Autographed 1957-1958 Topps Basketball Near-Complete Set (70/80)

Sold For: $2,400

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2247

Item Year: 1957

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

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This remarkable offering features autographed examples of 70 of the 80 cards in the historic 1957-1958 Topps Basketball set, plus one duplicate of Dick McGuire. 1957-1958 Topps Basketball was the company's first basketball-card issue. As such, every card in the set technically, represents that player's Topps rookie card. Twenty-one Hall of Famers are featured in the set, and this offering includes signed examples of 19 of them (missing only Andy Phillip and Bill Russell): Johnston, Sharman, Arizin, Martin, Schayes, Risen, Ramsey, McGuire (two examples), Cousy, Pettit, Mikkelsen, Gola, Twyman, Lovellette, Gallatin, Heinsohn, Macauley, Yardley, and Hagan. Also included is an exceedingly rare Jim Krebs autographed card (Krebs died in 1965). Missing only card #1, 18, 29, 34, 42, 52, 75, 77, 79, and 80 for completion. All of the cards have been signed on the front, with 18 also featuring signatures on the reverse (noted in our listing). Fifteen of the signatures have been enhanced (noted in our listing). The signatures, penned in a variety of inks, range from "5" to "10," averaging "7." Seven of the cards are personalized (noted in our listing). Cards range in grade from Fr to Ex-Mt, averaging Vg-Ex. Unless otherwise noted, all of the cards have been encapsulated by GAI, with the signature certified as "Authentic." The collection is composed of the following card numbers: #2 Yardley RC (signature on front enhanced; also signed on the reverse), 3 Johnston RC (also signed on the reverse), 4 (also signed on the reverse), 5 Sharman RC (personalized "To Ray"), 6, 7 (also signed on the reverse), 8 (signature enhanced), 9 (signature enhanced), 10 Arizin RC (also signed on the reverse), 11, 12 Martin RC (PSA EX 5), 13 Schayes RC (also personalized "To Bill" on the reverse), 14, 15 Ramsey RC, 16 McGuire RC (two examples, one is not encapsulated), 17 Cousy RC (BVG VG-EX 4, Auto. Grade 9), 19 Heinsohn RC SP (signature enhanced), 20, 21 (personalized "To Bill"), 22 Pettit SP (signature enhanced), 23 SP (PSA/DNA Authentic Auto, also signed on the reverse), 24 RC, 25 Krebs (not encapsulated, Died in 1965), 26, 27 Macauley RC (signature enchanced), 28 Mikkelsen RC SP (not encapsulated), 30, 31, 32 RC SP (signature on the front enhanced; signature on the front personalized "To Bill"; also signed on the reverse), 33 (personalized "To Bill"), 35 SP (also signed on the reverse), 36 SP (also signed on the reverse), 37 Hagan RC SP (signature enhanced), 38 (also signed on the reverse), 39 SP, 40 Risen, 41 SP (also signed on the reverse), 43 (PSA EX-MT 6 [MC]), 44 Gola RC, 45 SP (signature enhanced), 46 SP, 47, 48 (also signed on the reverse), 49 SP (signature enhanced), 50 SP (also personalized "To Billy" on the reverse), 51, 53 SP (personalized "To Bill"), 54 SP, 55, 56, 57 (personalized "To Bill") , 58 SP (personalized "To Bill") , 59 SP, 60 SP (also signed on the reverse), 61 SP (signature enhanced), 62 RC (signature enhanced), 63 SP (not encapsulated), 64 (not encapsulated), 65 (signature enhanced), 66 (signature enhanced), 67 SP (also signed on the reverse), 68 (signature on the front enhanced; also signed on the reverse), 69 SP (also signed on the reverse), 70 SP, 71 Twyman RC, 72 SP, 73, 74 SP, 76 SP (personalized "To Bill"), and 78 Lovellette RC. Total: 71 signed cards (70 different, with one duplicate). Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA.
Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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