February 2020 Winter Premium Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/29/2020
Offered is a clean and tightly sealed 1981 Topps Wax case consisting of 20 untouched boxes with 36 packs a piece. With its classic and uncluttered baseball cap-themed design, the 1981 Topps set has been a favorite with collectors since the day it first hit store shelves nearly four decades ago. Add to its pleasing aesthetics a lengthy checklist of Hall of Famers and rookie cards, and the end result is one of the most collected and treasured sets of the period.

With their thin borders and distinctly vintage Topps card stock, the 1981 set is also one of the more challenging and condition sensitive Topps productions of the last half century. Gem Mint 10 graded examples of key Hall of Famers like Nolan Ryan, Pete Rose, and Johnny Bench routinely sell for between $1,000 and $2,000, as do Gem Mint 10 graded rookie cards of star players like Kirk Gibson and Harold Baines.

Other key encounters include rookie cards of Tim Raines and Fernando Valenzuela as well as the iconic second-year issue of Rickey Henderson. While Raines and Rickey typically fetch $400 to $500 a piece in Gem Mint 10 condition, no example of Fernando Valenzuela has ever graded Gem Mint from any grading company. Our guess is the first such copy would likely be a five-figure item, but whether that copy can be found among the 10,800 uncirculated cards hiding in this sealed case remains to be seen. A fantastic investment for long-term storage or for immediate grading and resale. Incredibly, VintageCardPrices.com lists the value of a completely PSA 10 graded set at $45,545.
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Minimum Bid: $2,500
Final prices include buyers premium: $7,192
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
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