Player Cards and Yellow Headers: The 1971 Topps Baseball Rack Packs

There are so many nuances to collecting vintage unopened products that you need to be aware of if you don’t want to waste a ton of money on fakes, and another one that has been brought to my attention lately. Unfortunately, I don’t have any hands-on experience with this one, which has to do with … Read more

An In-Depth Inspection of the 1977 Topps Star Wars French Wax Packs and Boxes

In 1977, Topps released a set of trading cards based on the blockbuster hit movie “Star Wars,” which quickly became a cultural phenomenon. The American Topps Star Wars cards have been well-documented and are highly sought after by collectors to this day, particularly in wax packs and boxes. However, the set was also released in … Read more

1976 Topps Baseball Rack Packs: The Story Behind the Gray and White-Backed Headers

While scrolling through the Vintage Wax and Packs Facebook group a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a post from a collector who shared a 1976 Topps Baseball Rack Pack featuring a white-backed header. I had seen a 1976 Topps Baseball Rack Pack gray-backed header before but knew very little about this unopened pack nuance. … Read more

The 1959 Topps Football Vending Box That Sold For $117,000: A Closer Look At The Box And Old Vending Machines

Auction houses never cease to amaze us with their incredible finds, and the recent sale of a 1959 Topps Football First Series Vending Box by Heritage Auctions is a prime example. This rare collectible was sold for an astonishing $117,000. In this article, I’ll dive deeper into the details of this particular box as shared … Read more

The Early 1980s Philadelphia Find of Over 100 1951 Topps Baseball Wax Boxes

I was browsing a vintage unopened Facebook group the other day and saw that a collector had listed a gorgeous PSA 8 1951 Topps Baseball Blue Back wax pack for sale. He wrote that the pack “came out of the huge Philadelphia find in the 1990s.” Also, while putting the 1951 Topps baseball page together … Read more

Mr. Mint Alan Rosen’s Find II

I haven’t really written about hobby finds here on PostWarCards before. I implied a find in my article about the 1971 Topps Winner Baseball Cards and the 4 Wax Boxes Seen at the 2021 National, and I mentioned that the hobby mocked Alan Rosen for advertising his finds in my review of his book. Given … Read more

Looking Back at Unopened Product Prices in 1997

I’ve written about Mark Murphy a few times before on the blog. He was a prominent dealer of unopened sportscard items in the 1990s. Recently, a collector ran across one of Mark’s advertisements in a 1997 Sports Collectors Digest publication and shared them. I thought it would be interesting to compare the cost of some … Read more

The Official Launch of the Unopened Archive

I’ve quietly been building up a new resource here on PostWarCards. And while I’ve shared a bit of its content over on Twitter, now that there are 18 pages on it, I wanted to announce the Unopened Archive officially. Over the past 20ish months of blogging, I’ve shared over 20 articles about fake products and … Read more

Sharing An Incredibly Rare 1968 OPC Hockey 2nd Series Wax Pack

1968 was the first year OPC produced a genuinely unique set. OPC pretty much distributed Topps cards in Canada starting in the 1950s, but in 1968 the arrangement shifted, and Topps and OPC disturbed two similar but different sets. The 1968 OPC set still mimicked the Topps design but had 216 cards to expand with … Read more

A Few Words About GAI and a 1955 Topps Baseball Penny Pack

A few weeks ago, a member of a vintage unopened product group asked for opinions about the 1955 Topps Baseball 1 Cent Pack graded eight by GAI pictured below. A group member responded by saying that penny packs are always tough to authenticate. While a GAI holder isn’t the best provenance (compared to PSA, for … Read more