I meant to get this up earlier but my best friend from college is in town and my life has been non stop. PackRip.com celebrated Black Friday. One of their deals was offering 2015-16 Black Gold basketball for $50. Black Friday is the one time of the year where I think my regret test kills me. Basically I ask myself: ‘will I regret passing up on this if I want it tomorrow and it’s not there?’ This deal passed my regret test. My main motivation was that I will probably never ever get to open any Black Gold product so I had too. It was also important to me to buy something from PackRip this year because they have treated this site so great, and just like how I love shopping at my favorite card shop because they are awesome people, I love shopping at online stores who treat the community great. So here are my 2 hits from the box:
I am open to trades on PackRip for the Horford. Username: AngryCardCollector. I have the Davis available for trade as well but it is probably worth more to me than you can buy it on the secondary market. By the way points to PackRip for making the trade link for people, sharable. You can find mine here: https://www.packrip.com/cards-for-trade/44
2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Platinum pack – $2.99
2014 Elite Extra – $3
I get to keep two cards of the 2 packs. Not sure I would call the Luke Dykstra numbered card a keeper. I have no issue with the O-Pee-Chee not being kept but the Elite kind of bugs me. Granted we are a few years removed and none of these guys will pan out but these are still rookie cards that we are talking about. I do get to keep the so called hits of the product.
It is nice that PackRip has low end packs.
I personally would rather spend $6 on here than crappy retail impulse buys. PackRip is definitely a go to place. If you have the urge to buy a crappy retail product, you can go to PackRip on your phone and buy a pack in the store. Hobby packs are the way to go. Plus instead of supporting a business like Target or Wal-Mart, you are supporting a great startup shop run by great people. It’s a win win win situation. You support good people and get better packs.
I also want to commend PackRip on their card sales in the shop. I picked up and awesome Kenta Maeda relic for a good price.
Now onto a minor contest, if you can call it that. The first reader who uses PackRip and offers me a trade of any one card that you don’t want gets the following cards. 6 cards for 1 of your choice. I will update this when the trade is completed.
I finally got my first trade on PackRip.com. I somehow pulled off a 3 for 3 trade. Considering the cards, it was minor in the grand scheme of things but still awesome.
2014 PANINI CERTIFIED MIRROR RED TYLER GAFFNEY RC numbered to 249
2014 PANINI CERTIFIED CERTIFIED POTENTIAL TYLER GAFFNEY numbered to 99
2016 TOPPS WWE UNDISPUTED SHEAMUS
2012-13 PANINI CRUSADE CRUSADE CHRIS BOSH
2012-13 PANINI CRUSADE QUEST MATERIALS ANDERSON VAREJAO
2016 TOPPS WWE UNDISPUTED HIGH CHIEF PETER MAIVIA
I got two Panthers cards to add to my PC in Gaffney while giving up a jersey and insert card that I didn’t want. I was also able to swap out a WWE card that I didn’t want for one that I did. Again minor trade but it shows why PackRip.com is awesome. I turned the 3 non PC cards I had in the site into 3 PC cards. It is a perfect scenario in my book. I also want to note that I could view the new cards instantly once the trade was accepted as there wasn’t a wait for them to be moved to my profile.
There is also another aspect that I think is awesome, and one that I wish was in my fantasy leagues: a trade block list. This can be found in your profile.
I have gone into three shops locally looking for a single pack of WWE Undisputed. It is a product that I have coveted since I saw a few reviews of it. I saw that PackRip.com had it but sat on it for too long and it sold out, that is until I asked if they were planning on restocking it. To my surprise, I got an alert a few hours later saying that they put some up. A huge selling point that hobby shops have left is that they are personal. Well guess what, after that Twitter exchange with PackRip.com, I had similar feelings to the ones I have when my guy at the card shop shows me something he knows that I would like. Did I schmooze them enough, right there? Well I meant it. It was something I genuinely appreciated. I have one more minor perk I liked for a paragraph after the pictures of my pack. WWE Undisputed guarantees a hit in every pack with 8 of the 10 from each box being an autograph.
Thankfully, I didn’t hit a non autograph. The autograph is cut off but I hit a Samoa Joe autograph. Honestly I am ecstatic. I don’t care if he never gets called up the main roster, he is a great wrestler who has main evented in every promotion he touched. I also hit a numbered Big Boss Man card.
Now for the second thing I like about PackRip.com. This is minor but I like how you can go back to the packs and see what was in each pack you bought. It’s a minor perk but one that you will never get in real life unless you keep the cards loosely in an opened pack.
I do have a confession. The real reason why it took so long to post is because I am dying the review their trade feature. My trade name is ‘pandanwh.’ I will consider any offer.
My second foray into PackRip.com sees me going beyond the trial packs and actually testing out a product. I didn’t count how many offerings the site had, but I would be willing to be that it was probably close to a dozen or two dozen. My goals for this crusade was to open a pack that delivered on quality and had a video. I was looking for several things in the video: how long it was, if you saw the cards well, and if the pack opener talked at all. My main critique about breakers is that they linger when they open packs. Dude, just open the pack; we aren’t paying you by the hour.
I chose two packs of Panini Crusade Basketball from 2012-13 for $19.50. I am very familiar with this product, as my favorite hobby shop always has it in stock. I was excited because I have been told of the hits that I have come out of the product. Like Certified, it has a hit per pack.
The video came up instantly after my purchase. It looks small in the screenshot, but it is clearly designed to be maximized for full screen use. The video was short and sweet, last a little over a minute. This is a not insignificant point to me and a major plus in my book. Still a little longer than I would take to open a pack but not much.
My hits sucked but that is not the fault of PackRip.com. The redemption was hard to read on the video but the person opening the pack was very clear in who it was. Another selling point is that you don’t have to watch the video if you don’t want to. You can just click the ‘Click to reveal your hits’ button.
Expect another post or two about PackRip.com. I am leaning towards doing a giveaway when I finish off my spending spree on the site, so sign up with them we can do some trading.