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1968 Topps 3-D Mel Stottlemyre PSA NM-MT 8, Extremely Rare 1968 3-D Easel Stand-up, Plus Wrapper (3 Items)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $23,500
Offered are three rare items relating to the extremely rare 1968 Topps 3-D set: Mel Stottlemyre card (PSA NM-MT 8), the easel stand-up insert which came in each pack (unpunched, Ex), and the wrapper (package design sticker on wax wrapper is Ex, blank wax wrapper is Vg). In the world of baseball card collecting, many serious collectors revere the 1968 Topps 3-D set more than any other set of its era. Whether these cards were issued in stores remains a mystery, but legend has always had it that, as a test, a few boxes appeared in selected stores in Brooklyn, New York. To the best of our knowledge, however, most 1968 Topps 3-D cards can ultimately be traced back to someone who worked at Topps or Xograph, the company that produced them for Topps. The wrapper is particularly rare, but the die-cut easel stand-up card that was included in each pack (two easels and instructions on how to use them to display the 3-D cards) is virtually impossible. It is possible that this is the only one in existence. We have only seen one example ever - which REA president Robert Lifson obtained directly from an unopened pack, which he personally opened, that he was given in 1974 directly from legendary Topps executive and hobby pioneer Woody Gelman. This easel stand-up insert (along with the wrapper) was sold by REA in an Sports Collector's Digest ad twenty-three years ago, in 1986 for $395. It is very possible (we think likely, but have no way to confirm) that this is the very same wrapper and, even more importantly, the very same easel stand-up insert we sold in 1986. This is an extraordinary 1968 Topps 3-D collection, including a high-grade card, the rare easel insert, and a wrapper. From the Charlie Conlon Collection. Total 3 items. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $23,500
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