Back in June of 2020, I went to an awesome card show held in an old Forever 21 store eighty-five miles away. I'm not the biggest fan of driving that far for a show... but this time around... it was totally worth it. The amount of cool stuff I picked up at bargain prices easily made up for the money I wasted on gas.
Today's post revolves around an item I purchased at that show. It's an uncut sheet of 1982 Topps team leader cards... which contains twenty-seven cards divided into three nine-card panels.
This sheet was sitting in a dealer's 5 for $1 box and I snatched it up and put it into my stack as soon as I could. I really like the 1982 Topps set, but that's not the main reason I wanted this sheet. I wanted it because I had never seen one before.
It's taken me seven months, but I've finally gotten around to look into this mysterious uncut sheet. I started with Beckett's website, but they only mentioned that it was part of a mail-away offer. TCDB provided a little more clarity by stating it was a wrapper redemption offer... which led me to search eBay for wrapper scans. That's where I found this:
On the right side of the wrapper, Topps offers collectors the opportunity to get all 26 team checklist cards for 75¢ + one wrapper. I tried to give you a better look at the offer, but it came out a little blurry:
When I was a kid, I opened a few packs of this product, but never sent in for this uncut sheet. I'm pretty sure none of my friends did either, because I don't remember seeing one of these until I saw it sitting on this dealer's table.
In case you're wondering if these cards are any different from the ones pulled from packs... they are. You can easily tell the difference by turning the sheet over:
As you can see... Topps used a white cardstock very similar to the Tiffany sets that arrived two years later.
Back in 1982, there were only twenty-six MLB teams, which means there was one spot Topps needed to fill on this sheet. They ended up using it to advertise two storage options for their customers.
The front featured these "easy-to-carry files" that kids could store their cards in:
I'm 98% sure I owned some of these. If I remember correctly... I used them to house my Empire Strikes Back cards.
The back featured the popular card lockers from the 80's:
I definitely owned one of these lockers (doubt it was the Topps brand) that I used to store my 1981 Fleer baseball set at one point.
These are the type of card show purchases I love, because I added something different to my collection (although it's not easy to store) and it motivated me to research the item and learn something new. That knowledge is well worth the 20¢ it cost me.
By the way... this is part of the same purchase that included the uncut sheets of Hostess Cards and oversized Donruss Puzzles I wrote about back in September.
I'm not exactly sure when this show is coming back and even if it does... there's no guarantee this dealer will be there. And even if he does set up... who knows if he'll have cool stuff like this again at these awesome prices. But if I'm available... it's worth me taking the risk and wasting the gas to get there.
Well that's it for today. Here's your question of the day...
Did you ever take advantage of wax wrapper offers?
If so, what did you buy?
I look forward to reading and responding to your comments. Happy Thursday and sayonara!