Thursday, July 17, 2014

I should know better

Do you ever finish busting a box and look at the results and think, "Why in the world did I buy this? Am I stupid or something?"

Of course you have. We all have. That's the nature of modern wax busting. Well one of my recent experiences of that nature involved a retail gravity box containing 48 packs of 2010 Topps Series 2. Yes, I know, a few of you are already laughing and saying "NMC you idiot!" On the somewhat positive side the box was only $24 so at 50 cents a pack it wasn't terrible. But it was still overpriced.

I thought with 48 packs that surely I would get at least some crappy relic card of long reliever for the Astros. But nope, no hits whatsoever. The 48 packs were full of fire starter base and crappily designed inserts. The few good cards to come out of the box were these Copper Parallels that I previously knew nothing about. They must have been a retail exclusive and maybe a gravity box exclusive because they're numbered to just 399 which is quite low for a parallel that is only like 1:8 packs.



This Ozzie Smith Legends SP Variation that came out of one of the last packs made a valiant effort to save the box. But alas this box was one of the worst card purchases I've made even despite the price.

Have I learned my lesson? Probably not. I'm sure I'll make more ill advised purchases like this in the future. What can I say?

Hello. My name is Andrew and I am a wax ripaholic.


  1. Andrew, I have the same disease and probably will continue having that disease until I learn that ripping wax -- much like crime -- doesn't pay!

    Perhaps, as "wax rip" methadone, you could have a friend put some junk wax into several "packs" with a wax paper "wrapper"....

    1. That would be a fun way of packaging cards in a trade.

  2. ALL: Hi Andrew!

    I didn't know about the Copper Parallels either, at first I thought they were the Gold Parallels but those are #d to 2010 and these are #d to 399. I did a little checking and on they said the Copper parallels were a Wal-Mart Exclusive to Series 2 only not included in Series 1. That would explain not knowing about them.

  3. Hello. My name is Fuji and I too am a wax ripaholic. I've been there many times my friend... and have come up with much less than that. Sweet Ozzie!

    1. I suppose the "hit or miss..big miss" nature of this hobby applies to all levels. In something high end you might get a Hank Aaron auto/relic in one box and a Billy Butler auto in the next.