1964 Philadelphia Football Unopened Wax Box (24 Packs)

Sold For: $39,000

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2181

Item Year: 1964

Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

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Presented is an exceptional complete original wax box of 1964 Philadelphia Football. The box contains twenty-four wax packs with each pack containing five cards, for a total of 120 cards. The 1964 Philadelphia set features all the stars of the day highlighted by thirty-four Hall of Famers, including Jim Brown, Bart Starr, and Johnny Unitas, as well as the Hall of Fame rookie cards of Merlin Olsen, Herb Adderley, Willie Davis, Mick Tingelhoff, and John Mackey. This is a very rare box! It was recently discovered by our consignor along with two other boxes still housed in a portion of the original (and very brittle) cellophane, exactly as issued in 1964. The cellophane was removed to allow for careful examination of the enclosed packs by Steve Hart at Baseball Card Exchange, the foremost expert on unopened material. Two of the boxes, including the offered example, were shrink-wrapped as part of BBCE's authentication process. The first example, which was shrink-wrapped by BBCE, appeared as lot 1884 in REA's Spring 2016 auction, and realized a final sale price of $19,200. The second box, which was not shrink-wrapped by BBCE because the seals on four of the twenty-four packs were loosened, appeared as lot 1903 in REA’s Fall 2016 auction, and realized a final sale price of $8,400. This is the last box being offered from this incredible find and could be the last time we ever see an example sold publicly. While it is impossible to provide guarantees regarding grading of unopened material, there is, of course, the very real possibility that within this box are cards in extremely high grade. The three boxes from this find are the only complete boxes we have seen offered at public auction in more than twenty years. The display box is bright and clean, with light toning/staining on the top and front side panels as well as a few creases on the bottom and side panels. This is a tremendous original wax box of this popular football set that would be a worthy addition to even the most advanced football or unopened material collection. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++.


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