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Display Boxes for Unopened Wax, Cello and Test Packs from the 1970s

Updated on January 19, 2011

Wax Pack Display Boxes

Aaah the memories of coming across a wax box when I was a kid. Actually, it seemed like a huge thing for all of us kids. If a store put out a box of cards in the morning, by lunch time, the whole school knew about it.

Interestingly, when we were kids, we never really noticed that not all wax boxes were the same for a particular sport in a particular year. Take a look at the photos to the right for an example of what I mean

1970 Topps Football Cello Box
1970 Topps Football Cello Box

Football Display Boxes

The scarcest FB display boxes hands down relate to early 1970's cellos. Spend the next 24 months looking for one from either 1970 or 1971 and you may come across one. For some reason, they simply don't exist. In my mind, it is a toss up as to which is scarcer the 1970 FB cello display box or the 1971 and either way, these are only going to be found in an advanced display box collection.

1971/72 Topps Basketball Wax Box

Scarcest Basketball Box of the 1970's
Scarcest Basketball Box of the 1970's

Basketball Display Boxes

Based on what I've seen over the last 35 years, 1971 Topps Basketball is one tough wax box to find. Overall, 1971 was a lower production year for Baseball, and Basketball is generally thought to be around 10-15% of Baseball's production, so that provides a little framework for how relatively scarce these are.


1970 OPC BB Wax Box
1970 OPC BB Wax Box
1971 Topps BB Cello Box
1971 Topps BB Cello Box
1971 Topps BB Greatest Moments Wax Box
1971 Topps BB Greatest Moments Wax Box
1970 Topps BB Poster Box
1970 Topps BB Poster Box

Baseball Display Boxes

Well, there are a few that can lay claim to this category.

1970 OPC Wax Box - While I have probably purchased or sold roughly 1/2 dozen of the 1971 OPC bb wax boxes, I think I have only seen 2 of the 1970 version. I pounced on one and missed the other.

1971 Topps Cello - A case can probably be made for the years 1970 and 1972 here, but when all is said, the 1971 box is probably the toughest of the 3 years.

Test Issue - To me, two of the toughest that I've seen would be the 1971 Topps Greatest Moments and 1970 Topps Posters Box. So... what about the ones I haven't seen. The problem is not every test issue had a graphical box. Many simply came from generic white boxes. For instance, I had a box of 1973 Topps Puzzle Pieces which came in a completely white square box that was about 6 inches high with no markings on it at all. Therefore, unless you knew what was initially packed in it, finding it years later offers no clues and you might simply discard it. Even if you didn't discard it, a generic white box really doesn't offer any sort of collectibility either.


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