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1954 Topps Five-Cent Display Box Featuring Ted Williams

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,938

Addendum: Please note that this 1954 Topps display box is the rare O-Pee-Chee variety (intended for Canadian distribution) that originally housed thirty-six 4-card packs (as opposed to boxes distributed in the US which were designed to hold twenty-four 5-card packs).The printed catalog refers to the box as the US style in error.

This original 1954 Topps store display box, featuring Ted Williams on the cover, once housed 36 four-cent wax packs (each containing six cards). This, of course, is just the empty box (no packs are included), but it is one of the rarest and most desirable of all early Topps display boxes. It is especially prized by collectors as one of the few early baseball-card store-display boxes to feature a specific player, as well as one of the rarest of all Ted Williams display pieces. Ted Williams was the superstar endorser of 1954 Topps, appearing on the five-cent display box, on counter display advertisements, and also appearing on the first and last cards of the 1954 Topps set (#1 and #250). This is one of only a few examples of this rare display box that we have ever offered. The 1954 Topps box is one of the few gum-card display boxes that fits in with many different types of collections. In remarkably fine shape for a 1950s display box, with just few extremely minor imperfections (a tiny piece of tape that originally sealed the box in 1954 and a couple tiny edge creases of no significance), overall in outstanding Excellent condition. Please note addendum above: This is the 1954 Topps display box designed for Canadian distribution to hoose 36 4-card packs as opposed to 24 5-card packs. It is the first example we have ever seen of this rare style. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,938

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