1968 Topps Complete Set (598) With 384 PSA-Graded Cards

Sold For: $4,500

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1413

Item Year: 1968

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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This is a gorgeous high-grade complete set of 598 different 1968 Topps baseball cards. Of the 598 cards in the set, 384 (64%) have been professionally graded and encapsulated by PSA. The set is composed of nine MINT 9s, two NM-MT+ 8.5s, 368 NM-MT 8s including Mantle, three EX-MT 6s, one EX 5, and one VG-EX 4. Highlighted by the rookie cards of HOFers Nolan Ryan and Johnny Bench, this set also includes the extremely popular “combo” cards featuring more than one player, with #480 Manager's Dream (with Roberto Clemente), #490 Superstars (Harmon Killebrew, Mickey Mantle, and Willie Mays), and #530 Bird Belters (Frank and Brooks Robinson). The PSA condition report is as follows: MINT 9 (9 cards): #110 H. Aaron (OC), 302, 327, 336 (OC), 347, 423, 474, 516, and 553. NM-MT+ 8.5 (2 cards): #57 and 549. NM-MT 8 (368 cards): #8, 12, 14, 15, 17-19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 29, 32, 34, 35, 38, 41, 43, 44, 46, 47, 49b, 52, 53, 55, 58 Mathews 59, 60, 62-65, 66b, 67-69, 71, 74, 78, 81-84, 87 D. Williams, 88-95, 97, 98, 104-106, 108, 109, 111, 112, 115-117, 119-121, 123, 125-127, 131, 133, 134, 138-141, 143, 146-148, 153, 154 WS Game 4 - B. Gibson, 155-159, 161, 163, 164, 169, 171, 173, 174, 176, 179-182, 184-187, 189, 191, 194, 197, 198, 202-204, 206-213, 216-219, 222-224, 226, 229, 232, 234, 237-239, 241-246, 248, 249, 252, 253, 255, 258, 259, 261, 262, 264-267, 269, 271-273, 276, 279, 280 Mantle, 282-286, 288, 289, 291-293, 294 Schoendienst, 295-299, 301, 303-306, 309, 311-313, 315-319, 321 Durocher, 322-326, 329, 331-333, 335, 337, 339-346, 348, 349, 350 Wilhelm, 351-354, 356-359, 367, 368, 377, 379, 380, 383, 386-389, 391, 393-395, 397-399, 400b, 403-407, 409, 411-413, 415-420, 422, 425-431, 433-436, 440, 442, 443, 445, 446, 451, 455, 458-464, 466-469, 471, 472 Alston, 473, 475, 476, 478, 479, 481-486, 489, 491-494, 499, 503, 504, 506, 508-515, 517, 518a, 519, 521, 522, 523, 525, 527, 528 Tigers, 530 Bird Belters - F. Robinson/B. Robinson, 531, 534-538, 540-543, 545, 547, 548, 550-552, 557, 561, 565, 567, 568, 570, 572, 573, 576-578, 580-582, and 584-596. EX-MT 6 (3 cards): #230 Rose, 250 Yastrzemski, and 355 Banks. EX 5 (1 card): #247 Bench RC. VG-EX 4 (1 card): #177 Ryan RC. Ungraded Keys: #20 B. Robinson (Vg), 45 Seaver (Vg), 50 Mays (Vg-Ex), 80 Carew (Vg+), 150 Clemente (Vg-Ex), 220 Killebrew (Vg-Ex), 240 Kaline (Vg-Ex), 330 Maris (Vg-Ex), 370 Aaron AS (Gd), 374 Clemente AS (Vg), 408 Carlton (Vg), 490 Killebrew/Mays/Mantle (slightly miscut bottom edge, otherwise Nr/Mt), 500 F. Robinson (Vg-Ex), 520 Brock (Vg-Ex), and 575 Palmer (Ex). The condition of the 214 not-yet-encapsulated cards is 8% Nr/Mt, 37% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 55% Vg to Vg-Ex (including a few slightly lesser). This is very attractive exceptionally high-grade set of this classic late 1960s Topps issue. The grading fees alone to encapsulate 384 cards would literally be thousands of dollars! The SMR value for 380 of the 384 PSA-graded cards (excluding the three qualified cards and the Ryan rookie graded less than EX) is $4,954. Total: 598 cards. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000+.


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