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1959 Fleer "Three Stooges" Complete Set (96)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,422
Extremely attractive complete set of this classic nonsport issue. Fleer's 1959 "Three Stooges" set is universally recognized as one of the most popular nonsport issues of the era. This set was issued when the Stooges' movie shorts were being introduced for the first time to a new generation of youngsters on television. The exposure revitalized their careers, giving them a second chance to entertain millions. This second shot of stardom resulted in even greater popularity than they had experienced in the 1930s and 1940s, and ingrained the Stooges' comedy into the consciousness of America and popular culture. Naturally, many products were produced to capitalize on this stardom, including this set of bubble-gum cards. Their shorts, which were originally produced to be shown as bonuses with feature films at movie theaters, are still shown on television today, ensuring a legion of new fans in each generation, and promoting the Stooges' status as American icons of comedy. Twelve cards have been graded by PSA (submitted by REA). PSA Grading Composite: One MINT 9: #57. Four NM-MT 8: #19, 32, 45, and 96. Three NM 7: #52, 85, and 87. Four EX-MT 6: #1 Curly, 2 Moe, 4,and 6. The ungraded balance is consistently Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt with seven lesser due to corner wear or light wrinkles. Included in this set are four gray backs (#10, 13, 31, and 56). This is a very attractive and clean complete set of this classic 1950s nonsport issue. The total SMR value of just the twelve graded cards (not including the eighty-four ungraded cards!) is $1,061. Total: 96 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,422
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