Monday, November 26, 2007

2007 SPx

I've always had a love/hate relationship with cards cut into fancy patterns. They tend to get damaged more often than other cards because of the odd dimensions. When I first saw the SPx cards, I wasn't thrilled with them.

First of all, they were priced high for the amount of cards offered in the pack. I did indulge myself on two or three packs since the product came out. I couldn't justify any more than that. The big pulls were hit and miss in my opinion. If the worth of the cards inside doesn't equal or exceed the price of the pack, it's a rip-off.

The last pack I opened only had base cards in it, even though every pack is supposedly guaranteed a hit. Grand total worth, $2.25. Certainly not worth the nearly $20 per pack price at one of my local card shops. The few "big pulls" I did get were priced around $8.00. I'll be lucky to get $5.00 for each of those. I sell off all my non White Sox cards on eBay to funnel into more White Sox cards. I'm not original, just opportunistic.

Don't get me wrong. I think the cards themselves are sharp. They have a good balanced design and the odd shaping actually works in the card's favor. The cards are packaged in such a way that I've never seen a damaged card. I pulled the Jim Thome base card in the first pack. No other White Sox cards have graced my presence from a pack, only from purchases on eBay. Maybe if I had gotten a better "big pull", I would feel better about the pricing. It is a risk you take not knowing what lies beneath the wrapper. I can live with that.

The White Sox cards (as far as I can tell) are;

Base cards:
  • 8 - Jim Thome
  • 9 - Paul Konerko
  • 10 - Jermaine Dye

Autograph cards:

  • 132 - Ryan Sweeney

Overall, I think this is a great set. If you are collecting only certain cards, I'd go through eBay first instead of going the costly pack route. The base cards can be found for excellent bargains there. So can some of the "big pulls". I just wouldn't be one to waste my money on two base cards and an underwhelming pull. Especially when they can be found on eBay cheaper than the price of a pack with shipping and insurance included.


Tragik007 said...

I'll check to see if I have any of those cards you need and maybe we can trade for a Canseco, non-White Sox, of course!


Steve Gierman said...

Actually, I found the rest of those cards on eBay a few months ago. I appreciate the offer though. Maybe we can work out a trade in the future. White Sox cards for non-White Sox Cansecos. I like it!

Tragik007 said...

Do you guys have any hot prospects right now?

Tragik007 said...

Is there any particular player you look for? I have lots of '07 cards and doubt you just want random White Sox players.

What do you have that is Canseco post-2000?

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