The mid-1980’s was a great time to be a football fan and collector. Young quarterbacks with Hall of Fame careers in front of them. Bidding wars between the NFL and USFL. Football card sets that may not have been fancy, but were easy to put together (as long as you had about $20 for a box and a few trading partners).
In 1986, it all came to a head when the likes of Elway, Marino and Montana began to really assert themselves, Steve Young, Jim Kelly and Reggie White finally turned up in the NFL and a young receiver from Mississippi Valley State took the league by storm.
Our Vintage Pack Break of the Week from Just Collect brings us a 1986 Topps Football rack pack. Containing 48 regular edition cards plus one 1,000 Yard Club glossy insert, rack packs often bring nice cards to the collector willing to spend a little more for the pack. There are no worries about wax or gum stains. No concerns over cello wrap that bends corners.
Because of the star power, ’86 Topps rack packs will run $30-50 each but considering you’ll likely get some potentially gradeable cards—not to mention a superstar or two—it isn’t a bad gamble.
Let’s check out this week’s Vintage Pack Break: