1957 Topps SGC-Graded Complete Set (407): #1 SGC Set Registry (1 Card GEM 98, 89 Cards MINT 96, 135 Cards NM/MT+ 8.5, 182 Cards NM/MT 88)

Sold For: $76,375

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 25

Item Year: 1957

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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The 1957 Topps set has always been one of the most popular sets in the world of card collecting due to its classic photographic style and inclusion of so many stars. Presented is the finest and most stunning high-grade set of this classic issue we have ever seen assembled. This ultra high-grade set has been assembled one card at a time by an extremely dedicated collector with an unrivaled and uncompromising commitment to condition and eye-appeal over a period of three years, and with all cards being carefully screened for only top-quality examples in all respects. Literally tens of thousands of 1957 Topps cards were examined and considered before choosing the ideal examples to assemble this virtually flawless set. There are no "weak links" in this set and even the extremely high grades of many cards will seem conservative relative to the quality of the cards. This is a world-class investment-grade set of one of the most important baseball-card issues in the entire world of postwar-card collecting. It is also by far the finest set of 1957 Topps we have ever seen or offered.

Eighty-nine of the 407 cards in this complete set have been graded MINT 96, 135 are graded NM/MT+ 92, and 182 are graded NM/MT 88 by SGC. One card, #150, is graded GEM 98. This set is listed as the number-one set on the SGC Set Registry list, with an average grade of 91.10. As any collector of high-grade 1950s cards knows, finding 1957 Topps graded SGC 88 or better is a tremendous challenge. To assemble an entire set in these incredible high grades is simply extraordinary. The grades and actual images of all the cards for the entire set have been posted and can easily be accessed online on the SGC Set Registry by using the following link: http://www.sgccardregistry.com/set.aspx?cat=1&set=1129&userset=2052#

SGC grading composite: One card is graded GEM 98: #150. Eighty-nine cards are graded MINT 96: #1 Williams, 2 Berra, 4, 7 Aparicio, 13, 16, 24 Mazeroski (RC), 30 Reese, 31, 35 F. Robinson (RC), 38 Fox, 39, 40 Wynn, 41, 46, 48, 59, 66, 72, 76 Clemente, 78, 80 Hodges, 83, 84, 87, 89, 90 Spahn, 96, 109, 113, 117, 128, 129, 130, 132, 134, 136, 141, 142, 146, 158, 162, 165 Kluszewski, 170 Snider, 174, 188, 193, 196, 198, 200, 202, 206, 207, 210 Campanella, 212 Colavito (RC), 214, 216, 225, 226, 228, 231, 233, 235, 236, 237, 242, 243, 245, 248, 253, 254, 257, 259, 267, 272, 279, 302 Koufax, 308, 312 Kubek (RC), 325, 338 Bunning (RC), 344, 345, 356, 362, 381, 386, 390, and 396. 135 cards are graded NM/MT+ 92: including #10 Mays, 15 Roberts, 18 Drysdale (RC), 20 Aaron, 25 Ford, 55 Banks, 62 Martin, 70 Ashburn, 95 Mickey Mantle, 100 Harridge/Giles, 120 Lemon, 125 Kaline, 203 Wilhelm, 215 Slaughter, 230 Kell, 250 Mathews, 277 Podres, 286 Richardson (RC), 317 Giants, 322 Reds, and 328 B. Robinson (RC). 182 cards are graded NM/MT 88: including #85 Doby, 97 Yankees, 154 Schoendienst, 270 Senators, 275 Indians, 284 Zimmer, 324 Dodgers, 329 White Sox, 400 Dodgers' Sluggers, and 407 Yankees' Power Hitters. This set was assembled with a concern for all factors, including special consideration to centering. The concern for centering makes this set even more spectacular than suggested by its extraordinary high grade, and is evident throughout. This is simply an amazing high-grade complete set of this classic Topps issue, and is easily one of the finest in the world. This is a miracle set! Also of special note, as can easily be seen in the condition composite above and the online gallery, is the fact that while all cards in the set are extremely high grade, many of the most highly desirable key cards in the set are among the highest-graded cards of the set. The equivalent SMR value of $115,730 for the set does not account for the tremendous amount of time, energy, and effort that have been invested in its assembly. The fact that the consignor has elected to keep this set together and sell it as a single unit, as opposed to breaking it up into smaller more affordable units, makes this set a particularly extraordinary offering. For those who can consider buying a complete set of this caliber, this world-class ultra high-grade complete 1957 Topps set represents a remarkable and unique opportunity. Total 407 cards. Reserve $25,000. Estimate $50,000++. SOLD FOR $76,375

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