Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1982 Fleer baseball wax pack (Hour 5)

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 5.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1982 Fleer baseball
The cost now: 
The cost then: 30 cents

What’s inside this pack? Keep reading …

Cards per pack: 16 (15 cards, one sticker)
Base set completion: 
15 of 660 (2 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Inserts: 1
Team stickers (1) —
Baltimore Orioles

Autographs/Memorabilia: No chance

What’s Buzz-worthy: This one’s all about the chase of the Cal Ripken Jr. Rookie Card and maybe some fun and sometimes high-priced variations. (See: Lee Smith’s RC logo snafu and John Littlefield’s reversed negative for starters.) This pack didn’t deliver anything big but it did include three Hall of Famers — Eddie Murray, Steve Carlton and Tony Perez — and a Rookie Card of a guy who has a pretty good shot at getting there as a manager, Terry Francona. Unlike other cards from this era, this pack was reasonably clean-cut and grading-worthy. Not all were perfect but they were much stronger than others I’ve ripped. All in all, this was a cheap and fun rip that delivered better than I thought it would. It makes me wish I had picked up a few more.

Product Grade: B+
Pack Grade:
Fun Grade: B

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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