If you have a nice bankroll, you can have one heck of a pack ripping party over the holidays.
Heritage Auctions is offering 136 different lots of unopened material in its December 5-7 Trading Card Auction. Vintage sports card packs and boxes make up the bulk of the listings but those who favor popular high-end modern issues won’t be left out.
Seven lots carry pre-sale estimates of $10,000 or more.
Among the key items is a 1959 Topps 4th Series cello pack box of 36 packs. Heritage says two packs in the box have Sparky Anderson’s rookie card on top, another has an Al Kaline and a third features Robin Roberts face up. The box has since sealed by Baseball Card Exchange following authentication by Steve Hart.
As of Thursday evening, the high bid with the buyer’s premium was over $38,000.
Also expected to bring north of $50,000 are two 36-pack groups of 1986-87 Fleer basketball; one full box and another group of PSA-graded packs, three of which have the Michael Jordan rookie sticker showing.
Two 1970s baseball boxes are also projected to reach five-figure prices: a 1972 Topps 3rd Series (24 packs) and a 1974 Topps (36 packs).
Vintage packs in the auction include the ultimate prize for post-War collectors: a 1952 Topps pack graded PSA 7. The series is unknown but it’s expected to bring at least $40,000.
Other vintage packs up for grabs include a 1961-62 Fleer basketball wax; 1962 Topps 1st Series cello; 1965 Topps cello; 1957, ’60 and 1961 Topps baseball wax and penny wax packs from 1955, 1956 and 1959.
A 1970 Topps Super football box joins multiple regular football boxes from the 1970s; a 1980-81 Topps basketball box; 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite basketball (LeBron rookie) and 2000 Playoff Contenders football (Brady rookie).
In all, there are over 3,000 trading card lots in the Fall Sports Card Catalog Auction.