My cart was a bit short of qualifying for free shipping, so I threw in something else interesting to bump me over the threshold:
Hit Parade seems to be a card outfit that throws together higher-end and/or vintage repacks. This ran me the price of like 1.7 blasters. I figured I'd get a several various cool cards from the decade of the 60s. I should have probably read up on it more before adding it to my cart, though, because it sucked.
Here's what you get when you open up the box. It's a team bag with a few loose cards in it.
And there's the entirety of the cards. Eight commons from 1960 Topps. I could have plucked these from the 25¢ or 50¢ boxes from the vintage guy at the monthly card show. What a disappointment. The biggest name here is probably (the original) Frank Thomas, which also happens to be the worst-conditioned card. The only card that interests me at all is the Dodgers celebration card because it's bizarre and funny and has beer.
So yeah, this was the first Hit Parade repack I've bought and will likely be the last. You suck, Hit Parade. (More like Shit Parade, am I right?!) Not that I was expecting Willie Mays or anything (which I could have gotten for the price of this box, graded 3.5), but damn. Give me some value.
Anybody working on the 1960 Topps set? I definitely don't have plans to ever do so, so these are available for trade. (Update: Joe Morgan and Frank Thomas are no longer available.)
For my "free gift" I went with a 2014/15 Panini Prestige Basketball hanger box. I barely collect basketball cards at all, but it was the most interesting to me of the limited options.
Sorry the names are hard to read. Klay Thompson is the only guy who rings a bell with me here.
And a couple inserts. The Kyle Anderson clear card is kinda cool, though I don't know him. And everybody knows Dwyane Wade, so that's cool. But yeah, no hits for me in the basketball box.
All these are available for trade.
So that's it. This whole order was kind of a bust, for the most part. Really only the sweet Bo Jackson 5/5 Archives Signature autograph salvaged it. And the 2014 Prizm Draft box was ok, I guess. Otherwise, my boxes were underwhelming and overpriced.
It's hard to fault collectors who don't open packs and instead focus their dollars on specific cards they want on the secondary market. But dang it, it's fun to bust boxes! I suppose it's not that far removed from a gambling addiction, but as long as you don't go nuts...