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Old 04-09-2017, 10:16 PM
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Default 1950 Bowman Baseball 1c packs

Looking for input and advice on a lot of 15 ~ 1950 Bowman Baseball 1c packs. This lot of 19 packs was found in a wall in a brown paper bag on a demo of a bar outside of Chicago. 2 of them were opened by the founder, 2 were sold at Heritage Auctions - one in May 2016 for 2390.00 and the other in August 2016 for 3585.00 - both were verified by PSA. The remaining 15 packs are not considered unopened because the glue has come loose from the folds but they are considered unsearched. The question I have for the group is whether it is worth the 100.00/pack to get them in front of PSA for their review and verification or to sell them as a lot? I have seen the packs myself and I know they have not been opened, I have a photo example of one of the packs for your viewing. Thanks for your collective input on this lot.
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Old 04-10-2017, 07:57 AM
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Im not sure there would be enough of a market for a pack that is not sealed more strongly. There may be some nice cards in, and of course, the wrappers would bring solid prices if decent. IMO, Id open em, but whether you can make a profit on whatever card is inside, condition, etc. and the wrapper, over the prices is the key. Good luck!
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Old 04-10-2017, 08:18 AM
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I don't think there will be any value to them as "unsearched". If money is the game then I say search them and hope they're in good condition.
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Based on that picture I could never assume that pack is "unsearched".
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Is there only one card in the pack? Unsearched really deosnt apply in that case, as you can probably make out the one card
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Is there only one card in the pack? Unsearched really deosnt apply in that case, as you can probably make out the one card
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The others were of value as a sealed pack because pack collectors rarely see them. I would open and sell the cards and wrappers.
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I don't think I would open them, but I would sell them as is. Opening them just means there are less unopened 1950 Bowman 1 cent packs in the world that can never be undone. I would try to ascertain which cards are in each pack which shouldn't be too hard to do and then sell them letting the buyer(s) know which card is in the pack. I'm not too familiar with how the 1 card packs were packed, but I assume every card has a wax and or bubble gum stain so you're not going to get any PSA mint cards.
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IMHO definitely worth more as is than as opened cards and wrappers. They are what they are and I for one would love a pack and I know that more than 15 other collectors share my view. Even if they sell for 10-20% of what unopened packs did that's a big premium over what you would get for cards and wrappers.
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Thanks for your input, will post an update on the plan from here in the near future.
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