11-13-2012, 11:33 AM #1
5000ct boxes unlocking treasures for you or no
As a set builder I am constantly looking over 5000ct boxes at shops and shows to find the missing singles I need for my sets. As I go through them some of people have them organized by the company and year which sometimes helps others have them mixed to give me constantly flipping back and forth on my printed up pages of my wantlists. I have some descent treasures in the past for good prices and some that seem well Oh My I Cant believe thats there WOW!!!! and then getting for the cheap price. I was wondering if anyone has experanced in finding some great finds for little amount $$$$ example I was at a shop once and I went through this box of mixed baseball and the dealer told me anything in the box was $.10 card and well as I came through there was a 1983 Fleer RC of Ryne Sandberg so I added to my pile and then continued on my search and when I was done the dealer asked me how many I had I told the total of cards he gave me my amount I owed and I walked out with a hidden treasure that perhaps he didn't know was in the box or I just was a right price at the right time. I have found some great starter sets in the past on some boxes and have completed some just by going through them and some I have yet to complete. So thats what this poll about and I like to hear some of your comments as well on some of your great unlocked treasures from the 5000ct boxes. Another pet peeve I have is those who open boxes and then just if they dont pull a major hit they place them in the 5000ct boxes never to see the light of day and within the box could be the missing links I need to complete some of the sets I am working on. I constantly go through my boxes to help others out in finding stuff for others when its either a fellow set builder or team/player collector. So I hope that I hear from others on their tales."Any ballplayer that doesn't sign Autographs for little kids Ain't an American. He is a Communist"-Rogers Hornsby on Signing an Autograph as a Manager in 1942 with the St. Louis Browns.
11-13-2012, 04:01 PM #2
Yes they are great because dealers think that samples, promos, oddballs, food issues, etc. are all junk and that's the reason why I can't find them anywhere. The only place is in boxes of "junk".Trade Bucket: Hidden Content
11-13-2012, 09:37 PM #3
I think it just comes down to labor per hour. Is it worth the time to go through 5,000 commons to find a $2 rookie card? If one looks at it from the money point, the dealer is making a killing charging 10 cents a card. However, for the collector who is in the hobby just for the fun of it and to complete sets, 5000 card boxes can be a godsend.
Tell you what, saw a dishonest dealer at the flea market last weekend, selling over-rated cards (good condition at best) at inflated MINT prices and none of them professionally graded.
11-13-2012, 09:43 PM #4
I actually love taking the time to look through monster boxes for cheaply priced cards. Example: I go to a show in the Madison, WI area and am good friends with a dealer there that I buy all my boxes from. I think he picks up collections from some of his customers and then just throws them in boxes and marks them .10/.50 per card. Went there this weekend and picked up over 150 2012 GQ minis for 10 cents per card. It completed a lot of my set and gave me some arsenal for trades. I don't collect much on the higher end of the trading spectrum so boxes like these are a great help to set collectors like myself, and you can always find some killer deals if you know what to look for.Currently in the hospital with my father until 12/12 with limited internet access. Will be completing trades when I return.
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11-13-2012, 09:58 PM #5
I will always take the time to look through them because you never know what is in them especially if they are junk wax because I collect a lot of errors/variations that are not officially listed. As a kid back in 83 or 84 I was at a show and a dealer had a huge box of commons for two cents a piece. Looked through each one and found an Al Hrabosky 82 Fleer double error listed as ALL on the back with the height of 5'1" instead of 5'10". It was a twenty dollar card at the time and I could barely contain my happiness as I paid two cents for it. You never know if you might find the John Littlefield in one of those boxes.My blog Hidden Content
11-14-2012, 12:05 AM #6
Probably the best cards ive found out of those boxes have been:
11-12 O-Pee-Chee #614 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins RC $15
2009-10 SP Authentic #164 James Reimer RC bv $25
2002 Topps Chrome #208 Ed Reed RC bv $25Trading for Steelers,Penguins,Pirates and ex Michigan players
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11-14-2012, 02:08 AM #7
Reading threads like this really make me miss my LCS & shows we used to have where I live!
11-14-2012, 11:43 AM #8
i have some 5,000 ct boxes of commons that i need to unload. don't have the time for trading or e-bay. thinking about selling them cheap...by the pound. seriously :)
11-14-2012, 11:53 AM #9
Reading this makes me want to go to my LCS and flip through 5000ct boxes.
11-14-2012, 03:53 PM #10
My hobby love is finding 5000ct boxes as cheaply as possible - usually $50 or less (I actually found one full of common base from 2006 & up for $6 two years ago) and taking that home. For me that beats busting a $12, five-card pack any day. Hours of entertainment.