1957-1958 Topps Basketball PSA-Graded Near-Complete Set (62/80) - All NM 7 and NM-MT 8!

Sold For: $19,200

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1931

Item Year: 1957

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

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Presented is an exceptional high-grade near-complete set of 1957-1958 Topps Basketball consisting of sixty-two different cards out of eight in a complete set. Each card is professionally graded and encapsulated by PSA. This is by far the finest and highest-grade complete or near-complete set of this classic issue we have ever offered! Forty-eight cards grade NM-MT 8 and fourteen cards grade NM 7. This near-complete set forms the foundation of the sixth-ranked set on the PSA Set Registry, which has a 7.73 overall GPA when the eighteen missing cards (all of which appear individually in this auction) are included. This is Topps' first basketball set, and the only basketball set it issued during the 1950s. It apparently did not sell well, as Topps did not follow up with another basketball set until 1969. PSA Grading Composite: NM-MT 8 (48 cards): #6, 7, 9, 11, 14, 18, 21, 22 SP, 23 SP, 26 SP, 29 SP, 30, 31, 32 SP, 33, 34, 35 SP, 38, 39 SP, 40, 41 SP, 42 Stokes RC, 43, 45 SP, 48, 49 SP, 50 SP, 51, 52, 53 SP, 54 SP, 55, 56, 57, 58 SP, 60 SP, 61 SP, 63 SP, 64, 65, 66, 68, 69 SP, 70 SP, 72 SP, 73, 74 SP, and 76 SP. NM 7 (14 cards): #2 Yardley RC (HOF), 3 Johnston RC (HOF), 8, 15 Ramsey RC (HOF), 16 McGuire RC (HOF), 25, 36 SP, 46 SP, 47, 62 Gallatin RC (HOF), 67 SP, 75 Phillip SP (HOF), 79, and 80 Schnittker SP. Missing the following eighteen cards for completion (all of which appear individually in this auction): #1 Clifton RC, 4 Braun, 5 Sharman RC, 10 Arizin RC, 12 Martin RC, 13 Schayes RC, 17 Cousy RC, 19 Heinsohn RC, 20 Thieben, 24 Pettit RC, 27 McCauley RC, 28 Mikkelsen RC, 37 Hagan RC, 44 Gola RC, 59 Bianchi RC, 71 Twyman RC, 77 Russell RC, and 78 Lovellette RC. The assembly of this near-complete set is truly remarkable given the condition issues that so often plague cards from this series, which are notoriously off-center and marred by print snow. This is a carefully assembled and very attractive near-complete set. It would be a superb addition to any world-class basketball-card collection. The total SMR value in the assigned grades is $17,760. Total: 62 cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+.


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