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1957 Topps Complete Master Set: #1 SGC Set Registry (86.51 GPA)
Starting Bid - $10,000.00, Sold For - $20,145.00
The 1957 Topps set has always been one of the most popular sets in the world of card collecting due to its classic photographic style and inclusion of so many stars. Presented is one of the finest and most stunning high-grade near-complete master sets of this classic issue ever assembled. This set is ranked number one on the SGC Set Registry with an average grade of 86.51. This complete master set of 421 cards is highlighted by many Hall of Famers, including Mantle, Williams, Aaron, Mays, Koufax, and Clemente, as well as the scarce #176a Gene Baker error card (the name on the back is misspelled "EUGENF W. BAKEP), plus all eight checklist cards, all four contest cards, and one insert card. This ultra high-grade master set has been assembled one card at a time over a period of many years by an extremely dedicated collector with an uncompromising commitment to condition and eye-appeal. This is a world-class investment-grade set of one of the most important baseball-card issues in the entire world of postwar-card collecting. It is also one of the finest sets of 1957 Topps we have ever seen or offered. Fifteen of the 407 cards in this complete set have been graded MINT 96, thirty-nine are graded NM/MT+ 92, 146 are graded NM/MT 88, ninety-six are graded NM+ 86, 116 are graded NM 84, and three are graded EX/NM 80. The remaining six cards (including Baker/error, four checklist cards, and insert card) range from SGC VG/EX 50 to SGC EX+ 70 (except one POOR 10). To assemble an entire set in this incredible high grade is simply extraordinary. The grades of all the cards for the entire set can easily be accessed online on the SGC Set Registry by using the following link: http://www.sgccardregistry.com/set.aspx?cat=1&set=226&userset=1295.
SGC grading composite: Fifteen cards are graded MINT 96: #59 D. Williams, 64, 84, 96, 124, 132, 137, 139, 141, 162, 188, 189, 329 White Sox, 359, and 396. Thirty-nine cards are graded NM/MT+ 92: #5, 49, 56, 63, 71, 74, 99, 103, 106, 107, 109, 110, 111, 116, 125 Kaline, 145, 159, 163, 164, 180, 211, 216, 221, 224, 244, 253, 254, 286 Richardson (RC), 308, 320, 322 Reds, 353, 361, 377, 380, 390, 393, 397, and 401. 146 cards are graded NM/MT 88: including #7 Aparicio, 80 Hodges, 90 Spahn, 97 Yankees, 230 Kell, 250 Mathews, and Contest (May 25) card. Ninety-six cards are graded NM+ 86: including #20 Aaron, 30 Reese, 35 F. Robinson (RC), 40 Wynn, 55 Banks, 100 Harridge/Giles, 120 Lemon, 154 Schoendienst, 212 Colavito (RC), 215 Slaughter, 275 Indians, 317 Giants, 400 Dodgers' Sluggers, and 407 Yankee Power Hitters. 116 cards are graded NM 84: including #1 Williams, 2 Berra, 10 Mays, 15 Roberts, 18 Drysdale (RC), 24 Mazeroski (RC), 25 Ford, 29 Herzog (RC), 38 Fox, 62 Martin, 70 Ashburn, 76 Clemente, 85 Doby, 95 Mickey Mantle, 165 Kluszewski, 170 Snider, 203 Wilhelm, 210 Campanella, 270 Senators, 277 Podres, 284 Zimmer, 302 Koufax, 312 Kubek (RC), 324 Dodgers, 328 B. Robinson (RC), 338 Bunning (RC), Checklist 1/2 (Bazooka), Checklist 2/3 (Bazooka), Checklist 3/4 (Twin Blony), and Contest (June 22) card. Three cards are graded EX/NM 80: Checklist 4/5 (Twin Blony), Contest (May 4) card, and Contest (July 19) card. Two cards are graded EX+ 70: Checklist 1/2 (Big Blony) and Lucky Penny card. One card is graded EX 60: #176a Baker Error. Two cards are graded VG/EX 50: Checklist 3/4 (Bazooka) and Checklist 4/5 (Bazooka). One card is graded POOR 10: Checklist 2/3 (Big Blony). This is simply an amazing high-grade complete master set of this classic Topps issue, and is easily one of the finest in the world. The equivalent SMR value of $32,036 (not including the Baker error and the three Checklist cards graded less than Ex) for the set does not account for the tremendous amount of time, energy, and effort that have been invested in its assembly. The fact that the consignor has elected to keep this set together and sell it as a single unit, as opposed to breaking it up into smaller more affordable units, makes this a particularly extraordinary offering. For those who can consider buying a set of this caliber, this set represents a remarkable and unique opportunity. Total: 421 cards (set of 408 including rare Baker error card, plus eight checklist cards, four contest cards, and one insert card). Reserve $10,000. Estimate $20,000+. SOLD FOR $20,145.00
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