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Extremely Rare 1968 Topps 3-D Easel Stand-up and Wrapper (2 Items)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,332.50

Offered are two rare items relating to the extremely rare 1968 Topps 3-D set: the easel stand-up insert which came in each pack (unpunched, Ex) and the wrapper (Ex-Mt, with near-perfect center design, bright white wax paper, and normal folds). In the world of baseball-card collecting, many serious collectors revere the 1968 Topps 3-D set more than any other set of its era. Whether these cards were issued in stores remains a mystery, but legend has always had it that, as a test, a few boxes appeared in selected stores in Brooklyn, New York. To the best of our knowledge, however, most 1968 Topps 3-D cards can ultimately be traced back to someone who worked at Topps or Xograph, the company that produced them for Topps. The wrapper is particularly rare, but finding the die-cut easel stand-up card that was included in each pack (two easels and instructions on how to use them to display the 3-D cards) is virtually impossible. REA's May 2009 auction featured the Charlie Conlon Collection, which included the only other easel example that we have ever seen or heard of. The easel and wrapper from the Conlon Collection, along with a high-grade card from the set, were offered together as a lot and realized an extraordinary $23,500 at auction. If there were any additional easels out there, we thought the impressive auction result would cause them to be offered, but not a single additional example has surfaced here or elsewhere for years, until this auction. This may be one of only two known. (Note: An easel stand-up insert (along with the wrapper) was sold by REA in a Sports Collector's Digest ad twenty-seven years ago, in 1986, for $395. REA president Robert Lifson obtained that example directly from an unopened pack, which he personally opened, that he was given in 1974 directly from legendary Topps executive and hobby pioneer Woody Gelman. We believe, but have no way to confirm with certainty, that the Conlon example was the very one sold by REA in 1986.) This is an extraordinary 1968 Topps 3-D collection featuring the rare easel insert and a wrapper. Total: 2 items. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,332.50

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