I've kind of gotten sick of pack ripping. Sick of hunting for packs on big box store shelves, only to find them picked over and searched by assholes (yea, I used that word...apologies to those who are offended).
I went to Target Saturday morning, first time in almost a month. Nothing has changed when it comes to visiting the store; I go and find the items I need, and then hit the card aisle last before checking out. What I saw was kind of pitiful.
- All the clamor that has been Bowman over the past couple of weeks, no sign of it at all.
- It barely looked touched/restocked. If it had been restocked, all there was for jumbo packs was Heritage, MVP hockey, and a bit of GQ
- Blasters were minimal as well; the only one that I touched was 18-19 OPC hockey, and I put it down right away because I thought I could do better with that $20
It also made me think. I'm really happy with how my collection is progressing. I've been completing sets at a good rate so far in 2020, and I'm hoping to have 3 more completed in June when some orders arrive. I've also revisited a couple of sites that I slowed down on using for card shopping, one of them being Sportlots.
I hit up a reliable seller that I've used many times in the past for hockey card needs and decided to start picking up some OPC short prints for a pair of sets I'm working on.
Clint (Sportlots ID: ctcdork) has a great selection of cards at reasonable prices. I decided to grab a bunch of SPs, starting with the 8 above from the 2009-10 OPC set. My thought process has changed a bit on building these "older" OPC sets, I'm actually going after chunks of the SPs first before finishing up with the base cards. I still need 313 cards for this set, but only 37 of them are SPs, and I'll probably keep buying them up before chasing more trades to finish up the set.
Because when I do it the other way, like I did with 2013-14 OPC...
It may sound like a backward way of thinking, but I kind of wish I had started with the more expensive cards from a vintage baseball set such as '59 Topps, because I spent a lot of time building up "numbers" of cards, and now have hit pretty much a screeching halt because I have nothing but high dollar cards left to go.
But that's all water under the bridge. Saving money on packs right now is helping me focus more on trying to complete a boatload of sets I've been working on, and I go back to the immense joy I had when I finished my '64 Topps set, and I'm looking to get more of that in the coming weeks and months.
Venting over. I'm going my own way...come along if you wish.
Enjoy the hobby and stay safe!!