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1971 Topps Greatest Moments Complete Set on Two Uncut Sheets

Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $10,440.00

Two uncut sheets of 1971 Topps Greatest Moments, which together represent a complete set of all 55 cards from this very scarce and popular Topps test issue. One sheet features twenty-two cards, the other sheet features thirty-three cards. This is very interesting as the design of these sheets explains exactly how it can be that twenty-two cards of the fifty-five cards in the set are more common than the other thirty-three. Two sheets make a set, and more cards from the 22-card sheet printing were available to the hobby. Virtually all Greatest Moments cards in the hobby originate from Topps art director and legendary hobby pioneer Woody Gelman, and he had many more 22-card groups than 33-card groups. Cards from this set feature great moments from the careers of the biggest stars of the day, including Munson, Killebrew, B. Robinson, Bench, Rose, Morgan, Banks, Yaz, Mays, Jackson, etc. Each card measures 2.5 x 4.75 inches, with a color portrait at left, and a larger black-and-white action shot at right. The backs are designed in the style of a newspaper with headline. This set has always been very popular with collectors due to its concept, design, the quality of players featured, and its rarity. Because of the flush-to-the-border design of their black borders, Greatest Moments cards are very susceptible to wear along the edges and corners, and as individual cards are therefore particularly valuable in extremely high-grade. The two uncut sheets are both complete final process sheets with fully printed backs. Both sheets have color proofing bars along the left side. Extremely close inspection of each sheet reveals several very light, surface wrinkles (none affecting the star cards) and some very light scattered wear. Uncut sheets of Greatest Moments are very rare, with a total of probably no more than a dozen sheets known to exist. The sheets are overall in Excellent to Mint condition, with many individual cards in essentially Mint condition. This is an extremely impressive pair of sheets representing a complete set of the most popular of all Topps test issues. Dimensions: each 23 x 29 inches. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $10,440.00

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