You keep hearing about collectors getting a Target Red Card to hit retail products. So we asked, is Target RedCard good for sports card collectors.
The year is 2018. You’re at Target shopping, and as a collector, you want some cards to go with your groceries. So you walk to the sports card aisle and take your pick of Prizm or Optic basketball, only buying one box because you know there will be plenty more next trip.
Fast forward to 2021. Nowadays, it feels like you need to pitch a tent in the Target parking lot to have a shot at cards on vendor day. The process is frustrating, to say the least.
It has also become quite difficult to hit retail products online. We put together the best resource on how to do that. But you will still often come up empty.
Then, enter the Target RedCard.
With new RedCard perks, Target makes it far easier for customers to get cards with a RedCard. Here’s everything you need to know.
The RedCard is Target’s exclusive credit card (or debit card), and it’s becoming a more popular option for collectors who want to buy cards without fighting hordes of people on significant release days.
The RedCard works for more than just sports cards, too. In fact, cardholders save 5% on every purchase made via the RedCard, so whether you’re buying Prizm or potatoes, it’s valuable to have.
Registering for the RedCard is an easy process. Login to Target.com and then go to the RedCard page, where you’ll see the choice to either “apply for credit” or “apply for debit.”
Which one should you get? Of course, that’s totally up to you, but the “Which RedCard is right for you?” button provides a dropdown to compare the services and help you make the best decision for you. Either one of them will net you the big rewards: 5% off and exclusive card access.
From there, you’ll fill out an application online, and pending approval, your card will be mailed to you within a week or so. Mine only took four days.
Sports card collectors are benefited in two primary ways.
For one, 5% off everything is excellent. Of course, that’s not enough of a discount to make it worthwhile to buy boxes you’re not interested in, but it’s a nice extra saving on the boxes you are seeking. In addition, the savings add up over time.
But, more importantly, the Target RedCard comes with exclusive sports card purchasing access. In other words, some drops are designated just for RedCard holders.
The first of these was 2021 Contenders Draft Picks, marked with a “RedCard Exclusive” tag on the website.
You have to have a RedCard to get in on the savings, but there’s a significant ramification that some people have overlooked—bots don’t have RedCards. This means that the people who are using bots to buy hundreds of boxes of big-ticket products will suddenly be out of luck. It’s a much more democratic way of divvying up the cards and is pro-collector.
In the same vein, Target is now flagging people they think are resellers and limiting their ability to get items. In so doing, Target flags both the account and the RedCard, so if you try to use it with another account, they still know.
That’s a good thing across the board. Of course, if you’re one of the people buying up dozens of boxes, it’s going to through a wrinkle in your plans, but collectors around the country should be grateful for this initiative.
Many hobbyists in this Blowout thread are calling for more higher-end brands to become RedCard exclusive drops, such as Prizm, Optic, and more. So get your RedCard and get in on the savings—especially if this is to occur!
The Target RedCard is free to acquire and can save collectors money on purchases while also inviting exclusive drops.
In short, there’s a big reward with no risk.
If you are interested in applying, I encourage you to do so. Of course, this is a credit card (or debit card), so use it responsibly regardless of if you’re buying cards or anything else, but there is no reason not to apply for one.
Saving money is excellent. Being able to buy cards again easily? Even better.