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Ultra High-Grade 1963 Topps Complete Set (576)
Starting Bid - $1,500, Sold For - $15,600
Extraordinary high-grade complete set of 1963 Topps baseball, consisting of 576 cards, highlighted by particularly strong examples of several key cards, including NM/MT+ 92 examples of #210 Sandy Koufax and 553 Willie Stargell RC. In addition to these two key rookie cards, the 1963 Topps set features many additional star cards, including Roberto Clemente and Duke Snider in the difficult high-number series. This set appears to have been carefully assembled in the year of issue and has remained untouched ever since. These cards look like they were just printed! From an old-time collection, this set has been stored away for decades and remains in pack-fresh condition. (Interesting note: this is another duplicate 1963 Topps set we are offering from this same old-time collection; the first appeared as lot #803 in REA's Spring 2014 auction and realized $26,663.) 60% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt, 34% Ex-Mt, and 6% Ex (including a few miscut or lesser). Brilliant colors, crisp images, bright white borders, and sharp corners! Centering, which is commonly an issue with this set, is the only flaw on almost all of the lesser-graded cards. We have selected nine cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC.
Keys: #1 NL Batting Ldrs (98/2 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 2 AL Batting Ldrs (Nr/Mt), 3 NL HR Ldrs (Ex-Mt), 18 Buc Blasters (5/95 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 25 Kaline (Ex-Mt), 68 Friendly Foes (Ex-Mt), 115 Yastrzemski (Nr/Mt), 120 Maris (Nr/Mt), 138 Mays/Musial (NM/MT 88), 169 Perry RC (Nr/Mt), 173 Bombers' Best with Mantle (NM/MT 88), 200 Mantle (NM 84), 210 Koufax (NM/MT+ 92), 228 Oliva RC (Ex-Mt), 242 Banks/Aaron (Nr/Mt), 245 Hodges (Ex-Mt), 250 Musial (Ex-Mt), 275 Mathews (Ex-Mt), 300 Mays (NM+ 86), 320 Spahn (Nr/Mt-Mt), 340 Berra (Nr/Mt), 345 B. Robinson (Nr/Mt), 360 Drysdale (Nr/Mt-Mt), 380 Banks (Nr/Mt), 390 Aaron (NM/MT 88), 400 F. Robinson (Nr/Mt-Mt), 412 Dodgers' Big Three with Koufax (Ex-Mt+), 415 Gibson (90/10 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), 440 Marichal (Nr/Mt), 446 Ford (Ex-Mt), 472 Brock (Ex-Mt), 490 McCovey (Ex-Mt), 500 Killebrew SP (Ex-Mt), 537 Rose RC (NM 84), 540 Clemente (NM/MT 88), 520 Cepeda (Nr/Mt), 525 Fox (Nr/Mt), 550 Snider (Nr/Mt-Mt), and 553 Stargell RC (NM/MT+ 92).
The flush-to-the-bottom-border design of the 1963 Topps baseball set makes this issue particularly susceptible to edge and corner wear, and makes the assembly of high-grade sets all the more difficult. It is extremely rare to find such a crisp, clean, sharp-looking complete set with the numerous highlights of the offered set. The equivalent SMR value for just the nine graded cards (not including the 567 ungraded cards!) is $4,810. Total: 576 cards. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000++. SOLD FOR $15,600
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