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1951 Topps "Ringside Boxing" PSA- and SGC-Graded Partial Set (68/96)

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $948

Collection of sixty-eight different (out of 96) 1951 Topps "Ringside" boxing cards, entirely graded and encapsulated by PSA or SGC (with one BVG). The 1951 Ringside set is of monumental significance as one of Topps' earliest major trading-card sets. For Topps, this is where it all began! The condition report is as follows: NM 7 (6 cards): #4, 19, 25, 34 Robinson, 37, and 82. EX-MT+ 6.5 (1 card): #87. EX-MT 6 (24 cards): #8 (SGC), 12, 13, 14, 18, 22, 23, 31 Walcott, 33 (SGC), 38, 40 (SGC), 41, 42, 45, 46, 47, 69 Sullivan, 70, 75 Gavilan/Young, 76, 80, 81, 86 (SGC), and 93. EX+ 5.5 (4 cards): #26 (BVG), 35 (SGC), 74 Graham, and 91. EX 5 (24 cards): #2 Armstrong (SGC), 9, 11 Baer, 15 (SGC), 16 (SGC), 17 (SGC), 21, 24 Braddock (SGC), 27, 30 Zale (SGC), 36, 39 Leonard (SGC), 43 Robinson, 44 Zale/Cerdan, 50 Ambers (SGC), 54 Jeffries, 56 Gans, 77 (SGC), 84, 85 Walcott/Charles, 89 SP, 90, 92, and 94. VG-EX 4 (9 cards): #5 Cerdan (SGC), 20 (SGC), 51 Willard, 55 Fitzsimmons SP, 59 Corbett, 63, 65, 79 (SGC), and 95 Tunney. Topps' first attempt at boxing cards was in 1951 with the 96-card "Ringside" boxing series. The exceptional artwork and the inclusion of boxing greats from all eras have always made this set one of boxing-card collecting's premier issues. Topps apparently found much greater success with baseball and football. This is confirmed both by the relative scarcity of "Ringside" cards (they are much rarer than Topps baseball and football cards issued in 1951), and the fact that this was the only Topps boxing set ever issued. The quality of production of this issue, however, is equal or superior to that of all early 1950s bubble-gum cards issued by Topps or Bowman. This is an extremely attractive partial set of this classic 1950s Topps issue, with many cards bright and fresh, and overall with an appearance far superior to the technically accurate assigned grades. The total SMR value for fifty-nine of the cards (not including the nine cards graded VG-EX) is $1,139. Total: 68 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $948


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