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1966 Topps Venezuelan Partial Set in Original Album (303/370)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,133
Extremely rare 1966 Topps Venezuelan partial set featuring 303 of 370 cards, each mounted inside the original album designed specifically to house this set. The Topps Venezuelan issues are among the most fascinating sets of the 1960s. The first 370 cards of Topps’ 1966 baseball set were reprinted on a darker cardboard stock for sale exclusively in the Venezuelan market. The fronts and backs are identical in design to the regular-issue Topps’ cards (some Venezuelan issues print the reverse text in Spanish) but have no gloss on the front. Most often Venezuelan cards are encountered in extremely modest condition as they were intended to be glued into albums for display and many suffer glue residue or severe paper loss as a result of their removal without proper care from these albums. The offered partial set is especially noteworthy as it has remained entirely mounted with the corresponding album as intended. The blue, thin-stock album featured nine blank spaces to a page; each space had printed below it the name, team, and statistics of the player whose card was to be placed there. As a result of their preservation in this original album, almost all the cards present at a level far better than normally encountered, ranging in grade from Vg to Ex-Mt (with a few lesser). The cards have been neatly positioned in their appropriate spots and have been left undisturbed for the last forty-eight years! A few pages of the album are missing as there is no front or back cover or the pages meant to display cards #1-18 and 352-370. Key cards featured in this album include #30 Rose, 50 Mantle, 72 Perez, 90 Aparicio, 100 Koufax, 110 Banks, 120 Killebrew, 125 Brock, 126 Palmer RC, 132 Cepeda, 160 Ford, 195 Morgan, 200 Mathews, 254 Jenkins RC, 255 Stargell, 288 Sutton RC, 290 Santo, 300 Clemente, 310 F. Robinson, and eleven League Leader cards. Missing the following sixty-seven cards for completion: #1-18, 71, 124, 144, 181, 222, 228, 234, 277, 281, 286, 287, 292, 294, 298, 302, 303, 307, 313, 315, 320, 330, 335-339, 342, 343, 345, 347, and 352-370. The album itself (without reference to missing pages) shows moderate wear along the edges and at the corners and grades Very Good. Though they receive little attention because they are rarely found in high grade, Topps Venezuelan cards are among the most unusual and rare baseball card sets of the decade, and are virtually never seen in complete or near-complete set form. This is first collection (of any size) of Topps Venezuelan cards from 1966 that we have ever offered. Total: 303 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,133
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