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Ah, the good old local Forbidden Planet. Thumb Up £1 per pack.
 
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buy a box, it's cheaper

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Grabbed a few packs of Indiana Jones Heritage at lunch today--and pulled an Alfred Molina auto! Clap
 
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Nice one Craig. Thumb Up

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Bought a pack of Potter Order of Phoenix update cards along with a pack of Iron Man cards.
Pulled an insert from the Iron Man cards & a Natalia Tena as Nymphadora Tonks auto card from the Potter.
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Congratulations everyone!

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wow ghostrider! that is awesome!

i bought 9 packs of americana 2 the other day (5 from target and 4 from shopko) and got an ed asner materials proof 004/100, a jonathan winters proof 013/100 and a ring kings kampmann auto 139/370.
 
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A nice surprise tonight...

We traveled up to Massachusetts to visit my parents, and decided to travel to a Newbury Comics in Burlington. Apparently the store was having a 30th anniversary sale, including 30% off all trading cards. To my surprise, there were six packs of Supernatural Season 1 hanging on the rack. I grabbed them and was fortunate enough to pull the Julie Benz auto, one of the ones I still needed from the set. Smile

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Well done Ariana. Clap

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Bought three packs of Benchwarmers 2008 Signature Series and pulled a Buffy Tyler autographed Prop Card (Soccer Ball) numbered 3 of 25. Also bought 3 packs of Hammer Horror and pulled a sweeet NIK sketch (picture posted in the Hammer Horror thread in the next Forum). A great card collecting day (the first one in a LONG time)!

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congrats to everyone.

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Popped into town this afternoon and stopped by my local comic shop World's Apart. My first bargain of the trip was an SG-1 Vala figure for £1.99 Smile still sealed, but that's not the best bit.
The shop has the cards near the door and when I went over to check out what they had in I found they were selling Lost Season Three card packs for only 25p a pack. Eek

There was no way I was passing up a bargain like that . So I bought £9 worth (to save anyone having to do the math thats 36 packs Big Grin ). And here's what I got:

TI-1 and TI-2
FB5 and FB8
LG2

Not bad for the money paid...but there's more I also pulled a PW10-Sawyer's shirt and a Michael Bowen as Danny Pickett auto.

I'm tempted to go back and get the rest of the packs they had left.

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If I leave for Liverpool now I should get there by the early hours of the morning and beat AJJ to them. It'll cost me about £30 to get there though!!!

Well done on your pulls.
 
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I bought 10 packs of 2008 Clone Wars hobby packs and didn't get squat.

My question is what's to stop an unscrupulous person from taking a box of cards & using a precision scale to weigh the packs and simply pull the packs that stand out weight wise as they most likely would contain the various insert cards. Then dump the remaining packs on an unsuspecting public.
 
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The scale trick doesn't work here for sketches. Having said that was the box opened in front of you or already open? I've known some to crack a case, but stop in each box after the sketch is pulled only to sell the remaing packs in their store. Pretty slimy sh*t IMO, but to each his own.
 
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I had another pretty good card day today. Bought four packs of Supernatural Connections and four packs of The Seeker: Dark is Rising. Pulled a PW6 from Supernatural (one of the very few cards I still needed), and an Amelia Warner auto from The Seeker. Smile The auto will be used for trade, but the whole thing was worth it just for the Sam PW card.

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that's awesome ariana! i love pulling a card you still needed. it seems to happen so rarely.

last week i bought two packs of Marvel Masterpieces 2 and got a Scarlet Witch foil insert in the first pack and a Human Torch PW in the other. not bad for a random two pack purchase!
 
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The scale trick doesn't work here for sketches. Having said that was the box opened in front of you or already open? I've known some to crack a case, but stop in each box after the sketch is pulled only to sell the remaing packs in their store. Pretty slimy sh*t IMO, but to each his own.


No I didn't see the box get opened. These were loose packs purchased on eBay. I don't have any stores around me so eBay is my only source. Your thought on stopping after a sketch is found seems very likely to me! I know I will no longer buy individual packs off of eBay again. I really believe most offering single packs are playing you. Live and learn right!
 
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I agree that "most" offering single packs are selling leftovers from opened boxes, and there's a good chance that the boxes have been searched, one way or the other. That's also true for offers of box-size lots of packs from opened boxes.

But it's not always so. You can ask the seller. The packs may be unsold items from a hobby shop's opened box, or the seller may just be one of the few who caters to the small-purchase market. If it's from a shop, the seller may not know what the patrons might have done.

Even unopened boxes can be risky. Some sellers will open boxes from a case and stop when they find the high-value "one per case" insert(s).

The point is that it can be possible to find a seller who offers the same odds for small purchases that you'd get for a big purchase. If you come across a real find in an auction from one of these sellers, you can continue to give them your business.

Still, I tend to look at sales of individual packs or opened boxes with suspicion. If the auction doesn't say "these packs have not been 'searched'" I assume that they probably were.
 
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