May 13, 2011

1956 Topps Christmas Rack Pack

I, for one, was fooled by this Christmas-themed rack pack—it was created by a third party in the late 1970s, not Topps, and not in 1956. Good thing I didn't shell out the $400 it's going for on eBay.

The real reason I'm posting this is because the third party unwittingly seeded the  Warren Giles/Rin-Tin-Tin variation, to commemorate the seven weeks the animal filmstar ran the National League—appointed by the owners so Giles could take a vacation—in the summer of 1955. It's a great card, and hard to find in decent shape.

(Click on the image to get the full effect.)

3 comments:

Drew said...

Ben, despite the large number of Christmas racks offered for sale by otherwise reputable dealers, it is well-accepted that they were NOT produced by Topps. They were repacked by a company at some later date from old inventory. They are a real problem in the hobby, though, as they appear authentic and amazing.

Just an FYI...

Ben Henry said...

Drew, Thanks for the comment. I should have done my homework before posting!

Anonymous said...

I posted a slightly longer comment before that post went "poof." Anyway, I just wanted to say that these Christmas racks were NOT produced by Topps in the year in question. From what little I know, they were likely repacked by some third party at a later date using inventory from elsewhere, perhaps old vending machines. As such, the cards are not factory fresh and from what I hear you are unlikely to pull any major stars.

Just an FYI...

Drew
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