As I walked into the Target and started approaching the card aisle I could see the back of a person's head by the cards. It was a man. Wearing a hat, looking down intently at some packs of cards in his hands.
Instantly, I knew. It was another pack searcher.
For a moment I considered strolling right up next to him and finger banging those packs with him. (Would that make it a pack searching three-some?) But then I decided against it. While he and I are very much the same, I like to operate alone and in anonymity. Instead, I decided to discreetly watch him from a few aisles over.
He looked to be searching Bowman Baseball. He had some rack packs in his hands, and seemed to be checking out a few loose packs from the gravity feed too. I haven't even tried to search Bowman this year. The cards don't really interest me and I'd rather spend my money searching Ginter.
It was interesting to see what techniques he was using. They were your usual techniques. Nothing new or groundbreaking. I wondered if he reads this blog. I was pretty sure he probably was a subscribing member to one of the two major pack searching websites. I wondered if I've ever been watched like I was watching this dude. Probably. When you've pack searched as much and as long as I have you've probably been noticed... oh, a lot.
I watched him for about ten minutes. He seemed satisfied with one pack of cards, went to the cash register and paid for it. I even watched him bust the pack on his way out. He didn't seem crazy excited about whatever was in the pack but he also seemed satisfied. I wonder what he pulled. An autograph? A numbered parallel?
Now that he was gone it was time for me to search. I swooped into the aisle and started searching the Allen & Ginter packs. Lucky for me, there was one hit to be found.
2014 Allen & Ginter
It was an Ian Desmond relic! Another nice looking card.
This was actually one of the first pack searchers that I've come across in a very long time. When I was first starting out, I seemed to run across at least one other searcher every few months. Now though, I think it's been over a year since I've seen another pack searcher. Maybe it's because as I've become more proficient at pack searching I don't spend as much time at the stores as I used to. I have a mental picture of that guy in my mind. I'll keep an eye out for him again. He must be local.