1994 Classic Draft Hockey Found in Kay-Bee

1994 Classic Draft Hockey Found in Kay-Bee

Post by Ralph Sla » Thu, 24 Aug 1995 04:00:00



I just got back from the mall, where I picked up a box of 1994 Classic
Draft hockey cards. I paid $12.99 for the box (a far cry from the
original $40 price tag last year).

However, these boxes are different than the boxes from last fall. They
have an extra layer of shrink wrap on them, and they proclaim "2
autographed cards per box", in a sticker on top of the box.

When I opened the box, sure enough, right on top in a plastic
top-loader, was an autographed card. And when I opened up the packs, I
got 2 more autographs.

I got Ryan Huges, Eric Fenton, and Jim Storm.

Were these players available in the original issue of this product? I
seem to remember a lot of Radek Bonk cards out there at first. But I
don't recall having seen these players before. Is there a checklist
anywhere of the autographs? Beckett Future Stars?

I know a lot of people will be on Classic for "dumping" these cards,
and I guess that they'd have a point. Still, for $13, I was pretty
happy to get 3 autographs, no matter what the "book" says they're
worth. I'd be willing to bet that Classic is in financial trouble
though -- this is an unscrupulous move on their part. However, the
autographed cards are nice (much nicer than Be a Player), and I'll
probably go back and pick up another box for the price.

Ralph

 
 
 

1994 Classic Draft Hockey Found in Kay-Bee

Post by Mei-Ling L. L » Fri, 25 Aug 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>I just got back from the mall, where I picked up a box of 1994 Classic
>Draft hockey cards. I paid $12.99 for the box (a far cry from the
>original $40 price tag last year).

>However, these boxes are different than the boxes from last fall. They
>have an extra layer of shrink wrap on them, and they proclaim "2
>autographed cards per box", in a sticker on top of the box.

>When I opened the box, sure enough, right on top in a plastic
>top-loader, was an autographed card. And when I opened up the packs, I
>got 2 more autographs.

>I got Ryan Huges, Eric Fenton, and Jim Storm.

>Were these players available in the original issue of this product? I
>seem to remember a lot of Radek Bonk cards out there at first. But I
>don't recall having seen these players before. Is there a checklist
>anywhere of the autographs? Beckett Future Stars?

>I know a lot of people will be on Classic for "dumping" these cards,
>and I guess that they'd have a point. Still, for $13, I was pretty
>happy to get 3 autographs, no matter what the "book" says they're
>worth. I'd be willing to bet that Classic is in financial trouble
>though -- this is an unscrupulous move on their part. However, the
>autographed cards are nice (much nicer than Be a Player), and I'll
>probably go back and pick up another box for the price.

>Ralph


Classic has been dumping their products at stores like Kay Bee for
a while now.  I know boxes of 93 4-Sport could be found for $10
and boxes of 94 Classic Future Basketball for $15.  I wouldn't be
surprised if I saw Images there for $20 a box even though Classic
claimed that it had all sold out.

Marlin Liew

 
 
 

1994 Classic Draft Hockey Found in Kay-Bee

Post by Ralph Slate ' » Sun, 27 Aug 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>>I just got back from the mall, where I picked up a box of 1994 Classic
>>Draft hockey cards. I paid $12.99 for the box (a far cry from the
>>original $40 price tag last year).
>>However, these boxes are different than the boxes from last fall. They
>>have an extra layer of shrink wrap on them, and they proclaim "2
>>autographed cards per box", in a sticker on top of the box.

Here's an addendum to my original article. I was at the same mall
today where I found the boxes this past week. There was a card
show going on, and I found that dealers were doing this:

1) Buying the Kay-Bee boxes for $12.99 (with the extra insert on top).
2) Removing the outer layer of shrink wrap
3) Removing the "extra" insert card (it is on top in a plastic holder)
4) Re-selling the boxes for $12.

I think this is a little unscrupulous. One one hand, there isn't
anything on the _box_ that says "2 autos per box" -- that was on the
outer shrink wrap. But I'm always against dealers who try to make the
quick score with little schemes.

I suppose I should have asked them why the original shrink-wrap
had a slit on the side (it was so Classic could insert the extra
auto). Then I should have accused them of tampering with the boxes
if they didn't come clean.

Ralph

P.S. I still think that this is a great deal. I've bought 4 boxes of these
cards, spending about $50. I have 10 autographs to show for my trouble,
probably 8 sets of cards, and a bunch of other inserts. Yeah, they may
not be limited, but the ratio that Classic inserted the chase cards
was just right -- every 6 or so packs. It felt good being able to
"pack-gamble" for such a cheap price, while getting a pretty nice
prize (autographs). Compare that with the current cost of 1 PACK
of Be a Player ($7-8). I bought a whole box of cards for the price
of 2 packs of BAP (what, 12 cards in those 2 packs?)