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1957 Topps PSA-Graded Complete Set (407): #16 PSA Set Registry (404 Cards PSA NM-MT 8, 3 Cards PSA MINT 9)

Starting Bid - $15,000.00 , Sold For - $41,125.00

The 1957 Topps set has always been one of the most popular sets in the world of card collecting due to its classic photographic style and inclusion of so many stars. Presented is one of the finest and most stunning high-grade sets of this classic issue ever assembled. 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, with a goal of completing the entire set in a grade of PSA NM-MT 8 across-the-board (three cards are Mint 9s), and with all cards being carefully screened for only top-quality examples in all respects. There are no "weak links" in this set! This is a world-class investment-grade set of one of the most important baseball card issues in the entire world of postwar card collecting. It is also by far the finest set of 1957 Topps we have ever seen or offered. 404 of the 407 cards in this complete set have been graded NM-MT 8 by PSA. Three cards, #162, 198, and 251, are graded MINT 9. This set is listed on the "PSA Set Registry" list. It is the sixteenth-highest graded set out of 105 registered sets, with an average grade of 8.01. As any collector of high-grade 1950s cards knows, finding 1957 Topps graded PSA 8 is a tremendous challenge. To assemble an entire set in this incredible high grade is simply extraordinary. The grades for the entire set can easily be accessed online on the PSA Set Registry under "Spring 2008 REA." PSA grading composite: Three cards are graded MINT 9: #162, 198, and 251. 404 cards are graded NM-MT 8: including #1 Williams, 2 Berra, 7 Aparicio, 10 Mays, 15 Roberts, 18 Drysdale (RC), 20 Aaron, 24 Mazeroski (RC), 25 Ford, 30 Reese, 35 F. Robinson (RC), 38 Fox, 40 Wynn, 55 Banks, 62 Martin, 70 Ashburn, 76 Clemente, 80 Hodges, 85 Doby, 90 Spahn, 95 Mickey Mantle, 97 Yankees, 120 Lemon, 125 Kaline, 154 Schoendienst, 165 Kluszewski, 170 Snider, 203 Wilhelm, 210 Campanella, 212 Colavito (RC), 215 Slaughter, 230 Kell, 250 Mathews, 270 Senators, 275 Indians, 277 Podres, 284 Zimmer, 286 Richardson (RC), 302 Koufax, 312 Kubek (RC), 317 Giants 322 Reds, 324 Dodgers, 328 B. Robinson (RC), 329 White Sox, 338 Bunning (RC), 400 Dodgers' Sluggers, and 407 Yankee Power Hitters. This set was assembled with a concern for all factors, including special consideration to centering. The concern for centering makes this set even more spectacular than suggested by its extraordinary high grade, and is evident throughout. (Also please note that none of these cards has been submitted for review for the recently introduced PSA half-grades. There is no question that a great number of these cards would be awarded higher half-grades if submitted for review). This is simply an amazing high-grade complete set of this classic Topps issue, and is easily one of the finest in the world. The total SMR value of over $40,000 for the set does not account for the tremendous amount of time, energy, and effort that have been invested in its assembly. The fact that the consignor has elected to keep this set together and sell it as a single unit, as opposed to breaking it up into smaller more affordable units, makes this a particularly extraordinary offering. For those who can consider buying a complete set of this caliber, this set represents a remarkable and unique opportunity. Total 407 cards. Reserve $15,000. Estimate $30,000++. SOLD FOR $41,125.00

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