Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1979 Topps Rocky II wax pack (Hour 6)

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 6.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1979 Topps Rocky II trading cards
The cost now: 
The cost then: 20 cents

What’s inside this pack? Keep reading …

Cards per pack: 11 (10 cards, one sticker — all in gallery below)
Base set completion: 
10 of 99 (10 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Inserts: 1
Stickers (1) — 

Autographs/Memorabilia: No chance

What’s Buzz-worthy: This is the first Rocky trading card set produced by Topps for the second film in the franchise that was established after the out-of-nowhere arrival that was the original film in 1976. This sequel-focused set includes 99 cards with standard and puzzle backs along with a set of 22 stickers. That’s it. Centering on these narrow-bordered cards was an issue but they were otherwise pretty clean for cards from the era. You can find sets relatively cheap — and graded singles for less than $10 — and that is a good recipe for a fun collecting challenge. This is a simple set but one that still holds up all these years later.

Product Grade: A
Pack Grade:
Fun Grade: A

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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