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1963 Topps Near-Complete Master Set (576 Plus 5 Variations) Including SGC MINT 96 Hank Aaron and NM/MT+ 92 Pete Rose Rookie

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $26,663

41% Nr/Mt-Mt or better, 35% Nr/Mt, and 24% Ex-Mt (including 4% Ex). Extraordinary ultra high-grade near-complete master set of 1963 Topps baseball, consisting of 576 cards plus five variations (for a total of 581 cards), highlighted by particularly strong examples of several key cards, including MINT 96 examples of Hank Aaron and Willie Stargell RC and a stunning NM/MT+ 92 example of the key Pete Rose RC. In addition to these two key rookie cards, the 1963 Topps also features many additional star cards throughout the set, including Roberto Clemente and Duke Snider in the difficult high-number series. This set appears to have been carefully assembled in the year of issue and has remained untouched ever since. These cards look like they were just printed! From an old-time collection, this set has been stored away for decades and remains in pack-fresh condition. Brilliant colors, crisp images, bright white borders, and sharp corners! Centering, which is commonly an issue with this set, is the only flaw on almost all of the lesser-graded cards. We have selected six cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. Keys: #1 NL Batting Ldrs (Ex-Mt), 2 AL Batting Ldrs (Nr/Mt), 3 NL HR Ldrs (Ex-Mt+), 18 Buc Blasters (thin top border, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 25 Kaline (thin top border, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 115 Yastrzemski (Nr/Mt), 120 Maris (thin top border, otherwise Nr/Mt), 135 Ashburn (Nr/Mt+), 138 Mays/Musial (Nr/Mt-Mt), 173 Bombers' Best with Mantle (Nr/Mt), 200 Mantle (NM+ 86), 210 Koufax (Ex-Mt), 242 Banks/Aaron (Nr/Mt), 245 Hodges (Nr/Mt+), 247 Yankees Team (Nr/Mt-Mt), 250 Musial (miscut back, otherwise Nr/Mt), 275 Mathews (Nr/Mt+), 300 Mays (NM 84), 320 Spahn (Nr/Mt-Mt), 340 Berra (100/0 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), 345 B. Robinson (Nr/Mt), 360 Drysdale (Nr/Mt-Mt), 380 Banks (Nr/Mt-Mt), 390 Aaron (MINT 96), 400 F. Robinson (Nr/Mt+), 412 Dodgers' Big Three with Koufax (Nr/Mt+), 415 Gibson (Nr/Mt+), 440 Marichal (Nr/Mt), 446 Ford (Nr/Mt+), 472 Brock (Nr/Mt-Mt), 473 Mets Team (Nr/Mt-Mt), 490 McCovey (thin top border, otherwise Nr/Mt), 500 Killebrew SP (Nr/Mt), 537 Rose RC (NM/MT+ 92), 540 Clemente (NM/MT 88), 520 Cepeda (Ex-Mt), 525 Fox (Nr/Mt), 550 Snider (Ex-Mt+), and 553 Stargell RC (MINT 96). The five variations included are #29, 54, 102, 431, and 509. Missing only three variations for a complete master set (#341, 388, and 454). The flush-to-the-bottom-border design of the 1963 Topps baseball set makes this issue particularly susceptible to edge and corner wear, and makes the assembly of high-grade sets all the more difficult. It is extremely rare to find such a crisp, clean, sharp-looking complete set with the numerous highlights of the offered set. The equivalent SMR value for just the six graded cards (not including the 575 ungraded cards!) is $8,865. Total: 581 cards (complete set of 576 cards plus five variations). Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $26,663

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