Well hopefully one of these folks on here who know the craziest random stuff will be able to enlighten us! I’ve never even seen that rocket blister, but coincidentally I read someone mentioning it on this forum not ong ago though
During that period booster packs came in the long pack variant where you could hang up the booster pack in stores through a hole at the top. So maybe that’s why wotc had no need to make blister packs for the gym series,base 2 and English rocket. But looks like they went back to blister packs in the neo era, who knows why,perhaps the loose hanging packs were more victim to shoplifting/opened up in stores who knows?
Been meaning to make a guide on blister packs but just haven’t had the time to compile one. Anyway here was my own italian rocket blister, sadly the plastic had yellowed when I purchased it
Also here was some cool theoretical gym blister pack designs by the photoshop wizard @shizzlemetimbers I thought to include.
Man that rocket blister is super cool, I’d love to get my hands on one (or 80) of them! That rules you own that man. But to the original question: base set, fossil, and jungle all had long packs as well as blisters so I’m not sure that was the reasoning. But you could very well be spot on about the shoplifting thing, that sounds like it could be right to me! Perhaps only the shot callers of marketing at WOTC at the time will ever know…
Honestly, it all came down to money. At the time, everything was “bottom line””. A penny saved” mentality. Sometimes they took it too far (ie; triangle packs).
It was the extra cost of packaging and shipping that killed off the blisters.