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(12-05-2012 02:01 PM)jlandry287 Wrote: Every time i buy a box/pack, it's always a bust. I'll maybe get one or two refractor-base cards with BV of ~$5 each (if I'm lucky) whenever i spend close to $60 on the box. I'm starting to think it'd be smarter (and cheaper) just to buy cards I'm looking for instead of hoping to have a nice pull. Anybody else feel this way?
(12-05-2012 02:50 PM)aprirr Wrote: I have a different perspective. My kid LOVES opening packs and I enjoy putting the regular Topps sets together from 2008 to present, with 2008 being the year we saw our first Brewer game at Miller Park. It's not much, a box every other month or so, but she gets to rip. While there are a few dud boxes, the expense is minimal and enjoyment factor is worth the expense. I must say, though, that she is pretty lucky and the hits in the packs she opens far outweigh the hits (or lack of) in mine. These are most of her recent ones:
Nothing extraordinary but enough to keep her interested in the hobby, which works for me. So, what it really boils down to is, what are you collecting for? For us, she opens and I build and trade for the PC. Win-win, in my opinion.
(12-05-2012 03:39 PM)dpatera Wrote: I think if you go in to the hobby expecting to make money by opening boxes, you're in for a bad time. I figure a certain amount of the price I'm paying is for the experience of opening the box. I grew up making sets from packs and boxes, and that's what the hobby is for me. If I tried to go the buy singles and sets route, I don't think I'd last much longer.