Allen & Ginter Retail Boxes
Today, I was at Target picking up some supplies and as I passed by the trading cards aisle, they were stocked in Allen & Ginter blaster boxes. Next to them was an open box of packs for $2.99 each. After all the talk about pack searchers and a creepy old guy who was there earlier looking around, I decided to pass on the packs. I did, however, grab two boxes of retail for $19.99 to see how they would compare to the two boxes of hobby that I opened earlier this week.They were brand new without any visible damage to them. I hurried home to open them, only to be shocked at what I found…
I will never buy retail blasters ever again. Ever. As you all know, the mini cards are pretty loose in the pack so they can shift around a lot. I ended up with four bent mini cards! FOUR. they slide to the side because I guess when they package these boxes, they just stuff it in, rather than laid flat as in hobby boxes. The corners of the minis were caught and then bent really badly. What’s worse is that they were good cards. One was an ancient icon of Quetzalcoatl, which kind of pissed me off because I was collecting the ancient icons set. The other bent cards were all Ginter backs. People who package and handle retail boxes just don’t seem to care, so that’s the end of that for me.
But from those retail boxes, I got pretty good cards for retail. I got only three cards that I needed to fill my base set. Luckily, they were all SPs. In addition. I got a Beowulf ancient icon, a David & Goliath World’s Greatest Victories, a bunch of Ginter backs (btw, I decided to stop collecting the base set of minis because I don’t like mixing and matching Giner backs with no numbers with black borders because it doesn’t look nice and it would take forever to put together one type of set only so they are all up for trade), and probably the best hit of the boxes, a Daric Barton Ginter back #’d 14 of 25. I think the odds of pulling that from a retail box are astronomical (okay, not quite, but still quite a feat!) I also got a swatch hit of Jason Varitek. I will post pictures soon of all signifcant hits along with the box break of hobby.
Note: I have been getting a bunch of trade proposals to fill my set and also team requests so keep them coming!