This is just my gut feelings, with no evidence to back it up.Who the Hell would rip a card serial numbered to 15 of a major player
I remember them . i never had one but remember them. There was always that rumer that if you held it up to some sort of light you can see though the card to see whats inside it.The concept is not brand new. Pinnacle actually did it in the late 90s with those jumbo 5x7 cards that had regular sized cards inside them, except there was no "rip tab". I think they were called Pinnacle Inside (maybe those were the cans though???). You literally had to rip the top/side off the card, or those more careful would cut the side/top or even slice one side. Getting the card out was harder, of course.
They followed up or around the same time with those canned packs. Again, I think a stupid idea. The cards were nice, but lots of waste if someone didn't want to save the opened cans. Donruss perfected it with the tins that were not damaged in any way when you opened them.
Depends on what was inside. The risk was high here, as I would assume the unripped card would have sold for a lot more than $40. Still, they got $40 AFTER whatever was inside came out. Maybe that was an even better card.