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1959 Fleer "Three Stooges" Complete Master Set: #11 PSA Set Registry (8.94 GPA)

Starting Bid - $10,000, Sold For - $36,000

Extraordinary ultra high-grade complete master set of this extremely popular and classic nonsport issue: 1959 Fleer "Three Stooges." The entire set of ninety-nine cards (ninety-six cards in a basic set plus the three rare checklist variations for cards #16, 63, and 64) has been graded and encapsulated by PSA. This set ranks eleventh on the PSA Set Registry Basic Set listing with an extremely impressive overall GPA of 8.94 and sixth on the PSA Set Registry Master Set listing with an overall GPA of 8.84. It is comprised of eighty-nine cards graded MINT 9, three graded NM-MT+ 8.5, four graded NM-MT 8, two graded EX-MT 6, and one graded EX 5. This is one of the finest 1959 Fleer "Three Stooges" complete sets ever offered. In fact, looking at auction catalogs over the past twenty years, we believe this is the finest "Three Stooges" set to ever be offered as a complete set in the history of collecting!

The complete PSA condition composite follows: Eighty-nine MINT 9: #4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, and 95. Three NM-MT+ 8.5: #33, 64, and 96. Four NM-MT 8: #1 Curly, 2 Moe, 3 Larry, and 5. Two EX-MT 6: #16 (checklist) and 63 (checklist). One EX 5: #64 (checklist). The 1959 Fleer "Three Stooges" is one of the most popular sets in the entire world of nonsport-card collecting. When this color set was issued in 1959, the Stooges' movie shorts were being introduced for the first time to a new generation of youngsters on television, and the response was as positive and enthusiastic then as when the trio first attained stardom in the 1930s. Their newfound popularity revitalized their careers, giving the Stooges a second chance to entertain millions with feature-length movies, personal appearances, and many other projects. Their shorts, which were originally produced to be shown as a bonus with feature films at movie theaters, are still shown on television today, ensuring a legion of new fans in each successive generation, and promoting the Stooges' status as American icons of comedy. This card set was issued as their popularity and careers were revitalized in the television era, and has been increasingly appreciated as one of nonsport-card collecting's great classics. This is an extraordinary high-grade complete set of this extremely popular 1950s nonsport issue. It is literally one of the finest and highest-grade complete sets ever assembled in the history of collecting! The total SMR value for the individual cards (factoring in the three NM-MT+ 8.5s at the NM-MT 8 level) is $30,660, and this does not begin to take into account the time and effort required to assemble a set in this grade. This is a remarkable collecting achievement and one of the finest sets in the entire collecting universe of this classic nonsport issue. Total: 99 cards (set of 96 plus 3 rare checklist cards). SOLD FOR $36,000


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