1982 and 1984 Topps Football Proof-Card Collection (5)

Sold For: $240

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2201

Item Year: 1982

Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

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Extremely rare and very likely unique collection of five unissued blank-back proof cards from two classic 1980s Topps football sets. While at first glance these appear to be just slightly unusual blank backs of otherwise relatively common cards, the offered cards are of great significance in that they are proof cards that were ultimately dropped from production. Four of the cards feature players that were released from their teams prior to Topps releasing future sets and Topps had to adjust accordingly to replace these players. The fifth card pictures a different player than who appeared on the final issued card. 1) 1982 Topps (3 cards): Thom Darden (Cleveland Browns), Paul Hofer (San Francisco 49ers), and John Sawyer (Seattle Seahawks). 2) 1984 Topps (2 cards): Steve Brown (wrong photo, Houston Oilers) and Guy Morriss (Philadelphia Eagles). This is an extremely unusual group of Topps rarities that would be very much at home in even the most advanced Topps or error-card collection. All of them are hand-cut (as these cards had to have been cut from a proof sheet), otherwise in Near Mint condition. Each card has a "Topps Vault" hologram sticker with a corresponding number on the reverse and is accompanied by a COA from the Topps Vault. Total: 5 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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