The mystery market remains a strong one as the hobby heads into the second quarter of 2019. Between pack breakers and collectors competing for it, prices for many old unopened sports card packs and boxes have never been stronger. Now, a smorgasbord of material has just come up for auction
Nearly 100 lots of unopened packs, boxes and cases, many of them dating back more than 40 years, are hitting the block through the new Heritage Spring Trading Card Auction.
Heading the list is a 1986-87 Fleer basketball box, likely containing at least three or four Michael Jordan rookie cards. The 36-count box has been authenticated by Baseball Card Exchange, which has noted that each pack in the box still has the original price sticker on it. The one-per-pack stickers are visible through the wrappers and BBCE has noted the names and quantities of each on a label affixed to the box’s outer wrap. The box contains three Michael Jordan stickers.
The auction also includes several rare vintage football gum boxes including 1958 Topps cello, 1961 Fleer (2nd series); 1966 Philadelphia; 1968, ’69, ’72 Topps (3rd series) and 1976 Topps cello (Walter Payton rookie year). There is also a rare 1968 Topps football vending box and a 1973 Topps football vending box as well as several 1950s unopened packs.
Highlighting the unopened baseball material are original, sealed Topps vending cases (24 500-count boxes in each) from 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1985 and unopened Topps wax boxes from 1976 and 1977, among others.
Several vintage and rare non-sports boxes are also in the catalog.
Bidding is now open with the auction scheduled to close over a two-day period, April 18 and 19.