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1961 Topps Second/Third Series Uncut Sheet with #150 Willie Mays
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,800
Original 1961 Topps full uncut sheet from this popular set, containing a total of 132 cards arranged in eleven rows of twelve cards. The sheet features forty-four double-printed cards from the second and third series (representing eighty-eight total cards) along with forty-four single-printed cards and is highlighted by eight cards featuring Hall of Famers. The eight Hall of Fame cards are #120 Ed Mathews (two), 132 Al Lopez (Mgr), 136 Walt Alston (Mgr), 141 Billy Williams RC (two), 150 Willie Mays, and 160 Whitey Ford. Full 1961 Topps uncut sheets are very rare. We have only handled one other uncut 1961 Topps sheet in the last twenty years (a blank-back example, which appeared as Lot #631 in REA's Spring 2015 auction, realizing $2,700). The sheet presents with strong visual appeal, maintaining the same vibrant colors as it did fifty-four years ago. It does, however, display a few technical flaws throughout, including wear along the edges and at the corners, a tear on the left edge that affects one of the perimeter cards, and a few areas of mild creasing affecting the interior. The reverse is clean, with only two small paint spots affecting three cards in the top row of the reverse. These flaws are commonly found in sheets due to their large size. Despite these faults, it is perfect for framing and display, which would naturally minimize the flaws and give the sheet an Excellent or better appearance. The offered sheet would make an outstanding display piece and be a significant addition to any advanced uncut-sheet collection. Dimensions: 28 x 42.5 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,800
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