Sunday, March 1, 2009

Holy Bicentennial!!!

1976 was a memorable year for many reasons. It was the 200th anniversary of the United States. It was the year that I bought my first pack of baseball cards. And I'm sure there are many other important things that happened in 1976 too. It was probably about the time that Randall "Pink" Floyd and Wooderson were hitting the Aerosmith show in Houston, but that's another story. This story is about a sports card collector named Felicia. If you don't frequent the PSA message boards, you probably wouldn't know that Felicia recently mailed out unopened 1975 cello packs (some with stars on top) to collectors who had recently lost their jobs. Talk about a great act of generosity. Felicia also had an entire case of unopened 1976 vending boxes. If you want to get an idea of how valuable even one 1976 Topps vending box is, take a look at this and multiply by 24!

1976 Topps Baseball Unopened Vending Box

As we all know, purchasing vintage unopened material is a bit of a crapshoot. Sometimes it pays off and quite often it doesn't pay off. Even if the item is genuine, the printing technology was not nearly as good as it is now so many cards were off center or had printing defects. That is a major reason why there are very few PSA 10 and even PSA 9 samples of stars from the 1976 set. I was able to find this nice example of a PSA 9 Pete Rose that recently sold, so this will give you an idea of what kind of value a great 1976 card holds:

1976 Topps Pete Rose PSA 9

Unfortunately for Felicia, she ran into quite a few beaters like these. This is just a small sample of what she found, and she's only opened two of the 24 boxes. The centering and corners on these are HORRIBLE!!! [note: heavy sarcasm!]

1 comment:

Captain Canuck said...

I love the '76 set and have just recently started to collect it. It is almost impossible to do here in Calgary, and ebay is a lost cause.
Where were these vending boxes when I was looking????? *sigh*