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    1953 Topps Baseball Strips Forming a Complete Sheet (10 Strips of 10). Exceptionally scarce find surfaced almost twenty-five years ago in the warehouse of a carting company hired by Topps to dispose of their salvage in the 1950's. While this company was particularly effective in its work, with not a single uncut sheet from the 1953 set known to the hobby today, somehow these one hundred cards survived in the form of ten horizontally cut strips of ten. A bit of jigsaw puzzle work proved this to be a partially cut complete sheet, providing the collecting community with a singularly unique treasure. For the cardboard historians among us, the reconstructed sheet acts as a Rosetta Stone of sorts, providing clues as to why some cards from the second great Topps set are relatively easy to locate, and others particularly difficult. Eighty different cards are featured here, numbered from one to eighty-five, with twenty duplicates. We can then assume that the five missing (numbers 10, 44, 61, 72 and 81) were printed at a later date. While cards 1 through 165 are lumped together as to value by most price guides, scarcity among some low numbers, which is explained here, prove this to be an imperfect system. Having addressed the intriguing Topps forensics, we'll turn our intentions to the specifics of this particular sheet, noting first that the important Jackie Robinson #1, Roy Campanella #27 and Mickey Mantle #82 are present and accounted for, each appearing in spectacular NM/MT condition or better after having been protected by the surrounding cards for decades. Other Hall of Famers appearing at least once: Schoendienst, Feller, Irvin, Mize, Slaughter, Reese and Mathews. While we must stress that Jackie, Campy and Mickey are each blessed by perfectly balanced cuts at top and bottom, in other cases the cuts are too high or low, so as to travel into the boun

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    26th Friday
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