A card previously believed to be quite rare, with under 50 copies estimated in circulation has now jumped to closer to 1000 known copies with the recent discovery of an 800 count box filled with 1990 Upper Deck card 702, featuring Mike Witt. The cards were believed to have been pulled from production and destroyed, however, it appears that at least one box made their way out of the factory.
A collector named Gilbert claims to have found the box at a flea market in California. After corresponding privately with collectors he found via commenting on this blog, he took to posting at FreedomCardboard.com for more information on the Witt card. Here is a link to that discussion, which provides so very interesting information: Mike Witt 800ct Discovery Freedom Cardboard Forums Discussion
Below is the initial emails I received upon their discovery:
Hey guys,I have a guy looking for my help. I have been assisting him. He opened a factory set and instead of the high numbered set being included there were 100 Mike Witt Black Box’s inside.He found in California, and my thought is that it is a employee box that was filled with them.Have either of you guys found any counterfiets of these ?More importantly, how can you tell counterfiet UD like the griffey to help him out…..Olbermann told me he had 12 and would buy any more from me…….and I knew of another 15 out there…..so I know there were appx 30 out there I know of…..What do you think this will do to the price….I told him the first one will sell for 400 and each one after less and less