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1951 Topps Ringside Boxing Near-Complete Set (80 of 96)
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $822.50
Near-complete set of Topps "Ringside." 47% Ex to Nr/Mt (averaging Ex-Mt overall), 33% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 20% lesser (mostly Gd). Missing just sixteen cards for completion: #1 Lesnevitch, 2, 9, 13, 14, 19, 36, 42, 49 Murphy, 58, 59, 65, 66, 71, 85, and 95 Tunney. Keys: #6 Walcott (Ex-Mt), 11 Baer (Gd due to staining along the bottom border, otherwise Ex-Mt), 31 Walcott (Nr/Mt), 32 Marciano (Vg), 43 Robinson (Ex-Mt), 69 Sullivan (Vg), 88 Louis (Pr-Fr), 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 an attractive near-complete set of this classic 1950s Topps issue, with many cards bright and fresh, and with a few low-grade fillers, but overall with an appearance far superior to the technically accurate assigned grades. Total 80 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $822.50
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