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1951 Topps Teams Near-Complete PSA-Graded Master Set (14/18)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,600
Near-complete master set of Topps Teams consisting of fourteen different cards (out of eighteen in the set) from the first year of Topps baseball cards. This collection features a complete set of nine undated team-card variations plus five of the nine dated team-card variations. These team cards were issued at the same time as the stand-up Connie Mack's All-Stars and Current All-Stars, as well as the 1951 Topps Red and Blue back sets. All fourteen cards are graded and encapsulated by PSA (submitted by REA). While the set spans several grades, it is very pleasing overall, with several highlights. Due to rarity and significance, these cards will be a welcome and needed addition to many collections. This set has been consigned by a pioneer collector who did most of his collecting during the 1960s and 1970s and collected with a very keen focus on condition, eye-appeal, and (as can be seen here!) completeness.
PSA Grading Composite: Complete Undated Set (9 cards): Boston Red Sox (EX-MT 6, highest graded), Brooklyn Dodgers (EX 5), Chicago White Sox (EX 5), Cincinnati Reds (VG+ 3.5), New York Giants (VG-EX 4), Philadelphia Athletics (GOOD 2), Philadelphia Phillies (POOR 1), St. Louis Cardinals (POOR 1), and Washington Senators (GOOD+ 2.5). Near-Complete Dated Set (5 of 9 cards): Brooklyn Dodgers (GOOD 2), Chicago White Sox (EX 5), Cincinnati Reds (NM 7, 1 of 1, highest graded), New York Giants (NM 7), and Washington Senators (VG-EX 4).
A very significant and scarce card issue, rarely found in near-complete or complete master-set form, which has been very much overlooked by collectors in recent years, perhaps because of its unusual dimensions and the fact that examples in extremely high grade are so rare. SMR values do not exist for the 1951 Topps Teams set, but auction records for comparable collections total into the thousands of dollars. Total: 14 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,600
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