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1951 Topps Red Back Unopened Wax Box (120 Unopened Packs!)

Starting Bid - $2,000.00 , Sold For - $11,162.50

Complete unopened box of 1951 Topps Red Back wax packs, miraculously left undisturbed and literally untouched for the past fifty-seven 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 the first complete unopened 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. Of special note, of course, is the fact that 1951 was 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. In the 1970s, in the Philadelphia area, a number of unopened boxes surfaced, which apparently were extra stock that had not sold in 1951 but had survived in storage. These boxes were opened up by dealers at the time, as there was no incentive to keep them unopened (incredible as it may seem, at the time they were actually more valuable opened rather than unopened, to make sets) though perhaps a few boxes were saved intact. We have no way of knowing for sure, but we would not be surprised if this full box originates from that legendary find. The 1951 Red Backs set features fifty-two players and includes the following eight Hall of Famers: Berra, Rizzuto, Wynn, Kiner, Feller, Spahn, Snider, and 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 Gem Mint cards of these stars. All the many other stars in the set are also included. The packs are in Nr/Mt condition overall. 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 and packs appear just as they did in 1951, displaying only normal shelf wear. This is an exceptionally rare and substantial unopened wax box in extraordinary condition, looking exactly as it has when it appeared on a candy store shelves in 1951. This complete box looks as if it has been transported through a window in time, direct from the earliest days of Topps and the "golden era" of baseball cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$8,000+. SOLD FOR $11,162.50

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