Showing posts with label chris harris. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chris harris. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pack-searching exploit - Good, Bad or Who Cares?

Chris Harris of Stale Gum fame had someone email him a "secret" that can be used to pick out Target 2011 Topps Heritage Baseball loose packs that evidently contain a "hit" in the pack.  Packs without the "mark" do not have any hits (or at least are not marked such as to indicate the possibility of a hit).

Apparently, people are going bananas over this: checking the backs and only buying potential "hit" packs.  By bananas, I mean people are trashing Chris for exploiting the issue.

Frankly, I say kudos.  And, Chris, if you read this, email me the secret and I'll happily put it to the test in the Texarkana region.

I don't see the point in keeping it a secret anyway. What are the chances, really, that the respective readers of the blogs/posts of those who know the secret will run to the same Target to snag up all the "hit" packs?  Also, so far the hits are simple inserts and short prints. Whoop-dee-doo.  If we were talking a jersey every time or an auto in every marked pack, then that might be a little hard to swallow.  We're not. I'd do it if I knew it, just because I like to have added fodder for my giveaways.

I agree with Chris' assessment: he is simply the messenger (and really not even that since he is not posting the exploit, just the breaks he picked up by using the exploit himself).  The real "enemy" here is Topps.  But, then, that should be no surprise to anyone.  From fake "error" cards to re-creating the MLB card monopoly of the pre-1980's, Topps is well-known to create its own media/collector frenzies.  Topps should be blamed for pulling such an obvious manufactured telltale.  I suppose next year, they will just put a sticker on each "hit" pack saying, "This pack has the insert."

So, Chris, I say you keep buying the packs in the name of research. And, as I said, if you'd like some geographic distribution to test your theory, feel free to email me: - why not.

To see the 10-pack test:

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

When is a 1/1 not? When it's 1/-1

See the first card up there on the left? Yeah, it's kinda hard to make out, but it's a Tim Hudson. It has an autograph. A quick look tells you that it might not be TIM'S autograph, but there's an autograph on there. When you flip the card over, you find this on the back:

That's right!! A Chris Harris official autograph! And, you can see, plain as day, this one is a 1/-1!! Talk about your "before they were" card!! This one is numbered BEFORE there were numbers! Wait, perhaps it means I actually owe Chris an autograph...

These cards came in a big ol' bubble envelope. Why? Because I bought 'em, that's why! See, StaleGum listed a bunch of things on eBay for sale. I helped kick off the sale by bidding on everything that was available for 99 cents. Well, as my luck runs on eBay, I won several of Chris' auctions whether I meant to or not. It turns out, winning them was a cool thing. The other cards in the photo above include: Topps 2008-09 Hardwood Pau Gasol (35/75), Razor Black Border Andrew Cashner (Cubs, 045/200), a stack of 2008-09 Hardwood cards, Topps 08-09 Hardwood Relic Kevin Martin (75/75), 2008 Topps Triple Threads Derrick Mason (099/249), Mayo Cut Plug Sims and Northcutt. Those have "Y" on the back. I have no idea why. I don't collect football or basketball. That means these will find their way into good homes eventually!

Next up, we have a stack of 2008 Razor draft picks. The top row features Cleveland's picks (Christian Friedrich, Lonnie Chisenhall, Trey Haley, Cord Phelps. The rest are just randomly selected guys from the stack. I like the design of these, though they remind me of an Upper Deck, I think.

I am not a big non-sport collector, but getting a mini Mayo Cut Plug of the Andrea Gail is VERY cool! I loved "The Perfect Storm," and when I showed the card to my wife, she instantly recognized the name of the boat. The other boat is the RMS Carpathia.

The last two stacks of cards are another group of 08-09 Topps Hardwood...

Thanks to Chris for the auctions and for the ultra rare autograph!!