Thursday, May 30, 2013

Pack Searching 2012 Panini Crown Royale: Michael Floyd Die-Cut Relic

(Author Note: This blog post was written a lonnngggg time ago.  I'm just getting around to publishing it now.  This pack searching adventure did not occur during my attempted one month abstinence from pack searching.)

Got this Michael Floyd Rookie Silhouette Relic from a rack pack at Wal-Mart.

Michael Floyd
2012 Panini Crown Royale
Rookie Silhouette Relic

Yuck.  What an ugly card.  I'm actually sort of regretting buying the hot pack.  Look at all that white wasted space right in the middle of the card.  And what's with that busy nonsensical border design on the left side and upper right corner of the card?

Good god, this card is hideous.  I'm really starting to dislike the fact that Panini makes their retail products completely different than the hobby products.  By different I mean cheap, watered-down, lame, ugly, and pathetic.  I mean, I know why they do it.  They do it so people who are trying to collect everything will buy both hobby and retail, or the person just buys the more expensive hobby product.  But yuck.  I'm starting to learn the hard way that Panini retail products are C-R-A-P.

Michael Floyd
2012 Panini Crown Royale
Rookie Silhouette Relic

The only minor good thing about this card is that it is numbered to 299.  But other than that, this might be one of the ugliest $2 hits I've paid for out of a rack pack.  Going to make a mental note never to search Panini Crown Royale ever again.  I'm not sure if there are autographed cards in retail -- I don't think there are -- but even if there are I don't think I'd still buy the hot packs.  The cards are just too damn ugly.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Pack Searching 2012 Panini Absolute: LaMichael James War Room Materials

(Author Note: This blog post was written a lonnngggg time ago.  I'm just getting around to publishing it now.  This pack searching adventure did not occur during my attempted one month abstinence from pack searching.)

I was searching some 2012 Panini Prestige Football when I came across a random pack of 2012 Panini Absolute in the same box.  I know that sometimes the retail employees don't know the difference between the card sets so when they're cleaning up the card aisle they'll sometimes put the packs back in the wrong place.  Other times, I know that this pack might be a hot pack that a pack searcher decided to hide until they could come back and buy it.

I searched the pack to see if it was a hot pack or just a misplaced pack.  It was hot.

LaMichael James
2012 Panini Absolute
War Room Materials

Booyah!  It was a LaMichael James War Room relic.  Unfortunately, the previous pack searcher who had found this pack had damaged the fuck out of the card.  In their attempt to search the pack, the bastard had gouged the shit out of the card's surface.  That was a bummer.  It must have been a novice pack searcher.  The plastic pack was even stretched and stressed where the pack searcher had dug his/her fingernails into the pack to search it.  Damn.  Don't these novice pack searchers know that you don't need to use that much force or nail to search packs?  Seriously.  If you're literally gouging the card or stretching the plastic wrapper from the force of your searching then you're doing it wayyy wrong.  SMH.

LaMichael James
2012 Panini Absolute
War Room Materials
Check out the Panini guarantee on the back of the card.  It says:

 "The enclosed material was cut from an Authentic Jersey personally worn by LaMichael James on May 19 at the 2012 NFLPA Rookie Premiere.  The event-worn material is guaranteed by Panini America, Inc." 

Nice!  I've been a big advocate of card companies being more specific about when and what the relics in their cards came from.  Seriously.  I think collectors would prefer to know what exactly this relic is from rather than just being told the relic is not from any particular game, event, or season.  Wouldn't it be more interesting to know that the jersey piece you own is from the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, for example?  Or, that the jersey was from a particular game or season?  I would.  I would totally pay more money for certain jersey cards from a player which were worn during a specific game or season.

Anyway, sweet card aside from the stupid pack searcher damage.  (Karma, I know.)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Pack Searching Abstinence

What's the longest you've gone without pack searching?  For me, I think it's only about 1.5 weeks.  I can't help it.  The hunt for hot packs is too addicting.  I don't know what it is.  I guess it's partly the excitement of finding hot packs and not knowing what's inside of it, and also ripping open packs of cards.  I think it's probably more addicting than Krispy Kreme doughnuts sprinkled with cocaine and bacon bits.

That being said, I think I'm going to try and not pack search for a whole month.  That may not sound like very long but it will seem like an eternity for me.

Quite frankly, I spend way too much money on cards.  Between pack searching and just buying cards on the internet, I'm putting a huge hole in my wallet.  So, to try and reverse this trend, I'm going to abstain from pack searching until 2013 Panini Prestige Football comes out on June 26th.  That's about one whole month from now.

Can I do it?  I don't know.  Probably not.  It's pretty doubtful.  The urge to pack search is strong.

The one reason why I might be able to do it is because between now and mid-June, there aren't a lot of products coming out that I care to search.  No baseball products are coming out before then that I care to search.  I'm not a Bowman person so I'm not even touching 2013 Bowman Baseball.  I'm totally done with 2013 Topps Heritage and 2013 Topps Series 1.  I pack searched one retail box of 2012 Panini Prizm Baseball and I'm done with it.  Although I'm a big football fan I'm not going to bother with 2013 Topps Archives Football.  2013 Score Football looks alright.  I'm actually a big fan of 2012 Score Football since retail packs are only $1.00, but I might pass on this year's set since retail packs are $2.00.  And I'm probably going to skip 2013 Bowman Football too since I think the cards are ugly.  So yeah, I have nothing to really look forward to and search until 2013 Panini Prestige comes out.

I will make a few exceptions to my no-packsearching rule though.  First, I'm making an exception for 2012 Panini Prizm Football.  I love that product.  If I see any new retail boxes out on display I'm allowing myself to search it.  And second, I'm making an exception for 2012 Topps Magic Football.  Although this product hasn't been restocked around me since it hit the streets, if I see any new stock out on display I'm giving myself permission to search it.  Both of these sets are easy to search, I like the products, and searching a retail box of these products here and there isn't going to break the bank.

Oh, and one more large exception, if I see any 2012 Topps Chrome Football (which is doubtful since I haven't seen this product out on shelves for at least 3 months now) then I'm giving myself permission to buy however much of it I want.  2012 Topps Chrome Football is probably one of the best football products of last year.  Its prices have skyrocketed.  Despite the high cost for those cards, it's still worth buying just for the chance at getting colored refractors of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Trent Richardson.

Anyways, I'll let you all know how this little trial goes.  I don't think it's going to last long but I gotta try.

Have you guys ever tried to not pack search for an extended period of time?  How long were you able to hold out?  

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Would I Pack Search at a Hobby Store?

Every once in a while a thread about pack searching pops up on the Blowout Cards forums.  While it usually delves into a big pack searcher bash-fest void of any intelligent discussion as to the merits or ethics of pack searching, sometimes someone will say something worth discussing.  One particular thread from a few months ago did pose one interesting question to pack searchers:

"Would you pack search at your local card shop (LCS)?  And if not, why not?"

The person who posed this question explained that if a pack searcher was not willing to pack search at their LCS, the reason was most likely that the person knew that LCSs don't tolerate pack searching and that the pack searcher didn't want to get caught pack searching.  Therefore, if the pack searcher didn't want to get caught pack searching, then the pack searcher is implicitly acknowledging their knowledge that pack searching is wrong and unethical.

I want to discuss that argument.

When I read that argument I thought it was an interesting argument.  I, myself, do not pack search at LCSs. Part of that reason is that there isn't a LCS nearby me.  Okay, so that was an easy out.  But let's just say that there was a LCS by me, would I pack search it?  I wouldn't.  But that's not because I think pack searching is necessarily wrong or unethical.  So why wouldn't I pack search at a LCS?

Before I answer that question, it might be prudent to discuss why I choose to pack search at retail stores (such as Target, Walmart, K-Mart, and Toys R Us) which is where I primarily buy my cards.

I search at retail stores because they have cards out on display for me to search all I want, and (usually) none of the employees care about what I'm doing or bother to stop me from searching them.  I can come and go as I please, I can search the cards as I please, and buy whatever packs I please.  My beliefs, as a consumer, are that I want to buy the best packs available and that I would rather put in some effort to locate these better packs rather than mindlessly choosing some and trying my luck.  In other words, I like taking my fate into my own hands.

If I went to a LCS the cards are probably behind glass or behind a counter.  I can't freely access them.  I can't freely search them if I wanted to.  If I asked to see a box, the owner took it off the shelf behind the counter and put it in front of me to select a few packs, and I started to search them on the spot, they'd probably stop me.  I'd be forced to just mindlessly choose a pack, leaving my fate up to luck, rather than taking my fate into my own hands by searching the packs.  I don't like this.  So it's not that I wouldn't search at a LCS because I know it's wrong (as the opposer of pack searching suggested), but I wouldn't even try searching at a LCS because I know the owner probably thinks it's wrong.

Remember, I don't think pack searching is illegal or wrong.  I don't think it's necessarily unethical either.  I will admit that it is probably against the "spirit of buying sports cards" but that's all I'll admit to.

The other reason why I wouldn't pack search at a LCS is because it would be harmful to the LCS owner.  For a LCS to stay in business they have to sell cards, and have customers who consistently come back to buy cards.  Customers aren't going to consistently come back to buy packs of cards if the LCS owner searchers the packs themselves, or allowed some customers to search the hobby boxes for the hits.  Think about it.  If a LCS allowed pack searching, and pack searchers consistently bought all the hits from the hobby boxes, everyone else would get screwed and never come back to buy cards at the LCS.  The LCS would go out of business.  This is why most LCSs don't allow pack searching of the packs they sell.

I respect LCS owners and the businesses they are trying to run, so I wouldn't pack search at LCSs for that reason.  On the other hand, retail outlets are different.  Cards sold in retail stores are sold on consignment.  The cards belong to the card company even though they are on the shelves of Target, Walmart, K-Mart, etc.  Once the cards are sold the product's ownership is immediately transferred from the card company to the retail store for the purpose of the sale to the consumer.  So, in other words, when you buy retail products in a store two things are happening simultaneously: (1) the card company is immediately selling the cards you're buying to the retail store; and (2) the retail store is then selling the cards to the consumer.  The retail store gets its money from the consumer, and the card company gets a sale at wholesale price to the retail store.

Now, I've already said that the reason why I like pack searching is because I like taking my fate into my own hands.  By pack searching, it allows me to buy fewer packs to get the hits I want.  It saves me money.

So let's just say if I went to Target to buy some cards, and I'm looking for a particular card in a product.  Maybe it's an autograph or a relic card.  It doesn't really matter.  If I weren't pack searching I'd probably randomly choose ten packs of cards to buy to try and get that hit.  On the other hand, if I pack searched and found the hit, I might only buy one pack of cards to get the hit I want.  So who is losing out on those nine packs of sports cards which I would have otherwise had to purchase to get the hit I wanted?

First of all, one might say Target is losing out.  And I suppose they are.  If I didn't pack search they would have sold nine more packs of cards.  But do I give a fuck about Target?  No.  They still got my money from the one pack I did buy.  In their eyes, they made a sale and they're happy.  Could they have made a bigger sale?  Probably.  Why didn't they?  Because card companies allow their products to be searchable.

So who is really losing out on the sale of those aforementioned nine packs of sports cards?  It's the card companies.  And do I give a fuck about the card companies?  Not really.  They make a product and I buy it.  I have no obligation to help them make the Fortune 500 list or help boost their sales by buying more packs of sports cards than I really want or need to.  If card companies are going to make their products searchable then by golly I'm going to search it.  It's their own fault if they lose out on bigger sales because they didn't make their product search-proof.  Am I really supposed to buy more packs of sports cards, even if their cards are searchable, just because they didn't make their products searchable?  Hell no.  If the card companies wanted me to buy those nine packs of sports cards that I otherwise wouldn't have bought, then they need to make their products non-searchable.

The card companies are the biggest parties losing out on sales because I pack search.  Retail stores suffer what I like to consider an "invisible collateral damage" because the of the pack searching.  It's "invisible" because although they still make sales from pack searching, at the same time they don't really know the extent of how many more sales they would have made if people didn't pack search.  And it's "collateral damage" because although it's really the card companies' fault for the loss of sales, the retail outlets are also suffering from the loss of sale too.

In conclusion, I wouldn't search at a LCS but it's not because I think pack searching is wrong.  I wouldn't pack search at a LCS because: (1) the LCS owner probably wouldn't allow it anyways; and (2) I respect LCS owners and the businesses they are trying to run.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Pack Searching 2012 Panini Prizm Baseball

Well, I had already decided that I wasn't going to search 2012 Panini Prizm Baseball, but after hearing from one of you guys about how easy it was to search, I just had to go see for myself and see if it was true.  And yup, it's true.  Pack searching 2012 Panini Prizm Baseball is pretty darn easy to search.

I went to my local Target to see if they had Prizm out.  Indeed they did.  2012 Panini Prizm Baseball was out.  A whole retail box was sitting on display.  It had been searched though.  Every single pack was fanned. I took a count of how many packs were remaining in the retail box.  There were twenty two.  Hmm.  I guess the previous pack searcher had found two packs worth buying.  I figured I'd search the box anyways to see what was left behind.

To my amazement, the previous pack searcher had left behind all the colored prizms.

Bob Gibson
2012 Panini Prizm Baseball
Green Prizm
Retail Odds:  1:24

I pulled a nice green prizm of Bob Gibson.

Ernie Banks
2012 Panini Prizm Baseball
Red Prizm
Retail Odds:  1:12 

I pulled a sweet red prizm of Ernie Banks.

Rickey Henderson
2012 Panini Prizm Baseball
Red Prizm
Retail Odds: 1:12

And I pulled a nice red prizm of Rickey Henderson.  What the heck was the previous pack searcher looking for?  He/she must have been looking for autographs.  As far as I know, there are no autograph guarantees in a retail box of 2012 Panini Prizm Baseball.  It's possible you'll find one but more than likely you will not.  I just couldn't believe that the previous pack searcher left behind all the colored prizms though.  Collectors clamor for the colored prizms in basketball and football, and it doesn't seem like interest is waning for colored prizms in baseball either.  Oh well, his loss and my gain.

And finally...

Bryce Harper
2012 Panini Prizm Baseball
Rookie Card

I found a nice Bryce Harper rookie card.  Again, I'm not sure why the heck the previous pack searcher didn't buy this pack.  This is probably the best rookie card to have in the set and finding the rookies is ridiculously easy.  Either the previous pack searcher REALLY missed the boat on this box or he/she is only looking for autographs.

Anyways, this is probably the only time I'll search 2012 Panini Prizm Baseball.  While I love Prizm Football, Prizm Baseball just doesn't feel right to me without a MLB license.  I would much rather buy a licensed baseball product... like Topps Allen & Ginter.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Pack Searching Road Trip: 2013 Topps Series 1 Baseball

Pack Searching Road Trip: 2012 Panini Prizm Football (Part I)
Pack Searching Road Trip: 2012 Topps Football (Part II)

And finally, the third Target.  This one is new.  It has a lot of cards.  It gets hit a lot by pack searchers.  This is the Target where I once befriended one of the security guys and showed him my hits from the packs I had bought.  That was a long time ago.  I didn't know if he still worked there.  I looked around for him but didn't see him.  When I was showing him my hits he mentioned how it made him want to learn how to pack search.  I wondered if he ever went on to become a pack searcher like me.

I went over to the card aisle and started my search.  Everything looked searched.  All the gravity feed packs were neatly stacked and facing in the same direction.  Sure, it's possible a Target employee got bored and neatly arranged them within the gravity feeds but more than likely they are all neatly arranged because a pack searcher was searching them.  I didn't even bother searching the loose packs.

I checked the rack packs and only found one worth buying...

Paco Rodriguez
2013 Topps Series 1 Baseball
Camouflage Parallel
Rack Pack Odds:  1:79

Found a nice Paco Rodriguez camouflage parallel numbered to 99.  I really love these camouflage parallels in 2013 Topps Series 1.

Paco Rodriguez
2013 Topps Series 1 Baseball
Camouflage Parallel
Rack Pack Odds:  1:79

I like the camouflage parallels in 2013 Topps Series 1 better than the camouflage parallels in 2012 Topps Football.  Series 1 camouflage paralles are that "desert camo" style, consisting of earthy browns and tans.  The Topps Football camouflages are more of a "snow camo" style, consisting of white, black, and grays.  In my opinion, the desert camo looks better.

And this was it!  I didn't find anything else!  Well, I didn't search everything on the shelves at every Target, and I didn't even touch some products, but I still hoping to find more.  I was really hoping for a bunch more Prizm or perhaps more Contenders blasters to search.  But there really wasn't much to search.  Everyone has bought up the Prizm, and everyone has bought up the Contenders except for the second Target where there were like nine boxes still for sale.

All in all, this was a bit of a disappointing trip.  Across three Targets I only had one autograph, one SSP, and two parallels to show for it.  Yeah, pretty disappointing.  Oh well.  My wallet can use a break from all the searching.  I'm saving up for 2013 Allen & Ginter.  I'm going to go ape shit nuts on that product.

... The End ...

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Pack Searching Road Trip: 2012 Topps Football

Pack Searching Road Trip: 2012 Panini Prizm Football (Part I)

I'm at the second Target now.  I like to think that this one is my little secret.  It's an older Target.  It looks dark, dingy, and pretty shitty.  It is shitty.  I hope that because it looks so decrepit that other pack searchers are less likely to visit it.  I don't think that's the case though because I know that pack searchers will pack search where ever there are packs to search. 

This Target has a small card aisle but it's still packed with cards.  To my surprise I see nine 2012 Panini Contenders blaster boxes.  I quickly check those for any Red Zone Die-Cut Rookies.  None.  Damn. 

There is 2012 Panini Prizm but it's all searched out.  Not even an insert pack to be had.   In fact, one pack had been completely torn open at the bottom.  Somebody had opened the pack to see what was inside.  I dropped the pack back into its box like it was the plague.  I hate even touching those packs.  I'm always paranoid Target security is going to jump out of nowhere and claim that I was the one who did that. 

But there were some 2012 Topps Football rack packs.  I checked those and found one goodie. 

James Laurinaitis
2012 Topps Football
Camouflage Parallel
Rack Pack Odds:  1:79

Pulled a James Laurinaitis camouflage parallel.  Not the greatest player to get but still kind of cool.  I'll take it. 

Robert Griffin III & Kendall Wright
2012 Topps Football
Paramount Pairs Insert

Also in that same rack pack was a nice Robert Griffin III and Kendall Wright Paramount Pairs insert.  Not the most valuable card but it's as nice looking one.  Nice card design.  Nice photography.  Worth putting in my personal collection in case both players blow up and become big time. 

Anyways, not much at this second Target.  I've had great luck here finding autographs but not today.  On to the third Target.

... To Be Continued ...

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Pack Searching Road Trip: 2012 Panini Prizm Football

It's been a super long time since I've gone on a pack searching road trip.  I never actually make dedicated pack searching road trips where the sole purpose of the trip is to pack search.  Instead, it's just me going somewhere and I make many stops at the various Targets and/or Walmarts on the way.

This last weekend I was going to meet a buddy of mine for some weekend fun and guy time.  We were supposed to meet up in a city about two hours away from where I live.  I decided that I'd get up early, and leave about another two hours earlier than I really needed to in order to hit up a bunch of stores along the way.  I knew there were four Targets along my trip route which I wanted to hit.  It was my hope that I'd be able to hit them all, spending about 30 minutes max in each one.

I decided I wouldn't search everything.  That would take a lot more time than 30 minutes per store.  Instead, I would focus on products which I liked and don't take long to search.

I actually was running late in the morning so I bypassed the first Target which I had planned on hitting.  I know this Target gets hit by other pack searchers quite often.  It seems like every time I've been to this Target it's already been plucked dry.

The next Target though is one of my favorite ones.  I've had good luck finding hits in this store despite the fact that other searchers have been to it.

When I got to that Target there was all the usual stuff.  Strata, Prizm, Topps Football, Heritage, etc.  Gave the Strata a quick search.  Nothing.  Strata is so ridiculously easy to search it's nuts.  I checked 2012 Topps Football for hits and special inserts, but found nothing.  Heritage had been searched too.  All the packs had tell-tale signs of fingermarks from the previous searcher. 

And then there were two boxes of 2012 Panini Prizm Football.  Prizm is perhaps my favorite football set to search.  Searching it is easy and I just freakin' love the cards.  I seriously cannot get enough of them.

The first box had already been searched.  Every pack had been fanned.  No inserts, no autographs.  Nothing.

The second box had been searched too.  Every pack had been fanned. But... I did find some goodies. 

Luke Kuechly
2012 Panini Prizm Football
Rookie Card Variation
Odds:  SSP

Found a super sweet Luke Kuechly rookie card variation!  Awesome.  I love rookie card variations.  And getting a Luke Kuechly is even better too! 

Morris Claiborne
2012 Panini Prizm
Rookie Impact

Also found a nice Morris Claiborne Rookie Impact insert.  I really like the Rookie Impact inserts. 

Brandon Bolden
2012 Panini Prizm Football
Rookie Prizm Autograph

 Aww yeah!  Got a nice Brandon Bolden Rookie Prizm Autograph!  Sweet!  All the other autographs I've hit have been just regular rookie autographs.  It's nice to finally hit a prizm rookie autograph.

The funny thing about hitting this card was that the previous pack searcher totally missed it.  The cards had been fanned.  I could see the fingernail marks on the wrapper.  The previous pack searcher had a hit in their hands and they didn't even realize it.  Too bad for them.

Not a bad start to my little pack searching road trip.

... To Be Continued ...

Monday, May 6, 2013

Pack Searching 2013 Topps Heritage Baseball: Melky Cabrera Relic

Found this one in a pack of singles.  One of my Targets had just restocked its display and a gorgeous, untouched retail box was sitting out just waiting to be searched.

Melky Cabrera
2013 Topps Heritage
Odds:  1:64

Got a nice Melky Cabrera, San Francisco Giants relic.  This card is a little odd since Melky Cabrera is no longer on the San Francisco Giants.  Making it more odd is the fact that he was banned for the latter half of the 2012 season for use of performance enhancing drugs.  All that together sort of un-legitimatizes this card.

Melky Cabrera
2013 Topps Heritage
Odds:  1:64

The relic is game-used though!  (See the front of the card.)  Game-used is much better than that "event worn" crap that we see in so many of the football products.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Pack Searching 2013 Topps Heritage Baseball: The Mysterious Don Juan

More loot from more pack searching of 2013 Topps Heritage.  Man, I've had my town on lock-down for this product.  I've had first dibs for this product at 3 different Targets, and 1 Walmart.  Okay, maybe that's not a lot of stores, but that pretty much encompasses all the retail stores within a reasonable distance around me.

Each and every time I hit up my retail stores, the product was either still sitting in boxes, or had just been put out and hadn't been touched yet.  I almost feel sorry for the other pack searchers in my area... almost.  Okay, not really.  They beat me to 2012 Topps Magic Football much to my disappointment, so this is payback. 

I picked these cards up from one of the Targets by me.  When I was searching there, some beefy Latino-looking guy came up into the card aisle to look at cards too.  He was wearing a nice, thick, high quality over-sized t-shirt, one of those flat-billed sports caps that all those young bloods wear, and some nice sneakers.  He was actually pretty well dressed compared to the rest of the Target shoppers and me.  I usually go slumming about while I search, and just wear some tatty jeans, wrinkled t-shirt, and sandals.  Anyways, seeing any person of color buying sports cards is pretty unusual because I only see white people buying sports cards.  Seriously.  I'm trying to think right now if I've ever seen a non-white person buy any sort of sports cards while I've been out searching and I honestly can't think of one instance.  So this was definitely unusual.  The guy looked so out of place!  I kept thinking, what are you doing here? 

He seemed to be mulling over which football packs to buy.  But he seemed so indecisive, and in a casual manner, that I began to question whether he was even there to really look at the packs.  He seemed to have no purpose as he checked out the packs... like he was killing time and waiting for an opportunity.   Immediately, I started to get the feeling he was a pack searcher... like me.  Perhaps he saw me there too, and was hoping I would leave so he could go about his pack searching business.  He did what I'm sure most pack searchers do when you don't want to look like you're pack searching -- you pretend not be pack searching.

And then I smelled it.  The sweet scent of expensive cologne.  And immediately I'm thinking, what the fuck?  Who wears cologne out when they pack search?  As the guy moved closer to me to inspect some loose football packs the cologne got stronger.  Shit, his cologne smells good too.  I backed away from the cards a bit to give him more space.  This was crazy.  I was just blown away.  I've heard of dressing up for Sunday Service, but dressing up for pack searching?!?!  This guy has taken it to a whole 'nother level.  I mean, this guy was like the Don Juan of pack searchers.  Jesus.  I just couldn't believe what I was seeing and smelling.  I think my mouth might have been open a bit.  I probably just looked like I had seen a unicorn or something.  This was unbelievable.

But my suspicions were wrong.  After a couple of minutes his girlfriend called over to him, and he went off with her to go do some shopping.  He was gone.  He wasn't a pack searcher.  I guess he really was just killing time and looking at football cards.  He didn't come back while I was there.  I'll never know if he bought cards.  I guess I have still yet to see a non-white person buy sports cards. 

Justin Verlander
2013 Topps Heritage
Chrome Refractor Parallel
Odds:  1:42

Anyways, here are the goods from this pack searching trip.  Pulled a Justin Verlander chrome refractor parallel.  This is a really nice looking card. 

Curtis Granderson
2013 Topps Heritage
Chrome Parallel
Odds:  1:24

Pulled a Curtis Granderson chrome parallel.

Carlos Beltran
2013 Topps Heritage
Chrome Refractor
Odds:  1:24

Got a Carlos Beltran chrome parallel.

Adam Wainwright
2013 Topps Heritage
Clubhouse Collection Relic
Odds:  1:76

And finally, got a Adam Wainwright relic.  The Adam Wainwright relic is game-used!  Woo!  Not a bad haul overall.  Love Heritage.