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1951 Topps Major League All-Stars PSA-Graded Collection (7)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,700

This collection of 1951 Topps Major League All-Stars represents a near-complete set of one of the rarest and most significant Topps baseball-card issues ever created. The lot includes seven different cards, and is missing only Lemon and the nearly impossible to find rarities Konstanty, Roberts, and Stanky for completion. All seven cards have been graded and encapsulated by PSA. One thing about 1951 Topps Major League All-Stars: because of their die-cut design, there are so many little things that can get these cards downgraded that they tend to look a lot better than their technical grades suggest. That is certainly the case here. This is a gorgeous near-set of this significant issue! All cards are complete with backgrounds intact and grade as follows: Yogi Berra (VG-EX 4), Larry Doby (VG-EX 4), Walt Dropo (EX 5 [MK], pencil writing on back), Hoot Evers (GOOD+ 2.5), George Kell (GOOD+ 2.5), Ralph Kiner (Authentic, tape repairs/reinforcement on the reverse), and Phil Rizzuto (EX 5 [MK], pencil erasure marks on back). Because these die-cut cards are designed to stand up by folding back the backgrounds, they are particularly prone to damage and are often found with the backgrounds damaged or completely removed. This is an extremely substantial collection of these legendary rarities. In the "old days" of collecting, even one Major League All-Star would practically cause a riot at a convention. For Major League All-Stars, despite a minor crease or other small flaw here and there, this is a fairly high grade group. These cards are bright and clean, and a collection of seven different is almost never offered. Check your old auction catalogs and you will see how rarely sets or near sets of Major League All-Stars surface. In our opinion, this issue has been seriously overlooked by collectors in recent years in large part because they are graded so harshly by modern grading companies. This is an exceptional collection of one of the rarest and most significant of all Topps issues. Total: 7 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+.
SOLD FOR $4,700

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