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1967 Topps Test Stand-Up Collection (4)
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $711.00
Four different examples from the extremely elusive 1967 Topps Stand-Up card issue, including Hall of Famers Ron Santo and Frank Robinson. The 1967 Topps Stand-Ups are among the rarest and most mysterious of all Topps issues. Almost certainly, these cards never saw public distribution, and were produced for internal use only, as a test design concept. There were, however, wrappers and boxes produced, and cards were actually packaged by Topps in wrappers with gum (one card per pack!), so it may be the case that some cards were actually test marketed in Brooklyn in the legendary "test stores" used by Topps. We may never know! But we do know that the production quality of these cards is extraordinary. These cards were produced on very thick cardboard stock with a die-cut design. The cards were designed with the intention that the player's head was to be punched out of the black background. Additional small punched-out pieces along the bottom of the card, when properly used, allowed the head to stand. Every example from this set is an extreme rarity, literally one of only a handful known to exist (especially the thick full-production style cards as presented here, as opposed to the thin unperforated examples cut from proof sheets). This collection consists of four cards, each missing both the black background and the small bottom piece, with only the large head remaining: #3 Robinson, 9 Fregosi, 22 Santo, and 24 Wynn. Still, this is a desirable group of these almost-never-seen Topps cards, which are held in the highest esteem by advanced collectors for their extreme rarity as well as for their very striking and unique design. Total: 4 cards. Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $711.00
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