Over the past few weeks, I have noticed that packs of cards from the 2009 season have been popping up in the Dollar Trees around the Durham area. I can only assume that means that all over America these cards are popping up in Dollar Trees. From what I have seen it’s just Upper Deck and Donini. I decided to challenge Dollar Tree and purchase 36 packs of cards ($36 + tax), and see a) whether I could put together a set and b) will there be any inserts. I actually read on other blogs that inserts were popping up so I figured what the heck.
The card rack at Dollar Tree
36 packs of 2009 Donini Elite
So 36 packs of 2009 Donini Elite were purchased, the woman looked at me and my wife and asked if I was looking for a particular card, I answered no, but really I was looking for a slew of inserts. I figured that game used and autographs were probably picked through so I was getting just parallels and base cards. I like the set so base cards are fine with me.
We brought them home, set up shop on the kitchen table and began to open the packs one by one. First thing we noticed was that there were no inserts, none, not even a rookie card. With only 100 cards in the base set, we knew we were going to get a ton of doubles. What we didn’t expect was the repetetive collation where the same cards were packed with each other over and over. Finally all the packs were opened and sorted and here is what we got:
- Set 1: 99/100 for 99% complete
- Set 2: 75/100 for 75% complete
- Set 3:6/100 for 6% complete
The only card we were missing from the first set was card number 89, so if you have it from this set, let me know and I will get an autographed card out to you. I have to admit, the fact they were at the Dollar Tree, my wife and I assumed that the packs would contian only base so really we weren’t really disappointed. I would say that this is definitely the way to go for set builders. If you are just interested in the base cards, you should give it a whirl. My final rating on this:
- Value – 4 / 5 – throw us a bone, parallels wouldn’t hurt the bottom line.
- Base Set Building – 5/5 – if that’s all you are interested in then this is heaven in mylar form.
- Inserts – 0/5 – None, nada, zilch
- Overall – 9/15 – not awful, but if you are looking for more than base cards forget about it.
Please leave some comments if you are going to take the Dollar Tree challenge! Better yet link it to your blog!