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1951 Topps Red Backs Collection (166) Including Two Complete Sets Plus Eleven Wax Wrappers
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $3,300
Presented is an outstanding and unusually sizable collection of 157 Topps Red Backs comprised of two complete 52-card sets plus fifty-three duplicates. Also included are nine Blue Backs and eleven original wax wrappers from the Red Backs series. The 1951 Red and Blue Back sets are extremely significant as these were the first major baseball-card sets ever issued by Topps. The Red Backs set is highlighted by eight Hall of Famers, including Bob Feller, Yogi Berra, and Warren Spahn. Condition of this collection is 16% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt, 13% Ex-Mt, 51% Vg-Ex to Ex, and 20% Vg (including a few lesser). All cards are bright, crisp, and clean, with hard-to-see wrinkles and back creases (which are so common to this issue) responsible for the downgrades on many cards that are otherwise Ex-Mt or better. Keys: Four #1 Berra (SGC NM/MT 88, two Ex, and Vg), three 5 Rizzuto (Ex and two Vg+), three 6 Reynolds (Ex and two Vg-Ex), four 8 Wynn (two Nr/Mt, Vg-Ex, and Vg), five 15 Kiner (Nr/Mt, Ex-Mt, two Ex, and Vg), three 16 Roe (Ex, Vg-Ex+, and Gd), three 20 D. DiMaggio (two Vg-Ex+ and Vg-Ex), four 22 Feller (Ex, Vg-Ex, and two Vg+), three 24 Bauer (Vg-Ex, Vg+, and Vg), three 30 Spahn (Nr/Mt-Mt, Nr/Mt+, and Vg-Ex+), three 31 Hodges (Nr/Mt, Vg-Ex, and Vg+), three 38 Snider (Nr/Mt, Ex-Mt, and Vg-Ex), three 39 Kluszewski (Ex-Mt, Vg-Ex, and Vg+), five 50 Irvin (Ex-Mt, Ex, two Vg-Ex, and Vg+). The nine Blue Backs are #1, 3 Ashburn (HOF, Ex), 4, 6 Schoendienst (HOF, Vg-Ex), 30 Slaughter (HOF, Vg-Ex), 37 Doerr (HOF, Vg-Ex), 45, 50 Mize (HOF, Vg-Ex), and 51. The eleven wrappers are all folded, as issued, and present as Near Mint overall. This is an exceptionally attractive collection of cards from one of the most significant, yet overlooked, of all early Topps cards. Total: 166 cards and 11 wrappers. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $3,300
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