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1960 and 1961-1962 Fleer Complete Set Collection (2 Sets, 233 Cards)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,410
This collection includes the 1960 and 1961-1962 Fleer Baseball Greats sets, each featuring old-timers. These were extremely substantial and significant sets issued by Fleer, as it battled as best it could to be a part of the baseball-card market in a world in which Topps had exclusive contracts with virtually all modern stars. Ted Williams was the one current star under contract with Fleer, and he appears in the 1960 set (on the heels of the marketing of the 1959 Fleer Ted Williams set) as an added draw for kids. These sets introduced baseball history to many youngsters, and are favorites with vintage-card collectors to this day. Includes: 1960 Baseball Greats (79 cards), and the 1961-1962 Baseball Greats (154 cards). Nineteen cards are graded and encapsulated by PSA. Condition composite: 1) 1960 Baseball Greats Set (79 cards): 95% range from Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt (with a few Mint cards), 5% lesser. Keys: #3 Ruth (NM 7), 6 Johnson (NM-MT 8), 26 Feller (NM+ 7.5), 28 Gehrig (EX-MT 6), 42 Cobb (NM-MT 8), 55 Rickey (MINT 9), 59 Grimes (NM-MT 8), 62 Wagner (NM 7), 65 Heilmann (NM-MT 8), 69 Hoyt (NM-MT+ 8.5), 72 T. Williams (NM-MT 8), and 74 Frick (NM-MT 8). 2) 1961-1962 Baseball Greats Set (154 cards): 95% range from Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt (averaging Nr/Mt), 5% lesser. Keys: #1 Baker/Cobb/Wheat (Vg), 14 Cobb (NM 7), 28 Foxx (NM 7), 31 Gehrig (EX-MT+ 6.5), 49 Johnson (EX-MT 6), 75 Ruth (NM-MT 8 [OC]), 150 Wagner (Ex), and 152 T. Williams (Vg). The early Fleer sets are among the most interesting and overlooked sets of the era. The SMR value on just eighteen graded cards (not including the one qualified card of Ruth and 214 ungraded cards) is $928. Total: 233 cards representing two complete sets. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,410
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