Baseball Card Exchange is about to take you back to the days when you were saying your prayers and eating your vitamins so you could have 24-inch pythons just like Hulk Hogan. From a massive unopened purchase, BBCE unveiled a CASE of 1985 Topps WWF wax boxes!
Hulk Hogan at one point was probably a more household name than Presidents were. When The Hulkster body slammed Andrew the Giant at WrestleMania III in 1987, a record 93,173 people watched in the Pontiac Silverdome. You probably held your own Royal Rumble with the Hasbro action figures, making Hogan and his yellow “Hulk Rules” t-shirt winning. We totally watched Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling cartoon with you. Of course, you also had a pack or two of 1985 Topps WWF cards!
In 1985, Topps released a 66-card and 22 sticker set. The checklist includes names you rooted for (or against) on Saturday mornings – Brutus The Barber Beefcake, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Hillbilly Jim, and naturally Hulk Hogan. Each wax pack came with 9 cards, 1 sticker, and that delicious (was it, though?) stick of gum. Card #1, Hulk Hogan, is the key card. The PSA pop report for card 1 has only 14 copies graded PSA 10. Prices have skyrocketed for this card with the most recent sale bringing in $21,310 in 2021. Comparatively a PSA 10 sold for $540 in 2019. Talk about an increase! With those kinds of prices, you can only imagine how much a full wax box of 36 sealed packs commands. Now take that one more step – what is the value on a CASE of wax boxes? We do know one thing: a case DOES exist.
Baseball Card Exchange is known for having some of the Most Impressive Unopened Finds. Perhaps you recall BBCE owning a brick of 8 sealed 1952 Topps baseball wax packs! This week, BBCE posted a photo on their Facebook page showing off another amazing find: a case of 1985 Topps WWF boxes. Oh. My. We inquired about the case but were told only that this was part of a major non-sports deal they made. The lack of history on the case could be to keep the original owner’s identity a secret for their personal reasons or maybe BBCE is going to buy other items from the owner and they’re not ready to let the cat out of the bag. Either way, this is an impressive find; we haven’t tracked down another case like this. We’d love to know where the owner originally purchased the case and how many times they pondered about ripping the boxes!
BBCE does offer 1985 Topps WWF boxes on their website for $3,595 so the math says that case was mighty expensive. You’re never guaranteed a PSA 10 card but the best odds have to be from a sealed box. With a full case, you might find PSA 10 #15 for the Hulk Hogan card! 1985 Topps WWF packs would make for fun card breaks. Let us know if you pull a Hulkster in your next break; we’d love to feature your pull on The Best Pulls of the Week.