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1951 Topps "Red Backs" Complete Set (54)
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $1,560
Complete 1951 Topps "Red Backs" set of fifty-two cards plus two variations for a total of fifty-four cards. The landmark "Red Backs" set is extremely significant as this was one of the first major baseball-card sets ever issued by Topps. Five cards grade Ex, thirty-four cards grade Vg to Vg-Ex, and fifteen grade lesser (mostly Gd). Keys: #1 Berra (Fr), 5 Rizzuto (Ex), 6 Reynolds (Fr), 8 Wynn (Vg-Ex), 15 Kiner (Vg-Ex), 16 Roe (Ex), 20 DiMaggio (Vg-Ex), 22 Feller (Gd/Vg), 24 Bauer (Vg-Ex+), 30 Spahn (Vg+), 31 Hodges (Vg), 36 Zernial/Chi. (pen on front, otherwise Vg), 36 Zernial/Phil. (Gd), 38 Snider (Vg+), 39 Kluszewski (Pr), 50 Irvin (Vg-Ex+), 52 Holmes/Bos. (Vg-Ex+), and 52 Holmes/Hart. (Vg). Though the cards in this set are technically in varying grades, across the board the cards certainly have a consistent bright and clean appearance, and one that is better than suggested by the technically accurate assigned grades. This set represents Topps' first major effort in the baseball-card business. The 1951 "Red Backs" Topps set is among the most significant, yet overlooked, of all early Topps cards, and in our opinion represents an extraordinary value. Total: 54 cards. SOLD FOR $1,560
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