It’s the type of vintage pack break that generates a buzz even among those who have no skin in the game. The 1958 Topps football set houses one of the hobby’s top rookie cards with ten cards in each cello pack, there’s a fighting chance that one could be inside.
Last Wednesday, Just Rip It took a PSA 4 ’58 cello and made it available to participants in their regular vintage pack break segment. Some of the proceeds in the break were designated for Victory for Veterans, a charitable organization that assists military veterans with a variety of needs. The break yielded several sharp looking cards–and then out popped a Jim Brown rookie. While the valuable card’s upper right corner had seemingly been the victim of a slight factory mishap, it was still the type of moment pack breakers dream about.
Who knew an even better ’58 cello pack was still to come–just one night later?
The company offered a second 1958 football cello pack on Thursday night. This one was sold under Just Rip It’s “Equity Pack” concept in which collectors buy shares in the break, then split the profits once the pack is opened and the cards are graded and sold at auction. The cost per spot in the 1958 football cello break was $195 and there were 17 participants. The hope, of course, is to land a few high quality cards that will generate a profit for everyone in the group.
Graded 6, the pack was the star attraction in last Thursday night’s two-hour break session. With much fanfare, Just Rip It owner Charlie Parrino cracked open the holder and revealed a still tightly wrapped pack with 13 cards inside–one more than the usual number found in a ’58 cello.
The pack immediately yielded a sharp New York Giants team card, but that turned out to be just a tease. You can watch the break unfold below.
Parrino says the cards from the pack have already been shipped to PSA under the Express service option. Once they return, the graded cards will be submitted to an auction house and sold, with the net proceeds then distributed to the 17 participants.
Just Rip It has another ’58 football cello break in the works. Other Equity Pack breaks on the upcoming schedule include 1957 Topps baseball (cello), 1954 Bowman (wax) and 1960 Topps football (cello) and 1964 and ’65 Topps baseball (wax).