1951 Topps "Ringside" Boxing Near-Complete Set (90/96): #6 PSA Set Registry (7.71 GPA)!

Sold For: $12,000

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 2060

Item Year: 1951

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

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Extremely attractive high-grade near-complete set of 1951 Topps "Ringside" boxing cards, entirely graded and encapsulated by PSA, missing only six cards for completion. This is one of the finest sets in existence of one of boxing-card collecting's most classic issues. The near-complete set currently ranks sixth on the PSA Set Registry with an impressive overall GPA of 7.71. The six missing cards (#23, 32 Marciano, 38, 48, 49 Murphy SP, and 87) are each offered individually in this auction and could be added to this impressive assembly to move into fourth place on the Registry. The offered near-complete set is comprised of seventy-three NM-MT 8s, one NM+ 7.5, fifteen NM 7s, and one EX-MT 6. The 1951 Ringside set is also of monumental significance as one of Topps' earliest major trading-card sets. For Topps, this is where it all began!

PSA Grading Composite: NM-MT 8 (73 cards):
#1, 3 LaMotta, 4, 5, 6 Walcott, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Baer, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24 Braddock, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 Zale, 31 Walcott, 33, 34 Robinson vs. Servo, 35, 37, 39, 40, 42, 43 Robinson, 44, 45, 46, 52, 53 Rocca (Wrestler), 57, 58, 59 Corbett, 60 Attell, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85 Walcott vs. Charles, 86, 88 Louis, 90, 91, 92, 93, and 94. NM+ 7.5 (1 card): #55 Fitzsimmons SP. NM 7 (15 cards): #2, 13, 36, 41, 47, 50, 51, 54 Jeffries, 56, 61 SP, 67, 69 Sullivan, 83, 89 SP, 96 Charles. EX-MT 6 (1 card): #95 Tunney.

Topps' first attempt at boxing cards was in 1951 with the 96-card "Ringside" boxing series. The exceptional artwork and the inclusion of boxing greats from all eras has always made this set one of boxing-card collecting's premier issues. Topps apparently found much greater success with baseball and football. This is confirmed both by the relative scarcity of "Ringside" cards (they are much rarer than Topps baseball and football cards issued in 1951), and the fact that this was the only Topps boxing set ever issued. The production quality of this issue, however, is equal or superior to that of all early 1950s bubble-gum cards issued by Topps or Bowman. This is an extraordinary high-grade near-complete set of this classic 1950s Topps issue. The total SMR value for the individual cards is $10,160. Total: 90 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++.


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