A few days ago, my Target gift cards came in. I decided to do some research, and many folks are saying I should try to sell the Target gift cards. I found a site, Plastic Jungle, that will allow me to sell them at 90% of the value … but only gift cards $25 or more. 2 of my cards were $10, so I decided to use them up.
On my way to grabbing dinner for my family, I ran into Target. Interestingly enough, they had two clearance blasters at $11.99 each – 2011 Allen & Ginter, and 2011 Topps Chrome.
You can put it on the board …. YESSS!! YESSS!!! /Hawk
|Game 3, 2012 ALCS Yankees vs. Tigers in the background.|
I just love that shot. Baseball going on in the background. Baseball card opening going on in the foreground.
I got some cool stuff, but nothing that reall made me go WOOOW! Dipping my toe in the pool really made me think a lot … a lot about if I want to put the entire amount into blasters.
And I think the answer is no.
Instead, I’d like to make a little game of it. Let’s call it – “what can I generate out of the $550 worth of Target gift cards?” game.
Because you see, the two blasters that looked so shiny and mouth watering on my table, ended up being a pile of cards, where nothing really stood out. Sure, I got some cool SP’s, serial numbered cards, refractors, x-fractors, rookies, etc. But nothing that made me go HOLY COW! If there is one thing I want, it is to make money on my purchases … and then perhaps be wowed. Neither happened. So, as I see it right now, I look at a pile of cards … in a box. And I think to myself “is this $26 worth of cards?” Definitely – but not to me.
Even if I had bought ONLY $11.99 blasters with ALL the gift card money, that would mean I’d have 42 boxes to go. It sounds like heaven … it really does! But, after the wrappers settle to the ground, I simply may not have the kind of enjoyment that I would when having bought them. It is, after all, only 2,000 cards, if each pack has 6 cards.
I know how I am – having that kind of money wrapped up in cards that would net me a few hundred dollars loss … just leads to heartache. So, it was a blessing in disguise to be able to only get a few blasters for now.
One thing I was really turned off to about selling the cards to Plastic Jungle, is that I lose 10% … 10%!!! That means instead of $550 buying power at Target, I only have $495 cash.
But then, digging deeper, I remembered … ahhhh …. tax. Yes yes yes … 8.25%. That means I really only have $504.62 spending power at Target anyway. My first argument for the blasters was thinking … well, I don’t want to leave $55 on the table. But as it turns out, the descrepancy is less than $10.
So, I’m going to bite the bullet, do the smart thing, and get the cashola.
With that said – Let the “what can I generate out of the $550 worth of Target gift cards?” game begin!
I just picked up a discount blaster of Ginter at Target, too. Lots of fun to open, but in the end, not $12 worth of cards to me. I could get couple Kaline bat relics with that. I could knock another vintage Bowman card off my want list. In reality, you're just not going to get as cool of stuff for YOUR collection buying packs. I can't wait to see what $550 Target cards will turn into.
Very true. I'm actually not going to spend it at Target. I'm going to see what I can get out of them elsewhere. I must say, I do have my eye on a few discount boxes at one of the online card shops though!