Last Saturday I went to a card show and sent some time digging through a couple of 10 for a $1 boxes full of 2018 Topps Series I looking for a J.D. Martinez card; the last card I need to complete my D-Backs team set from that set. Looked through several thousand cards, but I had no luck.
This past Friday, I had a little extra time to kill during my lunch break so I went to a card shop close to my work that I've only been to a couple of times.
I started looking through some 5000 count boxes and found some 2018 Topps, so I began looking for the J.D. Martinez card I needed and found it fairly quickly.
I also came across a box full of 2018 Heritage and remembered that I still needed the A.J. Pollock card for the team set, so I started looking. Found it!
In addition to the Pollock, I saw a couple of the World Series cards that I wanted, so I set them aside. I also started to come across a few of the All-Star cards so I added them to my pile.
None of the boxes were labeled so when the guy asked how I was doing I asked him how much the cards were that I was looking through. His answer was that they would be anywhere between 50 cents to $2 each. I was a little shocked and asked him if they had any dime boxes. He answered, "Dime boxes don't exist anymore." He went on to explain that because most boxes cost $100 or more these days, there is no such thing as dime boxes.
Well that's weird because the two card shops that I usually frequent not only have dime boxes, but the one has boxes upon boxes of cards priced at 15/$1 and I spent an hour or so less than a week before rummaging through dime boxes at a card show. I told him just that and his response was that these are all newer cards and they just haven't had time to go through and sort everything.
I put everything back with the exception of the J.D. Martinez and the A.J. Pollock and handed them to him. He looked at them and said, "Well these are going to be about 20 cents each." I pulled out a dollar bill and handed it to him. He gave me back 75 cents. I walked out and most likely won't be back.
They can charge whatever they want. I don't have to buy, if I don't agree with the price, but don't tell me that dime boxes don't exist. This tells me that they really aren't in touch with the hobby.
I know a lot of you either don't have card shops close by or your card shop doesn't have any dime boxes, but what are your thoughts on my interaction? Are there other things that you've noticed at card shops that tell you that they aren't really connected to the hobby?