Since finding out that Dollar Tree had packs with exclusive parallels in each pack, I made a point to seek them out. As a basketball collector, I wanted to grab at least one pack. I found out about these in the middle of January and it too me until the week of March to find these. I went to about 6 Dollar Trees looking for them. By the time that I found them, the place had 4 packs left.
The packs guarantee a yellow parallel. I believe they guarantee a rookie but I am not positive on that. As you will see below, I got a rookie in each pack. Any information in the comments on that is appreciated.
It is nice to finally have a reason to finally be enthusiastic about Dollar Tree packs. The Yellow pops on the card. These are not worth killing your gas money to try to find them but they are a nice reason to stop into the store if you are near them. I wish that I could buy a box of these to chase the rookie yellows.
This is the last eBay hot pack from this seller. This one was relatively cheap. I believe it was under $6.
It’s always fun to pull a patch.
While this is a patch, my conclusion is that you will never get anything good from these hot packs. I might buy more if the price is lower than a break and I want to sample a product but overall, I question if these are worth it. I would almost rather see the person resell the cards themselves instead of in packs; that way I have no idea they are searched. I feel that it is at the point that packs need to be put in locks, like alcohol, so they are not searched. The other day, I was in the WalMart card aisle and when I knelt down to see the boxes on the bottom shelf, an associate made it know that they were watching me. I took the time to thank them for doing that.
I got retail packs for Christmas but picked up this second Hoops blaster a few weeks ago. I opened it today figuring that I wouldn’t want to open it after Christmas. For a more detailed review on this product, check out my last review of it: Random Review: 2018-19 NBA Hoops Holiday Edition
This was a more typical box. I liked that the jersey card had a winter theme on it, something that my hit last time did not.
The rookies from this pack were pretty bland. As of right now, I didn’t pull any big rookies but the rookie class is fluid so who knows what I might come back to in a year or two.
The jersey card is a typical hit in these boxes. This box was very typical overall and not flashy; just like the Hoops brand. Nothing flashy but a healthy amount of base and rookies. I might keep my eye out and grab one or two of these if they hit the clearance rack. The winter theme is a nice change of pace for a product that doesn’t offer much.
A non winter themed card slipped by; the Maurice Harkless card. For comparison check out the card next to it to see how the base card should look with the winter theme.
Today’s Random Review is a blaster of 2018-19 NBA Hoops Holiday Edition. Unlike other products, these have been readily available in my area. I have seen them at Target and WalMart for the typical $19.99 price point.
You can find 11 packs in them with 8 cards per pack. It has a guarantee of a relic card.
The ends of the packs have a green holiday theme.
All of the cards have snowflakes on them; well except the autograph that I pulled. In the picture above, you can see that the snowflakes pop in some cards versus others. The picture doesn’t really show what I mean with the P.J. Tucker card as I had a hard time seeing the snowflakes when I had it in my hands at reading eye level. I put a card in the background for comparison to show the difference.
There are purple parallels in the box. As stated in the last paragraph, the autograph did not have any holiday theme on it. I am not really complaining as it was nice to pull an autograph from a Hoops blaster. Interestingly, despite being a $3 autograph from a player who currently plays overseas, it is Mangok Mathiang’s first autograph card.
I had fun with the inserts and rookies. A good 30% of the box was inserts and rookies. All of these were holiday themed and helped make this a fun box to open.
Overall this was a fun rip. If the base set wasn’t 300 cards, I might even consider doing a set of these. For an entry level product, this is a great product. I would love to see more holiday themed products of other sets. I can only imagine the potential for the snowflakes on a set like Optic or Chrome.