The Apropos Pack

I don’t like posting one off hauls on here so when I do, they have to mean something. Well I was just looking for a reason to smile and opened a jumbo pack of 2018 Topps baseball series one that I have been sitting on for almost a month. Nothing special right? Well, have you ever opened a pack of cards that was just so apropos that you had to laugh? I am not talking about hitting a great relic, I am talking about cards that mean something. Well this pack just felt like it was destined for me in this moment.

Let’s start my personal collection. I bought this pack because I am a big Ozzie Albies fan and my goal was to chase some of his insert cards. Bang, this pack gave me one of those. Now just with that, I would have been happy but there is more.
I am a big Jose Altuve fan. His rise from suspect to prospect happened when I lived in Lancaster and saw him put himself on the map with the Lancaster Jethawks, high A ball team. So I get his insert. But wait there is more.
3 weeks, Brewers cards would have no meaning to me. But now, I am watching them everyday as they play my Dodgers. If you are reading this week, you will know that Orlando Arcia has made a huge name for himself and is performing out of this world.
The cherry on top of this apropos pack is the fact that the pack yielded a Brewers team card.

The pack yielded 50 cards and was very Red Sox and Brewers heavy. The Travis d’Arnaud rainbow foil was cool.

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Random Review: $11.99 WalMart Football RePack

The other day I was in WalMart and like the average collector, I perused the card aisle. As I buy repacks from time to time, the fact that this one sat abover a $14.99 price tag caught my eye so I took it to scan. I expected it to be $19.99 but to my surprise it was only $11.99. As some of you may know, I have a regret test. Despite having no interest in a football re-pack at the time, this passed my regret test so I grabbed it.

As expected, it had a ton of cheap blaster packs.

Ultimately, it had 3 passable packs for $11.99. Not my idea of value even though one was a hobby pack.

It was cool to pull a Joe Thomas rookie.

The weak packs yielded a Dak rookie. Still awful despite 2 decent rookies. I would advise everyone to pass on this product.

 

Random Review: 2018 Topps Fire Blaster Round 2

I wasn’t going to post this but I just opened what I feel is an awful box of Topps Fire. No numbered cards or relics. While the inserts of prospects were decent, there is still no guarantee with prospects. Thankfully I am doing this for the set and chasing base but I just wanted to show you because I know that average collector is not doing the same with this set.

 

Angry: Hiding Collecting

A prevalent theme in the card community this week has found people being asked if they hide their collecting habits from their loved ones. It was GoGTSLive’s question of the week and Sports Card Collectors have a nice post up on it. You can find their post here: http://sportcardcollectors.blogspot.com/2018/09/do-you-hide-hobby.html

Every couple of weeks, I am reminded of why I started this site. The fact that I hide my collecting from my family is one reason. By doing this site, I am trying to turn my collecting into something positive. I see the gambling nature of collecting cards, my family sees it.

One of the big struggles that I have with my family is answering why collecting is worth it. I have one very close friend who does not understand why I open packs and then put the cards in a box and do not showcase them. In a perfect world, I would showcase them. I have some of my favorite, less valuable cards hung up in a display case of about 20. I also have some cards hanging up by that sticky gum thumbtack alternative. That has been my go to. For the most part, those are Panthers base cards. My friend being hard on me in that regard actually helped me. That said, I do find myself hiding the hobby from her. Sometimes when we are in Target if she drags me into a female clothes aisle or women’s magazine section, I will make sure that she stays with me in the cards aisle. That is if I feel secure. Problem is, I never feel secure so me looking at cards with her, or any of my friends, is usually looking over the cashiers shoulder to see what is there.

My sister, who I live with, absolutely hates it when I buy cards. I have gone to lengths where I will put maildays in my car before bringing the mail in if she is home. I do this even for contests. Her fear is that I am putting cards over survival.

Lastly, I have had some girlfriends who have been great about my collecting. I don’t think they ever realized the scope of my collecting. Even with them, I still went to some lengths to hide my collecting. If they were in my room, my storage boxes were never out in the open.

I have nothing against people who don’t understand my collecting. Truthfully, I don’t understand it. We all need healthy hobbies. Hopefully I am collecting healthily. Everyone has a vice. We need a hobby to zone out in this crazy world. My best relationships, especially with my significant others, have been the ones where me have a mutual understanding to not talk too much about our hobbies too much and focus on each other. If you can find that balance then the more power to you.

 

Here is the GoGTSLive poll:

I am convinced that a good 25% lied or answered the way that they did because they do not have a spouse.

 

I was going to do a Random Review for this week’s post but the product that I was expecting has not come.