Our Shop Rite has a sports card vending machine! Nothing wonderful, packs of 1987 and 1989 Topps baseball for $1, early 90's basketball, 2015 Topps Football, and 2016 Bowman baseball caught my eye - but I only had $4 in my wallet and I wanted some bang for my buck. There were team bags of 20 assorted football or basketball cards - I picked a pack of basketball and a jumbo pack of 2013 Topps S2 baseball for $3.
I was worried the corners would get crushed in the drop, and so I stuck my hand down to catch them... and banged my hand on the metal door. More embarrassing than painful, and not really necessary as most of the cards seemed to be ding-free.
Bonus card! There were actually 21 in this team bag. Not a bad selection for a Buck (pun intended) but I don't think I'd buy another one of these. As for my 2013 Topps jumbo pack...
The top half was awful; the best cards were a dinged Yoenis Cespedes and a not dinged Aroldis Chapman. No Red Sox, no rookies of note, and only one cool photo:
Conversely, the bottom half was loaded:
Two Chasing History holos and a regular. The red bordered parallels could have been better.
Not a 'celebration variation', they all have this photo
Alvarez again...in Mountain Dew flavor
And finally...a JBJ RC! A tiny bit dinged, but not bad at all:
Andrew Ladd orange #d/49 ($0.85)
P.K. Subban orange #d/49 ($1.35)
Eric Staal gold #d/149 ($0.65)
Sam Bennett gold #d/149 ($1.15)
Jamie Benn gold #d/149 ($0.78)
Super thick cards:
Henrik Lundqvist 2015-16 Black Diamond Exquisite base #d/149 ($2.54)
Aaron Ekblad 2015-16 Black Diamond Exquisite base #d/149 ($1.46)
Goran Dragic 2014-15 Immaculate Collection jersey #d/50 ($2.40)
Paul George 2015-16 Panini Spectra base #/125 ($1.38)
Steve Largent 2015 Immaculate Collection gold #d/25 ($2.85)
Marshall Faulk 2015 Immaculate Collection base #/99 ($0.95)
Steven Santini 2016-17 SPx Shadow Box rookies #d/249 ($1.95)
Miles Wood 2016-17 Upper Deck Young Guns Canvas ($1.39)
Total: $19.70. I can't wait to see the Santini in hand, the card looks huge!
Have you ever bought cards out of a vending machine? Do you load $20 onto COMC and buy a 'blaster' worth of cards? Let me know in comments!