1974 to 1979 Topps Complete Set Run (6 Sets, 4,181 Cards)

Sold For: $3,300

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1439

Item Year: 1974

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Tremendous high-grade complete set run of 1974 through 1979 Topps baseball cards. These cards are starting "to have some age" to them! To us, it seems as if these cards were just released yesterday, but the fact is that it's been over thirty years. Twenty-four cards are graded by PSA. 1) 1974 Complete Set plus Traded Series (704): 23% Nr/Mt-Mt (including some better), 51% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, and 26% Vg-Ex to Ex (including fifteen lesser and a few miscut). Keys: #1 Aaron (25/75 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 10 Bench (NM-MT 8), 20 Ryan (NM-MT 8), 29 Niekro (MINT 9), 40 Palmer (NM-MT 8), 55 F. Robinson (NM-MT 8), 100 Stargell (NM-MT 8), 201 Batting Ldrs (Nr/Mt+), 252 Parker RC (35/65 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt+), 283 Schmidt (70/30 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 295 Monday (MINT 9), 300 Rose (99/1 centering on reverse, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 314 Brewers (GEM MT 10), 319T Hundley (MINT 9), 331 All Star Catchers (Nr/Mt-Mt), 400 Killebrew (Nr/Mt-Mt+), and 456 Winfield RC (25/75 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt). 2) 1975 Complete Set (660): 34% Nr/Mt-Mt (including a few Mint), 49% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, and 17% Vg-Ex to Ex (including five lesser). Keys: #1 Aaron HL (Vg-Ex), 61 Winfield (Nr/Mt-Mt), 70 Schmidt (Ex-Mt), 223 Yount RC (NM 7), 228 Brett RC (NM-MT 8), 320 Rose (NM-MT 8), 370 Seaver (MINT 9), 500 Ryan (30/70 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 600 Carew (NM 7), 616 Rice RC (Vg), 620 Carter RC (Nr/Mt), 623 Hernandez RC (Nr/Mt-Mt+), 647 Washington (NM-MT 8), and 660 Aaron (Nr/Mt+). 3) 1976 Complete Set Plus Traded Series (704): 31% Nr/Mt-Mt (including some Mint), 46% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, and 23% Vg-Ex to Ex (including ten lesser and a few miscut). Keys: #1 Aaron RB (Ex-Mt), 19 Brett (95/5 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 98 Eckersley RC (30/70 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 124 Rau (GEM MT 10), 193 NL HR Ldrs (MINT 9), 199 NL Victory Ldrs (MINT 9), 230 Yastrzemski (Nr/Mt-Mt+), 240 Rose (Nr/Mt+), 300 Bench (MINT 9), 316 Yount (Nr/Mt-Mt), 330 Ryan (80/20 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt+), 341 Gehrig ATAS (NM-MT 8), 441 Carter (Nr/Mt-Mt), 550 Aaron (70/30 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), and 599 Guidry RC (Nr/Mt-Mt). 4) 1977 Complete Set (660): 45% Nr/Mt-Mt or better, 45% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, and 10% Vg-Ex to Ex (including a few lesser). Keys: #120 Carew (NM-MT 8), 144 Sutter RC (65/35 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt+), 450 Rose (NM-MT 8), 473 Dawson RC (NM-MT 8), 476 Murphy RC (NM 7), 580 Brett (80/20 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), and 650 Ryan (Ex). 5) 1978 Complete Set (726): 43% Nr/Mt-Mt or better, 42% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, and 15% lesser (including some due to spider wrinkles). Keys: #20 Rose (Vg), 36 Murray RC (85/15 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), 100 Brett (Nr/Mt-Mt), 400 Ryan (Vg), and 707 Molitor RC (Ex). 6) 1979 Topps Complete Set plus one variation (727): 55% Nr/Mt or better, 35% Ex to Ex-Mt (mostly due to centering), and 10% lesser. Includes both variations of #369 Wills. Keys: #24 Molitor (15/85 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 115 Ryan (Nr/Mt-Mt), and 116 Smith RC (diamond cut, otherwise Ex). All cards are bright, crisp, and clean, with the sets appearing to have been built directly from packs in the year of issue. Centering issues are most commonly responsible for downgrades on otherwise sharp-looking cards. The SMR value for just the twenty-three graded cards (not including the 1974 Topps Traded card and the 4,158 ungraded cards) is $992. Total: 4,181 cards (six complete sets plus two Traded series and one variation). Reserve $200. Estimate (open).


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