1972 Topps Dr. J Julius Erving Rookie Card Pulled from Wax Box Break

History Made as Vintage Breaks Opens Full Wax Box on Live Stream
  • February 15, 2023


HISTORY MADE! After researching, we believe this is the first time a full wax box of 1972 Topps basketball cards have been opened live for you to watch. Plenty of pack-fresh cards from Hall of Famers and stars were pulled, and the top card of the night is a gorgeous Dr. J, Julius Erving rookie card! Watch hobby history with our sister company, Vintage Breaks.

Topps produced a 264-card set in '72, with the top card being # 195, Dr. J! Julius Erving did it all on court. Dr. J won the MVP award in both the NBA and the ABA. He won titles in both leagues. A winner of the Slam Dunk Contest and All-Star Game MVP, Dr. J was a walking highlight. Also in the set are legends like Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Adbul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, Pete Maravich, and more! Of the 264 cards in the set, there are 51 that feature a Hall of Famer. Our sister company, Vintage Breaks,offered spots in this wax box for their card breaks, and we were excited to watch!

After doing some research, we believe that nobody has ever filmed a break of a 1972 Topps basketball wax box before. The highlight of the night was when Vintage Breaks pulled this stunner:

Dr. J Rookie Card

There is the Doctor in his ABA Virginia Squires uniform, holding that familiar red, white, and blue ABA ball and about to score one of his many buckets. You can see this moment captured on our live stream as our owner, Leighton, opened up pack 10 for Chef Ted:

1972 Topps Dr. J Rookie Card Pulled From a Pack:


We checked the PSA pop report and there aren't many high-grade Dr. J rookies; we hope this one ups the count! 

The box offered PLENTY of star power as we continued the break. The box had 24 packs and each pack had 10 cards. Here are some of the other highlights pulled and put straight into the card savers you see:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar base and All-Star:


Artis Gilmore All-Star, Phil Jackson rookie, and Artis Gilmore base rookie:


Rick Barry, John Havlicek, Pete Marivch, and Wes Unseld:


Vintage Breaks also pulled a Dr. J All-Star card, too; it looks so pretty next to the base:



Congrats to each of you that pulled a star card. The non-star cards are also pack-fresh, and ready for building a high-grade complete set. The colors are vibrant, the corners are sharp, and all look clean of gum!

These cards haven't seen the light of day since Mikey liked Life Cereal, The Godfather was in theatres, and Don McClean dropped American Pie. When you hold your 1972 Topps card in your hands, just think - gas was 36 cents per gallon when that card was made.

You can see the entire, historic break of all packs here:


If you like card breaks, Vintage Breaks offers products in all sports with a wide range of years. You can find packs from 1947 like the '47-66 Exhibits baseball pack to the brand new 2023 releases. You can even find breaks in non-sports like Garbage Pail Kids and Pokémon. Check our all of the breaks here:

Vintage Breaks



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Every collection and every collector is different and we treat EVERY collection with the respect and attention that we show for our own collections. We understand that many have put their heart and souls into building their collections. So when you're ready to sell, we understand the feelings that you're going through and will work with you to help you reach a decision that is a WIN/WIN, because if you're not happy, we're not happy.

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