Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1983 Topps The A-Team wax pack (Hour 11)

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 all day long today … this is Hour 11.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1984 Topps The A-Team 
The cost now:
$1.50 (or less)
The cost then: Less than $1

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Cards per pack: 11 (10 cards, one sticker)
Base set completion: 
10 of 66 (15 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Insert cards: 1 
Stickers (1) – Hannibal & Face

Autographs/Memorabilia: Um, no.

What’s Buzz-worthy: This one seemed like a good idea because Little Buzz was all about watching this show back in the day — and probably bought a pack or two of these — but the number of car cards in this pack wasn’t that thrilling. In fact, it was a bummer and the scene when opening wrapper above seems apropos. The characters and personalities of The A-Team made a simple show work and you got a glimpse of that here, but crashed cars — yes, a staple of the show — just don’t make for entertaining cardboard. This pack had five car cards — and a checklist. (I pity the fool opening that pack the next time.) This is a tiny set — just 66 cards and 12 stickers — and it’s right in the Topps non-sport wheelhouse of the time. It just felt as flat as one of the tires on those wrecks based on this one pack. I should implement a new 12 in 12 rule to buy a couple packs to avoid duds on the old stuff. I’m sure this set is better than what I see here, but, then again, I haven’t watched any old episodes of the TV show lately — and I liked the recent movie reboot that bombed at the box office. Maybe it’s just me!

Product Grade: B
Pack Grade:
Fun Grade: C

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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