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Chicken 1 of 1 "Break It Forward" #53

Season 2, Ep. 53

Chicken 1 of 1 "Break It Forward" campaign gives money to charities in the new world of Sport card breaks, or "breaks." He works with professional athletes, celebrities, and public figures. Sport card breaks, or “breaks” are when a single person (or business) buys an entire box of sports cards, then charges individual collectors for the opportunity to “buy in” and keep a selection of cards from the box.

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Zion Clark is an American wrestler, professional mixed martial artist, & wheelchair racer #91

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