Lot # 198: 1961/62 Fleer Wax Box w/24 Unopened Wax Packs – BBCE LOA Confirming Unopened Packs w/a Chamberlain #8 Rookie on Top; Chamberlain IA (In Action) #47 on Top; Elgin Baylor Rookie #3 on Top!

Category: Unopened Material

Starting Bid: $75,000.00

Bids: 32 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Summer 2022 Auction",
which ran from 8/18/2022 12:00 PM to
9/10/2022 7:00 PM

(LOT 198)
1961/62 Fleer Wax Box w/24 Unopened Wax Packs - BBCE LOA Confirming Unopened Packs w/a Chamberlain #8 Rookie on Top; Chamberlain IA (In Action) #47 on Top; Elgin Baylor Rookie #3 on Top!

UNOPENED WAX!!! This incredible 1961/62 Fleer Basketball Unopened Wax Box irrefutably stands as one of the hobby's most significant and valuable wax boxes extant. It is no secret that the 1961 Fleer Basketball series contains some of the most important Basketball cards ever issued, including hallowed rookie cards of Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Hal Greer and Oscar Robertson, as well as additional noteworthy subjects of Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Sam Jones, Lenny Wilkins and so many more of basketball's finest all-time stars. Indeed, the names in this 66-card '61 Fleer inaugural set represent some of the greatest players to ever grace the hardwood court, loaded with a myriad of Hall of Famers. If you are fortunate enough to be the final bidder on this museum worthy offering and ultimately decide to open the wax packs, you would probably be blessed with ascertaining multiple stars, based on the 66-card checklist.

This esteemed 24-pack nickel wax box is authenticated by Steve Hart from BBCE, and is accompanied by a signed LOA from the hobby's foremost unopened pack expert. Miraculously, when the packs were individually authenticated by Steve Hart, he noted that three of the 24 packs were unique as follows: One pack includes a #8 Wilt Chamberlain Rookie on top, one pack exhibits a #47 Wilt Chamberlain IA on top and an additional pack just happens to reveal a #3 Elgin Baylor Rookie... Wow! Consider that a PSA 9 Chamberlain #8 rookie sold for a whopping $348,000 in January 2022, while a PSA 9 Elgin Baylor #3 fetched $32,000 in October 2021, with these bona fide incorporated subjects possibly worthy of the near-impossible 10 Gem Mint assessment. Additional noteworthy PSA 9 rookie card sales include $72,000 for an Oscar Robertson in November 2021, and $84,000 for the highly coveted Jerry West subject in February 2022.

Along with the also exalted 1957 Topps and 1986 Fleer compilations, the 1961 Fleer set firmly resides as one of the hobby's most sanctified basketball sets. Justifying this notion is a prior unopened 1961 Fleer Basketball Wax Box, likewise authenticated by BBCE, selling for a staggering $450,000 in June of 2021. Courtesy of Memory Lane, 24 unopened packs now await an extremely fortunate winning bidder, potentially containing GEM MINT examples of cards that would highlight any advanced collection. Consider that at the time this was written, only 103 or a fractional 0.3% of the roughly 38,000 PSA encapsulated cards have been awarded the premier 10 GEM MINT grade, once again substantiating the unparalleled excitement generated by this unearthed wax box of basketball immortals. While there are certainly no grading guarantees, it certainly appears that this '61/62 Fleer Wax Box bears a formidable possibility of achieving multiple high-grade rookies.

Synonymous to a kid in a local "mom & pop" store, a number of captivated enthusiasts may be tempted into "rolling the dice" and opening at least a few (if not all) of these wax pack marvels, with the likelihood of achieving an abundance of lofty assessments surely existing. Of course, it is critical to once again mention that the highly coveted rookie cards of Chamberlain (#8 & #47) and Baylor (#3) are "guaranteed" in three of these packs. Whichever route the winning bidder ultimately chooses, what we truly know is that the potential value of the individual cards as well as the estimated worth of the unopened wax box are both immensely prosperous. To reiterate, the revered BBCE Authentication Company (Steve Hart) has examined the box and given it their ironclad seal of approval, wrapping and labeling it to verify the authenticity. One of the nicest wax boxes we have ever offered, it stands as a bona fide basketball treasure chest for one of the supreme momentous sets in the hobby. We highly encourage the most sophisticated collectors to seize this grand opportunity and place the final bid on this ultra-rare 1961 Fleer Basketball Wax Box, with the hope of capturing at least one, if not more, of this set's finest graded rookies! - BBCE sealed and BBCE LOA indicating the three unique wax packs with Rookies showing!

MIN BID $75,000

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