A 1952 Topps set is turned into flowers and trees thanks to a monster breakup.
Bob Earhart of Pomona, California has been collecting for over 50 years. He put together one of the top 15 1952 Topps sets on the PSA Set Registry. But he loves the chase as much as the cards and so when the time came to pay for some things around the house, he broke up the set.
The 8-day process saw all 400+ cards sold individually via eBay with the last of the group closing Tuesday night.
The Mickey Mantle card, graded PSA 3, sold for $8750. 33 cards sold for $500 or more including:
- Eddie Mathews PSA 5 $4650
- Roy Campanella PSA 7 $2552
- Bill Dickey PSA 7 $1775
- Ewell Blackwell PSA 8 $1526
He got the set started when he purchased a large group of lower numbers in a Mastro auction. He graded them and got a significant number of cards in the PSA 5-7 range. He put the set together, upgrading it to a near-PSA 6 quality overall, rated #15 on the set registry.
This is actually the second time he’s sold a complete ’52 Topps set. "I had actually collected the set back in the 1970s when there was no PSA, but later sold and traded it for other things I was collecting," he told SportsCollectorsDaily.
The money raised by the sale of the graded set will go toward more domestically-oriented projects.
"My wife wants to landscape our backyard so the set has to go for now. I’ll probably start over tomorrow. Like many collectors I enjoy the chase."
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