1962 Topps Complete Master Set (598 plus 96 variations)

Sold For: $7,050

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 729

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Grades 70% Nr/Mt or better (includes many Nr/Mt-Mt), 25% Ex-Mt, 5% Ex. Presented is an exceptionally attractive and unusually high grade complete master set of 1962 Topps, one of the most popular and classic of all baseball-card sets. The 1962 Topps set has a well-deserved reputation for being the era's most condition-sensitive issue. The flush-to-the-border brown wood-grain design of the 1962 Topps set makes this issue particularly susceptible to edge and corner wear, and makes the assembly of high-grade sets all the more difficult. This is a stunning set! It is very rare to find a complete set of this classic issue in such high grade and offered as a single unit, let alone with variations. As a master set, this particular set includes the fifteen significant variations (both variations for #22, 129, 132, 134, 147, 174, 176, 190, 192, 441, 458, 516; and all three variations for #139), plus all eighty-one photo variations from the second series (#110-196), for a total of 694 cards (missing only #462b for a totally complete master set with all variations). We have selected eight HOFer and superstar cards to be graded by PSA (all submitted by REA). Keys: #1 Maris (PSA EX-MT+ 6.5), 5 Koufax (trimmed, otherwise Ex-Mt), 10 Clemente (PSA EX-MT 6), 18 Mantle/Mays (PSA NM+ 7.5), 25 Banks (PSA NM 7), 30 Mathews (10/90 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), 45 Robinson (Ex-Mt), 50 Musial (Ex-Mt), 53 Maris/Mantle LL (PSA NM+ 7.5), 100 Spahn (10/90 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 139 Reniff pitching (80/20 L/R and 20/80 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 199 Perry (PSA EX-MT+ 6.5), 200 Mantle (PSA EX-MT 6), 218 Torre RC (Ex-Mt), 251 Yankees (Ex-Mt), 300 Mays (90/10 T/B, otherwise Ex), 310 Ford (Nr/Mt-Mt), 313 Maris IA (Ex-Mt), 318 Mantle IA (Ex-Mt), 320 Aaron (15/85 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 340 Drysdale (Nr/Mt), 350 Robinson (no bottom border, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 360 Berra (85/15 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 387 Brock (PSA NM-MT 8), 394 Aaron AS (Nr/Mt-Mt), 395 Mays AS (90/10 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 401 Maris/Cepeda (25/75 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 425 Yastrzemski (20/80 L/R, Nr/Mt), 471 Mantle AS (no left border, otherwise Nr/Mt), 500 Snider (20/80 L/R and 25/75 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), 530 Gibson SP (20/80 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 544 McCovey SP (Nr/Mt), 545 Wilhelm SP (Nr/Mt), 575 Schoendienst SP (Nr/Mt-Mt), 591 McDowell (80/20 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), 592 Bouton (Nr/Mt-Mt), 594 Uecker (Nr/Mt), 596 Pepitone (Nr/Mt), and 598 Hickman (Ex-Mt). This is an extremely impressive high-grade complete master set (less #462b) of this classic early Topps issue, far superior to the average set offered of this very condition-sensitive issue. Total 694 cards (set of 598 plus 96 variations). Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000+.

SOLD FOR $7,050

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