Tyler Texas Basketball
1957 Topps Basketball Vending Boxes plus
We returned from Tyler Texas with a terrific new sportscard
We uncovered a
small hoard of 1957 Topps basketball vending boxes plus many
non-sport card vending boxes. We received a phone call from a wonderful lady
in East Texas who stated she had some basketball she wanted to sell.
We made arrangements to go and see here and stumbled upon three and
a half fresh vending boxes of the difficult issue 1957 Topps
It seems her husband had a vending maching
route in the mid to late 1950's. Approximately 4 years ago she found
the 11 vending machines in her garage and proceeded to sell them to
the surrounding antique dealers in her area. This past July she dug
deeper into her garage and found the strangest boxes which she
thought we mason jars. After bringing them into the house did she
realize she had some basketball cards instead. Feeling disappointed,
she contacted her niece who found us at our website.
Upon arrival in Texas we
witnessed a minor miracle. There, on her kitchen table,
were 1,711 basketball cards still fresh and
crisp as the day they were made. Neither rain nor insect had defiled
these cards. As we blew the printers dust off the top of the cards
we saw what was there. Over 16 Bill Russells and 40+ Bob
Cousy's made it all the way to 2001. This was truly a sight
to be seen.
But the minor miracle didn't
stop there. Behind all that basketball was over 16
vending boxes of non-sport cards in the same
condition as the others. Sets like the 1956 Topps Elvis, 1959
Fleer Three Stooges, Target:Moon, Hit Stars, Zorro, TV Westerns,
Popeye and several
other smaller sets. What a shame the top Non-Sport Price
Guide didn't want to tell their readers about this find although we approached them.
This was a terrific new find for
the industry. Look for press coverage in T.S. O'Connell's column in
the Sports Collectors Digest and in the PSA's Sports
In the picture below, barely visible, are the all the Bill Russells. In front of all those vending boxes are the separate stacks of the basketball. Hidden from view are some other separate complete sets of the basketball too as well as some of the non-sport.