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1967 Topps Test Stand-Up Collection (4)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $4,112.50

Collection of four exceedingly rare 1967 Topps Stand-Ups, highlighted by Hall of Famers Frank Robinson and Jim "Catfish" Hunter. All four are of the rarer and more desirable thick diecut variety, which is the form in which the cards were intended to be issued (as opposed to thin non-diecut proof cards cut from sheets). 1967 Topps Stand-Ups are one of the rarest and most intriguing of all 1960s Topps issues. It is almost certain that these cards were never issued to the public, and their astounding rarity is consistent with this speculation. Literally only a handful of 1967 Topps Stand-Ups of each player are known to exist in the entire collecting world. Though both styles are exceedingly rare, the thick cardboard diecut style cards are considerably rarer than the thin proof card examples cut from sheets. The cards were produced on one-quarter inch thick cardboard stock which has been diecut punched. The design allows the player's head to be punched out of the black background. Additional small punched-out pieces along the bottom of the card, when properly used, were intended to allow the player's head to stand for display. Thick cardboard examples such as these which have gone through the entire production process are very rarely seen. Occasionally a single card surfaces at auction. Offered are four of the twenty-four cards comprising this extraordinarily rare Topps test baseball issue: #3 F. Robinson (Nr/Mt front with very minor gum residue on the reverse), 4 Lonborg (Ex-Mt front with remnants of scrapbook paper on the back), 9 Fregosi (appears Ex-Mt but upon closer examination there are a few very light surface creases), and 23 Hunter (Vg-Ex/Ex with very minor gum residue on the reverse). Note: these cards were actually packaged in wrappers with gum by Topps, one card per pack, and that is why the thick cardboard style cards will often have very light gum stains on reverse. This is an extraordinary group of cards from this unbelievably rare Topps test issue. Total 4 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $4,112.50

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