Impulse Buy: a New Year, a new Adventure

I bought into a break from http://ptownhobby.com/https://twitter.com/P_TownHobbyBox.

Let’s start this off with adventures in USPS. I am not one to compulsively check on tracking but this was so absurd that it caught my attention. Package went out on a Monday. It started by saying that I would get the package on Wednesday; even though I thought that was unrealistic. Then it got bumped to a realistic Friday, which seemed very realistic and normal. Package didn’t arrive Friday so I checked and it said Saturday. Saturday it didn’t arrive. I checked and it then said Wednesday. So naturally the package arrives on Monday. A full week after which is fair and realistic but tracking lies. I do want to state, for buying into a break, I wasn’t expecting a tracking number. I know Ebay gives that option for free at times, but I still appreciated it.

I don’t buy into many breaks. They usually have to be a product I love, my favorite team for cheap, or some other deal. In this case it was an auction style format for a half case of my super PC. I tried to get any team for under $3. That failed but I did end up with one team for $3.25. That team was the Grizzlies, probably my favorite team. Realistically I didn’t need any Grizzlies cards from this set but I didn’t mind the chance at a base team set or another Marc Gasol relic. I was looking for Bonus Shots parallels though.

So the break is 6 boxes. It is New Years Day. As we are going through it, I am trying to amuse myself. This is the one product, that I know inside and out so I am providing tidbits in the chat. 3 boxes in and I haven’t even seen an insert from the Grizzlies. 4 boxes, same thing. I start to tune out and focus on other things. At box 5, I am starting to get hungry and I am finding other things that I could do in the house. My boys want to play a game with me. 5 and a half boxes and nothing. At this point, I thought all the hits and parallels were gone from the box I was so zoned out that my mouse was hovering over the close button on my internet browser. It gets down to the last 3 packs. So naturally I hit a parallel. Okay I am perked up. I got a parallel. That’s all I am thinking that I am going to get. Next pack, boom an autograph from Jerryd Bayless. Remember at that point, I thought that all the hits were gone but it ended up being the last hit. I ended up paying about $5 with shipping and ended up with some value.

 

When I got the cards in the mail, apparently I overlooked another parallel unless it was thrown in. I also may have overlooked an insert. Silver parallels fall one per hobby box. Interestingly, I don’t think Bayless is in the base set of the product.

Prestige Boxes 11 and 12 of 12

I finally finished opening my Prestige case today. It only took me a few months. Excuse me for flooding you with Prestige posts but this set has been my passion collection. I am going to do a wrap up post of the case later this week.

Box 11:

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This is by far the best box of the case. Incidentally, the first relic I pulled was the Joel Anthony card and I was expecting this box to be a dud after that. The Giannis Antetokounmpo autograph is the rookie autograph that I coveted out of this case, as I don’t have it in me to pay what it takes for his autograph otherwise. The ‘True Colors’Tristan Thompson was the first and only patch to come out of the case. I gotta admit that I never liked the Cavaliers red but it comes off really beautiful in the patch.

If I didn’t pull the Chris Mullin, I would’ve thought it was a fake. The autograph looks like he was having a stroke while signing it. It even has the fingerprint that faded the auto at the tail end.
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Box 12:

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Not the best box but wait what another Antetokounmpo autograph. I believe this is my only duplicated autograph from the case and I cannot complain one bit. The Brandon Bass card, while not a patch is considered a prime piece – well that is what it says on the back of the card at least. It is numbered out of 25.
Now there are two cards here that I have questioned in the past. ‘Stars of the NBA’ is a pretty rare set. You cannot find many on Ebay and when I did, I always assumed that it was a misprint from a different year on the part of the seller. Well you know what they say about the word assume, it makes an ass out of you and me and it certainly made an ass out of me. The other card is the numbered ‘Bonus Shots’ card. I have never pulled a numbered ‘Bonus Shots’ card myself, and I have questioned their legitimacy in the past so I stayed away from them for the most part. The font of the numbering look seems very amateurish to me.

 

Prestige Boxes 8, 9, 10 of 12

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Anthony Davis, Otto Porter, Steven Adams, Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, Tristan Thompson

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Kelly Olynyk, Gary Payton, Isaiah Canaan, John Paxson, Nikola Pekovic, Kendall Marshall

The game used jerseys were nothing whatsoever to complain about. I still haven’t hit a multi layered patch yet. Interestingly, the two NBA Materials jerseys were from the same box.

The Gary Payton autograph has been the case hit so far. Just like the NBA Materials jerseys, the Distinctive Ink autographs came in the same box. Isaiah Canaan’s signature looks like a boob to me.

While on the surface the Irving jersey and Pekovic autograph may not seem so terrible, they are a dime a dozen with this product. You can find them with little effort.