It depends on what you value and why you collect. I’ll talk specifically new sets.
It is ALWAYS going to be cheaper to complete a set just buying singles, especially with an English release, less so but still true with Japanese releases.
But if you enjoy the pleasure of anticipation, the gambling aspect, and the joy of pulling your own rare cards then the extra you spend on buying booster boxes to open is worth the extra money. If you can relate to those 3 things and can afford it then I encourage anybody to spend the money on boxes.
If you don’t enjoy those things, or don’t value them enough to spend the money then just outright buy the singles.
No what I said is still true you are missing what im saying. I’m saying that 95% of the time the card you pull
regardless of it being a FR, SR or UR will not be worth anywhere near that $50 mark. The ultra rare pull rate
has been upped since LT where you can get 7 or 8 per box which means your one out of four is true. However
pulling ultra rares more often doesn’t mean they are worth more. Some of the EXs are worth 7 or less which
means you might a small amount of gain (trade or montery) if you buy one pack.
Almost everyone will agree its better to buy singles for completing sets or even just getting what you want.
well put. When I was making complete ungraded sets I would do two parts to make the best of both worlds. I would save up
for a booster box of the coming set. I would open it and keep the pulls. Then you have a good starting point to buy what you
need. Purchase the C/UC/R from charizard authority or troll and toad. Then just pick up ultra rares on auction. You’ll get
a complete set for around the cost of 3 booster boxes.
I completely understand where you’re coming from. I guess im just lucky. Every FA and UR and even Secret rare ive pulled from a couple of boosters at a time. And I even have doubles of some secret rares such as Gold Zekrom and Silver Dialga, again a couple of booster packs at a time. I pulled the doubles of PF FA dialga the same day out of the same batch of only 4 booster packs. (it was awesome)
I follow a simple rule: Open packs if you are going to be excited over Commons and Uncommons.
This is especially true where C/U cards are difficult to find. Namely, the PCG era. However, many of these packs are too expensive and rare to consider opening. Even so, there are niche sets where I can easily justify opening packs, and be happy with average cards.