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1963 Hall of Fame Busts Complete Set In Original Boxes (20)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,190.00
Phenomenal high-grade, Mint-In-Box collection of all twenty 1963 Hall of Fame busts. These attractive display pieces, produced by Sports "Hall of Fame," Inc. (the official licensee of the National Baseball Hall of Fame), feature a white, bust-length image of the respective player in plastic mounted upon an imitation- wood plastic base. Displayed upon each base is a plaque listing the player's career highlights. Each figure (height: 6 inches) is still in its original packaging, a red, white and gold box (4 x 3 x 8.5 inches), the reverse of which features portrait images of all twenty offered players in the set: Ruth, DiMaggio, Cobb, Gehrig, Hornsby, Wagner, Traynor, Dickey, W. Johnson, Mathewson, J. Robinson, Greenberg, Sisler, Cochrane, Speaker, Feller, Cronin, Foxx, McGraw, and P. Waner. Although the text on the reverse makes note of "Many More," to come, these twenty were the only ones ever issued. When sold in 1963, each box was covered in cellophane. The DiMaggio, Waner, and Hornsby boxes are free of any tears to the cellophane. The Hornsby, Johnson, Wagner, Dickey, Mathewson and Traynor boxes all display the player's name written in black marker on the bottom of the cellophane wrapping. The Sisler box has Sisler's name written on a piece of tape that is attached to the bottom. (These notations on the cellophane on the bottom of the boxes are very common with this issue as they allowed the stores which handled them to more easily retrieve specific players from stock for customers. Otherwise a tremendous racket would occur, boxes would get damaged, and great effort would have been required every time a customer had a specific player request.) Minor tears to the cellophane are visible on the Cronin, Feller, McGraw, Robinson, Speaker, Johnson, Sisler and Wagner boxes. The Ruth, Cobb, Dickey and Traynor boxes have moderate tears to the cellophane, while those of Mathewson, Gehrig, Foxx and Waner display larger tears. Tears to the cellophane on both the Waner and Foxx boxes have been repaired with clear tape. The Gehrig bust is the only one which has been exposed to the elements at all, displaying light age toning and minor soiling, otherwise all of the busts are in Mint condition. These busts were not all issued at the same time in the same quantity; some of these Hall of Fame busts are particularly rare, making sets extremely difficult to assemble. The Hall of Fame busts were originally sold in Cooperstown, but apparently were not a particularly successful line. Somehow the entire remaining stock wound up at Manny's Baseball Land, the souvenir store across the street from Yankee Stadium. The Manny's stock had a very poor distribution, with only six or eight different players represented, and most of the Hall of Fame busts in original boxes that have survived in the hobby today originate from Manny's. This is an exceptionally rare, extraordinary complete set of these attractive display pieces, each still housed in its original retail box. Total 20 statues. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,190.00
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