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.