Graded Cello Packs
Unopened Pack Information from the 1970's
Here is a question for you... if you had every single cello pack that was produced in the 1970s, how much would your collection be worth? If you guessed an estimated $4,500 plus, you would be correct!
For those of us that do not have a full 1970s cello collection, lets take a look at each year and discuss the best cellos to collect for that particular year. Since the term Best is pretty relative, I will try to explain my selection. I look forward to hearing what you all think too.
The real cello pack is the Retail cello (they come in a green box that states 33 cards for 25 cents), not the grocery cello which are thin, have no Topps markings and do not come in a box
Have you noticed that most 1970 BB retail cellos seen on the market are from Series 3? Interestingly, Mr. Mint auctioned a box of Series 3 1970 cellos back in the mid 1990s. Given the low volume of real cellos on the market, and given the fact that almost all are series 3, it makes you wonder if they all came from that box. If so, why do we not see many others and these could be very, very undervalued!
I love these packs and they are definitely on the pretty scarce side too, with only a handful coming up for sale each year.
It seems that with the production of 1972 FB, Topps shifted from using a boxed cello to using a plastic wrap with a price label on it. This packaging was ultimately used for the rest of the 1970s.
For some reason, one year there are more 73s and one year there are more 74s up for sale. Either way, if you were to combine the volume for both 73s and 74s, it would be below 20 per year.
Tie between Hockey, FB and BB
The OPC Hockey are few and far between, but the BB & FB cello packs are real sleepers. Go ahead and track these yourself. See how many BB or FB are up for sale over any 90 day period. My guess based on historical trends, is that you will not see more than 4 cello packs combined across an average quarter.
Three words... Brett and Yount... These are readily available on the market but this is a very, very popular set and these sell very well!
Photos of Cello Packs
Very popular cellos due to the possibility of the Payton rookie... These regularly sell very strongly in the $60 - $85 range
This could be an undervalued pack. The set has big name stars, a high dollar rookie in Andre Dawson and for the most part, these packs are not available in overwhelming quantities. These packs are generally available ungraded, somewhere in the $30s range. I would not be surprised to see these grow into the $40s or maybe $50s range (ungraded) over the next couple of years.
There aren't a ton of FB cellos floating around, but even if you open them, you do not have the opportunity to pull a Molitor or Murray or even Morris rookie!
Baseball or Football, Football or Baseball... Does it matter?
I guess I would take BB because of the possibility of pulling an Ozzie Smith.
This was fun! So please be sure to comment below and let me know what you think. Perhaps we will do this for Wax and Racks in the future.
Some Additional Links
- The Ultimate Guide to Collecting 1970 Baseball Cards eBook: Sports Collectors Daily, Unopened Pack G
The Ultimate Collector’s Guide to 1970 Baseball Cards includes an incredible accumulation of information on the cards, the sets, the packs, the boxes, the sidebar sets, the test issues, and much, much more. Over 50 photos in total!
- Old Unopened Topps Packs (Wax, Cello and Rack)
Here is a link to a blog I've set up with some other interesting information on unopened items from the 1970's.
- Overview of the Unopened Pack Market from the 1970's.
If you an Unopened Pack Collector, you may enjoy this link to my About Me page on Ebay.
- eBay Store - The Unopened Pack Store and More
When you are ready to buy Cello Pack, Wax Pack and Rack Pack items, please consider my Unopened Pack Store.