1957-1958 Topps Basketball #77 Bill Russell Rookie PSA NM-MT 8

Sold For: $168,000
Year: 1957
Auction: 2021 May
Lot #: 1
Auction: Basketball Cards or Memorabilia
Graded NM-MT 8 by PSA. Of the 952 examples of this key basketball card graded by PSA to date, only five have ever been graded higher. Outstanding high-grade rookie card of Boston Celtics Hall of Famer Bill Russell from the classic 1957-1958 Topps set. Russell's rookie card is universally recognized as one of the great classics of all basketball cards. Besides being Russell's most popular card, this is the key to the set. This is a particularly attractive example, with bright colors, a crisp image, four sharp corners, and centering toward the top left. The reverse is clean with bold print. 1957-1958 Topps Basketball is well known for production quality issues, making high-grade examples, especially of such a key card like Russell, particularly scarce and desirable. Bill Russell's Topps rookie card is part of PSA's Top 250 Sportscards in the Hobby set, based on the book Collecting Sports Legends: The Ultimate Hobby Guide, by Joe Orlando, which selects the most significant cards from all the different sports. Examples of premier rookie cards, such as this, in high grades have realized especially strong prices recently. This is a superb high-grade example of one of basketball-card collecting's most iconic cards. Reserve $10. Estimate (open).
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