1952 Topps Baseball Unopened One-Cent Wax Pack - PSA NM 7

Sold For: $3,231

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 798

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Graded NM 7 by PSA. One of only two graded at this level by PSA, with just one graded higher. Presented is one of the "Holy Grails" of pack collecting: an unopened 1952 Topps one-cent wax pack. Penny packs each contained one card and one piece of gum. Topps distributed these one-cent packs from 1952 to 1965. All unopened packs from the early 1950s are rare, but penny packs were produced in lesser quantities than nickel packs from this same era. This is an extraordinary example of this important pack rarity which is universally regarded as the ultimate postwar wax pack. The pack displays brilliant colors, a tight seal, and magnificent gloss. 1952 Topps, of course, is widely regarded as the most significant of all 1950s bubble-gum card sets. In 1952, when these “Giant-Size” Baseball Picture Cards appeared on store shelves, the entire world of card collecting was changed almost overnight. The new large-format cards were enthusiastically received by youngsters, putting Bowman on notice that its “little cards” were no longer the preferred currency of the playground, and set into motion Topps’ dominance of the entire baseball card market, which continues to this day. It is incredible to see this pack today, never-opened and looking exactly as it did in 1952 when it originally sat with countless others in boxes on candy-store shelves. While the series of its contents is unknown, this often comes with the territory with unopened packs, and for many collectors this is also part of their allure and excitement. Submitted for grading and encapsulation by REA, this pack has been stored away in an old-time collection for decades. An extraordinary example of this most significant wax pack. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,231

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