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1956 PM15 "Yellow Basepath" High-Grade PSA Collection (10)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $3,770.00

Collection of PM15 "Yellow Basepath" pins, each graded MINT 9 by PSA. Offered are ten absolutely stunning, ultra high-grade Mint examples from this very popular 1950s pinback set: Joe Adcock, Bill Bruton, Larry Doby, Nellie Fox, Steve Gromek, Johnny Groth, Bob Porterfield, Red Schoendienst, Duke Snider, and Gene Woodling. High-grade examples of PM15 Yellow Basepath pins are particularly rare because like all litho pins (as opposed to celluloid pins), they are extremely condition-sensitive. Litho pins are very susceptible to scratches because their designs are printed directly onto the metal, as opposed to being printed on paper and encased under protective celluloid covering, as is the case with celluloid pinbacks. This condition sensitivity makes the incredible Mint condition of these examples all the more noteworthy. Pins are just beginning to be graded. It will be interesting to see how the market will evolve in the years to come for examples in the highest grades from the most popular baseball pinback sets. We had no choice but to guess on the estimate on this collection. If prices for high-grade cards from the era are any indication, we may be low. PM15s are far rarer than Topps and Bowman cards of the era. The "Yellow Basepath" set includes thirty-two stars. Issued in 1956, these popular pins were dispensed by bubble-gum machines placed in five-and-dime stores and at supermarkets. Diameter of each: 7/8 inch. Total 10 pins. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $3,770.00

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