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1959 Bazooka Baseball Complete Set (23)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $9,400

Presented is a very rarely offered and exceptionally high grade complete set of 1959 Bazooka. The set is comprised of twenty-two different players plus one variation card (Aaron comes with his name printed in white and yellow) for a total of twenty-three cards. This was Bazooka's first baseball card set. All twenty-two players featured were, of course, very significant players of the day. Included in the 1959 Bazooka set are many particularly rare cards that make the assembly of a complete set very difficult. This complete set is in extraordinary condition. Bazookas are package-design cards that were hand-cut from boxes. They will often not receive numerical grades from PSA due to their cut, even if they are otherwise in Nr/Mt condition. Nine cards have been graded and/or encapsulated by PSA (of which six were submitted by REA). It has always been a mystery to us exactly why some hand-cut cards receive a numerical grade and others are encapsulated as "Authentic." This is an incredible set in spectacular condition for 1959 Bazooka. Without reference to the technical issues relating to cutting, the set is in overall Ex-Mt condition (with all but two ranging from Ex to Nr/Mt). Keys: Aaron/name in white (Ex-Mt), Aaron/name in yellow (PSA VG-EX 4), Ashburn (PSA Authentic, Ex-Mt), Banks (PSA Authentic, Ex-Mt), Cepeda (PSA Authentic, Nr/Mt), Colavito (Ex-Mt), Drysdale (PSA Authentic, Nr/Mt), Fox (Nr/Mt), Mantle (PSA Authentic, Vg-Ex/Ex), Mays (PSA Authentic, Nr/Mt), McMillan (PSA NM-MT 8), and Snider (PSA Authentic, Nr/Mt). The 1959 Bazooka set has always been revered as one of the rarest and most difficult to collect of all Topps-related sets. Issued just one card per box of Topps Bazooka-brand bubble gum, the cards were intended to be hand cut by youngsters from the bottom of Bazooka boxes. You had to buy an entire box of gum to get just one card. This was an elite set to collect even in 1959. While PSA does encapsulate and grade 1959 Bazookas, because they were hand-cut package-design cards, highly-graded examples are almost impossible to get because the quality of the cut is a major factor taken into consideration. If the dotted line has been compromised anywhere on the card, which is usually the case, the technical grade is seriously affected or the card is encapsulated as "Authentic." Of the 168 1959 Bazooka cards encapsulated by PSA to date, 142 of them have not been numerically graded, and have been encapsulated as "Authentic." Only two have ever been graded NM-MT 8 (one of which is included in this set). Rarely offered in complete set form, 1959 Bazooka is one of the few issues of the late 1950s which is scarce and has always had a mystique. This is an extremely high grade and carefully assembled set for this issue. From the Charlie Conlon Collection. Total 23 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $9,400

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