August 6, 2020: Sports & Americana Auction
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Offered is an extraordinary array of the coveted 1952 Topps Baseball set, the full lower-numbers Series 1-310, in this instance with essentially ½ of the set slabbed and graded, all but a handful by PSA. A GAI 5.5 No. 261 Willie Mays card headlines the slabbed contingent that includes 160 PSA slabs and two by SGC. Near universally regarded as The Holy Grail of postwar baseball cards, this issue has captivated collectors for generations, and this particular Low-Number set is found here in essentially VG-Ex to Near-Mint condition, markedly better than these classic cards are typically encountered in mature collections. Along with the GAI 5.5 Mays, the other key card in the array – the iconic No. 1 Eddie Mathews – is housed in a PSA Authentic (Altered) holder. As noted, the condition range is remarkable: 5 percent Near-Mint or better, 35 percent Ex-Mt, 38 percent Excellent and 18 percent VG-Ex. For the listing below, slabbed and raw cards are listed separately for Ex-Mt, Excellent, VG-Ex and VG grades. The breakdown: Near-Mint to Mint (2) – No. 106 – PSA 8 o/c and No. 166 – PSA 8 o/c; Near-Mint (13) – No. 25 – PSA 7, 58 – PSA 7, 68, 81 – PSA 7 o/c, 95 – PSA 7 o/c, 146 – PSA 7 o/c, 153 – PSA 7, 156 – PSA 7 o/c, 168 – PSA 7 o/c, 171 – PSA 7 o/c, 226 – PSA 7 m/c, 240 – PSA 7 o/c and 267 – PSA 7; Ex-Mt Slabbed (41) all PSA 6 unless noted – No. 71, 72, 84 o/c, 87, 92, 99 o/c, 105, 109 o/c, 118, 121 – SGC 80, 127, 132 o/c, 134, 141, 142 m/c, 152 o/c, 160, 163 o/c, 174 o/c, 178, 179 o/c, 184, 186, 187, 188, 197, 200, 202, 204, 209, 211, 221, 230, 238, 239, 244, 247, 249, 254, 260 and 301 m/c; Ex-Mt or Ex-Mt-Plus Raw (66) – No. 13, 31, 41, 47, 64 o/c, 69, 73, 76, 82, 83, 86, 91 Schoendienst, 94, 100 o/c, 102,103 o/c, 110, 111, 113, 116, 120, 126, 131 o/c, 138, 143, 145, 148, 149, 155, 159, 164, 172, 177, 183, 185, 189, 190, 198, 205, 206, 207, 208, 212, 215, 232 o/c, 241, 245 o/c, 250, 252 o/c, 253, 257 o/c, 264, 269, 272, 274, 275, 278, 281, 285, 286, 295, 299, 300, 309 and 310; Excellent Slabbed (69) all PSA 5 unless noted – No. 3, 6, 7, 16, 17 m/c, 18, 39, 43, 50, 53, 54, 55, 56, 62, 70, 75, 85, 93, 97, 104, 108, 112 – PSA 5.5, 114, 124, 125, 128, 129, 136, 137, 147, 151, 154, 161, 162, 167, 169, 173, 175, 176, 180, 181, 190, 192 m/c, 193, 210, 213, 217, 220, 222, 224, 228, 229, 231, 235, 242, 243, 255, 258, 261 Mays – GAI 5.5, 262, 268 Lemon, 271, 276, 282, 290, 294, 296, 306 and 308; Excellent or Ex-Plus Raw (48) – No. 4, 12, 14, 19, 23, 27, 28, 30, 35, 37 Snider, 38, 44, 49, 52, 60, 67, 77, 89, 96, 98, 123, 135, 144, 165 o/c, 182, 194, 199, 214, 216 Ashburn, 223, 227, 233, 246 Kell, 248, 256, 263, 265, 266, 273, 280, 283, 284, 287, 288, 292, 297, 302 and 304; VG-Ex Slabbed (35) all PSA 4 – No. 2, 5, 8, 9, 10, 15 Black Back, 20, 21, 24, 25, 29, 36 Hodges, 42, 45, 48 Page (Correct Bio), 51, 57, 59 Black Back, 61, 63, 65 Slaughter, 66, 78, 79, 88 Feller, 107, 115, 150, 191, 201, 219, 225, 234, 237 and 293; VG-Ex Raw (22) – No. 22, 26 Irvin, 34, 46, 101, 117, 122, 139, 157, 170, 195 Minoso Rookie, 203, 218, 236, 251, 259, 277 Wynn, 289, 291, 298, 303 and 307; Very Good Slabbed (4) all PSA unless noted – No. 11 Rizzuto – SGC 40, 158, 280 and 304; Very Good Raw (8) – No. 33 Spahn, 40, 74, 80, 119, 130, 133 and 279.
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1952 Topps Baseball 1-310 Complete High-Grade Set, 160 PSA Slabs, GAI 5.5 Mays (310)1952 Topps Baseball 1-310 Complete High-Grade Set, 160 PSA Slabs, GAI 5.5 Mays (310)1952 Topps Baseball 1-310 Complete High-Grade Set, 160 PSA Slabs, GAI 5.5 Mays (310)1952 Topps Baseball 1-310 Complete High-Grade Set, 160 PSA Slabs, GAI 5.5 Mays (310)
1952 Topps Baseball 1-310 Complete High-Grade Set, 160 PSA Slabs, GAI 5.5 Mays (310)1952 Topps Baseball 1-310 Complete High-Grade Set, 160 PSA Slabs, GAI 5.5 Mays (310)
1952 Topps Baseball 1-310 Complete High-Grade Set, 160 PSA Slabs, GAI 5.5 Mays (310)
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