1972 Topps Dr. J Julius Erving Rookie Card Pulled from Wax Box Break

1972 Topps Dr. J Julius Erving Rookie Card Pulled from Wax Box Break


HISTORY MADE! After researching, we believe this is the first time a full wax box of 1972 Topps basketball cards have been opened live for you to watch. Plenty of pack-fresh cards from Hall of Famers and stars were pulled, and the top card of the night is a gorgeous Dr. J, Julius Erving rookie card! 

Topps produced a 264-card set in '72, with the big card being # 195, Dr. J! Julius Erving did it all on the court. Dr. J won the MVP award in both the NBA and the ABA. He won titles in both leagues. A winner of the Slam Dunk Contest and All-Star Game MVP, Dr. J was a walking highlight. Also in the set are legends like Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Adbul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, Pete Maravich, and more! Of the 264 cards in the set, there are 51 that feature a Hall of Famer. We were beyond excited to open this wax box for you and hoped to pull pack-fresh cards of these hoops legends. 

After doing some research, we believe that nobody has ever filmed a break of a 1972 Topps basketball wax box before. We are proud to make history with this break for you. The highlight of the night was when we pulled this stunner:

Dr. J Rookie Card

There is the Doctor in his ABA Virginia Squires uniform, holding that familiar red, white, and blue ABA ball and about to score one of his many buckets. You can see this moment captured on our live stream as our owner, Leighton, opened up pack 10 for Chef Ted:

1972 Topps Dr. J Rookie Card Pulled From a Pack:


Huge congratulations, Chef! We checked the PSA pop report and there aren't many high-grade Dr. J rookies; we hope this one ups the count! 

The box offered PLENTY of star power as we continued the break. The box had 24 packs and each pack had 10 cards. Here are some of the other highlights we pulled and put straight into the card savers you see:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar All-Star and base:


Artis Gilmore All-Star, Phil Jackson rookie, and Artis Gilmore base rookie:


Rick Barry, John Havlicek, Pete Marivch, and Wes Unseld:


We also pulled a Dr. J All-Star card, too; it looks so pretty next to the base:



We truly thank you for buying into this break and allowing us to open this piece of hobby history for you! Congrats to each of you that pulled a star card. The non-star cards are also pack-fresh, and ready for building a high-grade complete set. The colors are vibrant, the corners are sharp, and all look clean of gum!

These cards haven't seen the light of day since Mikey liked Life Cereal, The Godfather was in theatres, and Don McClean dropped American Pie. When you hold your 1972 Topps card in your hands, just think - gas was 36 cents per gallon when that card was made.

You can see the entire, historic break of all packs here:


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