Saturday, September 28, 2013

Pack Searching 2013 Topps Heritage Baseball: Carlos Beltran Chrome

Here's a random chrome card I found while out doing a little pack searching.  Nothing special but a nice card nonetheless.

Carlos Beltran
2013 Topps Heritage
Chrome Parallel #/1963
Odds:  1:24

 It's kind of a shame that these cards are numbered to 1963.  There are so many of them it sort of devalues the card and makes it worthless despite the fact that it's a nice looking chrome card.

Carlos Beltran
2013 Topps Heritage
Chrome Parallel #/1963
Odds:  1:24

Anybody get any crazy hits out of 2013 Topps Heritage?  My best hit was a Juan Marichal autograph

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pack Searching 2013 Topps Football: Dan Marino Captain's Patch

Pack Searching 2013 Topps Football: More Parallels (Part I)

I had just found a thick card in a rack pack.  I actually didn't get that excited.  It must be a relic, I thought to myself.  I was surprised that this relic hadn't already been searched out by the other pack searchers in the area.  Oh well, their loss is my gain.

I didn't even bother checking to see what the card was before I bought it.  But once I ripped open the pack, I was completely surprised to see that it wasn't just a basic relic card, instead I had hit a nice...

Dan Marino
2013 Topps Football
Legendary Captain's Patch #/99
Rack Pack Odds:  1:675
Dan Marino Captain's Patch!  Nice!!!  Talk about a surprise of a hit!  I'm glad I bought that rack pack.  I must admit, for a moment I almost didn't even buy the rack pack thinking it was probably just a basic relic.  Good thing I didn't make that mistake. 

Dan Marino
2013 Topps Football
Legendary Captain's Patch #/99
Rack Pack Odds:  1:675
The odds of hitting this card is 1 in 675 rack packs!  Those are some pretty long odds.  Lucky me.  Again, I can't believe that other searchers hadn't found this card yet.  I find it hard to believe that I was the first one to search this store despite the product being out for weeks now.

Anyways, I feel like I can sleep easier knowing that I finally hit one of the cooler "chase" cards in the set.  It would be nice to find an autograph some day.  Someday.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Pack Searching 2013 Topps Football: More Parallels

After cleaning out a Walmart of its stock of 2013 Topps Football parallels last time I was out, I decided to try my luck again at another Walmart across town. 

As usual, this Walmart's card section was absolutely trashed.  I mean, more trashed than normal.  Some assholes had actually ripped open some loose packs and rack packs of 2013 Topps Football, leaving the wrappers and cards strewn everywhere.  Who does that???  Hate me all you want for being a pack searcher but at least I'm not outright opening product in the store without paying for it and then making it rain with all the cards.

Anyways, I got my search on and managed to find some parallels.

Curtis Lofton
2013 Topps Football
Military (Camo) Parallel #/399
Rack Pack Odds: 1:13

First up was a nice military parallel of Curtis Lofton numbered to 399. 

Bruce Irvin
2013 Topps Football
Gold Parallel #/2013
Odds: 1:8

Next up was a nice gold of Bruce Irvin. 

Lance Kendricks
2013 Topps Football
BCA (Pink) Parallel #/399
Rack Pack Odds: 1:13

A nice BCA (pink) parallel of Lance Kendricks numbered to 399, and...

Tyler Wilson
2013 Topps Football
Gold Parallel #/2013
Odds: 1:8

A gold of Tyler Wilson.  Haha, what a crap card to hit.  Tyler Wilson was drafted by the Raiders out of Arkansas in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL Draft.  He was cut right before the season started.  Mind you, and I reiterate once again, the Raiders drafted him in the 4th round!!!  It's not like he was some 7th round flier of an afterthought.  Nope.  The Raiders used up a decent mid-draft draft pick on him and then cut him.  Was he that bad?  Apparently so, because he then passed through waivers completely unclaimed by any other NFL team.  The Raiders then resigned him to their practice squad.  Wow... talk about embarrassing for both Tyler Wilson and the Raiders.

Anyways, I was just getting to the very last few rack packs, getting my search on for parallels when I came across a strange rack pack.  It was strange because instead of having a parallel, there was a nice thick card in it.  A relic!

... To Be Continued ...

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pack Searching 2013 Panini Rookies & Stars: Crusade Inserts

Well, here's a somewhat embarrassing post.  I had first dibs on a fresh new box of 2013 Panini Rookies & Stars at Target.  There is one autograph or relic per box.  I swear it was fresh.  It looked completely untouched.  All the packs were face up and facing the right direction.  I counted 24 packs.  There should be a hit in there, right?

Well... maybe not.  I found the Crusade inserts.  Those are easy.  And I swear I checked every remaining pack up and down, and left and right, and couldn't find the autograph!  It was really frustrating and puzzling.  And it's not like I didn't know what to look for.  I did. 

Maybe this was a screwed up box and there wasn't a hit in it.  Maybe my pack searching skills are on the decline and I just missed the autograph.  I have been getting busier and busier lately and not spending as much time researching products and going out to search.  I don't know what it was. 

As a pack searcher, there must be nothing more frustrating than knowing there is a hit in a box (or there should be) and you can't find it.  Man, I feel like I should give up my pack searching card and go back to pack searching school.  Shame on me.

Well, here are the Crusade inserts though.  These are super nice.

Aaron Dobson
2013 Panini Rookies & Stars
Crusade Insert
Odds:  1:6
Pulled an Aaron Dobson Crusade rookie card insert.

Aaron Rodgers
2013 Panini Rookies & Stars
Crusade Insert
Odds:  1:6
Pulled an Aaron Rodgers Crusade insert.

EJ Manuel
2013 Panini Rookies & Stars
Crusade Insert
Odds:  1:6
A nice EJ Manuel Crusade rookie card insert, and...

Robert Woods
2013 Panini Rookies & Stars
Crusade Insert
Odds:  1:6

A nice Robert Woods Crusade rookie card insert. 

I really like the chrome/prizm effect on these cards.  The whole dragon background thing looks a little cheesy but oddly still somewhat cool.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Pack Searching 2013 Topps Platinum Football & 2013 Topps Rookies and Stars

You know what I hate the most?  When I check a store to see if they put out new product, they haven't, and I return 24 hours later to check again if they've put out new product, they have, and it's already been searched!  It annoys me to no end.  I feel like I wasted time the first time coming to check the store, and wasted more time the second time I came to check.

And yeah, that totally happened to me recently.

I checked a local Target for some 2013 Topps Platinum Football.  Nope.  Not out.  I come back the next day, literally, about 24 hours later and not only is the card aisle fully restocked, but the retail Platinum box had already been searched of its autograph card.  Dammit!

Damn you, other pack searcher, for making me waste my time!  I shake my fist at you.  Bastard.

Since the retail box was all searched out, I decided to hit up the rack packs of 2013 Topps Platinum Football.  I've been getting beat to stores a lot lately (been busy) and so it seems like I'm always resorting to searching rack packs and blasters to get my hits.  This is, of course, a lot harder than searching single packs of a product.  And more expensive.  Again, I shake my first at you, other pack searcher!!

So this Target had gotten in like 20 new rack packs.  I did my thing with them.  I weeded out the stupid blue decoys.  Weeded out the die cuts -- which in the past I would have loved to buy but now I'm all about autographs and parallels.  And narrowed things down to three rack packs.

I wasn't 100% sure these rack packs contained a hit, but they stood out from all the rest ever so slightly.  I wasn't feeling super lucky so I just picked one of the three to buy.  If I got a hit from this rack pack then I might go back for the other two.

In my car I opened up the goods...

Will Davis
2013 Topps Platinum Football
Rookie Autograph
Odds:  1:44

Boom!  Third pack had the hit!  It was a Will Davis autograph!  Pretty cool.  I love the way the rookie cards look in Platinum this year.

I'm debating about whether I should go back for those other two rack packs.  Just because I hit an autograph in this rack pack, and my theory was (supposedly) proved correct, doesn't exactly mean there were hits in the other two rack packs I left behind.  Every once in a while, you'll get those weird funky racks (or blasters) which break the norm and don't have a hit despite all signs pointing towards a hit.  In other words, nothing is 100% when it comes to searching rack packs or blasters.  Despite this risk, and knowing me, I'll probably go back and get both of those rack packs in another day or so. 

And here's a bonus hit I pulled from a rack pack of 2013 Panini Rookies & Stars on the same trip.

Keenan Allen
2013 Panini Rookies & Stars
Rookie Relic

I almost left this hit on the racks.  I'm sort of at the point where I don't really care about relic hits any more (except from Allen & Ginter).  But I decided to get this hot pack anyways since I've been having such horrible luck actually finding hits because I've been so busy. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Pack Searching 2013 Topps Football: Thurman Thomas 1,000 Yard Legendary Club Coin Card

Well, it's about time I got a damn medal!  This one came from a hanger pack.  How the hell this card was still on the shelves is beyond me.  These things are super easy to find and stick out like a sore thumb.

Thurman Thomas
2013 Topps Football
Legendary Club: 1000 Yards (Silver Medal)
Hanger Odds:  1:670

Got a frickin' sweet Thurman Thomas silver Legendary Club: 1,000 Yards medal!  I don't care that these cards are manufactured hits, they look super nice!  This one was a silver medal, numbered to 50. 

Thurman Thomas
2013 Topps Football
Legendary Club: 1000 Yards (Silver Medal)
Hanger Odds:  1:670

The odds of this hit were a whopping 1:670 hanger packs!  Talk about lucky!  I would definitely like to find more of these if lady luck will allow it!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pack Searching 2013 Topps Football: Parallels Galore

Football season is officially upon us.  To commemorate the occasion I decided to hit up a Target to do a little searching.  I hadn't been to this Target in a while (I feel like I'm saying that a lot) and figured that any 2013 Topps Football products there had probably been searched out. 

And, I was somewhat right.  The gravity feed with all the loose packs had been searched out.  Packs were everywhere, and any relics or coin/medal/bust cards were surely gone.  But I started searching the rack packs and was able to find a few goodies. 

Joel Dreesen
2013 Topps Football
BCA (Pink) Parallel #/399
Rack Pack Odds: 1:13

First up was a nice Joel Dreesen breast cancer awareness (pink) parallel numbered to 399.  Nice photograph, and nice looking card. 


Dwayne Bowe
2013 Topps Football
Military (Camo) Parallel #/399
Rack Pack Odds: 1:13

Next was a military (camouflage) parallel of Dwayne Bowe.  I already hit a gold parallel of Dwayne Bowe not too long ago.  I'm not really the type of collector who makes "rainbows" of different parallels but I just might have to make one for Dwayne Bowe since I already have a good start.


Nate Burleson
2013 Topps Football
Gold Parallel #/2013
Odds:  1:8

Next was a gold parallel of Nate Burleson from a loose pack. 


Mike Gillislee
2013 Topps Football
Military (Camo) Parallel: #/399
Rack Pack Odds:  1:13

And finally I found a military (camo) parallel of MIke Gillislee. 

These are all nice looking cards.  They're definitely not worth the money I paid for them.  Why am I such a sucker for parallels?  My love for parallels is burning a hole in my wallet.  I seem to hit so many parallels you'd think I'd finally hit someone good by now, but nope!  Always seem to hit scrubs.  Would be nice to hit a Geno Smith parallel, or a Tom Brady parallel one day...

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Pack Searching 2013 Topps Football: One Store, Big Haul (Part II)

Pack Searching 2013 Topps Football: One Store, Big Haul (Part I)

So my first attempts at pack searching 2013 Topps Football was fairly successful.  Although I didn't find any relics, coin/bust/trophy cards, I did find some cool parallels.  I had only searched half of the stock of my first store and I was still sitting in my car in the parking lot.  I had to go back and search the other half of the stock.

I went back inside the store and started searching the rest of the stock.  I was literally just like a minute into my pack searching groove when I saw someone coming down the aisle out of the corner of my eye.  This happens all the time.  Usually it's just an employee or a customer walking by.  I pretended to minding my own business in the card section like usual.  But then this person stopped next to me.  Again, I just kept minding my own business.  And this person still just stood there next to me for a good 30 seconds.  Awkward...

You know, the funny thing about pack searching is that sometimes you can park your ass in the card aisle for 30 minutes, or even 60 minutes on end and not a soul will come by.  But then on other occasions, you'll be there all of one minute and then somebody will come by to look at cards and end up being right next to you.  Today was just one of those days.

I didn't really look at the person.  I could tell it was a guy.  He must have been looking at cards too.  I wonder if he knew I was pack searching or not.  He had to have.  I was actually surprised he didn't say anything.  I decided to leave.  Getting into a confrontation with a non-pack searcher or having my photograph taken and plastered on the internet is something I'd like to avoid.  So I just put down the packs, didn't say a word, and walked to the exit.  As I was leaving I glanced behind me at the guy.  He was some tall guy, with a big gut.  He was pretty well dressed and looked rich enough to buy the entire card stock if he wanted to.  Bastard.

I had no intention of actually leaving though.  I just looped around by the exit and went back into the store.  I took about 15 minutes to peruse the store and actually do some real shopping.  I figured 15 minutes was enough time for that dude to buy his cards and leave.

When I went back to the cards he was gone.  He was nowhere to be seen.  I wondered if he was hiding somewhere looking for me just like I was looking for him.  Man, pack searching can make you paranoid sometimes.

I quickly searched the remainder of the 2013 Topps Football stock.  I settled on six more loose packs.  Back in my car, I ripped into the haul.

Julio Jones
2013 Topps Football
Gold Parallel #/2013
Odds: 1:8

First up was a nice Julio Jones gold parallel!  If you're only going to get a gold parallel, at least it's nice to get a good player. 

Jamar Taylor
2013 Topps Football
Gold Parallel #/2013
Odds: 1:8

Next up was a Jamar Taylor gold parallel.  I have no idea who this guy is...  he's apparently a cornerback out of Boise State that the Dolphins drafted in the second round.  Side note: how about the new Dolphins logo?  I kinda like it. 

Michael Johnson
2013 Topps Football
BCA (Pink) Parallel #/399
Odds: 1:40

And then the good stuff!  Another pack had a pink (Breast Cancer Awareness) parallel of Michael Johnson.  Nice!  The pink and camouflage parallels are my favorite to find.  Well, they're pretty much the only good ones to find considering the platinum parallels (which are 1/1s) are extremely super duper rare. 

Anquan Boldin
2013 Topps Football
Veteran Base Card Variation
Odds: 1:157

And then the last pack I opened, contained... well, at first I thought it didn't contain anything good and I had missed on a pack.  But then I realized that I hadn't and I had hit a veteran short print base card variation!  It was an Anquan Boldin short print!  Suhhhhhwweeeettt!  This is my first pack searched short print hit from retail!  Nice.  Odds of getting this hit is one in 157 retail packs! 

In all, I ended up buying 10 loose packs from this store and one rack pack.  I had whiffed on three of the loose packs.  Oh well.  My methods aren't 100% but I think it is pretty clear that I'm onto something.  At least those misses don't hurt too bad since the packs are only $2 each. 

I'm pretty sure that between the other pack searchers cleaning the store out of its relics, and then me coming along and cleaning it out of its parallels and SPs, that it is completely dry of any hits in the remaining stock of 2013 Topps Football.  Well, maybe there is an autograph still hiding in there somewhere but I'm pretty sure I would have found it if there was.  But, then again, I still haven't pulled an autograph from any Topps Football or Baseball rack packs or loose packs.  That's still one achievement I'm dying to check off my pack searching bucket list.  With my new-found knowledge on how to search this product, I'll keep searching other stores.  Maybe I'll finally hit a 1/1 platinum parallel or find that elusive autograph.

... The End ...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Pack Searching 2013 Topps Football: One Store, Big Haul (Part I)

Had some time to kill this Labor Day weekend so I decided to go out searching.  It's actually been over a good week since I've been out searching.  I've refrained from going out lately because my credit card is still recovering from all the Allen & Ginter I bought with it over the past month.  Credit cards are dangerous.  I probably shouldn't have one.

I decided to hit up one of my local retail stores.  I knew the other pack searchers in town had probably cleaned it of all the relics and any coin/bust/trophy cards.  After all, anyone can find those and the product has been out for about two weeks now.  But what I was actually more interested in finding were the parallels.  I'm a sucker for parallels.  I don't know why.  Most parallels in these low-end products aren't worth much but I like finding them.  The good thing about parallels is that they're often pretty hard to find, few pack searchers know how to find them (I think), and thus even if a store has already been hit by another pack searcher the parallels are probably still there.

My first stop was a local Walmart.  I hadn't been to this Walmart in weeks since it's a little out of my way to get to.  Sure enough, 2013 Topps Football was out.  Surprisingly, it didn't look searched.  I gave everything a quick once-over for relics, coin, bust, and trophy cards.  Nada.  Either there weren't any here to be found or this place had been hit by another searcher already.  Oh well.  Time to look for parallels and/or autographs.

Searching for parallels and autographs can be a little more time-intensive.  I sat in the card section for a good 15 minutes trying to figure things out.  In the end, I searched half of the store's 2013 Topps Football retail stock and settled on a rack pack and a trio of loose retail packs. 

Honestly, I wasn't really sure if I had anything.  This was my first time searching the product.  These were my "research" packs, so-to-speak.  I needed to open these packs to see what was in them, do some studying of the cards, and figure out if my theories on how to find parallels was correct.  I paid for the packs and went to my car. 

Matthew Stafford
2013 Topps Football
Camouflage Parallel #/399
Rack Pack Odds:  1:13

First I opened up the rack pack.  Boom baby!  A Matthew Stafford camouflage parallel!  Sweet!  Nice way to start off this 2013 Topps Football pack searching attempt. 

Dwayne Bowe
2013 Topps Football
Gold Parallel #/2013
Odds: 1:8

Next were the loose packs.  First loose pack was a Dwayne Bowe gold parallel!  Nice.  Paying two bucks for a 50 cent card isn't exactly ideal, but like I said earlier, I'm a sucker for parallels. 

Jamie Collins
2013 Topps Football
Gold Parallel #/2013
Odds: 1:8

And then next pack was a Jamie Collins gold parallel rookie card!  Who???  He was actually drafted in the 2nd Round by the Patriots, so he's not a chump but I still haven't heard of him. 

Marshawn Lynch
2013 Topps Football
Gold Parallel #/2013
Odds: 1:8

And finally, the last loose pack revealed a Marshawn Lynch gold parallel!  Nice!  Not a bad start at all to my first attempts at searching 2013 Topps Football.

... To Be Continued ...

Sunday, September 1, 2013

My 2012 Topps Chrome Football Stash

I love 2012 Topps Chrome Football.  I'm sort of lamenting the fact that I didn't buy more retail of it when it was still in stores.  Had I known at the time that it would have been one of the best products of the year for football, and that the 2012 NFL draft class would have been so great, I think I would have bought every single blaster box and rack pack I came across.  Now though, the product is long gone from the stores.

Every time I go out pack searching I keep an eye out for it.  It's a pipe dream mostly, but a few times I've gotten lucky and actually run across a blaster.  Usually it's a lone blaster or two from an Excell re-stock.  I've actually been saving up the blasters I've come across for the past six months and I think I've built up a fairly decent sized stash.  Check it out:

2012 Topps Chrome Football
Blaster Boxes

Yup.  That's NINE blaster boxes.  Not bad, right?  These are selling for like $38 on BlowoutCards.com right now.  I thought I was doing well picking these all up for $20 plus tax, but then I read that some dude on the Blowout Cards forum even found 2012 Chrome Football blasters for sale at a discounted price!  That's nuts!!!

I don't know why I've been saving them instead of opening them.  I guess I've been saving them for a rainy day or something.  I'm also hoping that the longer you keep them the better it gets, sort of like wine...

So I don't know what to do with these.  I suppose I could sell them for double their normal retail price and make a 100% profit, or I can rip them open and see what the heck is inside of them.  Maybe I'll put them in storage for another year and then rip 'em open. 

Weirdly enough, I'm actually not that tempted to rip them open all right now.  I mean, I do wonder if there is an Andrew Luck autograph in one of the blasters.  But since I've waited so long without opening them I think I could sit on them longer. 

What do you guys think?  Should I...

(1)  Open them
(2)  Save them
(3)  Sell them

I'm interested in hearing what you guys would do.  And I haven't searched these blasters at all either.  These are honest to goodness 100% unsearched blaster boxes.  I don't know what's in them and haven't tried to figure out what's inside of them either.

What should I do?