1968 Topps Test Land of the Giants Gum Card Box:
Please consider the last time you saw one of these Topps “Test” issue boxes offered for sale…This American Counter display is the “poster child” for rare and should not be confused with the A&BC gum card issue that did see general distribution in England. Far scarcer than Mars Attacks, in my 28 years of collecting and dealing in rare non-sport artifacts, I have only encountered this one. From the distinctive faults appearing on the lid, this appears to be the very Bob Marks example as depicted in the old Christopher Benjamin Sport American Non-sport Guides. It’s always an honor to own such a rare piece of non-sport / pop culture history, as it is to offer such a specimen for sale. Though they have been out of business for several years now, the attractive encasement provided by GAI not only safeguards the condition for future generations, but further enhances the box for display. Discounting the notable crease and resulting traits along the lids left side, the overall look is very crisp. I personally would have thought the condition more reflective of an EX-MT grade, but understand the reasons that GAI felt compelled to go a bit higher – the box is just gorgeous. The bottom is clean, so this is definitely not a file copy as some other Topps Test issue survivors appear to be. One small note: The underside of the GAI blister has developed a clean; near invisible split along the upper right corner where the blister starts to forms. This looks like nothing more than a fault in the vacuum forming process, and in no way will allow for the removal of the display contained inside.
Grade GAI 7 MT