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We received this 1962 Topps Presentation Set, along with similar sets from '59 and '61, from the estate of a Hall of Fame elected baseball writer just days before the 2008 Chicago Sun Times show. One quick look at the set, and we knew we had one of the nicest '62 Topps sets we'd ever seen. We quickly selected 250 cards for grading and submitted them to PSA at the show, essentially hogging the overloaded grading team at PSA for the first two days of the show. The first and only time this set has been literally glanced at and subjected to review by PSA, here's what we got: (28) PSA 9s, (37) PSA 8.5s, (93) PSA 8s, (8) PSA 7.5s, (26) PSA 7s, and (4) cards graded PSA 6.5 or below, for a bewildering GPA of 8.05 (of the graded cards only). An additional (54) cards have been called MINSIZERQ by PSA, and another (1) has been called MISCUT, but the remaining 348 are being offered in "raw" form in their original navy blue "Limited Edition Collector's Set" boxes. The ungraded portion of the set ranges from EX, due primarily to centering, all the way up to NM/MT, or better, while the boxes themselves are in superior NM/MT to even MINT condition. What's the deal with the MINSIZERQ and MISCUTs from PSA, you ask? Good question... the answer to which can be found in the description for our 1961 Topps Presentation Set. As for this '62 masterpiece, the GPA of the graded portion alone should more than adequately suggest that this is, frankly, one hell of a set, one of the nicest these eyes have ever seen. The colors, not just of the clean and well-focused images but even of the iconic woodgrain borders as well, are profoundly bold. While there may be some occasional NM/MT corner wear here and there, the ever susceptible edges, much to the delight of any '62 enthusiast, are virtually immaculate, almost as if this superior Presentation Set had undergone an alternative form of cutting, which could very well explain the mysterious and of course debatable MINSIZERQs. A grader's dream come true, this superior set comes with our highest recommendation. Although Presentation Sets are well known to contain vastly superior cards than wax, cello, and vending boxes, there's still some degree of variability in what you actually get, just like cards from some wax boxes might be covered in print and off-centered, while cards from another wax box are clean and accurately cut. The variability in Presentation Sets is of course not nearly as pronounced, but suffice it to say that some are better than others, and some are simply the best. The offered Presentation miracle is, without question and without reserve, one of the latter. It is, to borrow a cliché from the limited lexicon of substandard hobby linguistics: "one of the best." PSA 9 MINT: 155, 156, 213 Ashburn, 214, 216, 218 Torre, 251 Yankees Team, 286, 370 Boyer, 402, 423 Rival Relief, 434, 436, 440, 444, 464, 510, 518, 521, 523, 534, 559, 568, 583, 586, 590, 591, 592 (OC). PSA 8.5 NM/MT+: 34, 66, 114, 151, 172, 184, 201, 220, 228, 245, 267, 273, 327, 334, 338, 341, 371, 374, 379, 380 Burdette, 398 Drysdale AS, 406, 419, 421, 451, 461, 474, 476, 488, 495, 519, 522, 524, 526, 529, 531, 585. PSA 8 NM/MT: 21 Kaat, 27, 29 Stengel, 32, 70 Killebrew, 118, 135 Babe Boy, 137 Babe & Huggins, 142 Babe Dodgers, 149, 163, 174, 180, 197, 200 Mantle, 202, 204, 206, 212, 217, 219, 222, 232 WS1, 235 WS Ford, 236 WS5, 243 Roberts, 246, 249, 252, 256, 257, 258, 260, 261, 262, 275, 277 CL, 279, 289, 291, 292, 304, 310 Ford, 335, 346, 348, 362, 366, 367 CL, 368, 372, 385 Wynn, 387 Brock, 391 Maz AS, 392, 395 Mays AS, 396 F. Robinson AS, 400 Howard, 409, 411, 414, 427, 432, 437, 452, 455, 458, 460 Bunning, 462, 463 Bauer, 465, 470 Kaline AS, 484, 486, 489, 492, 493, 496, 508, 513, 515, 525, 527, 532, 569, 575, 580, 581, 587, 588, 593, 596 Pepitone. PSA 7.5 NM+: 143 Babe Hero, 250 Cash, 317 Musial 21st, 318 Mantle Switch, 378, 471 Mantle AS, 474 Ford AS, 567. PSA 7 NM: 12, 25, 45 B. Robinson, 65, 68, 205, 233, 234 WS Maris, 237 WS Celebrate, 254, 281, 288 Williams, 308, 342, 375, 382, 388, 394 Aaron AS, 405, 435, 450, 468 B. Robinson AS, 505 Marichal, 507, 511, 589. PSA 6.5 EX/MT+: 320 Aaron. PSA 6 EX/MT: 150, 512, 544. MINSIZERQ: 5 Koufax, 20, 86, 120, 124, 162, 164, 167, 168, 177, 178, 182, 186, 187, 203, 207, 208, 210, 226, 255, 263, 300 Mays, 302, 331, 349, 350 Robinson, 383, 430, 466, 472, 473, 478, 482, 487, 502, 509, 517, 520, 530 Gibson, 535, 536, 537, 542, 547, 551, 556, 557, 558, 573, 577, 578, 595, 597, 598. MISCUT: 227. Please note that this description differs from our catalog description to account for card #200, Mickey Mantle, which has been graded PSA 8 NM/MT.

1962 Topps Complete Presentation Set with PSA Graded1962 Topps Complete Presentation Set with PSA Graded1962 Topps Complete Presentation Set with PSA Graded1962 Topps Complete Presentation Set with PSA Graded
1962 Topps Complete Presentation Set with PSA Graded
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Minimum Bid: $2,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $23,940.63
Number Bids: 18
Auction closed on Thursday, March 26, 2009.

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