 16:

Vivien Leigh, William Randolph Hearst, Bill Shoemaker, Orson Welles, Zack Wheat & Mark Koenig Mini MONO Blue Back (1:4 packs)

Pack 17:

Ernie Nevers, Angela Cartwright, Mike Lookinland, Cy Young, Angie Dickinson & Don Knotts Mini MONO Green Back (1:6 packs)

Pack 18:

Kid Gleason, Farrah Fawcett, King Tut’s Tomb, Josh Gibson, Rocky Colavito Mini Hindu Brown Back (1:3 packs) & Henry Ford Newsmakers (1:12 packs)

Pack 19:

Casey Stengel, Robin Roberts, Dusty Baker, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jimi Hendrix & Christopher Knight Mini Hindu Brown Back (1:3 packs)

Pack 20:

Lusitania, Phil Niekro, Red Pollard, Charlton Heston, Willie Horton Mini MONO Blue Back (1:4 packs) & Gabby Hartnett 1913 National Game (1:12 packs)

Pack 21:

Lon Chaney, Jr., Loretta Swit, Addie Joss, Ernie Banks, Eddie Waitkus Mini MONO Blue Back (1:4 packs) & Josh Gibson 1913 National Game (1:12 packs)

Pack 22:

Jim Thorpe, Dom DiMaggio, Mickey Rivers, Dizzy Dean, Susan Olsen & Willis Carrier Mini Hindu Brown Back (1:3 packs)

Pack 23:

Bill Mumy, Oscar Gamble, King Kelly, Eddie Gaedel, Frederick Valentich Mini Croft’s Swiss Milk Cocoa Back (1:24 packs) & John Pemberton Headlines (1:12 packs)

Pack 24:

P.T. Barnum, Clyde “Bulldog” Turner, Terry Bradshaw, Junior Johnson, Jake LaMotta & King Kelly Mini MONO Green Back (1:6 packs)

Lastly, the P.T. Barnum card back. Definitely plenty of interesting info in this set. 

Once you get through all of the packs, you will notice the box bottom cards. Each box has a three-card panel of box bottom cards. These ones happen to be Croft’s Swiss Milk Cocoa Red Back parallels.

I focus my collecting mostly on just baseball and football, but this one was still fun. There are quite a few baseball cards on the checklist, and seeing how I didn’t own a single card from this set before today, all of them will be new additions to my player binders.

Unfortunately, I didn’t pull any of the big names on the memorabilia or autograph checklist, but they are there for the finding.

Next week, just like the spring training sites all over Florida and Arizona, Baseball. Is. Back.

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Want more installments of Shane Salmonson’s Cheap Wax Wednesday? Check out his other breaks in the archives.

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