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The 1986 Topps set was one of the first of the late 1980s and 1990s issues to be identified as "junk wax" over the last two decades. In more recent years, however, collectors have gained a new appreciation for the set's condition sensitivity and pleasing aesthetic design. Similar to the notoriously challenging 1971 Topps baseball set, the black bordered design on front makes high-grade copies of both the set's stars and common cards a challenge to find. Only three examples of card #28 Eric Davis and only seven examples of card #290 Ryne Sandberg have ever surfaced in PSA 10 Gem Mint condition, for example, and those fetch about $800 or $900 these days when they occasionally surface for sale. Nolan Ryan and even Andre Dawson fetch about $400 to $500. Although massively overproduced, the cards are far tougher than most collectors realized, and decades from now the 1986 Topps baseball set may prove to be one of the iconic company's most collected. VintageCardPrices.com lists the value of a completely PSA 10 graded set at $23,258, but only 722 of the set's 798 cards have realized the Gem Mint 10 grade, which leaves 76 different cards to search for potential PSA 10 Pop 1s.
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Minimum Bid: $250
Final prices include buyers premium: $599
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
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