I'm still plugging away on writing, rewriting, transcribing, researching, and doing all of the myriad tasks that go into writing a book. It's a multi-year process that requires lots of patience and determination, but I'm on track. I will be starting a podcast at some point in 2017 to interview many of the other players, journalists, front office staff, coaches, and others who were contemporaries of the Wax Packers in order to build as complete a picture of the 26-Team Era (1977-92) as possible.

In the meantime, I will update you with any noteworthy news on the project here and will continue communicating via Twitter. Feel free to email me at the address above if you have any feedback or questions.

Thank you for your interest!

Wax Pack is the story of a single pack of 1986 Topps baseball cards and the attempt to track down each of the players inside nearly 30 years after they were bundled together with a stick of chalky bubblegum. (Yes, I chewed the gum. Gross.)

A going-of-age tale of what it means to truly grow up (or just my way of desperately clinging to childhood memories of mullets and mustaches), I chronicle the elliptical 11,341-mile-when-it-should-only-be-7,000 road trip adventure to find my heroes of the past and to tell the story of what happens to our most elite athletes after the spotlight has faded. It's a story of second (and third) chances, of our national pastime, and of running it back one last time.

Wax Pack is due out on shelves in 2018. Click on the images of the cards below to read more about each player.

One Pack. No Turning Back.


By Brad Balukjian, brad@waxpackbook.com​2.25.17

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