On Thursday, I stopped into Rite Aid to check if they had Easter candy. As some card collectors can relate too, I ending up spending more on cards than candy even though cards weren’t on my radar going in. For what it’s worth, that is not saying much because I bought a $5 product. It would have never happened if I didn’t embrace the fact that I had time. As I have been doing, I posted on Twitter a few days before.
I got super lucky with this. I know that, you know that, the universe knows that. It is still Fairfield so I wouldn’t go out running to get one of these products. If you are in a Rite Aid or other related store, it wouldn’t hurt to check out. I have seen these with Mike Trout on top.
When I buy a product, I ask myself: will I regret passing it up? If the answer is yes, I probably buy it; hey I can’t buy everything. This passed the test for 2 reasons: It had a pack that promised a memorabilia card, or redemption, and an O-Pee-Chee Platinum pack. It was also only $11.99 and I had a Target gift card to burn that I was sitting on since March. I grabbed 2 but only opened 1 so far. Knowing me, I will do a review in 4 months and someone will ask me why it isn’t available at their Target – sorry but instant gratification isn’t really my thing.
I didn’t open the O-Pee-Chee Premier 92 or Pro Set 91-92 series 1.
The cards, descriptions and how I did are with the pictures so you may have to click on the picture:
Score packs and O-Pee-Chee 16-17 pack. Pulled some exceptional rookies from the score packs and a Jagr card and its parallel.
Of course I pull a weird expired redemption with the pack that promised a hit. Stamkos Traxx card from Platinum.
My second Terry Sawchuk card from this box. The other was the weird redemption.
My personal favorite pack from the box:
Fairfield is Fairfield. You aren’t going to get anything great. Doing so is like trying to get blood from a rock. What they do give you is fun rips. That is what the hobby should be all about and that is what I got out of the box.
I wasn’t planning on buying this product but when I was in the Target card section, it was pretty obvious that their was a hit in it; I think. I posted a poll on my Twitter @angryccollector (not the 2 c’s) asking if it was actually a hit. I have learned that if it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t- even if you are getting a hit that isn’t worth the price of the box. Combined with the possible hit, I was in the mood for some old school cards. Football season is winding down so I am trying to get in a basketball mindset anyway.
This product was a ‘Jumbo Box’ for $5.99 with 1 in 4 having a hit.
For my birthday, I recieved $50 to Target from my sister. I annihilated it in one purchase. I bought 4 blaster boxes and 1 Fairfield box.
Fairfield $7.99 baseball box – got me with the Bowman Platinum pack
Topps Allen & Ginter 2013 World Champions
2013 Panini Prizm football
2013 Bowman football
2013 Topps Archives football
Since The Fairfield Company treated me so well after one of posts about their product, I decided to buy product for a third time. For the price of $5.99, I bought a ‘Jumbo Box’ of football cards. I bought this product purely because I liked how they treated me when they sent me that jersey card.
The other day I had a CT scan and needed to reward myself for the mind bender that came with it. With no card shop in my city, I did what many others do: I hit Target. I was ready and willing to spend $20 on a blaster box but I didn’t see anything that would give me a hit that made me smile. I almost walked away empty handed but forced myself to buy something. This was the one day where my budget didn’t matter because it was a draining day, do you know how much special juice you have to drink in preparation for CT scans? It is a lot. I ended up going cheap. Since the Fairfield Company treated me so good with their customer service, I went with two of their products:
I posted my recent review on The Fairfield Company’s Facebook and they got back to me in a rewarding way. The company asked for my address so they could fix the damaged cards. Continue reading “Fairfield Company Update”→
As stated, I am not a fan of buying any retail products. I have said this in past posts about packs and blaster boxes but my feelings extend to the ‘value boxes.’ I would lump the ‘value boxes’ into misery packs mystery packs. I am just not a fan. I have never got any value from these ‘value boxes.’ That isn’t to say, they aren’t fun.
The other day, I was with a family member who was getting school supplies at Target. I didn’t need any, unless you count printer ink which I didn’t have the funds for, so I wondered off into the card aisle. (Yes, I see the logic: I didn’t have money for printer ink so I go to spend money on cards. Even if they cost less money, it is still money that I could be saving, but I know that I am not the only card collector that faces this paradox.) A box that just guarantees you 100 cards caught my eye. The box said that 1 in 4 packs contains a hit. With 5 boxes there, I picked the box that I thought contained a hit. I was wrong.
The ‘hit’ ended up being some newer Topps cards stuck together. I got what I deserved as even though it was visible, I was pack searching in a way; and everyone hates a pack searcher.
The box ended up being pretty fun. I ended up scoring a bunch of cards that I will actually keep for my personal collection. Some of the highlights are pictured:
-A random assortment of manager cards including Tony LaRussa and Tommy Lasorda. 2 of the all time greatest managers and to be honest, 2 of my 3 personal favorite with Sparky Anderson being the other. I love that the LaRussa card is from his lesser known White Sox days.
-Chad Curtis cards. You don’t expect multiple cards containing the same player in these boxes but I got just that with Chad Curtis. This box landed in the right hands as I am probably one of the few people in this world who can appreciate his cards, since we share the same birthday.
-2 Danny Tartabull ‘Diamond Kings’ cards and random rookie cards including a Jason Schmidt rookie card. I don’t even mind the duplicate Tartabull cards as he won me over in his Seinfeld cameo.
I was disappointed in one aspect as I got 2 cards that were very damaged. There was no excuse for this. The company can’t blame the fact that these are older cards that were in way better condition in the box. I am not the only one who had this problem as there have been some similar complaints on Twitter. With boxes like these, you always feel like people opened packs and put the junk in a pile. This was no exception. At least one of those junk pack piles was early 80s Donruss.
Overall, you can do a lot worse for $5.99. For a product with a bad reputation, I was pretty happy if you take away the damaged cards. The rookies were nothing special but I was happy with the older cards.