Box - Hits = Cost of fun.That is the smartest play for your money. I finally came to that realization when I was dropping $70-80 for boxes in the late 90s, which was a lot at the time, and IF I beat the odds, it was always the Matt Williams or John Olerud out of the tough 1 per case sets, not the Bonds, Griffey, Ripken or Thomas! You won't ever have a chance to win the lottery with some super expensive Ruth cut, but you'll have more money to buy the singles you want. It's all a trade off. Some people need that rush of the gamble and a chance, however small, of hitting gold.
The issue is the 1000th base card just stops being fun, I love packs of retail but the sheer volume currently in my possession is painful, you feel?I love base cards. If you’re a baseball fan, how can you not love looking at the pictures and reading the backs?
I’m a set collector too, so all cards have the same fun value to me, regardless of what they’re worth.
It’s weird to me that people buy boxes and cast aside the base cards without ever looking at them.
If you just want hits, buy them individually on eBay. Sure you lose the temporary gambling thrill, but you’ll end up happier and won’t be throwing money away on cards you don’t want.
non flagship base cards are 100x funner than flagship base. I love Stadium Club so much, this year's Bichette is something I might honestly buy a few ofBetween 2003-2013 I gave away over 1 million base cards in lots of 20K-50K cards on a local yard sale website. I could never sell a huge lot of cards worth $200 for $20, but I always had folks lining up for junk cards for free.
Personally, I love base cards, especially 2015 and up. I sort my collection by player, so I have no issue with tons of base cards, just not crazy about tons of doubles. My dream scenario is when people open boxes for hits in the card store and leave the base cards, especially if it's something other than flagship. I love scooping up the base at a fraction of the cost.
I also coach little league baseball and have used re-packs of base cards to give to players at the end of the year.