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Lot # 997 (997 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1952 Topps Complete Set (407) Including #311 Mickey Mantle and 70 PSA-Graded Cards

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $19,200

Presented is a complete set of 1952 Topps consisting of all 407 cards, including #311 Mickey Mantle. This is an outstanding opportunity to acquire a complete set of 1952 Topps, the premier postwar gum-card set, without spending the fortune that this set would cost in a higher grade, or the considerably higher amount that it would almost certainly cost to put this set together one card at a time. Condition is 17% Vg-Ex (with a few better), 24% Vg, and 59% Pr-Gd (with ten trimmed or altered). While the condition of cards from this set spans several grades, even many of the lesser-graded cards are very pleasing and exhibit bright colors and crisp focus. Sixty-eight cards are professionally graded by PSA (submitted by REA) and two cards are graded and encapsulated by SGC. Of note is card #153, Bob Rush, which is actually a rare gray-back "Canadian" variation. Also included are two black-back variations for cards #53 and 61.

PSA Grading Composite: EX-MT 6 (1 card):
#326 (MK). EX 5 (4 cards): #77, 141, 200, and 230. VG-EX+ 4.5 (1 card): #47. VG-EX 4 (12 cards): #11 Rizzuto (HOF, black back), 67 (MC, black back), 70, 79, 154, 175 Martin RC, 208, 231, 242, 268 Lemon (HOF), 306, and 383. VG+ 3.5 (4 cards): #216 Ashburn (HOF), 301, 319, and 354. VG 3 (6 cards): #88 Feller (HOF), 138, 206, 249, 314 Campanella (HOF, [MC]), and 359. GOOD+ 2.5 (10 cards): #37 Snider (HOF), 277 Wynn (HOF), 324, 332, 336, 373, 387, 392 Wilhelm RC (HOF), 396 D. Williams RC (HOF), and 397. GOOD 2 (12 cards): #261 Mays (HOF), 317, 330 (MK), 339, 348, 366, 367 (MC), 374, 378, 384, 401, and 407 Mathews RC (HOF, SGC GOOD 30). FAIR 1.5 (7 cards): #320, 321, 334 (MC), 375, 386, 393, and 402. POOR 1 (10 cards): #312 J. Robinson (HOF), 331, 341, 342, 347, 351, 368, 372 McDougald RC, 376, and 389. Authentic (3 cards): #311 Mantle (HOF, SGC), 313, and 344. Ungraded Keys: #1 Pafko (Fr, black back), 26 Irvin (HOF, Gd), 33 Spahn (HOF, Fr, black back), 36 Hodges (Gd, black back), 59 Roberts (HOF, Gd), 65 Slaughter (HOF, Gd), 91 Schoendienst (HOF, Fr), 129 Mize (HOF, Pr), 153 Rush (gray back Canadian, Vg), 191 Berra (HOF, Vg), 243 Doby (HOF, Pr), 246 Kell (HOF, Gd), 315 Durocher (HOF, Pr), 333 Reese (HOF, Pr), and 400 Dickey (HOF, Pr).

The amazing thing about a quality low- to medium-grade 1952 Topps set such as this is the outstanding value it offers compared to cards in higher grade, as well as the comfort provided by the natural potential "break value" associated with such a set. This is a rarely offered, very pleasing mixed-grade complete set of one of baseball-card collecting's premier issues, with numerous significant highlights. Total: 409 cards (complete set of 407 plus 2 variations). Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000++. SOLD FOR $19,200


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