1956, 1957, 1958, and 1959 Topps Football Complete Set Collection (4 Sets, 582 Cards)

Sold For: $2,700

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2151

Item Year: 1956

Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

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Collection of four complete Topps football sets from the 1950s, representing a set run from 1956 to 1959. These sets are highlighted by scores of Hall of Famers and stars, including rookie cards of Jim Brown, Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr, and Paul Hornung. Twelve cards have been graded and encapsulated by PSA (11) and SGC (1). 1) 1956 Set (120): Condition is 30% Ex-Mt (including a few better), 62% Vg-Ex to Ex, and 8% lesser. Keys: #1 Carson SP (15/85 T/B, otherwise Ex), 6 Van Brocklin (EX-MT 6), 11 Blanda (Vg+), 13 Janowicz SP (Ex), 22 Cardinals Team SP (Vg-Ex), 41 R. Brown RC (Ex-Mt), 44 Schmidt RC (Vg-Ex), 47 George RC (Vg-Ex+), 49 LeBaron SP (15/85 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), 53 Gifford (Vg-Ex+), 58 Matson SP (Vg-Ex+), 60 Moore RC (Vg+), 61 Redskins Team SP (20/80 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), 86 Tittle (Ex+), 101 Grier RC (slight trim, otherwise Ex), and 116 Layne (80/20 T/B and R/L, otherwise Ex). 2) 1957 Set (154): Condition is 37% Ex-Mt (including some Nr/Mt) and 63% Vg-Ex to Ex (including five lesser and one with a slight trim). Keys: #3 McCormack (Ex), 5 Marchetti (Ex-Mt), 6 Nomellini (Ex), 10 Richter (Ex-Mt+), 11 Brown (Ex-Mt), 15 Butler RC (15/85 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), 16 Johnson (Ex), 18 St. Clair (Vg-Ex+), 20 Creekmur (Ex-Mt), 22 Van Brocklin (Ex), 26 Matson (Ex), 28 Groza (Ex), 30 Tittle (15/85 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), 31 Blanda (Ex-Mt), 32 Layne (70/30 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), 35 Tunnell (Nr/Mt), 46 Hirsch (70/30 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), 49 Bednarik (Ex-Mt), 65 Donovan (Ex+), 68 Lary RC (Ex), 71 Robustelli (Ex), 85 Lane RC (Ex), 88 Gifford (70/30 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 89 Meilinger (EX-MT 6), 92 Stautner (10/90 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 94 Berry RC (tiny spots of paper loss on reverse, otherwise Ex), 95 McElhenny (Ex), 96 Jones (25/75 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt+), 106 Christiansen (10/90 T/B, otherwise Ex), 119 Starr RC (VG 3), 124 McDonald RC (Ex), 128 Moore (Vg-Ex), 129 Perry (Ex-Mt), 138 Unitas RC (next card showing, otherwise Gd+), 147 Ford (Vg+), and 151 Hornung RC (light wax stain on reverse, otherwise Ex-Mt+). 3) 1958 Set (132): Condition is 28% Nr/Mt (including a few slightly better), 64% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 8% lesser. Keys: #2 Layne (Ex), 3 Schmidt (Ex), 10 Moore (Nr/Mt+), 15 Robustelli (Ex+), 16 Marchetti (Ex), 18 Lary (Ex), 22 Unitas (Ex), 35 Bednarik (Ex-Mt), 42 Tunnell (Nr/Mt), 52 Groza (Ex), 59 McCormack (Ex-Mt), 62 Brown RC (EX 5 [MK]), 66 Starr (SGC NM 84), 70 Christiansen (EX-MT 6), 73 Gifford (NM 7), 75 Johnson (Ex-Mt), 76 Butler (15/85 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), 81 Creekmur (Ex-Mt), 86 Tittle (Ex+), 89 Nomellini (Ex-Mt+), 90 Jurgensen RC (Ex+), 93 Perry (80/20 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 102 R. Brown (Ex), 103 Ringo (30/70 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 106 Donovan (70/30 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt+), 119 George (Gd+), 120 Berry (Vg-Ex), 127 Matson (70/30 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt+), and 129 Blanda (Vg). Additional PSA graded cards: NM 7 (2 cards): #47 and 118. EX-MT 6 (4 cards): #4, 7, 17, and 48. 4) 1959 Set (176): Condition is 31% Nr/Mt (including a few better), 60% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 9% Vg to Vg-Ex (including one Pr). Keys: #1 Unitas (Vg), 10 Brown (Ex-Mt), 20 Gifford (15/85 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 23 Starr (Ex), 40 Layne (Vg-Ex), 51 Huff RC (Vg-Ex+), 82 Hornung (Ex+), 103 Karras RC (Ex), 130 Tittle (Ex), 132 Parker RC (25/75 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt+), 140 Mitchell RC (Ex-Mt), 155 Taylor RC (80/20 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), and 176 Tracy RC (80/20 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt). Four complete Topps football sets from an old-time collection! Total: 582 cards representing four complete sets. Reserve $400. Estimate $1,000+.


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