1961 Topps Complete Set Minus One (586 of 587) Plus 441 Duplicates

Sold For: $2,700

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1361

Item Year: 1961

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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The 1961 Topps set includes multiple Mickey Mantle cards, and was Topps' first venture into the popular League Leader subset. The Most Valuable Player subset, an extremely difficult high-number run, and the rookie cards of Juan Marichal, Billy Williams, and Ron Santo also highlight this set. 1) Complete set minus one (586 cards): Missing only #300 Mickey Mantle for completion. Condition is 13% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, 72% Vg-Ex to Ex, and 15% Gd to Vg (including a few lesser). Keys: #2 Maris (Vg-Ex), 10 Robinson (Vg+), 35 Santo RC (Vg-Ex), 44 Mantle/Maris LL (Vg-Ex), 80 Killebrew (85/15 T/B, otherwise Ex+), 120 Mathews (Ex+), 141 Williams RC (Ex), 150 Mays (Ex), 160 Ford (Vg+), 200 Spahn (85/15 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 211 Gibson (Vg-Ex), 228 Yankees Team (Vg-Ex), 260 Drysdale (Vg), 287 Yastrzemski (Vg), 290 Musial (75/25 T/B and L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt+), 307 Mantle WS (Ex+), 344 Koufax (98/2 L/R, otherwise Vg-Ex+), 350 Banks (Vg-Ex), 360 F. Robinson (Vg-Ex), 371 Skowron (85/15 L/R and T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 388 Clemente (Gd), 401 Ruth HR (Ex-Mt), 405 Gehrig Benched (80/20 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 406 Mantle HR (90/10 T/B, otherwise Ex), 415 Aaron (Ex), 417 Marichal RC (Ex), 425 Berra (Ex), 429 Kaline (Ex), 443 Snider (Fr), 472 Berra MVP (Ex), 475 Mantle MVP (85/15 L/R, otherwise Ex), 478 Maris MVP (Vg-Ex), 482 Mays MVP (Vg-Ex), 484 Aaron MVP (Ex), 517 McCovey (Ex), 572 B. Robinson AS (Ex+), 575 Banks AS (Ex), 576 Maris AS (Ex), 577 Aaron AS (5/95 T/B, otherwise Ex), 578 Mantle AS (Ex), 579 Mays AS (Vg-Ex), 580 Kaline AS (85/15 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 581 F. Robinson AS (Ex), 586 Ford AS (Vg), and 589 Spahn AS (85/15 L/R, otherwise Ex+). 2) Duplicates (441 cards, including 429 different): Condition is 34% Ex to Ex-Mt, 55% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 11% lesser (including a few miscut and one with questionable color). Keys: #8 D. Williams (Vg+), 20 Roberts (Vg), 25 Pinson/Bell/Robinson (Vg+), 88 Ashburn (Ex), 89 Martin (Ex), 120 Mathews (Gd), 132 Lopez (Ex), 136 Alston (Ex), 207 Koufax/Podres (Vg), 224 Gordon (Ex), 311 Ford WS (pen mark on front, otherwise Vg+), 312 Mazeroski WS (Gd), 337 Wynn/Lopez/Score (Ex), 404 Hornsby Tops NL (1/99 L/R, otherwise Ex), 408 Mathewson Strikes Out 267 (Gd), 490 Bunning (15/85 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 505 Schoendienst (Gd), and 570 Fox AS (Ex). Mixed-grade but still very presentable collection of this classic early 1960s Topps issue. Total: 1,027 cards (near-complete set of 586 cards plus 441 duplicates). Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++.


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