Upper Deck Card Packs are Victims of Tampering & Returning
by Volunteer Alliance Member, Tim Yount

If you go to one of your local card retailers, you will see an array of blaster boxes available. I find these to be a great buy if you need a “quick fix” before you can get to your hobby shop. I have pulled some really great hits from these boxes in the past.

Recently, I stopped by my local retail store to get my “fix” and picked up a blaster box of Upper Deck football. Once I got home to my desk I let the ripping begin. I pulled the plastic off the box and began to open the packs. To my surprise, some packs only had 2 or 3 cards in them. I even noticed a few of the packs were open on one end. Packs that guaranteed at least one rookie hit had none. I was livid!

I had heard of this before but never really thought much about it until now. As I began to investigate, I picked up the shrink wrap and noticed it didn’t have the Upper Deck Logo printed on the plastic. It was generic shrink wrap. Unscrupulous people are tampering with packs to pull the best cards, re-seal the packs with new shrink wrap, and take them back to the store to get a refund or exchange. Apparently this is an increasing problem in the retail industry, primarily hobby boxes that are sold at the retail outlets.

One of the easiest ways to look for this problem is to look for the Upper Deck logo pre-printed on the shrink wrap. Once the Upper Deck factory shrink wrap is removed, it is very difficult to re-seal it again. Check all the seams of the shrink wrap for glue or some signs of tampering.  While it is sad that card collectors need to be on the lookout, it's a problem that's happening nonetheless.

A collaborative effort between collectors, retailers, distributors, and manufacturer’s is needed to counter this. And implementing a no return policy for trading card boxes in retail stores could easily counteract this problem. While some people may oppose the idea, it would tranquil the frequency of tampering.

Nothing beats the fun of negotiating for the card of your favorite athlete that your friend has, trying to arrange package deals, and swapping cards. What fun are trading cards if the trading is seemingly non-existent? Tampering changes the dynamics of card collecting; dismissing the persistence and interaction that has driven card collectors for decades. A card earned certainly is a special card.

Have you ever opened a pack that has been tampered with? Where do you prefer to buy your trading cards? Please, share your ideas and stories in the comments below.
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