I recently read about a collector's trip to the local card store and saw pics of the 'successful' hits he landed.
He also explained how he was able to beat some of these 'odds'. It left me sitting on the fence as to what he did would be considered 'box searching' or if he just asked smart questions.
Now, when it comes to pack searching, I am against it. I hate it. I hate people who do it. I feel it's ripping everyone else off by taking all the 'good packs' from a box or in some cases - from the entire store.
Box searching is something a little different. Heck, I don't even know if it exists.
When a case of cards is opened (be it 8 boxes, 10 boxes, 12 boxes - whatever they come in), it generally has a certain number of 'hits'. Hits per box and hits per case. With me so far?
So if a person goes into a store and looks to buy a box from a half full case.....and this is the key....after asking if the case hit has been pulled, if the answer is 'no, the case hit hasn't been pulled - wouldn't that greatly improve your odds of getting the case hit?
Is that cheating? Or is it asking a very clever question....doing your research?
So, it was no surprise when the case hit is revealed shortly into his box break. What great luck......right? Well, there's more.
He then sees a box of cards about half full of packs. Again, he asks if a certain insert has been pulled from the box. 'Nope'. Well, he buys up the packs and sure enough - boom, box hit.
Part of me thinks 'just buy the packs or boxes and get what you get'. Another part of me thinks 'good on you for doing your research and not jumping into the purchase right away...asking questions'.
It's not the same as pack searching in my opinion, but it's like tilting your odds when it comes to the lottery.
Is it wrong? I'm going with no. While it's not pack opening in it's most innocent view, there's a lot more in this hobby that outrages me than a person asking a few questions about the product he's about to buy.
What are your thoughts on 'box searching'? Bad form, or asking timely questions?
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