Spring, 2017 Premier Auction - Closes April 1, 2017
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On several occasions and in several places, we have written about the magnitude of our "Texas Find," an enormous collection of cards ranging from 1948 through 2007 consigned by a wonderful family we met last Spring.  Initially part of the collection of a gentleman who passed on nearly ten years ago, it primarily included complete card sets.  However, one of the collector's true passions was building a set of signed 1952 Topps, many of which he obtained in person.  After pulling together the entire collection and sorting the "loose" cards, we discovered more than 600 autographed '52s, some in triplicate, obviously to be used as trade bait with other collectors.

Many of the signed cards have been sold individually in our last two auctions, including most of the rarities.  At the same time, we have observed the spirited bidding for individual cards with enthusiasm, mostly because it is exciting to see autographed cards beginning to come into their own, from a popularity standpoint.  More and more people are building complete autographed sets, and exploring the idea of building autographed vintage sets.

The granddaddy of all the signed vintage sets is, of course, 1952 Topps.  Never mind acquiring the valuable Mickey Mantle, expensive due to its extreme popularity - there are significant rarities created due to the untimely passing of several of the issue's subjects, with several of the set's cards not known to exist in autographed form anywhere.  

The enthusiasm with which signed '52 collectors are building their sets provided us with an incentive to build one enormous lot of cards - more than half the set, complete and autographed, each authenticated and encapsulated by PSA/DNA.  Never have we seen a collection this large, offered all at once.  Best of all, it includes 50 of the set's elusive high number cards - an unbelievable number to be offered all at once.

A complete list of the signed cards is as follows:  4, 5, 6, 9, 10 Rosen, 12, 13, 15 Pesky, 16 Hermanski, 17, 19,20,  21 Fain, 22 DiMaggio, 23, 25, 27 Jethroe, 29 Kluszewski, 30, 31, 32, 35 Sauer, 38, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 49, 51, 52, 53, 55, 56, 57 Lopat, 58,  60, 62, 64, 66 Roe, 69, 70, 71, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 79, 81 Law, 82, 83, 85, 86, 87, 89, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98 Pierce, 99 Woodling, 101, 103 Mapes, 104, 105, 106 Vernon, 107,  108 Konstanty, 109, 111, 112, 113, 115, 116, 118, 119, 121,  122 Jensen, 123, 124, 125, 127, 128, 131, 136, 138, 141, 142, 143, 144, 146, 148, 150, 153, 156, 157, 159, 160, 162,  165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 176, 177, 179, 180, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 190, 192, 194, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200 Houk, 201, 202, 203, 205, 206, 208, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215 Bauer, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 225, 226, 229, 230, 233, 234, 236, 237, 240, 241, 242,  243 Doby, 244, 246, 248, 249, 250 Erskine, 251 Carrasquel, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 262, 264, 265, 266, 267, 269, 270, 271, 272, 274, 275, 276, 277 Wynn, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 286, 288, 289, 290, 291 (trimmed), 292, 293, 294 (trimmed), 295, 297, 298, 299, 300, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 313 Thomson, 316, 317, 318, 320, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 334 Mizell, 335, 337, 338, 341, 342, 347 Adcock, 349, 351, 353, 354, 355, 357, 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365 Lavagetto, 366, 269 Groat, 370, 371, 372 McDougald, 373, 380, 385, 390, 391, 398, 399, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406 Nuxhall.

While all of the cards have been authenticated by PSA/DNA, none have been assigned numerical grades, either for the cards or the autographs.  While most present extremely well, a few have the autographs covered with clear tape, and a few exhibit writing or other damage on the reverse.  Otherwise, an outstanding collection of autographed 1952 Topps, representing 65% of the set.  266 cards total, including 50 high numbers.

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Autographed 1952 Topps Partial Set (266/407) w/HOFers and 50 High Numbers
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Minimum Bid: $2,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $37,200
Number Bids: 33
Auction closed on Sunday, April 2, 2017.
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