The 1992 Topps Baseball wax box comes (presumably) factory-sealed in a cellophane wrap. It has 36 packs of 15 cards each, suggested retail price 55¢. Like the 1991 Topps packs, the wrap is a translucent plastic instead of paper. The box comes with an insert poster for the set.
This is the first year in which Topps got rid of the gum because they would stain the cards and ruin their “value”.
There are no box-bottom cards here. Instead, there are pictures of the cards on the box — Devon White is shown prominently in the display backboard. Also shown are Nolan Ryan, Hal Morris, Andy Van Slyke, and Howard Johnson. There is a big advertisement for a Topps Match the Stats Game promotion, where you could win a $100,000 card show buying spree or special Topps Gold series cards.
The 1992 Topps set totals 792 cards and was issued in wax, rack, and jumbo packs or factory sets. Subsets include Future Stars, Record Breakers, All-Stars, Prospects, Checklists, and Manager cards. This was the first year Topps used white stock for their base set. It was also the first year to feature color photos on the card reverse (of the player’s home stadium) as well as a full color backside overall. Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches.
The complete set has a book value of $10-$25, with topp cards being the Manny Ramirez Rookie, Cal Ripken/Lou Gehrig, and Brad Ausmus Rookie. Other cards to look for are Nolan Ryan, Shawn Green Rookie, Barry Bonds, Cliff Floyd Rookie, Don Mattingly, Mark McGwire, George Brett, and Roger Clemens.
1992 Topps also features Topps’ first gold parallel set as random inserts in packs. The gold set also has a Brien Taylor autograph card listed with print run of 12,000. I’m not sure if these can be found in packs or only in the factory gold sets.
I bought this wax box for about $20 on eBay.