Dime boxes, quarter boxes, dollar vintage boxes.
Box busting parties, loyalty discounts and giveaways.
Trade nights with free pizza, reasonable prices and a big inventory.
All hallmarks of a fan friendly shop. All things that my local card shop doesn't have.
I dropped by the other day because I needed a couple of 5000 count storage boxes. They're overpriced, but I don't want to pay shipping to buy two or three at a time.
I usually pick up a pack or two of something just to satisfy the itch. My LCS will usually have a small variety of recent packs, all extremely over-priced. The owner actually had three unopened boxes of 2013 Allen & Ginter. They were priced at a cool $129.99. That's right, a full $50 over the price you can get them from Blowout or Dave and Adam's Cardworld. When they don't sell, you might think he would lower the price. Nope. They'll be sitting there, dusty, when next year's Ginter comes out.
I settled on a pack of 1996 SP. It turned out to be a fairly good pack, provided you define "good pack" as one that doesn't have any cards you want.
Boring package. I took the price tag off so you wouldn't know how much I overpaid.
It looks like Upper Deck had two designs that made the final cut and they decided to mash them both together into one card.
The most notable thing about this Carlos Delgado card is the fact that I need to clean my scanner.
I like how little Nomo is cutting his eyes at the wind up of big Nomo.
Hey...it's an Expo. Sorry, I couldn't think of anything else to say about this one.
Maybe it's just me, hopefully it's just me, but this card seems to be all about Percival's ass.
Ok, on to the good stuff. Relatively speaking. We got a Billy Wagner Premier Prospects.
The Special FX inserts were a 1:5 pack find. This Salmon will probably end up in a package to my local Angels collector.
Last, but not least, a Cal Ripken Collection insert. These were inserted 1:45 packs. So not too shabby for one pack. This card actually looks better in person. Don't they all?
I don't have a reasonable alternative to this LCS so I'll keep buying the occasional supply from him. Just in case the overpriced Ginter didn't convince you of the ridiculous prices, I've got one more piece of evidence. While I waited for the owner to finish with another customer, I was scrolling through one of his rotating display cases. I happened upon a row of the 2011 Topps 60 Inserts from a couple of years ago. They were priced at $4-$10 each. That's ridiculous. On Check Out My Cards they sell for 30 or 40 cents.
Maybe I'll open my own shop. Ha. That's a laugh.