Collectors Corner #10 – April 19, 2019

Buying Vintage Sports Card Packs

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In the latest and greatest episode of Collectors Corner, Ron Barr and I talk about buying — and opening — vintage sports card packs with the hopes of pulling a big hit.

Of course, longtime readers of this site will remember when I did a vintage OPC pack break and pulled that Bill Ranford rookie card with the gum stuck to it. 

We talk about the trading card set for the short-lived Alliance of American Football, and why no one will probably want those cards.

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One thought on “Collectors Corner #10 – April 19, 2019”

  1. I never seem to have original material to contribute but can always find something to bounce off of…like now.

    It’s interesting when you bring up BBCE and their process of re-shrink wrapping their finds. I understand the reasoning behind it completely. In the case of things like the 1986 Fleer Basketball product that has the potential of a couple of MJs, I get the added security and piece of mind it may give other collector’s (much wealthier than I) to know the product hasn’t been tampered with. As a collector myself, it still makes me nervous, though. Not because I don’t trust BBCE. I follow these guys online and read about their buying adventures across the country. It’s amazing to see what they are able to unearth from collectors. I just get an uneasy feeling sometimes, when you think about the chain of custody. I guess I think negative too much but I can’t help that my brain goes straight to how many other potential handlers had the product prior to BBCE’s purchase date? One, two, ten? I know they vet and screen these sales very discerningly because if they didn’t, it would be a disservice to their clientele, which is huge. But I just don’t trust people in general, especially when the market for the high ticket, high graded cards has become what it has and people can make a mint. Maybe I need therapy?

    At any rate, their location in Schererville, IN is an LCS of mine and I find that when I go in there it seems very little of the re-wrapped product is put on shelves for direct sale. They have a 12,000 SF warehouse with a small storefront and the crazy pallets of cardboard that are brought in from the four corners of the United States are all housed in the back, outside the view of the public. The vast majority of what you see on their website seems to only be available online. These guys started as a mail-order only business, advertising in magazines, for many years and when the internet boom happened, they began selling online. They didn’t reopen the brick and mortar shop until about 2014 and although they have a ton of product in all sports from the last 10 years, the vintage stuff is mostly out of site. I once heard one of their sales people tell a customer that the online stuff that you don’t see on the shelves is for online-only sale.

    They don’t focus on hockey product too much, but I have been able to find some pretty interesting and, for lack of a better word, rare product in there on occasion. They have a couple display cases of singles and about 8 feet of wall space devoted to hockey boxes. I try to stop in there at least once a month or so to see what’s new and chat with the guys/gals that work there.

    Unrelated but to piggy back on a previous CC episode, BBCE is now in the Breaker business as well. I’ll save my opinion on that.

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