1960 to 1970 Topps Football Complete Set Collection (10 Sets, 1,909 Cards)

Sold For: $5,700

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2159

Item Year: 1960

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

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Extremely substantial and comprehensive collection of ten complete (except for two near-complete sets) Topps football sets, comprised of a complete set collection spanning the years 1960 through 1970 (missing only 1967). Though they do not have as many cards as the Topps baseball sets of the era, and are not as valuable, these football sets are actually rarer than their baseball counterparts. Each set is loaded with all the great stars and Hall of Famers. Seventeen cards have been graded and encapsulated by PSA (13), SGC (3), and BCCG (1). 1) 1960 Set (132): Condition is 17% Nr/Mt, 62% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 21% Vg to Vg-Ex (including a few lesser). Keys: #1 Unitas (Ex), 23 Brown (Vg-Ex), 51 Starr (Ex+), 54 Hornung (Vg-Ex), and 74 Gifford (Ex-Mt). 2) 1961 Set (198): Condition is 20% Nr/Mt, 68% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 12% Vg to Vg-Ex (including a few lesser and a couple miscut). Keys: #1 Unitas (Ex), 20 LeBaron (PSA NM-MT 8), 39 Starr (Vg-Ex), 40 Hornung (85/15 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt+), 44 Ringo (NM 7), 59 Brodie RC (Ex), 71 Brown (Ex), 145 Blanda (Nr/Mt+), 150 Maynard RC (Vg-Ex), 166 Kemp (Nr/Mt), 182 Otto RC (Ex-Mt), 184 Christy (NM-MT 8), 186 Flores RC (Fr), 193 Tripucka (NM 7), and 198 Checklist (Ex-Mt). 3) 1962 Set (176): Condition is 26% Ex to Ex-Mt and 74% Vg to Vg-Ex (including five lesser and a few with color added). Keys: #1 Unitas (Vg-Ex), 5 Berry (Ex), 17 Ditka RC (Ex), 28 Brown (Vg due to small spot of paper loss on reverse), 36 Davis RC (color added to corners, otherwise Vg-Ex), 38 LeBaron (EX-MT 6), 63 Starr (Ex+), 64 Hornung (Ex), 69 Thurston (EX-MT 6), 76 Checklist (Vg+), 90 Tarkenton RC (color added to corners, otherwise Ex-Mt), 102 Tittle (Vg-Ex+), 104 Gifford (10/90 L/R, otherwise Ex+), 115 Jurgensen (Ex+), 127 Layne (20/80 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt+), and 176 Checklist (Ex). 4) 1963 Set (176 cards): Condition is 19% Nr/Mt, 74% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 7% Vg to Vg-Ex (including a few lesser). Keys: #1 Unitas (75/25 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 14 Brown SP (Ex), 62 Ditka (Vg-Ex), 74 Meredith SP (75/25 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 82 Lilly RC (Ex), 85 Checklist (Ex-Mt), 86 Starr (miscut left edge, otherwise Ex), 96 Nitschke RC (signed in pen with salutation, otherwise Gd), 98 Tarkenton (Ex-Mt), and 170 Checklist (Ex-Mt). 5) 1964 Near-Set (175 out of 176 cards in set): Condition is 30% Nr/Mt or better, 61% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 9% Vg to Vg-Ex (including a couple lesser and a couple miscut). Keys: #30 Kemp (Nr/Mt-Mt), 31 Lamonica RC (Ex-Mt), 68 Blanda (Vg-Ex), 82 Checklist (Ex), and 96 Dawson (Nr/Mt). Missing #176 Checklist. 6) 1965 Near-Set (175 out of 176 cards in set): Condition is 11% Nr/Mt, 61% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 28% Vg to Vg-Ex (including a couple lesser). Keys: #35 Kemp SP (Nr/Mt), 46 Brown RC (Ex), 69 Blanda SP (Ex), 87 Checklist SP (Vg-Ex), 99 Dawson SP (Vg-Ex), 133 Biletnikoff RC (Vg-Ex+), 155 Alworth (80/20 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt+), and 176 Checklist SP (marked, otherwise Vg). Missing #122 Namath RC for completion. 7) 1966 Set (132 cards): Condition is 28% Nr/Mt (including a few better), 56% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 16% Vg to Vg-Ex. Keys: #15 Funny Ring Checklist (next card showing, otherwise Nr/Mt), 26 Kemp (trimmed, otherwise Ex), 61 Checklist (Ex+), 96 Namath (EX-MT 6), 104 Biletnikoff (Vg-Ex), and 132 Checklist (0/100 T/B, otherwise Ex). 8) 1968 Set (219 cards): Condition is 23% Nr/Mt, 67% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 10% Vg to Vg-Ex (including a few miscut). Keys: #1 Starr (Vg-Ex), 65 Namath (Ex-Mt), 75 Sayers (80/20 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), 100 Unitas (Vg-Ex),127 Butkus (70/30 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt),173 Little RC (Ex-Mt), 196 Griese RC (Nr/Mt), and 219 Checklist (slightly miscut, otherwise Ex-Mt). 9) 1969 Set (263 cards plus one variation): Condition is 13% Nr/Mt, 67% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 20% Vg to Vg-Ex. Keys: #6 Hayes (EX/NM 80), 25 Unitas (NM 7), 26 Piccolo RC (Nr/Mt), 51 Sayers (NM 7), 100 Namath (EX/NM 80), 120 Csonka RC (Ex-Mt), 132a Checklist (Vg), 132b Checklist (Vg-Ex), 139 Butkus (Ex-Mt), 161 Griese (Ex-Mt), and 215 Starr (Nr/Mt). 10) 1970 Set (263 cards): Condition is 26% Nr/Mt (including a few better), 64% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 10% Vg to Vg-Ex. Keys: #30 Starr (Ex+), 43 Bethea (MINT 9 [OC]), 70 Sayers (Ex-Mt), 80 Tarkenton (BCCG NM 9), 90 Simpson RC (EX 5) and 150 Namath (NM 84), 162 Csonka (EX-MT 6), and 180 Unitas (NM 7). Total: 1,909 cards representing ten different sets. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000++.


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