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1966 Topps Near-Complete Set (569/598)
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $3,555.00
29% Nr/Mt (with some better), 51% Ex-Mt, and 20% Ex (includes some Vg/Vg-Ex). The lesser-graded examples are downgraded almost entirely due to centering. This is an extremely crisp, clean near-set, very likely assembled straight from packs or vending boxes in the year of issue. All the cards present with bright colors and have been well-preserved throughout the years with only minor toning visible on the reverse of many cards. After winning the Most Valuable Player award in 1965, Willie Mays was honored by Topps with its card #1 position in the 1966 set. The 1966 Topps set is also well known for the scarcity of the high-number series (#'523-598), with many single-printed cards among the high numbers, in addition to being the only Topps set to feature Roberto Clemente, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays on the same card (#215). We have selected three cards to be graded by PSA. Keys: #1 Mays (Ex), 30 Rose (PSA NM 7), 50 Mantle (PSA EX-MT 6), 72 Perez (Ex-Mt), 100 Koufax (PSA 5 [MC]), 110 Banks (Ex+), 120 Killebrew (Nr/Mt), 125 Brock (95/5 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 160 Ford (95/5 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 195 Morgan (Nr/Mt), 200 Mathews (Ex-Mt), 215 NL Batting Ldrs (Ex-Mt), 254 Jenkins RC (miscut, otherwise Ex+), 288 Sutton RC (Ex+), 300 Clemente (95/5 L/R and T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 310 F. Robinson (Ex+), 320 Gibson (Nr/Mt), 420 Marichal (Ex-Mt), 500 Aaron (Ex-Mt), 530 Roberts (Ex-Mt+), 535 Davis SP (Nr/Mt+), 550 McCovey (Ex-Mt), 580 B. Williams (Ex+), 583 Tigers (Ex-Mt), 590 Skowron (Ex-Mt), and two 598 Perry (Ex+ and Vg-Ex+). This near-complete set also includes two checklist variations (#279 and 444). Missing the following twenty-nine cards for completion: #70 Yastrzemski, 126 Palmer RC, 287, 289, 316, 327, 360, 365 Maris, 366, 369, 386, 390 B. Robinson, 410 Kaline, 416, 430 Drysdale, 437, 443, 453, 460, 464, 467, 477, 482, 490 Richardson, 515, 519, 531, 540 McLain, and 565. This is an exceptionally attractive, fresh, crisp, sharp-looking near-complete set, filled with stars and Hall of Famers, dating from the heart of the 1960s. Total: 572 cards (near-complete set of 569 cards, plus two variations and one duplicate). Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $3,555.00
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