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The Official 1956 Topps "50th Anniversary" Thread

Welcome to The Official 1956 Topps "50th Anniversary" Thread. My name is Neil B. Downey. I am a 56er.
I am starting this thread in hopes of forming a type of 1956 Topps club. All collectors are welcome provided that you follow a few simple guidelines. All people that post here should be respectful of each other and each other's collections. All of our collections are priceless to us. Let's treat the others guy's collection (no matter what the SMR value) as we do our own. This could be a great place to post our want/trade/sell lists. Let's try to help each other in an honest and open manner. Please don't conduct business openly on this thread. All sales and trades can be conducted privately so that if they don't work out - no one looks like a jeck on an open forum. This could also be a great place to post important and interesting information on this beautiful 50 year old set. Hopefully we can set a high example of what card collecting was like before the sharks came into the water. Good luck with all of your sets. Neil
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    Hi Guys, Here is a list of PSA 7 NQ 1956 Topps cards that I am either looking to upgrade from a PSA 6 or replace with a higher grade PSA 7 card. I also have some PSA 6 NQ and 7 NQ cards for sale or trade. Let me know if any of you have any that I could use. Neil

    Qty. Player's Name No. Back
    1 Warren Giles 2 White
    2 Ted Williams 5 White
    3 Hank Aaron 31 White
    4 Sandy Koufax 79 White
    5 Eddie Mathews 107 Gray
    6 Willie Mays 130 Gray
    7 Ray Narleski 133 Gray
    8 Mickey Mantle 135 Gray
    9 Dave Pope 154 Gray
    10 White Sox Team 188 Gray
    11 Bob Friend 221 Gray
    12 Hershell Freeman 242 Gray
    13 Tom Gorman 246 Gray
    14 Yankees Team 251 Gray
    15 Pee Wee Reese 260 Gray
    16 George Zuverink 276 Gray
    17 Jim Gilliam 280 Gray
    18 Checklist 1/3 - Gray
    19 Checklist 2/4 - Gray
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    1420sports1420sports Posts: 3,473 ✭✭✭
    One of my favorite cards ... slight tilt but the color on the card looks much better than the scan!

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    collecting various PSA and SGC cards
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    Thanks Neil.. I have joined--------Tony
    Rangerman / ARMEDPILOT

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    qualitycardsqualitycards Posts: 2,811 ✭✭✭
    This is one of my favorites in the set, I sold it a few months ago
    and regretted it. Neal, nice Aaron...jay


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    1420sports1420sports Posts: 3,473 ✭✭✭
    very nice Jay ... sometimes we need to sell cards however, and last time I checked I think you do that for a living! image

    that has been a Koufax I have considered for my HOF set.
    collecting various PSA and SGC cards
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    BugOnTheRugBugOnTheRug Posts: 1,611 ✭✭✭
    nice scans guys!
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    Neal and Jay,
    Those are great scans and really nice cards. The artwork from this set is classic and among the best Topps has ever produced.

    Don't worry guys...I'm not getting aboard this train. image

    Hey NBD; give the uninitiated the skinny on:
    ----white back versus grey back

    ----team card variations

    ---- the toughest commons in this set.

    ...and show us some scans. If it's in an NBD set the cards gotta be nice. image
    RayBShotz
    Never met a Vintage card I didn't like!
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    Lothar52Lothar52 Posts: 2,664 ✭✭✭
    it was my first set...i love it....i will try and scan some of my cards.....ive done more with the 57 due to the greater challenge from centering issues...but i love the 56 set and will never sell my set.

    loth
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    1420sports1420sports Posts: 3,473 ✭✭✭
    The Aaron is one of my favorite cards. I also have a PSA 4 - that was one of my first "old" cards as a kid of 13 in 1980. One day I would like to upgrade my 7 to an 8. BTW, that is Mays sliding into home NOT Henry

    Ray - I agree, the design is very nice.
    collecting various PSA and SGC cards
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    lostdart58lostdart58 Posts: 2,938 ✭✭✭
    I am confused...........A new poster attempted to start a 56 thread, looking for interest. Instead of using that thread this thread was started...........

    I would be insulted..........
    Collector of:Baseball
    1955 Bowman Raw complete with 90% Ex-NR or better

    Now seeking 1949 Eureka Sportstamps...NM condition
    Working on '78 Autographed set now 99.9% complete -
    Working on '89 Topps autoed set now complete


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    WinPitcherWinPitcher Posts: 27,726 ✭✭✭
    The other poster neglected to use the "OFFICIAL" tag in his title.

    NO Biggie, post on both if you wish.

    Steve
    Good for you.
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    jaxxrjaxxr Posts: 1,258 ✭✭
    The 1956 Topps Baseball set is probably my all-time favorite. Lots of other great sets indeed, but if I had to pick only one to have this would be the choice.

    Horizontal format features a facial close-up and an intersting side shot, either in-action or posed. Some really interesting pictures showing Ebbets Feild and Shibe Park, among others, in the background. Plenty of HOFers are included and it's the first major set to have team cards too. The back shows three, sometimes truly clever, cartoons as well as season and lifetime stats lines. Not cheap by any means, however somewhat affordable when compared to many other sets of the 50s. The size is nicely quite variable, 340 without checklists is basic, you have team card variations and checklists in a standard "Master", white or grey back possibilities on 180 cards could make a very large "Full- Master" set.

    The Ted Williams card # 5 , and several other less popular numbers, are known to have a very minor variation, the line color near the top of the player name box. I belive Teddy Ballgame's card may be found with red, yellow, green, blue, or no line. Anyone aware of any other colors or obsure variations ??


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    Hi Guys, Here are a few cards that I have available for sale or trade if anyone needs any. Thanks for looking. Neil

    Qty. Player No. PSA Notes
    1 Orioles Team  100 6 Top 5 hardest team cards based on pop report. Last PSA 7 sold for over $200
    2 Jim Owens  114 7 Tough card to get in a PSA 7
    3 Pirates Team  121 6 Top 5 hardest team cards based on pop report. Last PSA 7 sold for $213.50
    4 Clint Courtney 159 7 Top 10 hardest player cards in the set based on pop report.
    5 Smoky Burgess  192 7 Tough card to get in a PSA 7
    6 Irv Noren   253 6 Top 5 hardest player cards in the set based on pop report. Last PSA 7 sold for over $250
    7 Dale Mitchell  268 6 Top 5 hardest cards in the set based on the pop report. Last PSA 7 sold for over $200
    8 Foster Castleman 271 6 Top 10 hardest cards in the set based on the pop report. Last PSA 7 sold for over $125
    9 Hal Naragon  311 7 Top 15 hardest player cards in the set based on pop report.
    10 Jerry Coleman 316 7 Tough High series Yankee card to get in a PSA 7
    11 Bob Miller 334 7 Top 10 hardest player cards in the set based on pop report.
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    It's been an emotional week....had to part with my 52 Topps; Martin RC, Snider and Rizzuto not to mention the elusive 59 Fleer Ted Williams #68 ! Put most of it back into my 56 set with the additions of Kaline, Kluszewski, Washington Nationals Team, Rizzuto and quite a few commons all in PSA 7. I don't like the idea of selling HOF players cards to buy commons! Anyone else have this problem?
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    I love this set, but have had to give it a rest in favor of other pursuits. I plan to get back to it later to it later this year. These are a few of my favorites from my 56 collection:

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    Until I get back to the 56 set, all of my graded singles (about 70 cards) are available on my website www.southfloridasportscards.com.

    The cards range from PSA 5-9 and include stars and commons.
    View my inventory of PSA Graded Cards at My Ebay Store
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    David- that Spahn is a winner! Very nice.

    I always thought the 56 set didn't get enough love. Some of the nicest cards from the 50's are IMhO in the 56 set. Ford, Mantle, Killebrew, Koufax to name a few. I was never crazy about the Aaaron & the Mays, I thought the "head shot" was redundant , I hate when Topps used the same photo more than once on a card, especially with a major star. They did this a lot in the later sixties with Aaron (68-69), B.Robby (67&69) and Carew (68-69).

    The 56 is still a great set, enjoy it guys!
    Whoever said we wash away with the rain ?
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    jaxxrjaxxr Posts: 1,258 ✭✭
    Lets post a bit more about this great set, hate to see the thread wilt away ........

    My favorite card (non HOFer) from the set is # 125 Minnie Minoso, super colors in the portriat along with a splendid action shot of Minnie sliding into Phil Rizzuto.
    Also really like; Glen Gorbous # 174 Shibe Park in the background of the posed small side shot, Don Besssent # 184 Ebbets Field shows its billboards very well, also Pete Runnells, Sad Sam Jones, Stan Lopata, Harry Brecheen, Mickey McDermott, and at least 100 more are just outstanding.

    Only un-favorite HOFer is Mickey Mantle, perhaps his least attractive facial pose on any of his cards. The teeth / smile look kind of "odd". The nice action shot of him going into the stands to try a catch almost makes up for it.

    Who's your picks, anyone agree with my feeling about the 1956 Mick ?

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    I'm no Mantle expert but his card looks awsome to me. I like it more then any other Mantle issue from Topps post 57.
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    pandrewspandrews Posts: 7,598 ✭✭✭


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    StingrayStingray Posts: 8,843 ✭✭✭


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    Great likeness.


    Stingray
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    Hi Guys, I thought that I would do some research on which PSA 7 and PSA 8 graded 1956 Topps cards have the lowest quantities as per the PSA pop report. I broke them down to a top 40 for the basic set and top 50 for a master set by using both pop totals for 7s and 8s. As we all know, there may be some collectors that have found a few harder or easier to get for their collections. This is meant to be just a useful guide for those that don't have access to the pop report. If anyone has any comments on these listings, we would all be interested in hearing them. "Happy Hunting" - Neil


    1956 Topps Basic Set

    Qty. Card No. Player's Name PSA 7 PSA 8
    1  253  IRV NOREN 45 47
    2  268  DALE MITCHELL 57 38
    3  271  FOSTER CASTLEMAN 48 47
    4  188  WHITE SOX TEAM 47 48
    5  159  CLINT COURTNEY 51 47
    6  334  BOB MILLER 49 49
    7  339  RANCE PLESS 57 44
    8  326  CONNIE JOHNSON 57 45
    9  263  BOB MILLER 53 51
    10  319  JACK CRIMIAN 40 63
    11  232  TOBY ATWELL 48 56
    12  306  CURT ROBERTS 55 51
    13  254  GEORGE CROWE 53 54
    14  252  VERNON LAW 62 47
    15  311  HAL NARAGON 49 59
    16  328  PRESTON WARD 54 58
    17  117  VIRGIL TRUCKS 60 53
    18  258  ART DITMAR 59 54
    19  248  BOB PORTERFIELD 59 54
    20  308  CHUCK HARMON 54 59
    21  192  SMOKY BURGESS 44 68
    22  336  ELLIS KINDER 43 70
    23  227  RUSS MEYER 49 65
    24  261  BOBBY SHANTZ 58 58
    25  244  BOB BUHL 63 54
    26  131  BOB ROSELLI 60 57
    27  231  BOB HALE 47 69
    28  249  JOHNNY KLIPPSTEIN 55 62
    29  185  BILL BRUTON 60 59
    30  126  JIM BRADY 58 61
    31  161  JOE DeMAESTRI 56 63
    32  276  GEORGE ZUVERINK 63 57
    33  193  WILMER MIZELL 59 63
    34  283  HAL SMITH 56 66
    35  242  HERSHELL FREEMAN 57 66
    36  179  HARRY CHITI 65 59
    37  338  JIM DELSING 63 61
    38  291  FRANK KELLERT 59 66
    39  219  LEW BURDETTE 67 59
    40  189  NED GARVER 66 60






    1956 Topps Master Set

    Qty. Card No. Player's Name Variation PSA 7 PSA 8
    1  95  BRAVES TEAM  NDNL 25 16
    2  100  ORIOLES TEAM  DATED 31 19
    3  90  REDLEGS TEAM  NDNL 26 28
    4  100  ORIOLES TEAM  NDNL 33 26
    5  100  ORIOLES TEAM  NDNC 41 20
    6  72  PHILLIES TEAM  NDNL 46 18
    7  11  CUBS TEAM  DATED 29 36
    8  72  PHILLIES TEAM  DATED 36 31
    9  90  REDLEGS TEAM  DATED 34 33
    10  85  INDIANS TEAM  DATED 35 34
    11  85  INDIANS TEAM  NDNL 38 32
    12  95  BRAVES TEAM  NDNC 43 36
    13  11  CUBS TEAM  NDNL 46 36
    14  95  BRAVES TEAM  DATED 49 41
    15  253  IRV NOREN 45 47
    16  268  DALE MITCHELL 57 38
    17  271  FOSTER CASTLEMAN 48 47
    18  11  CUBS TEAM  NDNC 56 40
    19  188  WHITE SOX TEAM 47 48
    20  159  CLINT COURTNEY 51 47
    21  334  BOB MILLER 49 49
    22  339  RANCE PLESS 57 44
    23  326  CONNIE JOHNSON 57 45
    24  85  INDIANS TEAM  NDNC 61 42
    25  263  BOB MILLER 53 51
    26  319  JACK CRIMIAN 40 63
    27  232  TOBY ATWELL 48 56
    28  306  CURT ROBERTS 55 51
    29  254  GEORGE CROWE 53 54
    30  90  REDLEGS TEAM  NDNC 63 46
    31  252  VERNON LAW 62 47
    32  311  HAL NARAGON 49 59
    33  328  PRESTON WARD 54 58
    34  72  PHILLIES TEAM  NDNC 78 37
    35  117  VIRGIL TRUCKS 60 53
    36  258  ART DITMAR 59 54
    37  248  BOB PORTERFIELD 59 54
    38  308  CHUCK HARMON 54 59
    39  192  SMOKY BURGESS 44 68
    40  336  ELLIS KINDER 43 70
    41  227  RUSS MEYER 49 65
    42  261  BOBBY SHANTZ 58 58
    43  244  BOB BUHL 63 54
    44  131  BOB ROSELLI 60 57
    45  231  BOB HALE 47 69
    46  249  JOHNNY KLIPPSTEIN 55 62
    47  185  BILL BRUTON 60 59
    48  126  JIM BRADY 58 61
    49  161  JOE DeMAESTRI 56 63
    50  276  GEORGE ZUVERINK 63 57


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    StingrayStingray Posts: 8,843 ✭✭✭
    I am sure you have seen those checklists up on Ebay?


    Stingray
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    Hi Stringray, As with any card in any set - If you throw enough money at them then you can get them. All of the cards on these lists are available to buy or win on Ebay from time to time. However, just about all of them will sell for a premium of 1.5 of SMR and up to 10 times SMR. In most cases these cards are tough to get a good deal on. Neil
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    StingrayStingray Posts: 8,843 ✭✭✭
    Neil, was looking over at the 56 set registery, see you are at #24, thanks for being one of the few people to actually have scans of there cards. You have done a very nice job on getting some nicely centered and nice looking 7s. Looking at your set is starting to get the 56 bug into me. I remember owning a few of these raw when I was a kid, buying them from a dealer at the local flea market. Owned the Aaron and Kaline at one time I do remember, DOH! There are some very nice looking 7s out there and plenty of graded to go around. How long have you been working on this set?

    Stingray

    P.S. I have to have one of those Labines!!
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    Hi Stringray, Thanks for the props. I have been working on the set for just over three years. I completed the basic set about a year ago and then the master set soon after. Since completing the set, I committed the unthinkable. I looked at every card in my set and decided that I wanted to replace some of the cards with ones that I though looked nicer. I came up with a list of 60 cards which is over 17% of the entire set that I wanted to replace. That 60 card list is now down to only 8 left. However, as I draw closer to finishing that 60 card list, I find myself wanting to recheck the set again for replacements. It may never end. I can't afford an all PSA 8 set or even many PSA 8s for that matter. I do think that with time, I can put together the nicest looking PSA 7 set ever assembled. Most people think that because there is a greater supply of PSA graded 1956 Topps cards than most other 50s sets, that it is an easy set. There may be more PSA 7s and 8s graded than in other earlier years, but a really nice PSA 7 or 8 is quite a bit rarer. Although a 1956 Topps set is one of the most beautiful and colorful card sets of any era, there is one major distraction from the overall set (in my opinion). There is in some cases a major cutting flaw. Some might also call it chipping. It looks like they used a dull cutting knife to separate the cards from the sheets. In any case, it looks like crap with alot of cards. It would be almost impossible to put together a PSA 7 set with no chipped or rough cut edges. I will try my best to get as close as I can to one. Neil
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    paleocardspaleocards Posts: 926 ✭✭✭✭
    I was browsing through Neil Downey's set (really appreciate the effort to scan virtually every card, Neil, you have some real nice 7's) and noticed that cards #91 and #171 have the same background action shot! Gail Harris (#91) apparently is stretching at first while Jim Wilson (#171) is trying to leg it out. However, there's one problem: Harris was a 1st-baseman for the Giants and Wilson was an Oriole pitcher and correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think there was any inter-league play in 1955 (when the photo was persumably taken). I didn't bother to check their career records, so perhaps they played in the same league during an earlier season...

    Anyway, I love the '56 set and some of my favorite non-HOFer cards (purely for aesthetic reasons of color, composition and action) are:
    #42 Sandy Amaros trying to beat the throw to the plate...
    #144 Leroy Powell sliding in to second, arms raised...
    #162 Gus Bell making a shoe-top, back-hander in the outfield...
    #199 Hank Thompson lunging for a ball to his left at 3rd base...
    #275 Jim Greengrass crunching into the wall after making (or missing?) the catch...
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    jaxxrjaxxr Posts: 1,258 ✭✭
    Paleo......

    Good observation on Harris and Wilson, I assume this is on all cards for those two and there is not a corrected/different background shot on either.

    Many are aware that Aaron # 31 has actually a picture of Willie Mays running in his backgound shot. Not as popular "errors" show Lary Doby # 251 of the White Sox with a Clevland Indian hat in his portriat shot , and Wally Westlake # 81 of the Phils is swinging a bat while in a St. Louis Cardinal uniform for his background shot.

    Just another feature of this set which makes it so great !

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    lawyer05lawyer05 Posts: 2,132 ✭✭✭✭
    i like the 1956 hector lopez card i have both white and grey version psa 8 , anyone have the psa 9 for sale ?
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    Lothar52Lothar52 Posts: 2,664 ✭✭✭
    Is it just me or does the 56 koufax always look slighly slanted.......
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    I'm trying to put together the nicest 1956 set I can on a small budget so when I see cards like this I pick them up:

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    Lots of nice graded cardson the bay lately. I have some doubles in raw and graded for trade so PM me if interested.

    My current top five MOST WANTED LIST for 56 Topps:
    1) Feller PSA 7 or 8
    2) Braves Team NDNL 7
    3) Reece 7
    4) Checklist 2/4 PSA 7
    5) Red Sox Team PSA 8
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    RonBurgundyRonBurgundy Posts: 5,491 ✭✭✭
    This is a great thread and a nice tribute to a beautiful set. I got into this set about a year ago, around the same time I started a '57 set (never a good thing to start two great sets at once). It's a real challenge to find nice, centered high end raw copies.

    About 2 weeks ago I had an opportunity to buy a complete set in about EX condition, from an older gentleman in my area who put it together when he was 12 years old in 1956. I didn't need the set (I'm building high grade), but I couldn't pass it up, especially because it contained extra stars (T. Williams, Banks, Campy, etc.) and because the cards had one owner for 50 years. I don't know what I'm going to do with it (if anyone is interested, let me know), but these cards are so cool to have.

    I also picked up a pretty nice Dale Mitchell out of a card shop last week. I've got my fingers crossed for a 7!
    Ron Burgundy

    Buying Vintage, all sports.
    Buying Woody Hayes, Les Horvath, Vic Janowicz, and Jesse Owens autographed items
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    Hey '56 guys, just a simple question... On the '56's what grade is worthy of getting graded? I mean I've got some solid 6's, possible 7's that are very nice. All are commons and as far as I know, none are low pop of any kind. So my question is are the buying prices of these in PSA 6 worthy of getting them graded? Thanks. Love the pics by the way.



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    StingrayStingray Posts: 8,843 ✭✭✭
    How many picked up some 56s from the auctions that ended last night?? Tried to win one just for personal collection and had no luck. I really liked that Willie Jones card, has a cool action shot on it.


    Stingray
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    Hey Zodiac; that's an incredible looking 5!! Outstanding pick-up.
    RayBShotz
    Never met a Vintage card I didn't like!
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    I got blown out on the latest round on ebay as well. The higher graded team cards and a few of the mid level cards are going for the same as some HOF players. I think there is a larger group of collectors going for graded cards that do not use the registry for what ever reason.

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    jaxxrjaxxr Posts: 1,258 ✭✭
    I have two PSA 5 1956s which were submitted via the fairly recent special, # 210 Mike Garcia ( kind of a low pop) and # 282 Warrwn Hacker.
    Was hoping for a 7 on each and cant really see any reason why not, perhaps a very minor sctatch or bump that I still cant find.

    Anyway, rather than re-submitting who knows when, I would just like to recupe my grading fees ( $ 6.60 counting postage and insurance both ways ) and offer them to any collector interested. Both have decent centereing, color, gloss, and clean grey backs. PM me if interested.

    I also got a 5 on Pewee Reese, which was expected, nice card but not quite as attractive as the two aforementioned due to corners. This card I would like to trade for a raw Reese in a similar or bit lower condition, plus some additional cash with the lesse raw card of course.

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    << <i>Lots of nice graded cardson the bay lately. I have some doubles in raw and graded for trade so PM me if interested.

    My current top five MOST WANTED LIST for 56 Topps:
    1) Feller PSA 7 or 8
    2) Braves Team NDNL 7
    3) Reece 7
    4) Checklist 2/4 PSA 7
    5) Red Sox Team PSA 8 >>



    PM sent
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    Lothar52Lothar52 Posts: 2,664 ✭✭✭
    its been several months and no love for the 56's on this thread...anybody still working on this set?????

    Loth
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    I've been working on the set for a few years now and recently had a set back. I'm pretty sure my %70 complete PSA 7 set will be up for sale. Neil Downey is close to being %100 PSA 7 so help him out if you can. Even if I have to sell...i will have it some day!
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    mealewormmealeworm Posts: 1,266 ✭✭✭
    I have the following going at PSA with hopes of 7's and 8's.
    59,70,82,97,159,200,209,216,229,237,241,254,256,263,268,278

    the 159 should 8(I think it is one of the toughest in the set)
    the 268 is alittle soft noway it gets above 7
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    1957 Topps 99% 7.40 GPA
    Hank Aaron Basic PSA 7-8(75%)
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    mrpeanut39mrpeanut39 Posts: 841 ✭✭✭
    I hope no one objects to me resurrecting this thread, but I get jealous when I see others sharing their latest registry additions to their favorite set.

    So... anyway, here's my latest pickups:


    A candidate for a crossover/crack and re-sub. Ugh. A house with 4 cats will produce a scan that looks like this.
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    A couple of low pops.
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    I was blinded by the nice centering on this one. Pretty bad print lines.
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    Another low pop. The first black player in Pirates history. Opening Day 2B in 1954.
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    Hopefully this will spur other 56 collectors to get this thread active again.
    "I think the guy must be practicing voodoo or something. Check out his eyes. Rico's crazier than a peach orchard sow." -- Whitey Herzog, Spring Training 1973
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    perkdogperkdog Posts: 29,513 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Very Nice! When Neil sold his '56 set I was able to grab a very nice Duke Snider off of him from his collection...


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    Man, Those are some tough pop cards in great condition. I was close on this set in PSA 7 but never had the castlemen!




    << <i>I hope no one objects to me resurrecting this thread, but I get jealous when I see others sharing their latest registry additions to their favorite set.

    So... anyway, here's my latest pickups:



    Hopefully this will spur other 56 collectors to get this thread active again. >>

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    mrpeanut39mrpeanut39 Posts: 841 ✭✭✭


    << <i>Very Nice! When Neil sold his '56 set I was able to grab a very nice Duke Snider off of him from his collection...


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    Perkdog,

    I like the 55 Spahn too. When I was deciding on starting a 50s set, it came down to the 55 Topps, the 56 Topps and 53 Bowman Color. The Bowmans were waaay too steep in 7 and 8, and I just couldn't see collecting a 50s set without Mantle, so it was 1956 for me.

    "I think the guy must be practicing voodoo or something. Check out his eyes. Rico's crazier than a peach orchard sow." -- Whitey Herzog, Spring Training 1973
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    mrpeanut39mrpeanut39 Posts: 841 ✭✭✭


    << <i>Man, Those are some tough pop cards in great condition. I was close on this set in PSA 7 but never had the castlemen! >>



    I see from this thread you got to about 70% on this set. I just hit the 50% mark myself last month. My fear is that I'll get to the point where I'll have to lower my standards to finish. I'm looking for well centered 7s and 8s. Does a well centered Mitchell, Noren or Bruton even exist?

    I put in 11 bids for cards in January and I've got two more in my sights this week, so I haven't hit that wall yet, but it's definitely something I've considered.
    "I think the guy must be practicing voodoo or something. Check out his eyes. Rico's crazier than a peach orchard sow." -- Whitey Herzog, Spring Training 1973
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    perkdogperkdog Posts: 29,513 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The 1956 set is a great choice! It has more HOF'ers than any other previous 50's set I think. Putting together a nice set in PSA 7 can be done without pulling your hair out as well, I love the 1955 set but it is missing too many players to be a "complete set" The 1953 Color is a stunning set but what kind of '50's set doesnt have a Willie Mays?
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    KarbKarb Posts: 557 ✭✭✭
    Glad to see this thread up and running. I started my set in November and I am having a blast doing this set. Hope to see this continue
    Robert

    Hoarding silver and collecting history
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    mrpeanut39mrpeanut39 Posts: 841 ✭✭✭


    << <i>Glad to see this thread up and running. I started my set in November and I am having a blast doing this set. Hope to see this continue >>



    Karb,

    I love seeing scans of your set. It's my goal to scan mine in sometime in the future when I get a chance. I plan on showing off my latest additions to keep this thread going. Hopefully we'll get some good dialog in along the way.
    "I think the guy must be practicing voodoo or something. Check out his eyes. Rico's crazier than a peach orchard sow." -- Whitey Herzog, Spring Training 1973
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    there's the 56' Topps set, then there is all other sets. the coming together set, finally Bowman out of the way and all the stars in one set. Yes its a project, and there is the endless competition for quality graded cards. to top it off, the unknown factor of how psa is going to see your card, leads you on the ebay search cat fights for the top psa cards. one collector mentioned the castleman card, oh yes, him and several others. some cards are a difficult 8, others just to get a decent 7 is work. castleman is that example. just last summer i went to the national here in cleveland, what fun, the dealers decided that it makes better sense, according to their logic to bring ungraded or high 8's and 9's only to the show. thus you either saw non psa graded material in 7's or high end 8-9 psa stars. this forces the budget collector to rethink buying only graded psa's on ebay, and see if they can get non graded cards that may bring you a 7 or 8. good luck. you'll tend to find endless cards 7 and 8 of the same players, great at first, a brick wall later. this set is exploding, 8+'s are going through the roof. you'll see 300+ for stars easy now, thats 150 psa 7 cards. psa's inconsistency isn't making it easier. although they seem to have the OC's and MC's figured out. Rough edges are another story, you may find one coming back a 6, another a 8. you may buy 7's that seem to look better then some 8's. i think its all honest, but it sure makes collecting a psa 7-8 set difficult. I wish I made 100K this collecting would be a whole lot easier.
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