Ok, so choosing what cards to buy isn't rocket science. In my personal experience, I can tell you it is much harder. I can't tell you how many times I've stood in Wal-Mart or Target for 20 minutes at a time just staring and trying to figure out what I want. Last night, we went to a Wal-Mart I don't get to a lot over by my parents' house, so I had a fresh set of rack packs, gravity feeds, and blasters to search through. I noticed that, at the bottom next to the blasters, was a row of plastic containers holding full 24-pack 2010 Topps Retail Boxes, at a price of $72. Now, maybe I am missing something, but let's do some math.
$72 / 24 packs = $3.00 per pack
Retail Rack Pack
$9 / 3 packs = $3.00 per pack (not to mention the orange refractors)
$20 / 8 packs = $2.50 per pack
For an even playing field, say you want 24 packs of cards:
Retail Box: 1 x $72 = $72
Retail Racks: 24/3=8, 8 x $9 = $72, plus you end up with 24 orange refractors
Blaster: 24/8=3, $3x20 = $60
Can somebody explain to me why you would buy one of the retail boxes when 3 blasters is cheaper and 8 rack packs are the same price but you get 24 bonus orange refractors. Am I completely missing something?
As far as what I have bought thus far: I bought one rack pack from Wal-Mart and one hobby pack from a card show before last night. Last night I originally wasn't going to buy anything, until I noticed that the first rack pack was showing the first orange refractor, much like this Peyton Manning. Well, the card read Scott Sizemore, so I grabbed it. Hopefully I'll post my chrome purchases soon, but who knows, I suck at getting things scanned and posted in a timely manner...in fact I'm pretty sure Too Many Grandersons and e rayhahn rayhahn would like for me to reciprocate with trade posts before the new year.