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1952 Topps PSA-Graded Complete Set (409)

Starting Bid - $50,000.00, Sold For - $164,500.00

Presented is one of the finest complete sets of 1952 Topps cards ever assembled. This is an astounding set. All 409 (set of 407 plus two variations) cards have been encapsulated and graded by PSA. Included are 228 NM-MT 8, 164 NM 7, and just seventeen cards grade lesser (EX-MT 6), for an average grade of 7.516. All 407 cards are included plus the rare error cards of #48 Page and #49 Sain for a total of 409 cards. This ultra high-grade set has been assembled one card at a time by an extremely dedicated collector with an uncompromising commitment to condition and eye-appeal over a period of many years, actively seeking to upgrade every card of this set during the entire span of his collecting. This is a world-class investment-grade set of the most important issue in the entire world of postwar card collecting. We have never before offered or even seen in person a 1952 Topps set that comes close to comparing with the extraordinary results of this great effort. A complete set of 1952 Topps is noteworthy in any condition, especially because of the rare high-number series cards (#311-407). Eighty-four of the ninety-six rare high-number cards grade Near Mint or better (twenty-seven NM-MT 8, fifty-eight NM 7 including #311 Mantle, twelve EX-MT 6). The grades for the every card of the entire set can easily be accessed online on the PSA Registry under "Robert Edward Auctions" (http://www.psacard.com/set_registry/display_cards.chtml?rsetid=64609&alltime=no&rank=9&tied=0&requesttimeout=9999). For additional convenience, we are also providing here the grades of all twenty-three Hall of Famers and additional key cards: PSA grading composite: 228 cards are graded NM-MT 8: including #57 Lopat, 67 Reynolds, 88 Feller, 91 Schoendienst, 122 Jensen, 129 Mize, 216 Ashburn, 227 Garagiola, 268 Lemon, 277 Wynn, 313 Thomson, 314 Campanella, 324 High #, 328 High #, 330 High #, 333 Reese, 335 High #, 342 Labine RC, 347 Adcock, 358 High #, 360 High #, 363 High #, 365 Lavagetto, 369 Groat RC, 371 High #, 372 McDougald RC, 374 High #, 376 High #, 380 High #, 383 High #, 385 High #, 387 High #, 392 Wilhelm RC, 393 High #, 401 High #, and 402 High #. 164 cards are graded PSA NM 7: including #11 Rizzuto, 20 Loes RC, 22 DiMaggio, 26 Irvin, 29 Kluszewski, 33 Spahn, 36 Hodges, 37 Snider, 48 Page/correct, 49 Sain/correct, 59 Roberts, 65 Slaughter, 66 Roe, 80 Wehmeier, 175 Martin, 191 Berra, 195 Minoso RC, 243 Doby, 246 Kell, 250 Erskine, 261 Mays, 274 Branca, 311 Mantle, 312 Robinson, 315 Durocher, 316 High #, 317 High #, 318 High #, 321 Black RC, 322 High #, 323 High #, 325 High #, 327 High #, 329 High #, 331 High #, 332 High #, 334 High #, 336 High #, 337 High #, 338 High #, 339 High #, 340 High #, 341 High #, 343 High #, 344 Blackwell, 345 High #, 346 High #, 348 High #, 350 High #, 351 Dark, 352 High #, 354 High #, 355 High #, 356 High #, 361 High #, 362 High #, 366 High #, 367 High #, 368 High #, 370 High #, 373 High #, 375 High #, 377 Dressen (SGC NM+ 86), 378 High #, 379 High #, 381 High #, 382 Jones RC, 386 High #, 389 High #, 390 High #, 391 High #, 394 Herman, 396 Williams RC, 397 High #, 398 High #, 399 High #, 400 Dickey, 403 High #, 405 High #, and 407 Mathews RC. 17 cards are graded PSA EX-MT 6: including #1 Pafko, 2 Runnels, 10 Rosen, 48b Page/error, 49b Sain/error, 319 High #, 320 High #, 326 Shuba RC, 349 High #, 357 Burgess, 359 High #, 364 High #, 384 Crosetti, 388 High #, 395 High #, 404 High #, and 406 Nuxhall RC. This is the eighth-highest graded set on the PSA Registry, with four of the higher-graded sets belonging to legendary PSA Hall of Fame collectors. This is an extraordinary offering of one of the highest-grade complete sets of one of baseball card collecting's premier issues. This is a set which comes with a built-in "insurance policy." It can always be broken up, and depending on what it sells for, a buyer might actually be rewarded for doing so. Our consignor has elected to offer this collection in complete set form rather than breaking the set up into a number of more affordable units to maximize value. So much time, effort, and work has gone into its assembly, that it was the consignor's desire to sell the set intact as a single unit. The SMR value of the set exceeds $160,000. We have found that the actual selling prices of extremely high-grade cards from the most popular sets such as 1952 Topps are often far greater than those listed in SMR. It is also a given that the SMR cannot begin to quantify the time and effort that is required to put together a set of this extraordinary quality. We realize that potentially few collectors can seriously consider buying a complete set of this caliber, but for those who can consider such a commitment, this set represents a remarkable and unique opportunity. The set includes a stunning NM 7 example of the #311 Mickey Mantle rookie card, which alone has long been recognized as one of card collecting's most famous and valuable cards. The 1952 Topps set has always been one of card collecting's most revered sets. It shares this honor with only a handful of classic baseball card issues such as T206, Cracker Jack, and 1933 Goudey. It is the premier postwar baseball card set. This is one of the finest sets ever assembled of the classic 1952 Topps issue. Total 409 cards (complete set of 407 cards plus two variations). Reserve $50,000. Estimate $100,000+. SOLD FOR $164,500.00


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