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1951 Topps Team Cards, 1951 Topps Red Back set, and 1955 Topps Double Header Set (123 cards)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $2,643.75

Collection of three unusual Topps sets from the earliest days of Topps and the "golden era" of baseball cards. 1) 1951 Topps Team Card Partial Set (5 of the 9 cards in the set): Partial set of five team cards from the first year of Topps baseball cards. Missing just four cards for completion (Boston, Chicago, New York, and Washington). These team cards were issued at the same time as the stand-up Connie Mack All Stars and Current All Stars, as well as the 1951 Topps Red and Blue back sets. Grades as follows: Brooklyn Dodgers (undated, ink on back, otherwise Vg), Cincinnati Reds (dated, Vg-Ex/Ex), Philadelphia Athletics (dated, Gd), Philadelphia Phillies (dated, Gd), St. Louis Cardinals (undated, Pr-Fr). A very significant and scarce issue, which has been very much overlooked by collectors in recent years, perhaps because of its unusual dimensions. 2) 1951 Topps Red Backs Complete Set (52 cards): Thirty-four cards range from Ex to Ex-Mt and eighteen cards are Vg-Ex. Keys: #1 Berra (Vg-Ex), 5 Rizzuto (Ex), 6 Reynolds (Ex), 8 Wynn (Vg-Ex), 15 Kiner (Ex), 16 Roe (Ex), 20 DiMaggio (Vg-Ex), 22 Feller (Vg-Ex), 24 Bauer (Ex), 30 Spahn (Ex), 31 Hodges (Ex), 36A Zernial/Chi. (Vg-Ex), 38 Snider (Vg-Ex/Ex), 39 Kluszewski (Ex), 50 Irvin (Vg), 52A Holmes/Bos. (Vg-Ex). 3) 1955 Topps Double Headers Complete Set (66 cards): Forty-five cards range from Ex to Nr/Mt (averaging Ex-Mt), thirteen cards range from Vg-Ex to Vg-Ex/Ex, and eight cards are Vg (with two slightly lesser). Keys: #3/4 Irvin (Ex), 21/22 Skowron (Ex-Mt), 25/26 J. Robinson (Ex), 31/32 Banks (Vg), 45/46 Kaline (Vg/Vg-Ex), 53/54 Herman (Vg), 69/70 T. Williams (Vg/Vg-Ex), 105/106 Aaron (Gd-Vg), 109/110 Newhouser (Ex/Ex-Mt), 111/112 Killebrew (Ex), 121/122 Kluszewski (Ex), 127/128 Spahn (Ex/Ex-Mt), and 129/130 Gilliam (Gd-Vg). Double Headers are one of the scarcest and most unusual of all early 1950s gum issues. The design of the set was inspired by the T201 “Double Folder” set issued by Mecca Tobacco in 1911. When issued in packs, the cards were perforated horizontally, allowing for easy folding, so that each card could picture two ballplayers sharing the same legs. It is interesting to note that while Topps’ standard issue of 1955 was smaller in number than many other years at just 206 subjects, each of the 112 players appearing in the Double Headers issue (two players per card) also appears in the standard set. It is also interesting to note that the backgrounds of the cards, when placed side-by-side, form a continuous stadium background image. Double Headers were not aggressively promoted and were sold in very limited numbers. Three very unusual and attractive Topps Baseball sets (two complete sets, one partial set). Total 123 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $2,643.75

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