28% Nr/Mt (including some better), 61% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 11% Vg to Vg-Ex (including some lesser). This is a very sharp-looking complete set of one of the era's most popular issues. The 1961 Topps set includes five different 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 and Billy Williams also highlight this set. Also included are two checklist variations (#98b and #361b). Keys:
#2 Maris (Vg), 10 B. Robinson (Ex+), 35 Santo RC (Vg-Ex), 80 Killebrew (Ex), 88 Ashburn (Ex-Mt), 120 Mathews (Nr/Mt+), 141 B. Williams RC (Vg-Ex), 150 Mays (Gd), 160 Ford (pencil on back, otherwise Ex), 200 Spahn (Ex+), 207 Koufax/Podres (Ex), 211 Gibson (Ex), 228 Yankees Team (Nr/Mt), 260 Drysdale (Ex), 287 Yastrzemski (Vg-Ex+), 290 Musial (Nr/Mt), 300 Mantle (Vg-Ex), 307 Mantle WS (Ex-Mt+), 344 Koufax (trimmed, otherwise Nr/Mt), 350 Banks (Vg-Ex), 360 F. Robinson (Nr/Mt), 388 Clemente (Vg-Ex), 401 Ruth (Vg+), 405 Gehrig Benched (Vg-Ex+), 406 Mantle HR (Ex-Mt), 415 Aaron (BVG EX-MT 6, 75/25 T/B centering), 417 Marichal RC (Ex), 425 Berra (Nr/Mt), 429 Kaline (75/25 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), 430 Mazeroski (Ex), 443 Snider (Nr/Mt), 472 Berra MVP (Nr/Mt), 475 Mantle MVP (80/20 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), 478 Maris MVP (Vg-Ex+), 482 Mays MVP (Vg-Ex), 484 Aaron MVP (Ex), 517 McCovey (Ex-Mt+), 542 Twins (Ex), 545 Wilhelm (Vg-Ex), 554 Pirates (Vg-Ex+), 572 B. Robinson AS (Vg-Ex), 575 Banks AS (80/20 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 576 Maris AS (Ex), 577 Aaron AS (erasure marks in borders, otherwise Ex-Mt+), 578 Mantle AS (trimmed, altered corners), 579 Mays AS (Ex), 580 Kaline AS (Ex-Mt), 581 F. Robinson AS (Nr/Mt+), 586 Ford AS (Vg-Ex), and 589 Spahn AS (Nr/Mt). A very attractive, crisp, and mid- to high-grade complete set of this classic 1960s Topps issue. Total 589 cards (complete set of 587 plus two variations). Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+.
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