08 March 2018

February Loot Locker

I ordered another Loot Locker for February. I went with the baseball locker, and instead of the basic $20 + $5 S&H locker, I upgraded to the $30 + $5 S&H option. The main difference between the two is that you get a little bit more stuff in the $30 locker. There is also a $50 locker with a different product mix. It usually includes higher-end stuff than the basic boxes. The product mix for the month is usually posted as a pinned Tweet on the Twitter page for Loot Locker.

All of the stuff is packed into a card box for shipping. It's got a locker-themed sticker on one side along with all of the branding.

Here are the card packs that were included in mine. There are 3 packs of 2017 Panini Donruss Optic, 2 packs of 2017 Topps Chrome, and 2 packs of 2018 Topps Series 1. Randomly selected Loot Lockers also include bonuses, and I got a bonus Jumbo pack of 2018 Topps Series 1. This month I again broke the cost of the packs out by dividing the hobby box prices on a major card retailer's site by the number of packs in a box and multiplying that number by the number of packs in the locker to see how much 'value' I got for my $30.

2017 Panini Donruss Optic: $87.95 / 20 = $4.40 x 3 = $13.20
2017 Topps Chrome: $149.95 / 24 = $6.25 x 2 = $12.50
2018 Topps Series 1: $52.95 / 36 = $1.47 x 2 = $2.94

$13.20 + $12.50 + $2.94 = $28.64

I valued the bonus pack at $10.50, so the final total was $39.14 for the cards in the box. Based on current market prices, the basic locker seems to offer an appropriate amount of product for the price. I hate to pay that much per pack for Chrome, but 2017 products are crazy and it looks like 2018 is shaping up in a similar manner, with Heritage boxes going for $125 now.

As usual, the box also includes a package of top loaders and penny sleeves, as well as a few pieces of candy. Now that I've done the math, lets see what I actually pulled this month.

Here are the highlights from the Optic packs. The Sierra, Braun, Snider, and Reyes cards are all Prizm parallels. I also pulled a Diamond Kings of Mike Trout and a The Rookies card of Carson Fulmer.

Here are the notable cards from the Chrome packs. The Mike Trout is a base card. The Starlin Castro and Gerrit Cole cards are basic Refractors.

The 2018 Topps Series 1 packs offered up a handful of base cards featuring Astros, along with a few inserts. I was happy to get that Nolan Ryan card and the Carlos Correa insert.

I pulled a relic card from the bonus Jumbo pack of Topps Series 1. It's a standard relic card of Chris Archer.

That wasn't the best break in the world, but that's how it goes. Loot Locker is a good option for people who don't have a hobby shop, or whose hobby shop is inconvenient or unfriendly (or both). I'd much rather buy a Loot Locker than spend the gas and time to visit my somewhat local shop, where I always feel like the owner is inconvenienced by my presence.

March's baseball Loot Lockers have 2018 Panini Donruss, 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen, and 2017 Panini Donruss Optic for the low-end options, and 2017 Bowman's Best, 2017 Bowman Chrome, and 2015 Bowman's Best for the high-end boxes. There are also options for football, basketball, and hockey. The ordering deadline is March 24th.


  1. Congrats on the bonus pack... no big pulls, but a fun post to read through. Thanks!

    1. It's still a fun break, even when I don't get anything amazing. I feel like they offer a decent value vs. a trip to my local hobby shop.

  2. Nice. Lots of shine in this Loot Locker.

    1. They tend to offer the shiny stuff, because that's what the collectors want.

  3. Must be fun to see that box on your doorstep (or wherever go pick up your mail from).

    1. I always look forward to it when I've ordered one. It's fun to get cards in the mail.