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    The finest known example!

    1969 Topps Basketball Wax Box with Twenty-Four Packs, Each Graded by GAI. It took a dozen years for the executive team at Topps to take another shot at the hoops market after its 1957 debut landed with a thud at five-and-dimes across a nation apparently unprepared to welcome hardcourt cardboard into its heart. But this second attempt at expanding its consumer base was no cautious affair but rather one of the great trading card triumphs of the post-war era, certainly the most celebrated for the sport (with apologies and respect to the 1986-87 Fleer issue).

    Operating under a mindset of "go big or go home," the design team at Topps selected the "tall boy" format it had pioneered for the 1965 football issue for the ninety-nine-card set. The players emerge in bold photographic color from brightly-hued ovals on the card faces, many of the players wearing their jerseys backwards to dodge copyright infringement issues that disallowed team nicknames and logos. The result is a wonderfully weird showcase absolutely bursting with Springfield immortals, a multitude in rookie format.

    The adoration has continued to swell over the passage of a half-century, though locating high-grade specimens has always been a challenge due to the heightened condition challenges the tall boy format presents. But few collectors have ever dared to dream of the spectacularly rare treasure on offer here, a time capsule of 240 virgin butterflies still housed within their original wax cocoons.

    We'll transcribe the glowing letter of evaluation from wax box legend Steve Hart:

    "I have inspected the 1969/70 Topps basketball wax box that comes with this letter. All 24 packs in my opinion are genuine and original. The packs all have the consistency with a Topps issued product from that era. The wax seals on back along with the corner folds are correct for this issue.

    This particular 1969/70 Topps basketball box (24 individual packs) is the cleanest box I have seen. The packs appear 'factory fresh' and untouched. The wrappers are as glossy as the day they were made. These packs are of the highest quality I have ever seen for this issue.

    As requested by the owner, I have inspected each pack and have found the following premium cards showing on the front and/or back of the packs:

    (2) John Havlicek Front, Checklist Back/Walt Frazier Front, Nate Thurmond Back, Dave Bing Front, Willis Reed Back, Earl Monroe Front, Wilt Chamberlain Back."

    GAI grades are as follows:

    Box: NM+7.5.

    Packs: Perfect 10 (six), Gem Mint 9.5 (seven), Mint 9 (seven), NM-MT+ 8.5 (one), NM-MT 8 (two), NM+ 7.5 (one). LOA from Baseball Card Exchange (BBCE).

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