AT THE NATIONAL: Ripping a 1963 Topps pack

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Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds caught up with New York-based dealer Jeffrey Finnigan as he ripped a pack of 1963 Topps at the Topps booth during this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …


  1. Merovius
    Posted Monday August 6th, 2012 at 02:56 PM | Permalink

    I know this guy! When I unearthed my family’s old collection last August in Albany NY he helped me with some much needed supplies, told me which cards I should think about having graded and even showed me some of the best cards in his personal collection (some t206 tobacco cards).

    Ive since continued to do business with Jeff and he’s given me some of the best deals to date.

    Jeff is a real class act and a true bright spot in a sometimes dim industry.

  2. Posted Monday August 6th, 2012 at 04:24 PM | Permalink

    video looks more like an advertisement… I like how Jeff put his business card next to the pack before he opened it. I would rather see the cards right side up on the video, but since the cards went back & forth on direction it made it easy to see.. I never seen a vintage baseball pack be opened…

    I thought it funny that there was huge TOPPS advertisements in the background, but the dealer was sporting a Panini T-shirt…

    I want TOPPS & UD Basketball back…

    had to throw that out there, since I only collect basketball. can’t afford to collect every sports. Especially with today’s high priced boxes/packs… so I stick with my childhood love of basketball…

  3. TR
    Posted Monday August 6th, 2012 at 04:24 PM | Permalink

    Enjoyed seeing the Tony Cloninger card being pulled from the pack. He and my dad graduated from the same high school.

  4. chrisolds
    Posted Monday August 6th, 2012 at 04:54 PM | Permalink

    Josh: The business card is his move as a smart businessman. My move as a smart editor? Not to film it. You don’t open a pack like that without trying to get attention for yourself — there was a pretty big crowd around us at the Topps booth, but I couldn’t keep that spot and still show everyone.

  5. Posted Monday August 6th, 2012 at 06:27 PM | Permalink

    Chris. I see the point of the businessman. I probably would of done the same thing.. I enjoyed the video & the read. I’m not a huge baseball fan.. but love the stories about old cards & those scarce finds…

    There are not many old packs to bust anymore.. so when one is opened, it has to be done big…

    I wish I can make it to National one day.. I miss card shows. Haven’t been to a good one since around 1994.. me being 14 back then.. I had a few breaks in my collecting days, but now that the addiction has caught me in 2007.. I enjoy the cardboard industry.. at least the collecting part..

  6. afff
    Posted Tuesday August 7th, 2012 at 12:58 AM | Permalink

    thanks for the video. i really enjoyed watching the old pack being opened

  7. card opinionator
    Posted Tuesday August 7th, 2012 at 10:52 AM | Permalink

    Do you need that much drama and precision unveiling each card? I thought that was a little much, but maybe that’s just me.

  8. Mike Furman
    Posted Wednesday August 8th, 2012 at 07:15 AM | Permalink

    Agree, Jeff is a class act. Done business with him a few times, great deals, honest dealer. Can walk in his shop and get a nice pull from a pack from an opened box on the shelf.

    Hey Jeff, don’t send it to PSA, send it to Beckett!! : )

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