Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1981 Fleer Baseball Star Stickers 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 … this is Hour 7.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1981 Fleer Baseball Star Stickers
The cost now: 
The cost then: 25 cents

What’s inside this pack? For starters, there were two wax-stained cards. Keep reading …

Cards per pack: 5 (see all in gallery below)
Base set completion: 
5 of 128 (4 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Inserts: None

Autographs/Memorabilia: No chance

What’s Buzz-worthy: This wax pack offered a lesson on older wax coming (sadly) via a good card. These packs are small and the set is, too, meaning there’s not a lot of incentive to rip into these packs these days — you might be better off to just buy by the set if you find one. This pack was a snoozer until I got to the middle where there was a second-year Rickey Henderson with a relatively clean cut and decent centering for the timeframe. Then, as I shuffled through the pack, my finger ran across the back of the Henderson card … where there was a wax stain. A wax stain on a card that wasn’t on the back of the pack — and its globs of wax are actually worse than the one that was on the back of the loosely sealed pack. (I also should have known something was up when there was a second layer of bubble gum dust in the middle of the pack away from the gum.) That’s one of the dangers of old wax and one reason to buy from trusted dealers and not blindly on eBay. Either way, compromised packs can still happen when it’s just a wax seal between you and your cardboard. A pack with a Henderson would have been an A for this collector — it’s one of the best cards in the set — but the wax stain hurts.

Product Grade: A
Pack Grade:
 B- (or should it be an “N/A — tampered” grade?)
Fun Grade: C

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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