An incredible piece of baseball history has been sold. A brick of EIGHT sealed 1952 Topps baseball wax packs was sold at auction for a whopping $873,300!
1952 Topps baseball cards are the gold standard in collecting. As the one of the most-collected sets in the hobby, the iconic release includes cards of legendary players such as Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, and the coveted Mickey Mantle rookie card. To find sealed packs from this set is rare. Packs were released 71 years ago, ripped opened, and the cards were played with. Many unsold packs were actually disposed of by being DUMPED IN THE OCEAN! According to the PSA population report, only 20 packs have been authenticated and graded. You can see why our heads turned quickly after reading that Morphy Auctions listed a brick of 8 sealed 1952 Topps packs for auction.
According to Morphy Auctions, a small find of 1952 Topps wax packs were discovered in Seattle back in 1991.Two collectors purchased bricks of 8 packs each. One collector opened a few packs and inside was card #1 in the set, Andy Pafko. A pack-fresh Pafko is significant as kids often placed a rubber band around their stack of cards. The top card, card number 1 (Pafko) would often be damaged by those rubber bands. After sending that card for grading to PSA, the Pafko was given a grade of Gem Mint, PSA 10 - the only one known to exist. On the scale of 1-10 with 10 being Gem Mint, zero Pafko cards had even been graded a 9. To give you an idea on value, a PSA 7 was sold in 2021 for $30,463.20. The second collector held onto their brick of 8 packs which was just sold at auction.
The final price which includes the buyer's premium on the sale is $873,300!
We know how hard it is to resist a pack of 1989 Topps that sets you back fifty cents; can't imagine walking by 1952 Topps wax packs daily and not opening at least one. How about YOU? If you owned EIGHT packs, would you open one?
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