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1968 Topps "Fabulous Rock Records - Motown" Near-Complete Set (12/16) and Original Display Box
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $540
Twelve Topps-issued records presented with their original display box and five wrappers from the rare 1968 Topps "Fabulous Rock Records - Motown" series. During the late 1960s, when the sounds of Motown were sweeping across the nation, Topps decided to capitalize on the movement by producing a series of 45 RPM records featuring some of biggest names of the day: Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, and The Temptations, among others. The visual quality of the records is extraordinary but the distribution was apparently very modest (possibly related to their very costly retail price of 15 cents per record). We are not even 100% certain that these records were ever actually put on shelves for retail sale (we have never spoken to a collector who bought these in 1968, or found any examples in original collections). The set may have been a test issue (receiving little or no actual retail-store distribution). The full-size 45s were issued (or at least packaged!) in packs with a printed cost of fifteen cents and packaged in a store display box that was intended to house eight records, with the names of performers noted in yellow stars on the top panel. A total of twelve different records (out of sixteen in a complete set) are presented here: five Diana Ross & The Supremes, two Stevie Wonder, two The Temptations, and one each of Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, and The Marvelettes. Five record covers, which served as the "pack" for the 45s, are also included. The original display box is bright and crisp, retaining all of its original color, but displays moderate creasing and loosening at the joints on the side panels along with light creasing at the end of the top panel, which would ultimately cause it to grade modestly. This is a very rarely seen and fascinating nonsport item that combines two great passions, collecting and music. Total: 18 items (12 records, five wrappers, and one display box). Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $540
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