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"Vending Packs" of 1988 Topps cards worth anything?
Posted by: freescotland
Date: February 06, 2007 10:11AM
I was given three unopened cases of "Vending Packs" 1988 Topps baseball cards. I think there are 24 boxes of 500 cards in each case.

What are vending packs and are these things worth anything? Each case is very heavy, maybe 50 pounds.

Haven't collected cards since the 1960s, so I am at a loss.
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Re: "Vending Packs" of 1988 Topps cards worth anything?
Posted by: blusubaru
Date: February 06, 2007 10:17AM
Guessing vending packs are the unopened wax or foil packages. Should be worth some decent amount of money.
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Re: "Vending Packs" of 1988 Topps cards worth anything?
Posted by: Chupa Chupa
Date: February 06, 2007 10:17AM
'88 was a bad year, especially for Topps. I don't think there are any worthwhile rookies in there, but thumb through a copy of Becketts Baseball Monthly the next time you are at a newstand or bookstore (It's usually either w/ the sports magazines or the hobby magazines). They list values and rookies. Expect to get maybe 1/4 of whatever they print as the value.
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Re: "Vending Packs" of 1988 Topps cards worth anything?
Posted by: papercup
Date: February 06, 2007 10:18AM
Thats what eBay is for.

Write up a super-sounding blurb, photograph one case & start the bidding. A little eBay research to to where//when to post it & let'er fly.

I would start with selling one case. You may be better splitting up the case it f you have the time.

I bet they are well worth selling.
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Re: "Vending Packs" of 1988 Topps cards worth anything?
Posted by: Chupa Chupa
Date: February 06, 2007 10:20AM
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blusubaru
Guessing vending packs are the unopened wax or foil packages. Should be worth some decent amount of money.

Vending packs are just boxes of 500 loose cards. The boxes themselves are worthless since they can easily be opened and thumbed though. Not worth spending the money to eBay them. You won't get any action for them. Everyone just assumes it's just a box of commons.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/06/2007 10:22AM by Chupa Chupa.
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Re: "Vending Packs" of 1988 Topps cards worth anything?
Posted by: blusubaru
Date: February 06, 2007 10:22AM
Oh. Yuck then. No guarantee of value of contents.
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Re: "Vending Packs" of 1988 Topps cards worth anything?
Posted by: spearmint
Date: February 06, 2007 10:25AM
They certainly are worth a good price. You probably have a baseball card shop close by if you live in a medium or larger and can talk to them. Online there are plenty of online pricing sites which require payment. (google "pricing baseball cards) and you will find plenty. They do each card indivdually.

I would check around on Ebay they have a lot activity in this area. Problem is you cannot individual identify because they are packaged and I think that is good thing.

They have magazines on cards too and they might give you a clue. Also books that gives estimates.

1988? You might have a Bonds Rookie car,, ugh!




Da Good Life



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 02/06/2007 10:40AM by spearmint.
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Re: "Vending Packs" of 1988 Topps cards worth anything?
Posted by: Kramerica
Date: February 06, 2007 10:41AM
$7.95 buy-it-now here:

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Re: "Vending Packs" of 1988 Topps cards worth anything?
Posted by: papercup
Date: February 06, 2007 10:50AM
8 bucks?

Wow.
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Re: "Vending Packs" of 1988 Topps cards worth anything?
Posted by: freescotland
Date: February 06, 2007 10:53AM
That is the stuff.

selling there for 7.95 per, so if he can get that it's not too bad since I have three cases of 24 each.

Wonder if I should leave them boxed up in the unopened shipping boxes from Topps and sell as case or bust them open?

thanks for all the replies
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Re: "Vending Packs" of 1988 Topps cards worth anything?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: February 06, 2007 11:04AM
I would go with selling them still sealed...

I had a great result selling envelopes of stamps on eBay that were originally sorted and sealed by a stamp dealer in the early 1900's (1905-1910).
I opened ONE from each bundle, to show what was likely inside...
And put the rest of the bundle up on dutch auction.

Most of them were valued at less than $1 for the contents of each envelope (very common stamps).
The sealed envelopes went for from $2 to $8 EACH.

Most of the feedback from buyers was that they really enjoyed opening them themsevles and searching.
No one to my knowledge found anything REAL valuable, but there were a few $2-3 stamps in some.

I started my investment portfolio with the proceeds of these auctions smiling smiley



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Re: "Vending Packs" of 1988 Topps cards worth anything?
Posted by: spearmint
Date: February 06, 2007 11:57AM
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Kramerica
$7.95 buy-it-now here:

Hard to belive but maybe there is a glut on the market. Hll I am interested.

I believe you can do better but from what I learned here you are not going to be rich.




Da Good Life
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Re: "Vending Packs" of 1988 Topps cards worth anything?
Posted by: 3d
Date: February 06, 2007 03:12PM
If i remember correctly... 1998 Topps Baseball was a stinker. The trading card companies all started getting greedy and were churning out cases and cases of cards like there was no tommorrow.

I stopped collecting cards in '87. The "wood grain" border year. At least there were a bunch of rookies to chase after. McGwire, Canseco, Bo Jackson, heh smiling smiley


**EDIT**
Oops. I meant 1988 Topps Baseball. Not 1998.



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Re: "Vending Packs" of 1988 Topps cards worth anything?
Posted by: Kramerica
Date: February 06, 2007 03:46PM
Same with me 3d.... '87 I was hardcore, but after that the market got flooded and later crashed... Cards from '87 that had been worth $100 (Canseco rookies) and others just plummeted. Wish I had sold some of them back then, but I'm still holding onto my old cards.
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Re: "Vending Packs" of 1988 Topps cards worth anything?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: February 06, 2007 04:48PM
I have some Garbage Pail Kids cards....
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