I've been spoiled when it comes to getting most of my Cubs cards. For the past several years I've been buying almost everything directly from eBay seller Brentandbecca. Brent made a full-time career of busting cases.
Unfortunately, that has come to an end. Last week Brent announced that he wasn't able to get the number of cases he needs to make a profit. In fact, he wasn't able to get anything at a reasonable price. Last year he busted over 100 cards of each Topps series, and now he's been cut off.
Brent has always given me good service at a decent price. Buying from just one source was also a big help on my budget. I will miss buying from him.
You can blame Brent's woes on Covid. The pandemic brought collectors out of the woodworks and has driven up prices. It has also caused problems for Topps' production. Increased demand and decreased supply are not a good combination for buyers.
Now I'm back to buying my older way, thought Sportlots and Ebay. I try to use the fewest number of sellers as possible to keep down the shipping prices. But that is difficult to do, especially if I want the cards soon after release.
My Topps Series 2 cards are on the way. It took me a total of ten sellers to get all the Cubs cards and inserts. Ten is a lot more than one, isn't it!