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1968 Topps Near-Complete SGC-Graded Set (561/598) with 449 SGC-Graded Cards

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $8,225

This is a gorgeous high-grade near-complete set of 561 (of the 598) different 1968 Topps baseball cards. Missing thirty-seven cards for completion (#341, 343, 351, 358, 362, 364, 390, 395, 396, 403, 408, 412, 416, 417, 420, 422, 454, 467, 469, 472, 473, 474, 481, 487, 489, 504, 536, 545, 548, 552, 556, 568, 569, 572, 588, 590, 593). Of the 561 cards in the near set, 449 (80%) have been professionally graded and encapsulated by SGC. The near set is comprised of nine GEM MINT 98s, 138 MINT 96s including Mays and Rose, sixty-five NM/MT+ 92s including Ryan's rookie card, ninety-five NM/MT 88s including Mantle, seventy-three NM+ 86s, and sixty-nine NM 84s. Highlighted by the rookie cards of HOFers Nolan Ryan and Johnny Bench, this set also includes the extremely popular “combo” cards featuring more than one player, with #480 Manager's Dream (with Roberto Clemente), #490 Superstars (Harmon Killebrew, Mickey Mantle, and Willie Mays), and #530 Bird Belters (Frank and Brooks Robinson). The SGC condition report is as follows: Nine cards grade GEM MINT 98: #20 Robinson, 21, 35, 58 Mathews, 93, 129, 186, 447, and 484. 138 cards grade MINT 96: #2, 6, 7, 14, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 32, 34, 38, 41, 46, 48, 50 Mays, 54, 60, 64, 71, 72, 78, 82, 83, 85 Perry, 88, 89, 95, 96, 98, 100 Gibson, 101, 103 Sutton, 104, 108, 123, 125, 132, 148, 152, 163, 170, 174, 180, 184, 185, 189, 198, 199, 206, 209, 213, 216, 218, 221, 225, 226, 228, 230 Rose, 231, 234, 236, 252, 253, 258, 260, 261, 266, 267, 272, 273, 275, 277, 293, 298, 301, 311, 312, 314, 316, 327, 329, 337, 352, 354, 359, 367, 375, 377, 379, 380, 381, 382, 384, 385 Hunter, 387, 389, 391, 394, 399, 400, 402, 404, 405, 406, 411, 418, 425, 427, 428, 433, 436, 439, 440, 443, 444, 445, 448, 462, 468, 470, 478, 480, 482, 483, 486, 490, 491, 495, 502, 528, 533, 564, 574, and 577. Sixty-five cards grade NM-MT+ 92: #4, 15, 16, 36, 40, 52, 55, 66, 67, 75, 77, 86 Stargell, 87, 99, 106, 116, 119, 121, 146, 151, 153, 155, 158, 164, 177 Ryan RC, 179, 195, 197, 210, 211, 222, 262, 274, 276, 284, 285, 287, 288, 292, 294 Schoendienst, 302, 317, 320, 323, 334, 335, 338, 350 Wilhelm, 353, 365, 376, 383, 386, 397, 398, 407, 413, 421, 423, 431, 438, 446, 449, 450, and 500 Robinson. Ninety-five cards grade NM-MT 88: #5, 9, 10, 11, 25, 28, 33, 43, 49, 53, 56, 59, 69, 70, 73, 80 Carew, 81, 84, 91, 97, 105, 111, 114, 117, 137, 138, 141, 143, 144 Morgan, 145, 150 Clemente, 154, 156, 157, 167, 175, 176, 181, 182, 187, 188, 190, 193, 200 Cepeda, 202, 203, 204, 205 Marichal, 214, 217, 219, 220 Killebrew, 224, 229, 232, 233, 264, 280 Mantle, 289, 290 McCovey, 291, 295, 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 309, 310 Aparicio, 318, 325, 328, 336, 339, 426, 435, 442, 451, 452, 455, 456, 457, 461, 463, 464, 466, 471, 479, 499, 501, 516, 540, 541, 575 Palmer, and 578. Seventy-three cards grade NM+ 86: #8, 12, 29, 31, 65, 68, 90, 94, 102, 107, 113, 115, 122, 124, 126, 133, 139, 147, 149, 161, 162, 166, 171, 173, 178, 194, 215 Bunning, 227, 265, 268, 270, 278, 300, 307, 315, 332, 344, 346, 356, 360, 361 Killebrew AS, 363 Carew AS, 368, 373 Robinson AS, 392, 393, 409, 415, 429, 432, 460, 475, 488, 492, 498, 503, 534, 535, 544, 546, 547, 557, 558, 559, 560, 567, 570, 571, 573, 582, 583, 584, and 595. Sixty-nine cards are graded NM 84: #3, 19, 37 Williams, 39, 42, 44, 45 Seaver, 47, 51, 57, 92, 110 Aaron, 118, 130 Perez, 131, 134, 140, 142, 159, 172, 191, 192, 196, 207, 212, 235, 237, 279, 281, 282, 297, 299, 333, 347, 349, 355 Banks, 366, 369 Yastrzemski AS, 370 Aaron AS, 372 Brock AS, 401, 410 Jenkins, 414, 419, 430, 434, 437, 453, 476, 493, 494, 505, 506, 511, 518, 525, 527, 537, 538, 542, 551, 554, 561, 562, 563, 566, 581, 586, and 596. Ungraded Keys: #240 Kaline (20/80 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 247 Bench RC (Ex-Mt), 250 Yastrzemski (30/70 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 330 Maris (80/20 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 374 Clemente AS (Nr/Mt), 520 Brock (Nr/Mt), and 530 Bird Belters (75/25 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt). The 112 cards which have not been encapsulated are comprised primarily of commons. The condition of the not-yet-encapsulated cards ranges in grade from Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt condition, averaging Nr/Mt overall. This is very attractive exceptionally high-grade near-set of this classic late 1960s Topps issue. This near-set looks like it was assembled from cards pulled right out of packs or vending cases in the year of issue. The grading fees alone to encapsulate 449 cards would literally be thousands of dollars! The equivalent SMR value for just the the 449 SGC-graded cards (not included the 112 not-yet-graded cards) is $12,887. Total: 561 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $8,225


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