Friday, May 28, 2010

A Shipping Bipping...

A couple of weeks ago, I purchased a 1987/88 OPC Hockey NRMT set off of ebay for $20. (yeah, it's a long story, for another time...) It came from a seller in the U.S. who ran a brick and mortar shop. Part of the story is that he prided himself on proper packaging for shipping, and did not have kind words to say about how his competitors packaged items.

When it arrived in the mail, I opened the 400 ct box to discover that the seller had put additional cards in the box to protect the OPC set. On either end AND on the top and bottom to stop the cards from moving around inside.

Therein lies the Shipping Bipping.

We start off slow. Four 91/92 UD Ken Daneyko
Then he gets mean.... Nine 91/92 UD Chris Joseph...
And here is where it gets odd.... not one...
not two...
not even three...
but SEVENTEEN 91/92 UD Wayne Gretzky's.
This does not even consider the 14 cards of these three players that were RIPPED IN HALF to further stuff the box full.
I thought I was safe by ordering a complete set, and I still got Bipped.
And what does this say about Gretzky's career and our hobby in general when one of the most collected players in sports is used as packing material?

6 comments:

thehamiltonian said...

Actually, I think you got 51 Gretzky's.

dayf said...

To be fair, it's '91/92 Upper Deck. They are still printing those. I prefer '90/91 Score Hockey for packing material. They are a much thicker and sturdier card, with a little bit of bounce to absorb any shocks. Plus you can get a case for five bucks.

G_Moses said...

Well, I guess if you're going to get bipped it may as well be a Wayne Gretzky.

Kind of a scrub too right? Oh....wait, they're pretty good.

Chuck's Used Cards said...

oh my - only thing more bippish (sic) would be 99 Gretzkys ...

thanks for entering the World Cup contest on my blog.

cheers

night owl said...

He uses Daneyko, Cujo and The Great One as packing material?

Are the Rob Ramage cards in his safe?

Pack with commons, Mr. Bizarro card shop guy!

dogfacedgremlin said...

pretty much anything in that set is considered a common.