Having only 1 card shop in the area and only one trade show every 2 to 3 months puts a serious crimp on my hobby box buying capabilities. Most of the time I’m stuck in that “one” aisle at Wal-Mart. Occasionally, the powers that be will open that aisle for business which makes it even more frustrating. Soccer mom’s have a great “go to hell” look when a grown man is in the middle of the lane looking at baseball cards.
Most of the time, I’ll buy a $20 blaster box. Although, I’ve gotten a few good pulls, it should be noted that these boxes are more for base set building than anything. To Upper Deck’s credit, they have inserted one guaranteed hit per blaster box this year. So far that has been the case with UD Series 1 and Spectrum. We’ll see if they follow suit for the rest of their product line. That’s definitely a step in the right direction. How long will it take Topps to get on board?
Some days I head to Wal-Mart even though I don’t have the $19.97 on me that I need (it’s actually $21.37 with tax for anyone curious…I have the amount memorized.) It’s on these days that I’m relegated to buying what I call “bulk packs”. Maybe there is a better name, I don’t know.
Inside these mini packs are 3 to 4 individual packs (retail or hobby, I’m not sure which) from random manufacturers. Mostly it’s a pretty good single pack on top with some pathetic 2006 Fleer underneath and hidden. I’m a sucker for pack bustin’ so I can’t help myself sometimes. I just dig in.
I have no clue who the company is that packages these products. I don’t know how someone can sell random packs from different manufacturers consolidated into one product to a retail chain with the intent of resell. I equate that to me buying 3 Pepsi’s and 3 Cokes, selling them to Wal-Mart consolidated as a 6 pack, and then you walking in and purchasing it from them. I’m sorry, maybe I should have paid more attention in Economics.
Long story short, my concern is that I’ve begun to wonder if these packs are being ravaged by “pack searchers” before being repackaged. I have NEVER had a hit other than a parallel or an occasional insert from any of these packs. Never an auto. Never a game-used. 95% of the time, it’s all base cards.
Have any of you had better luck than I have with these packs? If so, what’s your best pull so far?