Does Pack Searching Even Matter?

While I never take part in message boards, I do like to lurk occasionally, especially Blowout Cards’ forum. This week, one of the more popular topics was a guy who was photographed pack searching (with a scale) at a Target in Minneapolis. To no one’s surprise, he was also involved in a pack-searching expose well over a year ago …wearing the exact same, stylish sports coat. So who is this grown man, spending all his afternoons digging through retail packs while risking online and possibly criminal exposure for $3 dollar Albert Pujols and Evan Longoria game-used relics? Yes, that’s what they sell for on eBay every single day of the week.

Let’s face it, game-used memorabilia and certified autographs are dead unless you are lucky enough to pull a super-hot prospect auto or a star relic patch. For the most part, these cards that once ruled the hobby are now nothing more than cheap filler. The magic of the “hit” is gone, especially from a brand you can find at Target. If you really want to pretend like “hits” still matter, you’re going to need to a couple of hundred dollars for a box of Topps Triple Threads or even more and you still will likely end up with absolute trash most of the time. It really is time for a new hobby innovation because the card industry completely killed game-used relics and certified autographs.

Now, for the guy pictured below … let’s hope he gets what’s coming to him. I’m sure he’s hawking those “hot packs” on eBay because lord knows opening them up is going to put all his trouble pack-searching to waste. I can’t think of a more pathetic way to spend my time at Target than doing this in a section usually reserved for children. This is why it has been well-known for decades to avoid open retail pack at all costs. Spend a little more and go the blaster route or if you really enjoy the product and want to support the industry, splurge and get yourself a Hobby box because odds are, someone has gone through every single pack at Target and Wal-Mart already.

You can check out the full Blowout Cards thread HERE.

   

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6 comments

  1. Very funny. You hit the nail right on the head: “So who is this grown man, spending all his afternoons digging through retail packs while risking online and possibly criminal exposure for $3 dollar Albert Pujols and Evan Longoria game-used relics? Yes, that’s what they sell for on eBay every single day of the week.”

  2. Never assume anything. You assume this a**hat is looking for “hits” to flip them for the money. It could be the man is some sick, twisted sadist whose entire motivation is to spoil the hobby for others–especially little kids (in which case he and others similarly motivated have been fairly successful). Of course, I can’t speak for your local retail stores, but I’ve never seen anyone younger than 30 in the Target or WalMart card aisles where I live. I do see younger kids (say 16 to 18) at the LCS, every now and then, dropping $65 a pack on some high end product and wondering where they get the money. I swear the world is upside down.

  3. The value of the pull isn’t what bothers me… it’s the fact that this guy is manhandling packs and doing something unethical. Hopefully a family member or a friend stumbles across this blog post or the thread on Blowout. Maybe they can talk some sense into the guy.

  4. Recently I’ve been wondering if a hitless product would have any appeal in today’s hobby. If it had a nice design, good inserts, decent parallels and a non-outrageous price point, I think it would have some small success like recently with Topps Bunt

  5. “So who is this grown man, spending all his afternoons digging through retail packs while risking online and possibly criminal exposure for $3 dollar Albert Pujols and Evan Longoria game-used relics? ”

    I actually “LOL’d”. It’s sadly so true. Great stuff as usual.

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