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1957 Topps Complete Master Set (407 Cards Plus 8 Checklists, 4 Contest Cards, Lucky Penny Insert, and Bakep Error)
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $5,700
Presented is one of the most incredible 1957 Topps sets we have ever had the privilege of offering at auction! In addition to all 407 cards in a basic set, this assembly also includes all eight checklists (Bazooka and Blony variations), four contest cards, Lucky Penny insert card, and the "Bakep" variation for card #176 resulting in a superb complete master set of this classic issue. 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 completeness. His determined efforts to acquire all required cards culminated in the assembly of this extraordinary master set, and is obviously the result of a tremendous amount of time, effort, and patience. Condition of the set is 5% Nr/Mt-Mt, 28% Nr/Mt, 57% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 10% Vg to Vg-Ex (including a few lesser). We have submitted thirty-two cards to be graded and encapsulated by PSA (one card, #328 Robinson, was already graded).
Keys: #1 T. Williams (EX+ 5.5), 2 Berra (EX 5), 7 Aparicio (Ex-Mt), 10 Mays (EX-MT 6), 15 Roberts (Ex-Mt), 18 Drysdale RC (EX 5), 20 Aaron (EX-MT 6), 24 Mazeroski RC (95/5 L/R, otherwise Ex), 25 Ford (EX-MT 6), 30 Reese (EX-MT 6), 35 F. Robinson RC (EX+ 5.5), 38 Fox (EX-MT 6), 40 Wynn (Vg-Ex+), 55 Banks (Ex), 62 Martin (Ex+), 70 Ashburn (EX-MT 6), 76 Clemente (VG-EX+ 4.5), 80 Hodges (NM 7), 85 Doby (Vg-Ex), 90 Spahn (80/20 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 95 Mantle (EX+ 5.5), 97 Yankees Team (Ex-Mt), 100 Harridge/Giles (Ex-Mt), 120 Lemon (Ex-Mt), 125 Kaline (90/10 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 154 Schoendienst (Nr/Mt), 165 Kluszewski (Nr/Mt+), 170 Snider (NM 7), 175 Larsen (Ex), 176a Baker Error (Ex), 203 Wilhelm (Nr/Mt+), 210 Campanella (NM 7), 212 Colavito RC (Ex-Mt+), 215 Slaughter (NM 7), 230 Kell (Ex-Mt+), 250 Mathews (EX-MT 6), 286 Richardson RC (NM+ 7.5), 302 Koufax (NM 7), 312 Kubek RC (Ex-Mt), 317 Giants Team (Nr/Mt-Mt), 324 Dodgers Team (Ex+), 328 B. Robinson RC (EX 5), 338 Bunning RC (NM 7), 400 Dodgers' Sluggers (EX 5), 407 Mantle/Berra (Vg-Ex), Checklist 1/2 Bazooka (NM 7), Checklist 1/2 Blony (marked, otherwise Ex-Mt), Checklist 2/3 Bazooka (Pr), Checklist 2/3 Blony (marked, otherwise Vg-Ex), Checklist 3/4 Bazooka (marked, otherwise Gd), Checklist 3/4 Blony (Ex), Checklist 4/5 Bazooka (Pr), Checklist 4/5 Blony (marked, otherwise Vg), May 4th Contest (Vg+), May 25th Contest (NM-MT 8), June 22nd Contest (Gd), and Lucky Penny Insert (Vg). Other Graded Cards (all NM-MT 8 unless noted): #92, 192, 254, 274, 275 (NM-MT+ 8.5), 281, 306 (NM 7), 318, and 363.
This master set was assembled one card at a time by a very dedicated, condition-conscious collector over a period of many years, with special attention to overall eye-appeal. All cards are bright and crisp with light touches of corner wear or centering the only noticeable flaw on many. The total SMR value for just thirty-two of the graded cards (factoring in three of the half-grades at the lower whole-grade level and excluding the one card graded less than EX and the 388 ungraded cards!) is $4,307! Total: 421 cards (complete set of 407 cards plus eight checklists, four contest cards, one Lucky Penny Insert, and one "Bakep" variation). Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $5,700
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