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1961-1962 Fleer All-Time Greats Complete PSA-Graded Set (154): #5 Set PSA Registry!

Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $5,581.25

Offered is one of the most extraordinary ultra high-grade complete sets of 1961-1962 All-Time Greats Fleer cards ever assembled. This is by far the finest set of this popular 1960s issue we have ever seen or offered. All 154 cards have been encapsulated and graded by PSA. Included are twenty-one MINT 9s, 132 NM-MT 8s, and one NM 7. This set is currently registered as the fifth highest-graded set on the “PSA set registry” with an average grade of 8.14. Issued over a period of two years (#1-88 issued in 1961 and #89-154 issued in 1962), this classic set features all the great stars of the past. The PSA grades are as follows: Twenty-One MINT 9: #15 Cochrane, 20, 31 Gehrig, 36 Griffith, 42 Heilmann, 44 Hoyt, 54 Lazzeri, 75 Ruth, 82, 83 Walsh, 86 Wheat, 95, 98 Chance, 107, 116, 130, 131, 132, 138, 139, 151. 132 NM-MT 8: including #2 Alexander, 14 Cobb, 25 Feller, 28 Foxx, 43 Hornsby, 49 Johnson, 59 Mathewson, 89 Sisler/Traynor, 120 Lajoie, 123 Mack, 150 Wagner, 152 Williams, 153 Young, 154 Youngs. One NM 7: #1 Baker/Cobb/Wheat. This is a particularly interesting card issue, one of the most substantial and noteworthy ever produced in the long tradition of sets devoted to old-timers. Fleer issued this set on the heels of their successful eighty-card 1960 old-timers set. The company really wanted to issue cards of modern stars but were not comfortable proceeding in that direction due to legal considerations, as Topps had exclusive contracts with all the ballplayers for bubble-gum cards. In 1963, of course, Fleer tested the waters with a set of modern stars packaged with gum, setting in motion a long-running legal battle with Topps. The 1961-1962 All-Time Greats set is part of a rich tradition of presenting stars of the past on cards for youngsters. Even the 1940 Play Ball set features a series of old-timers. It is interesting to note that the 1961-62 Fleer set includes the then just recently retired Ted Williams, who, of course, was the subject of an eighty-card set produced by Fleer in 1959. Fleer had signed Williams to an exclusive card contract, which is why Williams does not appear in the 1959 or 1960 Topps sets. The 1961-1962 Fleer set is a fairly difficult set to collect. Not only do they have some age to them (they are over fifty years old and not getting any younger) but they were issued over a period of two years, exclusively to youngsters in wax packs. Also, the higher-number cards issued in 1962 (#89-154) are considerably rarer than the lower number cards issued in 1961 (#1-88), though both series are much rarer than Topps cards from the same years. 1961-1962 Fleer were issued in modest numbers because most kids were naturally a little more interested in cards of modern stars, such as Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, than cards of Grover Cleveland Alexander and Hal Schumacher. The same may be true today, but there are many sets featuring modern stars. Few sets present such an interesting cross-section of old-timers (Hall of Famers and non-Hall of Famers) from all eras, or have as important a role in the history of baseball cards as the 1961-1962 Fleer All-Time Greats set. This is without question one of the finest sets ever assembled of this classic and often overlooked Fleer issue. The total SMR value for the individual cards is $6,631. Total 154 cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000+. SOLD FOR $5,581.25

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