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Review: 1989 Topps New Kids on the Block Trading Cards

Updated on January 30, 2011

1989 Topps New Kids on the Block

Cards and Stickers
Cards and Stickers

Non-sports cards can be fun too!!!

OK, OK. Those of you who have read my columns before know that I usually stick to sports cards and baseball is my expertise - so this might seem out of character...

Let Me Explain.....

Believe it or not, I will at times carry non-sports cards if I think I can make some money from it. The newest non-sports sets from Topps over the past 3 or 4 years have been very well designed and sold out from the manufacturer quickly. Those titles won't surprise you - High School Musical, Spongebob Squarepants, iCarly. Pretty much anything related to Nicktoons, Nick Jr or Disney sells well with kids. That is not the case with this product however.

I got these packs, about 350 of them, at the bottom of a huge box of baseball cards that I had purchased. The packs survived very well sitting there for over 20 years. I've had them for about a year and I've left them alone - choosing to not waste my time on them. Of course, for those of you who remember the craze, you are well aware that NKOTB had a new, very well-received album out this past year. If you watched the New Year's show in NY, you saw them dancing around the stage with the Backstreet Boys who they will be touring with this year.

I looked around and saw that complete sets sell so I decided I'd make a few of them by ripping open the wax packs. The packs contain 8 cards and 1 sticker per pack.  In 1989, these packs would have retailed in the 50 cent range.  Needless to say, this was weird for me. First of all, these are true wax packs, the kind that leave wax stains on cards. Not a huge problem but I haven't seen this "phenomenon" in a long time. At first I laughed it off but later on, it became clear that way too many of the cards were coming out stained.

Second, I was never a fan in 1989 so I can't get really psyched up over the material. When I bust packs of iCarly and High School Musical - I'm not thrilled, but I watch these shows with my daughter - at least I have a passing interest in these. Believe me, it makes it much easier to put sets together when you don't mind actually looking through the cards you're sorting. The thought of turning these cards around into some cash, though, spurred me on.

Another issue from the not-so-distant past, poor collation. Wow these were bad, I mean seriously bad. I had 12 of some cards and 0 of others. We expected this from Topps in the 80's but this problem has been solved fairly well these days. I still come across poorly collated boxes of sportscards but it's not often. Going through pack after pack looking for card 75 became quite the drama. In the end, I did NOT open all of the packs and I wound up with 11 full sets along with 11 complete sticker sets.

So I put together the 88 card complete sets and the 11 sticker complete sets and I have them up for sale already. One thing I realized, which isn't stated anywhere, is that each card has two distinctly different border designs. I don't know if there is any real difference in price but I'm assuming that both versions were produced in equal amounts - still it was odd to find when I'd never seen that before - on any type of set.

If you were a fan back in 1989, then you'd probably love this little trip down memory lane. For fans, this set, given the fact that's inexpensive, would be a real treat. For those of us (LIKE ME) who just like busting some wax product, this was a walk down memory lane as well since I got to experience wax stains and poor collation again - the first time since the early 90's...

Love them or hate them remember to.... HANG TOUGH!!!!


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    • dblyn profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      Oddly enough - these guys just did a show in Coney Island (8/6/16) here in NY and many of my Facebook friends - remember we're all in our 40s now - went to the show and posted photos and videos. Tiffany even appeared and sang "I Think We're Alone Now". Absolutely hilarious.


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