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Lot # 589 (of 1389)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1961 Topps Complete Set (587) with 115 PSA-Graded Cards Including 20 MINT 9s!

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $10,200

Presented is a remarkably strong and attractive high-grade complete set of 1961 Topps baseball. Of the 587 cards in the set, an impressive 115 (20% of the set) have been professionally graded and encapsulated by PSA (with eleven SGC, six BVG, and two GAI). Included are twenty MINT 9s, five NM-MT+ 8.5, sixty-one NM-MT 8s including two Mantles and thirty-one other Hall of Famers, seven NM+ 7.5 including #300 Mantle (BVG), twenty-one NM 7s, and one EX-MT 6. This set was built with great care by a true collector with a keen eye for condition, particularly with respect to the key cards, most of which are in exceptionally high grade.

The PSA grades are as follows: Twenty MINT 9: #15, 33, 34, 69, 77, 81, 210, 221, 257, 260 Drysdale, 265, 339, 340, 354, 363, 391, 430 Mazeroski, 434, 461, and 499. Five NM-MT+ 8.5: #16, 35 Santo RC (BVG), 207 Dodger Southpaws (GAI), 541, and 542. Sixty-one NM-MT 8: #10 Robinson, 28 (BVG), 29 Roberts, 43, 57, 65, 88 Ashburn, 89 Martin, 104, 109 (SGC), 110, 116, 132, 141 Williams RC (SGC), 150 Mays, 170, 175, 211 Gibson, 260 Drysdale, 280, 330, 344 Koufax, 350 Banks, 360 Robinson, 380, 387, 388 Clemente, 389, 401 Ruth, 415 Aaron (BVG), 416 (SGC), 429 Kaline, 435 Cepeda (BVG), 440 Aparicio, 443 Snider (SGC), 463, 475 Mantle MVP, 482 Mays MVP, 483, 490 Bunning, 495, 505 Schoendienst, 508, 540, 543, 545 Wilhelm (SGC), 565, 568, 569 (SGC), 570, 571 Mazeroski AS, 572 Robinson AS, 573, 574 Aparicio AS, 575 Banks AS, 576 Maris AS, 578 Mantle AS (SGC), 579 Mays AS, 580 Kaline AS (SGC), 581 Robinson AS, and 586 Ford AS. Seven NM+ 7.5: #1 Groat (SGC), 40 (SGC), 160 Ford (SGC), 180 (BVG), 300 Mantle (BVG), 464, and 525 (GAI). Twenty-one NM 7: #2 Maris, 80 Killebrew, 86, 142, 228 Yankees Team, 287 Yastrzemski, 290 Musial, 338, 371, 417 Marichal RC, 425 Berra, 439, 460 Hodges, 479, 484 Aaron MVP, 523, 531, 555, 563, 577 Aaron AS, and 589 Spahn AS. One EX-MT 6: #554. Ungraded Keys: #30 Fox (Ex-Mt), 41 NL Batting Ldrs (Ex), 44 AL HR Ldrs (Ex-Mt), 120 Mathews (90/10 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), 200 Spahn (Ex-Mt+), 307 Mantle WS (Ex-Mt), 405 Gehrig Benched (Ex-Mt), 406 Mantle HR (Nr/Mt), 472 Berra MVP (Ex+), 478 Maris MVP (Ex-Mt), 485 Banks MVP (Ex-Mt), and 517 McCovey (Ex-Mt). The balance of the cards which have not been encapsulated grade 31% Nr/Mt, 49% Ex-Mt, and 20% Ex (including a few slightly lesser or miscut). Many of the cards are downgraded almost exclusively due to centering issues, a common flaw with this set.

It is expensive to encapsulate a complete set with hundreds of cards, but the grading of 115 cards represents a significant investment and very substantial selection. Bright, crisp, ultra high-grade complete set of this classic 1960s issue with, as can easily be seen, many significant condition highlights throughout. This is a beautiful set! The SMR value for just the 115 graded cards (factoring in the twelve half-grades at the lower whole-grade level and not including the 472 ungraded cards!) is $9,978. Total: 587 cards. SOLD FOR $10,200


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