I’m always a fan of new things in the hobby, especially new ways of getting great cards into the hands of collectors. When I came across PackRip.com, I had to give it a try, and it’s been a great experience so far. (Read through to the bottom for a gallery of my biggest hits from the site!)
PackRip has hobby products for baseball, basketball, football and hockey (with more on the way!) available for collectors to open on demand. You create a profile and then load funds to your account on the site. Next, pick a sport and product. There’s everything from single packs to whole boxes, and they’re divvied up differently depending on the product. Anyhow, pick what you want, the funds are deducted from your account and your cards are revealed – all hits, inserts, numbered, parallels, and big-name rookies from the packs you selected. (Common base and lesser rookies are donated.) For anything over about $8, there’s a video included of the packs being opened. At this point you can choose whether you want each card to be added to your next shipment, mark it for sale, or put it up for trade on the site.The trading platform has been one of my favorite features of PackRip. Cards that any user on the site has marked as “For Trade” are searchable. Find something you like better than a hit you pulled and offer the owner a trade for one or more of your cards. The swap happens right there on the site; if the trade is accepted, the cards go into your account. There’s no messing with shipping to each other or checking out a trade partner to make sure they’re legit. It’s as simple and easy as trading sports cards can be! (In fact, I really wish some of the bigger consignment-style sports card sites would implement this system or something similar.)
When you’re ready to get your cards mailed to you, it’s a flat rate of $6, whether you have one card shipped or 100. (Clearly shipping is a better deal with a bigger lot.) I’ve requested three separate shipments from the site over the last few months, and all have arrived safe and sound.
The overall idea of PackRip does involve a measure of trust at first, which can be scary in a hobby that has seen its share of prolific scammers, but I’m definitely glad I gave it a try! (Pretty well hooked now!) The only other concern I’ve heard is over the base cards and lesser rookies that you don’t receive from your packs, but the shear volume of cards that would result from including those would be overwhelming on a site like this. I have to say that my overall experience with this site has been awesome! In addition to all the great cards I’ve pulled and traded for (see my top hits below!), I’ve met several other collectors who have become trading buddies. Also, the guys who run the site have been great to interact with. They are very open to feedback and suggestions on social media, and they are keen on making PackRip.com the best experience it can be for collectors. Keep scrolling to check out my best PackRip hits!