August 3, 2017: Sports & Americana Auction
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Presented here is a simply spectacular near set of 1961 Topps Baseball cards that boasts nicely centered cards that could hardly be imagined in better condition, with perhaps ¼ of the full set Ex-Mt and the rest nearly all Near-Mint or Near-Mint to Mint. It is easily among the nicest nearly complete vintage sets we’ve ever offered, a blazer clearly pieced together by an advanced collector with an experienced eye for brilliant colors, outstanding gloss and super-clean backs, along with a penchant for finding the best centering possible. There are nearly two dozen cards – including many of the key Hall of Famers – that have been slabbed and graded by PSA, an august group that offers a nice glimpse into the broader overall condition of the raw counterparts. It is remarkable to find so many cards from this popular issue in seemingly uncirculated condition, cards with super-white borders and a consistent presentation with no discernible difference between the lowliest commons and the Hall of Famer keys, to say nothing of the super-tough high numbers that are found here neatly matching the overall group. All five of the coveted Mickey Mantle cards are included, along with all of the cataloged shortprinted cards. The 25 cards missing from the complete set are listed at the bottom of this entry. The lineup of slabbed cards: No. 300 Mantle – PSA 5, 360 Robinson – PSA 7, 384 – PSA 8.5, 388 Clemente – PSA 7, 393 – PSA 8, 401 Babe Ruth Thrill – PSA 7, 406 Mantle Thrill – PSA 8, 408 Mathewson Thrill (SP) – PSA 8, 410 Haddix Thrill – PSA 8, 425 Berra – PSA 7, 430 Mazeroski (SP) – PSA 7, 466 – PSA 9, 517 McCovey – PSA 7, 545 Wilhelm – PSA 7, 575 Banks All-Star – PSA 7.5, 577 Aaron All-Star – PSA 7, 578 Mantle All-Star – PSA 6, 579 Mays All-Star – PSA 6.5, 580 Kaline All-Star – PSA 9, 586 Ford All-Star – PSA 8, and 589 Spahn All-Star – PSA 8. The SMR values of the slabbed cards alone approaches $2,000. Highlights of unslabbed HOFers and stars: No. 30 Fox – Nr-Mt to Mt, 65 Kluszewski – Near-Mint-Plus, 120 Mathews – Nr-Mt to Mt, 211 Gibson – Near-Mint-Plus, 290 Musial – Nr-Mt, 311 World Series – Nr-Mt to Mt, 350 Banks – Nr-Mt to Mt, 371 Skowron (SP) – Near-Mint-Plus, 375 Boyer – Nr-Mt to Mt, 402 Larsen Thrill (SP) – Nr-Mt to Mt, 405 Gehrig Thrill – Nr-Mt to Mt, 423 Neal (SP) – Nr-Mt to Mt, 471 Rizzuto MVP – Nr-Mt to Mt, 480 Campanella MVP – Nr-Mt to Mt and 554 Pirates Team – Nr-Mt to Mt. Stars and shortprints outside the broader range: No. 2 Maris – Excellent, 10 Brooks Robinson – Excellent-Plus, 80 Killebrew – Very Good to Excellent, 150 Mays – Ex-Plus, 200 Spahn – Ex, 207 Dodgers Southpaws – Ex, 260 Drysdale – Ex, 287 Yastrzemski – VG-Ex, 415 Aaron – Ex, 417 Marichal (SP) – Ex, 428 (SP) – VG-Ex, 429 Kaline – Ex-Plus, 475 Mantle MVP – Ex, 572 Brooks Robinson All-Star – Ex and 559 – Ex. The missing numbers (25): No. 15, 215, 306, 312, 390, 398, 427, 450, 478, 482, 490, 494, 515, 520, 527, 532, 534, 536, 542, 544, 563, 565, 566, 567 and 576.
Super High-Grade 1961 Topps Baseball Near Set (561/587)Super High-Grade 1961 Topps Baseball Near Set (561/587)Super High-Grade 1961 Topps Baseball Near Set (561/587)Super High-Grade 1961 Topps Baseball Near Set (561/587)
Super High-Grade 1961 Topps Baseball Near Set (561/587)
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Minimum Bid: $400
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,928
Number Bids: 18
Auction closed on Thursday, August 3, 2017.

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