Monday, February 5, 2018
How do you open a pack of cards?
The majority of us on here have opened a pack of cards in the last five days since 2018 Topps Series One debuted on the final day of January.
While opening a pack from my blaster, I realized I have a very specific, consistent way in which I open a pack and look through the cards. And I’m wondering how you do it, as well. I know there are only so many ways one can open a pack, but I’m sure we all have our quirks.
Here are mine.
First off, pretty standard, but I rip down the back seam to avoid dinging any quarters. I do a full rip.
Next, with the stack in hand, I hold them up from the side to see if there is a thick card in there that could possibly be a jersey card. What’s weird about this is that I’ve probably pulled a total of less than 10 jersey cards in my entire life, so I’m not necessarily on the lookout for them or expecting them. But each time, without fail, I check the sides of the cards first to see if anything looks out of the ordinary.
Now I do what might be my quirkiest thing when opening a pack. I slide each card just a little bit to see if there is a sliver of anything off-colored or shiny, hinting at an insert or parallel. I don’t flip directly to that card if there is indeed something there, but I just like knowing I’m about to stumble on something different in the middle of the pack.
In this instance, you can see a Legends in the Making insert waiting for me. I think it was Trout.
Finally, I move each card to the right (swipe right!) with my thumb. I’m not a see the card, send the card to the back of pile like I know some people are. I probably haven’t opened a pack like that since I was kid. Now I just sort through each card with my thumb, but leave them in the order they came.
What about you? What do you do? Do you put the card to the rear of the pile to get to the next? Do you do anything you feel like is unique or quirky?