1969-1970 Topps Basketball Rulers Complete Set (23)

Sold For: $1,920

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1958

Item Year: 1969

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

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Complete set of 1969-1970 Topps Basketball Rulers consisting of all twenty-three rulers (#5 was never issued). This fascinating and unusual set consists of colorful "cards" measuring 2.5 x 10 inches and designed as a ruler used to measure some of the day's best basketball players, including Lew Alcindor and Wilt Chamberlain. The front features an illustration of the player alongside the ruler, with his height marked appropriately and his name and team near the bottom. The backs are blank. Each ruler is folded into fourths, as designed and issued, with the folds visible against the very thin stock. Almost all of the rulers present as Ex to Ex-Mt overall, but technically range in from Vg to Ex-Mt (averaging Ex) due to light wear at the corners or centering issues. Keys: #2 West (Vg-Ex), 9 Havlicek (Vg), 10 Alcindor (Vg), 11 Chamberlain (100/0 L/R, otherwise Vg-Ex), and 24 Robertson (100/0 L/R, otherwise Vg-Ex). This is a very attractive complete set of this unusual and rarely offered Topps basketball insert set. Total: 23 rulers. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.

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