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1951 Topps Magic Football File Binder (155 cards) Including Newly Discovered Unopened Five-Cent Wax Pack

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $7,110.00

Presented is a three-ring binder housing 155 1951 Topps Magic football cards from the files of the Topps Company, preserved and displayed in a very unique manner. This particular binder was originally designed to house two examples of each card in this set (#1-75). Only one card is missing (the back copy of #18). Also included are extra copies of six cards as well as two unopened packs (one-cent and five-cent) and two wrappers (one of each style). The one-cent pack has loosened from its mount in the binder entirely and displays trace evidence of glue residue on the reverse. The five-cent pack is held by glue in the center but has loosened at both ends. The five-cent wax wrapper is almost entirely loosened (approximately 80%) with heavy glue residue visible on the reverse. Of special note is the inclusion of the five-cent wax pack (and accompanying extra wrapper) which is a never-before-seen style from this set. This pack contains cards and gum in a 6 x 2.25-inch wax pack. This is the first example of this style 1951 Topps Magic football pack that we have ever seen, and we are not aware of any other examples within the hobby. (We have also consulted with world-renowned unopened box and case expert Steve Hart of the Baseball Card Exchange and he was also unfamiliar with the existence of this pack or wrapper. And if he hasn't seen it, that is really saying something!) It is quite possible that Topps produced this pack design intent on releasing it on the market and then realized it was more difficult to package than the smaller 3 x 2.25-inch wax pack. The larger size suggests an unfolded panel (the cards were issued in two-card perforated panels) while the smaller size suggests a folded panel. We can only speculate about the thought process at the time, but the decision to scrap the five-cent pack has resulted in the discovery of an extraordinary and fascinating, possibly unique, rarity at this late date (two rarities, actually, as a five-cent wrapper and pack are included) that was overlooked in 1989 at the Topps/Guernseys auction, and that is now noted as included as part of this lot. With respect to the cards, these are the actual file-copy cards kept by Topps for its archives. This binder was purchased at the famous 1989 Topps/Guernsey's auction and has not seen the light of day since. It has been consigned to this auction directly from the original purchaser! Each page in the binder displays six cards (three different cards, displaying the front and back of each card) neatly mounted by means of glue on the reverse. The cards are pack-fresh, right off the printing press, and (aside from being mounted) grade Nr/Mt overall. Some of the exposed reverses have been scratched to reveal the trivia answer while others have been preserved. These cards naturally have a special historical significance as Topps file cards. In recent years, Topps has offered file cards and pages removed from albums individually (those not sold at the 1989 Topps auction) through The Topps Vault (on eBay) and these cards have sold for significant premiums. The cards could be professionally removed if desired. Total: 155 cards plus two wrappers and two packs. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

SOLD FOR $7,110.00

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