What is going on?
In case you havent noticed, the former box breaking machine known as aceecards, has been non-functional for the better part of this year. Ginter was an exception as was ITG IM 10 and some Leaf/Razor Releases Ali comes to mind. Why so you may ask? A hobby enthusiast like Steve actually not being enthused? Id say Euthanized is far better a term!
Yes , the card manufacturers have succeeded in killing off my passion. Maybe the sports industry in total provided the assist, but certainly the card companies hit the homer, scored the game winner or hit the pocket for the final blow.
Lets start with some particulars shall we?
1. Exclusitivity ended competition.
No longer can we buy UD Baseball or UD Football or UD Basketball or Topps Basketball or Donruss Baseball or Topps Hockey or ITG Licensed Hockey or... You get the Picture. Lack of Competition for my dollars has made this 1960's Mother Siberia Russia. Bleak Cold and Barren!Ginter completely Hoovered, All the main autos were redemptions and autos themselves were so scarce I got 11 in 4 cases worth. And who is tired of one color GU in Topps Products.
EXCLUSIVE HAS MADE ME RECLUSIVE!
2. Card designs (or could be 1A)
Topps could no more put an original art concept together for a baseball set becuase why??? THEY DONT HAVE TOO! Im Bored! . Shiny.. shiny as my Heinie! Im sick of Chromium metal looking look alikes year after year after year aafter.. Topp triple threads looks like Topps tributes looks like Bowman platinum looks like BLECH...!!!!! Jeepers Creepers Put some freaking color in it! BUT see they dont have to! WHY? Cause they are EXCLUSIVE!
And before I leave Panini out. ..Holy crap guys spend some money and hire some graphic artist will ya? My goodness..Luxury suite looks like national treasures looks like Gridiron gear looks like.. White should be for WEDDNGS Not every freaking insert set or base set or GU or.. Im serious.. Goto Ebay and search Luxury suite Hockey and then search Dominion hockey. Now realize one of those GU came from the $350 box of dominion and one came from $125 Luxury Suite.. SERIOUSLY??
At least UD's hockey products remain distinctly different but tru to their original form.
FAMILIARITY BREED CONTEMPT!
3. Volume of Releases.
Youd think Panini cornered the cardboard roll market as many releases as their printing presses are churning out. Gee Whiz, I think there was what 20+ Hockey releases Basketball and football each? That is way way way too much.
Look I love Pasta and can eat a lot but you Italian boys are just killing us..
Topps even took cues from them adding an additional Topps line or two this year 5Star, Lineage, and Marquee and Bowman Platinum.. Is Topps Titanium not too far behind?
GLUTTONY IS A SEVEN DEADLY SIN !
4. Hits per Box.. CONTENT
OK.. Lets be real. A one color event worn relic of a 7th round draft pick in any sport is not a HIT. Heck most GU sell for less than base cards on ebay. Unless of course you have a transcendental Player (ie Jordan Ruth etc). Some Autos of those same scrubs sell for even less than the Event worn relic! GAHHHH. Quality over Quantity is needed at this point! Exactly how many jerseys did Cam Newton have on for each manufacturer at Draft Day rookie shoot? Somebody said that Cam had to put on 20 some jerseys and 10 caps on for Topps, UD and Panini.. REALLY.. How long do you guys keep feeding us the event worn stuff and print that it is Game worn? A year ? two years? How would we ever KNOW?
And.. a Redemption is not a HIT! Its a card I have to wait 6-9 months for if I ever get it . Wait a second.. I pay Now and Maybe get later?? Seriously.. What did they borrow Whimpys concept from Popeye? Ill gladly pay you Tuesday for a Hamburger today?
Well guess what WHIMPY TOPPS and WHIMPY Panini I aint paying you nothing unless you deliver Today! Im on the cash and Carry Plan now! I have redemptions from 2010 Ginter unfilled and 2010 Crown Royale football ..! Yes autos of Joe McKnight and Ryan Mathews, stickers too that Panini hasnt filled!
and yet I see new releases coming out every week with more Ryan Matthews sticker autos and Joe McKnight sticker autos.. Hey.. Wake up in there. Im tired of being HOSED!
HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT.. NO SERIOUSLY IS THAT ALL YA GOT?
5. Flippers have plundered the secondary market.
I know guys, yes really, ill bet you do too, that go in bust a case or a box and then LIST everything on ebay! They dont care about the hobby. They are in it for the almighty dollar. May god rest their bankrupt souls! Seriously.. these are the same cornstalks who speculate on oil and make gas prices go up! Well not really but they are sure adversely affecting the card values on the secondary market! Have you sold stuff on ebay lately? I sold about $8,000 BV worth of High end HOFer autos and Patches recently hoping and expecting to net around 40-50 % of BV like normal.. Guess what I got??
$1,445.00 before fees and shipping! I CRIED. Real Tears!
These were Jackie Robinson GU and Jerry Rice autos and.. Seriously I cried.
I actually stopped the bleeding on the last day and killed a couple of auctions for some of the Patches I had listed for barry sanders and Steve Young as they were still not in double figures. I had no idea the secondary market had grown so soft, and Yes I balled like a little school girl!
PINBALL WIZARDS HAVE SUCH A SUBTLE ...
Wait for Part II Cause I got more!