They are going to make a pack registry. I just hope they don't add packs to the master set registry. I think that would upset a few people. Finding most 50's and 60's hockey packs is very, very tough. It's alot easier finding baseball packs. Jim
I would be totally against that idea. I have just entered my first set on the registry--1957-58 Parkhurst. I can't imagine what an unopened pack would cost. Actually, I think I saw some on eBay a while back, but I don't remember what they went for.
I just think that collecting cards is different from collecting packs. I like unopened packs, but I just don't get the same thrill of owning an unopened pack as I do the individual cards. The old packs are pretty neat to see, but the costs are too high for me.
Actually, when the manufacturers were designing the sets, they never intended the pack itself to be a part of that set. The pack was just the way to distribute the cards, and to make money for the manufacturers.
Given the fact that they've started those inane megasets, I can easily see PSA creating master sets that will include the different types of packs available for a given issue. PSA just seems out of touch with run-of-the-mill collectors and seems increasingly focused on the bottom line. Maybe I'm overestimating how representative I am of collectors in general, but the irony is that they seem to be alienating customers as quickly as they are cultivating revenue streams.
I didn't really mean a master set- AS we all know its damn near impossible to get an unopened pack of tobacco from 1910 or 11 so a master set for most older cards would be impossible! I meant more like a registry for say "OPC Hockey Packs" and it would basically be a pack from every year from start to finish for OPC. This is a bit easier for newer companies. Does this idea sound more reasonable?
I'm sure there will be a pack registry, which is a reasonable idea, but I'm also sure PSA will also come up with just about every possible permutation when it comes to adding "sets" to the registry. Say what you will about their grading or customer service, but they are savvy marketers.
You say that there are only 9 known unopened packs--does that mean that only 9 have been graded by GAI? Are they the only ones to grade packs right now? (I know that PSA is getting into that field, but I'm not sure if they are up and running yet.)
I doubt that I would ever buy one of those, but how much does one of those packs go for? I would estimate at least $1500, but I could be way off!
You would pay around 2000.00 for one of these packs. A few years ago an old sales rep from parkhurst parted with a few packs he kept. This was part of that find. There were 9 packs from this year. I dont believe any others exist so I have a 1/9. I love how the wrapper doubles as a checklist.
I'm normally just a lurker (mostly a vintage baseball collector, including packs) but I was told by a PSA rep that packs would probably be added to the master sets, for some sort of bonus point (like they do with the rare #80 variations on the '60 Fleer baseball master set).