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1962 Topps "Baseball Bucks" Complete Set (96)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,440
Complete set of ninety-six "Baseball Bucks" issued by Topps in 1962. "Baseball Bucks" were not an "insert" issue; they were sold and packaged on their own, and in very limited quantities. In many ways, this set could be described as one of Topps' earliest "test' sets. This extremely unusual set features player portraits on dollar bills measuring approximately 4-1/8 x 1-3/4 inches. A short piece of biographical information is printed to the left of the image, along with a facsimile signature, and the player's home stadium is printed to the right. On the reverse are the team and league logos. Sixty-two players are depicted on $1 bills, twenty-four stars (including Aaron, Clemente, and Koufax) are depicted on $5 bills, and ten superstars (including Mantle, Maris, and Mays) are depicted on $10 bills. This set is notorious for severe centering problems, and approximately 30% of the offered bucks are miscut (cut extremely close to one border or showing part of another buck), including Banks, Ford, Fox, Hodges, Kaline, Maris, Mays, and Musial). The balance grades Ex to Nr/Mt, and all bucks display a vertical fold (as issued; they were folded when issued to fit into packs). This is one of the most attractive complete sets of this issue we have ever seen. "Baseball Bucks" are quite rare. This set has yet to receive the attention it deserves as one of the most unusual, and one of the very few extremely low production runs, among Topps baseball issues of the early 1960s. Total: 96 cards. SOLD FOR $1,440
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