Showing posts with label pack searching. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pack searching. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I sought, I bought, I'm OK With It

I ran into Wal-Mart the other day to pick up a few things (which I don't even recall right now), and stopped to look through the cards.

I saw Topps Lineage "bonus" packs hanging there in front of me.  My first thought: "Since when does 'BONUS' mean a total of 14 cards!?"  Me next thought: "Okay, I'll bite."

I picked a couple packs off the hanger and noticed something... If you press the wrapper against the cards, you can make out at least one card on the front and one on the back.  I sought.

Yeah, that's right, I became a pack searcher.  Though, probably not for what most searchers would be seeking. Was I looking for some telltale sign of autographs or swatches?  Nope.  I was looking for Indians logos.  And, sure enough, one of the packs featured a ghostly Chief Wahoo peeking through the white wrapper.  I bought.

Yeah, that's right, I bought it.  I didn't even stop to look for other Indians-filled packs, either. I found one and ran for the hills... er, checkout.  (Digression: For those that immediately thought of another discount department store when you saw the word "hills," I applaud you.  Does Hills even exist anymore? Man, we used to go there all the time when I lived in the 'Burgh.  Okay, digression over.)

The card I saw on the back, by the way, was some guy named "Cobb."  Ever heard of him? Yeah, I thought you might have.  In any case, packs with memorabilia have 12 cards in them instead of 14.  My pack had 14. So, you know I did not come up with the chicken dinner. (Digression: "winner, winner! Chicken dinner!"  Though I've never understood just why the winner was getting a chicken dinner.  Granted, not too many other dinners would scan in the rhyme... Digression over.)

So, what *DID* I pull?  Let's take a look:

Lou Gehrig, Mike Schmidt, and Lance Berkman.  Wow! Not a bad way to start a pack of cards.  Speaking of cards, I absolutely love the design of these.  They remind me of some older set that I cannot quite place and yet feel totally modern.  Excellent work, Topps.

Next up: Ryan Braun, Paul O'Neill, and Vernon Wells.  The Braun card is written in Spanish on the back (#TV20).  I have not done any checking to see just what that's all about.  I opted to show the back of the Wells card, so you could see what it looks like in case you hadn't seen one of these yet.  Again, I love the design - brightly colored, big spot for name/info, and a neat paragraph to go with it.

The last card in the first half is Michael Pineda.  Sorry, but I have no idea who he is. Carlos Santana was the top card in the bottom of the blister pack, and it was his helmet that I could make out the logo.  He was the reason I bought the pack. Not too shabby!  Adam Wainwright followed.

Then, we have Roy Oswalt, Gordon Beckham, and Shin-Soo Choo.  Am I the only one that thinks Oswalt looks weird in anything but an Astros uniform?  Probably. How awesome that this bonus pack had TWO Indians players in it!? Wahoo!!

The last two cards (since my pack was not a dinner-procuring pack) were Chipper Jones and Ty Cobb.  Not a bad way to end the pack at all!  Great start and a nice finish with two Tribers sandwiched in between!

Overall, as I said, I love the design of these Lineage cards.  The photos tend to be a tad saturated, but I can't help wonder if that is intentional.  If not, it works anyway.  If it was intentional, then it works as intended.

Monday, August 8, 2011

2008 Topps Trading Card History Hobby Starter Set

I picked up a box of 2008 Topps Trading Card History cards the other day. Nope, didn't go to Nationals in Chicago, I just grabbed a deal online.  Er, maybe.  As it turns out, this is a Hobby box containing "Starter Set" cards.  Each pack has 5 cards and there are 36 packs in the box.

Above, you see me holding one pack. You also see my daughter throwing the peace sign. Note that the pack itself is labeled "Cards 26-30." Sigh. So, each pack is labeled as to what's inside it!? Well, where is the fun in that??  Heck, I might as well be checking UPC codes to see if the packs hold some special insert or... er, uh, never mind.  Welp, in case you're interested:

TCH26 - 1982 Topps Ryan Howard
TCH27 - 1909 T204 David Wright
TCH28 - 1959 Topps Chin-Lung Hu
TCH29 - T205 Jimmy Rollins
TCH30 - 1966 Topps Ken Griffey, Jr

Well, I suppose all that's left to do is go through my checklist to see which Indians are in the set, then just open those packs. This is like the worst kind of pack-searching ever. I should feel ashamed.  I don't. But, I should. Just sayin.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Searching UPC codes

We happened to be in Target tonight, so I walked over to the 2011 Heritage and checked the codes. Sure enough, there were a slew of "1849's" and a handful of "1922's." I picked an 1842 and my son said, "You better grab a 1922, too. Just to see. It might have the 'hit' in it."  I'm game, why not.  I also grabbed a pack of Panini Michael Jackson cards.  I know, it's a sickness, really.

The 1849 yielded NOTHING in the way of short-prints, inserts, or anything else beyond standard-issue cards.  Ah well, since Chris (at Stale Gum) had already busted the myth and found "dead packs," I wasn't holding out much hope anyway.  The "1922" pack gave me a "New-Age Performers" A-Rod. I guess that's a "hit."

The cards will be put into the "RPOK" box for later giveaways. (RPOK = Random Packs of Kindness, in case you're new to these parts)

As for the Michael Jackson cards, I pulled a pack that had a thicker feel than the others. I should have known better. The thick cards was a blank filler. So much for my pack searching ways.

The MiJac cards are actually pretty nice.  The "King of Pop" and "MJ" logo are in red foil.  The photos are shots provided by Bravado Media/Merchandising and Triumph International (the studio formerly known as MJJ Productions before his passing).

While in the hotel where we are staying, I saw some Arkansas Travelers schedules. I snagged a couple.  If you collect minor league schedules, let me know and I'll ship one to ya, free for the asking.

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: