1955 Topps Doubleheaders Complete Set Unperforated Proof Set (66)

Sold For: $5,700

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1246

Item Year: 1955

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Complete set of 1955 Topps Doubleheaders (sixty-six cards), presented in a very rarely seen unfolded and unperforated state. When issued in packs, these cards were perforated horizontally, allowing for easy folding. 1955 Topps Doubleheaders were never issued in this special unperforated form. A set of this type had to have originated at some time directly from someone involved in the printing of the set, or someone at Topps who had been provided with this set by the printer for proofing. The offered cards were pulled from production prior to the final perforation and folding process. Doubleheaders are one of the scarcest and most unusual of all early 1950s gum issues. The design of the set was inspired by the T201 Double Folder set issued by Mecca Tobacco in 1911. When issued in packs, the cards were perforated horizontally, allowing for easy folding, so that each card could picture two ballplayers sharing the same legs. It is interesting to note that while Topps’ standard issue of 1955 was smaller in number than many other years at just 206 subjects, each of the 112 players in the Doubleheaders issue (two players per card) also appears in the standard set. It is also interesting to note that the backgrounds of the cards, when placed side-by-side, form a continuous stadium background image. Doubleheaders were not aggressively promoted and were sold in very limited numbers. We have selected three cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. Condition: 18% Nr/Mt or better, 51% Ex to Ex-Mt, 23% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 8% Gd. Keys: #3/4 Irvin (Gd), 25/26 J. Robinson (NM+ 86), 31/32 Banks (NM 84), 45/46 Kaline (80/20 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 69/70 T. Williams (EX+ 70), 105/106 Aaron (Vg-Ex)+, 111/112 Killebrew (Vg-Ex+), and 127/128 Spahn (Vg-Ex+). This is a very attractive and crisp complete set of this unusual and often overlooked early 1950s Topps series, in the very rare and unusual unperforated form. Total: 66 cards representing 132 players. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).


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