These books have been seen before. Compiled by Woody Gelman and his staff, they were the official corporate record of the various card sets and packaging issued each year and it pains me to see when they get broken up for auction. Happily though, this fate has not yet befallen this book!
Imaging what the file room must have looked like at Bush Terminal, with sagging shelves full of albums similar to this one:
While these generally did not memorialize every variation they did contain a full set of cards, although a couple ended up disappearing from this one which is fairly common. They all pretty much look like this:
This binder contained a sell sheet example as a nice bonus:
Now that is a nice piece but the real prizes here are the box and wrapper of the one cent wax variety. The catalog description states the one cent box has not been seen but at least two packs have been graded by PSA so it may just be it's super rare. REA had this offering last year:
Another went in Mile High a couple of weeks ago to boot. I think the one cent packs are indeed quite rare but they do seem to have been issued. Either way, it's a tough pack and among the last of the Topps "pennies".
Here's what Topps had in the binder:
Looks like the art was ready to go just as summer arrived! I believe that is Woody Gelman's red crayon or grease pencil in action on those pages.
This little exercise also got me thinking about the last "normal" Topps set to be issued in penny packs. I know 1965 Baseball was sold in one cent packs and when I checked John Neuner's Non-Sports wrapper guide against my own master list, I couldn't find any penny packs on the non-sports side in '65. So unless someone out there can turn up evidence to the contrary, the 1965 Baseball penny packs are the last of this breed.
On a semi-unrelated note, but speaking of things that enclosed other Topps things, collector Mike White has launched what I believe to be a hobby first, namely a website devoted to Topps shipping cases. Mike has posted about these on a couple of hobby forums in the past and count me among the folks who are amazed many of these behemoths have survived over the years. Give a click here to see. I wish Mike well in his efforts.