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The 1982 Topps baseball set features a lengthy list of Hall of Famers and key rookie cards, most notably from Cooperstown inductees Cal Ripken, Jr. and Lee Smith. Expect to find about 20 examples of each in this factgory sealed 24-box case of 1982 Topps baseball vending boxes. PSA 10 Gem Mint graded examples of these iconic rookie cards are fairly easy to procure from vending and routinely sell for between $700 and $900, while the last two BGS 10 Pristine copies of Cal Ripken, Jr. fetched $6,000 and $13,000, respectively. Furthermore, if grading is your thing, VintageCardPrices.com lists the value of a completely PSA 10 graded set at $30,147.

While BGS 10s of early 1980s Hall of Fame rookie cards are among the hobby's most challenging discoveries, the best chance of encountering them lies within unopened product, especially vending cases. Other key encounters include challenging low-pop condition rarities of Reggie Jackson and Tom Seaver, plus the regular lineup of considerably valued Hall of Famers: Nolan Ryan, Rickey Henderson, George Brett, Mike Schmidt, Ozzie Smith, Carl Yastrzemski, Johnny Bench, Eddie Murray, and so many more.

Importantly, vending cases from the late 1970s and early 1980s have virtually disappeared from the market place. They make some of the best long-term investments available in the hobby. Collectors use the term "cardboard gold" to describe a variety of Topps products issued throughout the years that have continued to rise in value, and unopened vending cases are at the very top of that list.
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Minimum Bid: $2,500
Final prices include buyers premium: $3,048
Number Bids: 1
Auction closed on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
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