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1948 Bowman unopened wax box sells for $521,180

An unopened box of 1948 Bowman Baseball cards including 19 of 24 packs sold in a Mile High Card Co. auction for a final price of $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.

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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