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1951 Topps Ringside Boxing Complete Set (96): #5 PSA Set Registry! (6.94 GPA)

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $4,994

Extremely attractive high-grade complete set of 1951 Topps "Ringside" boxing cards, entirely graded and encapsulated by PSA, highlighted by Rocky Marciano's rookie card (PSA NM 7), one of the most popular and recognizable boxing cards from any era. This is literally one of the finest sets in existence of one of boxing-card collecting's most classic issues. The average PSA grade is 6.94. This set is listed on the PSA Set Registry as the fifth-highest graded set. Seventy-nine cards range from NM to NM-MT, and seventeen range from EX to EX-MT. The 1951 Ringside set is also of monumental significance as one of Topps' earliest major trading-card sets. For Topps, this is where it all began! The PSA condition report is as follows: Nineteen cards are graded NM-MT 8: #3 LaMotta, 13, 17, 22, 23, 26, 31 Walcott, 33, 34 Robinson vs. Servo, 37, 38, 40, 43 Robinson, 55 Fitzsimmons (OC), 75, 77, 89, 91 and 92. Four cards are graded NM+ 7.5: #9, 21, 57, and 70. Fifty-six cards are graded NM 7: # 4, 5, 6 Walcott, 7, 8, 10, 11 Baer, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 24 Braddock, 25, 27, 29, 30, 32 Marciano RC, 35, 36, 42, 44, 45, 47, 52, 53, 54 Jeffries, 58, 59 Corbett, 60 Attell, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69 Sullivan, 71, 72 Ketchel, 73 Gavilan, 74 Graham, 76, 78, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85 Walcott vs. Charles, 86, 87, 88 Louis, 90, and 93. Four cards are graded EX-MT+ 6.5: #39, 46, 83, and 94. Thirteen cards are graded EX-MT 6: #1, 2 Armstrong, 14, 28, 41, 48, 49 Murphy SP, 50, 51 Willard, 56 Gans, 79, 95 Tunney, and 96 Charles. Topps' first attempt at boxing cards was in 1951 with the 96-card "Ringside" boxing series. The exceptional artwork and the inclusion of boxing greats from all eras has always made this set one of boxing-card collecting's premier issues. Topps apparently found much greater success with baseball and football. This is confirmed both by the relative scarcity of "Ringside" cards (they are much rarer than Topps baseball and football cards issued in 1951), and the fact that this was the only Topps boxing set ever issued. The quality of production of this issue, however, is equal or superior to that of all early 1950s bubble-gum cards issued by Topps or Bowman. This is an extraordinary high-grade complete set of this classic 1950s Topps issue. This set has been painstakingly assembled, with constant upgrading, at great expense, and with a tremendous investment in time and effort by an extremely dedicated collector over a period of many years. The total SMR value for the individual cards (not including the one qualified card of Fitzsimmons) is $7,056 (there is no SMR value for the NM+ 7.5 or EX-MT+ 6.5 grades, so the eight examples graded at these levels were calculated using the NM 7 and EX-MT 6 values). Total: 96 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $4,994


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