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The last auction was led by an unopened case of 1986-87 Fleer Basketball, which finished at $1.789 million (translates to roughly $150,000 per box). Collect Auctions had the first four years of Fleer Basketball in unopened case formats, with the 1987-88 case finishing at $157,000, the 1988-89 case finishing at $58,000 and the 1989-90 case closing at $5,100. These were all part of arguably the best lineup of unopened products the industry has ever seen in auction.
Other highlights in the unopened lineup included: 1973 Topps Baseball cello box sold for $31,861; 1980-81 Topps Basketball wax box sold for $22,909; 1972-73 Topps Basketball wax box sold for $17,210; 1982 Topps Baseball wax box case sold for $17,210; 1975 Topps Baseball cello box sold for $15,646; 1976 Topps Baseball cello box sold for $15,646; 1979 Topps Football rack box unopened case sold for $15,646; 1976 Topps Football wax box sold for $14,222; 1977 Topps Baseball Cloth Stickers case sold for $12,929; 1971-72 Topps Basketball vending box sold for $11,753; 1987-88 Fleer Basketball wax box sold for $10,666; and an empty case of 1986-87 Fleer Basketball, which including all 12 empty wax box and all the empty wrappers, sold for $10,058.
The auction, which topped more than $3 million, included much more than unopened products though and set record prices across the board. Leading the way was a 1969-70 Topps Basketball complete PSA 8 set, which ranked 20th on the PSA Set Registry. The set of 99 cards sold for $37,405. There was also what is believed to be the only set of 1970 Topps Winners, which sold for $35,579.
Other highlights included: 1921 E121 American Caramel Babe Ruth “Series of 80” PSA 2, which sold for $20,060, which is a new record; 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle No. 311 PSA 1 sold for $14,153; 1952 Topps Baseball Low-Number Set sold for $9,343; 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth No. 144 PSA 3 sold for $9,125 (record price); 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth No. 149 PSA 3 sold for $9,125 (record price); 1909-11 Ty Cobb Green Background PSA 3 sold for $8,294; 2003-04 Topps LeBron James RC No. 221 PSA 10 sold for $7,122 (new record); Pete Maravich Signed 1970-71 Topps RC with the signature graded PSA/DNA 8 sold for $6,853; and a 1959 Fleer Ted Williams complete PSA-graded set, which ranked No. 15 on the PSA Set Registry, sold for $6,436.