Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1987 Donruss baseball wax pack (Hour 4)

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 4.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1987 Donruss baseball
The cost now: 
55 cents ($20 for a 36-pack box; this pack randomly chosen)
The cost then: Under $1

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Cards per pack: 15 plus one puzzle piece (all in gallery below)
Base set completion: 
15 of 660 (2 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Inserts: 1
Roberto Clemente puzzle piece (1) – Roberto Clemente

Autographs/Memorabilia: Not for a few more years

What’s Buzz-worthy: Back in 1987, this would have been a solid pack with Will Clark, Benito Santiago and Roger Clemens. These days? Not so much, but the design and simple classics like the Clark are timeless. The wax packs here are always quite loose and somewhat heavy on the wax so damaged cards can be found in these packs. The good news, though, is that these boxes can still be found and they’re still relatively cheap, too, despite there being some big names. Greg Maddux is the biggie, but there’s also Barry Larkin, Bo Jackson, Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Ruben Sierra, Rafael Palmeiro, David Cone and many other cards that were classics at that time and in years since. One might argue that this one is the last of the classic 1980s Donruss releases and it’s one with a simple yet bold design that still adds up to “good stuff” today. If you’re busting for singles, cracking a factory set might be safer for the condition and centering but these boxes are a relatively fun — yet very simple — rip if cheap enough.

Product Grade: A
Pack Grade:
Fun Grade: B

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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