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1951 Topps Connie Mack's All-Stars PSA- and SGC-Graded Complete Set (11)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,819
Outstanding high-grade complete set of the legendary 1951 Topps Connie Mack's All-Stars. This landmark set issued by Topps in its first year in the baseball-card business features Connie Mack's All-Time team of great players. Offered is an extremely attractive high-grade complete set of eleven cards, highlighted by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. All eleven cards have been graded and encapsulated by PSA (4) or SGC (7). One thing about 1951 Topps Connie Mack All-Stars: because of their die-cut design, there are so many little things that can get these cards downgraded that they tend to look a lot better than their technical grades suggest. That is certainly the case here. This is a gorgeous set of this significant issue! All cards are complete with backgrounds intact and grade as follows: Grover Alexander (PSA VG-EX 4), Mickey Cochrane (SGC EX+ 70), Eddie Collins (PSA EX 5), Jimmy Collins (PSA EX 5), Lou Gehrig (SGC VG 40, paper loss along the top edge of the reverse), Walter Johnson (SGC EX 60), Connie Mack (SGC EX+ 70), Christy Mathewson (PSA EX 5), Babe Ruth (SGC VG/EX 50), Tris Speaker (SGC EX+ 70), and Honus Wagner (SGC EX 60). Because these die-cut cards are designed to stand up by folding back the backgrounds, they are particularly prone to damage and are often found with the backgrounds damaged or completely removed. This is an extraordinarily attractive high-grade set of this milestone Topps issue: one of the rarest, most significant, and most condition-sensitive of all postwar-card issues. When comparing the prices of cards twenty or more years ago, 1951 Topps used to be far more expensive relative to many other rare cards. In our opinion, this issue has been overlooked by collectors in recent years in large part because they are graded so harshly by modern grading companies (which of course did not exist in the 1960s and 1970s). The equivalent SMR value for just eight of the eleven graded cards (not including the three cards graded less than Excellent: Alexander, Gehrig, and Ruth) is $3,225 (there is no SMR value for the EX+ 5.5 grade, so the three examples graded at this level were calculated using the EX 5 value). This is an extremely impressive looking complete set of one of the most important sets of the postwar era. Total: 11 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000++. SOLD FOR $3,819
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