1962 Topps Venezuelan Near-Complete Set (188/198)

Sold For: $2,160

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1364

Item Year: 1962

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Extremely rare 1962 Topps Venezuelan near-complete set featuring 188 of 198 cards. The Topps Venezuelan issues are among the most fascinating sets of the 1960s. The first 198 cards of Topps’ 1962 baseball set (#1-198) were reprinted on a darker cardboard stock for sale exclusively in the Venezuelan market. The fronts are identical in design to the regular-issue Topps’ cards. The backs, however, are printed in Spanish (with the exception of the League Leaders cards #51-60). Cards #197 (Spencer) and 198 (Keane) were replaced with two Major Leaguers from Venezuela, #199 Elio Chacon and 200 Luis Aparicio, which were printed exclusively for the Venezuelan set. This set is far from Mint condition, ranging from Poor to Vg (averaging Gd). For many sets, that might not sound special, but for this rare issue, it is in fact very respectable, and would not be an easy task to duplicate. It is standard for Venezuelan Topps cards to have light paper loss and scrapbook remnants on the reverse, since these cards were intended to be glued into an album produced for that purpose. The offered set is a rare exception to this rule as virtually every back is free of paper loss and only seventeen cards display glue residue. Forty-three cards exhibit marks or writing. Keys: #1 Maris (Pr), 5 Koufax (Fr), 25 Banks (Gd), 30 Mathews (Pr), 45 B. Robinson (Pr), 50 Musial (Pr), 70 Killebrew (Pr), 100 Spahn (Gd), 139 Babe Hits 60 (Fr/Gd), 140 Gehrig and Ruth (Pr), 150 Kaline (Pr-Fr), 167 McCarver RC (Fr), 199 Chacon (Fr-Gd), and 200 Aparicio (Pr). Missing the following ten cards for completion: #10 Clemente, 18 Mantle/Mays, 22, 41, 51 AL Batting Ldrs, 52 NL Batting Ldrs, 53 AL HR Ldrs, 117, 172, and 192. Though they receive little attention because they are rarely found in high grade, Topps Venezuelan cards are among the most unusual and rare baseball card sets of the decade, and are virtually never seen in complete or near-complete set form. Total: 188 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++.

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