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    The only confirmed 1st Series pack in PSA population!

    1952 Topps Baseball 1st Series 5-Cent Wax Pack, PSA NM 7. We had won the war, rescued western civilization from genocidal totalitarianism, and we felt as if there was no stopping us. America was going big. The ownership at Topps Chewing Gum felt it--the name itself was an expression of that infectious confidence. Though the company had dipped its toe into the trading card waters with its Hopalong Cassidy issue of 1950, Sy Berger--widely considered "the father of the modern baseball card"--set about constructing something both unprecedented and unequivocal the next fall. In both the number of entries and the dimensions of each individual card, his creation was larger than any single-year issue to date, an audaciously bold debut. That creation was 1952 Topps Baseball.

    Today Berger's masterpiece stands in an abridged Mount Rushmore of the hobby--just three inhabitants instead of four--1909-11 T206, 1933 Goudey and the 1952 Topps issue this lot represents. Certainly it goes without saying that only the tiniest handful remain in larval state, never having burst like a vibrant butterfly from its original wax cocoon.

    But even in that tiny assembly of virgin survivors, the offered specimen distinguishes itself, standing alone at the top of the "1st Series" PSA population. That inaugural series focused heavily on the red-hot Big Apple baseball scene--remember that the Dodgers, Giants and Yankees were the top finishers in 1951. Possible contents include Phil Rizzuto, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges and Monte Irvin, as well as fellow Hall of Famers Warren Spahn and Robin Roberts. This is an investment-quality piece, enjoying a meteoric rise that has seen its value increase exponentially over the past decade and a half.


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    February, 2020
    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
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