AUCTION NAME: REA SPRING 2014

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LOT 497:  Impossibly Rare High-Grade 1952 Topps #307 Frank Campos "Black Star" Variation
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CURRENT BID:  $17,000.00

Start:  4/9/2007 12:00:00 PM EST 

End:  4/29/2007 3:00:00 AM EST

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  STARTING BID:  $1,000.00

BID COUNT:  28 (Bid History)

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Graded NM+ 86 by SGC. Only example graded at this level, with only one other known to be graded higher (the other example is graded NM-MT 8 by PSA). Extremely rare example of the 1952 Topps "Black Star" printing variation of Frank Campos, Washington. This variation card is truly one of the great rarities of all modern cards. It is so rare that it is virtually unknown, is currently only checklisted by Beckett (who does not provide a value, citing its extreme rarity), has not yet even been listed in The Standard Catalog, and has just recently been formally recognized and listed by SGC and PSA. This card was issued with a "Black Star" overprint on the reverse. To be clear, one of the three red stars on the reverse has been overprinted in black ink. This is by far the rarest of all 1952 Topps variations. The fact that it is from such a popular modern issue makes this card all the more interesting. Our research has led us to believe that only a few examples have ever been found. T206 has its nearly impossible "Doyle, N.Y. Nat'l." variation, and 1952 Topps has its #307 Frank Campos "Black Star" variation. The card is bright and crisp, both front and back, with four sharp corners, and would grade Nr/Mt-Mt, but has been downgraded to NM+ by SGC due to a very slight tilt to the image. Because of its great rarity, there is no consensus of value for this card. We are confident the auction process will provide clarity. The only other example we have seen appear at auction was the SGC GD 30 example which was presented as Lot 381 in REA's spring 2006 auction. That was the very first time this variation was ever formally documented. That example sold for $4,640, and being in only good condition was probably not a candidate for a PSA or SGC Registry set. This is an extremely high grade example worthy of any high-grade 1952 Topps set. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).
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