Grabby title I'm sure but hear me out. I don't break anymore due to cost, though, and not to humble-brag, I have more available funds now than in my heyday 2008-2011. It seems so long ago. I don't break for the reasons that we've been over a million times, the value isn't there and rarely do I get anything that I want. It's cheaper just to buy, or god forbid, trade for the cards that I want. These days my collecting is almost non-existent.
Some months I spend less than $20 on cards, some months it seems like I don't spend anything. Having said that, I still pay attention to what's going on. Basketball is still hot. Pull a Doncic parallel and you might pay for cases let alone a case. I've thought about it, I've even been watching more basketball than I've ever watched. Part of me paying attention is I still follow Twitter accounts but I do find that I'm following those that are of the blogging class. Gelman, Sooz, StaleGum. It's like being on FB and being friends with your high school classmates but it's not like it used to be.
I rarely read the message boards anymore because people are still going "trout fishing" and busting cases to get junk. Group breaks are everywhere, and you can buy in for more than I spend in a month these days. I've thought about doing group breaks but I'm not sure it's worth the trouble.
What I did discover is that the real action is on Facebook. Good grief there are rooms and pages everywhere. Every idiot can and does have their own room and it seems like it's nothing but scammers and garbage. I got my introduction by joining Sportcard Scammers Exposed group. It's closed and you have to ask to join. I could be wrong but I think it's run by Gilmore from ye olde Freedom Card Board.
Frankly, the craziest and stupidest shit is exposed in this group. They do have a nice database that names scammers as they come up and they do require proof.
Here's what I've seen:
There's some idiotic thing called a RAZZ which is basically a raffle. There will inevitably be a $100 card that somebody sells 10 spots for at $25 a spot...good gig if you can get it. Second, the person running the RAZZ will have their friend or family member win without your knowledge. Also, if some rube that buys in happens to win the person running it will find some reason why you didn't win or wasn't eligible. Finally, you'll never get your item.
4 Way Fatal
Oh Christ, if you want to really get ripped off, here you go. The 4WF is basically a 4 spot Razz where in the random if you are number 1, you win. Spots 2 and 3 are safe and spot 4 pays for the entire thing. So if they "line" the card at $100, the loser ie spot 4 pays the entire amount.
Self-explanatory, only someone always gets shafted by never getting their cards.
We are all familiar with these. Somebody buys some boxes, people sign up for their team or random the team, you break them and people get their cards. Seems simple enough. The great thing is though that people will run a break with some ghetto ass blaster they bought at Target for $20 and sell spots for $10....or you'll see a mix of boxes that add up to about $100-$200 worth of product and the breaker sells 30 spots for $20 a spot. Making money hand over fist. I can say that with all of the group breaks I ever ran, I'm pretty sure I was losing about 10% on each break.
Here's where the scam comes in and the group I referenced above even made a Tshirt out of the excuses people give. Funny enough, people really do use these excuses.
It amazes me how many dumbasses pay friends and family when involving themselves in these. What's the problem you ask? You basically have no recourse and the person steals your money. When you pay goods and services, you have recourse.
The next scam is just never sending the items. The great thing is that you will probably be the recipient of the great excuses on the shirt. The hits just keep on coming, but you aren't getting any. These guys love to have their buddies "win" these items and take your cash. Last, and certainly not least is the hidden card trick. To which I present you with the best hidden card trick of all time....Brandin Cooks numbered to 99!