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1966-1967 Topps Test USA Hockey Yellow Color-Process Proof Complete Set (66) Including Bobby Orr Rookie
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $5,629
Complete 66-card color process "proof" set of 1966-1967 Topps Test USA hockey cards, each from the yellow printing stage. The entire set is encapsulated by Accugrade (grading pioneer and inventor Alan Hagar's company) and designated as "Topps Test USA" proofs. Topps Test USA cards are much more desirable than regular-issue Topps cards from the same year due to their more limited distribution. They are distinguishable from regular-issue cards by comparing the color of the wood grain (lighter on Test cards) and the text on the reverse (no French on the Test cards). Topps color-process proof cards were printed in a series of seven stages, four of which were single-color processes, with the final stage naturally combining all the colors to form a final-production sheet. The offered complete set has obviously been cut down from a proof sheet specific to the single-color yellow stage of printing. The only way that Alan Hagar, or anyone, could designate these cards as Topps Test USA (since the backs are blank and this is not a final production sheet on which the wood grains can be compared) would be if the seven sheets from the various printing stages, including the final production sheet, were obtained at the same time. Hagar was very big into proof cards and color-process sheets during the 1990s, so it is very likely that this is exactly how it came to be that these are labeled Test USA cards as opposed to the standard issue. In either case, it is a fascinating fully encapsulated color-proof process set. Each card in this complete set is virtually perfect, having been cut from a complete set, with four sharp corners and outstanding centering, and the blank reverses are perfectly clean. The entire set is represented, highlighted by twenty-two Hall of Famers, including the rookie card of Bobby Orr, which is considered by many to be one of the all-time classic hockey cards. This is a very unusual, possibly unique "proof" set of this very popular hockey-card set. Total: 66 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,629
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