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Impossibly Rare 1952 Topps #307 Frank Campos "Black Star" Variation

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $4,640.00

Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Extremely rare example of the 1952 Topps "Black Star" printing variation of Frank Campos, Washington. While the formal name of this card may sound like a chase card to a Star Wars set, this variation card is truly one of the great rarities of all modern cards. It is so rare that it is virtually unknown, is currently only checklisted by Beckett (who does not provide a value, citing its extreme rarity) and is not yet even listed in The Standard Catalog. This card was issued with a "Black Star" overprint on the reverse. To be clear, one of the three red stars on the reverse has a black ink overprint over the red star. This is by far the rarest of all 1952 Topps variations. The consignor of this card is a longtime collector who for years has been fascinated by card collecting's rarest variation cards. Familiar with the rumor of the existence of this card, he began a dedicated mission to check all 1952 Topps Frank Campos cards to find a "Black Star" variation. Undeterred by countless failures, for years he checked every #307 Frank Campos possible at every opportunity, including conventions, advertisements, dealer inventories, and eBay. Requiring superhuman persistence, he remained confident that because the card is so rare that virtually no one even knows of its existence, this would allow him the opportunity to eventually find one. Years of searching 1952 Topps cards, checking literally thousands of examples at shows and conventions across the country, finally resulted in "hitting paydirt." He was not planning on stopping until he finally found an example. Successful, he has finally retired from this near full-time pursuit. Robert Edward Auctions appreciates the opportunity to properly document this extreme rarity for the very first time. The fact that this card is from such a popular modern issue makes this card all the more interesting. Our research has led us to believe that only a few examples have ever been found. T206 has its nearly impossible "Doyle, N.Y. Nat'l." variation (another card of similar rarity our consignor was constantly on the lookout for), and 1952 Topps has its #307 Frank Campos "Black Star" variation. The card has just a hint of wear at the corners and would grade Vg-Ex, but has been downgraded to GOOD by SGC due to a light stain in the upper right portion of the card and a tiny surface chip on the reverse. Because of its great rarity, there is no consensus of value for this card. We are confident the auction process will provide clarity. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $4,640.00

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