1957 Topps "Second Series" Uncut Sheet with #95 Mickey Mantle

Sold For: $2,400

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1281

Item Year: 1957

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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1957 Topps production uncut sheet of 99 cards is highlighted by the key card to the set: #95 Mickey Mantle. All cards on this sheet are from the second series (#89-176). This is a final production sheet with fully printed backs. Additional Hall of Famers include Duke Snider, Al Kaline, Warren Spahn, Bob Lemon, and Red Schoendienst. This 99-card sheet is technically defined as a partial sheet, as 1957 Topps were printed in 132-card production sheets. Three eleven-card rows have long ago been neatly cut away, but the sheet certainly has the presence of a full-sheet display. This partial sheet originates from the famous Al Rosen find of 1957 Topps sheets discovered years ago, almost all of which were very heavily damaged. Some full sheets and many partial sheets in various conditions were salvageable, including this one, which despite its condition problems, is actually one of the better examples we have seen, and displays beautifully. The key card #95 Mickey Mantle has printing snow, primarily in the background surrounding Mantle’s image. Technically the sheet is in approximately Poor condition due to various flaws, including a large 4-inch tear down from the top border on the second row from the left and eight small holes, but when framed on the wall, as our consignor displayed this piece in his collection, the sheet has tremendous display value and an overall Excellent appearance. This is a rare near-complete 1957 Topps partial uncut sheet from a historic sheet find, highlighted by the key Hall of Famer in the set. It is also a rarely offered, relatively affordable, yet still ideal for display, alternative to a problem-free full sheet, if one exists and were available for sale. The sheet is beautifully and very expensively framed to total dimensions of 36 x 41 inches. The substantial size/weight of this item requires that there will be a shipping charge for this lot (which will vary depending upon where it is being shipped). The shipping charge will be billed separately from the auction invoice. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

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