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Lot # 1143 (1143 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1968 Topps 3-D Collection (5) Including Rare Maloney (No Dugout) Variation!

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,300

Superb collection of four different cards (plus one variation) from the 1968 Topps 3-D series, the most popular and rare Topps test issue of the 1960s. In the world of baseball-card collecting, many serious collectors revere the 1968 Topps 3-D set more than any other set of its era. Whether these cards were issued in stores remains a mystery, but legend has always had it that, as a test, a few boxes appeared in selected stores in the Brooklyn, New York, area. To the best of our knowledge, however, most 1968 Topps 3-D cards can ultimately be traced back to someone who worked at Topps. Thirteen different cards comprise a complete set, highlighted by Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, and a number of different variations exist. This lot consists of the following: Ron Fairly (dugout in background), Jim Lonborg, Jim Maloney (dugout in background), Jim Maloney (no dugout in background), and Bill Robinson. This is an extremely attractive collection, presenting as Near Mint to Mint overall. The Lonborg and Maloney (no dugout) cards would technically grade more modestly due to creasing on the reverse and surface imperfections, respectively. The Maloney (no dugout) version is particularly rare. This card, with its significant and fairly dramatic though virtually unknown variation, is one of just several known examples of Jim Maloney which do not have the dugout in the background. A tremendous collection of five cards that would provide an outstanding foundation for the assembly of a complete set or make worthy additions to any high-quality set in progress. Total: 5 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,300

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