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1951 Topps Major League All-Stars Graded Collection (5)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,644
This collection of 1951 Topps Major League All-Stars represents a partial set of one of the rarest and most significant of all Topps baseball-card issues. The collection includes five different cards, highlighted by Yogi Berra, and is missing only Kell, Lemon, and Rizzuto (and of course the nearly impossible to find never-issued rarities Konstanty, Roberts, and Stanky) for completion. All five cards have been graded and encapsulated by PSA (3 cards) or SGC (2 cards). One thing about 1951 Topps Major League All-Stars: because of their die-cut design, there are so many little things that can get these cards downgraded that they tend to look a lot better than their technical grades suggest. That is certainly the case here. This is a sharp-looking partial set of this significant issue! All cards are complete with backgrounds intact and grade as follows: Yogi Berra (SGC VG 40; downgraded from EX due to pencil writing on back), Larry Doby (PSA GOOD 2), Walt Dropo (PSA VG-EX 4), Hoot Evers (SGC VG/EX 50), and Ralph Kiner (PSA Authentic, tape repairs/reinforcement on the reverse). Because these die-cut cards are designed to stand up by folding back the backgrounds, they are particularly prone to damage and are often found with the backgrounds damaged or completely removed. This is an extremely substantial collection of these legendary rarities. In the "old days" of collecting, the appearance of even one Major League All-Star would practically cause a riot at a card convention. For Major League All-Stars, despite a minor crease or other small flaw here and there, this is a fairly high grade group. These cards are bright and clean. In our opinion, this issue has been seriously overlooked by collectors in recent years (and is extremely undervalued) in large part because they are graded so harshly by modern grading companies. This is an exceptional collection of one of the rarest and most significant of all Topps issues. Total: 5 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,644
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