Lot # 1429: 1973 Topps "1953 Reprints" Complete Set on Uncut Panel Including Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige

Starting Bid: $300.00

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Item was in Auction "REA Fall 2018",
which ran from 10/5/2018 5:00 PM to
10/28/2018 7:00 PM

Presented is an extremely rare and fascinating uncut panel featuring a complete eight-card set of the "1953 Topps Reprints" series produced in 1973, one of the most mysterious of all Topps test issues, highlighted by Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige. According to The Standard Card Catalog, some sources say that these sets were produced for distribution as table favors at a Topps banquet. That is certainly a possibility. Whatever their purpose, and however they were distributed (if at all), just about all of the known examples in the hobby can be traced directly to Topps creative director Woody Gelman, who worked side by side with Sy Berger from the earliest days of Topps. The set is not exactly a reprint set, but it did utilize the original 1953 Topps artworks of the players included. There is no evidence that this set was ever actually issued in packs. Uncut panels of "1953 Topps Reprints" are extremely rare. In fact, this is the first uncut panel that we can recall ever handling. The uncut panel is a complete final process panel with a fully printed reverse. Outstanding Near Mint condition! This is an extremely impressive uncut panel representing a complete set of these scarce and desirable Topps test cards. Dimensions: 11 x 8.75 inches. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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