March 30, 2017: Sports & Americana Auction
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/30/2017
More than with any of the other major sports, Topps was willing to experiment a bit in the basketball card market, and after trying a couple of oversized issues in the previous decade, took a far different route in 1980-81. These two pristine unopened packs from that pivotal year for Topps feature the unique three-card format, with three individual players featured on each 2 ½-by- 3 ½-inch card separated by a perforation. Adding to the historical significance, the quirky issue provided eager collectors with myriad possibilities for rookie cards of two players who would revitalize the game for the next decade and beyond: Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. That would seem to be plenty of historical oomph for a single issue, making the prospect of actually opening these artifacts all the more daunting.
1980-81 Topps Basketball Unopened Wax Packs (2)
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