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    The debut of The Great One!

    1979/80 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Unopened & Factory-Sealed Wax Box with Forty-Eight Packs. The holy grail of modern basketball cards would be an unopened box of 1986 Fleer that contains the rookie card of Michael Jordan. A worthy equivalent in the modern era of hockey cards is this wax box - the 1979/80 O-Pee-Chee edition, thanks to card #18 - the rookie card of the "Great One" Wayne Gretzky! Ask a million hockey card enthusiasts what box from the last fifty years would they want to own and the answer from 99% will be the 1979 O-Pee-Chee series. The remaining 1% will eventually admit their answer was wrong.

    The seemingly unassuming 8-1/8 x 7-1/4 x 2-1/2' box has been the home for the last four decades to forty-eight virgin 20-cent wax packs. The sales incentive of the day was the inclusion of cards of the four new NHL teams with Edmonton being one of the four. Inside each literally untouched gem are fourteen cards including Hall of Famers Gordie Howe (#175) and Bobby Hull (#185) plus numerous other stars and superstars, teams and League Leaders but none compare in value or historical significance to the rookie card of the 'Bobby Orr' of his era. One can only imagine how many possibly Mint or Gem MT condition cards these treasured packs could yield. With the popularity of Gretzky, it is safe to say unopened material from this exclusively Canadian series is very scarce and immensely desirable.

    But this just isn't any box. Not only are the interior packs unopened, we are very happy to announce that the outer box is still sealed as well with the factory tape intact! This is only the second box we are aware of that can make this claim. In case it matters with such a enticing offering, the box presents near-mint to mint. It has been securely wrapped and given the label of approval by noted pack expert Steve Hart who confirmed its status with his notation, 'WAX BOX - TAPE INTACT!' This would make an amazing addition to any hockey collection.


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    Auction Dates
    February, 2019
    23rd-24th Saturday-Sunday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 16
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