1977 to 1986 Topps Football Complete Set Collection (18)

Sold For: $1,920

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1909

Item Year: 1977

Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

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Substantial collection of eighteen complete Topps football sets spanning the years 1977 through 1986. Though they do not have as many cards as the Topps baseball sets of the era, and are not as valuable, these football sets are actually scarcer than their baseball counterparts. Each set is loaded with all the great stars and Hall of Famers of the decade, including several key Hall of Fame rookie cards.

1) 1977 Topps Football Complete Set (528): Condition is 13% Nr/Mt (including a few Nr/Mt-Mt), 71% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 16% lower (including seven marked checklists). Keys: #29 Selmon RC (Ex+), 50 Haynes RC (Ex-Mt), 99 Webster RC (Ex-Mt), 146 Carson RC (Ex-Mt+), 177 Largent RC (Ex-Mt), 195 Swann (Vg-Ex), 284 White RC (Ex), 360 Payton (Ex-Mt), and Papale RC (Ex+).

2-3) 1978 Topps Football Complete Set (528): Condition of the first set is 30% Nr/Mt (including some Nr/Mt-Mt), 54% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 16% Vg to Vg-Ex (including seven lower and a couple miscut. Keys: #200 Payton (Ex), 217 Dean RC (Ex-Mt), 320 Stallworth RC (Ex), 315 Dorsett RC (Vg), and 443 Largent (Vg-Ex+). Condition of the second set is 14% Nr/Mt (including some Nr/Mt-Mt), 72% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 14% Vg to Vg-Ex (including a couple lower and a couple miscut). Keys: #200 Payton (Ex+), 217 Dean RC (Ex), 320 Stallworth RC (Ex-Mt), 315 Dorsett RC (Ex+), and 443 Largent (Ex-Mt).

4) 1979 Topps Football Complete Set (528): Condition is 44% Nr/Mt (including some Nr/Mt-Mt), 51% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 5% lower. Keys: #160 Dorsett (Ex+), 308 Newsome RC (Ex-Mt), 310 Lofton RC (Nr/Mt+), 331 Campbell RB (Ex+), 390 Campbell RC (Ex+), and 480 Payton (Nr/Mt+).

5-6) 1981 Topps Football Complete Set (528):
Condition of the first set is 67% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt, 28% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 5% Vg to Vg-Ex. Keys: #150 Winslow RC (Ex-Mt), 194 Monk RC (35/65 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 216 Montana RC (65/35 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), and 400 Payton (Nr/Mt). Condition of the second set is 68% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt and 32% Ex to Ex-Mt (including sixteen lower). Keys: #150 Winslow RC (Nr/Mt-Mt), 194 Monk RC (30/70 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 216 Montana RC (Nr/Mt-Mt), and 400 Payton (Nr/Mt).

7-18) 1986 Topps Football Complete Set (396): Condition of the twelve sets is 87% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt (including a few higher) and 13% Ex to Ex-Mt (including a few lower). Keys: Twelve #161 Rice RC (four Nr/Mt-Mt, four Nr/Mt+, and four Nr/Mt), twelve 275 White RC (eight Nr/Mt-Mt and four Nr/Mt), twelve 374 Young RC (Nr/Mt-Mt, three Nr/Mt, five Ex-Mt, and three Ex), twelve 388 Reed RC (nine Nr/Mt-Mt and three Nr/Mt), and twelve 389 Smith RC (eight Nr/Mt-Mt, three Nr/Mt, and Ex-Mt).

This is a magnificent and extremely crisp high-grade collection of eighteen popular football-card sets from the 1970s and 1980s (each of which has been stored away since the year of issue). From an old-time collection! Total: 18 sets, 7,920 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++.


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