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1956 Topps Uncut Sheet (110 cards) Including Thirteen Hall of Famers!
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $23,700
Incredible full-production sheet of 110 cards from the classic 1956 Topps baseball set, highlighted by thirteen cards featuring Hall of Famers, including Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson (twice), and Ted Williams. All 110 cards on this sheet are from the first series (#1-100) and have white backs. The complete series is represented on this sheet with ten of the cards, including Ernie Banks and Jackie Robinson, double-printed. Full 110-card production sheets of 1956 Topps cards are extremely rare. Fewer than ten examples are known to exist, and of these, several are overprint printing-error sheets, which are far less desirable. This is the first 1956 Topps full-production sheet of 110 cards that we have ever offered (a partial sixty-card sheet of 1956 Topps cards was sold as part of REA's 2005 auction). Collectors are used to seeing Topps sheets from the 1980s, 1990s, and more recent years, but examples from the 1950s are almost never seen. This stunning sheet is both an extreme rarity and a prize for display. Bright and crisp with outstanding bold colors and perfect registration on all 110 cards. The sheet, which measures approximately 27 x 43 inches, displays various minor faults due to its oversized nature, including visible wear to the edges, a few tears (including to the Williams, Banks, and Robinson cards on the far left and right borders), and scattered wrinkles on a few of the interior cards. There are also a few very tiny pinholes in the corners and in the center of the side borders, which likely correspond to the sheet having been pinned up, for review or display, at some point in time. These types of flaws (which are far more minor on this sheet than normally seen) "come with the territory" with large uncut sheets, which wear easily and can be incredibly difficult to store until a collector comes along and takes proper care of them. The reverse is entirely clean with no staining, toning, or paper loss. While trying to technically grade sheets like a big card is very challenging and often does not really convey condition, the important concept to communicate with reference to this sheet is that though it does have the minor flaws mentioned, it is a truly spectacular high-grade sheet that projects an extraordinarily impressive Excellent or better appearance. In fact, if framed on the wall, as our consignor displayed this piece in his collection, the sheet has a virtually perfect appearance. This is an extraordinary sheet with tremendous display value! The Hall of Famers featured on this sheet are #1 Harridge, 2 Giles, 5 Williams, 8 Alston, 10 Spahn, 15 Banks (twice), 20 Kaline, 30 Robinson (twice), 31 Aaron, 33 Clemente, and 79 Koufax. Six name-at-left team cards are also included on the sheet. This is a remarkably well-preserved (by far the finest we have ever seen) full 110-card production sheet of 1956 Topps cards, with numerous highlights, including thirteen Hall of Famers, which would be a highlight in any world-class uncut-sheet collection. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $23,700
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