Now this is a case break.
A rare unopened case of 1975 Topps cello packs is among the items in Collect Auctions’ latest catalog. Thirty-eight years ago, kids plunked down a quarter to buy one of the 18-card packs. After just three days of bidding, the sealed case has rocketed to over $53,000—not counting the 19% buyer’s premium. Bidding opened at $10,000 Monday.
While a stash of Topps ’75 mini cases from the estate of long-time collector/dealer Charles Conlon made it to the market in recent years, this is the first time in a very long time anyone has offered a case of the regular issue.
Vintage card collectors are well aware that the set is among the most popular of the last 50 years, containing rookie cards of George Brett, Robin Yount, Gary Carter and others along with a slew of Hall of Famers including Hank Aaron.
There are 15 boxes in the case with 24 packs in each box for a total of 360 packs. Cellos without stars on the front generally sell for $135-150. Those with stars are more and any pack that grades 9 or 10 would carry a significant premium. It’s likely several packs would rate highly if the case were to be broken and packs sent in for authentication and grading.
Collect is also offering an unopened 1978 Topps football cello case. Bidding started at $3,000 and as of late Wednesday, the high bid was $16,696. Action was also strong on a 1981 Topps football vending case with Joe Montana’s rookie cards inside. The high bid was over $12,000 but expected to climb much higher. All of the cases were originally purchased by Larry Fritsch Cards and the address label from Topps remains on the cases.
The auction also includes several vintage boxes including a 1968-69 Topps hockey vending, 1973 Topps Baseball wax and ’72-73 Topps Basketball wax.
Other items up for bid include Lou Gehrig and Ty Cobb signed baseballs, a 1938 Yankees team-signed ball, a 1933 All-Star Game program with 17 autographs and several near complete vintage signed baseball card sets.
Bidding closes December 5. Visit Collect Auctions for more information.