1961 Topps Complete Set (587)

Sold For: $2,700

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1365

Item Year: 1961

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Presented is a very sharp-looking complete set of one of the era's most popular issues, crisp and clean across the board. The 1961 Topps set includes five different Mickey Mantle cards, and was Topps' first venture into the popular League Leader subset. The Most Valuable Player subset, an extremely difficult high-number run, and the rookie cards of Juan Marichal, Billy Williams, and Ron Santo also highlight this set. Condition is 22% Nr/Mt (including some better), 70% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 8% Vg to Vg-Ex (including seven miscut and one that measures small). We have selected six cards to be graded by PSA (except #300 Mantle was graded already when we received the set for auction). Keys: #2 Maris (Ex-Mt), 10 B. Robinson (Vg-Ex), 35 Santo RC (Ex), 44 AL HR Ldrs (30/70 T/B and L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 80 Killebrew (Ex-Mt), 120 Mathews (Ex), 141 B. Williams RC (altered, otherwise Ex), 150 Mays (Ex+), 160 Ford (80/20 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt+), 200 Spahn (75/25 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt+), 207 Koufax/Podres (1/99 L/R, miscut right edge), 211 Gibson (NM 7), 228 Yankees Team (Ex+), 260 Drysdale (Vg-Ex), 287 Yastrzemski (Ex+), 290 Musial (15/85 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 300 Mantle (EX-MT 6), 307 Mantle WS (85/15 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 344 Koufax (EX-MT 6), 350 Banks (Vg+), 360 F. Robinson (Ex), 388 Clemente (Ex+), 401 Ruth (Vg-Ex+), 405 Gehrig Benched (Vg-Ex), 406 Mantle HR (10/90 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), 415 Aaron (miscut left edge, otherwise Ex), 417 Marichal RC (Ex), 425 Berra (5/95 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 429 Kaline (Ex), 430 Mazeroski (Vg-Ex), 443 Snider (10/90 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 475 Mantle MVP (Vg-Ex), 478 Maris MVP (15/85 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 482 Mays MVP (Vg), 484 Aaron MVP (80/20 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 517 McCovey (Ex), 545 Wilhelm (Vg+), 576 Maris AS (EX-MT 6), 577 Aaron AS (NM 7), 578 Mantle AS (Vg-Ex+), 579 Mays AS (Vg-Ex), and 586 Ford AS (NM-MT 8). 1961 will always be remembered as a "magic year" in baseball history, and a high quality, high-grade complete set of 1961 Topps as offered here will always be highly prized "time capsule". Total: 587 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+.

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