What is Wax or Sealed Wax in Sports Cards?

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Wax Definition

In sports cards, wax or “sealed wax” describes unopened boxes of cards. Wax could be hobby boxes, blasters, packs, and more. For example, if someone says do you have any “sealed wax,” they’re asking if you have any unopened packages of cards.

Other Wax Terms

Additionally, you might hear “wax” referred to in the following ways:

Wax Pack: These are packs of sports cards, and could come in a variety of sizes and could offer different types of cards even within the same year and product. For instance, retail-exclusive Walgreens cards offer specific yellow parallels.

Busting or Ripping Wax: When someone says the’ll be “ripping some wax,” they are saying they’ll be opening up cards.

Wax Collector: If someone is a wax collector, that means they collect and store unopened boxes or packs of cards.

Slabbed Wax: Just like single cards can be graded, so can packs of cards. Thus, if graded, a pack of cards might be referred to as wax in a slab, or, slabbed wax.

All of that said, if you are searching for boxes and packs on eBay or other sites, you probably don’t want to do so by using the term “wax.” Meaning, “wax” is more of a conversational term than it is a transactional term.

For example, if you’re wanting to buy a box of the new 2022 Topps Pristine release, the best way to go about it is by using terms like “sealed” or “unopened” as shown here.

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