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1951 Topps "Red Backs" Complete Uncut Panel Set (26 panels, 52 cards)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,350
The "Red Backs" set is extremely significant as this was one of the first major baseball-card sets ever issued by Topps. Presented is an extraordinary complete set (fifty-two cards) of this landmark issue, in its rarest and most desirable original uncut two-card panel form. The 1951 Topps Red Backs were issued in both individual one-card packs, and also in perforated two-card panels with the 1951 Topps Connie Mack All-Stars and 1951 Topps Team cards. It is very rare to see even a single surviving uncut panel of Red Backs. The two-card panels were designed to be separated along the perforations, and few panels survived this fate, let alone a complete set of twenty-six two-card panels. We have selected three panels (6 cards) from this complete panel set to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. The SGC grades are as follows: One MINT 96: #30-46 Spahn/Goodman. One EX 60: #8-47 Wynn/Glaviano. One VG/EX 50: #5-16 Rizzuto/Roe. Twenty-three Ungraded Panels (most with far superior appearance than grades suggest, downgraded due to tiny surface wrinkles) : #1-26 Berra/Easter (Vg), 6-31 Reynolds/Hodges (Vg-Ex), 15-35 Kiner/Rosen (Gd, paper loss on back), 19-50 Kokos/Irvin (Vg), 20-40 DiMaggio/Garcia (Ex), 22-52 Feller/Holmes -Hartford (Vg), 29-39 Kennedy/Kluszewski (Ex-Mt), 38-45 Snider/Seminick (Ex). The remaining fifteen panels each have a bright, crisp Near Mint to Nr/Mt-Mt appearance but technically grade slightly lesser due to very tiny surface factory wrinkles that are natural to the set and related to production. Red Backs are one of the most significant of all early 1950s gum issues. This set represents Topps' first major effort in the baseball-card business. This complete set is one of the very few complete sets known to exist in its original uncut two-panel form. The SMR notes that "complete 2-card panels sell for approximately 40% more than individual combined card values" and that "A Berra/Easter complete Mint 9 panel sold for $1,930 in 2005" but beyond this, almost certainly because of their rarity, we have seen no specific references to two-card panels in price guides. Total 26 panels representing 52 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,350
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