1961 to 1963 Post Cereal Complete Set Collection (3 sets, 600 cards)

Sold For: $4,500

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1130

Item Year: 1961

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Outstanding collection of three complete sets of Post Cereal, the popular 1960s package-design cards, comprised of complete sets of 1961, 1962, and 1963. The Post Cereal sets are among the great classics of the 1960s. These sets are loaded with all the stars and Hall of Famers of the day. Each set contains 200 cards. Also included are twenty-two variations. All the grades in the following condition composite are without respect to the neatness of the cut, as several of the cards are cut inside of the borders (this pertains less to the "company" cards, which are perforated and generally present as neater). This collection of three complete sets is in outstanding condition, far better than normally encountered with Post Cereal cards.

1) 1961 Post Cereal: Complete set of 200 plus fifteen variations. Condition is 17% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, 56% Vg-Ex to Ex, and 27% lesser. Keys: #1 Berra (company, Vg+), 4 Mantle (company, Fr), 7 Maris (company, Ex-Mt), 10 McDougald (box, Vg-Ex), 22 Wynn (box, Ex), 23 Shaw (box, Pr-Fr), 35 Kaline (box, Vg+), 73 Estrada (company, Ex+), 75 B. Robinson (box, Vg+), 92 Killebrew (company/Minnesota, Nr/Mt), 92 Killebrew (box/Minneapolis, Gd), 93 J. Lemon (company, Vg-Ex), 94 Stobbs (company, Vg-Ex), 106 Mathews (company, Fr), 107 Aaron (box, Gd), 132 Clemente (box, Ex-Mt+), 135 Virdon (box, Ex), 145 Mays (box, Vg+), 147 McCovey (company, Ex), 163 Roach (box, Vg-Ex), 167 Snider (box, Ex-Mt+), 182 F. Robinson (company, Nr/Mt), 183 McMillan (box, measures small, otherwise Vg+), and 193 Thomas (company, Ex+). 2) 1962 Post Cereal: Complete set of 200 plus three variations. Condition is 26% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, 45% Vg-Ex to Ex, and 29% lesser. Keys: #5a Mantle (box, measures slightly small, otherwise Ex), 5b Mantle (Life Magazine, Gd), 6a Maris (box, Vg-Ex+), 6b Maris (Life Magazine, Gd), 55 Wynn (Vg+), 61 Yastrzemski (Vg-Ex), 69 Keough (Ex), 83 Allison (Vg), 92 Siebern (Gd), 101 Hodges (Vg), 109 Koufax (Vg), 113 Larker (Vg-Ex), 116 Coleman (Gd), 124a Jay (Pr), 127 Lynch (Ex), 131 McCovey (Vg), 140 Marichal (erased writing on front, otherwise Gd), 142 Mays (Vg+), 145a Adcock (Ex), 149 Aaron (Ex), and 173 Clemente (measures slightly small, otherwise Ex-Mt). 3) 1963 Post Cereal: Complete set of 200 plus four variations. Condition is 31% Nr/Mt or better, 41% Ex to Ex-Mt, 20% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 8% lesser. Keys: #15 Mantle (PSA EX 5), 16 Maris (measures slightly small, otherwise Gd), 26b Koppe/1962 avg. .227 (Nr/Mt), 39 F. Robinson (Ex-Mt), 53 Bunning (Gd), 61 Adair (Ex), 80 Yastrzemski (Nr/Mt-Mt), 86 Lumpe (Ex-Mt), 87 Jimenez (Ex), 106 Mays (Nr/Mt+), 108 Haller (Ex), 119 Davis (Ex), 128 Kasko (Ex), 131a F. Robinson/no stripes on cap (measures slightly small, otherwise Nr/Mt), 143 Clemente (Nr/Mt+), 152 Aaron (measures slightly small, otherwise Nr/Mt), 162 Flood (Ex), 166 Gibson (Vg-Ex), 172 B. Williams (Ex), 187 Aspromonte (Ex-Mt), and 196 Thomas (Vg-Ex+).

This is an extremely attractive collection of cards from these classic early 1960s food issues, which in our opinion are underrated and, compared to most others sets of the era, are very difficult to find in set form (which is not surprising in light of how these cards were issued). Total: 622 cards (three complete sets plus 22 variations). Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

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