My investigation consisted of me being nosy and trying to find out where to pick up a couple of packs of O Pee Chee because they look so cool, and I like retro cards. It seems as though the retro cards are my favorites to open, and these were no disappointment. I couldn't care less about the design change because they are nice the way they are. It was nice to get cards that don't look like everything else that has been out or tried in the past few years. These have a great look to them, they are not glossy which I think adds to them. The OPC inserts from UD were glossy and ehhh not all that cool by comparison.
My investigation took place at Toy Wiz (glutton for punishment) because it was on my way home and required little detour effort. The packs were $2.25 a pack which wasn't terrible since I told myself if they are in the $2-$2.50 range I would get a few, any more and I was leaving. Here is what the pack looks like:
If you can believe it, they were asking $67.99 for a hobby box. I laughed and thought of how great the internet is, and how sad it is that companies like this are the reason for people shopping online and putting card shops out of business (not getting into this now). I also took a picture of how they sell hobby packs for the most part. Base sets like Topps, UD, First Edition, and the like are on top of the case so that you can grab your own packs. Other hobby packs are displayed in a case so that you can't touch them, and there has never ever been a full open box in the case. Nice to know you are picking from pre-searched packs of air.
They have a case of single cards which are ridiculously overpriced as well, but I took a picture of this one to show Sooz and I figured I'd share it with everyone.
OK, I'm done with the tour of the store and onto what I got. I am too lazy to list the base cards so we won't be wasting time on those. I did end up with an error card which I only noticed because I scanned it and noticed there was no back. Blank back card of a guy I really find annoying for reasons that are pretty stupid. The card is a black bordered parallel of Craig Counsell.
Here is a sample of what the base cards look like in case you haven't seen them yet.
I ended up with 2 variations of this Jose Reyes card, and if there are any collectors of Reyes that have some Pujols from this set, come on down!
For some reason my scanner tends to crop off part of the right side of the cards.
I got one mini black parallel of Khalil Greene, which looks the same as the big ones just smaller (duh).
Here are the rookies I got, no specific reason for the order here:
Here are the rest of the inserts, and the Longoria and Coke cards are not for trade.
I scanned the checklist because I really like that they used a picture of the park for the card. Normally I don't like these kinds of things, but for some reason I just like this whole set.
I ended up with one of these UD cards also which I will just forward to Voice of the Collector.
I bought 5 packs total, which is unlike me since I never buy an odd number of anything. But since I am crazy and counted the packs in the box trying to see if any of the 36 were missing a.k.a. searched, I counted 37 packs. I know my math isn't great so I counted again, and again. Still 37, so I bought the extra pack as well. Makes me wonder if they combined a few boxes of packs after searching these as well.
I would be lying if I said I wasn't thinking about shying away from blasters for a while to plunk down $44 on a hobby box. It's been way to long since I have opened one and I really think I would enjoy this one despite having no real need for more than 5 or 6 cards in the whole set.
P.S. These would make awesome TTM cards to send out.
P.P.S. There was no Pujols or Jeter. (Snarl)