I was at a WalMart in Gulfport, MS this weekend and saw the damndest thing. In a chain store RENOWNED for it's crappy selection of sports cards, sat a blast from the past: a box of 1989 Upper Deck. and a box of 1988 Donruss, and a box of 1987 Donruss.
I asked a manager where they got their cards. He replied that a vendor keeps them stocked, WM just sells them. I thought it funny that 17+ year old cards were on his shelves, but he seemed unconcerned.
I figured the cards HAD to have been searched, so I started examining the packs. They looked great, so I thought, "Why not?" and bought a few packs of the 87 Donruss and 89 UD.
Lo and behold, I pulled Ripken and Canseco from the Donruss and McGwire and Sheffield from the UD! So these were obviously not searched back in the day, as those 4 would have been kept by the puller. Maybe someone searched them recently for a Griffey or Bonds error, but so be it.
Since none of those cards really has THAT much value, it was wasted right? WRONG.
I got the best laughs out of cards Gerald Perry, Dick Schofield, Wally Joyner, Gregg Olson, etc, etc that it was far worth it to me. and that's why I still pick up cards now and again, for the nostalgia of days gone by or to see what crazy gimmick they're using these days. I still got happy to pull a Pujols basic card and a Tex AL HR leaders card. Worth zilch, but fun to pull.