1991 Topps Desert Shield Wax Pack and Box Authentication

Over the blog’s history, I have written about 1991 Topps Desert Shield Cards quite a few times. In October 2022, I wrote about how many Desert Shield cards Topps printed, detailed the Chipper Jones card in October 2021, and shared five surprisingly expensive cards from the set in August 2021. Cards from the set have … 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

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

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