Three of the number one ranked 1960s football card sets on PSA’s Set Registry are up for auction this weekend, along with another that rates as the third all-time best.
The Current #1 Finest sets of 1961 Fleer Wallet Pictures, 1964 Philadelphia and 1969 Topps are all on the block in Heritage Auctions’ February Platinum Night sale. A 1960 Fleer set holds down the third spot among the best sets ever entered into PSA’s Registry.
Many of the individual cards in the sets are the lone Gem Mint 10 graded examples that exist.
The 1964 Philadelphia set includes 115 PSA 10s, most with a population of one, two or three. More than 30 are pop 1. In addition, there are 72 PSA 9s while the other 11 cards in the 198-card offering grade between 7 and 8.5. The Merlin Olsen rookie card is graded 10 while the Johnny Unitas and Bart Starr cards are PSA 9.
The ’64 Philadelphia issue marked the first of four issued by the company after the NFL took its trading card rights from Topps. It includes 35 Hall of Famers. A graded unopened pack is also part of the lot, which carried an $80,000 bid as of Thursday afternoon.
The condition sensitive 1969 Topps set includes a whopping 47 Hall of Famers including the rookie card of Larry Csonka. The set offered by Heritage includes 78 PSA 10s, 65 of which are either the only such examples or one of two. The majority of the set (186/264) grades PSA 9, along with the wax pack. The set carries a $125,000 reserve.
The 1960 Fleer set includes 25 PSA 10s and 97 that grade 9 with the remaining ten cards rating between 7 and 8.5. It also includes a graded pack and has a $60,000 reserve.
The fourth set is a nearly complete (140/145) rare offering of 1961 Fleer “Wallet Photos,” a set produced on paper stock that was actually part of the 1961-62 Complete Sports Football Illustrated magazine.
Many of the photos used in the black and white set mirror those in the 1961 Fleer football card set. The set offered by Heritage includes 40 PSA 10s and 51 9s among the 140 cards that are part of the lot. It has a reserve of $10,000.
The auctions are set to close Sunday night.