Don't sweat the thread bud. We are humans before collectors and mist of us have lost people we love along the way. Sometimes our collecting gets put in perspective by such things.
As for the break, I know it can ne tough seeing so many cool cards pulled and yet not get much of any yourself. It is the nature of these high end breaks.
I have had a request to do a version with the same team throughout. Would that be of interest? The yankees would be golden... Nats, angels, red sox... Etc would all be great teams too. What do you think?