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1953 Topps set-questions

coinkatcoinkat Posts: 22,671 ✭✭✭✭✭

With the exception of Mantle and Mays, how difficult would it be to put together a raw set that would have a grade range between 4 and 8? And what is a reasonable grade to really have raw and the more common cards graded? Possibly 7 or 8 or is there not enough interest to even have them graded at that level?

Are high numbers after 220 worth grading?

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  • 19541954 Posts: 2,866 ✭✭✭

    The 1953 Topps set is extremely popular and one that gets plenty of attention from the collecting community. There are two ways to collect this. One will take more money up front but in the long run will save you a ton of money. The other option being opposite of that plan. My plan in making sets is to purchase two sets ranging from VG to Nrmt and merge the sets. Once you have done this, the set you are keeping will most likely improve significantly (technically still ranging from VG to Nrmt) but overall the appearance will be stronger. Sell the lower grade set - rinse and repeat three or four times. Now your set consists of a Ex to NRMT+ cards.
    To answer your question, it would be too expensive to make a 1953 Topps set a card at a time. There is a huge interest in all grades from this set.

    Hope that helps.

    Shane

    Looking for high grade rookie cards and unopened boxes/cases
  • coinkatcoinkat Posts: 22,671 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks... I appreciate the comments. I have some concerns about rarity and the surviving population of various cards. My initial impression is that there are some affordable cards for some good players back in the day. I would expect more interest in players like Gus Zernial, Hank Sauer and Luke Easter... I agree that a one card at a time is not going to be productive. I am just trying measure how tough the high numbers are... the sp high numbers and then the early numbers including the sp and how condition rarity may come into play. And I am not taking about 9-10 as it is obvious those are condition rarities. But how difficult are some of these in the 6 and 7 range is sort of thought provoking.

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  • bobsbbcardsbobsbbcards Posts: 3,254 ✭✭✭

    @1954 said:
    My plan in making sets is to purchase two sets....merge....sell the lower grade set....rinse and repeat three or four times.
    Shane

    That describes my collecting life (maybe not the three or four times part). Good luck with the '53s. :)

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