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1956 Topps Pins Near-Complete Set (56/60)
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $2,937.50
Presented is a near-complete (56 of the 60) set of 1956 Topps Pins, missing only four pins for completion (Lopez, Mays, Rizzuto, and Snider). This rare and very colorful pin set was one of Topps' first specialty issues. Included are all the great stars of the era such as Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, etc. Each pin measures 1-1/8 inches in diameter and features the same player portraits used in the 1956 Topps card set. These pins were sold separately from the cards, packaged in small boxes with gum. The set is in Excellent condition overall, with just a few very slightly lesser. Aaron has a tiny background scratch at 10:00 but is still about Ex. 1956 Topps pins have long been overlooked and because of grading are now just beginning to receive the attention that they deserve. High-grade examples of 1956 Topps pins are particularly rare because like all litho pins (as opposed to celluloid pins), they are extremely condition-sensitive. Litho pins are very susceptible to scratches because their designs are printed directly onto the metal, as opposed to being printed on paper and encased under protective celluloid, as is the case with celluloid pinbacks. This is a sharp looking near-set, much better than normally found, not needing any replacements, and just a few pins away from completion. Compared to card issues of the 1950s, a strong case can be made that 1956 Topps pins, which are among the rarest and most overlooked of all significant Topps issues, are also one of the most outstanding values for collectors. This is an extremely attractive, bright, clean, and fairly high-grade near-set. This issue is not yet on the radar of most 1950s gum-card collectors, but would be a worthy accompaniment to any 1950s gum-card collection. Total 56 pins. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,937.50
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