1963 Topps Astronauts Unopened Five-Cent Wax Pack

Sold For: $353

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1669

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Graded Gem Mint 9.5 by GAI. Offered is an extraordinarily crisp, fresh-looking, unopened 1963 Topps Astronauts five-cent wax pack. This is an extremely high-grade example (in fact, it is possibly the highest-grade example), and this is not an accident. When the only unopened find of these rare packs surfaced at auction years ago (which was less than one full box of packs), our consignor had the opportunity and foresight to carefully choose what he considered to the the choicest pack from the find for his personal collection. It is a gem! This bright multicolored pack is tightly wrapped, and appears exactly as it did the day it was picked up from the candy-store shelf in 1963 and purchased for a nickel. Card sets naturally reflect the world and times in which they were issued. The Astronauts set has a special cultural significance. It was produced by Topps in 1963, at the dawn of the space age. At this time every kid in America wanted to be an astronaut. It is not surprising that Topps would respond to this enthusiasm by producing a set of cards honoring these national heroes. The set features images based on NASA photographs of America's space explorers, their training exercises, and equipment. This is a very rare and ideal GEM MINT unopened pack from one of the most historically significant nonsport sets ever issued. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $353

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