1971-1980 Topps Complete, Near-Complete, and Partial Set Collection (7 Sets)

Sold For: $3,000

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1225

Item Year: 1972

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Substantial collection of 5,120 Topps baseball cards spanning the years 1971 to 1980, highlighted by seven complete, near-complete, or partial sets of these classic issues loaded with Hall of Famers and stars.

1) 1971 Topps Partial Set (502/752): Condition is 21% Nr/Mt (including a few better), 67% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 12% Vg to Vg-Ex. Keys: #160 Seaver (Ex), 210 Carew (Ex-Mt), 250 Bench (Ex), 300 B. Robinson (Vg-Ex+ and Vg+), and 341 Garvey RC (Vg-Ex+).

2) 1971 Topps Duplicates (301): Condition is 5% Nr/Mt, 67% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 28% Vg to Vg-Ex (including seven lower and three with color added). Keys: #341 Garvey (Vg-Ex+, Gd+, and color added)

3) 1972 Topps Near-Complete Set (759/787): Missing twenty-eight cards for completion. Condition is 30% Nr/Mt (including some Nr/Mt-Mt), 63% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 7% Vg to Vg-Ex. Keys: #37 Yastrzemski (Ex), 49 Mays (Ex), 50 Mays IA (miscut right edge, otherwise Ex), 51 Killebrew (Vg-Ex+), 79 Fisk RC (Ex), 80 Perez (Vg-Ex+), 100 F. Robinson (Ex-Mt), 130 Gibson (Nr/Mt), 132 Morgan (Nr/Mt), 200 Brock (Nr/Mt), 241 Fingers (Ex+), 270 Palmer (Ex-Mt), 280 McCovey (Ex-Mt), 285 Perry (Ex), 300 Aaron IA (10/90 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 310 Clemente IA (Vg), 313 Aparicio (Ex), 330 Hunter (Nr/Mt+), 410 Jenkins (Ex), 420 Carlton (Ex), 435 Jackson (Ex), 439 B. Williams (Ex-Mt), 445 Seaver (Ex+), 447 Stargell (80/20 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 500 Torre (Nr/Mt), 510 T. Williams (Nr/Mt-Mt), 515 Blyleven (30/70 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 530 Sutton (Ex), 555 Santo (Ex-Mt), 559 Rose (Ex-Mt), 567 Marichal (Ex-Mt), 620 Niekro (Ex), 749 Alston (Nr/Mt), 751 Carlton TR (Vg-Ex), 752 Morgan TR (Ex-Mt), 761 Cey/Oglivie RC (Nr/Mt), and 777 Wilhelm (Ex-Mt).

4) 1977 Topps Near-Complete Set (659/660): Missing #40 Murcer for completion. Condition is 16% Nr/Mt-Mt (including a few higher), 49% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, and 35% Vg-Ex to Ex (including some lower). Keys: #6 Strikeout Ldrs (Nr/Mt), 140 Schmidt (Nr/Mt-Mt), 144 Sutter RC (90/10 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt+), 234 Ryan RB (Nr/Mt), 285 B. Robinson (Nr/Mt+), 295 Carter (Nr/Mt), 450 Rose (measures slightly small, 85/15 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 473 Dawson RC (Nr/Mt-Mt), 476 Murphy RC (Ex-Mt), 525 Eckersley (20/80 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt+), 580 Brett (Ex-Mt), and 650 Ryan (Nr/Mt).

5) 1978 Topps Complete Set (726): Condition is 49% Nr/Mt-Mt (including some higher), 44% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, and 7% Vg-Ex to Ex (including a couple lower). Keys: #20 Rose (Mint), 36 Murray RC (30/70 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 72 Dawson (Nr/Mt-Mt), 100 Brett (Nr/Mt+), 360 Schmidt (Nr/Mt), 400 Ryan (80/20 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), and 707 Molitor/Trammell RC (Nr/Mt-Mt).

6) 1978 Topps Near-Complete Set (721/726): Missing #82, 232, 455, 480, and 610 for completion. Condition is 31% Nr/Mt-Mt (including a few higher), 48% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, and 21% Vg-Ex to Ex (including some Vg). Keys: #20 Rose (Nr/Mt+), 36 Murray RC (Nr/Mt), 72 Dawson (Nr/Mt-Mt+), 100 Brett (Ex-Mt), 360 Schmidt (Nr/Mt+), 400 Ryan (80/20 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), and 707 Molitor/Trammell RC (no top border, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt).

7) 1979 Topps Complete Set (726): Condition is 31% Nr/Mt-Mt (including a few higher), 51% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, and 18% Vg-Ex to Ex (including some lesser). Keys: #24 Molitor (Ex), 115 Ryan (Vg-Ex+), 116 Smith RC (Nr/Mt), 330 Brett (Nr/Mt-Mt), 348 Dawson (Nr/Mt), 520 Carter (Nr/Mt-Mt), 610 Schmidt (Nr/Mt), 640 Murray (Nr/Mt), 650 Rose (20/80 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), and 700 Jackson (Ex-Mt+).

8) 1980 Topps Complete Set (726): Condition is 37% NrMt-Mt, 56% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, and 7% Vg-Ex to Ex. Keys: #393 Smith (Nr/Mt-Mt), 492 Henderson RC (Nr/Mt) and 580 Ryan (Nr/Mt-Mt).

This is a very attractive mid- to high-grade collection of cards from these popular sets with numerous highlights. Total: 5,120 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+.


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