1986 Fleer Basketball Wax Pack Sequencing

The 1986 Fleer set is arguably the most popular basketball set. The cards command huge prices, driven by Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, and a slew of other superstars. The complete set in the picture that follows sold for >$150k, for example. The wax packs and boxes are pricey as well. And with those prices comes … Read more

Potential Baseball Card Hobby Monsters

High-dollar sales of sportscards are headline grabbers. But you’re just not going to see high-dollar sales of raw post-war cards anymore (whether you like card grading or not, at least authentication is something most people can get behind, but that’s a conversation for another day). Within the post-war sports card market, when PSA grades a … Read more

This Week in Sports Cards #8

One of the coolest items I saw this week was an uncut sheet of 1948 Leaf Boxing cards. It sold Monday, May 24, 2021, for $3,383.33. Abandoning Sets I wrote an article in October 2020 about a few collecting projects I’ve tackled, and the W512 was one of the sets I mentioned. I also wrote … Read more

The 1969 Topps Baseball Blue Wrapper Cello Pack Foreshadowed Changes

I was scanning recent posts on an unopened sports card product Facebook page I’m a member of, and a collector shared an impressive image of a 1969 Topps Blue Wrapper Cello Pack they recently acquired. The comments were very congratulatory because it’s quite a rare pack. Not only is it a tough-to-come-by-pack, the 1969 Topps … Read more

How to Check Wax Packs by the Baseball Card Kid Mark Murphy

Mark Murphy was the unopened pack specialist before Steve Hart, and the Baseball Card Exchange took over that part of the hobby. He released an Unopened Pack, Wrapper & Display Box Guide in 1996 after about ten years of almost exclusive hobby dealing in the unopened space. He published the guide to share information with … Read more

5 Tough Barry Sanders Football Cards

Barry Sanders is considered one of the best running backs in NFL history. He made the Pro Bowl in every one of his ten seasons. He was the MVP in 1997, was a 2x NFL Offensive Player of the Year, a 6x First-team All-Pro, and 4x Second-team All-Pro while putting up over 15k yards rushing, … Read more

This Week in Sports Cards #7

The 1968 Topps Super Stars Harmon Killebrew, Willie Mays, and Mickey Mantle card is officially my favorite multi-player post-war card. And I’m now in search of a quality example for my collection. What other multi-player cards do you consider classics? Let me know down in the comments. Baseball Card Variation Book This week I received … Read more

What is an Unopened Frankenbox?

Vintage unopened sportscard collecting is incredibly popular. But whether collectors prefer individual packs, boxes, or cases, there are some unique complexities in the market. Last July, I wrote about one of those intricacies in explaining what a Topps X-Out box was. This week I want to talk about another topic people might not know about … Read more

10 Random Post War Baseball Card Facts

The sports card hobby is full of interesting quirks and tidbits. Perhaps some of these factoids will make for longer, dedicated blog posts in the future, but in the meantime, here are ten random (and short) post-war baseball card facts. 1 Topps released cards in dedicated series through 1973, usually releasing a new series every … Read more