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International Treasures: Cards Infinity Hits Pull of a Lifetime for Collector in Taiwan

March 9, 2013


I received a most spectacular email from Taiwan-based collector Andre Pretorius early Thursday morning informing me of a truly monster pull made on his behalf by Chris Justice of Cards Infinity. The shocking pull from 2012 National Treasures Baseball was caught on video and sent shock waves surging throughout the card-collecting globe.

What follows is the meat of Pretorius’ email, and the must-see video, that work in concert to describe in great detail how he came to own one of the greatest single cards in the entire 2012 National Treasures Baseball release; a card that I’ll forever remember as “Andre’s giant.”

“Good day, Mr. Hackler. I’ve received a very special card today. This might be a bit of a storied email, but please bear with me. In early January, I read the first preview of 2012 National Treasures Baseball and since  then, I’ve been saving up a bit to buy a few boxes of the product when it came out.

“About a week before release, I contacted Chris Justice of the Hobby Box and Cards Infinity. I usually buy my boxes and cases from him and and I asked him to keep out a box for me when the product arrives. I told him I’d like it shipped sealed. On February 27, I read about the first break of 2012 National Treasures Baseball in Hong Kong. Shortly after that, I saw your case break gallery on the Panini America blog and I was hooked! Beautiful, beautiful cards. So, I contacted Chris again and asked him to add another box. I just couldn’t wait to see more of the cards! I told him to open the second box on video and to send the other one sealed. I asked him to give me two boxes from the same case as I’d like a chance at one of the big case hits.

“What a decision!”

“Since I live in Taiwan, I only saw the break the next morning. I got up, took my wife’s iPad, sat back and watched my break. I nearly had a heart attack! I was running around the house with my two little girls in tow (who trying to understand why Daddy is freaking out!).

“The funny thing is, just last week I was looking at some of the Ty Cobb cuts on eBay as I was really interested in purchasing one. But most of the ones on cards were cut so badly that they made the cards look really messy and unfinished. Then I got this one and it was PERFECT! Needless to say, I was super, super, super delighted.

“So, I just wanted to thank you guys for making such an unbelievable product. Since I only collect baseball, I haven’t bought that many Panini America products, but I truly love the quality of this one. Since then I’ve ordered another case from Chris and I’m looking forward to busting it. This is by far my best pull and a card I won’t sell as it’s just too awesome.

“I just wanted to share all that. Thanks for taking the time to read about it.”

What a fantastic story, Andre. Thanks for sharing your tale with us and congratulations.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2013 1:52 pm

    That is awesome. Chris’ response ismclassic too!

  2. March 9, 2013 1:56 pm

    all the best come from Hobby Box great card Andre, what did he get in the other box i wonder

  3. Shawn permalink
    March 9, 2013 2:03 pm

    wow…. wow wwwwoooooww

  4. March 9, 2013 2:15 pm

    Now I know what Andre looks like :D. I am very happy you pulled that card! Let me know if you pull a monster out of the other case. Thanks again,. Chris J.

  5. March 9, 2013 2:17 pm

    ssssssssure CAME UP!

  6. March 9, 2013 2:20 pm

    Reblogged this on The Wax Fantastic and commented:
    I know I said I was going to leave National Treasures alone for a while, but just when I thought I’d was out, Tracy Hackler pulls me back in (paraphrasing the Godfather Pt 3 there). I re-blogged one of Tracy’s posts the other day featuring a father-son team who pulled a Honus Wagner book card, but I think this tale goes one better!


  7. March 9, 2013 2:36 pm

    Awesome cut auto of Cobb. Congrats. Chris is great and love buying in his group breaks.

  8. March 9, 2013 2:38 pm

    That’s an Awesome Story and Even Awesomer Hit. Congrats to Andre Sounds like a Nice Guy.

  9. March 9, 2013 3:03 pm

    Absolutely unbelievable! Everyone was asking me if I saw that card on Wednesday…Congrats Andre! Great story…..Chris Justice is THE BEST around!! What a professional job he does and what a class act! Only the highest praise!!

  10. hudsonfan15 permalink
    March 9, 2013 3:40 pm

    I was getting text messages about this all day, what a truly incredible hit. There’s a guy at work named Andre who is pretty jealous lol. Thanks for the story Andre, big props to Chris J for being the cornerstone of the YouTube collecting community with his breaks. Thanks Tracy!

  11. Ernest Hebert permalink
    March 9, 2013 4:04 pm

    I watch a ton of Chris’ breaks he has pulled some awesome cards over the years…..That is truly another fantastic card…huge CONGRATS to Andre Pretorius….and another great pull Chris! I also enjoyed the write-up good stuff Tracy…

  12. Nick Gauder permalink
    March 9, 2013 5:09 pm

    What a great story!! Congrats to Andre on a once in a lifetime pull! Chris from HobbyBox has the best YouTube box breaks, my daughters and I have been watching them for a long time now and we enjoy it. This is just another reason why Panini is the BEST in the business and put out the most AMAZING cards! Great job Panini and keep up the great work!

  13. March 9, 2013 7:54 pm

    Dammmmmmmnnnnnnn! Sweet card Andre. Now that is an awesome story. Good thing you ordered that second box! Congrats man.

  14. March 10, 2013 3:30 am

    Wow utterly Awesome!

  15. deloreanfan81 permalink
    March 10, 2013 10:42 pm

    amazing hit..congrats to him

  16. March 11, 2013 1:27 pm

    You should get Chris down to do an unwrapped. Hackler and Chris are two of the best guys in the hobby, it would be awesome.

  17. Todd M. W. permalink
    March 11, 2013 9:26 pm

    Jeez, Pretorius must be like Smith down there…

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