Who Gets That?

Who Gets That Card or Memorabilia Item? - The Break Pad Rules

Sometimes it's not always clear who gets the card or item launched from a cracked box. Product manufacturers can mix in just about anything these days.
Here's the Rules for The Break Pad.


Single Team Cards

First, we'll always start with logos or team names printed on the card. Those are the easy ones. If necessary, we'll go to a checklist to determine the team if it's not clear (as with Panini BB products sometimes). We will always follow the franchise history for teams as well so Oilers cards to Titans, Browns to Orioles, NY Giants to SF Giants, Senators to Twins, Expos to Nationals, Brooklyn to LA Dodgers, Milwaukee Braves to Atlanta, etc.


Multi-Team Cards

If more than one team is represented on the card, 51% of the card must be owned by the same person to avoid the randomizer, or owners can agree on a shared deal of some kind.


What If There Is No Team Name, Logo or Checklist to Determine Team(s)?

If there is no team name or checklist with assigned teams for the product, such as most unlicensed products like Leaf & Wild Card, the player's current team if active takes the card, or if no longer active, the team spot for which he or she played/managed The Most Seasons, or the franchise he or she spent the most time affiliated with will get it....if there is a Tie on number of seasons, the Number of Games Played/Managed will break the tie.


Specifics for Memorabilia

1. Autographed custom jerseys will go to the team that the jersey matches although it will be without any logos. For example, a Joe Montana signed jersey could be 49ers or Chiefs..the style of that jersey will determine.
If a Non-Athlete signs a jersey, if the jersey is an authentic team jersey or it is a custom jersey matching a specific team (Such as a Major League the Movie Indians Jersey) then it will go to that specific team spot, Indians/Guardians in this case. If the Non-Athlete signed item has no such connection to a pro team the item gets randomized.

2. For signed balls, if active, the player's current team is the rule without exception, prior written or dated accomplishments with a previous club does NOT change this rule. The ONLY way a ball would go to another team for a current player is if the baseball has a team logo or name printed on it, a World Series logo on the baseball would NOT change it from his current team.
If retired or inactive, majority of playing career by Seasons, if there is a tie, Most Games Played is the determining factor.
Managerial careers are not included for players with prior big league or pro experience, but signed items by individuals who were managers/coaches only would go to the team with whom he/she spent the majority of his/her career. This same rule may be applied for owners, front office and other executives as well unless a checklist specifically states team affiliation.


What If a College or Unlicensed Item/Card Gets Pulled in a Pro Team Break?

If the card or item displays only a college logo or team name in a Pro Team Break, here's the order of priority:
1. If Active: Player's Current Team - Practice Squads Do Count in NFL. G League Team Affiliations Do Not Count as They are all considered free agents unless on two-way contracts. Minor League Goes to Major League Club.

2. If Retired or Inactive/NonRostered: Player's Most Seasons While Active, If There is a Tie, Most Games Played will be the determining factor.
NOTE: Since checklists these days usually include the pro team for college products and generally aren't edited for future trades, the checklist & who gets that card could differ. For example, when drafted Trent Richardson was a Brown, once he was traded to Indy, his college cards, in Exquisite for example, would then go to the Colts spot owner.
*For draft products, due to challenges of keeping up with trades, we reserve the right to give these cards to the teams that drafted them.


What About Those Times When Something Gets Pulled Not Assigned By A Spot?

Sometimes, a card or item gets pulled that frankly doesn't fit into a team spot assigned to anyone in a break. Like when a basketball player's auto gets pulled in a football product break, or when a Non-MLB team item gets pulled in a MLB break and nobody is assigned the NonMLB cards. Here's the order of priority:

1. First thing is double check to see if the checklist notates a team that is assigned to someone in the break. (Product company's checklist always trump GroupBreakChecklist or Cardboard Connection, however we find they almost always match up). We may also choose to link in a connection to an MLB Team when it makes sense, such as in the event of pulling a Minor League Card in a MLB Product, the card will go to the Parent Club, and the San Diego Chicken would go to the Padres for a couple examples.

2. When we find the team is not assigned in the break, then the item will be randomized among all participants in that particular group break.


So We Gotta Random Something, How Do We Do It?

1. We'll use Random.org. If it's offline psychicscience.org is our backup.

2. Each team name gets entered into the list in order from top to bottom or left to right as it appears on the card.

3. We use 3 as our base number of randomizations/clicks. We then roll a single six-sided die to determine the number of clicks to add to the 3. For example, the roll is a 4, we click the random button 7 total times.

4. The card/item goes to the team spot at the Top of the list after the predetermined number of randomizations is reached.
Note: sometimes the computer can get caught up or run slow or we accidentally click too many times...every effort will be made to go back (we've found this to generally work with random.org) or review the video feed, but if we can't clearly determine we reserve the right to start the process over.


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