The market for vintage unopened sports card boxes and packs continues to be one of the hobby’s hottest. Now, over 100 lots of unopened material, some dating back more than 50 years, are hitting the block through the upcoming Heritage Spring Sports Collectibles Auction.
The jaw-dropping list includes numerous complete, unopened boxes and seldom seen Topps baseball packs from the 1950s and 60s.
Among the premier items scheduled to hit the block April 16: a full box of 36 1986-87 Fleer basketball packs (Jordan rookie), a complete 24-count box of 1962 Topps football and a full box of 120 1-cent packs of 1954 Bowman football.
The Fleer basketball box and ’62 Topps football boxes are expected to sell for $50,000 or more each while the ’54 Bowman penny pack box should bring $30,000 or more.
The auction also includes several rare vintage football gum boxes including 1961 Fleer (2nd series, $15,000 and up)); 1964 and ’65 Philadelphia ($15,000 and up each); 1968 Topps Series 1 ($12,000 and up); 1970 Topps Series 2 ($20,000 and up); 1976 Topps (Walter Payton rookie, $10,000 and up); 1972 Topps 1st series and two 1974 Topps football as well as several others from the mid-70s to mid-80s.
Highlighting the unopened baseball material is a run of Topps packs including nickel packs of 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1969 baseball. There are multiples of some packs. There are also penny packs including 1956 and ’59 as well as full boxes from the mid-1970s to 1980.
Several vintage non-sports boxes are also in the catalog.
The material is part of a larger auction scheduled to close over a three-day period, May 7-9.