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1970 Topps Super Baseball Hoard of 885

Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $14,950.00

On the playgrounds of 1970, wealth was not measured by how many coins you had in your pocket. Or how many regular baseball cards you had. It was measured by how many 1970 Topps Super Baseball cards you had. They were bigger. They were thicker. They were special and something never before seen. One hundred of them looked like a million. 885 would have looked like a billion, but no one ever had that many. Offered is what would have seemed like the riches of King Tut in 1970, and could be described in a similar manner today: an unprecedented offering of a giant hoard of 885 1970 Topps Super Baseball cards, almost entirely comprised of Hall of Famers. This is not a random group. Commons have been virtually excluded. Of the 885 cards, an astounding 614 are Hall of Famers. The remaining cards include 73 Pete Rose cards as well as an assortment of non-Hall of Famer stars. 95% range from Ex-Mt to Mint, balance slightly lesser grades. The number in parentheses indicates quantity of that particular player. Highlights Include: #3 Aparicio (9), 4 Killebrew (53), 5 Seaver (44), 8 Bench (49), 11 Brock (54), 12 Clemente (34), 13 McCovey (32), 15 Niekro (10), 18 Mays (68), 19 Stargell (35), 24 Aaron (43), 28 Jackson (42), 29 Yastrzemski (35), 33 Gibson (56), 34 Rose (73), 37 F. Robinson (36), 38 Powell (4), 40 B. Williams (14). Twelve cards have been graded by PSA. These include: three PSA MINT 9s (Killebrew, Aaron, Yastrzemski), and nine PSA NM-MT 8s (Bench, Brock, Clemente, McCovey, Niekro, Mays, Stargell, Gibson, and Rose). Because of its high-quality production values and scarcity relative to other Topps sets of the era, it is a little surprising that this issue has not received more attention from collectors, but this is primarily because for many years grading companies have not had holders for this large-format issue. This has recently changed. PSA now has holders which allow for grading of 1970 Topps Supers. A quick check on eBay will reveal that this has begun to rewrite the book on values for this issue, with many very high-grade Hall of Famers and stars such as Rose selling for over $50 (and some cases over $100) per card. Of course, grading fees can add up and there is no guarantee that any given card will grade an "8" or a "9," but we would be surprised if almost all did not qualify for grades ranging from "7" to "9." There is a lot of value to be mined in this lot. A case could be made that the tremendous concentration and quantity of stars in this assortment makes this lot worthy of putting away for a future day. Total 885 cards. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $4,000/$8,000. SOLD FOR $14,950.00


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