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Old 05-14-2014, 10:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 86 Topps Case Help on Price

I had a guy offer me a few unopened cases of 86 Topps for $190 as case. I was checking eBay and it looks like I can flip these real well. Any thoughts should I rip one and grade the HOF'rs and then sell off the other case?
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Old 05-14-2014, 10:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Depends if it's wax, racks etc. Be more specific?

Also keep in mind these are heavy and cost $50-$80 to ship on average.
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They are wax cases. he quoted me $43 on shipping.
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Flip it.

Cards are still widely available in huge quanities in various unopened forms after all these years. Who's buying?
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Flip it.

Cards are still widely available in huge quanities in various unopened forms after all these years. Who's buying?
While the singles are dead I agree the 1980s wax has gone way up. The stuff is getting much tougher to find. Heck....1990 Topps sealed wax cases are even a tough find now. There is increasing value in tossing these aside and waiting.
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While the singles are dead I agree the 1980s wax has gone way up. The stuff is getting much tougher to find. Heck....1990 Topps sealed wax cases are even a tough find now. There is increasing value in tossing these aside and waiting.
I'm waiting for early 1980s wax (1982, 1983) to go off. Ripken, Gwynn rookie years, overproduction hadn't started yet. 1980 is already an expensive wax box, I wonder if 1982 & 1983 are ever going to get to $200 a box.

...edit and then I go on eBay and some are closing at $225 now.


1989 Upper Deck, 1990 Leaf, and 1992 Bowman may be the next "vintage" wax to get moving.

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Just the Rice rookies alone make this a steal!!!!!!!
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Just the Rice rookies alone make this a steal!!!!!!!
Pretty sure he was talking baseball... however I think Razor Shines has his rookie in this set.
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Next Question. I was looking at POP Reports in both PSA and BGS. PSA has way more 10s then BGS. I know BGS 9.5 = PSA 10 but what do you guys think being pack fresh the odds of getting BGS 10s and what grade will be more sought after PSA 10 or BGS 10? Thanks for all the input so far.
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Next Question. I was looking at POP Reports in both PSA and BGS. PSA has way more 10s then BGS. I know BGS 9.5 = PSA 10 but what do you guys think being pack fresh the odds of getting BGS 10s and what grade will be more sought after PSA 10 or BGS 10? Thanks for all the input so far.
PSA 10 is definitely easier than BGS 10 because PSA 10 = BGS 9.5.

Some people think of 1986 as vintage... its not because I bought the packs when I was a kid and I'm not a vintage person, but anyway, vintage collectors and set collectors are more likely to try to get the entire set in PSA 10 than BGS 9.5.

Now that is out of the way, PSA 10s are hard on this set because of the black borders and centering issues. If you want to try to get PSA 10s, get vending boxes or a vending case.

Just a warning, you can pop open an entire case and not find a single stinking card worth grading in the 1986 set.
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PSA 10 is definitely easier than BGS 10 because PSA 10 = BGS 9.5.

Some people think of 1986 as vintage... its not because I bought the packs when I was a kid and I'm not a vintage person, but anyway, vintage collectors and set collectors are more likely to try to get the entire set in PSA 10 than BGS 9.5.

Now that is out of the way, PSA 10s are hard on this set because of the black borders and centering issues. If you want to try to get PSA 10s, get vending boxes or a vending case.

Just a warning, you can pop open an entire case and not find a single stinking card worth grading in the 1986 set.

Very true. The case just got here. I will be looking at the cards one at a time and if they look good with the naked eye I will then bring out my jewelry loop for further inspection. This will take weeks to do and I will only send in a few cards at first to see how well I did.
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22 Boxes Let the fun begin


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Nice looking case. 80s high grade is not nearly as easy as one would think. Consider yourself warned lol.
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Still can't believe you aren't going to just flip that for the quick profit... sounds like fun, but opening 792 packs of '86 Topps will be mind numbing.
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Save the gum
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If by chance you pull one of the Roger Clemens, Tom Seaver, or especially the Terry Puhl with the blue streak in the black on the top of the card I would be interested in them.
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1986 Topps

15 baseball cards and one really old piece of gum.
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1986 Topps

15 baseball cards and one really old piece of gum.
If you're lucky, you will get a stick of gum forever stuck to a card.
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Didn't you hear? The gummed versions are short printed. And every stain is unique..thus making them 1/1's.
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Should be a fun break. I loved the '86 design as a kid of the 80's.
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Still can't believe you aren't going to just flip that for the quick profit... sounds like fun, but opening 792 packs of '86 Topps will be mind numbing.
mind numbing is exactly what it is...seeing the same no name guys over and over and when you finally get to someone you know the card has 3 bent corners and a wax/gum stain. after 30 years in that case, there could be some really damaged cards in there depending on how it was stored. If you plan to grade some of them, I wish you luck!
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mind numbing is exactly what it is...seeing the same no name guys over and over and when you finally get to someone you know the card has 3 bent corners and a wax/gum stain. after 30 years in that case, there could be some really damaged cards in there depending on how it was stored. If you plan to grade some of them, I wish you luck!
Not only how it was stored but many have been shipped around and damaged from transit. The case does look nice.
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I would be excited about this. I love old stuff. Good luck with your opening and grading!
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Check the cards on the box bottoms. PSA will grade those.

If the conditions are nice, you might have something good.

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