Talk about your ultimate unopened pack, a 100-year-old pack of cigarettes with a T206 inside… I just read about this on Ben’s Biz Blog (which is a Minor League Baseball blog about the business of minor league baseball, especially promotions), and on Sports Collectors Daily.
Raffle tickets are being sold at the Fresno Grizzlies’ ballpark and team store, and it’s being played up as potentially containing a Honus Wagner, but the chances are not good for that.
I would have a serious conundrum with a pack like this. I mean, who wouldn’t want to open it? But on the other hand, it’s probably worth much more as an unopened pack than as, for example, an opened pack of cigarettes plus a T206 common.
The other thing that bothers me about opening vintage packs like this is that every time someone opens one, that’s one fewer unopened pack left. It’s a finite resource, and once you’ve opened all the Piedmont packs, there are no more, and there won’t be any for future generations. Of course, there’s always the standpoint of “Screw the future generations, I wanna open it!”
What would you do if you won this raffle? Would you open the pack, keep it as an unopened pack or resell it?