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1951 Topps Ringside Boxing Complete Set Minus 1 (95 of 96) with 67 Graded Cards

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $8,400

Extremely attractive mid- to high-grade complete set (minus one) of 1951 Topps Ringside boxing cards, one of the most popular and recognizable boxing-card sets from any era. Missing only Rocky Marciano, which is offered individually in this auction, for completion. Sixty-seven cards are graded and encapsulated by PSA. PSA Grading Composite: NM-MT 8 (5 cards): #35 (OC), 46, 60 Attell, 62 (SGC NM/MT 88), and 75. NM+ 7.5 (1 card): #40. NM 7 (18 cards): #14, 16, 18 (OC), 22, 24 Braddock, 26, 28, 29, 30, 34 Robinson/Servo, 45, 65, 67 (SGC NM 84), 69 Sullivan (OC), 73, 85 Walcott/Charles, 88 Louis, and 89 Chavez. EX-MT+ 6.5 (3 cards): #31 Walcott, 33, and 90. EX-MT 6 (23 cards): #7, 9, 10, 11 Baer, 12, 17, 38, 41, 43 Robinson, 44 (OC), 47, 48, 52, 54 Jeffries, 55 Fitzsimmons, 56, 59 Corbett (MC), 63, 66, 70, 81, 82, and 87. EX+ 5.5 (2 cards): #71 and 84. EX 5 (7 cards): #5, 8, 20, 37, 49 Murphy SP, 83, and 92. VG-EX 4 (6 cards): #2, 6 Walcott, 39, 42, 95 Tunney, and 96 Charles. VG 3 (2 cards): #1 Lesnevitch and 3 LaMotta. Topps' first attempt at boxing cards was in 1951 with the 96-card Ringside boxing series. The exceptional artwork and the inclusion of boxing greats from all eras has always made this set one of boxing-card collecting's premier issues. Topps apparently found much greater success with baseball and football. This is confirmed both by the relative scarcity of Ringside cards, and the fact that this was the only Topps boxing set ever issued. The production quality of this issue, however, is equal or superior to that of all early 1950s bubble-gum cards issued by Topps or Bowman. This is a very attractive complete set (minus one) of this classic 1950s Topps issue, bright and fresh, with an overall appearance far superior to the technically accurate assigned grades. The total SMR value for just fifty-four of the cards (factoring in the six half-grades at the lower whole-grade level and not including the thirteen cards with qualifiers or graded less than EX) is $2,483. Total: 95 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $8,400


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