Fifth Anniversary Auction - Closes August 12, 2017
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 8/13/2017

Much was made of the 1952 Topps Cliff Fannin - this example - that was presented in our Spring, 2017 auction.  The card is exceptionally rare, one of just two known specimens.  The card's appearance in the hobby was greeted with much fanfare among signed 1952 Topps set completists, as it was long-considered one of the "impossible" cards due to Fannin's early passing, along with his relatively brief and uneventful career.  Prior to our last auction, word that we had obtained one resulted in several different calls from collectors prepared to make significant private offers.  Within several days of the auction launch, we received a note from the owner of the other known example - a relative of Fannin's who had the card in his private collection.  We sat back in anticipation of spirited bidding.

And then no bids came.

Perplexed, we began fielding calls and emails from collectors during the auction, asking us to reduce the (admittedly high) opening bid.  As that is not our policy, we declined, and the auction closed without the card having received a bid.  And then, within minutes of the auction closing, we received the first of what would ultimately be eight private offers for the card - most of which were higher than the opening bid.

Rather than accept one of those private offers, we have elected to re-run the card, with a lower opening bid, and allow the card to be sold to the highest bidder.  Completing a signed 1952 Topps set is an aggressive goal, and with only one or two known examples of several different cards, we understand that values are difficult to determine.  However, we also feel strongly about giving all the collectors who have interest in obtaining this card a chance at winning it.

Signed 1952 Tops #285 Cliff Flannin (PSA/DNA)Signed 1952 Tops #285 Cliff Flannin (PSA/DNA)
Signed 1952 Tops #285 Cliff Flannin (PSA/DNA)
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $500
Final prices include buyers premium.: $5,843
Number Bids: 13
Auction closed on Sunday, August 13, 2017.
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