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A very presentable collector's grade assembly of the landmark 1952 Topps set that comprises 97% of the so-called First Series "Low Numbers." Assembled in 1952 by our consignor with funds he patiently earned delivering newspapers, buying wax packs, and trading duplicates with friends, the offered near set shows more than a few signs of moderate handling and circulation, but it is a true collector's effort now hitting the market for the first time in over 60 years. Although it had previously produced a few smaller sets, the Brooklyn-based Topps Company released its famous first major set in the summer of 1952, and it set the bubble-blowing, baseball card collecting kingdom on fire. The set was printed on six consecutive 100-card sheets, produced over the course of that memorable summer, which culminated with the Yankees narrowly defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series, thanks in large part to rookie Billy Martin's superhuman, game-saving, bases loaded, seventh inning catch of a Jackie Robinson infield pop up (fast forward to 2:22 for Jackie' entire at-bat, in which he hammers a foul out of the stadium, or watch the whole thing if you've got three hours). Martin's card, his rookie card, is included in the offered assembly, as are the cards of many other Yankees, but not Mickey Mantle. Mantle's famous 1952 Topps #311 card along with Jackie's #312 high number were printed on the sixth and final 100-card sheet produced late that summer by Topps and then distributed very late in the fall. By then, however, the Yankees had already defeated Brooklyn, and neither retailers nor kid consumers seemed to want the now outdated baseball cards from the 1952 season, hence the reason the Mantle and other "High Number" cards are so scarce. Our consignor corroborates this story, as he quickly turned his collecting focus to Bowman Football cards after the World Series. In fact, he had already stopped his collecting of the 1952 Topps baseball set after Topps had issued its Fourth Series, cards numbered 191-250, earlier that fall. Offered here is a near complete run of those First through Fourth Series cards in average VG to VG-EX condition, with some worse and quite a few better. Please note that all the First Series cards are Red Backs, which must have been a result of regional distribution (our consignor collected these in upper New York), and about 60% of the cards show light water stains along the bottom borders. But don't just take our word for it. Click the scans below once to enlarge them, and then click the white icon in the lower right corner to super-size them and judge for yourself. A tremendous value that will go a long way in helping anyone build his or her 1952 Topps dream set!

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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,994
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
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