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Lot # 1827 (1827 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1959 Fleer "Three Stooges" Complete Set (96) Including 59 Graded Cards and 31 Gray-Back Variations

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,600

Presented is a superb complete set of the extremely popular and classic 1959 Fleer "Three Stooges" series. Fifty-nine cards are professionally graded and encapsulated by SGC (except for nine PSA). This complete set is also highlighted by thirty-one of the tougher gray-back variations. SGC Grading Composite: MINT 96 (1 card): #40. NM/MT+ 92 (5 cards): #41, 48, 50, 66, and 82. NM/MT 88 (10 cards): #8, 15, 23, 27 (gray back), 36, 45, 47, 49, 59 (gray back), and 89 (gray back). NM+ 86 (5 cards): #19, 28 (gray back), 39, 86, and 91. NM 84 (18 cards): #7, 12 (gray back), 13 (gray back), 17 (gray back), 24, 26, 30, 35, 44 (PSA NM 7), 46, 54, 61, 65, 76 (gray back), 81, 84, 88 (PSA NM 7), and 93 (gray back). EX/NM+ 82 (1 card): #75 (PSA EX-MT+ 6.5). EX/NM 80 (19 cards): #3 Larry (PSA EX-MT 6), 4 (PSA EX-MT 6), 5, 11, 16, 20 (PSA EX-MT 6), 22, 29, 34 (gray back), 37, 38 (gray back), 43 (gray back), 56 (gray back), 62, 63 (PSA EX-MT 6), 64 (PSA EX-MT 6), 77, 80, and 87 (PSA EX-MT 6). The balance of the ungraded cards range in grade from Vg to Ex-Mt (averaging Ex). All are bright and crisp, with light corner wear or faint creases responsible for the downgrades. The additional gray-back variations (aside from those listed in the grading composite above) are #6, 10, 14, 21, 32, 33, 53, 55, 57, 58, 71, 72, 73, 74, 78, 85, 90, and 92. Fleer's 1959 "Three Stooges" set is universally recognized as one of the most popular nonsport issues of the era. This set was issued when the Stooges' movie shorts were being introduced on television for the first time to a new generation of youngsters. The exposure revitalized their careers, giving them a second chance to entertain millions. This second shot of stardom resulted in even greater popularity than they had experienced in the 1930s and 1940s, and ingrained the Stooges' comedy into the consciousness of America and popular culture. Naturally, many products were produced to capitalize on this stardom, including this set of bubble-gum cards. Their shorts, which were originally produced to be shown as bonuses with feature films at movie theaters, are still shown on television today, ensuring a legion of new fans in each generation, and promoting the Stooges' status as American icons of comedy. This is a very attractive and clean complete set of this classic 1950s nonsport issue. The equivalent SMR value for just the fifty-nine graded cards (factoring in the eleven half-grades at the lower whole-grade level) is $2,426. Total: 96 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,600


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