What is Group Breaking?

What is group breaking and case breaking? Is there a difference? Whether you’re new to collecting, returning to the Hobby or just curious about this buzz term, we’ll try to give you all the information you need to get started in the online world of card collecting.

First, let’s define the two most common terms used by those who host breaks, a.k.a. breakers.

Group Breaking: Multiple people purchase a spot, also referred to as a slot, to help split the cost of the case(s) purchased by the host. This is also commonly referred to as a Case Break because they are interchangeable and relate to each other.

Case Breaking: This generally refers to the actual “event” where the host breaks the sealed case(s) and opens the packs for those who purchased a spot in the Group Break.

How do I know if there is break for my favorite sport/team/player? I’m so glad you asked! If your sport has trading cards currently being produced, it is almost guaranteed to have a breaker busting those packs. There are various types of Case Breaks, but most sites use the same terms to help define the type of break spot you are purchasing.

Types of Group Breaking and Case Breaking

Team Break

This is also referred to as "Pick Your Team" because you purchase the spot for a single team, receiving the cards for only that particular team. The PYT break is especially appealing for team collectors since you are paying a fraction of the cost for hobby cards and not dealing with the unwanted cards from your rival team or teams. Because some teams have more cards in a particular set, or simply better players, individual team prices can fluctuate a decent amount.

Random Team Break

If you like surprises, Random Team is your kind of break. Collectors still purchase a team spot, however, the actual selection is unknown until it's revealed during the break. Since there are 30 Major League Baseball teams (which equals 30 spots), most breakers will typically use random.org to determine who receives a specific team’s cards. The breaker will input the list of team names along with each person who purchased a spot. Then, the fun begins as the "dice" start to roll. After teams are randomized and given an assigned number, the collector’s names are then randomized. If, for example, you are assigned #28, you will have won the cards for the #28 team.

Team Draft Break

A team draft break can also be called a Snake Draft. Much like the Random Team Break, names are again randomized, however, it is to determine the order of who gets to pick or draft a team. In my experience, you purchase your slot, then everyone is gathered in a forum room, much like an old school chat room. Then, you can see the individual picking order and just like in a real sports draft, collectors have the ability to trade said draft pick. These tend to be fast-paced breaks. Although you may not get your favorite team, it should be noted that the Team Draft purchase price is the same across the board.

Divisional Break

The Divisional Break can be set up like either the Pick Your Team or Random Team Break. If you are looking for more than just one team, this a great group break to obtain sets from different divisions. For instance, say you collect the Dallas Cowboys but you also like some of the other division teams. By selecting the NFC East Division, you will receive all of the cards for the teams in the NFC East.