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(01-18-2012 06:53 PM)jplarson Wrote: I remember when I was a kid, maybe 11-12, my lcs on the northside of Chicago had a quarter machine where you'd get a random card that was between two pieces of cardboard. A few "hits" in the machine included some big named rookies from 89 score football, 90 leaf baseball, etc. I'd always have a quarter or two left over from buying a few packs and save it for the machine.
When I got my Jerry Rice RC, I ran all the way hope. I couldn't believe my luck. I still have the card to this day. It graded out a BGS 7 years ago. One of my most cherished cards.
(01-19-2012 08:59 AM)Sajman01 Wrote: My much younger step-brother who still lives with my father and his fiance knew nothing about sports or collecting at all until this past christmas. I was at a loss for what to get him, so I purchased a Cam Newton refractor auto out of Topps Chrome and gave it to him. He now calls once a week to talk cards with me for a half hour or so and calls me everytime he pulls something out of a pack of retail he picked up at the grocery store.
I just find it amazing how much excitement he gets out of pulling a jersey, where as I pulled a silver ink Andy Dalton patch auto out of Gold Standard and was pissed I didn't get my money back.
I read the baseball boards on here and blowout, and I see all the rage over the way the kid handled the Bryce Harper /5 red auto pull (http://youtu.be/1xPNL4by4kk ). And I can't help but feel disgusted at those people, I wish I felt that excited when I pull a nice card.
I hope some 5 year old pulls the Andrew Luck Super auto out of Chrome next year and smashes it to all hell if he enjoys doing it. To each his own!
100s AU/GU ALL SORTED BY NAME.
(01-22-2012 04:18 PM)pbean Wrote: sorry, but I won't apologize for my thoughts on this thread.
I honestly feel that any "irresponsible" child or adult can get their hands on cards at any LCS or mass merchant and treat cards poorly, but since they did spend their hard earned money they are completely entitled to use them in any manner they see fit.
Do I cringe when I see how some cards are treated yes, but when I get a card graded "Gem Mint" it reminds me how special a card can be
How does a LCS customer differ from a Walmart customer ??? Cash is cash, and the card companies are starting to realize this.
Why shouldn't a guy who's been laid off for 6 months and had to stop collecting be able to buy a $20 blaster and enjoy the same benefits as someone who has bucket loads of money and shops solely at an overpriced LCS ???
(01-22-2012 03:35 PM)ace3m Wrote: WOW, I got jumped on big time for this one lol I've been at school for a couple of weeks and hadn't checked this. And yes, a bunch of you all are definitely misunderstanding what I'm saying.
I started collecting and still have many cards from those days in mint condition. I'm only 24 now so I'm all about the younger generation collecting. What I said, or atleast meant, is that I hate it when cards are wasted on kids WHO will damage, throw them away, not give them the care they deserve. JUST THE SAME, I hate it when cards are wasted on ADULTS WHO will damage, throw them away, not give them the care they deserve.
THE MAIN POINT I WAS MAKING ABOUT RETAIL:
All of us get these killer cards in a couple packs of retail as kids, adults, whenever so we get into the Hobby big-time. We grow as a collector, spend thousands at hobby shops and on cases, and never get as good of cards as those retail hits. I just don't agree with card makers giving retail packs the BIGGEST & BEST hits to get us hooked, then nothing but decent/good cards in the hobby cases that serious collectors spend thousands on, that's it.
SURPRISINGLY ENOUGH, THIS THREAD WASN'T TO EXPRESS MY HIDDEN HATRED TOWARDS ALL THE YOUNGER GENERATION HUMAN BEINGS ON THIS PLANET LOL.
Some ppl love to find a thread, twist some semantics, and use it as a forefront to tell why "you're bad & I'm a good upstanding citizen with values that should be expressed as a closeted reprimand to you, but really to let everyone know what a perfect human being I am"
(01-16-2012 10:54 PM)ace3m Wrote: I am TOTALLY against retail! Anyone agree?