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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

1975 Topps Mini's - Once again, no longer rare

Hat tip to Topps Archives. I have to say it is one of the most interesting blogs out there.

I have said it before, but 1975 Topps mini's are not rare, nor are any other regular issue cards from the past 50 years.

The auctions ended up at what $700 a box? That's just stupid. No one loves old Topps as much as I do, but the stuff isn't rare. When the Boomer generation, god forbid, passes away. Cases of 70's, possibly 60's Topps are going to come out in droves. Singles will be everywhere.


Motherscratcher said...

I think that maybe the singles are not rare, but unopened packs are. There is value in the opportunity to open up packs of cards from back then, even if most of the cards aren't worth a whole lot.

I'm not saying that there is $700 worth of value, but there is some value. I don't know how to quantify it.

Mammy said...

Good point. I am a boomer and am sitting on a warehouse full of unopened 60's and 70's wax. My unlce worked for topps when I was a kid and would bring home a case a day of all kinds of stuff, both sports and non. I pull out a case once and a while and shell out some packs on ebay and open some just for kicks. My buddy at a well known grading service helps me dig through my singles to get me 10 ratings. I laugh all the way to the bank!

stusigpi said...


The nostalgia factor is definitely in play. Our generation of collectors is used to truly rare cards. Even if you add up all the Adrian peterson auto rookies across the 50 releases, there are less than 20k of them right? If my estimates are right, there are thousands of 60's and 70's rookies exmt and above still sealed. Scarcity is driven by the unknown.

I read an article not too long ago about a sealed case of 72 Topps vending boxes. Not sure which seriesbut its possible that would yield 30-40 of each card. Say there are 100 cases out there. Maybe more. Then there is the sealed wax.

When you consider the 75 mini's, does anyone think that the owner was the only guy buying cards cases at a time and putting them away? The minis were a limited release and available in very few places. What if one guy in every state did that with each year?


Got a pic of your stash?

BC said...

Mammy is a liar.