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Gigantic 1950s to 1980s Topps Baseball Wrappers and Wrapper Proof Collection (438) Including 1968 Topps "Plaks" Process-Proof Portfolio

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,851

Presented is a fascinating and extremely unique collection of material spanning four decades and relating to the development of wax-pack wrappers for more than two dozen Topps issues. This collection of material includes progressive-proof portfolios, final proofs (never used for packaging and never folded, and printed on higher-quality slick stock than issued wrappers), as well as final production wrappers for a wide variety of mostly mainstream Topps baseball issues, but including a few very unusual issues, ranging from 1952 to 1986. Included are proof wrappers (flat and never folded or color-process wrappers) for many sets, including for several test sets, such as 1967 Topps "Punch-Outs" and 1968 Topps "Plaks." This is a very substantial wrapper-related collection with numerous rarities that is unlike any we have ever seen or offered. The collection consists of the following: 1) Progressive-Proof Portfolios (13 portfolios containing a total of 78 color-process proof wrappers): 1967 Topps (six processes: red, yellow, red/yellow, blue, red/yellow/blue, and black); 1967 Topps "Punch-Outs" (four processes: yellow, yellow/black, black, and red; these are only Gd/Vg due to creasing/wrinkling); 1968 Topps (three processes: red, yellow, and red/yellow); 1968 Topps "Game" (six processes: red, yellow, red/yellow, blue/yellow, red/yellow/blue, and black); 1968 Topps "Plaks" (seven processes: red, yellow, red/yellow, red/yellow/blue for plak shading, red/yellow/blue for entire wrapper, black, and final); 1968 Topps "Posters" (5-cent version, eleven processes: yellow, red, red/yellow, blue, red/blue, blue/yellow, red/yellow/blue, black, black/yellow, black/red, and final); 1968 Topps "Posters" (10-cent version, four processes: yellow, red/yellow, red/yellow/blue, and final); 1969 Topps (six processes: red, yellow, red/yellow, blue, red/yellow/blue, and black); 1970 Topps "Super" (seven processes: red, yellow, red/yellow, blue, red/yellow/blue, black, and final); 1971 Topps (Bubble Gum shake ad, six processes: yellow, red, red/yellow, blue, red/yellow/blue, and black); 1971 Topps (Big Mouth On-a-Stick ad, five processes: red, red/yellow, blue, red/yellow/blue, and black); 1971 Topps "Tattoos" (six processes: yellow, yellow/red, yellow/red with title, blue, red/yellow/blue, and black); and 1972 Topps "Posters" (seven processes: red, yellow, red/yellow, blue, red/yellow/blue, black, and final). These portfolios were used by the Topps art department to review colors in each step of the color process. Each color process proof is printed on glossy paper stock. Each process proof sheet is stapled together to form the portfolio (or "partial portfolio" if all color combinations are not present), with the yellow process at the bottom and the final process at top; in the middle are the remaining processes which show the progression of colors. A few of the portfolios have some of the process-proof sheets missing or small pieces cut from them, which likely relate to changes made to those specific areas by the art department. 2) Proof Sheets (184): One 1960 Topps "Tattoos," ten 1968 Topps "Action Stickers," one 1968 Topps "Plaks," one 1968 Topps "Posters" (5-cent version), six 1968 Topps "Posters" (10-cent version), one 1968 Topps "Team Posters," two 1970 Topps "Super," one 1971 Topps "Tattoos," nine 1972 Topps, ten 1973 Topps "Stamps," nine 1974 Topps, forty-one 1978 Topps, one 1980 Topps, nine 1982 Topps, twelve 1983 Topps, thirty-two 1985 Topps, and thirty-eight 1986 Topps. Each proof is printed on glossy stock (different and superior to the stock of an actual issued wrapper), ranging in size from approximately 6 x 8 inches to 11 x 14 inches and representing the final process of color printing for sixteen different issues. 3) Wax Wrappers (174): One 1952 Topps one cent, two 1961 Topps one cent (single wrapper with Braves pennant ad and 20.5-inch uncut roll; this may be a particularly rare wrapper), 1963 Topps one cent, 1964 Topps "Stand Ups" one cent, 1969 Topps five cent, five 1973 Topps (one sheet), four 1976 Topps, two 1978 Topps (two-wrapper sheet), sixty 1979 Topps (housed on eight rolls), thirty 1980 Topps, fifty-three 1982 Topps (one individual and two rolls of twenty-six), and fourteen 1984 Topps (two individual and one roll of twelve). 4) Display Boxes (2): Two 1974 Topps file-copy display boxes. Each box is flattened with notations on the side and bottom panels relating to color, size, and design. This is a tremendous collection of material that offers a unique and interesting perspective on the design process used by Topps for the packaging for some of the most classic trading-card sets ever produced. All the pieces have been carefully preserved and generally grade Excellent or better, with normal fold lines visible in the issued wrappers and minor wear visible throughout. The wrapper proofs are of special note, especially those representing unusual and rare sets. In addition to including significant additions to any advanced Topps, wrappers, or advertising collection, this is a collection that has many duplicates and naturally lends itself to a potentially great break value. We highly recommend viewing this particular lot as we acknowledge that words do not fully do it justice. Total: 438 pieces. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,851


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