When this happens, in this modern card collecting age, it comes in the form of boxes. Unnecessary packs can easily be excused. Oh, I just wanted to see what the set looked like....Oh, I wondered what all the hype was about....Oh, I got started on my favorite team's set from this brand....
But when buys a box with no purpose except to scratch the itch or to seal the bargain of your soul to chase these constantly multiplying creatures, then one must either drown in giddiness or disappointment. Such was the case when I purchased this box of 2008 SP Authentic. I like to call these boxes ghost boxes. The brands don't exist for you as possibilities to collect or bust or flip, but a deal comes and you start thinking about it.
You look at the checklist and think why didn't I look at this before. There's some great names on here....hey look, is that an Evan Longoria rookie, is that a Clayton Kershaw rookie...I can totally get my hands on of those...and all for the low, low price of less than I though I would pay.
This is especially a great ghost set because the base set is forgettable, the inserts are indistinguishable and generic and the hits are surprisingly strange. Here's what resulted from this box of regret. (Note: The base set made my want list because I'm nothing if not a completist....I think I'm missing 7 cards out of 100 or something)
Here's the 3rd hit.....
Yes, it's invisible because it was an expired redemption, and therefore, does not exist.
How appropriate for the ghost box that I should never have meddled with.