1968 Topps Complete Set (598) Including 203 PSA- and SGC-Graded Cards

Sold For: $8,400

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1198

Item Year: 1968

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Presented is an outstanding high-grade complete set of 1968 Topps baseball, highlighted by 203 cards that have been professionally graded and encapsulated by PSA and SGC, including beautiful examples of the key rookie cards of Johnny Bench (PSA NM-MT 8) and Nolan Ryan (SGC NM 84) as well as additional Hall of Famers such as Mickey Mantle (PSA NM 7) and Ernie Banks (PSA NM-MT 8). In addition to these important cards, this set also includes the extremely popular “combo” cards featuring more than one player, with #480 Manager's Dream (with Roberto Clemente), #490 Superstars (Harmon Killebrew, Mickey Mantle, and Willie Mays), and #530 Bird Belters (Frank and Brooks Robinson). Slightly more than one third of the complete set is professionally graded by PSA and SGC, with grades ranging from Near Mint to Gem Mint. Condition of the complete set is 10% Mint (including one Gem Mint), 42% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt, 40% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 8% slightly lesser.

Keys:
#1 NL Batting Ldrs (NM/MT 88), 20 B. Robinson (NM-MT 8), 37 B. Williams (NM/MT+ 92), 45 Seaver (NM-MT 8), 50 Mays (Vg-Ex+), 80 Carew (NM-MT 8), 87 D. Williams (NM/MT+ 92), 103 Sutton (NM/MT+ 92), 110 Aaron (NM 7), 150 Clemente (NM-MT 8 [OC]), 177 Ryan RC (NM 84), 205 Marichal (NM-MT 8), 215 Bunning (NM/MT+ 92), 220 Killebrew (NM/MT+ 92), 230 Rose (Ex), 247 Bench RC (NM-MT 8), 250 Yastrzemski (NM-MT 8), 257 Niekro (NM-MT 8), 280 Mantle (NM 7), 294 Schoendienst (NM/MT+ 92), 321 Durocher (MINT 96), 330 Maris (NM-MT 8), 350 Wilhelm (NM/MT+ 92), 355 Banks (NM-MT 8), 361 Killebrew AS (NM-MT 8), 363 Carew AS (NM/MT+ 92), 364 Morgan AS (NM/MT+ 92), 365 B. Robinson AS (NM/MT+ 92), 366 Santo AS (NM/MT+ 92), 370 Aaron AS (Vg+), 373 F. Robinson AS (NM-MT 8), 374 Clemente AS (NM/MT 88), 378 Gibson AS (NM/MT+ 92), 390 Mazeroski (NM/MT 88), 408 Carlton (NM/MT+ 92), 410 Jenkins (NM/MT 88), 472 Alston (MINT 96), 480 Manager’s Dream (MINT 9), 490 Killebrew/Mays/Mantle (70/30 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 500 F. Robinson (NM/MT+ 92), 520 Brock (NM-MT 8), 528 Tigers (Ex), 530 Bird Belters (NM-MT 8), and 575 Palmer (NM-MT 8). Additional PSA-Graded Cards: MINT 9 (5 cards): #49, 401, 404, 454 Checklist – F. Robinson, and 456. NM-MT 8 (34 cards): #55, 62, 71, 84, 206, 211, 212, 231, 239, 241, 259, 269, 272, 292, 333, 341, 343, 353, 354, 359, 367, 382, 383, 425, 450, 459, 473, 491, 499, 515, 519, 522, 570, and 593. Additional SGC-Graded Cards: GEM 98 (1 card): #311. MINT 96 (50 cards): #15, 46, 53, 63, 91, 93, 99 Colavito, 111, 117, 119, 159, 171, 172, 181, 199, 207, 210, 249, 255, 264, 268, 288, 296, 302, 303, 304, 335, 393, 412, 437, 440, 458, 460, 463, 466, 469, 474, 479, 486, 509, 516, 525, 531, 552, 555, 578, 582, 585, 586, and 597. NM/MT+ 92 (59 cards): #2 AL Batting Ldrs, 27 Hodges, 28, 57, 66, 69, 74, 75, 88, 90, 94, 116, 129, 131, 148, 151, 153, 155, 157, 178, 186, 190, 216, 232, 266, 276, 316, 326, 337, 340, 346, 351, 360, 376, 389, 422, 476, 483, 485, 489, 494, 506, 511, 514, 529, 533, 545, 546, 554, 560, 573, 574, 576, 579, 580, 584, 587, 590, and 594. NM/MT 88 (15 cards): #4 A.L. RBI Ldrs, 16, 124, 132, 193, 251, 254, 284, 380, 400, 420, 487, 496, 431, and 457. Condition of the ungraded cards specifically is 28% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt, 60% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 12% Vg to Vg-Ex. This is very attractive exceptionally high-grade complete set of this classic late 1960s Topps issue. The total SMR value for just the 203 graded cards (factoring in the seventy-three half-grades at the lower whole-grade level) is $6,333. Total: 598 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+.


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