Lot # 7: 1951 Topps Red Backs Unopened Wax Box (120 Packs) - BBCE

Starting Bid: $5,000.00

Bids: 35 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2020",
which ran from 4/3/2020 3:00 PM to
4/19/2020 6:00 PM

Complete original unopened box of 1951 Topps Red Back wax packs, miraculously left undisturbed and untouched for nearly seventy years. In the world of unopened boxes, this unopened 1951 Topps Red Backs wax box qualifies as one of the "Holy Grails." In all our years, this is only the second complete unopened wax box of 1951 Red Backs we have ever handled. This is a miracle box! The box includes 120 unopened packs with each pack containing two cards from the very first year Topps issued a major baseball-card set. No one could have possibly known that the cards issued by Topps in this year would revolutionize the baseball-card business, and in just a few years that Topps would dominate the field. It had to start somewhere - and it did - with this box and many others like it that stocked store shelves in dozens of candy stores across the land. The 1951 Red Backs set features fifty-two players and includes the following eight Hall of Famers: Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, Early Wynn, Ralph Kiner, Bob Feller, Warren Spahn, Duke Snider, and Monte Irvin. While it is impossible to provide guarantees with reference to grading of unopened material, there is, of course, the very real possibility that within this box are pristine cards of these stars. All the many other stars in the set are also included. The box is a double-lid design (the top lid comes off and the perforated fold-back lid can be seen). Both sections of the display box are present. The box displays moderate shelf wear. This is an exceptionally rare and substantial unopened wax box, looking almost exactly as it has when it appeared on a candy store shelf in 1951. This complete box is an extraordinary relic from from the earliest days of Topps and the "golden era" of baseball cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+.

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