I dropped in my local card shop (LCS) today and the owner reminded me that it was twenty-five cent pack week. Nice!
Here's a copy of the postcard sized advertisement that's been sitting next to my LCS's register.
Huh, I like promotions. Usually they focus around the ballpark, like $1 hot dogs or bobbleheads, but why not baseball cards?
The guy behind the counter had me pick out four packs from an 800 count box for a crisp one dollar bill. By the looks of it I was one of the first to purchase the promotional packs, and for the record I took four off the top. I'm not a pack searcher. Although it would have been almost too easy to do so!
Now mind you, I'm in my mid-thirties, but I don't recall ever being able to purchase a pack of cards for a quarter. The first set I hand collated from packs was '88 Topps and I believe wax packs ran at forty cents apiece for fifteen cards.
Five cards for a quarter though? The "kid" in me jumped at the opportunity.
Here's what the unopened packs look like:
Clear cellophane? Yep. Kind of takes forty percent of
the thrill away from ripping a pack of five cards when you know the identity
of two of the cards before you bust in.
C'est la vie. I guess I can't blame Topps for wanting to go the cheap route on a promotion.
Here's the other cards from the pack. Everything looks pretty much like regular 2013 Archives.
Well, there was one exception: this Day Glow card of Country Breakfast. Yes, Billy Butler has probably the coolest nickname in all of Major League
I must say my camera doesn't do the Day Glow orange justice. I tried
different settings, but each take looked more washed out than the
previous. You really have to see one for yourself to get a true feel
for the color. Oh, and I think I know what "reliving my youth" and day glow colors have to do with one another. I had more than a few day glow colored clothing items in my closet as a middle school youth! Oh, those were the days.
The Day Glows from the other three
packs? Yep, nothing spectacular, but I should be able to flip the
Freese at my LCS for a Cub! #CrosingMyFingers
I'm not sure how collectors feel about another parallel to chase, but I don't think a promotion like this is a bad idea from Topps overall. Especially if younger collectors get a chance to purchase some quarter packs before someone comes and buys them all up in a selfish attempt to make a buck.
Needless to say, I'm looking forward to trading in some late 1980's junk wax next week to "get a new pack with exclusive cards." Fun-fun!