I want to preface this post with this in mind. This blog is my personal opinion and there was something I experienced today that I want to share with you and it centers around card number 1 Apprentice Mickey. In my personal experience I have found this card to be incredibly difficult to find. I’ve talked with numerous people on this subject and it seems to be the one card that eludes everyone in their quest to complete 1-60. Of all the packs I have opened week in and week out I still have yet to find one the conventional way. Yet there are folks who pop in and grab a pack and wham there he is. Like most people I acquired mine through a trade, not for another card but for a pin. At the time when I was building my deck I didn’t have many doubles of stars, any I had were traded quickly or given away to friends and people I met while playing. However one day while waiting my turn in Tortuga the person in front of me asked if there any cards I needed, Apprentice Mickey came to mind so I gave it a shot. He said “you’re in luck I have an extra”. I was overjoyed but quickly deflated as I knew I had nothing to trade him for it. I took notice of his lanyard of hidden mickey pins and thought maybe he’ll take a pin for it. I asked him if he wanted to see the pins I had and he obliged, thus the deal was done. I am extremely grateful because I had no idea just how nasty people have gotten over this particular card.
Today I met a guy with not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, but 5 Apprentice Mickey’s on hand! We got to talking and he had told me been playing since testing and acquired them fairly easily all through spell packs. After running into him later in the day I observed a kid probably about 8 or 9 ask him if he wanted to trade he said it depends what do you have? The young sorcerer had a nice collection of doubles and a wealth of knowledge telling him he was only interested in trading stars for stars (I wonder where he gets his info haha). After showing off his collection to the kid, he knew exactly what he needed so he offered up a King Triton for an Apprentice Mickey. The older gentleman scoffed at him in a nasty tone “The only way you’re getting one of these is if you have a lightning bolt.” Disappointed and disgusted the child and his family took off to their next portal.
As soon as family walked away I couldn’t help myself by sarcastically saying “Are you always that nice?” He told me to mind my own business and that as a collector he is entitled to do what he wants with his cards since he “worked hard to get them” and that this is the “toughest find, I’m not just going to give it away”. I later learned after seeing him later and talking with a local whom I run into quite often that this man in question is a CM. I was just so disgusted that a grown man couldn’t just help the kid out by making the trade and on top of it is a CM. Why carry an abundance of what’s considered the most difficult card (1-60) to acquire and trade it. Especially to some random kid who may not ever come here again. Now OK, its one thing if you want to keep an extra if it’s a character you like I get that. However you’re a tad unreasonable if you think you’re just going to snag a highly coveted lightning bolt card out of thin air. I think people forget this is Walt Disney World, as a CM he should know better.
If you’re out there sir and you’re reading this you should be ashamed of yourself.