Lot # 115: 100% Complete 1961 Topps PSA Registered Basic Set – All 587 Subjects PSA Encapsulated with a Spectacular 7.45 Weighted G.P.A!

Category: 1960-1969

Starting Bid: $3,500.00

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Item was in Auction "Spring Break Rarities Auction 2019",
which ran from 3/14/2019 4:00 PM to
4/6/2019 7:00 PM




(LOT 115)
100% Complete 1961 Topps PSA Registered Basic Set – All 587 Subjects PSA Encapsulated with a Spectacular 7.45 Weighted G.P.A!


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Commencing in 1951 and after issuing their landmark 1952 set, the Topps Bubble Gum Company instituted an indelible mark on the post-War card market. With the country emotionally removed from both World War II and the Korean War, baseball once again renewed its popular standing as our National Pastime, with thousands of avid young fans storming their local candy stores in an effort to seize their baseball heroes depicted on bubble gum cards. Year after year, the iconic company would produce the hobby's foremost sets with their 587-subject 1961 issue one of the hobby's highly coveted gatherings.

The 1961 Topps cards would return to a vertical format (w/the exception of some specialty cards) as well as full career statistics and include some innovative "sub-sets" such as Statistical Leaders; MVP's; and "Baseball Thrills" with the latter depicting some of our National Pastime's by-gone immortals such as Ruth and Gehrig. An additional interesting note is that while the 1961 Topps "Basic Set" is 587 subjects, the final checklist # is 589 (Warren Spahn) because checklist #'s 587 and 588 were never issued. Presented here just happens to be one of the hobby's spectacular 1961 Basic Sets, a 100% Complete 587-subject compilation with all of the card's PSA encapsulated and posting an imposing 7.45 Weighted G.P.A! This magnificent gathering is currently listed on the PSA Set Registry as "TOPPS 1961 RBJ".

Incredibly, the lowest graded card stands at an "EX/MT 6" (there is only one 6!) with a summary of the grades listed as follows: 16 – "Mint 9's"; 27 – "NM/MT+ 8.5's"; 247 – "NM/MT 8's"; 9 – "NM+ 7.5's"; 283 – "NM 7's"; 1 – "EX/MT 6"; 2 – "Mint 9's w/Qualifiers"; 2 – "NM/MT 8's" w/Qualifiers. Indeed, it is obvious that our esteemed consignor meticulously "cherry picked" virtually this entire compilation with 586 of the 587 subjects depicting technical assessments between NEAR MINT and MINT. Just as imposing is the extensive list of illustrious Hall of Famers with 65 cards (11%) representing these highly coveted players, three of which are true rookie cards (Santo, B. Williams and Marichal). Included in the 65 count are Cooperstown inductees from the "All-Star", "MVP", "World Series" and "Baseball Thrills" sub-sets with the entire list and their respective PSA grades in ascending checklist number order as follows:

#10 B. Robinson (7); #20 Roberts (7); #30 Fox (7); #35 Santo/ROOKIE (7); #80 Killebrew (7); #88 Ashburn (8); #106 Herzog (8); #120 Mathews (7); #136 Alston (8.5); #141 B. Williams/ROOKIE (7); #150 Mays (6); #200 Spahn (7); #211 Gibson (7); #224 Gordon (8); #260 Drysdale (7); #287 Yastrzemski (7); #290 Musial (7); #300 Mantle (8/OC); #307 Mantle/WS Game#2 (7); #311 Ford WS Game#6 (7); #312 Mazeroski/WS Game#7 (7); #344 Koufax (7); #350 Banks (7); #360 F. Robinson (7); #388 Clemente (8/MC); #401 Ruth/Baseball Thrills (8); #404 Hornsby/Baseball Thrills (7); #405 Gehrig/Baseball Thrills (7); #406 Mantle/Baseball Thrills; #407 Chesbro/Baseball Thrills (8); #408 Mathewson/Baseball Thrills (8); #409 Johnson/Baseball Thrills (7); #415 Aaron (7); #417 Marichal/ROOKIE (7); #425 Berra (7); #429 Kaline (7); #430 Mazeroski (7); #435 Cepeda (7); #440 Aparicio (8); #443 Snider (8); #455 Wynn (7); #471 Rizzuto/MVP (7); #472 Berra/MVP (7); #475 Mantle/MVP (7); #477 Fox/MVP (7); #480 Campanella/MVP (7); #482 Mays/MVP (7); #484 Aaron/MVP (7); #485 Banks/MVP (7); #490 Bunning (7); #505 Schoendienst (7); #517 McCovey (7); #570 Fox/All-Star (8); #571 Mazeroski/All-Star (7); #572 B. Robinson/All-Star (7); #574 Aparicio/All-Star (8.5); #575 Banks/All-Star (7); #576 Maris/All-Star (8); #577 Aaron/All-Star (7); #578 Mantle/All-Star (7); #579 Mays/All-Star (7); #580 Kaline/All-Star (7); #581 F. Robinson/All-Star (7); #586 Ford/All-Star (7); #589/Spahn/All-Star (7)

As is the case with virtually all of the post WWII sets, the most valuable subject is Mickey Mantle with the 1961 Topps set including FIVE different subjects of "The Mick" (#300, #307, #406, #475, #578). Further delighting hobbyists are the THREE different subjects for both Aaron and Mays as well as the "Baseball Thrills" cards of our National Pastimes by-gone heroes such as Ruth, Gehrig, Mathewson, Johnson, Hornsby and Chesbro. A simply amazing 100% complete PSA Graded collection, its seemingly infinite array of baseball immortals, brilliant aesthetics and 7.45 Weighted GPA all combine to place it as a significantly advanced 1961 gathering. As previously stated, the Memory Lane website provides a direct link to view this entire set (titled "TOPPS 1961 RBJ") and its respective grades/population figures on the PSA Set Registry.

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MIN BID $3,500

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