1971 Topps Collection (1,490 cards) Including Near-Complete Set of 706/752

Sold For: $1,920

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1228

Item Year: 1971

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Outstanding collection of 1,490 cards (including a near-complete set of 706 different out of 752) from the 1971 Topps set. The collection is highlighted by more than eighty cards featuring Hall of Famers, including Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays, Nolan Ryan, and the rookie card of Bert Blyleven. Many of these Hall of Famers (as well as other cards) are represented in quantity due to the heavy duplication. Condition of this collection is 43% Ex-Mt or better and 57% Vg-Ex to Ex (including 3% Vg). The extremely condition-sensitive black borders make assembling high-grade complete sets of 1971 Topps especially difficult. Three cards are graded by PSA. Keys: Two #5 Munson (Ex-Mt and 100/0 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), four 14 Concepcion RC (two Nr/Mt, Ex-Mt, and Ex+), 20 Jackson (Ex, 98/2 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 26 Blyleven RC (Ex-Mt), three 30 Niekro (two Ex-Mt and Ex), three 50 McCovey (two Ex-Mt and 98/2 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), two 55 Carlton (Ex and 98/2 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), two 100 Rose (Ex-Mt and Ex+), 140 Perry (Ex-Mt), 160 Seaver (Ex-Mt), two 180 Kaline (Ex-Mt and Vg-Ex), two 210 Carew (Ex-Mt and Ex+), 250 Bench (Ex-Mt+), three 300 B. Robinson (NM 7, Nr/Mt, and Ex-Mt), two 325 Marichal (Ex-Mt and Ex), two 341 Garvey RC (both Ex), three 380 T. Williams (two Ex and Vg-Ex+), two 384 Fingers (both Ex), two 400 Aaron (Ex-Mt+ and 95/5 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), three 450 Gibson (Ex+ and Vg+), two 513 Ryan (Vg-Ex and 98/2 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 525 Banks (Vg-Ex+), two 550 Killebrew (both Ex), three 600 Mays (all Ex), two 625 Brock (Nr/Mt and Ex-Mt), two 630 Clemente (NM-MT and NM 7), 640 F. Robinson (Ex-Mt), and two 740 Aparicio (Ex+ and Vg-Ex+). This is a very substantial group of cards with numerous highlights (including more than eighty Hall of Famers) from the very popular 1971 Topps set. The SMR value for just the three graded cards is $885. Total: 1,490 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.

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