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1951 Topps Ringside Boxing Complete Set (96)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,610.00
Complete set of Topps "Ringside." 60% Ex to Ex-Mt and 40% Vg to Vg-Ex. Keys: #1 Lesnevitch (Vg-Ex/Ex), 11 Baer (Vg-Ex/Ex), 32 Marciano (Ex-Mt), 43 Robinson (Vg-Ex/Ex), 49 Murphy (SP, Vg), 69 Sullivan (slight tilt to the picture, otherwise Vg-Ex/Ex), 88 Louis (Vg-Ex/Ex), 95 Tunney (Vg), and 96 Charles (Vg). Topps' first attempt at boxing cards was in 1951 with the 96-card "Ringside" boxing series. The exceptional artwork and the inclusion of boxing greats from all eras has always made this set one of boxing-card collecting's premier issues. Topps apparently found much greater success with baseball and football. This is confirmed both by the relative scarcity of "Ringside" cards, and the fact that this was the only Topps boxing set ever issued. The quality of production of this issue, however, is equal or superior to that of all early 1950s bubble-gum cards issued by Topps or Bowman. This is a very attractive complete set of this classic 1950s Topps issue, bright and fresh,with an overall appearance far superior to the technically accurate assigned grades. The set is accompanied by an original wrapper (Ex). Total 96 cards plus one wrapper. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,610.00
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