Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1984 Topps baseball cello pack (Hour 7)


Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … and this is Hour 7.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1984 Topps baseball cello pack
The cost now: 
The cost then: 49 cents

What’s inside this pack? Keep reading …


Cards per pack: 28 cards (all in gallery below)
Base set completion: 
28 of 792 (4 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Inserts: None

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: An Alan Trammell card atop a cello pack? Had this one not been bought precisely for busting, this pack could have remained closed since a pack with a top player could command a few extra bucks to someone who collects him. Instead, it got ripped. It wasn’t an awful pack for the day with it including four top players and a handful of other names who aren’t heavily collected but were long-time big-leaguers. The big chase in these packs is the Don Mattingly Rookie Card, which was not found here, while others of note include Darryl Strawberry, Cal Ripken Jr., Nolan Ryan, Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose, Tony Gwynn, Ryne Sandberg, Wade Boggs and many others … also not found here. High-grade cards will command more money than you might think so cello packs are one affordable way to chase those and the overall printing and cutting was pretty good in this particular pack. Only one card suffered gum damage while the junky game card suffered the other hit. Had I bought two packs, this one would have stayed sealed.

Product Grade: A-
Pack Grade:
Fun Grade: B

What’s next? Be back at the top of the next hour …

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