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1961 Topps Complete Set (587)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,555
Presented is a very sharp-looking complete set of one of the era's most popular issues, crisp and clean across the board. The 1961 Topps set includes five different Mickey Mantle cards, and was Topps' first venture into the popular League Leader subset. The Most Valuable Player subset, an extremely difficult high-number run, and the rookie cards of Juan Marichal, Billy Williams, and Ron Santo also highlight this set. Condition of cards #1-522 is 16% Nr/Mt (including a some better), 27% Ex-Mt, 48% Ex, and 9% Vg to Vg-Ex. Condition of the high-number cards (#523-589) ranges from Vg-Ex to Nr/Mt (averaging Ex to Ex-Mt). Thirteen cards are professionally graded and encapsulated by PSA (10) and GAI (3). Keys: #2 Maris (Vg-Ex+), 10 B. Robinson (Nr/Mt), 35 Santo RC (Ex-Mt+), 44 AL HR Ldrs (PSA NM-MT 8 [OC]), 80 Killebrew (Ex), 120 Mathews (Nr/Mt), 141 B. Williams RC (Vg-Ex), 150 Mays (Ex-Mt+, rejected by PSA for Min Size), 160 Ford (Ex+), 200 Spahn (Ex-Mt), 207 Koufax/Podres (Vg), 211 Gibson (95/5 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 228 Yankees Team (95/5 T/B, otherwise Ex-MT), 260 Drysdale (PSA NM-MT 8), 287 Yastrzemski (Vg-Ex+), 290 Musial (Ex-Mt), 300 Mantle (PSA NM 7), 307 Mantle WS (Ex), 344 Koufax (Ex-Mt), 350 Banks (GAI NM-MT+ 8.5), 360 F. Robinson (PSA NM-MT 8), 388 Clemente (GAI NM-MT+ 8.5), 401 Ruth (Ex), 405 Gehrig Benched (Ex-Mt), 406 Mantle HR (Ex-Mt), 415 Aaron (GAI NM-MT+ 8.5), 417 Marichal RC (Ex), 425 Berra (Vg-Ex), 429 Kaline (Ex), 430 Mazeroski (Vg-Ex+), 443 Snider (Ex+), 475 Mantle MVP (Vg), 477 Fox MVP (PSA NM-MT 8), 478 Maris MVP (Ex+), 482 Mays MVP (PSA EX-MT 6), 484 Aaron MVP (Ex-Mt+), 517 McCovey (Ex-Mt), 545 Wilhelm (Ex-Mt), 576 Maris AS (pencil on reverse, otherwise Ex), 577 Aaron AS (2/98 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt+), 578 Mantle AS (PSA NM 7), and 579 Mays AS (1/99 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt). Other Graded Cards: #87 (PSA MINT 9), 191 (PSA NM 7), and 585 (PSA NM 7). 1961 will always be remembered as a "magic year" in baseball history, and a high quality, high-grade complete set of 1961 Topps as offered here will always be highly prized "time capsule". The SMR value for just twelve of the graded cards (factoring in the three half-grades at the lower whole grade level and not including the one qualified card or the 574 ungraded cards!) is $1,659. Total: 587 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,555
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