The Ultimate Guide to Collecting 1970 Baseball Cards

Overview of 1970 Topps Set

1970 Topps Wax Pack

1970 Topps Wax Boxes

Ultimate Guide to Collecting 1970 Baseball Cards


There were certainly a lot of choices of items to purchase from Topps during the 1970 baseball season. Some were available almost anywhere, while others were only issued on a test basis. Kids back then had their choice of what they wanted to purchase, just as you have your choice of what you want to purchase today.

The Unopened Products

Wax Packs – Existed for Topps BB by series and High numbers of 5th, 6th and 7th. In addition there were wax packs for OPC, Super Cards, Posters, and Booklets.

1970 Topps Test Issue Pack

Video of Opening 1970 OPC Pack


Cello Pack – Topps was the only one making cello packs. If we could get lucky enough to find an authentic one with a favorite player showing just inside the cello box, we would jump on that purchase.

Rack Pack – These are actually pretty hard to come by. For an authentic rack, expect to pay somewhere between $1,000 - $2,000 depending on the series and the stars showing. In an average year, perhaps less than a half dozen come up for sale.

Empty Display Box – Looking just at Topps and OPC, did you know that there are actually 5 DIFFERENT display boxes that year? Topps used 3 and OPC 2. The attached photo shows 4 of the 5.

Wax Pack Tray – The 1970 trays are pretty rare and finding one may take a while.

1970 Topps Baseball Unopened Pack Poll

What was your favorite pack to collect?

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sandonia 4 years ago

I have recently been thinking about getting back into collecting cards. I used to collect as a kid and have a stash of about 40,000 cards. They sit away in a closet. But, the other day I saw some cards on sale at the grocery store and thought about starting up the hobby again.

That said, I was always a fan of Topps wax packs. I don't know why, but I really liked the gum. :)

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