While a lot of three NBA Top Shot Moments featuring LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are getting most of the attention–and a boatload of money from those who are into it–traditional collectors have over 500 lots to pick from in Heritage Auctions’ latest Monthly Showcase.
Among the offerings: 64 different lots of unopened boxes, cases and packs. The listings span six decades, including vintage football, basketball and baseball along with some Gretzky-era hockey material.
The wax portion leads off with a 1971 Topps Football Series 2 wax box. The 24-pack box has been authenticated and sealed by BBCE and carries a current bid of $27,000 (before the buyer’s premium) and is expected to go for $60,000 or more when bidding wraps up next week.
Larry Bird-Magic Johnson rookie cards are the attraction in 1980-81 Topps Basketball and the auction includes one of those. It too, will stretch deep into five figures or more.
There are multiple boxes of 1981-82 Topps basketball carrying second year cards of Bird and Johnson along with rookie cards of Kevin McHale and others.
The possibility of Tom Brady rookie cards is boosting prices for football cards from the year 2000 to unprecedented levels and the auction has several, including a Bowman Chrome box, a regular Bowman box and two boxes of Upper Deck SP Authentic.
High-grade examples of the most sought after Derek Jeter rookie card could be hiding inside a pair of 1993 Upper Deck SP boxes that head up the baseball unopened category. Also up for sale is a full case of 2000 Bowman Chrome Baseball.
Vintage box and pack collectors have chance to land multiple cello packs of the tough 1966 Topps 7th series (high numbers), multiple packs of 1979-80 OPC hockey (possible Gretzky rookie cards) and 1970s hockey packs.
There are a pair of 1981 Topps Football wax boxes and a cello box (Joe Montana rookies), a 1986 Topps football wax box and multiple packs and numerous other boxes of sports and non-sports cards from the 1980s and 90s.
The remainder of the auction includes rookie cards of Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Jerry West, LeBron James, Tiger Woods and other greats as well as a high-grade 1952 Topps Jackie Robinson, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle and numerous pre-War cards.
The auction is set to run through May 20.