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1974 Topps Test Puzzles Complete Set (12) Plus Wrapper

  • Sold For: $1,200
  • Year: 1974
  • Auction: 2017 spring
  • Lot #: 1441
  • Auction Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

Rare complete set of twelve 1974 Topps Test Puzzles. Each "puzzle card" is designed as a 40-piece puzzle (4.75 x 7.5 inches), which when assembled forms a large picture of a particular player. This is the first complete set of this rare Topps test issue we have offered in years! The 1974 Topps puzzle set was test-marketed on a very limited basis only in New England, and was sold side by side with the more well known 1974 Topps Deckle Edge test set. The set consists of the following Hall of Famers and stars: Aaron, Allen, Bench, Bonds, Gibson, Jackson, Murcer, Palmer, Ryan, Seaver, Stargell, and Yastrzemski. Each assembled puzzle has a minor flaw or two (such as paper breaks at the perimeter of individual puzzle pieces), which comes with the territory with the complicated production process of this issue and does not detract from their overall Nr/Mt appearance. The Dick Allen and Nolan Ryan puzzles are considerably narrow and lack right borders. Included is an original envelope/wrapper, featuring an image of the Tom Seaver puzzle. The wrapper presents as Vg from the front, with pen writing on the reverse. This is a magnificent and rarely seen complete set of this most unusually designed and interesting Topps test issue. Total: 13 items (12 puzzles plus one wrapper). Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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