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1953 Topps Complete Set (274) with 171 PSA-Graded Cards

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

Presented is an extremely attractive high-quality complete set of 1953 Topps, one of the most popular and classic of all baseball card sets. This high-grade 1953 Topps complete set of 274 cards is the result of countless hours of careful assembly, searching, acquiring individual cards, and upgrading, with an experienced eye for quality, centering, and the overall visual appeal of each card. Of the 274 cards in the set, 171 (62%) have been professionally graded and encapsulated by PSA (unless otherwise noted). The average PSA grade of the 159 graded cards without qualifiers is an impressive 5.6, solidly on the higher side of the mid-point between EX-MT and NR-MT, which is particularly impressive for this condition-sensitive set. The flush-to-the-bottom-border design of the 1953 Topps set makes this issue particularly susceptible to edge and corner wear, and makes the assembly of high-grade sets all the more difficult. This is a beautiful set. It is rare to find a complete set of this classic issue so carefully assembled and offered as a single unit. The PSA grades are as follows: Seven NM-MT 8 (OC): #9, 25, 34, 94, 123, 235, 247. Ten NM 7: #12, 64 (OC), 97, 99, 109 Dark SP, 117, 153, 172, 174, and 196. Ninety-Eight EX-MT 6: #3, 13 (OC), 14 (MC), 19, 23, 28, 32, 35, 36, 41 Slaughter, 42, 43 McDougald SP, 49 (GAI EX-MT+ 6.5), 53, 56, 57 (GAI EX-MT+ 6.5), 58, 60, 62 Irvin, 66 Minoso SP, 68, 69, 72 Hutchinson SP, 75, 77 Mize, 78 Schoendienst SP, 79, 84 (GAI EX-MT+ 6.5), 95, 100, 103, 106, 111, 112, 114 Rizzuto, 122, 124, 126, 127 (MC), 132, 133, 136, 138 Kell, 142, 144, 145, 150 (GAI EX-MT+ 6.5), 152, 155, 159, 164, 168, 171, 173, 178, 179, 182, 183, 184, 189, 191 Kiner, 193, 194, 195, 203, 205, 209, 210, 213, 216, 219, 222, 223, 225 Shantz SP, 226, 227 (BVG EX-MT 6), 228 Newhouser SP, 231, 232, 234, 236, 237, 238, 240, 248, 252, 254 Roe, 256, 258 Gilliam RC, 259, 264 Woodling, 265 Jensen SP, 266, 269, 273 Haddix RC, 274, 276, and 277. Forty-Three EX 5: #6 (MK), 10 Burgess SP, 11, 29, 37 Mathews, 38, 51, 52, 54 Feller, 63, 80, 82 Mantle, 83, 98, 101, 104 Berra, 105, 107, 108, 115, 116, 119 Sain SP, 121, 125, 130, 131, 137, 146, 151 Wilhelm SP, 157, 162 Kluszewski SP, 187, 188, 192, 220 Paige, 224, 233, 243, 244 Mays, 251, 257, 263 Podres RC, and 278. Ten VG-EX 4: #1 Robinson, 76 Reese (MC), 86 Martin, 93, 113, 120, 147 Spahn, 246 Face RC, 250, and 260. Three VG 3: #27 Campanella, 207 Ford, and 280 Bolling. One GOOD 2: #175. The 103 cards which have not been encapsulated consist primarily of low-series common cards. The overall condition of these cards ranges from Gd to Excellent, with the majority grading Vg to Vg-Ex, all with superb eye-appeal, with bright, vibrant colors, superb gloss, generally very well centered, but exhibiting nominal corner wear. This set was assembled by a very dedicated collector with great care, one card at a time, with concern for all factors, and with special attention given to centering. The result is a particularly strong set in a condition which represents what is arguably the "sweet spot" of value for the set. 1953 Topps, of course, is the only major Topps issue of the 1950s to feature original paintings of players and, in the eyes of many, is the most distinctive set of the era. This is an exceptionally attractive mid- to high-grade set, far above average for this issue, with tremendous eye appeal across the board. SMR value for just the PSA NM 7s, EX-MT 6s, and EX 5s (not including the thirteen PSA qualified cards, the VG-EX 4s, VG 3s, GOOD 2, and 103 ungraded cards) is $7,064. Total 274 cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$8,000+. SOLD FOR $8,812.50


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