The following is an excerpt from The Collector's Guide to 1970 Baseball Cards, produced by Sports Collectors Daily and the Unopened Pack Guy The price of a wax pack from a nickel to a dime in 1970. While that doesn't mean much now, back then if you had a small paper route and earned $1.20/week in tips (which wasn’t too bad), you could feel rich and purchase one full wax box … [Read more...]
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A few notes to get the week started..... As collectors, we kind of like it when players are cut from the same cloth. Guys like Dmitri Young, David Wells, Tom Candiotti and Orel Hershiser understand the history behind the stuff that marked their careers or their collections. Hockey guys tend to have the same mindset. None, though, are probably as tuned into their own … [Read more...]
Depending on your original level of devotion, they are a sweet childhood memory or a passion that never left. Baseball cards were a part of millions of young lives in the early 1970s. Some bought them mainly for that sweet slab of dusted pink bubble gum. Others, though, connected with the game through the colorful images on the cards inside each tightly wrapped package. … [Read more...]
We hope you had a great three-day weekend. We had a 'working holiday', spending much of it on the ongoing remodeling of the office. New paint, new carpet, new storage. For the last week, I've been displaced, working off a laptop. Now, the behemoth L-shaped titan I call a desk is back in order and while there's much to be done, it feels better to have my empty box friends … [Read more...]
Some were only issued in certain parts of the country. Others were made north of the border and are remarkably scarce today. Topps cranked out products in the 1970s that captured the fancy of youngsters, but in the overall scope of things wound up largely forgotten. Not anymore. Collectors of vintage Topps material say there are some rare wrappers among the variety of … [Read more...]
by Unopened Pack Guy It’s just before Christmas 1961. Darkness is coming earlier and earlier as autumn is quickly coming to a wintry end. The news of the day is that unbeaten Ohio State qualified for the Rose Bowl BUT its faculty council voted 28-25 NOT to accept the invitation, declaring the school's emphasis on sports over academics was excessive. At roughly the same … [Read more...]
by Unopened Pack Guy As a collector of unopened packs, I am fascinated by the stories behind them. Some of the most fascinating always end up with; “this test issue was only available in limited quantities in a candy store in Brooklyn, NY”. Historically, Topps did some odd things in terms of production, be it producing Test Issues or testing price increases for their … [Read more...]