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Lot # 843 (of 1560)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1967 Topps Test Stand-Up Collection (12) Plus Extras

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $12,925

Twelve examples (9 different of the 24 in the set) from the extremely elusive 1967 Topps Stand-Up card issue including Hall of Famers Don Drysdale and Jim “Catfish” Hunter. The 1967 Topps Stand-Ups are among the rarest and most mysterious of all Topps issues. Almost certainly, these cards never saw public distribution, and were produced for internal use only, as a test design concept. These cards were produced on very thick cardboard stock with a die-cut design. The cards were designed with the intention that the player's head was to be punched out of the black background. Additional small punched-out pieces along the bottom of the card, when properly used, allowed the head to stand. Four of the twelve cards (#12 Chance, 16 Alvis, 17 Staub, 22 Santo) offered in this collection are missing one small punch-out piece along the bottom of the card. The collection is comprised of the following: #11 Drysdale (large punch-out piece along the bottom is slightly separated, otherwise Ex), 12 Chance (Gd, small punch-out piece missing), 14 McCarver (Vg-Ex front with remnants of scrapbook paper on the back), 15 Howard (Vg), 16 Alvis (Ex front with remnants of scrapbook paper on the back, small punch-out piece missing), two 17 Staub (both Vg, one with small punch-out piece missing), 18 Allen (Vg), three 22 Santo (Vg-Ex with gum residue on the back, Vg, Vg with several small pieces of tape on back and small punch-out piece missing), and 23 Hunter (Vg front with remnants of scrapbook paper on the back). These are very difficult to grade, because their design and production are so different from other cards, but we think we have at least provided a meaningful guide. The catalog and Internet images will provide more information, and we believe that many will judge these rarities as having an appearance superior to that implied by our grades. This is an exceptional group of these almost-never-seen Topps cards, which are held in the highest esteem by advanced collectors for their extreme rarity as well as for their very striking and unique design. Also included are twelve extra partial cards: #9 Fregosi (bottom cut off), 24 Wynn (missing the large punch-out piece along the bottom), and ten of just the large heads only, which have been punched-out, with the balance of the card missing (two #3 Robinson, 9 Fregosi, 12 Chance, 13 Cepeda, 14 McCarver, 16 Alvis, two 22 Santo, and 24 Wynn). From the Charlie Conlon Collection. Total 24 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $12,925

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