Hope everyone is doing well. Apologies for the lack of posts from me recently. I'd love to say that life got in the way or I've been real busy, yada, yada, yada, but in actuality I've just been lazy. Which makes it ironic that I'm posting this now, since this this past week has been the most eventful in a while.
[Scroll down if you're just here for the pretty pictures.]
Last Saturday, besides it being the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, my family found out my uncle (who is also my godfather) was being put into hospice care after recently being diagnosed with Stage 4 gall bladder cancer. My brother, whose wife could have gone into labor at any moment, was the only one available to drive my parents out to Iowa to see him (dad is dealing with cataracts). Fortunately, the baby decided to wait until they came back, and made her appearance on the 13th. My parents now have 4 granddaughters and 2 grandsons (my contribution).
Anyway, I was free this week to bring my parents back to Iowa whenever they wanted, but they opted for this weekend, and unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) my godfather didn't make it to the weekend, declaring "a draw" to his battle with cancer (reference to Norm Macdonald, RIP) on the 16th. Finally, while the impromptu trip to Iowa has been delayed while funeral arrangements get straightened out, we got to celebrate my eldest son's 14th birthday earlier today. He had his last two fall ball games earlier today and also had to figure out how to avoid going 0 for 2 in his first fantasy football league (could he lose to his uncle after being humiliated by his father?). See? Eventful week.
Retail outlets are still skittish when it comes to trading cards. I've read posts from bloggers who have reported getting packs from Wal-Mart, but I haven't seen any, or any evidence that I "just missed the card guy." As far as I know, they were still selling cards at the Customer Service desk. The Meijer kinda close to me still has the sign up saying they only sell cards from their service desk but it may be letting up (foreshadowing). Target still has their ban, but Pokemon cards appear to be making a comeback. One option I started looking into was the Target website; I check the site in the morning when the overnight job is done, and recent Thursday mornings have been successful in finding new product. Here's one now!
|Top of the box included to show the 4 guaranteed cards.|
Here's what the packs look like. There's 220 cards in the set. I chose 2 packs to show off; here's what I got:
Dang. Target has upped these to $30 this year? Guess it's not only the flippers who are taking advantage of the hobby's popularity now. Congratulations on finding a box on their site! I would have grabbed a box or two if they still sold them for $20.
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