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Postby j24jags » Tue May 23, 2006 4:16 pm

jzfran wrote:Stick with the normal looking 1.99 packs. The original Topps, etc. These are good, with some inserts and usually a rookie in every pack. The other stuff is mostly super expensive garbage wiht a lightly higher probabiity of an insert.

i disagree, in a whole box of regular topps there are usually 0 memorabilia/autographs cards. in a pack that sells for five dollar a pack there are usually two in a box. i think it is worth it because there is no excitement opening a pack if you know you're getting all commons
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Postby Smileyman9 » Tue May 23, 2006 5:41 pm

Overall I think it depends on what the expectations of the buyer is. If you're content with collecting run of the mill cards and have expect or are seeking no monetary return value on your collection - then the cheapest series is the route to go...

What it really all boils down to is that as a collector you need to know what your buying and research the series...Upperdeck, Fleer, Topps..all the big names companies do you a favor of posting the checklist for the series online (which gives you good to know facts like how many of each special insert were produced) - I'm sure somewhere on those sites you can also find out the insert to pack ratio which is immensely helpful. The insert to pack ratio is also a great thing to know because it helps you decide if your better off buying the series a pack at a time or a box at a time (Box a time seems to make more sense anyway since cost per pack is USUALLY significantly less).
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Postby bryanspellman » Mon Jun 19, 2006 2:31 pm

Well we started over and had a blast, we finished the Topps Series 1 2006 set and my son is awaiting the Series 2 set so we can do that one. The box was cheap and he had a great time putting them in binders....

As for the relics/autos/GU stuff, I find that instead of spending the $85 on a box to get a random one, we go online and find the players he likes and bid on them...so far a Jeter GU pants for 10 and a Posada GU bat for 3....not bad and he is happy and the wallet is still full....

Thanks to all here for the advice!!

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