Steve Hart says.... FS - 1983 Topps Traded BBCE & Topps baseball '77 to '80
I was curious for more information about my 'factory sets that are BBCE wrapped.
I've also included pics of my 1983 Topps Traded Factory Sets for sale - Make an offer on any or all (7), you wont be paying taxes and ebay prices, guaranteed!
To do that, I need the money Paypal FF (or a check if you're old school)
Interesting info about these sets and others like them - Steve Hart just yesterday was kind enough to respond back to an email and share information about 'Factory' sets compared with the other obvious FASC/Tape Intact sets
Let me try to help you out. I assume you are asking about sets, but I will tell you about unopened boxes also.
On a factory set (almost always a traded/update set). If the set is marked FASC, then it came from a factory sealed case that open I opened. Nobody else can break the seal on the case. People tell me all the time “Well I opened it just to make sure what was in there” Or “I opened it back in 1983 to make sure it was full”. Nope. Not good enough. I have to be the one to open it. And we are very, very strict on what makes a case still factory sealed. We know which cases were glued, taped, stapled, etc and it has to be original. So in this case, we do not even open the lid on the sets. No reason to. And since no human hands have touched it, no reason for us to. If the set is marked Tape Intact, then the set may not have come out of a sealed case, but it has the original Topps Tape on it that Topps put on the sets. Again, no reason to take the tape off and inspect, as its still the way it came from Topps. If the set is only marked “factory set”, then that means its not from a sealed case, the original tape has been opened or the set never had tape in the first place. In this case, I have to go through each set and check to make sure all the KEY cards are in the set. I also make sure that those key cards are at least NM-MT and match the other cards in the set. People will try to switch out cards and put lesser condition cards in the sets. I try to make sure that the set at least the keys resemble the rest of the set.
On unopened boxes, I guess the same goes as above for FASC or tape intact (Tape intact usually only applies to OPC products). But again, if it didn’t come from a case, or is not tape intact, I then have to go through every pack in the box to make sure it hasn’t been tampered with or resealed. Again, we try to make sure the packs are NM or better (preferably better) and we will kick out boxes where we can tell there is damage.
Hope this helps! Email me back if you have any more questions. Thanks! Steve
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