I get a rush when I pull a "hot" card that's similar to when I would win a hand of blackjack back when I used to play. I get urges to rip cards similar to when I'd have an urge to head to the casino. The difference is, whether I pull a "hot" card or not it doesn't affect my happiness overall. Sure it's nice to get something rare that will help me payoff my purchase, but I never EVER purchase cards with that conscious intent. My goal is to add to my collection, see something new and hold onto a piece of baseball history. So yes, the gambling is there, but that's not my purpose for collecting cards.
I like 2013 Topps Chrome and I'm less than impressed with 2013 Bowman Chrome. The Bowman's are SUPER curly and that pisses me off. After the disaster of 2010 I thought Topps had learned their lesson. My "hits" from the box of Topps Chrome were meh, and my Bowman hit was insane. Overall though, Topps was a much more fun break and that comes from a Bowman fanatic.
The bi-monthly card show is tomorrow in Wichita.
I'm taking the badboy above to get a raw grade. I'm expecting a 9.5. I just received a $200 offer on Ebay and had to accept!