Rarely seen vintage unopened wax, cello and vending boxes have been a hallmark of Collect Auctions catalogs but the company’s winter auction may have set a new bar.
for the first time, a 1968 Topps Football 2nd Series vending box is the headliner with Bob Griese (rookie), Fran Tarkenton, Ray Nitschke, Len Dawson, Jack Kemp, George Blanda, Mike Ditka and other minty cards likely hiding inside. The BBCE authenticated and wrapped box is just one of several pages worth of untouched product from decades ago. There is also a 1971 Topps Baseball vending box from the series that offered Steve Garvey’s rookie card, Brooks Robinson, Ted Williams, Joe Morgan and more.
Other vintage boxes up for grabs include: 1972 Topps Baseball 3rd Series vending box, 1973 Topps Baseball 4th Series wax box, 1975 Topps Baseball cello box, 1976 Topps Baseball vending box, 1977 Topps Baseball vending box, 1977 Topps Baseball wax box and 1979 Topps Baseball wax box.
Other unopened football products include: 1970 Topps Football 1st Series vending box, 1972 Topps Football 1st Series vending box, 1972 Topps Football 2nd Series wax box, 1973 Topps Football vending box and 1975 Topps Football vending box. In addition, the auction offers unopened cases of 1981 Topps Football vending and 1978 Topps Football cello.
Unopened basketball products include: 1972-73 Topps Basketball wax box, two 1987-88 Fleer Basketball wax boxes, 12 1989-90 Fleer Basketball wax boxes from a sealed case and 1989-90 Fleer Basketball unopened wax case.
The auction also includes graded single cards from the 19th century to the modern era, topped by a PSA 2.5 example of the red hot 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle. Other cards offered include: 1941 Play Ball Ted Williams (#14) PSA 7, 1952 Berk Ross Mantle SCD 6.5, 1951 Bowman Mantle rookie (#253) PSA Authentic, 1951 Bowman Willie Mays rookie (#305) PSA Authentic, 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax rookie (#123) PSA 4.5, 1954 Topps Hank Aaron rookie (#128) PSA Authentic, 1952 Topps Mays (#261) BGS 5 and 1968 Topps Bird Belters Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson (#530) PSA 10 Gem Mint.
are a variety of signed items in the auction with a 1963 Green Bay Packers team-signed football heading the list. Other autographed football items include a Johnny Unitas signed Baltimore Colts Wilson jersey, a Ray Nitschke signed Packers full-size helmet inscribed “HOF 1978, Super Bowl I & II,” a Vince Lombardi signed Packers payroll check and a Curly Lambeau signed album page.
Unique baseball items include a Thurman Munson pre-rookie single-signed Syracuse Chiefs baseball, a 1970s Yankees and old-timers multi-signed baseball that includes the late Yankee captain’s autograph, a Roberto Clemente single-signed baseball, signed letters from Buzzie Bavasi, Charles “Kid” Nichols (1943), Rogers Hornsby (1933) and Walter Johnson (1924), and a 1934 Pirates scorecard signed by Honus Wagner, Pie Traynor, Lloyd Waner and others.
More items of interest include two 1984-85 Star Co. Basketball Michael Jordan XRCs, with both grade d BGS 7.5 and one including the rest of the set and original bag, 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky rookie (#18) SGC 7, Muhammad Ali signed Everlast boxing glove graded PSA/DNA 10, Muhammad Ali signed Everlast boxing shoe, Thomas Edison cut signature authenticated by PSA/DNA and a PGA Tour 1990 book with more than 400 signatures, including Jack Nicklaus, Payne Stewart and Arnold Palmer.
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