What better way to mark the sixtieth anniversary of one of Topps' most popular football sets than with a stunning complete original unopened wax box containing twenty-four unopened wax packs, one of which features the rookie card of Hall of Famer Jim Brown, the key to the set, on the back. Last year, we had the distinct honor of presenting, for the first time ever, another box of 1958 Topps Football cards, which realized $156,000 as Lot #18 in REA's Fall 2017 auction. At the time, we described it as "one of the most incredible pieces of unopened material that we have ever had the privilege of offering" and "the ONLY complete unopened wax box from this classic set that we have ever seen or heard of in existence, and consultation with several leading authorities in the unopened field supports such a claim." The fact that we are now able to present this second, different box, does not in any way diminish our excitement or dampen how great we believe this wax box is! Instead of one miracle box, there are two!
Everything about this box is simply superb. All twenty-four packs are in pristine condition with tight seals and brilliant red and yellow colors. Steve Hart, the foremost expert on unopened material and the owner of Baseball Card Exchange, has authenticated this box and provided a letter to accompany it, which reads in full: "To Whom It May Concern: This letter is being written for the 1958 Topps football wax box that is labeled #X0227. The box contains 24 unopened wax packs. All 24 packs are original and untampered with. The condition of the packs are NM-MT to MINT condition. Condition wise, it appears that Topps produced this box yesterday! This amazing wax box and wax packs inside could not be improved. To add to the freshness and extreme high condition of this box, there is 1 pack with a Jim Brown RC showing on back. The far right row, third pack down, clearly shows Jimmy Brown facing outward on the back of the pack."
1958 Topps is one of the most popular football sets produced and is highlighted by thirty-one Hall of Famers, including the rookie cards of Jim Brown and Sonny Jurgensen. 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 ultra-high-grade examples of these cards and others from the set. Given the meteoric rise of high-grade rookie cards recently, including the incredible $336,000 public auction sale of a PSA MINT 9 Jim Brown rookie in February 2017, it is hard not to consider the increased value prospects of a completely original and pristine unopened wax box of this classic issue. The entire box comes shrink-wrapped by Baseball Card Exchange. The first box we offered in Fall 2017 is one of the highlights of an extremely advanced collection of unopened material, so this is an incredible opportunity (potentially one that will not arise again for many, many years) to acquire this stunning unopened wax box that would make a superb addition to any football card or unopened wax-box collection. Reserve $25,000. Estimate (open).
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