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Old 01-29-2008, 11:01 AM
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Posted By: Jason L

I was just reading the dialogue between Anthony and Ted Z over on the rarity thread regarding the Leaf cards, and they mentioned a Rosen find and how he opened packs, etc.
Blows my mind to think of how much fun it would be to open a pack or a box of old expensive cards!

Unfortunately, the best I can contribute here is like a box of 1985 Donruss or something like that...

So, for fun, I ask the Board... What's the most expensive, oldest, most exciting pack or box of cards that you've ever opened?
Were you happy you did? or disappointed?

Stories please!

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Old 01-29-2008, 01:19 PM
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Posted By: Anthony N.

I collect unopened packs, and can't see why anyone would open one. But I did buy a raw '62 pack from someone who turned out to be a somewhat infamous pack resealer (in pack collecting circles) and it naturally got rejected for grading. One nite about 2 years ago I decided it was pretty worthless as is so I might as well open it. In it were 5 very sharp and very off center commons, with a wax stain on one of the interior cards. Figuring I had to go for it I popped the gum into my mouth, and it disintegrated immediately. The taste was awful and it took toothpaste, scope and 2 glasses of Macallan to partially rid it from my mouth.
I also opened a '70 Odd Rods (non sport) pack a few years ago. In it were a bunch of '88 Donruss baseball cards, another reseal job. These were the only 2 raw packs I've bought, and while graded certainly isn't 100% safe, it sure gets you a bit closer.
For thrill of discovery stories it would be hard to beat Rosen's "True Mint" book.

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Old 01-29-2008, 01:46 PM
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Posted By: Joe D.

Anthony
"I collect unopened packs, and can't see why anyone would open one."


There is not a pack that would remain unopened in my house. No matter what kind of pack it was.
It would be calling me like Poe's Tell-Tale Heart.

And yes.... I too would feel the urge to shove the mello-mint gum in my mouth or smoke the tobacco or eat whatever the heck a colgan chip is.

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Old 01-29-2008, 01:50 PM
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1967 Topps Pirates Stickers - Clemente, Clemente for Mayor, and Stargell. Could not have picked 3 better ones.

Back in the late 70's, my brothers and I would go to the Armenian Church shows in NYC. Seth Popeil had a fantastic display of vintage unopened material. We used to buy 1971 racks with stars on top for about $15.00.

A few years earlier, we would buy 1965 Topps High number packs from Lou Mitschich (sp?), a long time dealer. I remember him and his wife, their old suitcases they would bring their stock in, and Lou's chain smoking. We pulled many Berra, Banks, Carlton, and other cards from his packs that cost about $2.50 each.

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Old 01-29-2008, 03:46 PM
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<<There is not a pack that would remain unopened in my house. No matter what kind of pack it was.
It would be calling me like Poe's Tell-Tale Heart.>>

Joe, as much as I look forward to meeting you one day, I think it would be safer not to be at my house!

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Old 01-29-2008, 04:23 PM
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Posted By: John Moran

"Back in the late 70's, my brothers and I would go to the Armenian Church shows in NYC. Seth Popeil had a fantastic display of vintage unopened material. We used to buy 1971 racks with stars on top for about $15.00."

About 7 years ago I bought 2 1971 rack packs off Ebay for about $600. Curiosity got the better of me so I opened the one that had no stars showing. 2 of the 3 sections had great centering. Pulled 2 Pete Roses and 2 Concepcion rookies. One Rose graded PSA 8 and the other PSA 9 OC. Still have the other rack, Reggie Jackson and Willie McCovey are showing on the back

P.S. Anthony, never get tired of seeing that photo

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Old 01-29-2008, 04:48 PM
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Posted By: Anthony N.

Thanks for the kind words John. I've picked up a bunch more '50's packs since that was shot, and will probably bring them home from the SD box and update the photo in the next few weeks.

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Old 01-29-2008, 05:39 PM
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My jaw dropped when I saw the pix of your display. Not only is everything gorgeously displayed (and back-lit?),but the contents are mouth watering. All I can say is...WOW.

As for the topic,I opened up a Piedmont pack about 14 years ago (maybe less)....and it had a Joe McGinnity...nice and minn-ity (tried to rhyme there),but with a soft yellow stain and one slightly dinged corner. The ciggies made my hands REEK for quite some time. Tiny little brown things.
Got it from a dealer in PA from a long-ago card show.
Wish I still had it...sealed and everything...those things go for quite a bit nowadays.

Rob BrooklynNY

I used to collect unopened material;purchased mainly through Mark Murphy (and paid through the nose for them,even in the early to mid 90s). All gone now (sold).
One dealer from NJ (dont remember his name) came to the house,purchased ALL my unopened 60s and 70s racks and packs,and proceeded,to my surprise,to open the 71 rack packs. Then my 60s cellos. Even my 58 cellos! Pulled some stars,nothing too valubale (I think there was an AAron,clemente,Stargell and Palmer but no big Mick cards...). I think he was somewhat dissapointed,but I was shocked he wasnt keeping them sealed.
ONly vintage unopened that I purchased...and then opened...were any OPC boxes or packs...don;'t know why I was compelled to open THOSE.

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Old 01-29-2008, 06:12 PM
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Posted By: DD

Anthony's 1971 Topps Super box reminds about an Alan Rosen story. About 25 years ago at a NJ show, Mr. Mint was running a live auction. An unopened box of the 71's was opened for $225. No one was bidding, so Al opened the bidding. Not only did he win it, he still charged the consignor for the commission, even though he was the one bidding. P*** poor if you ask me.

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Old 01-29-2008, 07:53 PM
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Posted By: Joe D.

"Joe, as much as I look forward to meeting you one day, I think it would be safer not to be at my house!"

That is a stunning display!
No worries... I would have self-control if the packs were not mine.

Just don't let me stay for any extended period of time



DD: I remember those Armenian Church shows. I went to them as well (early 80s).


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