They don’t come up for auction as a 407-card whole very often. Singles, yes. Lots, too. Even commons bring solid money. 1952 Topps sets don’t grow on trees but one of the best known examples is now on the block.
Carrying an impressive 7.23 rating, a set of Topps’ first-ever full blown set of baseball cards is in Mile High Card Company’s just launched auction. That doesn’t mean, however, that it’ll be sold as is. The company is taking bids on individual cards and on the set itself. Whichever method gives the consignor and the auction company the highest take will dictate whether it’s broken up. Within hours of launch bidding on the set had surpassed $59,000.
The set includes a straight 7 Mickey Mantle, an 8 o/c Willie Mays, straight 8’s of Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Warren Spahn, Bob Feller and other stars, a 7.5 Jackie Robinson and a 7 Eddie Mathews. It is ranked as one of the 11 best complete, basic sets on PSA’s Set Registry.
Five years ago, a set carrying an 8 grade across the board sold individually via Goodwin and Company under the same premise. Total sales on the single cards netted more than $1.05 million with a PSA 8 Mantle and Pafko.
The auction also includes PSA’s #1 Current and All-Time Finest 1948 Leaf Boxing set, the second best 1952 Parkhurst Hockey set and fourth rated 1962 Topps Baseball set.
Bidding will conclude October 23.