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1956 Topps PSA-Graded Complete Set: #12 PSA Set Registry (8.03 GPA)
Starting Bid - $10,000, Sold For - $44,063
The 1956 Topps set has always been one of the most popular sets in the world of card collecting. Presented is one of the finest and most stunning high-grade sets of this classic issue ever assembled. This ultra high-grade set has been assembled one card at a time by an extremely dedicated collector with an uncompromising commitment to condition and eye-appeal over a period of many years, and with all cards being carefully screened for only top-quality examples in all respects. There are no "weak links" in this set! This is a world-class investment-grade set of one of the most important baseball-card issues in the entire world of postwar-card collecting. It is also one of the finest sets of 1956 Topps we have sever seen or offered. All of the 342 cards in this complete set (#1-340 plus two checklists) have been graded and encapsulated by PSA. The set is comprised of 324 NM-MT 8s and eighteen MINT 9s. This set is listed on the PSA Set Registry under "REA Auction Spring 2011." It is the twelfth-highest graded set ever assembled. As any collector of high-grade early 1950s cards knows, the assembly of any entire 1950s set, let alone a 1956 Topps set, with every card across the board in PSA NM-MT 8 (or better) condition, is extremely challenging and extraordinary. PSA grading composite: Eighteen cards are graded MINT 9: #16, 35 Rosen, 48, 55, 57, 60, 75, 84, 93, 141, 148, 153, 163, 203, 214, 282, 285, and 331. 324 cards are graded NM-MT 8: 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, 118 Fox, 120 Ashburn, 121 Pirates, 130 Mays, 135 Mantle, 145 Hodges, 150 Snider, 164 Killebrew, 166 Dodgers, 180 Roberts, 181 Martin, 200 Feller, 226 Giants, 240 Ford, 251 Yankees, 260 Reese, 292 Aparicio RC, and numerous other Hall of Famers, team cards, etc. Included with the set are PSA NM-MT 8 examples of both unnumbered checklist cards: #1/3 Checklist and #2/4 Checklist. This set was assembled with a concern for all factors, including special consideration to centering. The concern for centering makes this set even more spectacular than suggested by its extraordinary high grade, and is evident throughout. This is simply an amazing high-grade complete set of this classic early Topps issue, and is easily one of the finest 1956 Topps sets in the world. The total SMR value of $46,790 for the set cannot begin to account for the time, energy, and effort that has been invested in its assembly. The fact that the consignor has elected to keep this set together as a single lot makes this a particularly extraordinary offering. It is a given 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. Total: 342 cards. Reserve $10,000. Estimate $20,000/$30,000++. SOLD FOR $44,063
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