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Old 04-13-2018, 11:49 AM   #1
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Default Bill Russell RC or 1986 Topps FB box?

Inspired by another member's thread..

Both are in the $1200-1500 range, which to get?

'57 Russell in PSA 4 or A BBCE sealed box of 86 topps football?

(I also wonder if the FB section would post a different answer??)
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Old 04-13-2018, 12:45 PM   #2
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I'd take the Russell every single day. '86 Football isn't all that amazing.
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Old 04-13-2018, 12:46 PM   #3
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The Russell.

I'm a bigger football collector, but I'd much rather have a card than a sealed box. Because I would open that box and lose my money.
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Old 04-13-2018, 12:51 PM   #4
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I'd get the Russell. It's an iconic card, and you should be able to get an example with great eye appeal at PSA 4.

An '86 football box is nice, but I suspect there are a lot of them out there that haven't come on the market. Not so for the '57-58 Russell.
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Old 04-13-2018, 12:52 PM   #5
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The Russell....WITHOUT a doubt. 57 Topps is tough to find, especially the key issues in a condition worth a damn.

With the vintage Russell....you KNOW what you're getting into. 80's bubble gum era Topps wax.....if your luck is like mine and you OPEN the box...the hits are close to the gum and ruined....or poorly cut. If you are holding the box for investment, the players inside are long retired.....shouldn't be price spikes anytime soon.
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Old 04-13-2018, 01:06 PM   #6
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Bill Russell and shouldn't even be questioned

there's nothing in that '86 box that will increase in value, just buy a nice rice rookie
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Old 04-13-2018, 01:13 PM   #7
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Russell..... All day. Future generations should treasure this card.
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Old 04-13-2018, 01:14 PM   #8
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Easiest answer ever - Bill Russell RC
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Old 04-13-2018, 01:14 PM   #9
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Russell Rookie. Sounds like PSA4 range is what you’re looking at.
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Old 04-13-2018, 01:19 PM   #10
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Russell Rookie. Sounds like PSA4 range is what you’re looking at.
appreciate all the replies...yes, PSA 4 seems to be most available. 5's are almost twice the price..
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Old 04-13-2018, 01:21 PM   #11
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lol asks the basketball forum.

ask the baseball forum for an unbiased less informed opinion

just kidding everyone

I'd go with Russell!
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The Russell.

I'm a bigger football collector, but I'd much rather have a card than a sealed box. Because I would open that box and lose my money.
but fun... for the <30 minutes it'd prob take me to create a floor covered in wrappers!
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Old 04-13-2018, 01:23 PM   #13
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Old 04-13-2018, 02:08 PM   #14
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Did you really have to ask?

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Did you really have to ask?

I think it's a fair Q.

Russells are extremely collectible, but seemingly most desired at PSA 5 or above and a good unopened 86 FB box for the same or less $$ as a PSA 4 has enormous grading potential, which clearly factors into the collectibility and future resale of unopened material.

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Old 04-13-2018, 03:33 PM   #16
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is the russell centered?
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Old 04-13-2018, 03:49 PM   #17
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I think it's a fair Q.

Russells are extremely collectible, but seemingly most desired at PSA 5 or above and a good unopened 86 FB box for the same or less $$ as a PSA 4 has enormous grading potential, which clearly factors into the collectibility and future resale of unopened material.
Sure thing >>>

Most Rices and Youngs come back at PSA 8 or less in grading.
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Old 04-13-2018, 04:58 PM   #18
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Sure thing >>>

Most Rices and Youngs come back at PSA 8 or less in grading.
so do Jordans, and untouched 86F boxes go for 70K. I didn't say it was logical, but its reality.
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is the russell centered?
so-so
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Old 04-13-2018, 05:15 PM   #20
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Russell from a collector standpoint, but the 86 wax box from an investor standpoint... assuming you can keep it sealed of course

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