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1951 Topps "Ringside" Boxing Complete Set (96): #1 PSA Set Registry! (8.15 GPA)

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $21,330

World-class ultra high-grade complete set of 1951 Topps "Ringside" boxing cards, entirely graded and encapsulated by PSA, highlighted by Rocky Marciano's rookie card (NM-MT 8), one of the most popular and recognizable boxing cards from any era. This is literally one of the finest sets in existence of one of boxing-card collecting's most classic issues. This set ranks as the Current and All-Time Finest on the PSA Set Registry with an impressive 8.15 GPA. An incredible eighty-nine cards (of ninety-six in the set) are graded NM-MT or better by PSA, with eighteen MINT 9s, sixteen NM-MT+ 8.5s, and fifty-five NM-MT 8s. Fifty-four cards are the highest-graded examples, with thirteen of those the only examples graded at their respective levels. This is a most spectacular set any way you look at it! The individual cards are all in stunning high-grade, featuring brilliant color illustrations of the most famous boxers. As expected, every card in this set is clean and crisp, with near-perfect centering, four sharp corners, and vibrant colors and original gloss. Each card appears as if it has just been removed from an unopened pack!

The 1951 "Ringside" set is also of monumental significance as one of Topps' earliest major trading-card sets. For Topps, this is where it all began! The PSA condition report is as follows: MINT 9 (18 cards): #4 (pop 2), 10 (pop 3), 16 (pop 1), 30, 31 Walcott (pop 3), 33 (pop 2), 35 (pop 1), 37 (pop 1), 38, 43 Robinson (pop 3), 55 Fitzsimmons (pop 1), 59 Corbett (pop 3), 64 (pop 3), 65, 69 Sullivan (pop 3), 71, 79 (pop 1), and 85 Walcott vs. Charles (pop 1). NM-MT+ 8.5 (16 cards): #8, 13, 17, 18, 21, 24 Braddock, 27, 39, 40, 61, 63, 68, 75, 82, 89, and 92. NM-MT 8 (55 cards): #1 Lesnevitch, 2 Armstrong, 3 LaMotta, 5, 6 Walcott, 7, 9, 11 Baer, 12, 14, 15, 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 28, 32 Marciano, 34 Robinson vs. Servo, 36, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 52, 53, 57, 58, 60 Attell, 62, 66, 67, 70, 72 Ketchel, 73, 74, 76, 77, 78, 80, 81, 83, 84, 86, 87, 88 Louis, 90, 91, 93, 95 Tunney, and 96 Charles. NM+ 7.5 (2 cards): #50 and 51. NM 7 (5 cards): #29, 49 Murphy SP, 54 Jeffries, 56 Gans, and 94.

Topps' first attempt at boxing cards was in 1951 with the 96-card "Ringside" boxing series. The exceptional artwork and the inclusion of boxing greats from all eras has always made this set one of boxing-card collecting's premier issues. Topps apparently found much greater success with baseball and football. This is confirmed both by the relative scarcity of "Ringside" cards (they are much rarer than Topps baseball and football cards issued in 1951), and the fact that this was the only Topps boxing set ever issued. The quality of production of this issue, however, is equal or superior to that of all early 1950s bubble-gum cards issued by Topps or Bowman. This is an extraordinary high-grade complete set of this classic 1950s Topps issue. This set has been painstakingly assembled, with constant upgrading, at great expense, and with a tremendous investment in time and effort by an extremely dedicated collector over a period of many years. It is by far the finest set we have ever seen, let alone offered. The total SMR value for the individual cards (factoring in the eighteen half grades at the lower whole-grade level) is $19,495. Total: 96 cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000++. SOLD FOR $21,330


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