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1969-1970 & 1970-1971 Topps Basketball Complete Sets (2 sets, 274 cards)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,778
Offered are two very popular early Topps basketball card sets: 1) 1969-1970 complete set of 99: The 1969-1970 Topps basketball set is highlighted by numerous stars and key rookie cards, including Hall of Famers John Havlicek and Lew Alcindor. This set represents Topps' first large-scale basketball effort in over a decade (since its first issue in 1957) and is extremely popular with collectors due to its size, design, and star selection. Condition: 56% range from Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt and 44% Ex with a few lesser due to creases or wrinkles. Centering, which is always a problem with this issue, accounts for several downgrades despite otherwise Ex-Mt or better qualities. Four cards are graded by PSA. Keys: #1 Chamberlain (NM 7), 2 Goodrich RC (5/95 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 10 Thurmond RC (Ex+), 20 Havlicek RC (Ex), 25 Alcindor RC (Pr), 35 Baylor (Nr/Mt), 40 Cunningham RC (95/5 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 43 Bradley (Nr/Mt), 50 Robertson (Ex), 56 Unseld RC (EX 5), 60 Reed RC (NM-MT 8), 75 Hayes RC (10/90 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 80 Monroe RC (NM-MT 8), 85 DeBusschere RC (Ex), 90 West (Ex+), 98 Frazier RC (2/98 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 99 Checklist (unchecked, Vg-Ex). 2) 1970-1971 complete set of 175: Topps' second NBA set increased in size to 175 cards and again continued to use the condition-sensitive oversized cards. The issue is packed with Hall of Famers and rookies, and is highlighted by Pete Maravich's rookie card. Condition: 54% range from Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt (with a few better), 39% grade Ex, and 7% Vg-Ex or lesser. Six cards are graded by PSA. Keys: #7 Bradley (Ex+), 10 Havlicek (Vg-Ex), 13 Riley RC (Ex+), 24 Checklist (unchecked, Vg-Ex+), 48 Scott (NM-MT 8), 50 Chamberlain (Ex-Mt), 65 Baylor (Ex+), 70 Hayes (Ex), 75 Alcindor (NM 7), 100 Robertson (Ex+), 101 Checklist (Ex), 107 West AS (Ex), 112 Havlicek AS (Ex-Mt), 114 Robertson AS (MINT 9), 120 Frazier (Ex-Mt), 123 Maravich RC (NM 7), 137 Murphy RC (Ex-Mt+), 148 Sloan (NM+ 7.5), 160 West (Ex-Mt+), and 168 Playoff Gm 1 (NM-MT 8). Two very attractive, classic complete sets, with each set loaded with all of the great stars and Hall of Famers of the era. Total: 274 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,778
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