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Tiny Rip 1976 & 1979 Topps Baseball

Bosox1976Bosox1976 Posts: 8,523 ✭✭✭✭✭

Hi All -

Nothing too exciting… found a cheap, water damaged lot of four unopened and two opened packs on eBay last week and thought I’d throw in a bid. Anyway, $83 delivered for the stuff.

As you can see, maybe 40-50% had some damage, so my logic was it would be equal to opening one Undamaged pack of each 76/79 for under a hundo, plus a decent looking 76 Carter from the previously opened cards included.

Anyway, here’s what I got (previously opened are first):



  • Bosox1976Bosox1976 Posts: 8,523 ✭✭✭✭✭

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  • lwehlerslwehlers Posts: 853 ✭✭✭✭✭

    over time the gum is completely toxic to cards. how many cards were destroyed by gum in each pack. great looking garvey cards. thanks for showing the packs.

  • mrmoparmrmopar Posts: 1,020 ✭✭✭✭

    Unopened has never been my cup of tea, other than the current year they were being sold. I have to give it to you guys who will spend that kind of money on a higher risk situation. At least you knew going in and were happy with the price upfront, but seeing what you came out with for $83 is cringeworthy. I'm a Garvey fan too.

    I collect Steve Garvey, Dodgers and signed cards. Collector since 1978.
  • brad31brad31 Posts: 2,477 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for sharing. Too bad Carter wasn’t centered better.

  • BBBrkrrBBBrkrr Posts: 891 ✭✭✭✭✭

    2 of my all time favorite sets. So cool to see those. Always liked the 79 Sparky card. Just seemed cool even though it seems like the most un-baseball photo of all time.

  • nam812nam812 Posts: 10,525 ✭✭✭✭✭

    There are way worse things to do with $83, that's for sure. Always loved the bull, very under-rated. Thanks for sharing Mike.

  • grote15grote15 Posts: 29,438 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 4, 2023 10:20PM

    @nam812 said:
    There are way worse things to do with $83, that's for sure. Always loved the bull, very under-rated. Thanks for sharing Mike.


    The enjoyment of busting vintage wax chasing cards is worth the expense on occasion and every now and then you do come out ahead (not often these days). I'd rather open an authentic 1975 mini wax pack than have a steak dinner and you may have something to show for it afterwards, too.

    The Lyle and Carter cards look very nice, too.

    Collecting 1970s Topps baseball wax, rack and cello packs, as well as PCGS graded Half Cents, Large Cents, Two Cent pieces and Three Cent Silver pieces.
  • pab1969pab1969 Posts: 1,053 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Love the vintage. 76 is one of my favorite sets. Great cards.

  • Bosox1976Bosox1976 Posts: 8,523 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The ‘76 Bobby Murcer is one of my favorite cards in the set; too bad he got a bunch of the damage. I ripped some 1989 ProSet Football about a year ago, which was fun but not like opening good vintage baseball. Fun to rip, and even if the ROI isn’t there, I am with Tim in that it is fun and you may have the one card that makes it worthwhile. Was actually hoping for a nice 76 Yaz or my silly white whale, Johnny Briggs. Thanks for the kind words.

  • A popular and fun-to-open set and certainly an expensive way of obtaining those cards.

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  • It's unknown to common folk, but the lore of CRACK origination has been proven to stem from 1970's Topps Baseball pack gum, after being wet and dried out.

  • detroitfan2detroitfan2 Posts: 3,308 ✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for sharing, and I am surprised and happy to learn that my love for the 1976 set is shared! Also, for @nam812, the Bull was my man as a kid. My brother was a George Foster fan and I liked the Bull. We'd wait for the newsboy to arrive every day and then trash talk over the box scores arguing who was better.

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