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 the final post of this first run.
The pack: 1990 Leaf Series 2 wax pack
The cost now: $2.50
The cost then: 89 cents (That’s the suggested retail price … but who paid that back then?)
What’s inside this pack? Keep reading …
Cards per pack: 16 (15 cards, one puzzle card — all in gallery below)
Base set completion: 15 of 264 (6 percent)
Puzzle (1) — Yogi Berra
Autographs/Memorabilia: Nope, not for a few more years
What’s Buzz-worthy: If it wasn’t for one card this pack would have earned a very low grade. The Nolan Ryan “No-hit King” card may not hold up by today’s standards, but it was a big deal then and was by far the biggest deal in this pack. It would be grading-worthy save for a lifted corner This brand is considered one of the landmark releases of the decade but Buzz finds it very overrated — especially now. Why is it in demand? A solid design that does hold up and showcases photos very well is one reason. The main reason? A couple of key cards. Key Rookie Cards here include Dave Justice, Frank Thomas, Larry Walker, Carlos Baerga and the esteemed Kevin Maas. Really, only two of those RCs really means much now (Thomas and maybe Walker) and there are literally no inserts to be found here save for the puzzle, which Buzz will File 13 along with the wrapper here once this piece publishes (so, yes, it’s gone). For those of use who were forced to pay far too much for a pack for 1990 Leaf back in 1990, this is a fun one to revisit for a fraction of the price. Honestly, it’s not aged well — and it’s best worth your time to just buy a set or key graded singles.
Product Grade: B-
Pack Grade: B-
Fun Grade: D
What do you want to see next time during 12 in 12? Tell us in the comments or on Twitter. We’ll mix in more full boxes and newer stuff if we see that you like it. If you made it this far, thanks for checking The Buzz out all day.
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