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1951-1955 Bowman and Topps "Shoebox" Collection (551)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $6,960.00
Original boyhood "shoebox collection" of 551 Topps and Bowman baseball cards, dating from 1951 to 1955, is highlighted by numerous stars and key cards, including 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle, 1953 Bowman Color #59 Mickey Mantle, and 1953 Topps #82 Mickey Mantle. 1) 1951 Bowman Partial Set (255 of 324 cards in set, plus thirty-two duplicates, for a total of 287): 90% range from Good to Vg-Ex (averaging Vg), 10% in lesser grades. Keys: #2 Berra (Fr), 3 Roberts (Vg), 7 Hodges (Vg), 10 Schoendienst (Vg-Ex), 26 Rizzuto (Vg), 30 Feller (Vg), 31 Campy (Vg), 32 Snider (Vg), 46 Kell (Gd), 53 Lemon (Vg), 80 Reese (Vg), 134 Spahn (Vg), 165 Williams (Vg-Ex), 186 Ashburn (Vg-Ex), 232 Fox (Vg-Ex), 233 Durocher (Gd-Vg), and Mantle (Vg, sharp looking card with a few light surface wrinkles and a little corner wear, centered 90/10 L/R and 10/90 T/B). 2) 1952 Bowman (eighty-three cards): fifteen cards Ex, fifty-three cards Vg to Vg-Ex, fifteen cards Gd. Keys: #2 Berra (Gd), 4 Roberts (Ex), 8 Reese (Vg), 21 Fox (Ex), 23 Lemon (Ex), 24 Furillo (Vg-Ex), 30 Schoendienst (Ex), 43 Feller (Vg-Ex), 44 Campy (Ex), 52 Rizzuto (Vg-Ex), two 53 Ashburn (Ex and Gd-Vg), and 101 Mantle (Gd). 3) 1952 Topps (fifty-seven cards): twenty-seven cards Vg to Vg-Ex, thirty cards Pr to Gd (averaging Fair). Keys: #11 Rizzuto (Vg), 20 Loes (Vg-Ex), 22 D. DiMaggio (Vg), 26 Irvin (Gd), 36 Hodges (Vg-Ex), 37 Snider (Vg), 59 Roberts (Vg-Ex), 88 Feller (Gd), and 91 Schoendienst (Fr-Gd). 4) 1953 Bowman Color (twenty-eight cards): twenty-three cards Vg to Vg-Ex and five Gd. Keys: two #33 Reese (both Vg-Ex), 44 Bauer/Berra/Mantle (Vg), and #59 Mantle (very light stain in the lower right corner, otherwise in Ex condition).5) 1953 Topps (eighty cards including four scarce high numbers): sixty cards grade Vg to Vg-Ex and twenty cards grade Pr to Gd (averaging Fair). Keys: #1 J. Robinson (Fr), 27 Campy (Vg-Ex), two 54 Feller (both Vg), two 77 Mize (both Ex), and 82 Mantle (Vg-Ex/Ex, very nice looking card downgraded due to two tiny corner creases in the upper left and bottom right corners). 6) 1955 Topps (sixteen cards): three cards Vg and thirteen Fr to Gd. This is a very substantial mixed-grade original owner collection of early 1950s bubble-gum cards, which has been stored away in a shoebox for decades, completely unpicked, and including many highlights and several of the key cards of the era. Total 551 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $6,960.00
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