1960 and 1961-1962 Fleer All-Time Greats Complete Sets (2 sets, 233 cards)

Sold For: $600

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1308

Item Year: 1960

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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This collection includes the 1960 and 1961-1962 Fleer Baseball Greats sets, each featuring old-timers. These were extremely substantial and significant sets issued by Fleer, as it battled as best it could to be a part of the baseball-card market in a world in which Topps had exclusive contracts with virtually all modern stars. Ted Williams was the one current star under contract with Fleer, and he appears in the 1960 set (on the heels of the marketing of the 1959 Fleer Ted Williams set) as an added draw for kids. These sets introduced baseball history to many youngsters, and are favorites with vintage-card collectors to this day. 1) 1960 Baseball Greats Set (79 cards): Condition is 35% Ex to Ex-Mt and 65% Vg to Vg-Ex (including one miscut). Keys: #3 Ruth (Ex), 6 Johnson (Vg-Ex+), 42 Cobb (Vg-Ex+), 62 Wagner (Vg-Ex), and 72 T. Williams (Vg). 2) 1961-1962 Baseball Greats Set (154 cards): Condition is 22% Nr/Mt, 52% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 26% Vg to Vg-Ex (including one lower). Keys: #1 Baker/Cobb/Wheat (pencil marked back, otherwise Ex), 14 Cobb (Nr/Mt+), 31 Gehrig (Nr/Mt), 49 Johnson (Ex), 75 Ruth (Ex-Mt), 150 Wagner (Ex-Mt), and 152 T. Williams (Ex-Mt). The early Fleer sets are among the most interesting and overlooked sets of the era. This is an attractive and affordable pair of these popular sets. Total: 233 cards representing two complete sets. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.

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