Here are the packs as they were sitting in the box. I waited until I got home, checked on my two oldest girls who were asleep, and fed/put my one month old to sleep. Finally, I had a few moments for myself. I opened the Gordon/Gurley pack first.
Hmmm, only three cards in the pack. I guess the disclaimer about 'packs with a special insert may contain 1-3 cards' applied here due to that blue parallel? It's not numbered, but I'm gonna think of it that way instead of feeling like I got shorted a card. It was a disappointing first pack for sure but I tried to stay positive about the possibilities in pack two. I ripped into the Winston/Mariota pack and hoped for the best.
The first card provided a significant upgrade over the contents of pack number one. Then, I flipped to this:
Wow is all I could think of! I don't collect the Browns, but it was very cool to pull a rookie auto/patch(if you look closely, there's two colors there) #/125 of a guy who played fairly well this season. Ripping those packs served the purpose of being a fun mental break after making it through the tough day/week and it was well worth the $6 price tag. I've even got a few of these set to travel to new homes already.
Ultimately, I'm not sure whether the results of those packs was positive or negative. My first impulse buy of the year and I was rewarded with an auto/patch card. It's a double edge sword. Nice trade bait, but the positive reinforcement of the behavior I'm trying to limit probably doesn't bode well for the rest of the year. Oh well, the goal was to 'limit', not eliminate impulse spending. I've still got 50 more weeks to keep working on that. Thanks for reading!