Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1991 O-Pee-Chee 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 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: 1991 O-Pee-Chee baseball
The cost: 

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Cards per pack: 10 (see all in gallery below)
Base set completion: 
10 of 792 (1 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Inserts: None

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: I’m not sure if I’ve ever ripped into a pack of this — maybe once from a repack back in the mid-1990s — but a look at this bilingual Canadian version of 1991 Topps offers a whole lot of what-ifs in my mind. Most importantly, what if 1980-1991 Topps sets had used bright white cardboard and the crisper, cleaner printing that comes with it? Game-changer. The 1991 Topps set is among the better-looking Topps releases from 1988 to 1993 and the bright white stock makes it even better. I should have ripped more than one pack of this one as part of the Chipper Jones Rookie Card chase here because the O-Pee-Chee version is inevitably rarer than the Topps version. Just 305 copies of that card have been slabbed in any grade by PSA vs. more than 9,100 for Topps. This particular pack? It revealed its lone highlight with the opening of the seal — a Jose Canseco card was it for this one. He would have been a big find then and it was now — at least compared to Dan Pasqua and Willie McGee. With only 10 cards from a 792 card set, that means with perfect collation you have a one in 80 pack shot (every third wax box) at any one particular card — that, in my mind, makes that Jones RC even more interesting and must-own.

Product Grade: A-
Pack Grade:
Fun Grade: B+

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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