1961 Post Cereal Complete Set (200) Plus 88 Extras

Sold For: $1,320

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1313

Item Year: 1961

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Complete set of one of the 1960s great classics: 1961 Post Cereal, plus eighty-eight duplicates. The complete set of 200 cards is composed of both company cards (48%, perforated cards available on sheets directly from Post via mail-in offer) and box cards (52%, available on cereal boxes and intended to be hand-cut). Each of the duplicates (29% perforated and 71% box cut) is the opposite version of the card found in the complete set, thus could easily serve as a strong foundation for the completion of a master set. The following grades are without respect to the neatness of the cut of box cards, as many of them are cut inside of the borders and might only qualify for "Authentic" if submitted for professional grading. 1) Complete Set (200 cards): Condition is 41% Ex to Ex-Mt (including a few Nr/Mt), 42% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 17% lesser. Keys: #1 Berra (company, Gd+ due to moisture stain), 4 Mantle (box, Gd), 7 Maris (company, Vg), 10 McDougald (box, Vg-Ex), 22 Wynn (box, pencil on reverse, otherwise Ex), 23 Shaw (box, Gd), 35 Kaline (box, Gd+), 73 Estrada (company, Ex), 75 B. Robinson (company, Vg-Ex), 92 Killebrew (company, pencil mark on front, otherwise Vg), 93 J. Lemon (company, glue and extra paper on reverse, otherwise Ex-Mt), 94 Stobbs (company, Vg), 106 Mathews (company, Nr/Mt), 107 Aaron (box, Fr), 132 Clemente (company, Gd), 135 Virdon (box, Vg-Ex), 145 Mays (company, Vg+), 147 McCovey (company, Nr/Mt), 163 Roach (box, Ex-Mt), 167 Snider (box, Vg-Ex), 182 F. Robinson (company, Nr/Mt), 183 McMillan (box, Ex), and 193 Thomas (company, Vg-Ex). 2) Duplicates (88 cards): Condition is 47% Vg to Vg-Ex (including five Ex) and 53% lesser (averaging Fr). Keys: #4 Mantle (company, Fr), 7 Maris (box, typed name on reverse, otherwise Ex), 22 Wynn (company, glue and extra paper on reverse, otherwise Ex-Mt), 107 Aaron (company, glue and extra paper on reverse, otherwise Ex-Mt), 145 Mays (box, Gd+), 147 McCovey (box, Ex+), and 167 Snider (company, Gd+). This is a very attractive collection of this scarce package-design issue, which is underrated and, compared to other sets of the era, extremely difficult to find as a set. Total: 288 cards (complete set of 200 cards, plus 88 duplicates). Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+.

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