Mario's posts about his Jackie Kennedy Hair Card made me realize that I never did a post on the Hillary SP Presidential Predictors I pulled back around March of this year. I thought I had already posted about it. Considering the Jackie O card, now is as good a time as any to make my point.
I'll agree that Hobby has more to offer with "guaranteed...on average" but this is just proof to me of one more person having an abundance of luck with a blaster.
To me, blasters are almost a smarter decision nowadays. You can spend $100 on 1 hobby box and get 1 chance to get "definite" hits (on average...they might be there...they might not.)
Or you can spend roughly the same on 5 blasters and get 5 chances at completely random hits. Not to mention you can buy 5 different products, if you prefer, with your money as opposed to only 1 product with hobby.
Considering some of the pulls I've seen on the video breaks of hobby products spread around the web, my advice is to buy hobby of the things that they don't make blasters for and blasters for the hobby products that they do. I learned this the hard (read expensive) way with '08 Topps Chrome. I've pulled more refractors and autos, not to mention refractor autos, from Retail than I did with all of the hobby I bought.
Retail, Mario's Jackie O and my Hillary are just two examples of great blaster pulls. My '07 Goudey Immortals Babe Ruth Jersey ($21.37 including tax) would be my third example. Anyone care to add a fourth example?
Hobby, I've pulled a Griffey auto and a triple auto Beltran, Bay, Abreu. That's it. There have been signatures and game used, yes, but those are the only significant hits I've ever had from hobby.
Luck of the draw? Yeah, probably. But in my opinion, economically speaking...Retail wins everytime in my house...