Pondering what’s possible in a 1973 Topps baseball group break — and you can win one of five free spots

1973-Topps-boxWhat you see here is a 1973 Topps wax box — 24 packs of 10 cards — with cards inside just as they were wrapped in wax paper more than 40 years ago.

blowoutTVlogo09They’ll all see the light of day soon as part of an upcoming BlowoutTV group break, which will give collectors a shot at high-grade copies of Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt‘s Rookie Card along with RCs of Rich “Goose” Gossage, Dwight Evans, Davey Lopes and Bob Boone. (Oh, and keep reading to see how you can get in on a free spot in the break …)

And then, of course, there are cards of Hall of Famers and notables such as Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, Brooks Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Al Kaline, Willie Mays, Pete Rose, Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson, Harmon Killebrew, Joe Morgan and many more. Perfect specimens aren’t a given with the printing, cutting and packaging of the past, but a box like this one can yield plenty of high-dollar cards in PSA 9 and 10 form. (And some strong cards in lesser grades.)

But the real power in this one beyond the Hall of Famers? The potential for PSA 10 commons — cards that are often overlooked raw but can command insane amounts when PSA Registry collectors chase a set in high grade. How about $739.76 for a PSA 10 Bobby Murcer?

There’s some Power of the Pinstripes in play there, but that card is not alone.

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eBay Buzz: Big bucks aren’t just tossed around for Bowman Supers

BVG9-1954-Bowman-Mickey-MantleWith Bowman Draft officially arriving tomorrow, eBay will undoubtedly be buzzing with the newest can’t-miss future stars’ first MLB cards.

But Bowman’s not just a big deal for high-grade Chromes and Superfractors. Vintage Bowman in top grade — like this 1954 Bowman Mickey Mantle — can generate some looks, too.

This card, in its grade, is a 1/1 specimen. It’s a card that can give any Superfractor a run for its graded money without any of those golden swirls or a dollop of autograph ink.

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