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Rippin’ Retail: Panini Longevity Rookies & Stars vs. three Basketball Blasters by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor | Commentary

Collectors often bemoan he differences between hobby and retail boxes, opting for the superior hobby version over the taste-test of a retail blaster or other type of offering.

In some cases, though, that logic just might be unfounded — good cards certainly can be found in retail, but if they’re not there the prices might be better depending on how in-demand boxes might be.

It really just depends on what you’re buying. However, not all retail boxes are made alike, either.

I recently ripped some retail Panini America basketball boxes and was kind of surprised by what I found. Frankly, the cheapest of all retail versions — the Blaster box — seemed to compete well with its bigger-time counterpart, the Longevity version of 2010-11 Rookies & Stars. The $50 Longevity box was a dud, while three Blasters (two Rookies & Stars boxes and one Threads box) seemed more interesting for approximately the same price at $60.

How is that? It surprised me. At first glance, the retail-focused Longevity found only in Target stores seems like a good alternative to the typical Blaster boxes. After all, it looks more like a hobby box so it should feel more like a hobby box, right? It’s packing three autograph or memorabilia cards per 10-pack box and is otherwise an abbreviated offering of the standard Rookies & Stars set but printed on foilboard. (In the case of this design, I actually don’t mind the foilboard — a rare instance.)

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Rippin’ Retail: 2010 Topps The Best of Chrome Value Box by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he opens a 2010 Topps The Best of Chrome Value Pack in this latest Rippin’ Retail video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out.



Rippin’ Retail: 2010 World’s Greatest Card Chase Baseball by Chris Olds
November 16, 2010, 4:56 pm
Filed under: MLB, Rippin Retail | Tags: , ,

Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a repack box of 2010 World’s Greatest Card Chase baseball in this latest Rippin’ Retail video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …



Rippin’ Retail: Basketball value box by Chris Olds
November 16, 2010, 1:26 pm
Filed under: NBA, Press Pass, Rippin Retail, Topps, Upper Deck | Tags: , , , , ,

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into a repackage box of random basketball card packs as found at a retail store in this Rippin’ Retail video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …



One Pack of Retail by tolentinotown
November 13, 2010, 10:25 pm
Filed under: Beckett Media, Donruss, just for fun, NFL, Panini, Pro Sports, Rippin Retail

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

While running weekend errands, I made my way to the slightly hidden, yet decently inclusive trading card section at a major retail store. It wasn’t exactly on my list of necessities, but a single $2.99 pack of 2010 Panini Threads Football made its way across the scanner and into my home. It’s not a box or even a blaster, but this is the kind of impulse buy that could create or revive collectors.

Thanks to modern technology, my one-shot retail rip is available right here.



Rippin’ Retail: 2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball blasters vs. value packs by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he busts into a 2010 Bowman Chrome Blaster Box and two Value Packs of the same in this latest Rippin’ Retail video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …



Rippin’ Retail: 2010 Topps 206 baseball cards by Chris Olds

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds rips into a blaster box (and an extra jumbo pack) of 2010 Topps 206 baseball cards in this latest Rippin’ Retail video.

We’ll have a full Box Busters video here soon, but until then check this one out.

What will he find inside? Just watch …