1960s Picture Pack Collection in Original Envelopes - 15 Different Teams

Sold For: $470

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 960

Item Year: 1961

Category: The Sy Berger Collection

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For any kid growing up in the 1960s, a stop at the stadium souvenir stand normally included the purchase of a "Picture Pak," which was a group of twelve different black-and-white photos picturing members of the local team. This nostalgic grouping, which originates from the personal collection of legendary Topps executive Sy Berger, features fifteen different teams and a total of 165 "Picture Pak" photos. Ideally, six of the "Picture Paks" include the original order form (so fans could order other teams) and nine are housed in their original team envelopes, exactly as originally issued. Four additional envelopes, not matching the team enclosed, are also included. Twelve different "Picture Pak" photos comprise a complete set for each team. Although it is not known if the "Picture Paks" offered here are all from the same year, each obviously dates from the early 1960s. While they have remained in their envelopes undisturbed all these years, normal handling of the envelopes keeps them from perfection, even though the packs are untouched and uncirculated. The photos (5 x 7 inches) range in grade from Very Good to Near Mint, averaging Excellent to Mint condition. The envelopes are in overall Very Good to Excellent condition, with a few displaying magic marker lines and the names of the respective team written in ink. The collection is comprised of the following teams (the number of photos for each team is noted in parentheses): Baltimore Orioles (12) , with B. Robinson; Boston Red Sox (12) , with Yastrzemski; Chicago Cubs (12) , with Banks, B. Williams, Santo, and Hubbs; Chicago White Sox (9) , with Fox, Lopez, and Wynn; Cincinnati Reds (12) , with F. Robinson; Detroit Tigers (12) , with Kaline, Bunning, Cash, and Colavito; Houston Colt .45s (12) , with Richards; Kansas City Athletics (12) , with Howser; Los Angeles Angels (12) , with Kluszewski; Los Angeles Dodgers (11) , with Koufax, Snider, and Alston; Milwaukee Braves (12) , with Aaron, Spahn, and Mathews; Minnesota Twins (1) , with Pascual; New York Yankees (12) , with Mantle, Maris, and Berra; Pittsburgh Pirates (12) , with Clemente and Murtaugh; and the San Francisco Giants (12) , with Mays, Marichal, and Cepeda. Total: 165 "Picture Pak" photos. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $470

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