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.

Pickups: add-ons to the Prestige collection

Polished off an Ebay gift card that I had with several additions to my Prestige collection.

Another autograph of CSUN’s current head basketball coach Reggie Theus to add to my collection, a Shaq jersey that I got for under $10, and a bunch of red parallels. I am 50% through with the red parallel set.

Derick Coleman, Nicolas Batum, Mark Aguirre, Herb Williams, Kyle Korver, and Greg Stiemsma autographs

Random Review: 2014 RS Longevity

I got lucky and won 2nd prize in one of the NFL pick-em contest over at Steel City Collectibles. See it does take skill to win stuff sometimes. This was actually my 3rd win in as many NFL seasons and I usually get a blaster box as a prize, so I wasn’t expecting anything special. I received the box after week 1 and it promptly sat on my desk until this week when I rewarded myself after writing a mind numbing 5 page paper for one of my classes – who am I kidding, I love writing papers, no joke. The box had a sticker that said ‘Target exclusive’ on it so I wasn’t expecting anything.

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