Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1988 Topps football cello 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: 1988 Topps football cello pack 
The cost now:
The cost then: 79 cents

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Cards per pack: 30
Base set completion: 
29 of 396 (7 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Insert cards: 1
1,000-yard Club (1) – Mark Bavaro

Autographs/Memorabilia: Um, no.

What’s Buzz-worthy: This is arguably the last of the better Topps flagship sets of the 1980s and before and it’s largely due to one card — the NFL Rookie Card of Bo Jackson. Sure, you’ll find other RCs — Tom Rathman, Pat Swilling, Brian Bosworth, Chris Doleman, Cornelius Bennett, Vinny Testaverde and Christian Okoye among others — but none have the star power of Vincent Edward Jackson. This wax isn’t super-flashy — and it’s definitely not as good as the two years before it — but it’s becoming harder to find. After this release, the presses rolled pretty hard for a few years after the NFL card world evolved mightily in 1989 with the arrivals of color ink and photographs on the backs of cards with Score and Pro Set. Topps changed, too, but this year and those before it still have a favored place for this collector. This particular pack wasn’t super-flashy but it did include cards for Jim Kelly, Bernie Kosar, Howie Long and even the Rookie Card of Joey Bosa’s dad, John. If you want a fun retro rip that’s not too pricey but still something with decent value (thanks Bo!), this is one to consider. Again, if you can find it.

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

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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