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1964 Topps Rookie All-Star Banquet Complete Set (36) Ex-Sy Berger
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,819
Extremely high grade complete 1964 Topps Rookie All-Star Banquet set, originating from the collection of legendary Topps executive Sy Berger. This set was among the group of three 1964 Topps Rookie All-Star Banquet complete boxed sets from the Sy Berger Collection that were sold in the May 2010 REA auction and has been consigned directly by the buyer of that collection. The 1964 Topps Rookie All-Star banquet set was only distributed to guests attending Topps' 1964 annual dinner honoring the Major League recipients of Topps' rookie all-star team awards. In a novel approach that year, Topps decided to abandon the traditional dinner program and instead produced this set, which was distributed as a special keepsake to attendees. Each of the thirty-six cards in the set is designed as if it were a "page" of a program and is numbered in the lower right corner. Cards #8-12 feature composite photos of former award recipients from 1959 through 1963, while cards #13-34A highlight the 1964 winners (each player's picture card is paired with a separate card, written by the public-relations director of the player's respective club, which lists his many achievements). Other cards are dedicated to Topps officials and various panel members. All of the cards are printed in black-and-white, on quality card stock, and are highlighted by either red or light blue graphics, with the exception of the "front cover" and "back cover" cards (which are multicolor). The box bears the number "6" on the front (as this was Topps' sixth annual rookie awards dinner) as well as the date and location of the dinner ("Waldorf-Astoria, October 22, 1964"). Sy Berger conceived the idea of the annual rookie award ceremony, which began in 1959, so it's not surprising that this rare set (along with two others) was discovered among his many mementoes, literally untouched since 1964. The set is in Near Mint to Mint condition, with the exception of six cards (card #2, 4, 6, 13, 16, and 33) which have a very minor surface wrinkle or stain on the reverse. Card #12, which is the key card in the set (featuring Pete Rose as a member of the 1963 Topps Rookie All-Star Team), has been graded NM/MT+ 92 by SGC. (Of special note: This is the highest graded Pete Rose example ever evaluated by SGC or PSA.) One additional card (#10) is also graded (MINT 9 by PSA). The box is without the original plastic sleeve, displays moderate wear, and is in Excellent condition overall. Rare and unusual Topps Rookie Award All-Star Banquet complete set in extremely high grade, originating from the personal collection of Sy Berger. Total: 36 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,819
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