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    Cost of Wax Packs 25 Years Ago

    In the late 80s/early 90s, I remember going to card shops and looking at the prices of wax packs. From what I recall (if memory serves) is this:

    1986 Donruss $10
    1987 Donruss $5
    1987 Fleer $7

    Does anyone else remember how much packs of the older wax was going for?
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    None of the shops I went to 25 years ago had any old wax. Of those 3, two are still around today, and it's still pretty much the same. Anything with any value at all has long since been sold.
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    1993 Topps Finest (first chrome cards) $20.00 per pack. Best regards, David PS first Refractor/rainbow colors!
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    The first set I remember going way up very soon after release was 1990 Leaf I and II.

    I think they went from $2.50 per pack to $7 and $10 pretty darn quick...
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    Quote Originally Posted by David K. View Post
    1993 Topps Finest (first chrome cards) $20.00 per pack. Best regards, David PS first Refractor/rainbow colors!
    I remember saving to buy a few packs of this when they were released; $15/pack I think. "Refractor? What's a refractor?" were my exact words to the guy in the card shop. lol
    One pack I bought when my grandma and I were out and about. It was hot that day and I opened the pack in the cool A/C of the car...pulled a Frank Thomas AS, so I was happy but worried that the card was going to melt!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Letch77 View Post
    I remember saving to buy a few packs of this when they were released; $15/pack I think. "Refractor? What's a refractor?" were my exact words to the guy in the card shop. lol
    "It's really shiny" was always the response I got. They didn't know either, but they had to say something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goobmcnasty View Post
    "It's really shiny" was always the response I got. They didn't know either, but they had to say something.
    Haha - I wonder how people would describe a refractor nowadays if one didn't exist. It...uh..ermm....looks like a glowing rainbow from heaven?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mouschi View Post
    Haha - I wonder how people would describe a refractor nowadays if one didn't exist. It...uh..ermm....looks like a glowing rainbow from heaven?!
    In the light or sunlight........no light...it looks darker than the other cards. Best regards, David PS pulled a Piazza refractor...sold it for over $300.00. Best regards, David
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    Quote Originally Posted by mouschi View Post
    Haha - I wonder how people would describe a refractor nowadays if one didn't exist. It...uh..ermm....looks like a glowing rainbow from heaven?!
    In my family (me being the only collector with two non-collectors)... "Shiney" is chrome card, "extra shiney" or "chrome with a rainbow shine" are how I talk about refractors to them.

    As for the rest of this thread, no card shop pricing but Walgreen's in the mid 80's - 1984 and 1985 Topps baseball were 50 cents a pack. I do remember a 1989 local card show where Upper Deck packs were sold and vividly remember $1 price tag sticker on each pack at one of the dealers at the show and wondered if they were really worth just under double the price of the other brands single packs i was purchasing from drug stores or average price per pack when purchased as a box at price club.

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