We collectors are very passionate about our hobby. When a product fails to meet standards we write about it on our blogs, post topics at on-line message boards, and pretty much do whatever we can to make sure others don’t have to suffer going through, for example, a $400 pack of Sport Kings. With that being said, there is a phenomenon known as “pack searching” that has turned about 95% of the collecting world into a blood-thirsty mob.
Personally, I understand why pack searching would hurt the hobby. Let’s say my son, when he is old enough wants to begin collecting like his old (but still sexy) dad. Let’s say he goes out with mom to Target and buys three packs of Upper Deck Masterpieces and in those boxes a 40-year old Comic Book Guy-type had been there just minutes earlier and pack searched long enough to find all the “hits”. My son loses out and instead pulls a bunch of base cards. Will that be the end of the world? Probably not.
Personally, unless I am a set-builder there is absolutely no reason for me to buy retail. If you buy your cards from Target you are taking that risk and you should understand it. You should also know that someone might have come earlier and pulled the “hits” without cheating. It’s a double-edged sword. If you want to play, you have to pay and go with Hobby.
Check out these two funny topics. One is a guy that was “disgusted” by a YouTube video that shows how to pack search and the other is an idiot who came to the Beckett Message boards and bragged about pack searching and pulling two autographs. When people called him out on it, he edited him message but that did not stop the mob.
So what is your opinion on pack searchers?
(real picture of the YouTube pack searcher)