8.02.2012

Basball card pack prices: Is $3.19 the new normal?

On the way back from getting our little dog fluffed up at the groomer's, we stopped in at Target to check out the baseball cards. Haven't done this for MONTHS so wasn't quite ready for the change we encountered: namely, inflation. $3.19 for a pack? Perhaps even worse, you know those re-packaged older cards...Target used to sell them for $9.99 and you could open an array of cards, finding smile cards, Mets, random good stuff, even an old relic or autograph. Worthless, but fun. Well, those are $12.99 now!

Attention baseball card packagers and repackagers: have you heard of the "price point" concept? Because we think you have exceeded it.
That $3.19/$12.99 deal kind of draws the fun out of an impulse buy!

On a scale of 1-10, how much does the $3.19 pack phenomenon bother you? For us it's a 10. Although, since it's possible we may become weak in regard to cardboard, we wonder how long it will be before we begrudgingly accept the new normal. That's how they getcha, you know. They wait for you to wrestle with inevitability because it always wins. You know, inevitably.

11 comments:

Josh D. said...

The pack inflation is a bummer. It definitely cuts down on how many packs I buy as impulse. My retail buying has gone down, and I buy more lots online or from craigslist/garage sales.

FanOfReds said...

Single pack prices are to the point where I don't even bother with them...if I want cards it's either a blaster, a rack pack, or else I save for a box. Sure, the lack of an "impulse buy" isn't as much fun, but I probably save money in the long run!

Richard Nebe Jr. said...

I got out of collecting cardboard back when the price exceeded 99 cents. But I'm back now, but rarely spend more then $1.99 on a single pack or $4.99 on a rack pack. Unless we as a group, boycott all together, $3.19 is the new normal, at least until they realize they can get $3.99!!

Paul said...

I haven't really been buying many cards. The price is too high and I'm feeling a bit burned out.

night owl said...

The new price doesn't affect me. I think it's not at my threshold yet. I'm not sure what that is. 5 bucks maybe?

I do know I refuse to pay whatever Bowman Chrome is charging for 3 cards in one pack.

Ryan H said...

As long as Topps continues to churn out more and more high end products, they will continue to increase the price of the "affordable" lower-end stuff to offset the cost of sticker (band-aid) autographs and ambiguous "this relic is not from any particular game, season, or day" GU cards. It's totally turning me off to buying retail packs since there are less cards in the packs than they used to have.

dayf said...

I severely curtailed my pack buying this year so the prices haven't affected me much. I picked the right year, I guess. Blasters still seem to be $20 so that mitigates the sticker shock a bit. I'd still rather spend the Andrew Jackson on vintage stuff though...

madding said...

There are other reasons that I haven't been buying a lot of single packs lately. I don't think the 20 cent hike is a big factor. It's just one of a bunch of little things that make me think twice before buying.

GCA said...

Glad to see you back!

I always have to do the math between regular packs, racks and blasters. Lately, it's been blasters all the way. Rack packs are usually the lousiest deal. You only get a couple dozen cards for $8 or $9. But of course, then you have to find trade partners for the retail-only parallels that take the place of more cards that you actually want.

Chuck's Used Cards said...

High priced ? Not for me. I haven't purchased a new pack for a decade. There is so much vintage I've hardly seen pictures of much less held in my hand.

Now I'm experiencing "new" cards from the 1970's to the 1990's and revisiting pre-war issues. But its the searching and the trading that keeps me in the hobby - not the manufacturers.

Just look at my blog - CHUCKS USED CARDS

Joe Average Card Collector said...

because of pack searchers I no longer buy packs, I buy blasters at retail places. Last year I pulled an autograph Bryce Harper from a Wal-Mart Blaster Box!