Walk the floor at the National Sports Collectors Convention and you’ll find a few Babe Ruth rookie cards.
No shortage of ’52 Topps Mickey Mantle cards.
Even a couple of T206 Honus Wagners.
You’ll only find one 1960 Topps baseball shipping case, though. In fact, you’ll find a bunch of one-of-a-kind cases from different years, stacked up between the main stage and the Vintage Breaks booth.
Piled high like a miniature fortress, the “wall of what could have been” gives visitors a chance to see what all of those vintage boxes of cards were packed in when they left Topps and headed to distributors and a small audience of dealers across the country decades ago.
And yes, empty cases of a vintage nature have value. They’re eye-catching, unique and just the sight of them makes you wonder just how much a full case of any of them would be worth today.
We chatted about them with Vintage Breaks’ Leighton Sheldon. Watch the video below:
This weekend, Vintage Breaks/Just Collect is auctioning off some of the display boxes and wrappers from various breaks they’ve conducted in recent months. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Click here to check out the listings.
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