The Comprehensive Guide to Card Breaks

When you set out to learn and educate yourself about cards, be they sports or non-sports, it is fairly easy to study the cards; you have tangible evidence. You’re able to pick up a card manufactured all the way back in the late 1800’s and easily research when or where the card was made by simply reading the information printed right on the back of the card. Knowing the history of card breaking, types of breaks, the lingo breakers use, or answers to other burning questions may not come as easily; there isn’t a single card you can turn over and learn those answers. is here to be your resource for card breaks!

History of Breaking

We know card breaking hasn’t been around since the start of cards themselves. We highly doubt collectors were buying into breaks back in the late 1800’s. This fact actually helps us, though! Given breaking is relatively new to the collecting world, we can trace the history of card breaks and answer the most-asked question – why were card breaks invented?

Card Breaks

A “Break” is the opening and distribution of cards from a pack, box, set, or assortment of cards.

Origin of Card Breaks

Cards Infinity thought that by filming customers opening card boxes at their store and uploading videos to YouTube, viewers could not only see reactions of customers opening the product but also learn which cards may be had in the boxes.  Eventually Cards Infinity decided to offer customers the option of opening their purchased boxes on video.

The First Card Breaking Company

Chris Justice of Cards Infinity is one of the earliest-known breakers, starting in August of 2007.

Why Card Breaking Was Created

A chance at obtaining a valuable card for an affordable price.  

• You might pay $10 for one spot in a pack of cards that costs $100 for the entire pack. It is possible that the most valuable card in the pack lands on your spot. You saved $90 and took home the top card.  


Pack-Fresh cards have a better chance at receiving a high grade from professional card grading companies. 


Meeting new collectors.  

• You’re able to meet and chat with other people enjoying the same hobby as you and form a camaraderie either in-person or from anywhere in the world on-line!


Sharing the enjoyment. 

• It’s just not as exciting if you open a pack to find the card you want, and you’re all by yourself.  Breaks allow others to share the fun with you.

Types of Breaks

There are many different ways a break can be done.  To make sure you’re entering the exact break you want, read this list and familiarize yourself with the types of breaks generally offered.


Pack Break

One single pack of cards. A spot for every card in the pack is available. A ten-card pack would result in ten available spots.


Set Break

An entire, full set of cards from a specific year and brand.  The total number of spots for sale will generally correlate with the number of cards in the set.


Box Break

All of the packs in one full, factory-sealed box of cards are opened.


Case Break

Every box, and every pack in each box, in a factory-sealed case of boxes is opened.


Personal Break

You own every spot in the break; this could be a full pack, box, case, etc.


PYT Break

“Pick Your Team.” You choose a team and every card with a player from that team in the break is yours.


Random Break

You receive a random team or player and every card with that player/team in the break is yours.


Block Number Break

Ten spots with numbers 0 through 9 that represent that last digit in the card. Example: Number 0 receives cards with numbers of 10, 20, 30, etc.


Hit Random Break

Collection of pre-selected cards offered at random for a set price per spot. One spot is one of the pre-selected cards.

Breaks Lingo

Whether you’re a veteran of participating in breaks or a rookie in the game, you should brush up on typical words you’ll hear during a break. Here is a list of common key terms and phrase words that you’ll come across in your journey through the world of card breaks.


Cards are literally pulled out of a pack, box, or set; the card is your “pull.”


Sealed product, whether a pack or a full box. Packs of cards used to come in a wax wrapper, and the terminology has stuck despite companies no longer using wax wrappers.


An extra item. Perhaps an unexpected, extra card in the pack, or incentive breakers offer you for buying into a break.

Equity Break

Breaks sold in shares. Once the contents of the breaks are sold, the shareholders split the proceeds based on the number of shares purchased.  You’re buying shares here, not cards.


Sealed stack of individual cards.


Sealed packages (boxes) of numerous packs of cards.


Numerous sealed boxes of cards.


Autographed, memorabilia, or card printed in limited quantities.

Miscellaneous Break Questions

1. Buy your spot(s) into the type of break you desire.


2. Once all of the spots in the break are sold, the break is scheduled.

a. Regardless of the type of break you’re in, the break itself won’t take place until every spot in the break is sold.  


3. The list of entrants is then typically randomized. 

a. Breakers will randomize the list of customers in order to ensure fairness.  

i. Personal Breaks do not need to be randomized; you’re the only customer in the break.

ii. PYT (Pick-Your-Team) Breaks do not need to be randomized; you’ve already picked the team.


4. The item is “broken” – packs, boxes, or cases are opened. Hit Random cards are revealed, and set break card numbers are provided. 


5. The breaker will ship your cards.

a. Make sure to confirm with the breaker that ALL cards ship BEFORE you buy into the break. Some breakers will only ship “hits” and not base cards which saves the breaker money on shipping fees.

Some breakers will offer to send your card in for grading, usually for a fee. Though, some breaking companies may grade major hits on the house. Aside from asking the breaker if they offer grading options, make sure to ask which professional grading company they use; there are several professional grading companies. If breakers do not offer the services, you can submit your cards to a professional grading company yourself. 


The most well-known and trusted grading companies in the collectables industry are:





This is up to the breaker. Most breakers offer their breaks right on their website or on social media apps like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Twitch.  Reputable breaking companies will live-stream their breaks and offer replay on their social media apps to ensure all customers get to enjoy the breaks experience regardless of their schedule or other commitments.

Not at all! Most breakers offer spots in non-sports cards like vintage Star Wars packs, Garbage Pail Kids, or even modern Pokémon products.

There are a few factors that will determine price and set the cost for you breaks:


• Cost and quality of the product.

• Type of break.

• Number of cards being offered. 

• Amount of spots you buy.

• The team or player you’ve chosen.

• Shipping (some breakers offer free shipping).


You may find breaks that cost as little as $3.00 to enter and those that are $1,000 to enter.

We suggest checking various breaking sites for prices on the same break you’re buying into. Ideally, the prices would be consistent. 


Consider the checklist of cards being offered and the value of those cards. If the possible cards in the break simply do not provide as much value as the cost of entry, buying into that break isn’t cost effective.


Don’t necessarily compare the price of the break to the wholesale cost of the product. You may see a wholesale price on retail or product websites but odds are that product is in high-demand and sold out. Breakers typically offer products not easily available on product websites or retail stores.

Google reviews are very helpful in looking into a breaking company.


Check posts made by other customers on the social media apps of the company.


Reputable breaking companies will have more than just social media pages; they’ll have websites and accept most forms of payment.


Trustworthy breakers will lay out all of the breaking rules on their website.


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