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1957 Topps Complete Set (407)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $4,312.50

Offered is a complete set of 1957 Topps which appears to be in Mint condition. Every card has razor-sharp corners, virtually perfect centering, and is free of all creases. Under black light, these cards have undergone a very sophisticated process in which a foreign substance has been painstakingly and most professionally applied to the border areas of each card. This work may, in fact, be responsible for the virtually flawless centering of every card. Before professional grading was established as a standard, this set was purchased in the 1992 Sotheby's sports auction, where it appeared as Lot #228, and sold for $13,000. At the time of the sale, the set passed examination by many dealers and experienced collectors. Only now, in the era of professional grading, with the benefit of black light examination, can the professional restoration of the borders be detected. We cannot explain why anyone would have altered this otherwise perfectly fine complete set in 1992. The cost in time and effort would seem prohibitive, but there is no doubt a reasonable explanation which has been lost to time. The set is still in the original album with the Sotheby's lot sticker, and has been consigned to this sale directly from the 1992 purchaser. This set offers a unique opportunity for a collector of authentic ungraded vintage cards who wishes to have a set which appears to be in flawless Mint condition. Total 407 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $4,312.50

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