March 2018 Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/23/2018
As is often the case with many rare collectibles, there once was a time when merchants couldn't get rid of their 1952 Topps wax packs. We've all seen the black and white photo of a Woolworth's store display that features box upon box of 1952 wax packs, with 16-card display sheets hanging above them to show off the product and "bubble gum with 5 picture card" signs to attract attention. Today, the contents of that photo would be worth millions if not tens of millions. Today, it's one of the most coveted items in all of card collecting. After all, it was the 1952 Topps collection that changed the hobby of baseball card collecting and brought it back into the mainstream of American popular culture. Offered is a lightly handled 5-cent wax pack that has miraculously survived the temptation of generations of collectors curious as to what may be hiding inside. This example has been graded by GAI with the respectable mark of 6.5 EX/MT+. Hailing from the highly coveted first series, there's a treasure trove of potential great pulls that include the always elusive card #1 Pafko as well as Hall of Famers like Rizzuto, Irvin, Spahn, Snider, Roberts and Slaughter, subjects that are extremely tough in high-grade like Loes, Wellman and Wehmeier, the Joe Page and Johnny Sain error cards, and of course, they could be red backs or black backs. Light signs of wear are scattered along the green and red wrapper and the gum is no longer in one whole piece, but that's expected after over 65 years. A true time capsule still preserved for future generations and a centerpiece in any collection. Can you resist the temptation if it becomes part of yours?
1952 Topps Baseball Wax Pack 5 Cent GAI 6.5 EX/MT+
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Minimum Bid: $3,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $9,908.40
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Friday, March 23, 2018.
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