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1952 Topps #407 Eddie Mathews Rookie
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,600
Presented is a stunning example of #407 Eddie Mathews from the 1952 Topps set. In addition to being his rookie card, Mathews is also one of only a few key Hall of Famers in the rare high-number series, and as the last card in the set, is a condition rarity. Just as card #1 Pafko was subject to wear due to gravitating to the top of the pile, #407 Mathews was also subject to excessive wear at the bottom of the pile. In anything even resembling high grade, this has always been a very difficult card for anyone putting together a quality 1952 Topps set. The offered card is a remarkable example in that it presents as Near Mint, with a crisp, clean image, bold colors, four sharp corners, and centering to the left (this card is frequently encountered with side-to-side centering problems). The card has been encapsulated by PSA as "Authentic" due to evidence of alteration. We reviewed the card under a black light and saw no evidence of recoloring, reglossing, or any other obvious alteration. The only thing we can see and hypothesize as the reason for the assessment is a small surface imperfection to the right of Mathews' face, which may have been a tiny wrinkle that someone attempted to press out at one time. PSA does encapsulate cards as "Authentic - Altered" if they feel the card has been pressed to conceal wrinkles or creases. Whatever the reason, this is, without a doubt, one of the nicest 1952 Topps Mathews we have ever seen. This card represents an outstanding opportunity to acquire a superbly attractive example of one of the most important cards in the 1952 Topps set at perhaps a fraction of the cost of a numerically graded example with the same visual appeal. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,600
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