1962 Topps Complete Set (598) with 193 Graded Cards Plus 80 Variations and 4 Proofs

Sold For: $4,200

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1372

Item Year: 1962

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Grades 46% Nr/Mt (includes many Nr/Mt-Mt), 43% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 11% lesser (including thirteen with color added, eleven with a slight trim, a few miscut, and a few that measure small). Presented is an exceptionally attractive and unusually high grade near-complete master set of 1962 Topps, one of the most popular and classic of all baseball-card sets. The 1962 Topps set has a well-deserved reputation for being the era's most condition-sensitive issue. The flush-to-the-border brown wood-grain design of the 1962 Topps set makes this issue particularly susceptible to edge and corner wear, and makes the assembly of high-grade sets all the more difficult. This is a stunning set! It is very rare to find a complete set of this classic issue in such high grade and offered as a single unit, let alone with variations. As a master set, this particular set includes sixteen significant variations (both variations for #22, 129, 132, 134, 147, 174, 176, 190, 192, 458, 462, 516; and all three variations for #139), plus sixty-five of the seventy-seven photo variations from the second series (#110-196), for a total of 682 cards (missing only #441a and twelve photo variations for a totally complete master set with all variations). One hundred and ninety-three cards have been graded and encapsulated by PSA (159), SGC (25), BVG (8), and GAI (1).

Keys: #1 Maris (75/25 L/R, otherwise Ex+), 5 Koufax (Ex), 10 Clemente (NM 7), 18 Mantle/Mays (Ex), 25 Banks (Ex+), 29 Stengel (BVG NM+ 7.5), 30 Mathews (25/75 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 45 B. Robinson (Ex), 50 Musial (Ex-Mt), 53 Maris/Mantle LL (Ex+), 70 Killebrew (Vg-Ex+), 85 Hodges (NM 7), 100 Spahn (miscut left edge, otherwise Ex-Mt), 137 Ruth Special (green tint, BVG NM-MT 8), 139a Reniff/pitching (Ex-Mt), 139b Reniff/portrait (Ex+),139c Ruth Hits 60 (Ex), 139d Ruth Hits 60 (slight diamond cut, otherwise Ex-Mt), 150 Kaline (Ex+), 150 Kaline (green tint, Vg), 199 Perry (Vg-Ex), 200 Mantle (EX 5), 213 Ashburn (NM+ 86), 218 Torre RC (Ex-Mt), 251 Yankees (), 300 Mays (15/85 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 310 Ford (Ex), 313 Maris IA (color added, otherwise Ex), 318 Mantle IA (NM 7), 320 Aaron (Ex-Mt+), 340 Drysdale (Ex), 350 Robinson (Ex+), 360 Berra (Ex+), 387 Brock (Vg-Ex+), 394 Aaron AS (Vg), 395 Mays AS (Ex-Mt), 398 Drysdale AS (NM+ 86), 401 Maris/Cepeda (Vg-Ex), 425 Yastrzemski (Ex-Mt), 471 Mantle AS (Ex+), 500 Snider (Nr/Mt+), 530 Gibson SP (measures a bit small, otherwise Ex-Mt+), 544 McCovey SP (NM 7), 545 Wilhelm SP (slight miscut, otherwise Ex-Mt), 575 Schoendienst SP (Nr/Mt), 591 McDowell (trimmed, otherwise Nr/Mt), 592 Bouton (Ex-Mt), 594 Uecker (Vg-Ex), 596 Pepitone (NM 7), and 598 Hickman (trimmed, otherwise Vg-Ex+).

Additional graded cards: MINT 9 (1 card): #482 (PD). NM-MT+ 8.5 (6 cards): #81 (NM/MT+ 92), 216 (NM-MT+ 8.5), 223 Grammas (NM/MT+ 92), 227 Tiefenauer (NM/MT+ 92), 245 (BVG NM-MT+ 8.5), and 558 (NM/MT+ 92). NM-MT 8 (47 cards): #4, 16 (NM/MT 88), 19, 23, 39 (OC), 44, 62 (NM/MT 88), 78, 96 (NM/MT 88), 101, 104, 107 (OC), 125, 151, 155, 168 (NM/MT 88), 187 (NM/MT 88), 192b Checklist, 193 (OC), 226 (OC), 246, 253 (NM/MT 88), 258, 262, 263, 271, 275 (BVG NM-MT 8), 276, 285 (OC), 294 (OC), 301 (PD), 354, 357 (NM/MT 88), 369 (NM/MT 88), 373, 375 (NM/MT 88), 383 (NM/MT 88), 432, 481 (BVG NM-MT 8), 496, 501, 508 (OC), 512 (OC), 531 (NM/MT 88), 532 (NM/MT 88), 563 (OC), and 582 (OC). NM+ 7.5 (16 cards): #15, 63 (BVG NM+ 7.5), 69, 79, 98 Checklist, 127, 162, 198, 239, 248 (BVG NM+ 7.5), 269, 283, 397, 418 (NM+ 86), 433 (NM+ 86), and 581 (GAI NM+ 7.5). NM 7 (112 cards): #13, 14, 26, 27, 38, 41, 42, 47, 49, 55, 56 NL ERA Ldrs, 57 AL Win Ldrs, 59 AL Strikeout Ldrs, 64, 71, 86, 87, 88, 89, 92, 109, 113, 114, 121, 124, 125, 128, 129b, 130, 132b, 143 Ruth Special (green tint), 146, 146 (green tint), 152, 154, 156, 164 (NM 84), 164 (green tint), 169, 181, 183, 184, 191, 195, 201, 204, 205, 206, 210, 212, 217 Alston, 220, 222, 225, 228, 229, 231, 240, 242, 249, 252, 255, 257, 259, 261, 264, 267, 268, 270, 277 Checklist, 278, 282, 292, 314, 324, 333, 335, 341, 342, 347, 348, 367 Checklist, 368, 372, 382, 392, 402, 403, 408, 410, 422, 423 Face/Wilhelm, 439, 445, 457, 465, 467, 474 (NM 84), 480, 492, 498, 506, 514, 519, 535, 539, 551, 556, 564, 567, 568, and 583. EX 5 (1 card): #176. This collection also includes four authenticated proof cards: #454 F. Robinson (SGC Auth), 511 Phillips (SGC Auth), 532 Stigman (BVG EX 5), and 569 Sadowski (SGC Auth).

This is an extremely impressive high-grade near-complete master set of this classic early Topps issue, far superior to the average set offered of this very condition-sensitive issue. The total SMR value for 181 of the 193 graded cards is $3,281 (excluding the twelve qualified cards and factoring the half-grades at the lower whole-grade level). Total: 682 cards (set of 598 plus 80 variations and 4 proofs).
Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500++.


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