1951 Topps Ringside Boxing Complete Set Minus 1 (95 of 96)

Sold For: $2,252

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 1359

Item Year: 1951

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

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Extremely attractive mid- to high-grade complete set (minus one) of 1951 Topps Ringside boxing cards, highlighted by Rocky Marciano's rookie card, one of the most popular and recognizable boxing cards from any era. 73% Ex to Nr/Mt (averaging Ex-Mt overall), and 27% Vg to Vg-Ex. Missing just #89 Chavez for completion. From a very old-time collection, this set has been stored away in a closet for decades, possibly since its year of issue. We have selected four cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. Keys: #1 Lesnevitch (Vg), 11 Baer (Ex), 32 Marciano (SGC VG 40), 43 Robinson (SGC EX/NM 80), 49 Murphy SP (SGC EX 60), 69 Sullivan (Ex-Mt), 88 Louis (SGC NM 84), 95 Tunney (Ex-Mt), and 96 Charles (Vg). Topps' first attempt at boxing cards was in 1951 with the 96-card Ringside boxing series. The exceptional artwork and the inclusion of boxing greats from all eras has always made this set one of boxing-card collecting's premier issues. Topps apparently found much greater success with baseball and football. This is confirmed both by the relative scarcity of Ringside cards, and the fact that this was the only Topps boxing set ever issued. The quality of production of this issue, however, is equal or superior to that of all early 1950s bubble-gum cards issued by Topps or Bowman. This is a very attractive complete set (minus one) of this classic 1950s Topps issue, bright and fresh, with an overall appearance far superior to the technically accurate assigned grades. The equivalent SMR value for just three of the graded cards (not including the VG 40 of Marciano and the ninety-one ungraded cards) is $815. Total: 95 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500+. SOLD FOR $2,252


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