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"Beatlemania" was raging in 1964, and Topps jumped on the bandwagon with a semi-diecut production of color cards, each picturing one or more Beatle(s), or a catchy Fab Four slogan. These cards were scored to allow them to be punched-out and strung in a chain-like display. Today, the "Beatles Plaks" test issue cards from that very limited release and—especially—associated packaging materials are extremely rare.
Just how extremely rare? Over the past 13 years, our auction executives have handled 25 lots relating to the 1968 Beatles Plaks issue—including the #1 PSA Registry set, which sold for just shy of $3,500 back in 2007. Yet of those numerous offerings, we have never before presented a surviving example of the seldom-seen box. And it was well worth the wait, because this one's an absolute beauty with wonderful graphics, radiant colors and smooth glossy surfaces. The front, back and bottom panels are extremely clean. The lid shows one small seam crease at top left, and the side panels each bear a handful of insignificant surface creases that are perceptible under bright light yet do not appear to break color. A tear near the left-back corner of the box has been partially reinforced from the inside with paper tape. Dimensions are 5" x 8-1/4" x 2", and overall display quality is EX to EX/MT with typical minor edge/corner rubbing from normal shelf storage. The offered container reflects the industry's standard for the piece (even appearing in the Benjamin non-sports reference guides to acquaint readers—who would otherwise not have had access to view this rarity—with its features) and emanates from the esteemed and well-known Marks Collection of vintage display boxes.
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Extremely Rare 1968 Topps Test "Beatles Plaks" Five-Cent Display Box
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