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Lot # 767 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1959 Fleer Ted Williams Unopened Wax Box (24 Packs)

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $17,775

Presented is one of the most extraordinary unopened boxes we have ever seen: A complete, perfectly preserved unopened wax box of 1959 Fleer Ted Williams containing twenty-four original unopened 5-cent wax packs, each of which houses six cards, for a total of 144 cards. This is an incredibly rare complete unopened box! To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that a complete unopened box in its original form has been offered for sale at public auction. (We did find an auction record for a box that was offered in 2004 in which all the packs were separated from the box and encapsulated, and which sold for $17,603.) In 2011, REA offered a partial box containing seventeen packs as Lot #906 where it realized $7,638. The 1959 Fleer baseball set is a landmark issue devoted to the career and life of Ted Williams and remains extremely popular with collectors. The display box, one of the most visually pleasing display boxes ever created, has survived in stunning condition, with bright colors, minimal shelf wear, and only a small, unobtrusive puncture near the "T" in "Ted" on the top panel. This box comes shrink-wrapped by Baseball Card Exchange (owned by Steve Hart, the foremost expert on unopened material). While it is impossible to provide guarantees with reference to grading of unopened material, there is, of course, the very real possibility that within this box are Gem Mint cards. This tremendous high-grade and simply remarkable unopened wax box, which looks exactly as it did when it sat on a candy-store shelf in 1959, would make an incredible addition to even the most advanced baseball display, Ted Williams, or unopened box collection. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000++. SOLD FOR $17,775

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