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1952 Topps PSA-Graded Complete Set (407)

Starting Bid - $25,000, Sold For - $105,750

Presented is one of the finest complete sets of 1952 Topps cards ever assembled. This is an astounding set. All 407 cards have been encapsulated and graded by PSA (with the exception of sixteen SGC and five GAI, all extremely strong and impressive cards that we believe, to a card, would each easily cross to PSA if desired). Included are 42 NM-MT 8, 65 NM 7, 297 EX-MT 6, and just three cards grade lower (two Ex+, one Ex). This ultra high-grade set has been assembled one card at a time, over a period of many years, by an extremely dedicated collector with an uncompromising commitment to condition and eye-appeal, 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. A complete set of 1952 Topps is noteworthy in any condition, especially because of the rare high-number series cards (#311-407). Thirty of the ninety-seven rare high-number cards grade Near Mint or better (ten NM-MT 8, twenty NM 7, sixty-seven EX-MT 6 including #311 Mantle).

PSA grading composite: Forty-two cards are graded NM-MT 8: #37 Snider, 82, 83, 85, 86, 87, 93, 95, 103, 117, 118, 125, 126, 127, 142, 149, 160, 197, 198, 204, 208, 217, 218, 224, 228, 230, 234, 238, 245, 247, 265, 293, 313 Thomson, 314 Campanella (GAI NM-MT+ 8.5), 334 High #, 342 Labine RC, 351 Dark, 352 High #, 354 High #, 365 Lavagetto, 385 High #, and 392 Wilhelm RC (GAI NM-MT 8, particularly strong example).

Sixty-five cards are graded PSA NM 7: #5 (black back), 28 (black back), 53 (SGC NM 84, black back), 57 Lopat (black back), 66 Roe (black back), 67 Reynolds (black back), 81, 84, 101, 113, 133, 137, 141, 155, 157 (SGC NM 84), 175 Martin RC, 183, 184, 190, 193, 196, 202, 205, 206, 209, 214, 219, 236, 237, 239, 241, 258, 261 Mays (SGC NM+ 86, particularly extraordinary example), 269, 270, 273, 275, 276, 284, 288, 299, 300 (SGC NM 84), 306, 308, 309 (SGC NM 84), 312 Robinson, 317 High #, 319 High # (SGC NM+ 86), 324 High #, 327 High #, 328 High #, 329 High #, 331 High #, 336 High #, 338 High #, 345 High #, 355 High #, 362 High #, 366 High #, 368 High #, 379 High #, 386 High # (GAI NM+ 7.5), 398 High #, 402 High #, and 405 High #.

297 cards are graded PSA EX-MT 6: including #1 Pafko, 2 Runnels, 11 Rizzuto (black back), 20 Loes RC, 22 DiMaggio (black back), 26 Irvin (black back), 29 Klu, 33 Spahn, 36 Hodges, 59 Roberts, 65 Slaughter, 88 Feller, 91 Schoendienst, 129 Mize, 191 Berra, 195 Minoso RC, 216 Ashburn, 243 Doby, 246 Kell, 268 Lemon, 277 Wynn, 311 Mantle, 315 Durocher, 316 High #, 318 High # (SGC EX/NM 80), 320 High #, 321 Black RC, 322 High #, 323 High # (SGC EX/NM 80), 325 High #, 326 Shuba RC, 330 High # (SGC EX/NM 80), 332 High #, 333 Reese (SGC EX/NM 80), 335 High #, 337 High #, 339 High #, 340 High #, 341 High #, 343 High #, 344 Blackwell, 346 High #, 347 Adcock (GAI EX-MT 6), 348 High #, 349 High #, 350 High #, 353 High #, 356 High #, 357 Burgess, 358 High #, 359 High # (SGC EX/NM 80), 360 Crowe RC, 361 High #, 363 High #, 364 High #, 367 High #, 369 Groat RC, 370 High #, 371 High # (SGC EX/NM 80), 372 McDougald RC, 373 Turner RC, 374 High #, 375 High # (GAI EX-MT 6), 376 High # (SGC EX/NM 80), 377 Dressen, 378 High # (SGC EX/NM 80), 380 High #, 381 High #, 382 Jones RC, 383 High #, 384 Crosetti, 387 High #, 388 High #, 389 High # (SGC EX/NM 80), 390 High #, 391 High #, 393 High #, 394 Herman, 395 High #, 396 Williams RC, 397 High #, 399 High #, 400 Dickey, 401 High #, 403 Miller, 404 High #, 406 Nuxhall RC, and 407 Mathews RC (SGC EX/NM 80). 3 cards are graded lesser by SGC: #128 (EX 60), 168 (EX+ 70), and 178 (EX+ 70).

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. The equivalent SMR value of the set is $105,235. The SMR, however, 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 EX-MT 6 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. Because so much time and effort has been invested in comparing cards in the assembly of this set, many cards are noticeably strong for the grades. The SGC 7.5 NM+ #261 Willie Mays, for example, to our eye looks like a very strong NR-MT to MT example. The same can be said for so many other cards in this particular set. This is not an accident. The consignor's goal was to put together an extremely high-grade set representing a particularly strong value. He would rather pay a premium for a strong PSA 6 that looks like a PSA 7 than get a good deal on a weak PSA 7. His approach and diligence makes this set an all the more extraordinary opportunity. 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 407 cards. Reserve $25,000. Estimate $50,000+. SOLD FOR $105,750


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