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1948-1949 Leaf Display Box with Original Wax Wrapper and Babe Ruth Premium
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,680
Presented is an extremely rare original five-cent display box from the 1948-1949 Leaf baseball series accompanied by an original 1948-1949 Leaf wax wrapper. Also accompanying is a 1948-1949 Babe Ruth premium. 1) Five-Cent Display Box: This original store display box, featuring a generic infielder on the cover, once housed twenty-four five-cent wax packs (each containing five cards). This is, of course, just the empty box (no packs are included!), but it is one of the rarest and most desirable of all postwar display boxes. This is one of only a few surviving examples of this rare display box that we have ever heard of, and it is the first example we have ever offered! In extremely fine shape for a 1940s store display box, it has survived with its original colors and pieces largely intact. The top panel of the box, which features the ballplayer's image, the set name ("All Star Pictures Bubble Gum"), and the advertising text ("5 Pictures of Your Favorite Baseball Stars in Each Package"), is entirely clean except for a small, insignificant area on the right leg of the player where it appears as though someone began to script his or her name (it is very faint and almost appears part of the design at a glance). A 1949 copyright is printed on the side panel. A small piece of the back side panel of the lid portion is missing, and the side panels of the lid each display a small tape remnant where the box was held closed more than sixty years ago (there is a small tear in this same area on the right panel). All the joints of both the top and bottom piece of the box are intact. These minor imperfections do not detract from the overall Excellent display value of this extremely rare point-of-sale store display box. 2) Wax Wrapper: The original wax wrapper features red and blue repeating "All Star Pictures Bubble Gum" text, along with stars and manufacturer information on each side, against a white background. Flattened to dimensions of 3-5/8 x 6-3/4 inches, the wrapper displays normal folds line and scattered wrinkling but retains an overall Excellent appearance and outstanding display value. 3) 1949 Leaf Premium Babe Ruth: Measuring 5-5/8 x 7-1/4 inches, this premium was one of nine different "Baseball Immortals" available with the purchase of Leaf baseball cards. This light background, no-text premium is one of two variations of Babe Ruth. Featuring a large black-and-white portrait of Ruth, the premium has two small holes and minor staining along the bottom border and is otherwise in overall Very Good condition. Blank reverse. This is a tremendous collection of rarely seen material from one of postwar-card collecting's greatest classics, which would be worthy companions to any complete set of 1948-1949 Leaf cards or additions to any advertising or display-box collection. The display box, in particular, is an extraordinary rarity! Total: 3 items. SOLD FOR $1,680
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