Wednesday, August 3, 2022

A Failed Mystery

*sits down with a box of cards to open. goes to countertop to brew cup of coffee, while coffee is brewing, sets up laptop for today's post. coffee is ready, box is ready and laptop is open and ready. time for some cards over coffee*

*takes a sip*

I have been doing really well recently with avoiding retail products. First, don't really have the funds right now to do much, two, there isn't anything on the shelf worth buying which helps with the first part of this.

My wife and I had even avoided Walmart in general, until this past weekend when we were forced to go with needs for around the house.

I almost made it through the dreadful shopping trip (who honestly likes to go shopping for toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and be around lots of people these days? I know I don't.) and cashed out down the card aisle (yes, the self-checkout is down the card aisle) before I noticed the words mystery box. I hadn't seen those words down the card aisle in so long. I couldn't turn my head back and kept my eyes on it like Chevy Chase to Christine Brinkley in the Vacation Movies. 

I just really love a good mystery box.

I couldn't just leave it, could I? No. I went and grabbed it and spent more on it than expected. I was just hoping the results would pay off.

*takes a sip, begins to rip*
These Mystery Boxes are re-pack boxes with random packs in them across many years. I was hoping to find a Prizm pack within that would land me some big-name rookie for my collection. Each of these Mystery Boxes come with 3 packs and box price is....$30.

So $10 a pack. Ouch.
My first pack was this 2017-2018 Essentials pack. I thought it felt a little thick, so I ripped it first.

*takes a sip, begins to rip*

The results,
Nothing great. The Giles is cool because it's a parallel, outside of that, as my father would say, junk.

Second pack. I can't imagine spending $10 on a pack of 2018-2019 Hoops Holiday but sure, guess that's what you get in here.

*takes a sip, begins to rip*

Nothing to brag about. I do like how Panini added a special holiday touch to these as opposed to the Donruss Holiday football where they use the same cards as basic Donruss.

Final pack, come on...
PRIZM!!!! Come on Zion...or especially Morant that I need more.

*takes a fingers crossed sip, begins to rip*


That break was more painful than a kidney stone.

*takes a sip before finishing up today's post*

I hope I taught you guys a very valuable lesson today. If you like unraveling a mystery, don't open one of these. Stick to watching Scooby Doo like I will for now on.

Thoughts on these mystery boxes, my break welcomed in comments.

Have a great Wednesday.

*one final sip for the post, not for the day*

*Coffee Card Blogger Out*


  1. Whoa. 3 packs for $30 is kind of steep. But at least they didn't put packs of 1991-92 in there.

  2. I wouldn't have been able to pass that up either. Getting Pistol Pete is always neat, but otherwise a tough break. Thanks for sharing it!

  3. Oh man, $30??? I would have called the cashier over to void that purchase! Thanks for taking one for the team!


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