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1952 Topps Near-Complete Set (402 of 407)
Starting Bid - $10,000.00, Sold For - $47,000.00
1952 Topps near-complete set of 402 cards (missing just five high numbers for completion: #314 Campy, 342 Labine, 357 Burgess, 392 Wilhelm, and 400 Dickey). This is an extremely attractive, very clean, mid- to high-grade set, rarely offered as so nice a complete set, with many rare high numbers and most key cards in particularly high grade. While the condition of cards from this set spans several grades, even the lesser-graded cards are very pleasing and exhibit bright colors and crisp focus. This set was consigned by a noncollector who lived in Indiana as a youngster. He saved his childhood collection of baseball cards, which included 1948 Leafs and 1951 Bowmans, and other cards of the era. When the opportunity arose, though he was not part of the organized collecting hobby in any way and simply because he liked cards, he purchased this near-complete 1952 Topps set and a 1953 Topps set from the original owner who assembled them. These sets were purchased in the 1970s and have remained untouched in his closet for over thirty years. When our consignor explained how he happened to have these cards, and brought them in along with his original childhood collection, we were floored. His childhood cards were all over the place for condition, but the 1952 and 1953 sets were simply shocking, by far the best sets that we have ever seen assembled and saved by chance from decades ago and not assembled one card at a time in the modern era.
For the convenience of potential bidders we have selected a significant number of cards (a total of seventy-one) for grading by PSA. While we have tried to select the most important key cards and a selection of the strongest condition cards for professional grading; with few exceptions the ungraded cards remaining in the set maintain the same high-level aesthetics. This is a gorgeous near set (missing just five cards), rarely offered in complete-set form in such high grade. The low numbers (#1-310) grade as follows: 60% range from Ex to Nr/Mt (averaging Ex-Mt), and 40% range from Vg to Vg-Ex (with a few slightly lesser). The rare high numbers (#311-407) grade as follows: 50% range from Ex to Nr/Mt (averaging Ex-Mt), 50% range from Vg to Vg-Ex. As noted, we have selected seventy-one cards to be graded and encapsulated by PSA. Low-Number Keys (1-310): #1 Pafko (PSA VG-EX 4), 2 Runnels (PSA VG-EX 4), 11 Rizzuto (80/20 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 20 Loes RC (Vg-Ex), 22 DiMaggio (Vg-Ex), 26 Irvin (Gd-Vg), 29 Kluszewski (Ex), 31 Zernial (PSA NM 7), 33 Spahn (PSA VG-EX 4), 36 Hodges (PSA EX 5), 37 Snider (75/25 L/R, otherwise Vg-Ex), 48 Page/correct (PSA EX-MT 6), 49 Sain/correct (PSA EX 5), 57 Lopat (Vg), 59 Roberts (Vg-Ex), 65 Slaughter (Vg-Ex), 66 Roe (Ex), 67 Reynolds (Vg/Vg-Ex), 80 Wehmeier (30/70 L/R, otherwise Vg-Ex/Ex), 88 Feller (PSA EX 5), 91 Schoendienst (Gd-Vg), 122 Jensen (Vg-Ex), 129 Mize (PSA EX-MT 6), 162 Crandall (PSA NM 7), 168 Silvera RC (PSA NM 7), 175 Martin RC (PSA NM 7), 191 Berra (Vg-Ex), 195 Minoso RC (20/80 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 200 Houk RC (PSA NM 7), 215 Bauer (PSA NM-MT 8), 216 Ashburn (PSA EX 5), 227 Garagiola (Ex), 243 Doby (70/30 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 246 Kell (Gd-Vg), 250 Erskine (PSA NM-MT 8), 261 Mays (PSA GOOD 2, Vg-Ex/Ex on front, downgraded by PSA for glue residue on back), 268 Lemon (70/30 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), and 277 Wynn (Vg-Ex). Twenty-Seven Additional PSA Graded Low-Numbers (1-310): Three NM-MT 8: #152, 154, and 177. Fourteen NM 7: #13 (black back), 53 (black back), 104, 108, 118, 149, 151, 164, 166, 189, 192, 218, 237, and 248. Nine EX-MT 6: #45 (black back), 47 (black back), 170, 214, 223, 224, 230, 235, and 272. One VG-EX 4: #296. High-Number Keys (#311-407): 311 Mantle (PSA EX 5), 312 Robinson (PSA EX 5), 313 Thomson (Vg), 315 Durocher (PSA EX 5), 321 Black RC (PSA EX 5), 323 High # (PSA EX 5), 330 High # (PSA EX-MT 6), 331 High # (PSA EX-MT 6), 333 Reese (PSA EX-MT 6), 335 High # (PSA EX-MT 6), 344 Blackwell (80/20 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 343 High # (PSA EX 5), 345 High # (PSA EX-MT 6), 347 Adcock (PSA VG-EX 4), 351 Dark (PSA EX-MT 6), 352 High # (PSA EX 5), 353 High # (PSA EX-MT 6), 360 High # (PSA VG-EX 4), 361 High # (PSA EX 5), 369 Groat RC (PSA VG-EX 4), 372 McDougald RC (PSA VG 3), 380 High # (PSA EX-MT 6), 382 Jones RC (PSA EX 5), 384 Crosetti (Vg), 385 High # (PSA VG-EX 4), 391 High # (PSA EX 5), 394 Herman (PSA EX 5), 396 Williams RC (Gd), 403 High # (PSA EX 5), 406 Nuxhall RC (PSA EX 5), and 407 Mathews (PSA VG-EX 4). The amazing thing about a quality mid- to high-grade 1952 Topps set such as this is the outstanding value it offers compared to cards in higher grade, as well as the comfort provided by the natural potential "break value" associated with such a set. This is a rarely offered, exceptionally clean and crisp, untouched, extremely strong mid- to high-grade complete set of one of baseball-card collecting's premier issues, with numerous significant highlights. The SMR value for just the five PSA NM-MT 8s, nineteen PSA NM 7s, nineteen EX-MT 6s, and seventeen EX 5s in this set is $25,300. This total is for just sixty cards, and does not include the nine PSA VG-EX 4s (including Pafko and Mathews), one VG 3, one GOOD 2 (Mays), and 331 additional ungraded cards including 65 rare high numbers. Total 402 cards. Reserve $10,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $47,000.00
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