November 29, 2018: Sports & Americana Auction
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It’s difficult to imagine a better opportunity to pick up this important mid-1970’s Topps issue in this kind of high grade, an absolute monster at Near-Mint or better, with the satellite issues of the 44-card Traded set and the 24-card Team Checklists included. That’s impressive enough, but the inclusion of 13 of the 15 difficult Washington variations adds to the lustre of this offering. The 1974 Topps Baseball set is one of the iconic issues of the era, marking the Topps switch from offering cards by series released over the course of the summer to printing and issuing the entire set at one time. It is a changeover that would pave the way for the expansion of the baseball card business seven years later, and also provides for the possibility of remarkably vivid and consistent sets like this one, with blazing colors and sharp photo registration, excellent gloss and exceptionally clean and attractive backs. As noted, the set is essentially Near-Mint or better, with a mere handful of cards falling below to Ex-Mt or Excellent. The unique 24-card Checklist Series is only nominally below that, probably Ex-Mt to Nr-Mt, only because of the condition-sensitive nature of the color borders that so readily reveal even the tiniest dings. This particular offering from 1974 also boasts decent centering, perhaps a shade better than might be typically found for this issue, with perhaps barely a dozen or so cards with centering that might typically prompt thoughts of an upgrade. The Tier One Hall of Famers and key stars conform to the broader condition range; a breakdown of some of the condition anomalies follows: No. 126 Checklist – Ex-Mt, 130 Jackson – Ex-Mt, 198 – Ex-Mt, 273 Checklist – VG-Ex, 283 Schmidt – Ex-Mt, 314 Brewers Team – Ex-Mt, 326 Anderson – VG-Ex, 356 – Ex-Mt, 394 – Ex-Mt, 399 – Ex, 414 Checklist – Ex-Mt, 439 – Ex-Mt, 456 Winfield – Ex, 538 – Ex, 557 – Ex, 561 – VG-Ex, 586 – Ex, 630 – Ex and 637 Checklist - Ex-Mt.
High-Grade 1974 Topps Baseball Set With Traded, Wash. Variations, Checklists (741)
High-Grade 1974 Topps Baseball Set With Traded, Wash. Variations, Checklists (741)
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Minimum Bid: $100
Final prices include buyers premium.: $916
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Thursday, November 29, 2018.
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