My First Auto Pull From Retail

Now I’ve been purchasing retail packs and blasters for a long time now. From back when I was little to even today, purchasing retail packs is the easy way to get your sports card fix when you just want to open some packs or work on a base set.

I’ve pulled numerous game used cards from blasters before. Most recently, I pulled a Cal Ripken Jr. bat card from Gypsy Queen. Some blasters even contain guaranteed game used cards now so that doesn’t make it too difficult. But I’ve never pulled an autograph from retail packs. Maybe it’s bad luck or everything I open seems to be pack searched.

But the other day I bought a rack pack of 2012 Topps Chrome on a whim. I like Chrome over the flagship set as it holds its value better, looks better, and the inserts are nicer. So I thought, let’s take a look and see what Chrome has to offer.

Then in one of my packs…

2012 Topps Chrome Ryan Lavarnway autograph. Not only is it my first autograph from retail, it’s the first time in a long time I’ve hit a Red Sox autograph that will go straight into my personal collection.

On a bonus note, Ryan Lavarnway used to play for the Manchester Silkworms in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. My brother also used to play for that team in the same league. I believe he played the year before Lavarnway though. Manchester, Connecticut, is right next to the towns that I used to live in growing up, so it’s nice seeing someone local, although he’s originally from California, make it to the big leagues and to the Red Sox.

It definitely makes it another reason why this should stay in my personal collection.

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6 Responses to My First Auto Pull From Retail

  1. Thomas York says:

    I’ve been reading (and enjoying) your blog for some time, but never got up the courage to comment until now. Congratulations on your retail auto pull; I still remember my first (a Topps 2009 Platinum Patrick Turner). I’ve fared slightly when it comes to retail, pulling roughly 3-4 autos over the last two years. In lieu of blaster boxes, I often grab up whatever loose retail packs the ‘big box’ stores have; often times, the older packs are discounted.

    • Thanks for the reply, I often am kinda scared of the loosies laying around. The fear of pack searchers really puts a damper on me buying loose packs. I know it’s not all about the hits, and if I’m putting a set together I don’t care, but I’d still like to have the same odds at getting a valuable card as others.

  2. Matt Gilman says:

    Nice pull…for a Red Sox player lol. JK. Auto retail hits are hard. Seeing people land Cam Newtons and Bryce harpers from retail just blows my mind. I have hit a few autos in retail . 3 alone from Topps Platinum football last year. But thats where you find the Tawian Jones, Jerell Jernigans (even though he is a Giants) of the world lol. Those were my hits. The other was a DL. I hit an auto from Topps Chrome baseball a few years ago. Nobody though. I also got a Super Bowl Tix card of David Patten from a box of 2002 Topps Football blaster. The best retail hit I had was in 2002 Upper Deck Prospect Premiers where it guarantees one auto…who of which I got Prince Fielder.

  3. Harrison Epstein says:

    I buy a lot of packs retail. In fact that’s almost the only place I get them and I just pulled my first auto. I don’t believe either how people pull Harper auto super refractors in retail. It’s usually guys like my first pull the (hopefully someday) great Kole Calhoun

  4. Rob F. says:

    Nice! I’ve hit twice on retail packs: A Brent Celek jersey (meh) and a Brock Osweiler Bowman helmet auto (!).

    My wife will usually grab a pack or two for me when she goes on a grocery run as a way of justifying buying herself a fancy chocolate bar or some other little snack. I don’t mind at all.

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