August 10, 2017 § Leave a comment
(Insert bad joke here about this being my second post this week of items that I have reviewed for a now second time.) So I thought that these were sold out as I haven’t seen them in a while. Maybe someone hid one and I found when it was put on the shelf. At $12.99 with 2 jumbo packs, I took the flier again. You can find my first review here: Random Review: Fast Break Walmart Hobby RePack Product Knowing that I would get what is pictured, and being a fan of Pinnacle and Prestige this was an easy choice for me.
Like last time, I was expecting a jersey card from this pack when I picked it up – after I opened the box as it otherwise unsearchable. Unfortunately what I felt was a decoy card. I didn’t know that they put decoy cards in jumbo hobby packs. Another artist proof was pulled in this pack; actually two proofs.
I know that most of you are tired of the Prestige act and so am I to be honest. I have no reason to open more packs, even with the following hit. This is consciously one of the last posts of my Prestige collection.
I opened the Prestige pack first, not expecting anything at all. What I ended up was a case hit of a premium player. I didn’t have this card and thought that it was out of my price range. Realistically if I found the right buyer I could get $18 to $50. This isn’t going anywhere though.
I know that most of you are tired of the Prestige act and so am I. Despite this hit, I have no reason to open more packs. This is consciously one of the last posts of my Prestige collection.
August 7, 2017 § Leave a comment
After the amount of chatter my last post about eBay hot packs got, I figured that I would try it again.
I bought the last Prestige 13-14 hot pack on eBay for $14. It was one of those where I asked myself if I would regret passing up on it, because there was a 0.0001% chance that it contained an autograph of value that I needed.
As I said, I have bought hot packs in the past and never had any luck – until my last post. I was open to spending the $14 because even if I failed, it would show you readers, how most hot packs are.
This would’ve been a bust when this came out. At $14, this is a major bust. An undrafted player who played 2 career games in the NBA- side tangent, this goes to show you how bad the rookie class was with the fact that he was one of the 40 rookie autos in this set. Having bought hot packs, I can tell you honestly that this is what you should expect. Probably something a little better but this is right in line with the hot packs.
August 1, 2017 § Leave a comment
Last week I reviewed hot packs from Ebay, this week I will take a stab at hobby packs. Will lightning strike twice? I could have bought anything but I chose what I know, mainly out of desperation to pull hits I need from it. This was a $7 exercise for 3 packs.
One thick pack but this product is heavy on spacers. You could I think hits in this product are one in 6, but it could be lower as some boxes in a case have 5 hits as opposed to the usual 4. Truthfully, I wasn’t about to pay for 6 packs knowing that they would probably be searched through.
As expected, I got junk. My best chance at a pull was a Giannis rookie or a case hit insert anyway. Overall, I suggest no one buys hobby packs online. I would go as far as to say not to buy Father’s Day/National type packs as well. If you want a hobby pack and can’t find a place, go to PackRip.com or buy a Loot Locker.
July 27, 2017 § 6 Comments
Recently I saw a question on Twitter asking if anyone got anything good out of Ebay hot packs. I have been avoiding hot packs for a while because I bought some about five to ten years ago and never pulled anything good. I feel that I did buy them for the right reasons though. I remember that I was curious about a set and with blaster boxes having no guarantees, I would rather take a flier on a hot pack, as opposed to a few retail packs for the same price.
I have nothing against the packs themselves, I just question the sellers. How did the sellers know there is a hit in there? How do they know what type when very few boxes list the specific types of hits you get. Were they the vilified pack searchers that we hate at retail stores? Were they resealed junk hits?
I felt like taking the dive for two reasons:
1. I felt that this would make for a great post.
2. I basically own every hit for sale for my Prestige collection. I figure the few that I am missing, that should be affordable, are in packs somewhere. So kind of out of desperation.
Obviously I bought a Prestige pack. After I won that I got a Donruss Racing pack for six bucks from the same seller. As a SoCal vegetarian who is a member of the LGBT+ family, Nascar and me kind of go like oil and water but I do own a few Nascar cards. Whenever I find a cool looking Nascar card in the cheap boxes, I grab it. They have some awesome event used material, that offers unique material – it feels wrong saying event used, but I don’t think they are called games. These two packs cost me around $15 when all was said and done. So basically $7 a pack. If they are unsearched, you really can’t go wrong at that price.
Bobby Allison autograph. I have no idea who he is but this card is selling for $10 right now on Ebay. So if it does sell for that much, when accounting for fees, I can make my money back.
I feel that I did amazing with this pack. A four colored patch numbered to twenty-five. I have the non-Prime version of this card. Funny story about this card, I went through a lot to get the one I had before. You cannot find this card listed on Ebay or COMC. It is just one of those that you think would be a dime a dozen but I had to buy Panini Points then get the card through that program to finish off my True Colors set. So not the hit that I was looking for but if I put it on Ebay, I will be the only one selling it so I will have some leverage. I will keep it for my personal collection though because it is a great card. It wasn’t the Isiah Thomas (Pistons) Bonus Shots jersey, Peja Bonus Shots autograph, Michael Finley Bonus Shots autograph, or Kobe Bonus Shots autograph that I need but hey, I did great.
Maybe I got lucky but I feel that I did great. A Prime patch out of a hot pack, I feel that I am the one that got away with murder when I probably did a little better than break even. Still this was a fun little exercise. I probably won’t buy many more hot packs but I have a little faith now.
July 22, 2017 § Leave a comment
USPS tracking said that I had a package in the mail that would arrive yesterday, Friday. It didn’t arrive this weekend. I accidentally spent over $20 at http://www.cincycardsandsupplies.com/. I bit on his Corey Seager cards and the next thing I knew, I added a dozen cards to my cart. Great site. He shipped the next day following my order. I have ordered from him in the past and will order again. Keep an eye out on my Twitter where I will post my finds.
I have an unopened box of cards sitting on my desk from Blowout Cards 4th of July sale. I don’t feel like opening it. Instead of my weekly post about cards, I am doing this. I wrote a post about Chester Bennington and dealing with suicidal thoughts. I didn’t post it here because I have been making an effort to stop posts like these on here but this one is important to me. I feel like I have written parts of this post before so I am sorry if I am repeating myself to some of you. It was in response to everyone posting the suicide hotline on their social media, saying that they would be there for those suffering, and to quell some misconceptions. I am sick of people blaming drugs. I talked further about it alluding how you can blame a car in a car crash but it was the driver’s error who caused it. You can find that post here: https://wordpress.com/post/danieladubay.wordpress.com/89
I told the people at Punched that I would post their link on here. It is a fun site that gives you deals on stuff in exchange for playing a game. Right now there are very few players so you could easily snag a great deal. I have bought a ton of stuff because of them including a $250 projector where they paid me the next day back for it, minus tax. You can find them here: https://punched.com/
July 11, 2017 § Leave a comment
Let me tell you how my last three hours has been: I was lounging around glad that the day was over because my PTSD really got to me today. I was glad the day was winding down and I could sleep soon to get away from my thoughts. Fate had other plans. My sister yells for me because there is an injured bird in the backyard that she wants to save. When you are down something like this can do one of two things: cheer you up because it gets you out of your head or bring you down further. I took route three, and went numb. She asks if I can take it to the vet. So she calls the only animal hospital we know that takes wild animals and they say that they can take it, thank you ConejoVet.com. It’s only ten miles away but they are two freeways away during rush hour. Will this animal survive it?
So I make the drive. When I drive, I normally blast some
Christian heavy music. I don’t do that and spend the whole drive talking to the bird. I am talking to it, saying prayers. We make eye contact the whole way as this thing is suffering. This poor thing is looking at me in misery. I knew someone who said cute animals are the worst and this was the case. It was a cute suffering animals, as heart wrenching as it gets. All I can think is ‘please don’t die.’ In between those thoughts I am thinking, ‘fuck finances, I am going to treat myself to a blaster box after this.’ I was already looking for NFL rookie autographs earlier today because I wanted to check the price of a few that I want to start a personal collection of. Unfortunately Panini hasn’t flooded the market yet so the prices are all out of whack.
So the bird survives the trip; thank God. By this point, I am so spent that I barely make eye contact with the girl helping me. My self conscious makes me feel like an asshole because she is disabled and all I can think is ‘I hope that she knows that I have nothing against her, I just want to get out of here because this is depressing.’ I am told that the bird will probably survive as it is a broken wing. I keep going back and forth about buy a box of cards. I say ‘fuck it, maybe karma for helping this animal out will give me something good.’ Ha.
So my choices were Contenders football or Hit high series. 2 autographs or 3. I was going to go for Panini but when I grabbed the Hit box, I noticed under it was a $14.99 price tag. It wasn’t for Hit but I took my chances. In line I looked at the checklist and I was excited. There are 3 players who I want in my PC and I have a chance at 2 of them. I was thankful because I could at least get a card of them for my PC because I rarely pull doubles of base cards in the past.
Well the autographs were nothing to write home about. One guy is next to impossible to search for history on in Aaron Bailey. Seriously it is 2017. I know it’s a common name but he is an NFL player. Search engines failed me so I had to search NFL.com just to find info on him. It looks like the Ravens signed him. The other two are Lions and Eagles 4th and 5th rounders respectively.
The product was decent but I was so disappointed with the results. I got a bunch of doubles on my base cards, completely whiffing on one of the players I coveted: a QB in this draft class. I at least got a pair of Christian McCaffrey doubles. He can bust out but he is a Panther so those will always be in PC. If this was any other time, I would be ticked. I got the rookies from a bunch of skill position players that have a ton of hype; you know the receivers and running backs.
July 8, 2017 § Leave a comment
This post has been triggered by my tantrum Twitter last night which led to some great conversations with the community. Recently I have buying up Panini Points in hopes of being prepared should Panini add a card that I need for my Prestige collection in its rewards catalog. I have bought 3 or 4 of them and paid for shipping for all but one that came in a plain white envelope. Now for the record, if I pay anything under $2, I have no problem getting my card in a PWE as long as it is toploaded. Recently one of those cards came in a PWE without a toploader for a card where shipping was $2.89. This leads me to two questions: the neverending PWE debate and should redemptions:
I have been burned so many times by people who charge me for shipping and ship in a PWE that I have included a message in the top of my Ebay profile:
“AngryCardCollector.com I don t run a card shop. Anything I sell is to get money so I can buy more cards. If I buy a card from you where you charge me more than $2 in shipping and don t ship in a bubble mailer, I will ask for a refund on shipping.”
http://www.ebay.com/usr/pandanwh. I am actually going to change it soon because this week I realized that I could say it clearer grammatically. I just haven’t changed it because I don’t want the seller that I am dealing with to call me out on it. I am also going to include that I will leave negative feedback if not refunded because that has been my modus-operandi: whenever I get a PWE and confirm that I was charged over $2 shipping I ask for a refund and leave negative feedback if the seller gets angry at me or refuses to do it. I know more than anyone that being a seller is hard enough but I do live by a few rules and this PWE issue is one of them. I also always ask for $2 back so the seller so can at least keep his stamp money; although in my mind a seller who sends a card in a PWE deserves to lose all of it.
For those that don’t know: shipping in a bubble mailer under five ounces within the US is $2.67. Now I have no problem if I am charged anything under $4 to account for the cost of a bubble mailer. Also while Ebay gives a discount on shipping, they negate that by taking a higher percentage of a seller’s shipping cost; probably because too many people get greedy and try to make money off shipping.
Before moving on to the redemption question, I am going to bring up a tangent. I will leave the seller that I am currently having an issue with negative feedback unless he refunds me in the time frame that I gave him for one very reason: he says that I didn’t ask nicely so he is refusing. So I must ask what is a nice way to say: “Hey, I don’t like that you screwed me on shipping. Refund me before midnight on this day or I will negative feedback.” Obviously I say it a tad nicer but you get the gist of it. As far as I am concerned, you can write this out in the nicest way possible, if that is even a scenario, and the seller will still call you out because he sees right through it. So as far as I am concerned saying that you won’t refund anyone for that reason, regardless of the issue, is a way of showing that you are the dick and not the person who you are accusing. Although, for the record: I do not deny being a dick in some of my messages with sellers. In a few cases, it takes the seller two messages to respond, so I am forced to get harsh.
Now moving on to redemptions. As far as I am concerned, any card being shipped in a PWE deserves a PWE; there are no exceptions. This included redemptions. Also redemptions deserve their own bubble mailer if you charge over $2 shipping. This is actually a perk for me as I reuse bubble mailers because I unfortunately live in a world where $2 matters to me – call me cheap but I am not denying that and that is the reality of someone living on a tight budget.
Panini points are a joke. I am not denying that, even though I have picked up cards that are valuable to me via the program. The points are at the bottom of the redemption ladder. Now just because points are the cheapest of the redemptions, doesn’t mean that they deserve any less than other redemptions. Taking away the Trout’s of the world, let’s use another example: take a redemption for a player like Justin Bohr, David West, or any late round NFL draft prospect. Their cards have always come to me in a bubble mailer. I would love to hear if they haven’t for you.
I have been collecting hardcore since 2003, and have bought several redemption cards. When shipped to me, they have always come in a bubble mailer when I paid for one. Truthfully I have never thought about redemptions deserving less when shipped. As far as I am concerned they are no different to me than base cards or inserts that are worthy of being sold individually. Some people have taken me to task for demanding my points be at least toploaded. Here is my rationale for this: while I throw the card away after I use the code, what if I was going to flip it? I would want it in the best condition possible. Card condition reflects on me regardless if it is a base or Ted Williams autograph.
I would love to hear people’s opinions on this. Also feel free to call me out if you think that I am wrong on any of this. My mind wants to be changed because I know that will make me easier to deal with when this inevitably happens again. This is a never ending debate in the card community so don’t be afraid to share. I also re-Tweet thoughtful responses on Twitter to this.