This Month on PostWarCards – August 2023

As a hobby historian, I really like old cases; they teach us about product codes and production, tell us when the items were packaged, and make excellent hobby cave/library/museum display pieces. And lately, the Baseball Card Exchange has been selling off a huge collection of empty cases on eBay. I’m not sure if they’re getting rid of old inventory from their warehouse, if they were from case breaks, or if they bought someone’s collection, but it’s been helping me fill in some holes in the Unopened Archive, particularly in the football category.

Here are a few of the significant updates I’ve been able to make this month:

I only had two low-quality angles of a 1978 Topps Football Wax Case and was able to add six new photos of one.

1978 Topps Football Wax Case

I didn’t have a single photo of a 1979 Topps Football Grocery Tray Case and only had a single tiny photo of a Wax Case; there are six photos of each on the archive now.

1979 Topps Football Wax Case
1979 Topps Football Grocery Tray Case

And for 1984 Topps Football, I’ve now got six angles of the Cello, Rack, and Grocery Rack cases.

1984 Topps Football Cello Case
1984 Topps Football Rack Pack Case
1984 Topps Football Grocery Rack Case

I’ve also added cases to the 1973 Topps Football, 1976 Topps Football, 1981 Topps Football, 1986 Topps Football, and 1987 Topps Football pages.

And if you like cases, you might want to check out my articles about Deciphering Vintage Topps Case Stamps, Topps X-Out Box Practices, the 1976 Topps Basketball and Hockey Free Goods products, and The Story of the Truly One of a Kind 1990-1991 OPC Premier Hockey Vending Case.

In terms of hobby writing, I published eight new articles and made 19 archive additions here on I also issued four Post War Cards Newsletters over on Substack. I’ve linked all the new material below.

Articles Published in July

Here are the eight articles I published on the blog this month.

The Unopened Archive

Here are the 14 sets I added to the Unopened Archive in July:

As you can see, with all the cases I shared, I’m constantly updating published pages, so from time to time, check back on your favorite sets.

Another interesting thing happened a few weeks ago when I shared the link to the 1966 Topps Superman page on Twitter with a note that there only appeared to be a single wrapper variation despite three different card formats. Well, a Superman card collector responded, “There are wrappers and boxes from 1965 that included bubble gum. The T.V. packs and cards are much more common.” He included the following Bubble Gum wrapper example!

1965 Topps Superman Bubble Gum Wrapper

The Oddball Archive

Here are the 5 sets I added to the Oddball Archive in July:

The Post War Cards Newsletter

And finally, thanks for reading PostWarCards; if there is a topic you’d like me to write about or a set you’d like me to prioritize for either archive, please reach out to me.

Happy collecting!

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