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1956 Topps Complete PSA-Graded Set: All PSA 8 OC or PSA 9 OC (340 cards plus 2 Checklists)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $8,813
When having just about every set from any year graded, it is not uncommon for a few cards to come back with an "OC" qualifier due to centering. Many times these cards actually look great, and our understanding is that often the card can be regraded by PSA at a lower grade without the OC qualifier. SGC does not offer an OC qualifier and will simply lower the grade due to centering as part of its normal grading process. When the gentleman who consigned this set called, and explained that he had an entire 1956 Topps set, with EVERY card graded PSA NM-MT 8 (OC) or PSA MINT 9 OC (with the exception of just ten straight PSA 8 cards), we had to check the phone line to make sure it was working, that we heard correctly. That is certainly one of the most unlikely collections that we have ever even heard of, and we had to ask ourselves and our caller how this unlikely feat was even possible. The answer was this: Years ago our consignor could not help but notice that PSA 8 cards from 1956 Topps, his favorite set, were selling for such high prices he could not justify spending the money required to collect the set in this high grade, yet he noticed that PSA 8 OC cards were often just as attractive with centering that was not a great distraction to him, and that these cards routinely sold for a dramatic discount to non-qualified 1956 Topps PSA 8 cards. So, in 2001, almost exclusively on eBay, he started carefully buying PSA 8 (and in a few cases PSA 9) cards that were qualified OC. Once he started, he was hooked, and for the past eight years he has slowly and carefully marched toward completion. This unique set is the result of his unusual and Herculean collecting effort. (Note: This was the first time a consignor has ever apologized for having a few non-OC cards in a set; ten cards are represented by straight PSA 8 cards only because he just could never find these cards in PSA 8 OC or PSA 9 OC.)
The 1956 Topps set has always been one of the most popular sets of the 1950s. Issued in the heart of the decade, the 1956 Topps set includes everyone from Aaron to Williams, all in brilliant, stunning color, and in an exciting horizontal format. Presented is an exceptional complete set of this classic issue. All of the 342 cards in this complete set (#1-340 plus two checklists) have been graded by PSA, of which 329 are graded PSA NM-MT 8 (OC), including #1 Harridge, 5 Williams, 10 Spahn, 15 Banks, 20 Kaline, 30 Robinson, 31 Aaron, 33 Clemente, 79 Koufax, 101 Campanella, 107 Mathews, 110 Berra, 113 Rizzuto, 130 Mays, 135 Mantle, 145 Hodges, 164 Killebrew, 166 Dodgers, 181 Martin, 200 Feller, 240 Ford, 251 Yankees, 260 Reese, 292 Aparicio, Checklist 1/3, and Checklist 2/4. The remaining thirteen cards grade as follows: Three MINT 9 (OC): #49, 121, and 219. Ten NM-MT 8: #150 Snider, 154, 171, 199, 249, 253, 258, 262, 280, and 297. This set is for the collector who appreciates pack-fresh cards but does not mind centering issues of mostly 70/30 or 80/20 one way or another. When a quality 1950s set such as this, entirely in such a strong grade, is assembled and sold as a single unit, it's hard for buyers to appreciate the countless hours that had to be invested to accomplish the feat. The fact that the grade in which this set was assembled (nearly all NM-MT 8 [OC]) represents such an exceptional value compared to a higher- or lower-graded set makes this set especially interesting and noteworthy. Currently complete sets often bring no premium at all for the work of assembly, and sometimes actually sell for a discount compared to the sum of their parts. There is no doubt that there is a healthy market for high-grade OC cards, in large part because of the excellent value they represent compared to much more valuable non-qualified cards. We have no precedent for offering an entire set in this unusual grade, and cannot provide much in the way of meaningful feedback in terms of value. The SMR value of a 1956 Topps set in a straight PSA 8 NM-MT grade without qualifers is $42,230. This is a magnificent and unique 1956 Topps set that has much in common with a PSA 8 NM-MT unqualified complete set, but of course is obviously worth far less. Total 342 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $8,813
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