Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1983 Fleer baseball cello pack (Hour 12)

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 packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is our finale for today.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1983 Fleer baseball cello pack
The cost: 

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Cards per pack: 30 (28 cards, two stickers — see all in gallery below)
Base set completion: 
28 of 660 (4 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Inserts: 2
Team stickers (2)
— California Angels, New York Yankees

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: If you can get past the bland tan borders of the front and the brown-ink (but comprehensive) card backs, then you might see that this is a pretty solid 1980s set. It’s a fast improvement over the year before — in many ways — and it’s the start of a 1980s run that’s got some clean and iconic cardboard in it. This one is really all about chasing three Hall of Famer Rookie Cards — Wade Boggs, Ryne Sandberg and Tony Gwynn — while there are other stars to be found. This particular pack included four Hall of Famers — Johnny Bench, Ozzie Smith, Reggie Jackson and the newly elected Alan Trammell. While they aren’t super-flashy, that’s perhaps one of the strongest runs of stars in all packs we’ve ripped today. Cello packs make for generally top-condition cards vs. wax packs so really it just comes down to centering and clean printing that can get in your way with grading. These look pretty good — way better than the 1982 cello pack ripped earlier. This is one of those brands and pack formats where a bulk rip might be pretty fun and return relatively well.

Product Grade: A-
Pack Grade:
Fun Grade: A-

What do you want to see next time during 12 in 12? Tell us in the comments or on Twitter. We’ll mix in more full boxes and newer stuff if we see that you like it. If you made it this far, thanks for checking out The Buzz all day.

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