Lot # 22: 1952 Topps Near-Complete Set (405/407)

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Starting Bid: $5,000.00

Bids: 35 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring, 2024 Premier Auction",
which ran from 3/11/2024 12:00 AM to
3/30/2024 9:00 PM

Along with the T206 and 1933 Goudey sets, the 1952 Topps set is one of the most valuable and timeless sets in the hobby.  Ushering in the golden era of collecting, the set was the largest of its time, both in number and in card size.  The issue was the first to include color team logos and the first to include stats from the previous season as well as the player's career.  Additionally, the set was issued in series, with the second series (#311-407) considered by many to be among the toughest "high numbers" of all the Topps issues.  Even today it is considered one of the most beautiful baseball card sets ever issued, with prices that continue to skyrocket at every grade level.

Presented here is a nearly-complete, collector-grade set containing all but two of the set's cards: the #311 Mickey Mantle, and #312 Jackie Robinson, both of which are featured elsewhere in this auction.  The closest one can get to an "affordable" 1952 Topps set, this was assembled by a true collector, who built the set within a budget and was more concerned with completion than condition.  It is the perfect solution for a collector seeking to complete a run of Topps sets, augment a '52 Mantle with a complete set without breaking the bank, or simply a passionate hobbyist who would like to own one of the most classic of all baseball sets.  The condition breakdown is approximately 3% VG, 8% GOOD, 37% FAIR and 52% POOR, with all the hallmarks of lower-grade cards, including tape marks, surface wear, creasing, and in some cases writing.

A breakdown of the issue's keys is as follows: #1 Pafko (F), #11 Rizzuto (P), #26 Irvin (F), #33 Spahn (G), #37 Snider (G), #36 Hodges (F), #59 Roberts (F), #65 Slaughter (F), #88 Feller (P), #91 Schoendienst (G), #129 Size (P), #191 Berra (P), #195 Minoso (P), #216 Ashburn (P), #246 Kell (P), #243 Doby (F), #268 Lemon (VG), #277 Wynn (F), #315 Durocher (P), #392 Wilhelm (P), #394 Herman (P), and #396 Williams (P).  Five cards have been graded by PSA, as follows: #261 Mays (PSA PR 1), #314 Campanella (PSA VG 3), #333 Reese (PSA GOOD 2), #400 Dickey (PSA GOOD+ 2.5), and #407 Mathews (PSA PR 1).  405 cards total.

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