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1968 Topps 3-D Ron Fairly - Rare "No Dugout" Variation
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,645.00
Graded NM 84 by SGC. Extremely rare example of Ron Fairly's "no dugout" variation card from the 1968 Topps 3-D set. This card was produced with and without a dugout in the background. Almost all examples known have the dugout in the background. This is one of just several known examples of Ron Fairly which feature this significant and fairly dramatic though virtually unknown variation. This card long ago originated from someone who was involved in some manner with the production of the set at Xograph, the Texas-based company that worked with Topps to produce this test issue. We believe that all of the unique and near-unique 1968 Topps 3D rarities known, including the square-cornered Brooks Robinson card, are related to this find. The 1968 Topps 3-D set has always been highly revered by serious collectors, both for its extreme rarity, as well as for its very striking and unique design. The fragile nature of all 3-D cards (all are very susceptible to surface cracks) make high-grade examples especially difficult to find, though they are rare in any grade. This is a very rare and unusual variation from this highly prized 1960s Topps test issue, in extremely high grade. Because of their rarity, the variation cards in this set have yet to be formally documented in price guides and checklists, thus there is no formal consensus on the value of this variation card. We are confident the auction process will provide clarity. Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,645.00
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