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1956 Topps Complete Set (340 plus 2 Checklists and 11 variations)
Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $8,225.00
5% Nr/Mt-Mt, 35% Nr/Mt, 53% Ex-Mt, 5% Ex, 2% lesser grades. This is an extremely sharp, high-grade complete set of 1956 Topps highlighted by a particularly strong example of the key card #135 Mickey Mantle. When we unpacked this set, which was consigned by an old-time collector, it only took a second to know this was a particularly crisp, fresh set that had not seen the light of day in decades. The original very slight "bow" to the cards, immediately evident as they sat stacked in a long row in the storage box and characteristic of a set that was put together ages ago and never touched, was a hint, and closer examination confirmed. This is a sharp set! We have selected twelve cards to be graded and encapsulated by PSA. Keys: #1 Harridge (Ex), 5 Williams (PSA NM 7), 10 Spahn (Ex-Mt), 15 Banks (PSA EX-MT 6), 20 Kaline (70/30 L/R and T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 30 Robinson (PSA NM 7), 31 Aaron (80/20 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 33 Clemente (75/25 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 79 Koufax (PSA EX 5), 101 Campanella (30/70 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 107 Mathews (10/90 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 110 Berra (PSA NM 7), 113 Rizzuto (PSA NM 7), 120 Ashburn (25/75 L/R and 95/5 T/B, otherwise Ex), 130 Mays (PSA EX 5), 135 Mantle (PSA EX-MT 6), 145 Hodges (30/70 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 150 Snider (PSA NM 7), 164 Killebrew (PSA NM 7), 166 Dodgers (two tape stains on the back, otherwise Ex/Ex-Mt), 181 Martin (95/5 L/R and 10/90 T/B, otherwise Ex), 200 Feller (80/20 L/R and 20/80 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 240 Ford (Ex), 251 Yankees (PSA NM 7), 260 Reese (25/75 L/R and T/B, otherwise Ex/Ex-Mt), 292 Aparicio RC (PSA NM 7). Included with the set are both unnumbered checklist cards: #1/3 Checklist (Vg-Ex, marked in pencil), #2/4 Checklist (Ex, marked in pencil), six "dated" team card variations: Baltimore (20/80 L/R, otherwise Ex), Chicago (80/20 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), Cincinnati (30/70 T/B, otherwise Ex), Cleveland (30/70 L/R, otherwise Ex), Milwaukee (20/80 L/R and 80/20 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), and Philadelphia (Vg/Vg-Ex), and five "no date, name on left" team card variations: Baltimore (20/80 L/R, otherwise Ex), Cincinnati (20/80 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), Cleveland (Vg), Milwaukee (70/30 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), and Philadelphia (80/20 and Vg/Vg-Ex). Bright clean and crisp. This is a beautifully assembled, very consistent, extremely high-grade set, with the vast majority of cards grading Ex-Mt or better. SMR value for just the twelve PSA-graded cards alone is $2,720. Total 353 cards (set of 340 plus two checklists, six "dated" team cards, and five "no date, name on left" team cards). Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000. SOLD FOR $8,225.00
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