Grand Cards: What to do?

Friday, February 27, 2009

What to do?

Earlier today, Nachos Grande got the scoop on the Walmart (and Target!) Topps Parallels. For some reason, Nachos Grande is not in my Google Reader (it is now), so this was actually brought to my attention by Cardboard Junkie. Thank goodness for the intertwined card blogging community, no?

Anyway, I am pondering the same thing that many of you are. Do I buy a Walmart Blaster to get the Black Parallels? Do I buy a Target Blaster to get the Gray Retro Parallels? At the moment, I am not spending money on cards, but that won't last forever--it is also more of a way to ease an eBay addiction, as I'm have some restraint when it comes to buying packs at places like Walmart or Target. For me, the bottom line is this: I want the Black and Gray Tigers cards. There are only 9, so that should be easy.

On the one hand, Why would I buy a blaster, in which I'm all but guaranteed NOT to get all the Tigers I need, when I can buy a set of them on eBay.

On the other hand, as has been the case with other retail releases, and judging by the general lack of buzz about these parallels on the blogs, am I confident that there will be a bunch of Tigers sets available online? Will there be so few that the prices will get driven up?

I still don't know where I stand on the whole issue, but perhaps some of you can help me out. If I buy a black and gray blaster, I will only want the Tigers and will make all of the other cards available for trade. Are the rest of you interested in these cards that we can pull the trigger on some trades, or am I going to end up with a pile of unwanted parallels?

TRAIN OF THOUGHT UPDATE!: Would anybody out there be interested in doing a multi-blaster Target/WalMart Group Break with me? I've never done a break before, but I'm thinking pick a team and get all the cards from that team (you know the drill). If you may be interested in this, leave a comment with your team of Choice. If there's enough interest, we'll go from there!


  1. One thing I've noticed, is that even the products that are incredibly lightly broken - they will appear on line in larger quantities than you would have thought possible.

    You might not find a team set seller on eBay, but I'd be willing to bet there would be someone with all the variations listed on Sport Lots.

  2. I was thinking along the same lines: I wouldn't collect any of the black parallels or (especially) the gray backs unless they were of my team. eBay or elsewhere online would be the way to go on that. But if you're doing a break, I'd be interested in Dodgers. (My 2 Wal-Marts have NO blasters at all right now)

  3. I've never been involved in a group break before either,but I would be interested in Tribe cards as I'm not a set builder.

  4. We'd go for Mets. I figure you're already interested in the Grandys. :)

    Also, if we ever manage to find ANY blasters here in Santa Fe, all Tigers are yours.

  5. Thanks for the link! I've added your blog to my blogroll as well - it's amazing how many great baseball blogs are out there that I haven't yet found!