1981-82 Topps Midwest Series Wax Pack

The wax pack


This pack has 13 cards.  I know it’s a Midwest Series pack because I have opened and found Midwest Series cards.  If there is a way to look at an intact pack and determine the series, then I don’t know it.


I bought two of these pack for $12.87 ($10.37 bid and $2.50 s/h). That’s about $6.50 per pack. I’ve seen them sell for more, and I’ve seen them sell for less.


18 – Phil Ford (front and back)

26 – Bill Cartwright (front only)
35 – Leonard Robinson (front only)

37 – George Gervin (front only)
52 – Houston Rockets Leaders (front only)

47 – Cleveland Cavaliers Leaders (front and back)

60 – Phoenix Suns Leaders (front only)
74 – Bill Laimbeer (front only)

75 – Roger Phegley (front only)
82 – Phil Hubbard (front only)

79 – Jim Spanarkel (front and back)

85 – Mike Dunleavy (front only)
95 – Reggie King (front only)


  • contents
    Every pack has 13 cards.
  • cards
    Well, this pack is from the 1981-82 NBA season, and the cards look just like the typical late 70s and early 80s junk that Topps produced.  Of course, when I was a kid back then, I loved these lame cards and thought they were as cool as could be.  After seeing modern cards, I am shocked at the poor focus of these cards.  None of the colors line up properly. They are a like a Sunday paper with misaligned colors.
  • series identification
    This set came in three series.  Each pack contained cards from the national set (1-66) as well as cards from a selected regional series.  The regional series were distributed in the east, midwest, and west.  Cards from a regional series have the region’s name around the card number on the back (see the Jim Spanarkel card).  For more information, see the Beckett page on this set.
  • conclusion
    This is a 30-year-old pack.  It only cost $6-7.  Dang.  Sure the cards are dated, but this was a fun rip.  After this set, Topps would bow out of basketball cards for 10 full years.  By the time they got back in the game, Jordan had changed the NBA, Upper Deck had revolutionized premium cards, and basketball cards were ready to become very big business.

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