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1948 Bowman and 1951 Topps Red Backs Complete Sets (2 Sets, 102 Cards)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,819
Offered as a single lot are complete sets of two classic postwar baseball-card issues: 1948 Bowman and the 1951 Topps Red Backs. Each of these sets is extremely significant as these were the first major baseball-card sets ever issued by their respective company, literally launching a new era of bubble-gum card collecting. These are very crisp-looking sets. We have selected six cards to be graded by SGC, including several very high-grade, high-value key cards (three NM/MT 88, two NM 84, one VG/EX 50). 1) 1948 Bowman Complete Set (48): Twelve cards range from Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt, fifteen cards range from Vg-Ex to Ex-Mt, eight cards are Vg (includes a couple slightly lesser), and thirteen cards appear Ex-Mt or better but are sheet cut. Keys: #1 Elliott (Ex), 2 Blackwell (Nr/Mt-Mt), 3 Kiner RC (Ex), 4 Mize (Nr/Mt+), 5 Feller (SGC NM/MT 88), 6 Berra RC (SGC NM/MT 88), 7 Reiser SP (Gd-Vg), 8 Rizzuto RC (Vg), 12 Sain RC (Ex), 14 Reynolds RC (sheet cut, otherwise Ex-Mt), 17 Slaughter (sheet cut, otherwise Ex), 18 Spahn RC (SGC NM 84), 19 Henrich (Nr/Mt), 22 Bevins SP (Vg), 26 Shea SP (15/85 T/B, otherwise Ex), 29 Page SP (Vg), 30 Lockman SP (Nr/Mt), 35 Stirnweiss RC (sheet-cut, otherwise Ex-Mt), 36 Musial RC (Vg), 38 Schoendienst (10/90 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 40 Marion RC (Vg-Ex/Ex), 45 Sauer RC (Ex), 47 Thomson RC (sheet cut, no right border), 48 Koslo RC (Vg). 2) 1951 Topps Red Back Complete Set plus two variations (54): Thirty-nine cards range from Ex to Nr/Mt-Mt (averaging Ex-Mt), fifteen cards range from Vg to Vg-Ex. Keys: #1 Berra (SGC NM 84), 5 Rizzuto (SGC VG/EX 50), 6 Reynolds (Ex), 8 Wynn (Vg), 15 Kiner (Ex), 16 Roe (Ex), 20 DiMaggio (Nr/Mt), 22 Feller (Vg-Ex), 24 Bauer (Nr/Mt-Mt), 30 Spahn (Vg-Ex), 31 Hodges (Ex), 38 Snider (SGC NM/MT 88), 39 Kluszewski (Ex), 50 Irvin (Ex), 52A Holmes/Hart. (Vg), 52b Holmes/Boston (Vg). Two very pleasing complete sets, with each set loaded with all of the great stars and Hall of Famers of the era. Beautiful mixed-grade sets of these significant postwar issues with many condition highlights. The equivalent SMR value for just five of the SGC-graded cards (not including the one VG/EX 50, and 95 ungraded cards) is $2,505. Total: 102 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $3,819
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