As you may notice from my last post, I am a bit moodier about card collecting the last couple days. I mean, who disses on there own team set? I am not really going to apologize to upper deck though on that one, their product speaks for itself and they could have done better.
I think one reason for my mood is a web page I read the other day that really has me thinking about how I purchase my cards, this a snippet from that page:
"Here is the product breakdown of 2006 SP Legendary Cuts Baseball. Note the bolded sentence. If you want to pull a cut sig or a signature card, you should not buy a box of 2006 Legendary Cuts Baseball on eBay. Here is the very common scenario why.
So a eBayer buys a case of 2006 SP Legendary Cuts Baseball on Ebay or somewhere else. After opening the 6th box, he hits the second and final cut sig of the case. Since his only reason to buy the case was to get two great cut sigs, he decides to sell the other boxes on ebay to get some of the money back that he spent. So he lists the boxes on ebay and all the buyers, who want to hit a cut sig, get a box that will not have a cut sig gareenteed without knowing that they don't have a chance at a cut sig.
If you are looking to buy a 2006 SP Legendary Cuts Baseball Box to hit a cut sig, your best bet is buying it from your local hobby shop or from a trusted sportscard source (such as Dave and Adams Card World), and not from some guy in a different state that you don't know.
Also, I would like to say that I have nothing against this product it is just unfortunate what some people do".
Now keep in mind that this "alert" is only eluding to the 2006 SP Legendary Cuts, but who is to say that ANY product is immune to this type of collusion?
As a new collector, I like to assume best intentions. When I make a trade through my blog, I assume that the other party will follow though just as they assume that I will follow through. There is that trust factor there.
I have to have that same trust factor with vendors, whether it be a hobby shop or a seller on ebay. I have purchased several hobby boxes online, and have also pre-ordered a couple boxes of A&G and was thinking of a third box from another vendor that offers steep discounts. I would love to assume that these vendors simply pull all the boxes from the case and ship them out without cracking open a few for themselves. Heck, I would even love to believe that when you order a full CASE, that it has not been tampered with by the vendor. After all, the product says 2 cut autos ON AVERAGE...whoops, yours had none? Well, their are always outliers to any average, tough break.
My skepticism is not helped when I see these amazing hits posted online by hobby shop owners. I struggle to pull a future prospect auto, and there is a cut Mickey Mantle on ebay! I have to assume best intentions with sellers, but really, these people are not in the business to make trades with us, there are out there to make money. And the above scenario makes a lot of sense. If you nail the "hits" early, then sell off the individual boxes full of sub-par hits.
Another item I notice on ebay is these so-called HOT PACKS. Guaranteed Cut Auto inside. Selling for upwards of 150-200 bucks. So a vendor reseals a package with a cut auto, do you really believe he is going to insert anything of value in that pack?
So, bloggers, where do you stand on this issue? Am I paranoid? Are some vendors more susceptible to this than others?
As a family man on a limited hobby budget, I want to make purchases with confidence that I have a chance to pull something nice. Am I going about it the wrong way. Leave some comments.