1959 Bazooka Baseball Collection (6) Including Mantle, Mays, and Aaron

Sold For: $1,200

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1306

Item Year: 1959

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Presented is an attractive collection of six different cards from the 1959 Bazooka set, representing approximately one-fourth of a complete set. This was Bazooka's first baseball-card set. The 1959 Bazooka set has always been revered as one of the rarest and most difficult to collect of all Topps-related sets. Issued just one card per box of Topps Bazooka-brand bubble gum, the cards were intended to be hand-cut by youngsters from the bottom of Bazooka boxes. Bazookas will often not receive numerical grades if submitted for professional grading because the cut is within the guidelines. Each of the six cards is graded below without reference to the neatness of the cut. This lot consists of the following: Aaron (HOF, name in yellow, pinhole, otherwise Fr), Cepeda (HOF, cut small, otherwise Vg-Ex), Davenport (Ex), Mantle (HOF, Vg), Mays (HOF, Gd+), and Turley (no bottom border, otherwise Vg). A superb collection of cards from this popular food issue, highlighted by four Hall of Famers. Total: 6 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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