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Bongorific

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I take it the days of $50 - 36pack boxes are long gone?
Way long gone. But keep your eyes online for Target and Walmart. They are really the only large retailers that are selling at MSRP. Your local shop will have a lot more inventory but there’s a markup.

If they really aren’t looking for inserts, you might be better off just buying base sets? A lot of the card pricing is based on the lotto aspect of getting “hits”. I have bought my kids Topps Opening Day baseball packs because they are cheap and they just like to look at the pictures.
 

deanx0

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Way long gone. But keep your eyes online for Target and Walmart. They are really the only large retailers that are selling at MSRP. Your local shop will have a lot more inventory but there’s a markup.

If they really aren’t looking for inserts, you might be better off just buying base sets? A lot of the card pricing is based on the lotto aspect of getting “hits”. I have bought my kids Topps Opening Day baseball packs because they are cheap and they just like to look at the pictures.
And I will say Hockey is far more likely to be in stock these days at Target (or at least down here that is the case).
 

Ale Xander

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Upper Deck hockey is everywhere. But it's a 700 card set so that's perhaps why. I don't remember if it's $5 or $10, but it's a 50 card pack

Donruss football is 50 cards too, I believe that $15 but you get inserts. Got a J Chase press proof in mine!

If you get them one of each, t4p, that's not bad. I'd be happy if I was a kid. (or an adult!)
 

rymflaherty

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To the experts, am I likely to get something like this by xmas if it's a presell that releases on the 15th of December?
https://www.dacardworld.com/sports-cards/2021-22-upper-deck-mvp-hockey-24-pack-box
I’ll preface this by saying that the pandemic pandemonium caused me to leave the hobby for the most part, so I’m not sure if a post Covid world has changed things, but…

If I was pre-ordering from Dave and Adams my expectation would be to get it on release date, or if they didn’t have it early to send, worst case, by that weekend.
 

NJ_Sox_Fan

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Both Dave and Adams and Blowout should get you your product right on release date typically, or a day later in my experiences
 

Ale Xander

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Anyone collect Allen and Ginter or other tobacco-card shape/size cards? Where's a fair price to get supplies (sheets and top loaders) for that size?
 

SocrManiac

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Working on cleaning out my mom's basement, I came across three binders with Red Sox team sets. They're mostly from the 80's and early 90's across all manufacturers- Topps, Donruss, Bowman, Fleer, Score. The pages have yellowed but the cards seem to be fine. Of course, I opened the thing to a shot of Jerry Remy... Gut punch.

I have no idea what the value of these things is anymore. Nothing is graded, of course. I can't talk about completeness. I think we pulled the Clemens rookie cards from these binders, but I actually do have them in a separate box and can replace them.

What's my best path for finding a buyer that can appreciate this? I find that it's from a time in my life not filled with happy memories, so even though the cards and the teams are near and dear it's not filling me with warmth and nostalgia.
 

tonyandpals

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Working on cleaning out my mom's basement, I came across three binders with Red Sox team sets. They're mostly from the 80's and early 90's across all manufacturers- Topps, Donruss, Bowman, Fleer, Score. The pages have yellowed but the cards seem to be fine. Of course, I opened the thing to a shot of Jerry Remy... Gut punch.

I have no idea what the value of these things is anymore. Nothing is graded, of course. I can't talk about completeness. I think we pulled the Clemens rookie cards from these binders, but I actually do have them in a separate box and can replace them.

What's my best path for finding a buyer that can appreciate this? I find that it's from a time in my life not filled with happy memories, so even though the cards and the teams are near and dear it's not filling me with warmth and nostalgia.
I've been out of the game for a while, but I think you'd be hard pressed to find anything of much value as those years were massively over produced. Just search on ebay for some of the bigger names...or name. Clemens 85 topps/donruss/fleer run about 10 bucks. I suppose the 84 Fleer Update would be the prize of the pack, but that was a tough one back in the day.
 

tonyandpals

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Both Dave and Adams and Blowout should get you your product right on release date typically, or a day later in my experiences
I’ll preface this by saying that the pandemic pandemonium caused me to leave the hobby for the most part, so I’m not sure if a post Covid world has changed things, but…

If I was pre-ordering from Dave and Adams my expectation would be to get it on release date, or if they didn’t have it early to send, worst case, by that weekend.
Thanks guys, I pulled the trigger.
 

SocrManiac

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I've been out of the game for a while, but I think you'd be hard pressed to find anything of much value as those years were massively over produced. Just search on ebay for some of the bigger names...or name. Clemens 85 topps/donruss/fleer run about 10 bucks. I suppose the 84 Fleer Update would be the prize of the pack, but that was a tough one back in the day.
I have the ‘84 Fleer Update. I’m more interested in getting these to somebody that can appreciate them.
 

opes

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Working on cleaning out my mom's basement, I came across three binders with Red Sox team sets. They're mostly from the 80's and early 90's across all manufacturers- Topps, Donruss, Bowman, Fleer, Score. The pages have yellowed but the cards seem to be fine. Of course, I opened the thing to a shot of Jerry Remy... Gut punch.

I have no idea what the value of these things is anymore. Nothing is graded, of course. I can't talk about completeness. I think we pulled the Clemens rookie cards from these binders, but I actually do have them in a separate box and can replace them.

What's my best path for finding a buyer that can appreciate this? I find that it's from a time in my life not filled with happy memories, so even though the cards and the teams are near and dear it's not filling me with warmth and nostalgia.


I've got a metric ton of upper deck from late 80s/early 90's. Theres really only a few cards out of those years that are worth anything. Unless its signed and in mint condition, you really have just a ton of kindling. There are some nice cards out of that '84 set that you could toss on ebay. Getting anything authenticated these days takes months to a year.
 

Oil Can Dan

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Speaking of the ‘84 Fleer update - that remains one of my best buys of my life. I bought that and the ‘84 USFL set for like $10 new from some vendor in California from an ad in Sports Collectors Digest or something. I got the Clemens and Puckett graded around 15 years ago and unfortunately they came back as 8’s. But still love both sets.
 

opes

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Speaking of the ‘84 Fleer update - that remains one of my best buys of my life. I bought that and the ‘84 USFL set for like $10 new from some vendor in California from an ad in Sports Collectors Digest or something. I got the Clemens and Puckett graded around 15 years ago and unfortunately they came back as 8’s. But still love both sets.
Ill buy that puckett off you. no joke. PM me your price. My wife is a huge twins fan.
 

Ale Xander

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I'm hearing some anecdotes how the graded card market is getting flooded after everyone is finally getting back their submissions from the grading agencies from the height of the stay at home time (for the non-premium cards, how everyone was sending everything). Tulips and all that.
 

ElcaballitoMVP

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I'm hearing some anecdotes how the graded card market is getting flooded after everyone is finally getting back their submissions from the grading agencies from the height of the stay at home time (for the non-premium cards, how everyone was sending everything). Tulips and all that.
Yup. Heard the same thing. Sell your graded base cards now, if ya got em.
 

Fishercat

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I'm hearing some anecdotes how the graded card market is getting flooded after everyone is finally getting back their submissions from the grading agencies from the height of the stay at home time (for the non-premium cards, how everyone was sending everything). Tulips and all that.
Been seeing that too combined with the massive print runs. Honestly may not be a bad time to grab some good names from the glut if one is so inclined

Unrelated, I finally had what some would consider a nice hit - Ohtani SSP from this years Topp’s Update, the little thrill of pull of snagging that out of a pack brought me back.