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1952 Topps Complete PSA-Graded Set Minus Five (402 of 407 cards)

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $38,513

1952 Topps near-complete set of 402 cards (missing just five cards for completion: #179, 200 Houk, 210, 250 Erskine, and 311 Mantle, which is offered separately as its own lot). All the cards are graded and encapsulated by PSA (all have been personally submitted to PSA over the past couple years by our consignor, now 87 years old, who collected back in the 1970s). This is an outstanding opportunity to acquire a complete PSA-graded set (minus five cards) of 1952 Topps, the premier postwar gum-card set, without spending the fortune that this set would cost in a higher grade (though as can easily be seen there are many significant condition highlights), the considerably higher amount that it would almost certainly cost to put this set together one card at a time, or incurring thousands of dollars in grading fees. Among the many significant highlights are strong examples of valuable key cards such as #312 Jackie Robinson and 407 Eddie Mathews (rookie card). This is an extremely attractive, very clean, mid- to high-grade set, rarely offered so nice as a complete set, with many rare high numbers and most key cards in particularly high grade. While the condition of cards from this set spans several grades, even the lesser-graded cards are very pleasing and exhibit bright colors and crisp focus.
The PSA grades are as follows: Three NM-MT 8: #115, 262, and 267. Twenty-three NM 7: #33 Spahn (black back), 85, 92, 105, 112, 116 (MK), 120 (MK), 215 Bauer, 253, 254, 256, 258, 259, 263, 264, 270, 279, 283, 288, 294, 296, 298, and 361 High # (MK). Three EX-MT+ 6.5: #113, 135, and 292. Seventy-two EX-MT 6: #44 (black back), 45 (black back), 47 (black back), 51 (black back, MK), 84 (MK), 89, 96 (MK), 97, 102, 106, 109, 114, 117 (MK), 123 (MK), 132, 141, 143, 144 (MC), 150 (OC), 151, 158, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 174, 175 Martin RC, 176, 178, 185, 187, 194, 205, 207, 208, 209, 212 (MK), 218, 219, 231, 232, 246 Kell, 247, 257, 266, 269, 272, 273, 276, 277 Wynn, 286, 291, 297, 302 (OC), 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 312 Robinson, 313 Thomson, 325 High #, 345 High #, 351 High #, 354 High #, 358 High #, 367 High #, and 390 High #. Twenty-three EX+ 5.5: #10, 57 Lopat (black back), 140, 160, 172, 181, 186, 192, 195 Minoso RC, 202, 225, 228, 229, 234, 239, 245, 287, 293, 300, 357 Burgess, 374 High #, 384 Crosetti, and 395 High #. 126 EX 5: #9 (black back), 15, 16 (black back), 17 (black back), 19, 21 (MK), 24, 28, 29 Kluszewski (black back, MK), 30, 34, 36 Hodges (black back), 39 (black back, MK), 42 (black back), 48 Page/correct (black back), 49 Sain/correct (black back), 50 (black back, MK), 53 (MC), 54, 55, 58, 59 Roberts (black back), 63 (black back, MK), 69, 71 (black back, MK), 73 (MK), 74 (black back), 78 (black back), 80, 82, 83, 88 Feller, 90, 91 Schoendienst (MC), 94, 95 (MK), 98, 101, 103, 104, 107, 111, 118, 122 Jensen, 124, 125, 126, 129 Mize, 130, 131, 134, 138, 139, 142, 145, 146, 147, 149, 154, 157, 161, 162, 177 (MK), 182, 183, 184 (MK), 189, 190, 191 Berra, 206, 214, 216 Ashburn, 217, 223, 233, 236, 238, 240, 242 (MC), 244, 248, 251, 255, 260, 261 Mays, 265, 268 Lemon, 278, 280, 281, 282, 284, 285, 289, 295, 299, 301, 308, 309, 310, 317 High #, 329 High #, 331 Morgan, 334, 340, 342 Labine RC, 344 Blackwell, 346 High #, 347 Adcock, 352 High #, 353 High #, 365 Lavagetto (MC), 379 High #, 380 High #, 385 High #, 387 High #, 389 High #, 391 High # (MC), 396 Williams RC, 397 High #, 398 High #, 400 Dickey, 403 Miller, 404 High #, 405 High #, and 406 Nuxhall RC. Eleven VG-EX+ 4.5: #4 (black back), 31 (black back), 155, 180, 188, 193, 201, 220, 226, 252, and 350 High #. Eighty-six VG-EX 4: #1 Pafko, 5, 7, 12 (black back), 18, 20 Loes RC, 25, 26 Irvin, 27, 35, 37 Snider (black back), 38 (black back), 41 (black back), 43 (MK), 52, 64, 65 Slaughter (black back), 66 (black back), 68 (black back), 72 (black back), 86, 87, 93, 99 (MK), 100, 108, 110, 119, 121 (MK), 128 (MK), 133, 136, 137, 152, 153, 156, 159, 171, 196 (MC), 197, 199, 203, 213, 224, 227 Garagiola, 230, 235, 243 Doby, 249, 274 Branca, 290, 314 Campanella, 316 High #, 321 Black RC, 322 High #, 323 High #, 326 Shuba RC, 327 High #, 328 High #, 332 High #, 335 High #, 336 High #, 338 High #, 339 High #, 341 High #, 349 High #, 355 Morgan (MC), 356 High #, 359 High #, 360 Crowe RC, 362 High #, 364 High #, 368 High #, 369 Groat RC, 375 High #, 376 High #, 377 Dressen, 383 High #, 386 High #, 392 Wilhelm RC, 393 High #, 394 Herman, 399 High #, 401 High #, 402 High #, and 407 Mathews RC. One VG+ 3.5: #319 High #. Twenty-four VG 3: #2 (black back), 3, 6, 11 Rizzuto (black back), 61 (MK), 62 (black back), 70 (black back), 75 (black back), 76 (black back), 77 (black back), 79 (black back), 81, 198, 221, 237, 315 Durocher, 318 High #, 324 High #, 343 High #, 363 High #, 366 High #, 370 High #, 371 High #, and 372 McDougald RC. One GOOD+ 2.5: #67 (black back). Eight GOOD 2: #173, 204, 222, 320 Rutherford, 330 High #, 333 Reese, 337 High #, and 348 High #. Three PR 1: #8 (MK), 13 (black back), and 148. Eighteen Authentic (all rejected by PSA for evidence of trimming): #14, 22 D. DiMaggio (black back), 23, 32 (black back), 40 (black back), 46, 56, 60, 127, 211, 241, 271, 275, 373 High #, 378 High #, 381 High #, 382 High #, and 388 High #. The amazing thing about a quality medium-grade 1952 Topps set (minus 5) such as this is the outstanding value it offers compared to cards in higher grade, as well as the comfort provided by the natural potential "break value" associated with such a set. This is a rarely offered, very pleasing mixed-grade near-set of one of baseball-card collecting's premier issues, with numerous significant condition highlights. The SMR value for 233 of the 402 individual cards (not including the 134 cards graded less than EX 5, including Mathews rookie card, the thirty-five qualified cards, and the eighteen trimmed cards) is $20,780. Total: 402 cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$15,000++. SOLD FOR $38,513


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