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Ripped Off At Target- Found Prestige Junk Cards in Cello Packs Of Donruss Optic Basketball

Target Sports Card Scam
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I wanted to share this experience with other sports card collectors so you can be on the look out for the old “Switch and Bait” tactic that is used at Target.

Back in September 2018, I went to my local Target to buy some 2017-18 Donruss Optic Basketball Cello rack packs. When I got back home and started opening up the packs, I was floored and pissed off to see that I had been a victim of the “Switch and Bait” scam.

Inside these packs should have been 17-18 Optic basketball cards but instead there were junk Prestige basketball as well as junk common football cards.

I got back in my truck and drove back to Target. They told me that they do not offer refunds on their sports cards. Well, I started to argue with them and told them that I spent over $60 on these packs and I did not get what I paid for.

I still had some of the packs that I did not open at home because I knew they too would probably be junk commons. And my hunch was right!!

I grabbed one the packs and opened it up right in front of the Target manager. Inside this pack of what should have been 2017-18 DONRUSS OPTIC BASKETBALL were 4 1990 Topps Baseball cards. (If one had been a Frank Thomas NO NAME I would have excepted that). But there wasn’t. LOL!

Anyways, after the lady saw me open this pack, she finally decided to give me a refund. I know this “Switch and Bait” scam has probably been going on for a while but this was the first, and hopefully last, time this has happened to me.

Who is doing this? A crooked Target vendor? A customer who buys these packs at Target then goes home and takes out the good cards and reseals them with junk wax product?

And oh yeah, I made a video of this horrible experience. I was simply making a pack break video of Optic basketball when all of this happened. You can see the video below.

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Will The LeBron James Silver Prizm Craze Continue?

LeBron James 2017-18 Panini Prizm Silver
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Over the past few weeks, LeBron James Prizm basketball silver cards have shot up in price.

Especially the early Prizm from 2012 to 2015. Some of these early Silvers are selling in the hundreds of dollars and graded ones have gone into the thousands of dollars. Lately, even his 2017 Silver has heated up to about $25. And it seems to be spreading to Donruss Optic as well.

I only have 2 of these as you can see in the picture. One is a LeBron James 2017-18 Panini Prizm Silver and the other one is the 2016-17 Optic Silver.

LeBron James 2016-17 Optic Silver has heated up in the past week as well as there are a few $20 sells on eBay.

I actually had this card for sale for $5 here on my website. It set there for months and nobody bought it. Thank god!! Some times you get lucky and sometimes you don’t.

Like the time about 4 years ago I sold a 2009-10 Bowman ‘48 Stephen Curry rookie card here on my website for $15. Yeah, I lost out on that one.

Will the LeBron James Silver craze trend continue? It is amazing.

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I Bought These Three Andrew Benintendi 2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Rookie Cards

Andrew Benintendi 2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Refractor Rookie Card
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I know this website is mainly about basketball cards, but I also sell and collect a few baseball and football cards here at the site.

It is always fun to post here in the blog about a few cards I pick up from time to time.

With the 2017 baseball season only a few weeks away, I figured I would pick up a few baseball cards off of eBay.

They are pictured above and below this post.

They are 2 different auctions that feature 3 Andrew Benintendi 2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Refractor rookie cards. It is card #182.

The first auction had 2 of these Benintendi Chrome Refractors and the second auction had one.

I paid $25 for the two cards and $15 for the one.

I may have overpaid a bit, but Andrew Benintendi is the #1 MLB prospect going into the 2017 baseball season.

It will be very interesting to look back at this post in a few years to see if this was a wise decision on my part.

If Benintendi has a solid year in his first full MLB season and his Boston Red Sox make a deep playoff run, these cards could possibly move up in price, which I am obviously hoping for.

He did show some promise when he was called up to the big leagues in late 2016. He made his Major League debut in Seattle against the Mariners at Safeco Field on August 2, 2016.

He played in 34 games for the Red Sox and batted a solid .295 with 11 doubles.

On the other hand, Benintendi could completely flop in 2017 as the Big-League pitchers learn his weaknesses and expose him at the plate.

If that happens, then my decision on getting these 3 cards could blow up in my face. Please…god..NO! LOL!

Prospecting is both a fun AND dangerous game sometimes. Only time will tell.



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