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1951 Topps "Red Backs" Complete PSA-Graded Set (52)

  • Sold For: $948
  • Year: 1951
  • Auction: 2012 spring
  • Lot #: 509
  • Auction Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

Complete 1951 Topps "Red Backs" set, entirely graded and encapsulated by PSA (all submitted by our consignor who collected back in the 1970s). The set is technically in mid- to high-grade but clearly with a superior appearance. The landmark "Red Backs" set is extremely significant as this was one of the first major baseball-card sets ever issued by Topps. PSA Condition Report: Two MINT 9: #16 Roe and 41. Four NM-MT 8: #8 Wynn, 13, 31 Hodges, and 46. Eight NM 7: #3, 12, 17, 24 Bauer, 33, 36a Zernial (Chicago), 39 Kluszewski, and 49. Three EX-MT 6: #1 Berra, 2, and 10. Fifteen EX 5: #4, 7, 18, 21, 23, 25, 26, 29, 35 Rosen, 38 Snider, 43, 45, 47, 50 Irvin RC, and 52a Holmes (Boston). Nineteen VG-EX 4: #5 Rizzuto, 9, 11, 14, 15 Kiner, 19, 20 D. DiMaggio, 22 Feller, 27, 28, 30 Spahn, 32, 34, 37, 40, 42, 44, 48, and 51. One VG 3: #6 Reynolds. Each card in the set, including the lesser-graded cards, has a bright, crisp Near Mint to Nr/Mt-Mt appearance but has been technically graded very harshly by PSA due to the very tiny surface factory wrinkles visible on the reverses that are natural to the set and related to production. This set represents Topps' first major effort in the baseball-card business. The 1951 "Red Backs" Topps set is among the most significant, yet overlooked, of all early Topps cards, and in our opinion represents an extraordinary value. The SMR value for just thirty-two of the graded cards (not including the twenty beautiful cards technically grading less than EX 5) is $903. Total: 52 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000.
SOLD FOR $948

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