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Lot # 394 (of 1336)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1948 Topps "Magic Photos" Baseball "Hall of Fame" PSA-Graded Complete Set (19) - Topps' First Baseball Set!

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $960

Presented is an outstanding complete set of the nineteen baseball subjects from the Topps "Magic Photos" set. This fascinating set, issued by Topps in 1948, is actually a subset of Topps' first card issue (which features a total of 252 cards organized by subject in subsets ranging from sports stars to movie stars). These "self-developing" cards (7/8 x 1-7/16 inches) were called "Magic Photos" because when issued they had blank fronts, which, when youngsters exposed them to the sun, revealed sepia photos. The self-developing process produced very inconsistent results, but the majority of the cards offered here have extremely pleasing contrast and detail. PSA Grading Composite: One NM-MT 8: #11K Wagner (OC). Four EX-MT 6: #7K Speaker, 10K Mathewson, 13K Cobb, and 19K Third Base - Cleveland Indians. Four EX 5: #3K Elliott, 4K Cleveland Indians 4-3, 5K Cleveland Indians 4-1, and 18K Tinker & Evers. Three VG-EX 4: #1K Boudreau, 2K Cleveland Indians, and 8K Hornsby. One VG 3: #16K Young. One GOOD+ 2.5: #14K Gehrig. Four GOOD 2: #6K Ruth (MC), 9K Mack, 15K Johnson, and 17K Sisler. One FAIR 1.5: #12K Alexander. This is an extremely attractive and seldom-seen complete set of all nineteen baseball subjects from this extremely significant early Topps issue. Interestingly, this set has always been somewhat overlooked by collectors, perhaps because of its unusual self-developing design and small dimensions. But as the very first baseball set ever issued by Topps, its enormous significance is easily appreciated, and will no doubt be even more appreciated in the years to come. Total: 19 cards.  Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $960

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