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1951 to 1955 Topps and Bowman "Shoebox" Collection (904)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,525

Original boyhood "shoebox collection" of 904 assorted (605 different) Topps and Bowman baseball cards, dating from 1951 to 1955, highlighted by numerous stars and key cards, including 1952 Topps #1 Andy Pafko and 1955 Topps #50 Jackie Robinson. The collection consists of the following: 1) 1951 Bowman (6 cards): range from Poor to Vg-Ex. #22, 107, 117, 118, 125, 295. 2) 1952 Bowman (4 cards): three cards Poor and one Vg. #135, 143, 148, 161. 3) 1952 Topps (29 cards with 25 diff): twenty cards Gd to Vg, nine cards are Pr. #28 (2), 38, 40, 54, 89 (2), 105, 107, 110, 114, 115, 119, 121, 123, 126, 144 (2), 156, 170, 184, 282, 289. Keys: #1 Pafko (Fr-Gd), 22 D. DiMaggio (Pr), 26 Irvin (Gd), two 36 Hodges (Vg and Gd), and 122 Jensen (Fr). 4) 1953 Bowman Color (1 card): #31 (Vg). 5) 1953 Topps (7 cards): range from Poor to Gd. #8, 16, 38, 137, 165. Keys: #228 Newhouser (Pr-Fr) and 254 Roe (Gd). 6) 1954 Bowman (189 cards with 130 diff): Pr to Vg-Ex, averaging Vg overall. Keys: #18 Fox (Vg), two 45 Kiner (Vg and Fr), two 50 Kell (Vg and Gd), 57 Wilhelm (Vg-Ex), three 58 Reese (all Vg), two 62 Slaughter (Vg-Ex and Fr), two 64 Mathews (Vg-Ex and Gd), 84 Doby (Vg), two 95 Roberts (both Vg), two 101 Larsen (both Vg), and 110 Schoendienst (Vg). 7) 1954 Topps (270 cards with 157 diff): 92% range from Vg to Ex, averaging Vg-Ex, 8% Pr to Gd. Keys: #3 Irvin (Vg), three 7 Kluszewski (Vg-Ex and two Vg), two 17 Rizzuto (Vg-Ex and Gd-Vg), four 20 Spahn (Vg-Ex, Vg, Gd, Pr), two 30 Mathews (both Vg-Ex), three 32 Snider (Vg and two Gd), three 36 Wilhelm (two Vg-Ex and Vg), three 45 Ashburn (all Gd), 102 Hodges (Fr-Gd), two 132 Lasorda RC (Ex and Vg-Ex), two 183 Combs (both Vg-Ex), 187 Manush (Vg), and two 239 Skowron RC (Ex and Vg-Ex). 8) 1955 Bowman (177 cards with 137 diff): The 1955 Bowmans are a little stronger in condition than the balance of the collection overall, with 56% ranging from Ex to Ex-Mt, 10% Vg-Ex, and 34% in lesser grades (mostly Vg). Keys: two #1 Wilhelm (Ex and Vg), two 22 Campy (Ex and Vg), 23 Kaline (Ex-Mt), 37 Reese (Vg), two 59 Ford (Ex-Mt and Ex), two 60 Slaughter (Ex-Mt and Vg-Ex), two 103 Mathews (Ex and Vg), 130 Ashburn (Ex), 197 Kiner (Vg-Ex), 213 Kell (Vg-Ex), 320 last card of the set (Vg). 9) 1955 Topps (221 cards with 138 diff): 85% range from Vg-Ex to Ex, 15% in lesser grades (mostly Vg). Keys: #1 Rhodes (Ex), 4 Kaline (Vg-Ex), two 22 Skowron (both Ex), 31 Spahn (Vg-Ex), 50 Robinson (Vg), two 100 Irvin (Vg-Ex and Vg), two 120 Kluszewski (Vg-Ex and Vg), 152 Agganis (Vg), 187 Hodges (Ex), two 189 Rizzuto (Ex and Vg-Ex), and 198 Berra (Vg-Ex). This is a very substantial mixed-grade original-owner collection of early 1950s bubble-gum cards, which has been stored away in a shoebox for decades, completely unpicked, and including many highlights and several key cards of the era. Total 904 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $3,525


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