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1957-1958 Topps Basketball Complete Set (80)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,555.00
Very crisp, clean, and sharp-looking complete 80-card set of 1957-1958 Topps Basketball, highlighted by the rookie cards of Hall of Famers Bill Russell and Bob Cousy. 15% Ex-Mt or better, 75% Ex (almost entirely due to centering), and 10% lesser due to severe centering issues. This set originates from a large original-owner collection featured throughout this auction. The majority of the key cards highlighted below present much better than their technically accurate grades might suggest. Many have been downgraded solely due to centering issues, which are notoriously common within this set, and otherwise would grade much higher. We have selected three cards to be graded by PSA. Keys: #1 Clifton (Ex), 2 Yardley RC (Ex), 3 Johnston RC (Vg-Ex), 5 Sharman RC (Vg-Ex), 10 Arizin RC (Ex+), 12 Martin RC (Ex), 13 Schayes RC (Ex), 15 Ramsey RC (Ex), 16 McGuire RC (Ex), 17 Cousy RC (Vg-Ex), 19 Heinsohn RC (EX-MT 6), 24 Pettit RC (Ex), 27 Macauley RC (Ex-Mt+), 28 Mikkelsen RC (Ex-Mt), 29 Naulls SP (Ex), 32 Kerr SP (Nr/Mt), 37 Hagan RC (Ex-Mt), 39 Loscutoff SP (Ex), 43 Hundley (VG-EX 4), 44 Gola RC (Ex+), 59 Bianchi SP (Ex), 62 Gallatin RC (Ex), 71 Twyman RC (Vg), 74 Leonard (Ex) SP, 75 Phillip SP (Ex), 77 Russell RC (EX-MT 6), 78 Lovellette RC (Ex), and 80 Schnittker SP (Ex). This is Topps' first basketball set, and the only basketball set Topps issued during the 1950s. It apparently did not sell well as Topps did not follow up with another basketball set until 1969. The set includes the rookie cards of all of the major stars of the era. 1957 Topps Basketball is well known for production-related problems, making the assembling of high-quality sets particularly challenging. This is a very attractive complete set of this extremely significant basketball issue. The SMR value for just two of the graded cards (not including the one card graded VG-EX or the 77 ungraded cards!) is $1,550. Total: 80 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000++. SOLD FOR $3,555.00
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