Right before Christmas, my wife sent me to Toys-R-Us (TRU). I was going to be out in that neighborhood, and she had an errand for me. She had bought a Groupon-esque deal from somewhere that gave her $20 in credit at TRU for $10. She wanted a specific brand/size/type of diapers for our son, so I said I'd pick those up for her. After 20+ minutes of looking for said diapers, talking to the front desk, 2 trips to "check in the back", and much standing around, I finally had the pack of diapers in my hand. It was $18. I read the fine print on the deal...NO CHANGE/CREDIT GIVEN. In other words, I had to find something to buy to get up to $20 or that value would disappear.
Fortunately(?) for me, I found the most pathetic card-display ever. Some pokemon, full Topps sets, and $30 blasters of Ginter. Yes, $30. It was consistent that TRU priced all cards at 1.5x the price of cards anywhere else. Their packs of Triple Play (that are 99 cents EVERYWHERE) were $1.50. Whatever you do, DO NOT ever go to Toys-R-Us for cards. I don't care if they have pretty purple parallels (and alliteration). It will just depress you.
Finally, I settled on a $2.50 pack of 2012 Topps Football and just cracked it open today.
I got 3 Hall-of-Famers!
Well...Luck isn't there YET, but if he plays 10 years with yardage like this one he sure will be. Picking up a base RC of him was a fun treat. The Aikman is a "QB Immortals" insert (for trade if there are any Cowboys out there). Ray Lewis is retiring after this season -what a beast of a player. Watching his interviews is just as much fun as watching him play. That Ravens season of "Hard Knocks" is still my favorite.
Was I happy with what I got? Yes. Would I ever buy cards there willingly again? HECK NO.