1948 Bowman unopened wax box sells for $521,180

A 1948 Bowman Baseball nearly full, unopened wax box containing 19 of 24 packs sold in a Mile High Card Co. auction for a final price of $521,180. The auction ended June 15.

1948 Bowman Baseball card unopened packs.

The box was one of many unopened products of baseball, basketball and football cards that were found in a house of a family member whose relatives owned a non-sports card company in the 1960s.

Other final auction prices realized for items from the find include:

  • $119,977 – 1961 Topps Football 5 Cent pack full, unopened wax box
  • $108,039 – 1961 Fleer Basketball full, unopened wax box
  • $30,325 – 1962 Fleer Football nearly full, unopened wax box (19/24) packs
  • $24,947 – 1961 Fleer Football full, unopened wax box
  • $9,833 – 1961 Fleer Baseball Greats nearly full, unopened wax box (20/24) packs
  • $5,540 – 1960 Fleer Baseball Greats nearly full, unopened wax box (20/24) packs
  • $3,500 – 1962 Topps Football nearly full, unopened wax box (20/24) packs
  • $3,443 – 1961 Nu-Card Scoops near full, unopened wax box
  • $3,000 – 1959 Fleer Ted Williams full, unopened wax box
  • $1,029 – 1961 Topps Baseball Stamps Album full, unopened box
  • $842 – 1961 Nu-Card Football near full (17/24) wax box

There was plenty of other action in the MHCC June auction, including the breakup of the #12 PSA Set Registry ranked 1952 Topps set, which sold for a total of  $152,368, the #1 ranked 1956 Topps Super Set, which sold as individual lots for a total of $135,084 and a pair of elite Mickey Mantle cards; 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle PSA 6 EX/MT that sold for $71,106 and a 1951 Wheaties #G Mickey Mantle Premium Photo PSA 10 GEM MINT, a rookie year Mantle issue that is the one and only PSA 10 on record, that changed hands for $33,734.

Other notable cards included: 1952 Topps #312 Jackie Robinson PSA 8.5 NM/MT+ that hammered at $25,587, 1953 Topps #82 Mickey Mantle PSA 7 NM sold for $15,311, 1955 Topps #123 Sandy Koufax PSA 8 NM/MT at $10,496, 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente PSA 7 NM that went for a near world record $12,897, a pair of Mickey Mantle records that set all-time price records: 1958 Topps #150 Mickey Mantle PSA 8 NM/MT that sold for  $8,112 and 1960 Topps #350 Mickey Mantle PSA 8 that netted $5,958, 1968 Topps #177 Nolan Ryan PSA 9 MINT that changed hands for $23,207, 1957 Topps 377 Bill Russell PSA 8 NM/MT that sold for $25,587, 1961 Fleer #3 Elgin Baylor PSA 9 MINT at $29,872 and 1961 Fleer #36 Oscar Robertson PSA 9 MINT that found a new home for $28,449. A Spectacular Jackie Robinson Single-Signed ONL (Giles) Ball (sold for $15,836) and a Jimmie Foxx Single Signed AOL (Cronin) Ball ($6,307) headed up an extensive list of team and single-signed autographed baseballs.

For complete auction results visit: www.milehighcardco.com.

 

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