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 6.
The pack: 1982 Topps E.T. trading cards
The cost now: $1
The cost then: 25 cents
What’s inside this one? Keep reading …
He definitely won’t have to call collect when he phones home.
There was big 1980s nostalgia news this week as the original poster art for E.T. sold for big bucks via Heritage Auctions.
The 1982 Steven Spielberg film made more than $359.1 million at the box office, and while the art didn’t quite fetch that much, it’s still quite impressive.
It’s a trend that’s been growing for the last decade, but there are probably more than a few collectors who have walked right by them in the card aisle at retail stores not realizing what can be had inside packs.
They’re generally known as blind-wrapped mystery toys — a small vinyl figure inside a box or mylar pouch. They’re something that’s been popular in Japan for a long time, but have taken off in the United States for the last decade.
Think of them as one part coin vending machine, one part toy and one part sports card.
Oh, and they can be one part fun.