1968 Topps 3-D Complete SGC-Graded Set Plus One Variation (13 cards)

Sold For: $11,750

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 760

Item Year: 1968

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Complete high-grade set of twelve cards plus one variation from the 1968 Topps 3-D series, the most popular and rare Topps test issue of the 1960s, entirely graded by SGC. In the world of baseball-card collecting, many serious collectors revere the 1968 Topps 3-D set more than any other set of its era. Whether these cards were issued in stores remains a mystery, but legend has always had it that, as a test, a few boxes appeared in selected stores in the Brooklyn, New York, area. To the best of our knowledge, however, most 1968 Topps 3-D cards can ultimately be traced back to someone who worked at Topps. SGC Report: One NM/MT+ 92: Davis. One NM+ 86: Robinson. Two NM 84: Fairly and Staub. Three EX/NM 80: two Maloney (second example is the rare "No Dugout" variation) and Flood. Two EX 60: Perez and Swoboda. One VG/EX 50: Stottlemyre. Three VG 40: Clemente (downgraded due to several surface cracks, but still a great-looking card), Lonborg, and Powell. Both for their extreme rarity, as well as for their very striking and unique design, advanced collectors have always held 1968 Topps 3-D cards in the highest esteem. The fragile nature of all 3-D cards (very susceptible to surface cracks) makes high-grade examples all the rarer. This is a very attractive mid- to high-grade set of the most desirable of all 1960s Topps test issues. Total 13 cards (complete set of 12 plus one variation). Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open).

SOLD FOR $11,750

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