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1956 Topps Pins Complete Set: #1 PSA Registry! (60)

Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $8,812.50

Presented is a simply extraordinary high-grade complete sixty-pin set of 1956 Topps Pins. This is the number-one All Time Finest set in the world on the PSA Registry. This rare and very colorful pin set was one of Topps' first specialty issues. Included are all the great stars of the era such as Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, etc. Each pin measures 1-1/8 inches in diameter and features the same player portraits used in the 1956 Topps card set. These pins were sold separately from the cards, packaged in small boxes with gum. Each pin has been graded and encapsulated by PSA. Grading Composite: The set includes twenty-two PSA 8s, thirty-one PSA 7s, and seven PSA 6s. The PSA registry overall weighted GPA rating is 7.25. This set has been assembled by an extremely dedicated collector over a period of many years. In our opinion, 1956 Topps pins have long been overlooked and because of grading are now just beginning to receive the attention that they deserve. As suggested by the individual grades and its status as the number-one All Time Finest set ever assembled on the PSA registry, this is an incredible set. The PSA grades are as follows: Twenty-two NM-MT 8: Boyer, Collins, Conley, Diering, Gomez, Groat, Harshman, Kluszewski, Long, Mays (HOF), Negray, Paula, Rosen, Sauer, Sievers, A. Smith, Snider (HOF), Spooner, Sullivan, Tremel, Turley, and Zernial. Thirty-one NM 7: Aaron (HOF), Amoros, Arroyo, Banks (HOF), Berra (HOF), Black, Boone, Donovan, Finigan, Fowler, Hatton, Hofman, House, Jensen, Kaline (HOF), Kennedy, Lopez, Mathews (HOF), McMillan, Miranda, Moon, Mossi, O'Brien, Power, Rivera, H. Smith, M. Smith, Spahn (HOF), Stobbs, Triandos, and Wehmeier. Seven EX-MT 6: Haddix, Hegan, Hodges, Rizzuto (HOF), Robinson (HOF), Skowron, and T. Williams (HOF). High-grade examples of 1956 Topps 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, as is the case with celluloid pinbacks. This condition sensitivity makes the incredible 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. It is our experience that a vintage set such as this, in such extraordinary high grade, let alone the highest-graded set ever assembled, may be valued by the market at a significant premium to guide prices. We are already seeing this with 1956 Topps pins, which are among the rarest and most overlooked of all significant Topps issues. Based on recent auction results of individual 1956 Topps pins, the break value for this set is extremely substantial. Total 60 pins. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $8,812.50

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