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Rare 1968 Topps 3-D Proof John O'Donogue - "No Team/Player Designation"
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,406
Extremely rare proof card featuring John O’Donogue of the Cleveland Indians from the 1968 Topps 3-D set. This is one of three known proof cards (the two others are Rick Monday and Tommy Davis) manufactured exactly like the other twelve cards in the 1968 Topps 3-D set, but without any team or player designation. The only other prototype (or proof) card known from this unique issue was Brooks Robinson, which was square cut, of a slightly different size, and with the team name across the front. The card appears Near Mint but has been technically downgraded to Gd due to cracking along the bottom border. This card long ago probably originated from someone who was involved in some manner with the production of the set at Xograph, the Texas-based company that worked with Topps to produce this test issue. We believe that all of the few unique and near-unique 1968 Topps 3-D rarities known long ago originated from Xograph, which no doubt had to produce various concept prototype cards for internal use and for Topps. The 1968 Topps 3-D set has always been highly revered by serious collectors, both for its extreme rarity, as well as for its very striking and unique design. This is a very rare and unusual proof card from this highly prized 1960s Topps test issue. This card from the Charlie Conlon Collection is one of two examples from the Conlon Estate. Charlie loved 1968 Topps 3-Ds, and he loved extreme card rarities, so it is not surprising that these 1968 Topps 3-D extreme rarities would find their way into his collection. The stronger example of the two extreme rarities (not by a lot, but definitely the better of the two, without the slight surface chipping at the bottom border exhibited by this example) was sold in REA's 2009 spring auction for a hammer price of $8,500. Because of their rarity, 1968 Topps 3-D proof cards have yet to be formally documented in price guides and checklists, thus there is no formal consensus on the value of this proof card. As always, we are confident the auction process will provide clarity. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).
SOLD FOR $4,406
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